As part of steps to maintain operations, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a flat rate hike of N100 in bus fees for all Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, and Standard routes.
According to reports, the rise, which is set to start on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, aims to ensure the sustainability of the BRT and conventional route plans.
Kolawole Ojelabi, LAMATA’s assistant director of corporate communication, who made the announcement yesterday, explained that the transport system’s operations had recently been hampered by rising costs for the inputs needed to provide sustainable service offerings and the consequently high number of buses that were out of commission due to a lack of spare parts.
“For instance, the exponential rise in the price of diesel at the pump from N187 to N830/litre between August 2020 and June 2022 had a significant impact on the bus operating companies’ ability to operate at their peak efficiency, resulting in the withdrawal of buses from service and longer wait times at bus stations.
“The Governor approved a proposal for a bailout for the bus operating companies in addition to agreeing to the fare increase in order to mitigate the impact of the challenging operating environment, protect private partnership investment, and prevent the end of formalized bus operations in the state.
The fare increase notwithstanding, government noted that whatever support this would provide to the operators, it would still not cover the cost of fueling, thus likely to put the continued survival of the bus operations on a tight rein.
Diesel to CNG
Ojelabi added that the Governor also approved the request by LAMATA for the conversion of the current diesel buses in operation to the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and a shift to different economically viable and environmentally friendly mobility energy solution that are cost efficient and maximize operations cost such as Electric vehicles, hydrogen buses and the development of hybrid energy sources as alternative fueling for the current Bus Reform Initiative, BRT, buses.
According to the request, “These measures are indispensable in the current global economic and environmental reality to ensure the sustainability of the BRI operation.”
When the new rates finally commence, a bus ride from Ikorodu – TBS will cost N600 from N500, while Berger to Ajah is now N700, up from N600. Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule-Egba-CMS-Obalende will attract a fare of N600
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