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LRT stalled for almost six hours

LRT stalled for almost six hours

The Addis Ababa Light Railway Transit (LRT) operation was stalled for five hours and forty minutes until 10:40 in the morning because of employees’ strike.

The employees, who demanded different benefits including job safety, halted operation on the morning of July 18, 2018.

Muluken Assefa, CEO of the AALRT, told The Reporter that the employees have been frequently harassed by commuters for power cuts and other technical issues.

After being incorporated under the Addis Ababa City Administration, LRT has suffered from budget shortages and it had requested the City Administration for subsidy.

The Addis Ababa LRT covers a total of 34 kilometers and was built for 475 million dollars obtained from the EXIM Bank of China. The railway service began operation on September 20, 2018 and transports an estimated 15,000 people per hour per direction.