The traffic situation in Lagos State is set to ease as the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has said the infrastructure for the first phase of the blue line rail project is complete and ready for operation.
The first phase of the Lagos blue line rail system is designed to run from Mile 2 (on the mainland) to Marina (on the island).
The Consultant, Corporate Communication of LAMATA, Kolawole Ojelabi, who made this known in a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos State, said the completion of the infrastructure was in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
According to him, Governor Sanwo-Olu had promised that the project would be completed in the last quarter of 2022 ahead of the commencement of passenger operations in the first quarter of 2023.
Ojelabi pointed out that the blue line project was one of the six rail lines and monorails prescribed for Lagos State in the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), adding that the construction had been divided into phases for ease of implementation and is expected to move more than 500,000 passengers when the entire rail line is completed.
He said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu had, while campaigning for the office of governor, promised to complete the infrastructure for the first phase of the Lagos rail mass transit (LMRT) blue line and bring it to passenger operation.