Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has launched the first batch of First and Last Mile buses. These FLM buses will work within Lagos, as alternative to commercial motorcycles otherwise known as Okada, in both highly populated communities where there’s much density and small areas where bigger buses would usually not pass through.
According to the Governor, First and last mile bus scheme has been introduced to tackle the safety and security threat posed by operation of Okada in the state.
More details on the first and Last Mile bus
Sanwo-Olu noted that because the FLM buses were made to offer services which the big vehicles were not made for, the scheme will promote the vision of the state for transport system and also give passengers the ability to connect to anywhere they want within the state, without any hassle.
The governor noted that the 500 FLM buses are already on ground but more are being assembled and would be deployed as soon as they are ready for operation.
The first 500 First and Last Mile buses will start operation immediately in anticipation for the remaining 4500 buses in the following months.
According to the Governor, the life of people, both drivers and passengers, who use the buses are fully insured.
Governors statement on the FLM bus scheme
“Today, we launched 500 FLM buses and 100 high and medium capacity buses for standard routes.
“The first and last mile buses will serve 286 identified routes within our communities as an alternative to addressing the menace and security threat constituted by Okada riders.
“FLM bus is safe and convenient as commuters will be able to use Cowry Travel Cards – an automated payment system already in use for BRT buses.
“We have delineated the FLM bus corridors into eight zones, comprising Ikeja and Ketu (Zone 1), Oshodi, Mushin, and Surulere (Zone 2), Berger, Yaba and Oyingbo (Zone 3) and Lagos Island, Ajah and Ibeju Lekki (Zone 4).
“Others are Iyana-ipaja and Agege (Zone 5), Mile 2, Iyana-Iba and Ajeromi (Zone 6), Ikorodu (Zone 7) and Epe and Badagry (Zone 8).”
“We added the 100 brand new high and medium capacity buses into the fleet of Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) to replace vehicles burnt at BRT stations during the wave of violence last October,” he added.
“The launch of the First and last mile Bus Scheme is an important milestone in our quest to achieving the intermodal transport system which gives our teeming population the choices they deserve, reducing congestion and journey times, and improving the quality of life.”
“As a responsible Government, we are launching this scheme in response to two major issues. One is the alarming statistics of fatal accidents recorded from the operations of Okadas in Lagos between 2016 and 2019, and the use of Okadas for the facilitation of crime across the metropolis.
The goal is the full implementation of a safer and more efficient alternative transport solution that takes out the need for Okadas and replaces them with safer buses that will help us curb incidents of Okada-related accidents, crimes and robberies.”