Lagos Commences Electric Train Operation, Blue Rail Line Shutdown

The Lagos State Government has announced a temporary shutdown of train services on the newly inaugurated Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Blue Line. This closure is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, to facilitate the transition from locomotive to electric power.

The purpose of this brief shutdown is to prepare for an increase in train trips from 12 to 54, starting on Monday, October 16, with further plans to raise this number to 74 trips by the end of November. The announcement was made by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu through his official X (former Twitter) account.

Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized that the safety of passengers is their primary concern. He explained that suspending passenger operations temporarily is a common practice globally when implementing major changes. Transitioning to electric power will enable them to introduce more trips and serve passengers more safely.

In the statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the success of the LRMT Blue Line’s initial phase, launched on September 4, 2023, which has already transported over 80,000 passengers. He expressed his commitment to enhancing the commuting experience and increasing the daily passenger count between Marina and Mile 2 to over 150,000 in the coming months. The governor assured the public that the future of Lagos trains looks promising as they continue to improve the public transportation system. Stay tuned for further updates.

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