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Sounds like good news but can anyone explain why a LRT project for just one city is going to take 15yrs to complete??? Maybe its not going to be 15yrs of continous construction i.e. the phases will be added as the city grows:?
The LRT project is scheduled to be completed in 2012 and it is 40 KMs of track .
Most subways and LRTs are done in phases and montreal is a good explain of that with a decades long plan . The metro there was started in the early 60's and was still being constructed in the 1980's . the extension of the subway to the olympic park was in the 1974 to 1976 time frame or nearly 15 years after teh start of montreals subway.

you might think going above ground if easier but it of course presents its own problems of crossing developed lands in many cases or making the land suitable for a rail bed.

all that said julius berger nigeria had constructed 80 km of high quality railway in nigeria with concrete high speed rail ties in about a year for a mining project. cutting a rial line without a an urban landscape is different then putting a spur line thru rural areas without passenger stations is another.
 
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Thanks for the explanation Jim. Now it makes sense.
actually Billy here is a bit more of an overview of the project from the Abuja 2014 website . It is 280 KM to the final stage which is huge. the first phase is 60 KM . good to see a Canadian Company involved. With a LRT system like that linking the national stadium to the airport and downtown including the new Nigerian National Arts Centre the Abuja 2014 bid is getting a great number of support project off the books . The games even with the world class sports facilities is going to be a 1 to 2 billion dollar affair if you included these projects.

My theory is that infrastructure like the expansion of the airport , the LRT , the arts centre and the additional sports venues Abuja 2014 are putting in place are going to be further used in support of an Olympic bid.

I find it strange that Abuja did not go subway because it is a young city and the soil geology does not make for hard digging at all. There also could be a component of underground passages involved in the downtown area much like seattle underground bus tunnels which i have personally been thru.

Heres the press release from Abuja 2014



NEWS

ABUJA CITY COMMONWEALTH GAMES BID GETS ANOTHER BOOST

From: Chris Garba, Abuja

The Abuja City Bid for the hosting rights of the 2014 Commonwealth Games got another boost on Monday when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration announced that it has awarded an $841m (about N107.648b) contract for the construction of a metro rail system, which would be completed in 2012, as a complimentary factor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Announcing this during the groundbreaking ceremony of the first phase of the project by President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Central Business District, Abuja, as part of the President's Projects Inspection Visit to the FCT, Minister of FCT, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, said that when completed, the metro rail system would have the capacity of transporting 20,000 passengers per hour, to any direction in the City.
"Mr President, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this project is designed to provide adequate coverage for all the satellite towns of the FCT and would provide about 280 kilometres, including national railway and FCT local line," the Minister said.
"The contract value of this project is in excess of $841m (about N107.648b), with a completion date of four years, which is a complimentary factor in our Bid for the Commonwealth Games of 2014".
El-Rufai said that for a start, the project was taking off with a distance of 60 kilometres, which made of Lot One, covering Area 10 Garki, the Central Business District, Wuse District, Utako Motor Park, Jabi Life Camp, Karmo, Gwagwa, Kuba, with a short link to Idu Junction, while Lot Three would cover the Abuja National Stadium Complex, Idu and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Performing the ceremony as part of his Projects Inspection Visit to the FCT, President Obasanjo urged all Nigerians to support the Abuja 2014 Bid, as the Federal Government was determined to bring the Games for the first time to the black continent.
The Project will be handled by two contracting firms, Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and Messrs CPCS-Transcom International of Canada, and will include Abuja in the league of over 100 cities of the world operating the metro rail system of transportation, which started in London, England in 1863 and Cairo, Egypt in 1987.
 
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