LASG Scores Another First, Launches E-Ticketing System For BRT, Intermodal Transportation
"Purpose is to make our transportation system more reliable, efficient and people-friendly", says Deputy Governor
Jul 30, 2013 - The Lagos State Government Tuesday scored another first in the country as it launched an electronic ticketing (e-ticketing) system for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scheme and other components of its intermodal transportation system including water and rail.
In her remarks while launching the system at the Marina BRT Terminus in Central Lagos, the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs.) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who represented the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said the purpose was to make the State's transportation system more reliable, efficient and people-friendly.
The Deputy Governor, who described the launch as a giant step in the process of realizing the model mega-city goal of the State, pointed out that aside the efficiency and speed which the process brings into the system, it would also save money and time for the users as they would pay as low as N20.00 depending on their destination instead of paying for the entire journey across the city.
She declared, "By introducing this system, the Lagos State Government has again scored first by taking Lagos to another level of transport-efficiency which is the first time it is happening in Nigeria. I believe this is taking us to another level in terms of making progress in our transportation system. We are also moving the system closer to the standards of those other countries that we emulate. As we aspire to the model mega-city of our dream, I believe this is one of the things we will continue to see".
She thanked the Management of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA),for spearheading the system and giving Lagosians the opportunity to travel with ease and in comparative safety while pursuing their daily chores across the city adding, "This system is one of the key elements of our policy thrust that has to do with efficiency, safety and the integrated transportation system of Lagos State.
Fielding questions from newsmen after a ride in one of the buses to the Tafawa Balewa Bus Terminus using the E-Ticket, Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire further explained that instead of buying a ticket of N120 from Lagos Island to Ketu when a commuter wishes to stop Palmgrove, for example, the commuter would pay less for his or her journey with the e-ticket which will record the appropriate cost of the journey adding that the commuters could buy a ticket to cover as much as one week trip.
"All these are aimed at making life easier for the people of Lagos State. As a Government, we will continue to do our best to make policies that will elevate the living standards of Lagosians", she said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, said the purpose of introducing the system was to enable commuters travel with ease across the city making use of the system which he described as equitable, simple and easy for revenue collection.
Also noting that the ticket would make easy the job of bus operators, the Managing director declared, "It is attractive to both bus users and administrators as well as operators", adding, "It has intermodal ability which at the end of the day enables you to use it not only on the buses alone but also on the ferry and train when it comes to stream. It has a simple and sharing methodology".
Highlight of the occasion was the bus ride from Marina to Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminus by the Deputy Governor after she led the queue of top officials of the Government to obtain an electronic ticket and board the bus making use of the ticket "tapping-in" and "tapping out" at the end of the short journey.
Also present at the occasion were the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa and his Science and Technology counterpart, Mr. Adebiyi Mobadeje, Managing Director of LAGBUS, Mr. Babatunde Disu, his Skye Bank counterpart, Mr. Kehinde Durotimi-Etti, Executive Director, Domestic Banking, Ecobank, Mr. Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo, Hon. Lanre Oshun of the State House of Assembly and other top government functionaries.