Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New Lagos bus terminals to transport twelve million people

The new Ikeja Bus Terminal, the Oshodi Transport Interchange under construction and 11 bus terminals being built in strategic places in the Lagos metropolis are modelled after modern airport terminals, the Lagos State Government has said.

The Ikeja Bus Terminal inaugurated on March 29 by President Muhammedu Buhari will hopefully open a new chapter in public transportation in the nation’s economic capital as commuters are expected to be treated with a high level of dignity with the state-of-the-art facilities provided at the terminal.

According to the state government, the decision to build bus terminals with world-class facilities was to give about 12 million people using public transportation a sense of belonging, similar to the kind of treatment about 21,000 air passengers daily using all the nation’s airports get.

Details of the projects made available to journalists on Friday by the Lagos State Government, Planet Project, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and Lagos Bus Services Limited showed a number of amenities/facilities that bear similar features with airport terminals.

For instance, at Ikeja, within the terminal building (ground and first floors), has a sheltered walkway, 13 ticketing booths, an ATM gallery, a food court, a functional Intelligent Transportation System that will make routes and travel plan easy.

The terminal is provided conveniences for both sexes and free Wi-Fi spot for the use of commuters.

Other major points are the information centre, waiting area, loading bay, bus and taxi parks, concession shops, office for operator, control room and power house.

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