Abuja Light Rail
Abuja Rail Mass Transit commonly known as Abuja Light Rail is a light rail transport system in Abuja in FCT, Nigeria. The first phase of the project connects the city center to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, stopping at the standard gauge railway station in Idu. President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Abuja Metro Line on 12 July 2018.
|Locale||Abuja, FCT, Nigeria|
|Transit type||Light metro|
|Number of lines||2|
|Line number||Yellow line, Blue line|
|Number of stations||12|
|System length||44.7 km (27.8 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Abuja rail mass transit project Phase 1 consists of a 'Lot 1' and 'Lot 3' line.
Lot 1 Line consists of Lot1A and Lot1B line. Total length is 23.718 km (14.738 mi).
Lot 1A (Proposed Stations) - Idu - Gwa Gwa - Dei Dei - Jibi - Gbazango - Byazhin - Kubwa
Lot 1B (Proposed Stations) - Ring Road 1 - Garki - Transportation Centre - Wuse - Employment Centre - Utako - Jabi I - Jabi II - Ring Road III - Gwarinpa - Karmo
Lot 3 (Proposed Stations) - Abuja - Stadium - National Park - Ring Road II - Wupa - Idu - Airport North - Airport
$US840 million, 78 km (48 mi) Abuja Light Rail System (ALRS).
Some of the lines extend from the Federal Capital Territory into the neighbouring states.
Lines and stationsEdit
The first part of the network was commissioned on July 12, 2018, twelve stations opened in this first phase.
The Yellow line travels from Abuja's Central Business District to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Some of the other stations, outside Abuja Municipality, include:
However, lack of funds delayed the project by many years. A construction contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, but as of November 2010, they had only received 20% of the promised amount from the government.
Initially, diesel rolling stock is being used; electrification will be undertaken when electricity supplies are more reliable. Rails were imported, while sleepers were produced locally.
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