Buses, trains to start plying from September 7- The New Indian Express


By Express News Service

Steps are being taken to ensure that passengers follow all the safety guidelines issued by the State government to keep infection from spreading


  • Online booking for 13 special trains from  8 am on Saturday
  • The special trains are Chennai – Coimbatore Superfast; Chennai – Coimbatore Intercity special; Chennai – Coimbatore special (overnight);  Chennai – Mettupalayam special;  Coimbatore – Mayiladuthurai Janshatabdi special; Chennai Egmore – Tiruchirappalli (via mainline) special; Chennai Egmore – Karaikudi special; Chenai Egmore – Madurai special; Chennai – Egmore – Madurai special (overnight); Chennai – Kanniyakumari; Chennai – Thoothukudi special; Chennai – Sengottai (tri weekly) and Tirchirappalli – Nagercoil Intercity special.
  • Waitlisted paper ticket holders will not be allowed

Instructions for passengers

  • Only those with confirmed tickets can enter the railway station.
  • Face masks, social distancing  must at station, during travel
  • Passengers should reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance for thermal screening Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed

Government buses

  • SETC, six divisions of TNSTC have commenced online booking through TNSTC app
  • SETC to operate 525 buses, TNSTC to run about 8,000 buses across State
  • Daily patronage stood at 1.6 crore before March 21; 25 per cent of it is expected now
  • No AC buses will be operated
  • Carrying capacity of SETC: 26 MTC: 24 | Mofussil: 32

Private buses

  • FBOAT secretary D R Dharmaraj said private buses will not be operated with 60 per cent occupancy
  • Except Chennai, Madurai, Ooty and Nagercoil, private buses are plying across the State
  • The strength of private buses are 4,600
  • Omni bus association also announced it will not resume the service

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