BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)
BRT means Bus Rapid Transit.
BRT is a transport option, which relies on the use of dedicated ‘interference’ free segregated lanes to guarantee fast and reliable bus travel. The BRT buses run on physically segregated lanes and thus make them run 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.
BRT: Dedicated “interference’ free segregated lanes
Other options include the light rail, heavy rail, subway metro and traditional bus systems. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) takes care of most of the problems of the other systems:
- It will 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.
BRT Network. Click on map to enlarge.
First phase of the Lagos BRT already running from Mile 12 through Ikorodu Road and Funsho Williams Avenue up to CMS started operations on 17 March 2008. The BRT runs a 16 – hour operations from 6.00 a.m to 10 p.m. The system uses 220 buses to move more than 200,000 passengers daily. In its first two years of operation, the BRT system moved more than 120 million passengers.
LAMATA BRT Buses at the Ojota depot
The Lagos BRT is the Lite version of the Classic BRT system, with 26 bus shelters, one bus/depot garage which house a maintenance bay and fuel dump, office and other appurtenances for the smooth operation of the system.
LAMATA bus shelter at Ilupeju
The operation is guided by a set of regulations approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly and signed into law by the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola. The regulations restrict all yellow buses and other articulated and heavy-duty buses to the service lanes.