SMART CARD MAKES TRAVEL CHEAPER UPTO 20 PERCENT DURING OFF PEAK HOURS
The Delhi Metro smart card used for multiple journeys in the Metro network is now more economical for Metro commuters, despite the revision of Metro fares in weekdays (Mon-Sat). A smart card normally carries 10% discount on every journey made however; an additional 10% discount is available with the implementation of revised fares during off peak hours, thereby, increasing the total discount to 20% on every journey made during these hours.
This 20% discount on Smart Cards is of great benefit to all passengers, who step out for their miscellaneous works, which normally are not restricted to rigid timings like office, school etc., thus, enabling them to plan their journey in the most economical time zones.
Moreover, DMRC has now defined peak hour as the time when a passenger ENTERS into the system, meaning a majority of students, office goers etc. who are smart card holders can also avail the 20% discount as it is very likely that they are entering into the Metro system within the time zones of off peak hours to reach their destinations on time, which falls during peak hours (For example 8 AM or 12 Noon). The time zones of off peak hours (Non-peak) defined by DMRC are:-
This window of almost 11 hours provided as non-peak hours by DMRC shows that by using Smart Cards, all categories of passengers are benefitted significantly if the journeys are planned judiciously and it also encourages senior citizens and other non-time bound passengers to use the Metro during non peak hours for their own comfort and economic travel vis a vis token or peak hour Metro users.
Besides this, Metro is also providing discounted fares in the range of 20 to 50% on Sundays and National Holidays. This overall concept of discounted fares have been introduced for for staggering the rush during the peak hours while implementing revised fares and to encourage all segments of Metro commuters to plan and travel in the most judicious manner thereby reaping the benefits of discounted fares and also making the travel more comfortable due to spreading out of commuters evenly at all hours of the day. Presently, 70% of Metro commuters are smart card users.AD/ED (CC)/DMRC