Delhi Metro Launches Driverless Train Service on Magenta Line. Delhi Becomes First Indian City with Driverless Metro

Starting Monday, Delhi Metro has launched driverless train operations on the Magenta Line, running between Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden Noida. This milestone makes Delhi the first city in India to achieve this feat and places it among the elite 7% of metro networks worldwide that operate without human intervention.

CBTC Signaling System

The Magenta Line is the first in Delhi Metro to use Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling. This advanced system is also in use in cities like Dubai, Barcelona, Paris, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

The 37-kilometer corridor initially began operations in December 2020 and, following multiple trial phases, has now fully transitioned to driverless operations as of July 1, 2024.

Phase Three: Expanding Driverless Technology

Delhi Metro’s Phase Three includes two key corridors, Magenta and Pink Lines, totaling 97 kilometers equipped with driverless technology. The Pink Line, stretching 60 kilometers from Majlis Park to Maujpur, is set to begin driverless operations in the next phase.

Removing Driver Cabins for Better Passenger Experience

On Monday, passengers on the Magenta Line experienced a new journey in the now driverless metro. The removal of driver cabins allows passengers an unobstructed view of the outside scenery. The line features 25 stations and operates 29 six-coach train sets, all now driverless.

Phased Implementation

The transition to driverless operations was carried out in stages:

  1. Initial Phase: Trains operated with a driver.
  2. Second Phase: Drivers were present only to open and close doors and for emergencies.
  3. Third Phase: Only a driver was present, but operations were automated.

Following successful trials, driver cabins were removed.



Benefits of Driverless Metro

    • Increased Frequency: Trains can run at shorter intervals if needed.
    • Collision Avoidance: The new technology ensures that trains do not collide, as they can automatically apply brakes.
    • Automated Checks: Manual checks are no longer needed before operations begin each morning.
    • Self-Stabling: After operations, trains can automatically move to stabling lines in the depot. You Are Reading Delhi-NCR Fastest Hyperlocal News Portal.

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