LAGOS BRT SERVICE: 5 Things to Note

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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 

  • BRT mass transit system delivers fast, comfortable and cost-effective service in a densely populated city like Lagos.
  • Job creation: From drivers to repair technicians and from cleaners to ticketing staff, the BRT system is contributing its own quota towards the reduction of unemployment in Lagos State and Nigeria. 
  • Safety and comfort: BRT is obviously safer to ride than the Danfo buses. It is also safer than some private vehicles and the air-conditioned buses also provide its occupants with comfortable seats. 
  • The working class population particularly those living in areas like Ikorodu, Ketu, Maryland, Ojota etc have convenient routes to their offices which improves productivity, find it easier to get to work, and to travel on it rather than their company buses. It is having a beneficial effect on the quality of life of a large part of the traveling population of Lagos. 
  • This BRT system therefore, is the first of its kind in Nigeria and is the only example of a comprehensive and integrated approach to improving public transport. 

 

Challenges of BRT Services System 

  • According to a recent interview with Sunday Punch Newspaper, The Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer, Primero Transit system, Mr. Fola Tinubu said one of the biggest challenges was the depreciation of the naira.  “We took a loan in dollars at the exchange rate of N165/dollar to buy these buses. At a time, the dollar went to as high as N500 and we still had to service the loan” He said. 
  • The devaluation of the naira increased the diesel price from N150 per liter to N230 per liter.
     
  • Another challenge of the devaluation on the BRT service is the increase in the price of tyres from N60,000 to N130, 000.

 

Conclusion

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.

 
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