In celebration of its 20 years of operations, the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) is set to enhance its Blue Line 13-kilometre rail corridor by increasing trips from the current 54 to 76 before the end of the year. Abimbola Akinajo, the Managing Director of LAMATA, revealed these plans during a briefing in Lagos.
The strategic move aims to improve the efficiency and capacity of the Blue Line, providing commuters with more frequent and accessible rail transportation options.
Akinajo emphasized the agency’s commitment to optimizing its existing infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the city’s residents.
Additionally, Akinajo outlined the timelines for key upcoming projects. The second phase of the Blue Line Rail project, spanning from Mile 2 to Okoko, has already commenced construction and is anticipated to be completed in 2027.
This expansion reflects LAMATA’s long-term vision to enhance connectivity and accessibility across different parts of Lagos.
Furthermore, the agency is gearing up for the commencement of commercial operations on the Red Line corridor.
The Red Line, covering a 37-kilometer rail route from Agbado to Marina, includes 13 stations strategically positioned to serve various communities. With infrastructure work expected to conclude in December, LAMATA aims to kickstart commercial operations on the Red Line in the second quarter of 2024.
Innovatively addressing environmental concerns, LAMATA announced plans to deploy no fewer than 1,000 electric buses (EBs) on the roads within the next 24 months.
This initiative aligns with the agency’s commitment to exploring alternative fuels for urban mobility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.