The Lagos Urban Transport Project
The Lagos Urban Transport Project (LUTP) popularly known as the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was launched in 2008 by the Lagos state Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). It is a scheme launched to tackle traffic and transportation problems in the city of Lagos. Since the early 2000s, moving around Lagos for commuters was a serious challenge because, by the turn of the century, Lagos had become the sixth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the world, struggling with an unreliable public transportation system. Lagosians relied for their mobility on a fleet of about 75,000 privately-operated 'danfo' (minibuses), together with a smaller numbers of midi-buses called 'molue' and 'kabu-kabu' (taxis) run mostly by individual operators. With close to sixteen million bus trips made daily in the city, traffic congestion is rife and public transport often costs commuters over 30 percent of their disposable income. A lack of planning and management capacity contributed to the poor level of urban transport services. The Lagos Urban Transport Project (LUTP) was designed with the objective to enhance the efficiency of the transport network in such a way that it contributes measurably to poverty reduction, and to sustainably improve the sector's management capacity including a reduction in GHG. The flagship project was the Lagos BRT service. It was introduced as a bus-based mass transit system that delivers a fast, comfortable and cost-effective service. Through the provision of exclusive right-of-way lanes and excellence in customer service, BRT essentially emulates the performance and amenity characteristics of a modern rail-based transit system, but at a fraction of the cost.
In the last five years of operations, the BRTsystem has moved more than 400 million passengers. The LUTP Following the huge success of the first phase of the project concrete plans are in place to extend the project along 8 new corridors in the state.
Source of funding
World Bank, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)