Lagos to begin multi modal transportation system

Lagos State Government says it will soon begin multi modal and integrated transport system to assist it’s citizens especially the lower middle bracket.

This is coming against the backdrop of the terminals infrastructure built across the state to decongest road traffic.

Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation,.Mr Ladi Lawanson during the inspection of terminals said the state government wants to make effective mobility happens.

Mr Lawanson said Lagos state as smallest in land mark but with largest number in population needed to have a more coordinated mass transportation system.

Buses to arrive Nigeria

He stated that 800 buses would arrive in the country between May and June and the buses would be allocated to all the thirteen terminals under constructions apart from Ikeja and Tafawa Balewa Square TBS that had already been completed.

According to him, as at the last count, population of Lagos was about twenty-three million and eighty-nine people comes to Lagos on daily basis and not returning.

He said about100 to 150 people would be moving per each terminal and if this one is multiplied by 13 terminals, automatically large number of passengers would be moving per hour.

Apart from road transportation, Lagos state government had embarked on the rail project which would be completed in the next 2 /3 years. We are at advance stage of the rail service that would be coming from Agbado linking other places in Lagos,he explained.

Generate Employment

Mr Lawanson who said the transport system would generate about 800 employments immediately the buses arrive, said Lagos state government was working on memorandum of understanding on water transport system which would begin soon.

Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA,Abiodun Dabiri said the principal idea to transforming transportation system was to encourage all sundry to begin using public transport which is cheap, convenient, safe and effective.

Compete with international Best Practices

He said the modern transport system would compete with international best practices and it would also eradicate kidnapping and one chance menace among other criminal activities perpetrated by some commercial buses.

According to him, in each of the terminal, about 88 buses would be plying 23 routes, all facilities have been provided to ease the system and for effective mobility.

Tracking System

Apart from all facilities, CCTV camera, tracking system and information system to know the movement of the buses have been considered important.

Managing Director,Planets Project Limited, Biodun Otunola who is handling the projects said Lagos state government has began a transport modern system which was first of its kind in the history of Nigeria.

Mr Otunola explained that the idea of the system was to pay less attention to public transport and to also ameliorate issue of theft and robbery in the commercial buses.

Mega City

He noted that the new innovation and development have made Lagos state to become a mega city of international repute as the government was striving to making sure that everybody in Lagos have access to quality lives.

The delegation of the Inspection was led by Commissioners of Transport,Mr Ladi Lawanson, Information and Sttategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Permanent secretary of Transport ministry, Dr Salaam,Directors, among others.

Source: Voice of Nigeria