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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has approved the increase of fares for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), LAGBUS and franchise buses.
From March 1, commuters using the LAGBUS and BRT buses in Lagos will begin to pay more, Daily Trust reports.
Addressing newsmen at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, on Monday, February 13, Engr. Abiodun Dabiri, the managing director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, (LAMATA), said the Lagos state government approved fare increase ranging from 20% to 50% on different routes plied by the buses.
“As a result of the economic downturn, public transport had been severely impacted as all related costs had escalated beyond any financial forecast or projection. The current government was focused on a strategic reform of the public transport operations in order to create world class public transport infrastructure and support for operations that is modern, cost effective, safe and sustainable on the long run,” Dabiri said.
Under the new development, some of the fares are;
Ikorodu to CMS which used to be N195 is now N300, representing over 65 percent increase
N75 to N100 for a ride from Ikorodu to Mile 12
From Ikorodu to Fadeyi is now N200 from 120
Also, the various franchise under the LAGBUS (red bus) have increased fare for the 60 routes they are plying across the state.