The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) said on Tuesday that It had commenced the upgrade of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) shelters and the corridor on the Ikorodu Road, for better service delivery.
Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, LAMATA’s External Relations Specialist, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that the purpose of the upgrade was to bring them at par with the newly-constructed structures between Mile 12 and Ikorodu.
NAN observed that bus shelters at major bus stops along the Ikorodu road, such as Ketu, Fadeyi, Onipanu, and Palmgroove, had been demolished.
Ojelabi said: “it is not a demolition, but an upgrade of the bus shelters, to bring them at par with the new ones.
“The upgrade will give more room at the shelters to accommodate more commuters.
“In the interim, we have created temporary bus stands which would be accessible to the commuters,’’ Ojelabi said.
He added that the project is expected to be completed within a year.
Meanwhile, Mr Tejumade Onitiri, an intending passenger, who welcomed the upgrade, urged LAMATA to speed up the construction before the commencement of the rains.
“It is quite a nice project, especially when you consider the fact that these existing bus shelters are not large enough to accommodate many passengers, especially during the rains.
“Also, sometimes you wonder if there is a difference between the quality of roads along the corridor and most bad spots on a few other roads in the state.
“So, it is a welcome development and it will certainly improve our experience riding on the buses once the project is completed,’’ Onitiri, a civil servant, said.
A motorist, Mr Ignatius Okoro, who observed that the construction often obstructed traffic, urged LAMATA to ensure that the project is completed within the stipulated time, to ease the hardships of motorists.
A ticket vendor at Ketu bus stop, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that working without a shelter overhead had exposed her to the elements and made her work boring.
She, therefore, urged the management to provide either umbrellas or raincoats to shield them from the rains and intermittent sunshine. (NAN)