Monday, February 13, 2023

China-built Light Rail in Addis Ababa Faces Problems

 The Diplomat published on 3 February 2023 a report titled "China and Ethiopia: The Addis Light Train Stuck in Slow Motion" by Istvan Tarrosy and Zoltan Voros, both at University of Pecs in Hungary.

Since opening in 2015, the Chinese-built light rail system in Addis Ababa has experienced electrical outages, most of the trains no longer function, and ridership has fallen from a high of 105-110,000 daily passengers to 56,000 today.  Repairs and maintenance have posed a challenge.

Comment: It sounds like the Metro system in Washington except that the Addis Ababa light rail began operating in 2015 and part of the Washington system has been around since 1976.