The reality of the overburdened suburban rail system is this CR trains run 69,516 train km with 121 rakes, while WR plies 44,568 train km every day operating with 84 rakes. Both the lines combined cover 1,14,084 train km, which is nearly thrice the circumference of the entire earth which stands at 40,075 km.
On the Main line, CR runs 45,220 km with 75 rakes while WR covers 44,429 train km with 83 rakes. "Our trains run longer journeys every day on the suburban section with limited trains," said a CR official.
Over the last few days, there have been several problems on CR, which is creating hassles for commuters. Authorities blame them on the old rakes powered by the obsolete 1,500-volt supply system.
The CST-Kasara journey (121 km) takes 2 hours 10 minutes, as compared to 2 hours 49 minutes taken by a Churchgate-Dahanu train (124 km). Similarly, a Churchgate-Virar fast train takes 102 minutes, while a CST-Ambernath local train takes 99 minutes both distances are 60 km.