According to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), 693,224 passengers traveled on the Lagos/Ibadan Standard Gauge train between January 2021 and December 2022.
Mr. Augustin Arisa, the NRC’s Lagos District Manager, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
Arisa stated that the firm had 173,488 passengers in 2021 and 519,738 in 2022.
The official attributed the increase in passengers in 2022 to the Federal Government’s awareness and free trips from the end of 2021 through the first week of January 2022.
He said: “The Standard Gauge fare from Lagos to Ibadan (Mobolaji Johnson Ebute Meta to Obafemi Awolowo Station in Moniya) cost N9,000 for executive class.
“N6,500 for Business class, N3,600 for standard class and it cost N3,000 for standard class for minors.
“From Lagos to Abeokuta (Mobolaji Johnson Ebute-Meta to Prof. Wole Soyinka Station in Abeokuta) the fare is N6,000 for executive class, N4,500 for business class, N3,000 for standard and minor N2,000.
“From Abeokuta to Ibadan the standard gauge fare is N3000 for executive, N2,000 for business class, and N1,000 for standard class.”
Arisa further stated that in 2021, the company registered 524,093 passengers on the Mass Transit train from Lagos to Ijoko in Ogun and 964,631 passengers in 2022.
According to the district manager, the corporation operates four excursions daily from Lagos to Ijoko — two in the morning between 6.30 a.m. and 7.00 a.m., and two in the evening at 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m., respectively.
He stated that the firm would continue to raise public awareness of its services and that various social media platforms would be used to do so.
Arisa went on to say that the corporation had also put measures in place to combat hoodlum destruction of NRC sites.