The Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line System commenced commercial operations on Monday with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the first passenger.
The train began operation at about 9:45 am from Marina terminal to Mile 2.
TheFact Daily recalled that the blue rail project was first proposed in 1983 during the administration of the former Governor of Lagos State, the Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
President Bola Tinubu laid the foundation in 2003 when he was the governor of Lagos state.
In January 2023, Former President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the first phase of the blue rail.
The first phase extends from Marina to Mile 2 and is 13 kilometres. It has five stations namely; Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, and Orile Station.
The state government said the first phase will transport 250,000 passengers daily and when completed, the entire 27km will transport about 500,000 passengers daily.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, via his Twitter handle @gboyegaakosile, has warned Lagosians not to cross the rail lines.
“Dear Lagosians, please be reminded as we kick off the commercial operations of the Lagos Blue Line Rail transport on Monday, that the rail line is electrified. Don’t cross the rail lines because it is dangerous. Use the overhead bridges that have been provided by the government. Thank you,” he warned.