Progress Report on Addis Ababa Light Railway Project

Progress Report on Addis Ababa Light Railway Project

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Light Rail project 73% complete

September 5, 2014

Ethiopia has several ambitious infrastructure projects across the country from the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to Ethiopia’s first light rail transit in Addis Ababa. The 34km light railway project is similar to Subway or Sky Train.

Ethiopia’s state-run news agency reports that the construction of the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit project has been 73% completed;. The project is on time and under budget.

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The Vision – The Addis Ababa City Light Rail (as broadcast on CNN)

Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is under going through a major transport construction boom that is expected to give rise to modern railways. The city light railway project, as it is called by the residents, will be its first mass transit system and a pioneer model transport system in the region. The rail network will connect the city from East to West and North to South, with a planned total length of about 75 kms. When finished, it will have more than 35 stations and run on electricity, as part of the countries new push for clean energy.

Dr. Getachew Betru, CEO of Ethiopian Railway Corporation, says, “This light rail vehicle will be travelling between stations within six minutes. Eventually, this number will be reduced to three minutes, and then finally to one and a half minutes, 90 seconds.”

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