Pune: At present, Pune Metro’s PCMC to Civil Court and Vanaz to Ruby Hall Clinic sections are operational for the citizens of Pune.
The PCMC to Phugewadi and Vanaz to Garware College sections were made operational on 6th March 2022, followed by the Phugewadi to Civil Court and Garware College to Ruby Hall Clinic sections on 1st August 2023.
From 6th March 2022 to 1st August 2023, the average daily ridership was 2582 passengers per day. Since the inauguration of the extended lines, i.e., Phugewadi to Civil Court and Garware College to Ruby Hall Clinic, the ridership has increased multifold to approximately 55,000 passenger counts per day.
The daily average passenger counts from August 2023 to January 2024 are given in detail in the table below:
Month. Average Daily Passenger Count
August 2023. – 66,032
September 2023. – 65,542
October 2023 – 53,987
November 2023. 47,292
December 2023 – 53,268
January 2024. – 56,633
In January, Pune Metro made the decision to increase the frequency of trains on both lines to 7.5 minutes during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours, as opposed to the existing frequency of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during non-peak hours and increase in the number of metro trains trips from 161 to 224, has contributed to the rise in average daily ridership.
In January 2024, the average daily ridership reached 56,633 passengers, the highest in the last three preceding months. Pune Metro recently surpassed one crore ridership on 23rd December 2023 since commencing commercial operations.
The work on the of the Ruby Hall Clinic metro station to Ramwadi Metro Station stretch is almost completed. Once operational, areas such as Bund Garden, Yerwada, Kalyani Nagar, and Ramwadi will be connected to the rest of the Metro network, leading to an anticipated increase in ridership.
On this occasion, MD Maha Metro said, “I am pleased to inform that more than one crore Punekars have travelled through the Metro. Since commencing of its commercial operations, we have been committed to providing first and last-mile connectivity that will further increase ridership. The increased frequency has significantly reduced wait times for many daily commuters on the Metro platforms.”