The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), the operator of Marcopolo high-capacity buses, said on Monday it has secured the approval of the state government for an upward review of fares and right to ply Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated lane.
The Chief Executive Officer of LBSL, Mr. Idowu Oguntona, disclosed this in a statement issued by the company’s Public Affairs Officer, Afolabi Olawale.
Oguntona said the approvals take effect from August 1.
According to him, the firm had received the state government’s approval for an average of 46 percent increase in the LBSL transportation fare.
He said: “The approval to use the BRT corridor by the governor is to further give the commuting public a better experience on Lagos roads.
“The increase in the number of passengers and fare becomes necessary in order to enable the company to sustain its operations following the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public bus transportation.
“The governor also approved LBSL’s request to increase the number of passengers per bus from 20 to 42 in strict observance of updated COVID-19 safety protocol as directed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the operation of public transport, whilst ensuring all other measures are in place.”