ong queues and overcrowding at bus stops at the Bus Rapid Transit

ong queues and overcrowding at bus stops at the Bus Rapid Transit

The scarcity is such that there has been as much as a 100% increase in transport fares as charged by commercial bus drivers. This has in turn led to a higher preference by commuters for BRT and LAGBUS services.

The BRT and LAGBUS vehicles are operated by the Lagos state government and as such their fares haven’t been increased.

We gathered that some commuters now have to stand inside the luxury buses to go to and return from work. “The situation is getting out of hand,” Patrick Asuamah, a commuter returning from work said. “Something has to be done about this fuel wahala. The matter has passed be careful.”

Another commuter, Mr. Shina Atolagbe told The Vanguard Newspaper, “everybody will want to save money; I am here because yellow (commercial) buses are scarce and their fares high.” Miss Bola Fasanya added that the high cost of commercial buses leaves no option but for one to await the arrival of a BRT or LAGBUS vehicle, no matter how jam-packed.

Mr. Atolagbe added that “It takes stamina to struggle to enter commercial buses; if you are not very strong, don’t go near nowadays, particularly in the rushing hours; you need to queue here.”