Lagos launches e-ticket for BRT buses

By The Citizen

The Lagos State government yesterday launched the first electronic ticket for commuters using the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, in the state metropolis.

With the e-ticket, passengers can pay as low as N20 depending on the distance of their journey as the machine would only debit the credit load based on its usage.

The e-ticket, it was learnt, would also serve passengers of the ferry services operated by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the proposed lite-rail service currently under construction.

Commissioning the e-ticketing at the CMS Bus Stop in Lagos yesterday, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, described the initiative as the newest way of alleviating poverty among the residents of the state.

He said the innovation was also another clear demonstration of the all-inclusive nature of the administration of Mr. Babatunde Fashola in the state.

Orelope-Adefulire, who said the e-ticketing would solve some of the problems associated with the old ticketing system of the BRT buses, saying that government is determined to continuously improve on the transportation system of the state.

She said: 'It is part of the integrated model transportation we are doing in Lagos. With this, we have made the transportation system more friendly and efficient for the people of Lagos State.

Commuters will save a lot of money using this card because they don't have to pay for the charges of the entire route destination. They will be charged based on where they alight from the bus.'