The Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr Abimbola Akinajo, said the state government had commenced the test running of the 13 km Lagos Blue Line Rail Service train.
Akinajo disclosed this at the commencement of the test running in Lagos on Monday from Marina to Mile 2.
She said that the exercise would last between two and three months to enable Lagos residents to enjoy the free ride before commencing the full rail operation in April.
Akinajo said the test running would be carried out three times in a week over the next two months.
“The test-run is open for Lagosians from all walks of life to board the train and have a feel of its comfort.
“Market men and women, artisans, students, members of the media, and other professionals are being invited to enjoy the free train ride.
“Any Nigerian who wishes to join the free train ride should send their email address to LAMATA to enable us book them for the free ride within the week,” Akinajo said.
She said that the authority expected feedback from all categories of people such as traders, university, primary and secondary school students during the test run before starting the commercial operation.
The LAMATA boss said the automatic processing unit could process 250 passengers every minute, adding that the schedule was to have a train position to run every three minutes.
Akinajo said that the capacity of the train would continue to be met by the government, based on the surge in demand. (NAN)