The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL) has said that it has gotten approval from the state government for upward review of fares and right to ply lanes dedicated to the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT.
Mr. Idowu Oguntona, who is the Chief Executive Officer of LBSL, made the announcement in a statement on Monday through Mr. Afolabi Olawale, the Public Affairs Officer of the company, adding that the approvals would take effect from as from August 1.
He went on to say that the firm had been given approval by the state government for an average of 46 percent increase in the transportation fare of LBSL.
The LBSL boss said, “The approval to use the BRT corridor by the governor is to further give the commuting public a better experience on Lagos roads.”
“The increase in the number of passengers and fare becomes necessary in order to enable the company to sustain its operations, following the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public bus transportation.”
“The governor also approved LBSL’s request to increase the number of passengers per bus from 20 to 42 in strict observance of updated COVID-19 safety protocol as directed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in the operation of public transport, while ensuring all other measures are in place.”
According to him, the permission granted by the governor now gives LBSL buses access to use the dedicated BRT corridor from Berger through Ikorodu Road to Leventis, TBS and Obalende and also from Oshodi through Ikorodu Road to Leventis, Inner-Marina, TBS and Obalende among several other routes.