Urban rail revolutionises Addis Ababa transport

The first fully electric train service in sub-Saharan Africa was launched in Ethiopia’s capital city this week.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Image by OER Africa / CC BY 2.0

Funded by China's Exim Bank, the US$470 million system will operate 16 hours a day, seven days a week and is expected to reduce travel times across Addis Ababa from more than two hours to just 15 minutes. It’s anticipated that more than a million people will use the system each day. Journey tickets will cost between 20 and 40 US cents, which is four to five times less than minibuses and buses that ply similar routes. Read more: bbc.co.uk

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