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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.[1]

Abuja Rail Mass Transit
Overview
Locale Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
Transit type Light metro
Number of lines 2
Line number Yellow line, Blue line
Number of stations 12
Technical
System length 44.7 km (27.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map
Abuja Rail Mass Transit.svg

Contents

RoutesEdit

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

The complete network is planned to link Abuja with satellite towns such as Nyanya, Kubwa, Mararaba and Lugbe.

$US840 million, 78 km (48 mi) Abuja Light Rail System (ALRS).[2]

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.[3]

Yellow lineEdit

The Yellow line travels from Abuja's Central Business District to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Stations Location
Abuja Metro 9°03′02″N 7°28′19″E / 9.0505°N 7.4719°E / 9.0505; 7.4719
Stadium 9°02′45″N 7°27′06″E / 9.0459°N 7.4517°E / 9.0459; 7.4517
Kukwaba I 9°02′25″N 7°26′28″E / 9.0402°N 7.4410°E / 9.0402; 7.4410
Kukwaba II 9°01′50″N 7°25′21″E / 9.0306°N 7.4226°E / 9.0306; 7.4226
Wupa 9°01′29″N 7°23′42″E / 9.0247°N 7.3950°E / 9.0247; 7.3950
Idu 9°02′48″N 7°20′32″E / 9.0466°N 7.3421°E / 9.0466; 7.3421
Bassanjiwa 9°00′49″N 7°16′57″E / 9.0136°N 7.2824°E / 9.0136; 7.2824
Airport 9°00′22″N 7°16′19″E / 9.0062°N 7.2720°E / 9.0062; 7.2720

Blue LineEdit

The Blue Line travels from Idu to Kubwa.

Stations Location
Idu 9°02′48″N 7°20′32″E / 9.0466°N 7.3421°E / 9.0466; 7.3421
Gwagwa 9°05′24″N 7°17′07″E / 9.0901°N 7.2852°E / 9.0901; 7.2852
Deidei 9°06′22″N 7°17′14″E / 9.1061°N 7.2872°E / 9.1061; 7.2872
Kagini 9°07′28″N 7°17′32″E / 9.1245°N 7.2922°E / 9.1245; 7.2922
Gbazango 9°09′13″N 7°18′40″E / 9.1536°N 7.3110°E / 9.1536; 7.3110

Some of the other stations, outside Abuja Municipality, include:

ProjectEdit

President Olusegun Obasanjo performed the official groundbreaking ceremony in May 2007.[4] The project was originally linked to the city's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.[5]

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.[6]

Initially, diesel rolling stock is being used; electrification will be undertaken when electricity supplies are more reliable.[6] Rails were imported, while sleepers were produced locally.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Abuja Light Rail: Buhari Launches, Inspects Airport Terminal". Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.urbanrail.net/af/abuja/abuja.htm
  3. ^ "Buhari to commission $823.5m Abuja light rail on Thursday". Retrieved 2018-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Obasanjo Flags Off $841m Abuja Railway Project". allAfrica. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Abuja 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid – New Sponsor, Railway". GamesBids.com. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ a b "COMMUTER AND LIGHT RAIL IN ABUJA". Railways Africa. November 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-02.