Sunday, May 19, 2024

Abuja Rail Mass Transit To Be Commissioned May, 2024 – FCT Minister

FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike on Friday, April 5th, undertook a tour of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit scheme also known as the Abuja Metro line, and rode on the train from the city center to the Abuja Airport.

The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the quality of work and commended the contractor while revealing that the project was one of those scheduled to be commissioned by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in May.

Abuja Rail Mass Transit commonly known as Abuja Light Rail is an abandoned regional rail transport system in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

It was the first rapid transit system in the country, West Africa, and the second such system in sub-saharan Africa (after Addis Ababa Light Rail).

The first phase of the project connects the city center to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, stopping at the Abuja-Kaduna Railway station in Idu.

The Abuja Metro Line was launched on 12 July 2018 and a three-trains-per-day service opened for passengers the following week.

A network totalling 290 km (180 mi) is proposed, divided into six phases or ‘lots’.:

  • Lots 1 and 3 have finished construction.
  • Lot 2 is from Gwagwa via Transportation Centre (Metro Station) to Nyanya/Karu
  • Lot 4 is from Kuje to Karshi with the remaining legs of the Transitway Line 2
  • Lot 5 from Kubwa via Bwari to Suleja
  • Lot 6 from Airport via Kuje and Gwagwalada to Dobi.

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