The Rootin app will help you get real time updates for your train’s arrival, and will help you locate various facilities at the stations too. The entire process is facilitated by commuters. Here’s how.
Tired of wasting your time on railway stations wondering when will your train finally come? Here is some good news for all the Mumbaikars – you can now check the real time status of local train through an app.
The recently launched Rootin app will help commuters get real-time updates of both Western and Central railway services through this app with the help of crowd sourcing.
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Apart from giving latest updates of the trains, the app will also help people in locating facilities like booking offices, toilets, foot overbridges and medical centre at 43 railway stations.
As part of the crowd sourcing model, the live updates are powered by the commuters who are already on the train.
To use the app, it can be downloaded from Google Play Store and users have to “Check-in” to share their location. As soon as you enter the station, you can tap on the map and a list of trains departing from that particular station will show up along with their expected arrival and departure time.
Once you board the train, you can check in which will be considered as your train’s location and can be used to let other commuters know the expected time of arrival of the train.
The service is not currently available for all the trains and is restricted to only those where users use the “check in” option. As more people check in, the information will get better.
The Central government already has a facility where commuters can check the status of the train at trainenquiry.com. Rootin app is better than the National Train Enquiry System (NTES) since it is user generated and gives real time updates unlike NTES which is updated at longer intervals.
In future, the app will get updated with more information like in transit notifications
– railway updates and alerts about mega blocks, cancelled trains etc. The app is currently for the commuters of Mumbai local and will soon be available for uses too.