BRT: Lagos Govt hikes bus fares, cites spiraling diesel, operating costs

BRT: Lagos Govt hikes bus fares, cites spiraling diesel, operating costs

The Lagos State Government has announced an increase in fares for all regulated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the state.

The state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the approval of a flat rate increase by N100 in fares on Thursday, June 30.

This applies to all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Standard routes.

According to the report, with the increase, a BRT bus ride from Ikorodu – TBS will now 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.

The Governor, in consenting to the fare increase also approved a proposal for a bailout for the bus operating companies (route franchise operators/concessionaires); in order to cushion the effect of the harsh operating environment; safeguard private partnership investment, and forestall the demise of formalised bus operations in the state.

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Meanwhile, a week ago, a yet-to-be-identified BRT driver crushed a woman, Reini Akakpo, to death at Union Road, Dopemu; in the Agege area of Lagos State.

The victim’s one-year-old daughter, Amelia, who alongside her 26-year-old mother was knocked down by the BRT bus, was admitted to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Reini and her daughter reportedly attempted to cross the BRT lane to link to their destination on Union Road.

However, the bus driver, who was said to be at top speed, rammed into them.

An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Uche, said after the accident; some good Samaritans rescued the victims, adding that Reini lost her life due to the injuries she sustained.

He said, “The woman and her daughter were beside me when I wanted to cross to connect to Union Road to go to my shop around 8.13am. But the woman rushed and the BRT driver, who was driving at top speed, knocked down the woman and her daughter.

“After the accident, people started pouring water on the woman’s face. Her daughter was unconscious. The woman’s pain was too much. But people rushed her to a hospital. It was later that I got to know that she died.”

A resident, identified simply as Remilekun, said after the accident, the driver abandoned the bus on the dedicated lane and fled.

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