Kochi: The Metro rail will soon be extended to Thykoodam. The DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) has set June-end as the deadline for completing the works on the Maharajas College-Thykoodam stretch.
- Viaduct construction has been almost completed except few missing links near Manorama and Vyttila mobility hub where spans are yet to be finished.
- Track laying works on both directions are nearing completion.
- Sources said,”Once it is completed, works of the 3rd rail track, which provides power to the train, will begin. Now the interior works within the stations are remaining which we expect to complete by June-end. The contractor agency has expedited works to meet the deadline.”
- Trial run will begin soon after completion of the works following which clearance and certification have to be given by the Rail Safety Commissioner.
- With the opening of this stretch there will be 5 new stations in the Metro corridor:
- Ernakulam South
- The Kochi metro Rail Limited (KMRL) expects a considerable surge in ridership as the new corridor will connect Ernakulam South railway station with Vyttila mobility hub, two major transit points in the city.
- Currently, the patronage is between 30,000 to 35,000, which is expected to increase up to 55,000.
Kochi Metro ties up with Google Maps
Date: April 13, 2019
Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) on Friday tied up with Google Maps. Through this partnership, Metro routes, fares, stop timing at each station and duration of the trip will be shared to the general public. Those having a mobile phone with Google Maps can easily access the service.
- KMRL, by tying up with Google Maps, will provide the exact position of the trains, the time to reach the station and the route map which will help passengers in journey.
- KMRL managing director APM Mohammed Hanish said,“Kochi Metro on Google Map will benefit the users immensely as they can view the timing of trains at each station and expected length of their trip. This is a continuation of the open data initiative of KMRL.”
- “Because of availability of authentic information on the widely used Google Maps, commuters can have better-informed travel, and so we expect more commuters to our system.”
- Until now the Google map in Kochi only showed recommendations based on personal commute and trains, he said.
- The public transit options in Kochi will now include Metro along with personal transport and trains.
- Through this initiative, KMRL joins other metro agencies like Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) in the country to push the transit data to Google Maps.
- KMRL launched the train schedule and fare information in GTFS format and became the first metro agency in India to adopt the open data approach.
- GTFS stands for General Transit Feed Specification.
- It is a format through which the transit data can be consumed by a wide variety of software applications.
- Post opening up the data KMRL has been in discussions with Google to integrate the metro information on Google maps.
- The inauguration was held at the KMRL office at Revenue Tower on Friday.
- After meeting the procedural requirements, the KMRL GTFS feed has been pushed and is now live on Google Maps.
- This would enable Google Maps to give better commuting recommendations to the users.
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