December 3, 2023

Lagos Blue Rail Mass Transit commences operations as Sanwo-olu rides with commuters

Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu was among hundreds of commuters on the first trip of the Lagos Blue Rail Train that commenced operation officially on Monday.

The train took less than 30 minutes to travel from the Marina stop to Mile 12.

The trip began at 09:13 a.m. and ended at 09:35 a.m. at the last bus stop.

The train can be boarded using the Cowry Card at Marina Station, National Theatre Station, Iganmu Station, Alaba Station, and Mile 2 Station.

The metro line will begin operations on Tuesday, September 5, at 6:30 a.m., according to the state government.

The Blue Line Rail Mass Transit was first conceived in 1983 during the regime of the former Governor of Lagos State, the Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

The rail network was flagged off 20 years while current Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the governor of the state in 2003.

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.

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