Sanwo-Olu commissions new bus terminal in Mafoluku to improve intra-city transport
â¢ Station to serve airport passengers and commuters in surrounding towns
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, delivered a world-class bus terminal for the distribution of passengers around the international gateway.
Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday ordered the Mafoluku bus station to be completely built by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) in collaboration with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The terminal is a gateway station that will serve the surrounding areas of Mafoluku, Oshodi and Ajao Estate, providing bus connections primarily to the Oshodi Transport Interchange, Ikeja Bus Station, Mile 2 and other parts of Lagos.
The Mafoluku terminal will also provide a means of connection to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and the domestic wing of the airport.
During the official opening of the transport infrastructure, Sanwo-Olu said the project represented his government’s goal of providing an integrated intermodal transport system through public and private investments under the Management Pillar. traffic and transport of the THEMES program of its administration.
He said the state government’s partnership with the federal government on the project arose out of the need to develop transportation infrastructure around international entry areas, thus providing a common place for commuters and commercial vehicles. .
He said: âThe bus terminal that we are putting into operation today is the result of the partnership between Lagos State and the Federal Government, represented by FAAN. The construction of bus stations and shelters is a crucial aspect of our Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) through which we delivered and commissioned the Oyingbo bus station and launched the stations and rapid transit corridor by Oshodi-Abule bus.
âOur collaboration with the federal government on this project is a solid example of public-public partnership and reiterates the importance of thinking outside the box to meet the needs of our citizens. I am delighted to officially open this structure specially designed to serve commuters from the local and international airport community and neighboring communities. Route services will be managed from this terminal to make it a hub for local and international travelers. “
Sanwo-Olu said LAMATA and FAAN will operate transportation franchises inside and outside the Mafoluku terminal. While LAMATA will operate passenger bus services to Mile 2 and Oshodi, FAAN will operate passenger services from local and international airports.
The governor revealed that more bus terminals will be delivered in the coming months to Agege, Ojota and Ajah as part of the first phase of the BRI implementation, stressing that the transport infrastructure is complemented by lines. blue and red metro system to create an integrated online transport system. with the strategic master plan of the State.
The government, he said, will soon complete the BRT corridor of the Lagos-Badagry highway, while working to develop infrastructure for the bus lanes and two interchanges at Marina and Mile 2.
Sanwo-Olu said the recently launched First and Last Mile (FLM) buses are the final layer of the BRI and designed to give individuals the opportunity to invest in public transportation. This, he said, would solidify the state government’s plan to ensure that public transport moves from an unregulated to a regulated model.
He said: âIn order to build a world-class transport system in Lagos State, we have stepped up our efforts to deliver the first two of six rail lines and a monorail captured in our Strategic Transport Master Plan ( STMP), which are the Lagos Red and Blue Lines of public rail transport. The road to an integrated intermodal transportation system is difficult, but we are steadily moving towards our goal. “
FAAN Managing Director Captain Rabiu Yadudu, represented by Finance Director Ms. Nike Aboderin, described the commissioning of the project as “an important step” in the partnership, noting that the terminal would ensure an organized distribution of passengers. to and from international carriageways.
LAMATA Managing Director Ms. Abimbola Akinajo said the bus terminal was built on 7,952 square meters of land, which was provided by FAAN. The building, she said, has a tarmac that can accommodate 27 high occupancy vehicles and a disembarkation area.
The terminal has facilities including a ticket office and lounge area, control room, cafeteria, public facilities, offices for staff in shopping areas, an ATM gallery and IT service.
Akinajo said the terminal also has a repair shop where buses will be serviced, in addition to fire fighting equipment and road safety equipment.
She said: âThe vision is to build functional and comfortable bus terminals that will provide passengers with a great travel experience when getting on or off the buses. Commuters from these surroundings who used to travel to Ikeja bus station and Oshodi transport interchange now have access to reliable and top-notch transport services available at their doorstep.
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