19 August 2011

Nigeria: Lagos to Increase Lagbus Fleet With 10,000 New Buses

Lagos — The Lagos State Government has unfolded plans to boost the existing fleet of Bus Franchise Scheme, BFS, operator of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited with the introduction of 10,000 new buses and taxis to be distributed across the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in the state in the next two years.

Meanwhile, plans to commence BFS operation on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway has been approved and soon, LAGBUS fleet would ply the road.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, who addressed a meeting with the LAGBUS management team led by its Managing Director, Mr. Tunde Disu, in his office, said the measure was to ensure sanity, discipline in public transportation and reduce man-hour loss to traffic gridlock often caused by untoward attitude of commercial drivers on the roads.

He explained that the state government had prepared a master plan to enhance the scheme through upgrading of road infrastructure for the smooth operation of the scheme.

Opeifa, who noted that the present fleet of commercial buses was inadequate for the increasing population of Lagos residents, added that massive upgrading of roads such as building of laybacks, bus stops, terminuses among others, would soon be embarked on.

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