Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, Thursday, launched the Intelligence Transport System, ITS and e-ticketing for commuters using the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT. He expressed sadness over commuters staying long in queue without information on when the next bus would be available. to their destinations. Ambode said the move aimed at achieving proper transport planning. He said that there is a technology that indicates where each bus is, the driver’s behavior and arrival time of a bus, and whether or not there are spaces in it. “We are starting this from the Ikorodu axis to CMS on the BRT lane and then we will scale it up as we get our new buses in few months,” he said. The governor also said, the e-ticketing allows commuters to plan their little disposable income. “So, if you are going to budget just N500 for transport in a week, the e-ticketing allows you, rather than not being able to plan your transport movement. “That is the step we are taking here and the reforms we are doing in the transport sector,” he added. Ambode said that this would ultimately create an integrated transport management system in the city combining water, road, rail, air and pedestrians. He also said additional 800 buses would be provided in the next two months and 5,,000 in 24 months under the Bus Reform Initiative, BRI. He urged residents to cooperate with government, especially by not plying commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada in restricted routes.
- Chinwe Aguobi