INSIDEMAINLAND – One of the major problems Mainlanders face daily is traffic and transportation issues.
Mainlanders spend an average of 4-6 hours every day in traffic and honestly, the constant traffic, long commutes between home and work, and poor road traffic is unhealthy and also reduce productivity.
GovernorBabajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration has vowed to do all within its powers to reduce traffic congestion by fixing the roads, deploying LASTMA Officials to maintain orderliness on the roads, as well as upgrading and expanding the public transport system.
Recall that in 2021, Governor Sanwo-Olu introduced the Red Line rail project as part of his T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda for the state..
The Red Line project was received with mixed reactions after the Governor announced that the state had acquired two sets of 10 cars new Talgo 330kmph speed trains from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The new trains were originally intended to connect Madison and Milwaukee in the United States but are now heading to Lagos.
InsideMainland can report from information available through the state sources that the Red Line will begin operations by the last quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023.
When completed and ready for full operations, the red line will have 11 stations and will be the first operational metro system in West Africa.
To ensure that Mainlanders are updated on the happenings and how this would impact transportation in Lasgidi, we have drawn up a list of benefits it would bring to Mainlanders. They are;
The Red Line will have 11 stations and when completed, it will be the first operational metro system in West Africa.
This would create more access to parts of Lagos and other adjoining communities where Mainlanders do business.
We gathered that the train will cater for 500,000 passengers daily during the first phase with the aim to carry a total of 1 million passengers daily by the second phase when it is fully operational.
This is dope!
REDUCE ROAD DECONGESTION
The red line will reduce the number of cars on our roads as it will connect eight stations and move passengers from Agbado to Oyingbo.
The stations and routes include Yaba, Mushin and Oshodi before reaching Ikeja. At the Ikeja station, the Red line is linked to the line from the international and domestic airport terminals.
From Ikeja, a single line will run to the airport terminals. It will go through the Aviation Terminal One of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport through a skywalk.
The Redline moves as a double line further from Ikeja to pass through Agege, Iju and before the final stop at Agbado.
The Red train will have a dedicated track from Ebute-Metta to Oyingo and will reduce travel time from an estimated two and half hours to 35 minutes.
This reduction in travel time will appeal to those who have plans to touch multiple places in one day across Lagos.
The red line will also be pocket friendly to Mainlanders as we have confirmed the tickets will be as low as N250.
Confirming this, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during an interview said “the tickets for the intra-city trains won’t be more than N250 per trip.”
This alone is cheering news for Mainlanders who we believe would adopt the use of the trains than to put their cars on the road.
For us at InsideMainland, we keep our fingers crossed as we cant wait to bring you exclusive peeks into the trains once they arrive Lasgidi.
Till then, we wait!