Citing immense benefits to the movement of more than 60 million passengers since its completion in 2015, the 129 –year old Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) at the weekend awarded the Mile 12 to Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project implemented by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) the Infrastructure Project of the Year.
The BRT extension from Mile 12- Ikorodu Town is a median lane operation with restricted access to bus stations, using pedestrian bridges and walkways. The Mile 12 to Ikorodu BRT is an upgraded version of the Mile 12 to CMS BRT system. It was designed to convey an estimated 300,000 passengers daily using 434 high capacity buses with an average of 10 minutes headway frequency.
The Mile 12 to Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit“CLASSIC” System extension was conceived to compliment the already existing Mile 12 toCMS BRT system which was the first in Sub Sahara Africa.
The system provides a high quality, high capacity and low-cost public transportation system operating on specialized infrastructure with adequate incentives to offer affordable mobility, sustainable urban environment and better quality of life to urban population.
Infrastructure under the upgrade consist of additional 27 kilometres of asphaltic lane for BRT operation, 54 kilometre lane rehabilitation, provision of 18 bridges at nine different locations along the corridor with six pedestrian bridges, 15 Bus shelters, three terminals and a Bus depot/maintenance yard plus a modern office space for the bus system and its staff.
The BRT system has also generated over 1,500 direct and 3,000 indirect employment within the period under review.
Managing Director of LAMATA, Engr. Abiodun Dabiri, said the recognition of the contribution of the BRT to infrastructure development for public transportation would further spur the agency to deliver more projects that would be of benefit to the people.
He said the BRT from Oshodi to Abule Egba will present another first class transport infrastructure to would reduce travel time, cost and waiting time for public transportation along its designated corridor.
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