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Goodbye queues: Book local train tickets via railways’ new app

The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has launched a mobile ticketing application called UTS for Android smartphones. The plans to launch this app were first reported by ET yesterday. The applications lets users book unreserved tickets on daily suburban trains. As of now only Chennai and Mumbai are supported. On booking a ticket, users need not print out the ticket and can instead display the soft-copy on their smartphones to the TTE. Other than booking unreserved tickets, the app will allow passengers to cancel tickets, maintain a profile and manage frequent travel routes etc. On downloading the app, users first need to register to be able to use it. For registration, users need to use their mobile numbers as well as validate using a government issued ID card. As of now, Chennai and Mumbai are the only selectable cities during registration. As of writing, the app had received over 50,000 downloads within a day of its launch. Unreserved Ticket in less than 1 min,reduced inconvenience,increased transparency for passengers says @sureshpprabhu pic.twitter.com/PWM4QkxHHg — Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 22, 2015 As for payment, users will have to first load money into the app’s ‘wallet’, either through a ticket counter at a railway station, or through the IRCTC website using a credit or debit card. Users will also be able to renew season’s tickets using the app. The agency mentioned that the app will be made available for Blackberry users soon, although strangely there is no word on when iPhone and Windows phone…

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