Sudan resorts to train to address transportation crisis in capital

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-25 22:53:08|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KHARTOUM, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Khartoum transportation train, which officially entered into service on Nov. 21, represents the most recent approach taken by Sudan's government to address the transportation crisis which exhausted the citizens in the capital Khartoum.

It is the first time in Sudan's history that the train has been introduced into the transport sector to resolve the transportation crisis.

"The train's capacity is 400 passengers," Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, supervisor of Khartoum Train, told Xinhua on Monday.

He said the first phase of the project began with two trains, noting that one of the trains links northern Khartoum with the center, while the other links south Khartoum with the center.

Abdul Moniem Osman, a driver of the south Khartoum train, said they have received enough training ahead of the project, reiterating that the project won the praise of the citizens.

"So far the project is proceeding well with no problems. The citizens are satisfied," Osman told Xinhua.

Khartoum transportation train passes through important public and service utilities, which enables the citizens to easily get to their destinations.

"The train allows quick access to central Khartoum as it is not delayed by traffic lights or traffic jam like other means of transport," Nawal Mergani, a Sudanese dentist, told Xinhua.

The train also carries a bigger number of passengers and it is more comfortable, she noted.

Atif Sayed Yassin, a Sudanese citizen, told Xinhua that "the train is a very nice idea by the state and it lessens the transportation burden."

Sudanese authorities earlier announced that the train would transport the citizens for free during the first weeks, noting that the train's ticket fee was set at 10 Sudanese pounds (about 0.22 U.S. dollars) for the citizens and 5 pounds for the students.

Sudan's transitional government is seeking to find ways to address issues related to transport services resulted from lack of infrastructures.