The Lagos District of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that it transported some one million passengers in its shuttle service trains between January and June.
Jerry Oche, the Lagos Railway District Manager (RDM) of the NRC, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Lagos.
“We operated 16-passenger trains daily from Apapa/Iddo to Ijoko, in Ogun, using the Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) and the Mass Transit Trains (MTT), during the period,’’ Oche said.
The RDM said that 818,264 passengers were transported through the MTT service, while the DMU and the Express trains moved 79,531 and 8,505 passengers respectively within the period.
According to him, the Lagos district is popular for its excursion train rides, which are frequently patronised by schools, organisations and agencies.
Oche said that the corporation was planning to acquire locomotives and wagons of different models to expand the operation of the mass transit trains.
The RDM said that the menace of roof-top riders posed a serious threat to the smooth running of train services within the Lagos district.
According to him, the complete eradication of rooftop riding is required to boost passengers patronage and enhance the corporation’s reputation.
He said that efforts were being made to find a permanent solution to the menace.
“Very soon, the act of climbing the roof-top of the train will come to a permanent stop in Lagos,’’ Oche said