Lagos BRT Construction From Oshodi – Abule Egba To Begin Next Week


Lagos to begin Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT construction next week

There are indications that the Lagos State Government will commence

construction work on a dedicated lane for a Bus Rapid Transit

operation on the busy Oshodi -AbuleEgba corridor of the Lagos

-Abeokuta Expressway next week .

Ahead of the construction , the coordinator of the project, the Lagos

Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, has fixed a stakeholders '

meeting for Thursday.

A source at LAMATA told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday

that the construction of the 14 – kilometre dedicated BRT lane would

start immediately after the meeting .

A statement signed by the Managing Director, LAMATA, Mr . Abiodun

Dabiri, also said the meeting was called to inform and educate the

stakeholders about the benefits of the project.

It stated , "Due to the huge successes recorded by the BRT system, the

Governor of Lagos State, Mr . Akinwunmi Ambode, as part of his vision

of ensuring public transport accessibility to Lagosians has approved

the construction of the 14 -kilometre Oshodi- Abule Egba BRT , a

median operaion public transportation system,

"The BRT system will on completion improve travel time , reduce

congestion along the corridor, reduce tail pipe emission and

ultimately Green House Gas effect, create employment and restore

family values , among other socio – economic and environmental

benefits . "

The state government had built and implemented a BRT scheme on a

dedicated 22 km lane between CMS and Mile 12 on Ikorodu Road since

2006 and recently extended it by 13 . 5 km to Ikorodu .

LAMATA said in a document prepared on the new project, a copy which

was made available to our correspondent on Tuesday , that the vision

of the state government in extending the BRT scheme to the Oshodi-

Abule Egba corridor was to provide a modern , efficient and reliable

transport service in a conducive and hygienic environment .

It said it was also meant to decongest and enhance the beauty of

Oshodi, the commercial centre in Lagos.

It also stated that 250 buses would be released for the BRT operation

along the corridor.

There would be 20 hours of operation on the route daily , it added.

According to the agency , apart from the construction of a 7 . 3 m

wide dedicated BRT lane between Oshodi and Abule Egba ends of the

Lagos -Abeokuta Expressway, there will be rehabilitation and expansion

of the existing road .

It also stated that there would be construction of concrete side

drains on both sides of the expanded road; BRT stations and terminals;

junction improvement and street lights with intelligent transport

services .

With a promise that travel time within the two points would be reduced

from one hour 30 minutes to 45 minutes , the state government said a

bus would be available at the station at an interval of five minutes .

It is estimated that 15 , 415 passengers would be moved every hour and

308 ,000 people transported along the corridor daily .

LAMATA reckoned that the Oshodi -Abule Egba was arguably the busiest

bus corridor in West Africa , "with over 5 ,600 buses moving commuters

per day. "

"This corridor is highly congested due to high traffic volume of

unregulated, fragmented, uncomfortable , unsafe and largely unreliable

bus services along with indiscriminate picking and dropping of

passengers along the corridor," agency added .

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