Why We Need A New Transport Architecture in Yenagoa

Yenagoa City Master Plan, Abandoned?

Source: Dr. Idumange John

In recent years, the Yenagoa has experienced rapid urbanization and population growth, leading to significant challenges in transportation infrastructure. The increasing number of vehicles on the roads, coupled with inadequate public transportation systems, has resulted in traffic congestion, air pollution, and reduced road safety in the city. The need for a new transport architecture in the Yenagoa has never been more critical.Part of the problem is the abandonment of the Yenagoa City Development Master plan.

One major challenge plaguing the transport system in Yenagoa is the lack of a well-integrated and efficient public transportation network. Currently, the reliance on private vehicles has led to increased traffic congestion and longer commute times for residents.

The existing road infrastructure in Yenagoa is inadequate to cater to the growing population. Many roads are in a state sre too narrow while the concrete roads are having failed portions and this requires regular maintenance. The lack of proper road signage and street lighting also poses a safety hazard to both drivers and pedestrians.

There is an urgent need for the implementation of a new transport architecture in Yenagoa metropolis. . This entails the development of a comprehensive and sustainable transportation plan that integrates various modes of transport, such as buses, trams, and bicycles, to provide residents with efficient and accessible options for commuting.

One of the key components of a new transport architecture is the establishment of a reliable and affordable public transportation system. Investing in a modern and well-connected bus network, complemented by dedicated lanes and digital payment systems, can help reduce the reliance on private vehicles and alleviate traffic congestion in the city.

There is nothing wrong if a light rail or tram system could provide residents with a faster and more sustainable mode of transport, reducing travel times and enhancing connectivity between different parts of the Bayelsa State. Such an investment in public transport infrastructure can also stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities in the construction and maintenance sectors.

Yenagoa could benefit from investing in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to promote active modes of transport and reduce reliance on cars. Implementing dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and green spaces along major roads can encourage residents to adopt healthier and more sustainable modes of transport.

The Dickson administration initiated a viable transport system. New vehicles numbering 350:pieces were procured and the transport system worked for about a year. Soon after, the vehicles were converted into privately owned vehicles. Most of them were repainted and ferried out of Bayelsa State. Dickson also initiated and built the Igbogene Transport Terminal and pushed it up to 90% completion rate. It was for that reason that Senator Dickson was honoured with the commissioning of the Terminal on Feb. 12, 2023.

Already, the State has the Igbogene Transport Terminal, a facility that was commissioned more than 15 months ago but abandoned since then. The activation of the terminal will lead to a proper coordination of the transport system but also create job opportunities for our teeming youths.

Yenagoa is now fondly called Keke City is at a crossroads where the current transport architecture is no longer sustainable or efficient. The time has come for policymakers, urban planners, and transportation experts to come together and envision a new transport system that can meet the needs of a growing and dynamic city.

Modernizing the transport system in Yenagoa will pave the way for a more livable, prosperous, and environmentally friendly future for its residents. Government should take action now to ensure that Yenagoa remains a vibrant and thriving city in the years ahead.

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