Thursday, July 26, 2018 2.00PM / Proshare WebTV
The Lagos Bus Rapid Transit System, also Known as BRT is regulated by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and currently operated by Primero Transport Services Limited.
The first Phase of the Lagos BRT was opened on 17 March 2008 and was initiated by the government of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
It goes from Mile 12 through Ikorodu Road and Funsho Williams Avenue up to CMS. At the moment, the Lagos BRT has been extended from Mile 12 to Ikorodu, which is the second phase of BRT implementation.
With the approval of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the construction of a new BRT corridor along Oshodi to Abule –Egba has commenced under the supervision of LAMATA.
26 bus shelters are offered along the Mile 12-CMS road; three bus terminals are also placed along the corridor (Mile 12, Moshalashi and CMS), with the bus terminal at CMS designed to integrate with transport modes of rail and ferry that are planned for future construction by LAMATA.
Looking at the BRT service, here are five things to note in its operations;
BRT Buses in Lagos are 434
The Bus Rapid Transport services operated by Primero Transport currently has 434 buses in its fleet.
250 BRT Buses are Fully Operational
Out of the 434 BRT buses managed by Primero, 250 are fully operational in Lagos at the moment plying the designated routes across the city.
The BRT services 150,000 passengers daily
As the major intracity bus transport service in Nigeria, the BRT services about 150,000 passengers daily in Lagos city
Primero Transport Service has exclusive BRT Corridor
There has been a lot of questions about why Primero Transport is the only BRT service allowed to use the designated routes across the State. This is because Primero pays a portion of its revenue to the Lagos State Government.
BRT Bus Stations & Routes
Major routes of the BRT service include Onipan, Fadeyi, Ikorodu Garage , Kosofe, Stadium(Surulere), Tafawa Balewa Square (Lagos Island), Ojota, Palmgrove, Barracks (Yaba), Anthony(Ikorodu Road), Maryland (Ikorodu Road), Marina(Marina area), and CMS (Marina), Idi-Iroko, Ketu,
Impacts of BRT Service Systems on Lagos Commuters
Challenges of BRT Services System
As a fast-rising megacity, Lagos with a population of approximately 20 million requires mass transportation services to ease the traffic congestion that characterizes the city.
This will require the strengthening of the BRT system in the State and also the consideration for opening up space for further investments and competition which is a key feature of a liberalized transport sector.
Operators like Primero must improve communication with its passengers especially when there are service delays, while LAMATA should ensure that the operators continue to play by the rules and guidelines of the integrated transport system.
The BRT should also consider a special service for school children and students in the Primary and Secondary schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
The BRT is a strategic service that needs policies that will incentivize other investments. With the success of Lagos, other densely populated cities like Kano can replicate it and drive a robust integrated transport system.