Mr. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar “Fred” Naranayanaswami, Senior Project Engineer on loan from Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Mumbai, India, office, has been working on the rail project’s ridership forecast for the last six months. PB announced last month that the rail project would have 150,000 riders daily. That will be on the 6 a.m. train; and ridership will then improve throughout the day.

Contacted by phone, Cliff Slater expressed some doubts that the 6 a.m. train could accommodate that many riders but “Fred” Naranayanaswami said that Slater had no expertise about how many people could be accommodated on a train of the right type and offered this photo of a typical Mumbai commuter train to refute him.

Nevertheless, Slater said he doubted whether PB would actually meet their ridership projections without significant increases in immigration and asked “Fred” Naranayanaswami if that was what he had in mind.

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