Ethiopia gets the first metro system in sub-Saharan Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)In Addis Ababa, a city of over 4 million people, the more traditional way of getting around has been in mini vans — a cross between a bus and a taxi, that picks people up and drops them wherever they want to go.

But now, a newly opened urban metro service is set to transform the way people in Ethiopia’s capital get to work.

The $475 million Light Rail Project is a joint venture between Ethiopia and China and the first of its kind for the city and sub-Saharan Africa.

“There has been a lot of positive economic development in the last 20 years,” Dr Getachew Betru, CEO of Ethiopian Railways Corporation, told CNN.

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