Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In 3 days, over 8,000 Abuja-Kaduna rail passengers bought tickets online – Official

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More than 8,000 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train route have accessed the e-ticketing platform three days after its test running, a statement by Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, Media Assistant to Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said.

Recall that the Federal Government had on Wednesday announced the commencement of the test run, saying that the platform would also officially begin on January 20.

According to the statement, on the first day of the test booking, 1,174 passengers used the platform to purchase tickets, on Thursday 3,479 passengers access the platform while on Friday, Jan. 15,  3,398 passengers accessed the platform.

The train service which was inaugurated for commercial operations in 2016 had faced the challenge of racketeering which had led to the extortion of passengers.

Ms Elebiyo-Edeni said the minister initiated the e-ticketing platform in order to resolve the challenges and eradicate touts at the train stations.

She added that purchasing tickets at the train stations is still in place to enable those who cannot access it online to purchase tickets over the counter.

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