Months following the announcement by the Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government to replace the yellow commercial buses popularly known as “danfo” with new high end buses, recent developments from the Lagos State Government indicates that all is set for the takeoff of the Bus Reform Project which will finally signal an end to the long wait by Lagosians especially Mainlanders.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode revealed that the initiative will be rolled out by March 2019 with 820 of the expected 5, 000 high and medium capacity buses to commence operations.
Speaking earlier today, Ambode said; “this is part of the long term plan of his administration to redefine public transportation system in Lagos with the injection of modern buses and terminals targeted towards transforming the way residents commute from one point to another as well as revamp the State’s economy”.
The buses according to Ambode were procured with the state government funds and are owned by a government company called Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL). “LBSL will lease these buses to operators who would use the three depots at Oshodi, Anthony and Yaba to ensure that the buses are sustained and maintained properly so that they don’t get wasted before their lifespan expires,” Ambode said.
The multimodal and integrated transport system which is expected to cater for about four million commuters on a daily basis across the state is targeted at middle and lower class earners who can’t afford to fund their own cars every day. Recall that InsideMainland reported the progress made on the projects leading to the construction and commissioning of some bus shelters across major parts of Lagos Mainland communities including modern bus interchanges in Oyingbo, Ikeja, Yaba among others.