First Urban Rail Service Opens in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's new $475-Million China-Built tramway opened in Addis Abada on September 20, 2015. (BBC video)

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Ethiopia’s first modern urban commuter rail service has been launched in the capital Addis Ababa.
The $470M project, which was mostly funded by China’s Exim Bank, is the first fully electrified train service in sub-Saharan Africa.

Hundreds of people turned up for Sunday’s launch and enjoyed free rides on the trains, which are being touted as the solution to the city’s growing road transport problems.

Emmanuel Igunza attended the launch of the commuter train in Addis Ababa.

Read more and watch video at BBC News »

Modernizing Ethiopia Opens $475-Million, China-Built Urban Rail (Bloomberg News)
China in driving seat as Ethiopian capital gets new tramway (AFP)

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