Commuting by train has become cheaper for those living in the suburbs. The railways has launched a scheme from April 1 to issue annual and half-yearly season tickets. For commuters, this will imply greater convenience as they would no longer have to queue up at booking counters every month or after three months.
“Apart from the monthly and quarterly season tickets, annual and half-yearly ones have also been introduced. The monthly and quarterly season tickets allow cheap travel to commuters. The fares will get cheaper if commuters opt for half-yearly and annual season tickets,” an official said.
The minimum suburban fare is Rs 5. A commuter paying Rs 85 for a monthly season ticket today would be paying Rs 918 for a yearly pass and Rs 459 for a half-yearly one. His one-way fare will come down to Rs 1.47.
“It will be a one-time investment for a commuter,” another official said.
Commuters feel these season tickets should be printed on better stationery since the existing tickets are flimsy.