The Minister of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured that additional coaches will be made available for the Abuja light rail before the middle of next year while ten additional metro stations on the Abuja Airport line will be opened.
Malam Bello who stated this at the public presentation of the road traffic policy for a Safe, Functional and Efficient transport system for the nation’s Federal Capital, said the additional coaches and metro stations will ease the traffic on the roads.
He said “I would also want to mention that as you know, the Abuja light rail is already operational. By the middle of next year, a substantial number of coaches that are under construction now would have arrived and about 10 additional stations on the metro stations to Abuja airport line would have been opened and then we would have trains probably moving almost in intervals of 30 minutes.”
Malam Bello also called on investors in the transport sector to partner with the FCT Administration to help cushion the effects of enforcement of the traffic rules and regulations, adding that requirements for the registration of taxis/cabs have been made easy to encourage more participants.
The Abuja light rail commissioned last year has been running on four coaches with three schedule from the central station to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.
Except for the adjourning connecting transit at Idu,the Abuja light rail has not witnessed mass patronage of Abuja residents.
Part of the reasons for the above was the Limited number of coaches,non-alignment of running schedule with airport operation and what some experts considered as the slow acceleration of the Locomotives. The train speed is at 100km per hour .
The Chinese who borrowed Nigeria money to build the light rail are in change of operation and management of the line.