Lagos metro system finally opens, will transport 150,000 people a day

In the megacity, among the world's most congested cities, it will finally be possible to reduce travel time after a 12-year wait.

Lagos, the Nigerian megalopolis, finally has its first metro line, which covers an 8-mile path and was built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. According to forecasts will transport 150 thousand passengers per day and once fully operational will transport up to 1,200 commuters per trip, reducing the journey time from the island of Tin Can (the largest port in Nigeria) to the Marina of the island of Lagos to 25 minutes, against the previous 3 hours.

According to Numbeo, the 20-million-inhabitant city has the worst traffic in the world, surpassing Jakarta, Los Angeles, and Delhi. Over the next five years it should raise 15 billion dollars to improve the efficiency of its roads and in general the whole integrated transport system, including those by sea, to be enhanced to further alleviate congestion on land.

Cover image by Dami Akinbode on Unsplash.

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