Bus Rapid Transit for Lagosians Needs Some Improvements

BRT bus, Lagos, Nigeria
BRT bus, Lagos, Nigeria

The Bus Rapid Transit ( BRT ) has become more valued by people since the introduction of the new price of fuel. Taking the bus is more cost effective than driving through Lagos traffic.

But the lackluster attitude of the pilots (drivers) of these buses needs to be addressed because they are predominantly nonchalant in the discharge of their duty. They take routes that they should normally not take thereby making many people late at arriving at their chose destinations, specifically, different places of work.

The mega city status of Lagos can be optimized through the improved timing of bus departures and arrivals. In countries like South Africa, commuters have an idea of the time when buses will depart from the various bus stations. This is the time for BRT operations to know when to leave and depart bus stops. This will also redefine the “African time” idea that is associated with Lagosians.

The reconstruction of the Ikorodu Road corridor of the BRT is equally a step in the right direction. However, the project needs to be completed in record time so that the traffic snag on that road for BRT can become a thing of the past.

At this stage, the bus system should be able to cover the entire city of Lagos. Currently, the service has limited coverage of Lagos. Asides, Ikorodu Road that is covered extensively; there should be a bus stop from the Berger end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to Iyana-Ipaja and from Ketu to Oshodi.

The public private-partnership model of developing the transport system must be maximized and refined to the benefit of taxpayers in the city. The electronic ticketing system must be unified so that a ticket bought in Ikorodu can be used at Oshodi to Iyana-Ipaja with ease.

The opportunity provided by the new pump price must be maximized so that people will appreciate an efficient and organized transport system that is simplified by technology. Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) should surpass the defunct Lagos State Transport Coporation (LSTC) that existed in the 80s. Here is to hoping.