10 Things You Should Learn About The Lagos Blue Rail

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Fifteen minutes ride, ten things you should know about the Lagos Blue Rail The fare, power supply, trial run and when the train will be available to the everyday Lagosian. President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the first phase of the Lagos Blue rail with fanfare and a speech by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday. The first phase of the 13 kilometers elevated train network stretches from Marina to Mile 2. At the event, the governor signed a document to kickstart the second phase of the Blue rail project, which will cover a 14-kilometer stretch from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko and is expected to be completed by May. Aside from the speech by the governor, which gave some details about the train, Kolawole Ojelabi, LAMATA spokesperson, also spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the fare, power supply, trial run, and when the train will be available to the everyday Lagosian. Since the formal opening of the light rail, many Lagosians and other Nigerians have had many unanswered questions regarding the first light rail in the country. Here is what to know about the latest infrastructural upgrade in Lagos: 1. The train network was proposed in 1983 during the Lateef Jakande administration and was flagged off in 2003 during the administration of an ex-governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, 20 years later. 2. The construction was undertaken by LAMATA and executed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company, a China Railway Construction Corporation subsidiary. 3. The state government said the first phase would transport 250,000 passengers daily, and when completed, the entire 27km will transport about 500,000 passengers daily. 4. The first phase (Marina -Mile 2) has five stations – Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, and Orile station. 5. Travel time: According to the state governor, it will take “just less than 15 minutes” from Marina to Mile 2 for a journey that usually takes an hour or more. 6. Fare: The pricing has yet to be decided upon. For the fare to be decided, certain things like the movement of passengers, the peak period times, the low period, and other factors would have to be considered. 7. Danger: According to the Daily Trust newspaper, the Managing Director of LAMATA, Abimbola Akinajo, warned residents of the state not to trespass on the rail line because “it is electrified” and advised them to make use of pedestrian bridges to avoid being electrocuted. Ms. Akinajo urged the people to use the overhead bridges and other exits provided once the train became operational. 8. Trial and public use: It will be operational in late March or the first week in April at most, Mr. Ojelabi said. Before it becomes active, “select members of the public” will be invited to “come and experience how to use it.” 9. Access: Once it becomes operational, riders can use the cowry card to access the train. 10. Power: The train will run on an independent power supply – Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). The train will use the power known as the Third Rail Electrification System. It will be powered by a public power source, an Independent Power Plant (IPP), and a UPS system. Mr. Ojelabi said the essence of doing that is for the train to “run unhindered.” “If there is an outage, the UPS kicks in until when the IPP starts up; passengers will not know when this transition takes place,” he said. When asked what the train is running on currently, he said, “there is an engine that is pulling it – a wagon, so that wagon is being used to test it. When asked if the train is currently being run on diesel, he said that “the train is currently being pulled by locomotive, but that does not mean that the train is running on diesel.”

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LagosLast activity one month ago

Overhead bridges are few along that stretch, especially from Orile to Badagry. It will take a lot of work for people to cross the express once the trains become operational.

From mile 2 to Abule-Ado, for instance, has just three overhead bridges, one at mile 2, Festac, and the other at Abule-Ado.

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Well, that's the price of development. We can't continue to be backward.

In Dubai, I once went to a mall opposite the Sheik Zayed expressway to where I was staying. I had to walk 1km away to the nearest metro, cross, and walk like 1k back again to end up like 100m on the opposite side of my hotel.

And the same thing happened to go back. Luckily what I bought wasn't heavy, and it was evening so the weather was cool

It's only in Nigeria people are trading beside expressways and crossing them anyhow.

Dubai is secured. Therefore, it can't be compared to Lagos in this context. Mile 2, Festac first gate, Agboju, Oluti, and Alakija are filled with criminals who Rob pedestrians and motorists at night along that axis. Walking from Agboju to Festac First gate at night is unsafe to access the overhead bridge.

LagosLast activity one month ago

That is a good write-up, but you should have included the crucial point that this rail project summarizes what is wrong with Nigeria. 

The same company did a similar project in Ethiopia. The rail built from Ethiopia to Djibouti was a heavy rail that would carry goods, heavy containers, and cross deserts. Also, it is longer than the Lagos rail. Still, it cost Lagos 10 times what it cost the Ethiopians. It took more than a decade to finish. Shall we jump up in joy for a project that was inflated by a billion dollars that will be used to build more rail systems in Lagos? This project is a source of sober reflection, not joy.

LagosLast activity one month ago

The way they keep hyping this Lagos blue rail, one would think we're at the same level as the rest of the world regarding development.

This shows that Nigeria is still in the Stone age; other countries have since left us behind. Most countries have railroads built underground, but we are celebrating mediocrity here. What exactly is the duty of govt? Is this not One of them? What exactly is the fuss about? Nigeria still needs to develop. I hope president peter Obi is taking note.

Indeed, he has a lot of work to do immediately after he has been sworn in as the president of Nigeria

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The whole country is supposed to be linked by train. One can live in Benin and work in Lagos.

LagosLast activity one month ago

Development is intentional, gradual, and progressive. Sustainability is the core of lasting consequences. Lagos is part of sustainable development. Imagine a project that was conceived in the 80s being realized today! Many states still need a blueprint.

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