26 June 2012

Nigeria: Feeder Routes to Be Allocated to Bus Operators

The FCT Transport Secretariat has said that as from August 1, designated feeder routes will be allocated to high capacity buses and mini-bus operators.

Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat, Engr. Jonathan Achara Ivoke, stated this at the weekend during a sensitization programme for the implementation of the exercise in Abuja.

He said N1 billion has been provided in the 2012 statutory budget as subsidy for commuters in order to ensure that high capacity buses are affordable and efficient.

Ivoke also said that towards this end, 750 additional personnel will be employed by the Road Traffic Services Directorate popularly called VIO, to assist in the enhanced traffic enforcement scheme.

The secretary mentioned seven routes to be plied by the high capacity buses and 15 for the mini bus operators in the new scheme, which he said is being done in partnership with stakeholders in the road sector.

He said commuters will pay a subsidized rate of between N100 and N150 per trip, adding that the buses will operate scheduled interval trips that will be constant and reliable.

Also speaking at the occasion, Director, Transportation in the Secretariat, Engr. Kassim Ali, said the Abuja Light Rail Project, which was extended from 60km to 77 kilometers, will be completed in 2015 once the Bureau for Public Procurement gives a nod to a proposal submitted by the FCT Administration.

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