Relief came the way of commuters in Lagos, yesterday, as Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu deployed 550 high and medium capacity buses to the Oshodi – Abule Egba BRT corridor and inaugurated the upgraded e-ticketing system.
The 13.65 kilometre Abule-Egba-Oshodi route, which often lasted an hour, would now be completed in less than 30 minutes with the new buses.
The governor who spoke at the inauguration of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor project and the upgraded e-ticketing system, said the proejct was in fulfilment of his administration’s pledge to significantly improve traffic management and transportation system in the state.
“This is the very first of our six-point development agenda encapsulated as T-H-E-M-E-S. This administration made the pledge knowing that you, our people, are the main reason we have been entrusted with the management of your commonwealth”
“Although our promise was to deliver this project in May , it had to be shifted forward due to the disruption brought about by COVID-19,”he said.
According to the governor, the bus transit system had proved to be an effective means of achieving a fast, reliable and efficient movement of large number of people across the state.
“Since March 2008, when the first phase of this new initiative was launched, thousands of Lagosians have continued to enjoy improved travel experience along the designated routes every day. In order to ensure that the BRT service is accessible to greater number of our people, and in line with the Lagos state strategic transport master plan which seeks to integrate road, water and rail transportation, new corridors and routes are being opened.”
The governor said the project was very significant because of its immense benefits to Lagosians in the different communities it straddles and to visitors.
“This new BRT corridor will bring great relief to over 60,000 commuters who will use this facility daily. Travel time, which is estimated at an average of two hours during peak periods, will be significantly reduced to an average of about 30 minutes. This will translate to improved health of our people, a safer environment, and increased value of socio economic activities in our state,” he said.
While acknowledging that the project was started by his predecessor, Sanwo-Olu said it was one of the dividends of his administration’s investment in the transport sector for efficient traffic management and transportation.