Under the administration of Babatunde Raji Fashola as governor of Lagos State, the then interim governor introduced the transport system called BRT, which relies on the use of dedicated ‘interference’ free segregated lanes to guarantee fast and reliable bus travel within the state. Everyone got so excited about this new development and tagged the acronym BRT to mean Babatunde.Raji.Transport ( don’t dare deny you didn’t say this).
Just so you know, if you have been thinking BRT means Babatunde Raji Transport, you are so wrong. BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit. It is a high-performance public transport bus service which aims to combine bus lanes with high-quality bus stations, vehicles, amenities and branding to achieve the performance and quality of a light rail or metro system, with the flexibility, cost and simplicity of a bus system. The BRT buses run on physically segregated lanes and thus make them faster in a situation where there is traffic congestion. It is one of the several options available for tackling the huge public transport predicaments of Lagos.
Some advantages of this transit system are,
- To reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and meet the mobility needs, particularly of the less privileged and poor masses of the Lagos metropolis.
- It is a roadway-based system that looks and behaves like a subway, offering high capacity rapid transit services but on dedicated lanes or city streets.
- Guaranty a fast and reliable travel time – When operating in exclusive running ways or dedicated lanes, BRT systems can run at faster speeds than conventional buses in regular traffic and even as fast as light rail. By offering frequent service and avoiding traffic-related delays, BRT systems can provide riders with a more reliable travel time.
The incumbent governor of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has carried on the good work by importing new buses, highway maintenance and construction of new routes for the benefit of all Lagosians.
Eko O Ni Baje O.