Lagos State’s eagerly anticipated Blue Line Rail project is on the brink of becoming a reality, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu officially declared that the rail system will initiate its commercial operations on September 4, 2023. The announcement was made through a post on his social media platform X, as he shared the exciting news with the residents of Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu outlined the initial phase of the rail’s operation, stating that it will commence with partial passenger services during specific hours. In the mornings, from 6:30 to 10:00 am, and in the afternoon peak hours, from 4:00 to 9:30 pm, the Blue Line Rail will be in operation. During these hours, commuters will have the opportunity to experience this modern mode of transportation that promises to transform the city’s commuting landscape.
In his message, Governor Sanwo-Olu also shed light on the gradual escalation of the rail service. For the first two weeks, the rail will offer 12 trips per day. This capacity will subsequently increase to an impressive 76 trips per day, providing commuters with enhanced flexibility and convenience. Notably, passengers will be able to access the rail services by using their Lagos Cowry Card, streamlining the boarding process.
The Blue Line Rail project stands as a crucial component of Lagos’ overarching plan to create a seamlessly interconnected city. With its inauguration, the rail system is poised to revolutionize the way residents navigate the urban landscape. Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his enthusiasm for this milestone, stating, “I am delighted to announce that the long-awaited Blue Line Rail will begin commercial operations on Monday, September 4, 2023, from Marina to Mile 2 as we put #LagosOnTrack.”
Furthermore, the Governor extended an invitation to the people of Lagos to join him in commemorating this significant occasion. At 9:00 am on the launch day, he will be present at the Marina Station, ready to embark on the inaugural journey. This historic moment marks the beginning of a new era in Lagos’ transportation system, as the city takes a significant step forward in its quest for enhanced connectivity and accessibility.
As the Blue Line Rail prepares to enter the realm of active service, the expectations of Lagos residents are high, and the excitement is palpable. With its potential to alleviate traffic congestion, streamline commuting, and enhance the overall urban experience, the rail project symbolizes a beacon of progress for the city. The coming weeks promise to be transformative as Lagosians eagerly embrace the new era of public transportation, marking a monumental leap forward in the city’s journey toward becoming a truly interconnected metropolis.