Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commissioned the 13.65 kilometer Oshodi-Abule-Egba Bus Rapid Transit corridor, with 550 high to medium buses.
The governor also launched the extended e-ticketing system and commencement of bus operations at the Oshodi-Abule Egba bus rapid transit,(BRT)system infrastructure.
The commissioning according to the governor was in fulfillment of his administration’s pledge to significantly improve traffic management and transportation system, which is the very first of the six-point development agenda encapsulated as T-H-E-M-E-S.
Sanwo-Olu, who described the formal flag-off as very important transport infrastructure stated that the bus transit system has proven to be an effective means of achieving a fast, reliable and efficient movement of large number of people across 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 this year, it had to be shifted forward due to the disruption brought about by COVID-19”
“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.
He said “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 thirty minutes. This will translate to improved health of our people, a safer environment, and increased value of socio economic activities in our state.”
Sanwo-Olu acknowledged that the project was started by his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode, adding that it was one of the dividends of his administration’s investment in the transport sector for efficient traffic management and transportation.
“The completion of this project which was commenced by the past administration is one of the dividends of this administration’s investment in the transport sector for efficient traffic management and transportation which we believe is crucial to facilitating the emergence of a smart and 21st-century economy.
“All our actions are geared towards birthing a new commuting order through seamless travel in a near congestion-free state. This administration is very keen to see all transport modes integrated through all our intervention in traffic management and transportation”.
In her welcome address earlier, the Managing Director of Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said the four projects were attestation to the commitment of the Governor to live up to his promise to reform traffic management and public transportation, which is the first pillar of the THEMES agenda of the Governor.
“Mr. Governor, permit me to state that the socio-economic importance of the project cannot be over-emphasized. The Oshodi – Abule-Egba Corridor is undoubtedly one of the busiest 13.65km long bus corridors in West Africa, with over 5,500 mini-buses moving passengers per day.
“It is a major link for millions of Lagosians who commute in and out of Alimosho, Egbeda, Ijaiye, Iyana-Ipaja and other places to other parts of Lagos or to neighbouring Ogun state and the Republic of Benin.
“This new BRT corridor will bring about an improved mobility with the capacity to move over 350, 000 passengers per day, reduce travel time by at least 35%, enhance social and economic development along the corridor and enhance the projection of Lagos as a world class society amongst others,” she said.