Ahead of the introduction of the Intelligent Traffic System along the BRT corridor, the Lagos State Government on Friday, announced the relocation of all other LAGBUS franchises using the BRT corridor effective Monday.
Making the announcement, the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi said all LAGBUS buses would henceforth cease to utilize the BRT corridor to load, drop and travel, as they can only provide end-to-end bus services using the Expressway and service lanes along the Ikorodu Road stretch.
Adding that on board ticket selling on LAGBUS buses is prohibited, he disclosed that the decision is premised on the determination to boost commuters experience along the corridor, as the present arrangement has constrained the capacity of the BRT bus services, Guardian writes.
He however said LAGBUS branded buses on charter must display charter signs and passengers on them can only be dropped on the service lane at designated locations while operators with depots adjoining Ikorodu road are allowed to use the road as a thoroughfare only.
Furthermore, express service from Ojubode to Obalende using service lane is permitted while loading of passengers from TOS Benson outward Ikorodu is prohibited.
“In the aftermath of this, arrangements have been concluded to allocate new routes to the operators of the LAGBUS franchise,” he said.
Elegushi, who said the changes are geared towards improving transport services in the megacity of Lagos, pleaded with the residents to see the new move as an attempt aimed at serving them better and therefore should support the initiative.
“Again, efforts are in top gear to revitalize the LAGBUS bus service in such a manner as to allow us undertake a revamping of their services. There are several routes begging for attention. It is high time we did something about them. We intend to provide dedicated lanes along some other routes to accommodate LAGBUS operations. We will in the nearest future provide those route with appropriate road infrastructure and buses to provide our people with first class service,” he concluded.