Lagos plans to convert diesel-powered buses to gas – The Sun Nigeria
By Moses Akaigwe
The The N100 lump sum bus fare increase for all Rapid Transit (BRT) buses and standard routes recently approved by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will come into effect on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
Governor Sanwo-Olu has also authorized the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to convert current diesel buses in service in the state’s public transport systems to the use of compressed natural gas (CNG).
These were included in a statement by LAMATA, which explained that the upward revision was necessitated by the need to maintain the operations of regulated bus services in Lagos State in the face of rising operating costs.
Signed by LAMATA’s deputy director of corporate communications, Kolawole Ojelabi, the statement explained that the operations of the transport system, in recent times, have been hampered due to the increase in the cost of inputs necessary for the supply. sustainable services and the high number of out-of-service buses. due to lack of spare parts.
“For example, the exponential increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830/litre between August 2020 and June 2022, has significantly affected the optimal performance of bus operating companies, resulting in the withdrawal of buses from the operation and longer waiting time at bus stations.
“The governor, in agreeing to the fare increase, also approved a bailout proposal for bus operating companies in other countries to cushion the effect of the difficult operating environment and protect private partnership investments and prevent the demise of formalized bus operations in the state.
“Given the economic situation, the government is also providing support to bus operating companies in view of the continuous increase in fuel prices. This is to ensure that the increase for the passenger is kept to a minimum.
Notwithstanding the increase in fares, LAMATA added, the government noted that whatever support this would provide to operators, it would still not cover the cost of refueling, which would likely put the survival of bus operations in check.
The Governor also endorsed LAMATA’s call for the conversion of diesel buses currently in service to the use of CNG and switching to different economically viable and environmentally friendly mobility energy solutions that are cost effective and maximize operating costs. operations such as electric vehicles, hydrogen buses and the development of hybrid power sources as an alternative fuel for current Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) buses.
According to the request, “these measures are indispensable in the current global economic and environmental reality to ensure the sustainability of the BRI operation”.
With the increase, a bus ride from Ikorodu to TBS will now cost N600 to N500, while Berger to Ajah will now cost N700, down from N600. Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule-Egba-CMS-Obalende will attract a fare of N600.