Lagos Blue Line
Lagos Begins Free Train Ride On Blue Line
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Lagos State Government says that it has commenced the test running of the 13-kilometre Lagos Blue Line train service.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Abimbola Akinajo, at the commencement of the test running in Lagos on Monday from Marina to Mile 2.
Akinajo said that the exercise would last between 2 to 3 months, to enable Lagos residents enjoy the free ride before commencing the full rail operation in April.
Test-run involves a free train ride 3 times a week over the next 2 months
The LAMATA boss said the test running would be carried out 3 times a week over the next 2 months.
She said, “The test run is open for Lagosians from all walks of life to board the train and have a feel of its comfort.
“Market men and women, artisans, students, members of the media, and other professionals are being invited to enjoy the free train ride.
“Any Nigerian who wishes to join the free train ride should send their email address to LAMATA to enable us to book them for the free ride within the week.’’
According to her, rail transport is not a direct bus system; there are a lot of things that are involved.
She added that “We must ensure we put them in top shape before we begin commercial operation.”
She said the authority expected feedback from all categories of people such as traders, university students, and primary and secondary schools during the test run before starting the commercial operation.
Akinajo said the automatic processing unit could process 250 passengers every minute, adding that the schedule was to have a train position to run every 3 minutes.
“Operations would run from 5.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. The system is designed to run a train in three minutes.
”During rush hours, we will pull more trains, while during off-peak periods we would pull off the operation.’’
On pricing, she said that the government was still working on the template that would make the train affordable to the people, based on the current situation in the country
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