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BRT halts short-distance tickets, only 20 passengers allowed on a trip

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The Managing Director of Primero Transport Services Ltd. Fola Tinubu, operator of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos reported on Saturday, that it will only be carrying 21 commuters with face masks per bus ,including the driver, in response to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

However, the company would not issue short-distance tickets ,that is , N100 and N150 tickets as from Monday , commuters willing to use the service should be ready to pay the long-distance fare that is, N200, N250 or N300 depending on their routes, he said.

“We are going to carry only 20 passengers per bus, the 21st person on the bus will be the driver starting from Monday.

He also explained the sitting arrangement as ‘zigzaggy’; Ensuring passengers don’t sit next to each other. There will be no air conditioner as windows will be open to allow enough ventilation.

“We want to concentrate on the buses on the long-distance since we can only carry 20 people. We will not sell a ticket for a short distance at all,” he told NAN.

According to his statement, all the passengers must wear masks and the firm will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers to commuters before they will be allowed to board buses .

Tinubu added that the firm would adhere strictly to the guidelines by the Lagos State Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA), its regulator, though it will be a tough for the firm, but it’s for everyone’s safety.

The firm will deploy enough sanitizers to bus stations across the state, passengers are thereby encouraged to cooperate with its precautionary measures enforcing staffs, Tinubu said.

He mentioned that it might seem difficult to ensure social distancing on queues, but the firm would do everything possible to ensure social distancing.

It has been almost 5 weeks since Lagos state has been on lockdown, following the presidential decree.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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