Strategic Transport Master Plan Propositions:

Transportation in Lagos is essentially road based.The high population, coupled with the lack of infrastructural expansion to cope with the increasing population, often result in heavy traffic congestion within the city.Most importantly, the existing public transport system in Lagos is grossly inadequate and therefore unable to meet present and future travel demand of citizens.  Travelling within Lagos now takes double and sometimes triple the actual travel time required. Road congestion adversely affects productivity and efficiency through lost time, fuel wastage and vehicular emissions estimated at billions of Naira lost by the state annually. It also makes the cost of doing business in Lagos highly expensive and sometimes prohibitive. It is estimated that Lagos State lose N250b to traffic annually.
LAMATA has developed a strategic long-term plan aimed at transforming the Lagos transport sector beyond its current challenges. The plan identifies possible transport infrastructure and services required for meeting growing travel demand by 2032.
The vision for transport in Lagos is one which supports the establishment of a modern integrated multimode transportation system that matches standards of a world class megacity. The plan also aims to improve the operations of the Lagos freight transportation system. The master plan hinges on implementation of major reforms based on 25 strategic decisions under the following imperatives:

  • Increasing transport choices for all users
    • Developing a comprehensive Mass Rapid Transit systems covering the whole metropolitan area
    • Developing the waterways network in full integration with land-based MRT systems
    • Improving road network efficiency by removing impediments such as bus parks and markets from right of way (ROW) and installing modern Intelligent Transport System (ITS); and
    • Introducing walking and cycling facilities to promote NMT
  • Introducing an integrated transport system
    • Integrated Fare and Ticketing System: Installing modern electronic ticketing systems
    • Integrated Information and Communication System: Introducing a unified passenger information system for all modes of transport
    • Transport Authority: Designating a single authority to design, contract and enforce operations of the integrated transit system, and
    • Coordinated Services and Timetables: Contracting qualified private sector firms to operate various multimode routes within the integrated transit network with strict adherence to service coordination policies
  • Making the transit system attractive, convenient, affordable and accessible
    • Introducing variety of seasonal tickets that can be used on all modes
    • Providing dedicated transit routes to reduce travel time and operating costs
    • Eliminating competition between buses heading for same destination (called in-the-market competition along same corridor)
    • Improving passenger waiting facilities at bus parks, bus stops and transfer points
  • Reducing urban transportation-induced emissions
    • Gradual introduction of modern rail, bus and boat vehicles that will replace existing moribund fleet
    • Promoting NMT and creating public awareness about the benefits of this unutilised mode
    • Improving vehicle emission standards and enforcing air pollution regulations
  • Optimizing usage of current road network
    • Removing bus parks, street traders, markets and other hindrances from all transit corridors
    • Constructing and managing the major road network to improve movement of passengers and goods including the construction of a high standard full ring road system around Lagos Metropolitan Area.
    • Introducing traffic signals at most at-grade intersections and establishing a modern traffic control centre as hub for managing flows at these intersections. On-street parking on the Islands must also be regulated and enforced with introduction of paid parking system, equipped with modern payment technologies
    • Installing state-of-the-art Intelligent Transport System along the arterial system to detect and manage real time events efficiently
  • Integration of land use development (urban physical planning) and urban transport planning
    • Introducing mandatory traffic impact assessment for major land use development projects
    • Focusing future developments along main transit corridors
    • Promoting NMT especially inside communities through the development of Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans, and
    • Developing alternative activity centres that will reduce need for long-distanced motorized trips
  • Securing long term financing of investment plan
    • Developing an economically viable investment plan based on a robust cost-benefit analysis procedure, and
    • Actively procuring private sector financing through PPP schemes

The Master plan recommends:

  • 6 rail lines
  • 1 monorail line
  • 14 BRT routes
  • 26 water transport routes
  • 3 cable car lines
  • Several road improvements and traffic management initiatives to improve passenger and goods flow movement in the city


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