The Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line System has begun its long-awaited commercial operations.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, became the first passenger to ride on the train during its inaugural ride as operations began on Monday.
Sanwo-Olu took the ride from the Marina station to Mile 2 around 9:00 a.m. Before he boarded the train, the governor explained to his co-passengers the requirements to board the train.
He was accompanied by his wife Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; deputy Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro, ex-Speaker of the House of Assembly Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro among other government officials.
The Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Abimbola Akinajo, had announced on Thursday that the Lagos Blue Line Rail would commence commercial operations on Monday, September 4.
According to the Akinajo, for the first month, the train would run only 12 trips with the locomotive system.
She further said that the agency will begin the electric-powered train operation with 76 trips.
An estimated passenger capacity between 150,000 and 175,000 are expected to take rides from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.