Over 8,000 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train route have access the e-ticketing just three days into the test running of the portal.
The Federal Government on Wednesday Jan. 13 has announced the commencement of the test run of e-ticketing on the route and pledged to officially begin the initiative.
According to a press statement made available to journalists in Abuja today by the media assistant to the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni disclosed that on the first day of the test booking, 1,174 passengers used the platform to purchase train tickets, on Thursday 3,479 passengers access the platform while on Friday, Jan. 15, 3,398 passengers accessed the platform.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who announced the e-ticketing stated that the government would fully inaugurate the service this week.
The train service which was inaugurated for commercial operations in 2016 had faced the challenge of racketeering which had led to extortion of passengers.
Amaechi, however, initiated the e-ticketing platform as a way forward in resolving the challenges and hoping that the e-ticketing service would eradicate touts at the train stations.
However, Taiye stated 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 at the train stations, disclosing that official launching of the E-Ticketing platform will be done on Wednesday, Jan. 20 after a week of test run.