Lagos says Blue Rail Line to commence operations on Monday, September 4
The Lagos State Government has announced that the first phase of the Blue Rail Line will commence commercial operation on Monday, September 4, 2023.
According to a statement from the state government, this was made known by the Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, at the Marina Train Station on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
Akinajo also noted that the first train ride would kick off by 9 a.m. with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on board, along with other passengers, from Marina to Mile 2 Train Station.
The LAMATA MD stated that the train will run only 4 trips with the locomotive system for the first 4 weeks, adding that the authority will commence electric-powered train operation with 76 trips after one month.
About 175,000 passengers are expected daily
The statement titled, ‘Lagos to commence blue rail line operation on Monday’, ‘’The Lagos state government has announced that the first phase of the blue rail line will commence operation next week Monday 4th of September.
‘’The managing director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo made this known at the marina train station.
‘’LAMATA MD says the first train ride will kick off by 9.am with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on board, along other passengers, which is from Marina to mile2 train station.
‘’Mrs Akinajo explains that for the first four weeks the rain will run only twelve trips with locomotive system. After one month LAMATA will commence electric powered train operation with 76 trips, also with an estimated passengers between 150,000 or 175,000, from 5.30am to 11pm on a daily basis. And the train will only stop for 90 seconds at each station.
‘’According to her, the transport palliative announced by Governor Sanwo-Olu will also reflect on train transportation.
‘’LAMATA MD appeals to residents of Lagos not to cross the rail tracks because it is energised. And anyone found carrying out illegal activities across the five train stations will be prosecuted.’’