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Nigerian Government Launches Abuja Rail Mass Transit, Offers 6 Months Free Ride

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has launched the Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) system, promising six months of free rides for Abuja residents until the end of the year.

The President made the announcement during the inauguration ceremony at the Abuja Metroline, where he took a symbolic ride to mark the occasion.

Tinubu praised the timely delivery of the project, stating that it demonstrates his administration’s commitment to revolutionizing Nigeria’s transportation sector.

“The Abuja light rail metro symbolizes progress, connectivity, and inclusivity, and signifies our determination to modernize our transportation infrastructure,” said President Tinubu.

The ARMT system was initially inaugurated in 2017 but faced operational challenges due to various factors. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, credited Tinubu for releasing the funds for the Metro Line rehabilitation contract, which was awarded at $30 million in 2018.

The minister also highlighted the completion of access roads to all 12 train stations, including car parks, at a cost of N21.4 billion.

The ARMT system has 12 diesel multiple units, each with a capacity to accommodate a minimum of 700 passengers.

This development is expected to reduce traffic congestion in the FCT and enhance accessibility for residents and visitors.

The six months free ride offer is a welcome relief for commuters, who can now enjoy a convenient and affordable transportation option.


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