- Operators of BRT in Lagos said it is impossible to "break-even with 20 passengers " after the high capacity buses are compelled to reduce passengers amid Covid-19
- Expressing concern over the new guidelines on BRT buses, Fola Tinubu, the firm's managing director, disclosed that BRT is "just running social service"
- Tinubu said the firm has scrapped N100 and N150 tickets for short distances in the meantime, asking commuters to be ready to pay for the N200, N250 or 300 tickets
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Primero Transport Services Ltd, operators of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos, has said that it is impossible to break-even with the new transport guidelines mandating high-capacity buses to carry only 20 commuters to forestall the spread of coronavirus.
Fola Tinubu, the BRT managing director, made this known in an interview with NAN in Lagos on Wednesday, May 6.
Tinubu, however, said that no sacrifice was too big to make in the interest of the Nigerian society in the face of the global pandemic.
“It is not possible for us to break-even with 20 passengers. We are just running social services; it is not possible at all.
“We know it will be a tough time for the firm but it’s for everybody’s safety,” the BRT boss said.
He said that each BRT bus had 70 passengers capacity comprising 42 sitting and 28 standing. According to him, at this time, life comes first before any profit.
Tinubu has earlier said that the company would not issue short-distance tickets from Monday, May 4, saying short-distance commuters that wished to use the services must be ready to pay for the longest distance tickets on their routes.
The BRT boss explained that the firm had scrapped N100 and N150 tickets for short distances in the meantime, asking commuters to be ready to pay for the N200, N250 or 300 tickets, depending on their routes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that with federal government hinting at lifting the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, 70% of Nigerians said they would not be comfortable using public transport in as much as the Covid-19 still persisted - a poll has shown.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his national broadcast on Monday, April 27, eased the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Monday, May 4.
As Nigerians looked forward to seeing the lockdown fully lifted with economic activities nationwide fully set on the move, many Nigerians have expressed their anxiety on public transportation which will see people jostle for buses in Lagos amid rising coronavirus tension.
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