January 9

Lagos Gets a New Elevated Rail Network

The first phase of a light rail system that is set to transform commuting in Nigeria’s economic capital, has been commissioned.

The Blue Line project in Lagos is a 27 km rail system that upon completion is expected to carry more than 500,000 passengers.

The first phase traverses five stations covering a distance of 13 km and has the capacity to move 250,000 passengers daily. The state government said that it had taken delivery of three sets of wagons that will be used for passenger operations.

“Over the last two decades, that masterplan has been faithfully implemented by successive administrations. Today, we are making history with the completion of the historic rail line, which is the first phase of the Blue Line,” Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu told media representatives during the test ride aboard the electric-powered rail infrastructure earlier in December.

Photo courtesy of lchunt.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

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