The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Monday increased its Lagos-Ogun Mass Transit Train Services (MTTS) to two trains daily, to reduce the sufferings experienced by commuters.
District Manager Lagos Mr. Jerry Oche told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that it was also to reduce inadequacy the single train being operated had been creating.
NAN reports that the NRC resumed operations on January 23 after about four months suspension with one-return-trip train daily.
The suspension of its service along the corridor was to facilitate the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.
Oche said the corporation began the second train having considered the pains of its many commuters in the state.
He said that the introduction of the second train would reduce the plights and sufferings of commuters.
The manager said: “We started the second Lagos MTT (Mass Transit Train) today because of the congestion in our single rake.
“All we want to do now is to be operating two trains daily.
“They will be taking off from Ijoko and Kajola in Ogun State and be terminating at Iddo Terminus in Lagos State each day for some time, before we fully bounce back.
“The take-off time of the trains will be 0600hrs and 0630hrs from Ijoko and Kajola to Iddo Terminus.
“The trains will return in the evenings at 1730hrs to Kajola and 1830hrs to Ijoko.”
Oche said that each of the trains had 12 coaches and each coach had a 92-seating capacity.
He said the corporation would increase the coaches to 14 each with time.
He said that the one-return-trip train from Kajola to Iddo since January 23 was transporting an average of 5,000 commuters daily.