Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lagos Begins e-ticketing for BRT Buses

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday launched the new electronic ticketing (e-ticket) system for Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, buses in the state.

The e-ticketing system now allows BRT users to pay bus fare as low as N20 within a stipulated distance as against the fixed fare of N70 to N120.

The e-ticketing is being managed by the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority, LAMATA.


Governor Babatunde Fashola launched the e-ticketing system at the BRT CMS Terminal in Marina, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, saying that the development was to make the transportation system through BRT buses more efficient and fast for both operators and users.

The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire stated that users of BRT buses with the e-ticket could pay less for travel time as well as make the process of ticketing more users friendly.

According to Fashola, “we have over the years strived to ensure that we have very effective and reliable transportation system on the road, on water and on rail system. From the event of today, what we have done is to make road infrastructure more attractive, more reliable and more efficient for those who chose to use this service, especially those at the grassroots who will make use of this from today.

“It will give users the opportunity to save, instead of paying N120 or N70, you can also buy a week or a month worth on your card depending on your travel time which is more effective and makes the process efficient and fast.”

He said the e-ticketing system was the first of its kind in the country, saying that the government was looking forward to attaining the transportation system obtainable in developed countries.

Managing Director, LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola said the new system was being developed not just for the BRT buses but also for journeys on ferries and trains subsequently.

He explained that the e-ticketing model was to make it easier for passengers to be able to travel at ease making use of this system as “it is equitable, simple, easier for collection, easy for control of operators, it is attractive to both users also for the administrators as well as the operators.” 

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