- Lagos Blue Rail Line is now finally set to kick off operation months after ex-President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned it in January 2023
- The Lagos Area Metropolitan Authority has also announced how much Lagosians will be paying
- Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor said the vision of his government is to reduce traffic and the time commuters spend on the road
The Lagos state government has announced that the Blue Rail Line system is now ready to kick off operation.
Abimbola Akinajo, managing director of the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the Marina terminal.
According to her, from Monday, September 4, 2023, the Blue Line rail will start commercial operations with 12 trips per day.
A trip will cost N750, BusinessDay reports.
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“N200 to N750”: Lagos Govt releases price list, routes for Blue rail line as service starts operation today
Legit.ng had reported that Sanwo-Olu assured that the train would be affordable and prices at the range of N200 and N300.
LAMATA speaks on Blue Line rail system
On the September date, Akinajo said:
“We couldn’t begin operations as intended by the end of the first quarter due to unexpected issues. Although we promised an August launch, we faced challenges in meeting that timeline."
She also revealed that the service will operate in both morning and evening phases, with continuous assessments throughout the day to ensure the trains maintain proper working conditions.
"Operating hours for the train stations will span between 6:30 am and 10:30 pm.
"The first phase would cover 13 kilometres- Marina to Mile 2 on the Lagos-Badagry corridor ."
Akinajo also added the service will adhere to a fixed timetable, available at all stations and on the LAMATA website.
“It’s a metro service, we will be working to the timetable and will be available at every station and LAMATA website.
"The train at every terminal will stop at nothing less than 90 seconds. It’s a scheduled service"
Sanwo-Olu completes Blue Line Rail in Lagos after 4 decades, photos emerge
Meanwhile, in another report, Legit.ng revealed that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, completed the Blue Line Rail on Wednesday, December 21.
Jubril Gawat, a senior aide to the governor, disclosed this on his Twitter handle, noting that the first phase of the infrastructure projects (Marina to Mile 2) was completed and inaugurated on Wednesday.
Recall that the blue line is one of the 7 Lagos metro rail lines the state has embarked upon. The project spanned from Marina to Okokomaiko.