Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RapidX Train: All you need to know about RAPIDX trains ahead of launch

The first-of-its-kind new RapidX train will be inaugurated on October 20. Know all the details here.

On October 20, the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor’s Rail Transit System (RRTS) is scheduled to begin operation under the control of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). On October 20, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally open the 17 Km priority corridor. The Sahibabad to Duhai depot will be the location of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut priority corridor. In addition to Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Duhi, Guldhar, and Duhai Depot, it will include five stops.

One hour should be enough time to traverse the 82 km between Delhi and Meerut. It contains 24 stations. The first phase, which will span five stations and be 17 Km long, will cover Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and the Duhai Depot.


As a part of Delhi’s Regional Rapid Transit System, the 82.15 km Delhi-Meerut RRTS (RAPIDX) connects Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut with 22 stops over a network of elevated viaducts and tunnels.

The Priority Corridor for the Delhi Meerut RRTS (RapidX) project will be unveiled and made available for business use on October 20, 2023. Through four elevated stations, this 17 km section will connect Sahibabad and Duhai.

Through a contract for Rs. 1493.08 crore that was given in May 2022, DB RRTS Operations India Pvt Ltd. will operate and maintain the line for a period of 12 years.

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The line is one of three early bird (Phase 1) lines that the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is building, and trains on it will travel at a top speed of 160 km/h so they can complete the trip in one hour.

DB Bahn will operate Meerut Metro services within Meerut city on the RRTS’s infrastructure. This will be accomplished by implementing some value engineering measures and by constructing 8 stations just for the metro.

Delhi The Uttar Pradesh State government authorized the DPR (Detailed Project Report) for the building of the Meerut RRTS line in May 2017, and the Government of India approved it in February 2019. In March 2019, the Prime Minister of India laid the building’s cornerstone.

The 18 km elevated Priority Corridor between Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, and Duhai (EPE) is expected to begin operations in March 2023, according to NCRTC. Seven tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in total will be used throughout construction; STEC will use four and Afcons will use three.

Key Figures

Operational: 0 km | Under Construction: 82.15 km

  • NCRTC’s RRTS Deadline: March 2023 (Priority Corridor) and 2025 (entire line)
  • My Completion Estimate: 2024-end (Priority Corridor) and Mid-2026 (entire line)
  • Estimated Project Cost: Rs. 30,274 crore
  • Estimated Daily Ridership: 8 lakh passengers/day (2024)
  • Funding Sources:
    – ADB: USD 1,049 million (26.58%) – info
    – AIIB: USD 500 million (12.66%) – info
    – NDB: USD 500 million (12.66%) – info
    – JFPR: USD 3 million (0.07%)
    – Govt. of India, Delhi & UP: 1,897.7 million (48.05%)

System Specifications

  • Design Speed: 180 kmph
  • Operational Speed: 160 kmph
  • Average Speed: 100 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge- 1435 mm
  • Rolling Stock: Aerodynamic, 3.2 m wide x 22 m long, stainless steel aluminium body
  • Signalling: European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 of ERTMS
  • Traction: 1 x 25 KV AC overhead catenary (OHE)
  • Seating Arrangement: Transverse
  • Classes: Economy and Business (1 coach per train)

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Route Information

  • Length: 82.15 km
  • Type: Elevated & Underground
  • Depots: Duhai Depot, Modipuram Depot & Stabling Lines at Jangpura
  • Number of Stations: 22
  • Stations Names: Nizamuddin / Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai (EPE), Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar South, Modi Nagar North, Meerut South, Partapur, Rithani, Shatabdi Nagar, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali, Begum Pul, MES Colony, Daurli, Meerut North and Modipuram
  • Stations with MRTS metro-only services (8): Partapur, Rithani, Brahmapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali, MES Colony, Daurli and Meerut North

Status Update

Delhi Meerut RRTS project’s first section is expected to be opened and inaugurated in June 2023. This 11 km section will connect Sahibabad – Duhai via 4 elevated stations.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Route Map

The line’s stations and alignment (in red) displayed below are indicative. Its alignment will mostly follow National Highway NH-34. The official line colour has not been announced.

Delhi – Meerut RRTS Fares (Ticket Prices)

The fare schedule, costs, and regulations for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS line have not yet been disclosed. That will be accomplished nearer the time operations begin.

In December 2021, the NCRTC will implement an EMV-based open loop Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system for which a Rs. 227 crore contract was given to Datamatics Global Services – AEP Ticketing Solutions (DM-AEP-26A JV).

This system will allow QR-based ticketing (digital QR & paper QR) and EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) open loop contactless card ticketing based on NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) standards via a contactless bank card, phone or smartcard.

Riders will have the option to use QR code tickets which can be bought at each station’s ticket vending machines, or ticketing booth or generated digitally on NCRTC’s mobile app or website.

There will be one or more business class carriages on trains, and they will have their own distinct pricing structure and set of restrictions, as well as lounge access at some stations’ platform levels. Riders travelling in Business Class must validate twice—once at concourse level and again at platform level—in order to gain entrance to the executive lounge and board the Business Class coach on Alstom trains.

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