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UPDATED: 11:24, June 19, 2007
Hike in transport fares forces Nigerian commuters to use train
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The increase in road transport fares because of the hike in petrol price has compelled many commuters in Nigeria's Lagos State to opt for rail transportation.

Nigerian federal government increased the pump price of petrol from 65 naira (about 50 U.S. cents) to 75 naira (58 cents) per liter on May 27. This led to increase in road transport fares in the state by about 100 percent.

In the past one week, mass transit trains in the state have recorded increased patronage from workers and traders including those who abandoned them because of 'epileptic' services.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) operates two mass transit trains in the state from Monday to Friday. The trains ply the Agbado - Iddo and Ijoko - Apapa routes and charge 60 naira (46 cents) per passenger.

Some of the passengers said that they did not have a better option. They said they would save some money by using the train, stressing that road transport fares were unaffordable.

The passengers said they would continue to use the train until road transport fares reduce. They also called for improvement on the train services to attract more patronage.

Source: Xinhua

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