Lagos-Ogun train services set to resume with increased fares
The Nigeria Railway Corporation(NRC) has announced the resumption of Lagos-Ogun Mass Transit Train Services (MTTS) from Monday, September 14, 2020.
According to the District Manager of NRC, Lagos, Mr Jerry Oche, the train services which was shut down due to the pandemic is set to resume operations on Monday with an increase in the train fares.
“NRC is set to resume its Mass Transit Train Services on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The resumption is coming after a compulsory shutdown of train operations on March 23, 2020, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak,” Oche said according to Vanguard.
“Following the guidelines set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the reopening of rail transportation within established parameters, the Nigerian Railway Corporation has made important changes to the delivery of services on its Mass Transit Trains.
“Our MTTS would now cost N460 flat per trip and the trains would no longer stop at some stations.”
The MTTS flat fare between Iddo in Lagos and Ijoko/Kajola in Ogun was N230 per trip before services were terminated in March.
The trains originating from Iddo also, before the new rule, usually stopped in various railway stations including Ebute Metta, Yaba, Mushin, Oshodi, Sogunle, Agege, Iju, Agbado, Itoki, Opo Suuru, Ijoko before terminating at Kajola.
According to him, trains originating from Ijoko will only stop at Ebute Metta Junction and Iddo stations.
“It is to be noted that the MTT train would leave Ijoko by 6.30 am and Iddo by 17.30 pm,” he said.
“In strict adherence to NCDC’s guidelines for public engagement, no passengers would be allowed to board the train without a face mask and hand sanitiser.
“This is an addition to the measures the NRC management has taken to ensure proper social distancing while boarding and onboard the MTTS.”
Ocher further disclosed that seats marked X on the mass transit trains are not to be seated on, hanging or standing inside the train is also prohibited. Failure to comply with these laid down rules will lead to prosecution of defaulters.