BRT fares down, flat rate no longer tenable for routes, says Primero boss
In its renewed efforts towards changing the paradigm in transportation, Primero Transport Limited (operators of the blue BRT buses), has announced plans to review its fares downwards to reflect the wishes and aspirations of commuters as well as making commuting on their buses more affordable to Lagosians.
Speaking with select journalists at their office in Majidun, Ikorodu, the Managing Director of the Company, Mr. Fola Tinubu, said that in line with the yearnings of commuters in Lagos, the company has devised an ingenious method of fare reduction by dividing the BRT corridor into five zones against the three zones it used to be. The zones, according to him, include Ikorodu-Mile 12; Mile 12-Maryland; Maryland-Fadeyi; Fadeyi-Costain and Costain-CMS.
“The reviewed fare will now be charged based on commuting from one zone to another as against the flat rate being charged earlier. For example, a passenger commuting from Ikorodu to Maryland will now pay N150 as against the current charge of N200, and Ikorodu to Fadeyi will pay N200, against current charge of N250, and Ikorodu to Constain, will now pay N250, as against the current N300, while passenger from Ikorodu to TBS will pay the same charge of N300. The overall concept is that if you are travelling within one zone, you’ll pay N100.00; two zones, N150.00; three zones, N200.00; four zones, N250.00 while travelling across the five zones will attract a fare of N300.00,” Tinubu said.
“The reviewed fare will be a lot cheaper for passengers doing shorter distances and it was done in line with the yearnings of passengers using the corridor. Primero being a responsive company had to make this review to make the customer happy and comfortable as well as changing the paradigm of transportation,” he emphasized.
Tinubu equally informed his guests that the e-ticketing platform being test run at the moment would soon be introduced in all their routes to reduce the stress encountered by passengers. The overall idea according to him is to make public transportation more enjoyable as well as making people have value for their money. He emphasized that Primero Transport Limited in partnership with Yutong intends to start assembling of the buses using a facility at Ibadan while intensifying efforts to complete their assembly plant in Lagos in the next couple of years.