In a recent press conference held by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), exciting news was revealed regarding the much-anticipated Red Line metro system.
With the successful launch of the Blue Rail connecting Marina to Mile 2 earlier this year, the state government is now gearing up for the commercial operation of the Red Line in the second quarter of 2024.
Under the visionary leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Government is committed to prioritizing transportation and traffic management as part of its THEMES+ agenda.
The addition of the Red Line is a grand step towards offering efficient and sustainable mobility solutions while improving air quality and reducing emissions within Lagos. The construction of the Red Line’s five stations is progressing with full force, with completion scheduled for December. Following this, test runs will commence in the first quarter of 2024, paving the way for full commercial operations.
The Red Line’s introduction is expected to reduce traffic congestion on major routes and provide commuters with a reliable and comfortable transportation option.
Not stopping at rail systems, the Lagos State Government has also unveiled plans to introduce electric buses (EBs) to the city’s roads. Collaborating with Oando Clean Energy Limited (OCEL), the government has already deployed two electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a pilot program.
The aim is to test the feasibility of electric buses and eventually increase the fleet to over 1,000 buses within the next two years. This initiative will not only reduce emissions but also enhance overall sustainability of public transportation in Lagos.
Furthermore, LAMATA is exploring alternative fuel sources to power its vehicles. The agency is piloting the use of Clean Natural Gas (CNG) on selected BRT corridors, with 10 CNG buses already in operation. By bringing on board eco-friendly stock like CNG, biofuels, and electric buses, LAMATA aims to achieve the state’s vision of zero emissions by 2050.
The press conference also shed light on the progress of the Lagos Urban Train Projects (LUTP). LAMATA proudly announced the completion of the Blue Line, a fully electric rail system, and confirmed that civil works for the Red Line are set to conclude by the end of this year.
Test runs for the Red Line are scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. Reflecting on LAMATA’s achievements over the past twenty years Managing Director Engr. (Mrs) Abimbola Akinajo emphasized the agency’s commitment to developing an efficient public intermodal transport system.
With a focus on integration and reduced emissions, LAMATA envisions a future where all transport modes peacefully coexist, enabling stress-free travel and ensuring smooth commute for Lagos residents.
With LAMATA leading the way, Lagos is on the fore front to become a model for urban mobility in Africa. The future of transportation in Lagos is bright, and residents can eagerly anticipate the transformative impact of these initiatives on their daily commute.