Mumbai roads are shockingly congested and poorly maintained. In addition, the majority of Indians don't own a car. As a result, the train is the most popular and quickest way of commuting in Mumbai. Mumbai's local railway transports an astonishing eight million commuters per day!
Unfortunately, everything you've heard about local trains in Mumbai is probably true. They are extremely overcrowded, the doors constantly have passengers hanging out of them and never close, and people even travel sitting on the train roof. Do injuries occur? All the time! It's a common occurrence for passengers to fall out of, or get pushed out of, trains in Mumbai.
The Mumbai local train network has three lines -- Western, Central, and Harbour -- which deposit commuters into the city. The trains themselves have separate carriages for women and disabled passengers. There are also first class carriages but they aren't any more luxurious than the other carriages. The higher price of tickets merely keeps the majority of travelers out, therefore providing more space.
Want to try riding the Mumbai local? If you travel during non rush hours, it's not as bad as you'd expect. Plus you'll be guaranteed a fascinating glimpse into what makes Mumbai tick. This guide on how to ride the Mumbai local will help get your on your way.