Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said the state is set to test run the 27km Blue Line, which connects Marina in the heart of the city with Okokomaiko on the outskirts in December 2021.
Sanwo-Olu stated this in his Independence Day message to Lagosians on Thursday.
He said the light rail system will redefine commuting experience and overhaul the entire transport system.
He said; “Some of the priorities of my administration are solutions which accommodate people and move them efficiently from one place to another, significantly reducing lost productivity time associated with current commute challenges. The Light Rail system is one of such projects.
” Gleaning lessons from the railway operations of old and infusing ultra-modern technology, this will open up Lagos like never before, easing the movement of people and goods within the metropolis.”
” This will pave the way for the Red Line from Agbado-Marina and six other planned routes, which are part of our transport masterplan. The future of transportation is the ability to connect from opposite sides of the mainland to Lagos Island in minutes. This will not only positively impact the ease of doing business within Lagos, but promote enhanced interstate commerce with better opportunities for all,” he added.
He noted that by maintaining its current growth and migration rates, Lagos could become the world’s largest metropolis, home to 85 or 100 million people.