Bus Rapid Transit system expected to save money and improve efficiency
The first magnetic electronic ticketing payment system has been introduced by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), operators of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
The BRT, introduced in 2008, was the first such commuter transport system in Nigeria and Africa. It operates on dedicated lanes, allowing faster movement at peak periods.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Agency, Dr. Dayo Moberola, said at the inauguration ceremony that the e-ticketing system was “simple, efficient and cost effective.”
The e-ticket will enable commuters to use their tickets on the BRT, ferry services and the blue light train system, currently under construction.
Launching the system at the Marina BRT Terminus in Central Lagos, the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who represented the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), remarked that the purpose was to make the State’s transportation system more reliable, efficient and people-friendly. She described the launch as a giant step in the process of realizing the model mega-city goal of Lagos State.
Some commuters interviewed by PANA said the innovation would enhance the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cashless economy policy. Others, however, expressed fears about the sustainability of the new payment method and potential job losses.