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Second Addis Light Rail Route to Launch Operation

Ethiopian Railways CorporationThe second route of Addis Ababa Light Rail system, stretching from Hayat Square-Megenagna-Torhailoch is about to begin operation by the end of October.

Awoke Mulu Public Relations Director at the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit (AA-LRT) was cited as having said by Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) that installation of electric cable, construction of ticket offices and recruitment of man power are about to be completed to begin the railway service.

Awoke said to replace the manual ticketing system, electronic ticketing machines are being installed in four chosen areas.

All the 41 trams are going to start giving services to deal with the passengers’ complaint of a long time wait at the stations to board a train, he added.

According to the report of FBC there are only 12 trams that are under operation.

The first railway route stretching from Menelik Square to Kality is transporting 60,000 passengers a day, generating 200,000 birr revenue.

It took USD 475 million to build the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit.

Source: The Daily Monitor