Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu assures Lagosians of affordable and accessible train rides.
Sanwo-Olu said tickets to ride on the Lagos Government’s intra-city trains won’t cost more than N300 per trip.
The governor said it would cost the state up to N150bn to complete the Red and Blue Lines.
He added that the investment would be worth, as it would help in decongesting traffic on the road.
Instead of staying an hour on the road, Sanwo-Olu said the train ride will be quicker – like 20 minutes.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says passengers won’t have to break their banks to ride on the Lagos Government’s intra-city trains as tickets won’t cost more than N300 per trip.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance on Friday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme while highlighting his administration’s efforts to eradicate gridlock across the State.
When asked to give a price range, he said :
“N200, N250, it probably won’t be more than that…I do not think that they will be breaking their banks. I assure you it will be very affordable and accessible.
“We believe that the cost will come down significantly for the citizens…It is not going to be in thousands, certainly, it is nothing close to that. So, you will still be in your regular N200, N300 per journey and that is what we are looking at.”
“The fare structure will be where you are joining and hopping off, but typically it will not be more than what you are running on your regular BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines today.”
“For it to be accessible, affordability is really critical for people to want to make it a better option. You can say it is quicker, instead of you staying one hour on the road, it is going to take you 20 minutes.
“So, affordability is very critical. It is certainly not going to be in thousands, like using N5,000 on. A train journey, it is nothing close that, it is still going to be in the regular N200, that is what we are looking at.”
According to Sanwo-Olu, the 37 km Red Line on completion, will traverse eight stations and move passengers from Agbado through Oyingbo.
The governor said it would cost the state up to N150bn to complete the Red and Blue Lines. He added that the investment would be worth it for the movement of over 22 million Lagosians, as it would help in decongesting traffic on the road.