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Thursday, 10 May 2007
On 7 May, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo officially inaugurated work on a new 1,435mm gauge light rail system in the capital, Abuja. Comprising three phases that are expected to be complete in 15 years, construction is being financed with a $US841 million dollar loan facility provided by the Chinese government. The 280km system is planned to cover the whole Federal Capital Territory including Wuse, Garki, AYA and its satellite towns of Karu, Nyanya, Kubwa and Gwagwalada. The project has been contracted to CPCS-Transcom International of Canada with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) as joint development partner.

The first phase will comprise 60km of route linking Area 10 in Garki, the central area, Wuse neighborhood centre, Utako Motor park, Jabi, Life Camp, Karmo, Gwarinpa and Kubwa. Also included are the national stadium, the Kukwaba national park, Idu and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
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OBJ flags off $449m rail project in Lagos

President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday in Lagos flagged off the $449million Iddo – Ijoko Light Rail Mass Transit Project being coordinated by the Lagos Mega City Development Authority.

He also granted an approval for the extension of the project to cover Kajola in Ogun State.

While performing the ceremony at the Iddo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Obasanjo said that Lagos, being the nation’s economic capital, deserved attention and support from the Federal Government in order to improve on its infrastructures and make life conducive for the residents.

He also said the LMCDA was established by his administration when it realised that the Lagos State government alone could not solve the various problems confronting the former capital of Nigeria.

According to him, Lagos was fast assuming the status of a mega city, and currently faced with the problems of sanitation, bad roads, chaotic traffic situation, among others, adding that the situation required an urgent solution.

The enormity of the problem, he said, necessitated his decision to involve Ogun State in the tripartite project that would address the environmental and infrastructural problems affecting the city.

He said the Federal Government would contribute 45 per cent of the cost of the project while Lagos and Ogun states would contribute 40 and 15 per cent respectively.
Lagos Unfolds New Metro Bus Scheme
The Punch, April 4, 2007

For the next few months, traffic on the ever busy Ikorodu road stretching from Mile 12 to Ojuelegba and Agbongbon will become more hectic due to the fact that the Lagos state has commenced the first phase of road rehabilitation, expansion and beautification in preparation for the take off of the second leg of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scheme. The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) which is saddled with the smooth implementation of the project will therefore facilitate the provision of the infrastructure, high capacity buses, as well as the required regulation and monitoring for the operation of the project. Mr. Gbenga Dairo, who is the Project Coordinator and a technical advisor to LAMATA on public and traffic management, at a recent consultative forum between LAMATA and organized private sector gave the hint that about 170 (One Hundred And Seventy) buses would be deployed for the take off of the proposed route with each bus taking 100 (One Hundred) passengers. He further stated that physical segregation of lane for the BRT buses would not run through the entire route, the routing will be such that between Maryland and Fadeyi, there would be provision for segregation while from Jibowu to Ojuelegba, BRT buses will mix with other vehicles. In addition, anywhere a lane is taken for BRT buses, an extra lane would be introduced, also physical barrier will be created along the dedicated lane in other to prevent other vehicles from using it. Other infrastructure that would be put in place to create an identity for the project includes standard bus stops and shelter and streetlight.
Good to see BRT in action.
Lagos has a pop. of 12 - 17 million and 2000+ density!!
My bad, Lagos doesnt have megacity status under both criteria (ie 10million+ population or density 2000/km2).
I heard on it, it is massive!!
Joburg is currently building a 'metro', the $4 billion Gautrain
Its LRT not MTS
In Abuja the construction of MTS has already started!
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