By Zhang Lipeng in Beijing | CRRC | Updated: 14-Jul-2018
In the morning of July 12 local time, the first urban light rail, Phase-I of Nigeria Abuja Rail Mass Transit, in the West African region launched officially for operation. In the official operation ceremony, Buhari, the president of Nigeria, is one of the first batch of passengers to board the train. CRRC manufactured the traction locomotive and 3 coaches of the train.
It is unique train in the world. It is driven by diesel locomotive. The train is powered by diesel not electricity. The train is customized according to the real conditions in West Africa.
Of course, these diesel-powered trains will be replaced gradually when the electricity-powered trains are available later.
Then, these electricity-powered trains will look familiar.
Employees of Abuja Rail Mass and after-sale personnel of CRRC Dalian Co., Ltd. closely cooperated in commissioning and test-running the trains. After half a year, employees of Abuja Rail Mass Transit have been familiarized with the vehicle base, power supply system, communication system, signal system, etc. The whole system has passed the availability, safety and reliability inspection. The system is ready for passenger transport operation.
In the test-run stage, the train departs from IDU station at 9:10 every day. The train stops at three stations, namely, Airport Station, IDU Station and City Center Station. It takes 5 round trips every day, and it connects closely the railway and airport.
Since the operation of Abuja Rail Mass Transit (Phase I), Abuja International Airport, the satellite city Kubwa and the downtown of Abuja are interconnected, and the seamless transfer and connection between Abuja-Kaduna Railway Project and Abuja Terminal Project can be realized, relieving the traffic congestion pressure of the municipal roads, saving time and expenses for commuters traveling between the downtown and outskirts of Abuja, improving safety and promoting the economic and social development along the railway line.
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