Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor has launched 500 units of First Mile and Last Mile (FLM) buses which will ply the roads of the inner routes of the state. The governor revealed via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, that the introduction of these buses is aimed at enhancing the transport system in Nigeria. It is also aimed at addressing the menace and security threat by okada riders.
Governor Babajide Sanwa-Olu’s Twitter Handle
The blue and white buses FLM buses will ply 286 routes within the state. The Governor has assured everyone that the buses are safe and convenient, as Lagosians will be able to use Cowry Travel Cards – an automated payment system already in use for BRT buses.
Sanwa-Olu further disclosed that for the purpose of using the buses, the State has been delineated into eight transportation zones. They are; Ikeja and Ketu (Zone 1), Oshodi, Mushin and Surulere (Zone 2), Berger, Yaba and Oyingbo (Zone 3), Lagos Island, Ajah and Ibeju-Lekki (Zone 4), Iyana-Ipaja and Agege (Zone 5), Mile 2, Iyana-Iba and Ajeromi (Zone 6), Ikorodu (Zone 7) and lastly, Epe and Badagry (Zone 8)
He has promised Lagosians that the government will increase the buses to 5000 in the days ahead. 100 brand new High and Medium capacity buses have also added to the Lagos fleet to replace the ones burnt down during the End Sars protest.
The Governor concluded by saying that the launch of the FLM Bus Scheme is an important milestone in the state’s quest to achieving the intermodal transport system which gives its teeming population the choices they deserve, reducing congestion and journey times, and improving the quality of life.