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Lagos Blue Rail Line commences commercial operation Sept 4

Ayodele Olalere

The Lagos Blue Rail Line will commence commercial operation from Marina to Mile 2 on Monday, September 4.

According to the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr, Abimbola Akiajo, while addressing journalists on Wednesday, the inaugural operational ride will be performed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

She said the train will begin with 12 trips operation daily for the first two weeks for test-running but on full operation will run 76 trips from 5:30am daily till 10pm, adding passengers can only ride on the train using their cowry cards.

She further said the train will only stop for 90seconds at every station to drop and pick passengers.

Akiajo added that the rail tracks have been electrified and warn Lagosians to stay clear of the tracks. Other measures to ensure safety include installation of 300 cameras at every stations and on the tracks.

To ensure sanity on the train, she said eating or drinking would not be allowed on the train, adding each trip would cost N375 due to the present 50% reduction In transport fare introduced by the governor. It would however increase to N750 whenever the reduction is removed by the government

She said the train will carry 175,000 passengers daily.