Sunday, September 24, 2023

Lagos Blue Rail Mass Transit commences commercial operation

To boost infrastructural development, the Lagos State Government commenced commercial operation of the Blue Line Rail Mass Transit.

According to a live broadcast by Channels Television on Monday morning, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is taking an inaugural ride from Marina to Mile-2.

News Verified recalls that former President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the first phase of the train station in Lagos on 24 January.

The first phase extends from Marina to Mile 2 and is 13 kilometres. The 27km rail line will transport about 500,000 passengers daily.

The first phase has five stations — Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba and Orile station.

The full trip from Marina to Mile 2 will cost N750, while zonal fares — for passengers who are not making a full trip — will be between N400 and N500.

Earlier, the governor announced a 50 per cent cut in transportation fees to cushion the fuel subsidy removal effect.

The Blue Line Rail Project was proposed in 1983 during the administration of the former Governor of Lagos State, the Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

The rail network was flagged off 20 years later, during the administration of Bola Tinubu in 2003.

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