7 Facts about the new Abuja light rail
President Muhammadu Buhari officially launched the Abuja Metro Line on 12th July 2018. These are the facts about the new Abuja urban/light rail system that you should know:
1. The rail line is the first phase of a metro line for the Federal Capital Territory. The metro line also consists of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport terminal of the Abuja Mass transit train service.
2. The light rail is touted for its uniqueness as the first rail in the country that is without pedestrian crossing and covers a distance of ?44.7kilometeres.
3. The completed first phase of the rail project passes through about 13 communities/ satellite towns with 12 stations and is expected to boost economic activities along the corridors of Gwagwa, Kalgoni, DeiDei, Kubwa, Kokoaba, Asa, and Dasonga, among others.
4. The Abuja Light Rail presently has just two lines; The Yellow line which travels from Abuja’s Central Business District to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and the Blue Line that runs from Idu to Kubwa.
5. Some of the other stations, outside Abuja Municipality, include Gwagwalada, Nyanya in Nasarawa, Mararaba in Nasarawa, Keffi in Nasarawa, Suleja in Niger State.
6. The construction of the urban light rail system and lasted over a period of 11 years having been flagged-off by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2007.
7. The project cost $823.5m and was financed through counterpart-funding with the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank on the basis of 60 per cent from the Chinese and 40 per cent from the FCT administration and it was contracted to CCECC Limited (the firm that executed the plan).
Check out the photos of the rail line below: