After much anticipation and several delays, the Lagos State Government has finally announced that the Lagos Blue Rail Line is set to commence operations today, revolutionizing the way Lagosians commute within the city.
This significant milestone in Lagos’s transportation history marks a significant step towards alleviating traffic congestion and improving overall public transportation in the state. Lagosians, in the past, have been subject to harsh transportation conditions due to lack of a robust rail system. he roads are congested, as vehicles remained the only viable way to get to different points within the mega city.
This post focuses on the Lagos Blue Rail Line, which has been commissioned by the executive governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. It will also highlight the different rail lines, share their routes, prices, stops, and reliability.
The 6 Rail Lines in Lagos State
Route: Okokomaiko to Marina
Phase: First phase commissioned, running from Mile 2 to Marina
Stops: National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, Mile 2
Route: Ebute Metta (Oyingbo) to Agbado
Stops: Agege, Mushin, Yaba, Oshodi, Jibowu, and others
Route: Marina, Victoria Island, Lekki Phase 1, Ajah, Lekki 2, Ogombo, Elepetu, Eluju, Lekki Airport, Lekki Free Trade Zone
Projected Daily Capacity: Over 500,000 passengers initially, rising to over a million by 2031
Route: Redemption Camp, Mowe, Long Bridge, Isheri, Toll Gate, Omole, Ogba, Agege, Iyana Ipaja, Isheri Osun, Igando, Iba Estate, LASU, Okokomaiko, Ojo
Route: Otta, Meran, Alimosho, Ipaja, Isheri Osun, Ejigbo, Mafoluku, Isolo, Surulere, National Theatre
Projected Daily Capacity: 238,000 passengers initially, rising to 486,000 in a few years
Route: Ikeja, Alausa, Magodo, Mile 12, Irawo, Itolowo, Majidun Awori, Majidun Ogolonto, Agric Ikorodu, Alapadi, Maya, Eligana, Isiwu, Ibere, Imota, Agbowa (in Ikorodu)
Lagos Blue Rail Line Route
The Blue Rail Line’s first phase spans from Marina to Mile 2 and includes five stations: Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, and Orile. The most exciting part for commuters is the promise of a swift 15-minute journey between Marina and Mile 2, a route that traditionally takes over an hour by road.
The Lagos Blue Rail Line Times
- The train ride will typically depart from Marina and make stops at National Theatre-Iganmu-Alaba-Mile 2.
- The entire trip takes just 15 minutes.
- At each stop, the train waits for around 90 seconds to allow commuters alight, and get in.
- Initially, there will be 12 trips per day, with operating hours from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- The schedule includes two peak hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets and Pricing
The price list for the train ride from pick-up points to the final destination has been unveiled, and passengers will use Cowry Cards (click here to find out on how to get a Cowry Card) for payment. The 50% fare reduction in the public cost of transportation will also apply to the Lagos Blue Rail Line.
Here’s a breakdown of the cost for each leg of the journey:
|Marina to Mile 2||N750|
|Mile 2 to National Theatre||N500|
|Mile 2 to Iganmu||N400|
|Mile 2 to Alaba||N200|
|Alaba to Iganmu||N200|
|Alaba to National Theatre||N400|
|Iganmu to National Theatre||N200|
|National Theatre to Marina||N500|
With these affordable fares, the Lagos Blue Rail Line offers a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to the daily commute for Lagosians.
Although the initial operation will consist of 12 trips daily, LAMATA has ambitious plans to expand to 76 daily trips in the near future, ensuring that more people can benefit from this convenient mode of transportation. The Lagos Blue Rail Line is undoubtedly a game-changer for Lagos, reducing travel times, and improving the overall quality of life for its residents.
In conclusion, as the Lagos Blue Rail Line begins full commercial operations, it promises to transform the daily lives of Lagosians by offering a reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation option. This initiative reflects the Lagos State Government’s commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure and making it a more livable and accessible place for all its residents.