OPINION POLL ON THE NEWLY INTRODUCED MODERN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM (LAGOS STATE BUS RAPID TRANSIT)
BAKARE OLUWEFEMI OLATUNJI
THE DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT FOR THE HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN STATISTICS
A SEMINAR SUPERVISED BY
MR. T. AKINSANYA
YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
The research work focus on the opinion poll on the newly introduced modern transportation system in Lagos state (Bus Rapid Transit). It goes further state how it has significant effect on the commuter’s mobility in the states. Primary data and secondary data were adopted as a means of data collection with chi-square test for statistical analysis. We therefore recommend that Lagos state and its agencies should improve more on the rehabilization of roads, good management of port hole and construction of new road and people of good conducts and manner should be employ within the official.
Lagos is considered to be the sixth largest city and one of the most rapidly urbanizing metropolitan areas of the world. It was variously estimated population at between 12.5 and 15 million and an annual growth rate of newly 6%. It is also one of the world mega cities. Geographically, the metropolitan area of Lagos is also fast spreading, now extending beyond the borders of Lagos state into the neighboring Ogun State.( Journal of Lagos BRT-lite Evaluation report, January 2009, PG1). Commuters’ trips are therefore growth both in length and number. This rapid urbanization, combine with inadequate or poorly extended transportation problems in Lagos metropolis. This include increasing traffic congestion; worsening state of disrepair of roads; deteriorating physical attractiveness and comfort of road-based public transport; sky rocketing transport fares; absence of effective rail and water mass transit transport; rising levels of road accidents and increasing rate of traffic-related emission and atmospheric pollution; and the growing menace of okada(motorcycle) transporters and area boys.
Reviewing the formal Bus public transport operation in Lagos is characterized by high levels of fragmentation and indiscipline as a result of no fewer than 100,000 different types of buses owned almost exclusively by individuals, one or two each, which they drive themselves or hire out to drivers on a daily rental basis.
Also, before the implementation of the bus, Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the state had witnessed the used of different types of vehicles for public transportation. In the late 1960’s and 70’s the Bolekajas( wooden lorries used for carrying goods and passengers) were in vogue. At the twilight of that decade, the Molues (midi buses) became the in-thing. Following the reformation of the bus system, the Lagos State Transportation Cooperation (LSTC) but soon ran aground due to poor management.
Therefore, LAMATA is an acronomyns of Lagos Area Metropolitan Transportation authority was designed to formulate and implement programmes/project and policies for the overall improvement of public transportation systems, and orderly and structure development the mass transit system, among others. Its other functions includes carrying out the comprehensive maintenance of roads and related infrastructure, inventory and transportation network, continuous evaluation of road network status, overall improvement in traffic engineering and social opportunities.
The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) was one of the social development projects designed on thus policy frame work. The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) is a transport option, which relies on the use of dedicated ‘interference’ from segregation lanes to guarantee fast and reliable bus travel. It is a road way- based rapid transit system that looks and behaves like a subway, offering high capacity rapid transit services but on dedicated lanes or City Street. BRT does not require expensive tracks like the rails system...
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