Lagos rolls out travel smartcard for BRT commuters

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Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) today rolled out a travel smartcard named Cowry Card for the use of commuters along the Ikorodu – TBS corridor in Lagos.

The Cowry Card is currently in use on the Oshodi to Abule Egba BRT system.

Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. Abimbola Akinajo, who disclosed this on Monday said the use of the card would, henceforth, be the only mode of fare payment and administration of regulated transport services in the state.

She explained that following the launch of the expanded e-ticketing system by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in August 2020, the use of the card had become imperative in order to reduce cash transactions in transport operation and protect stakeholders’ investment in the transport sector.

LAMATA is the regulator of all regulated transport operators in the state. They include Primero Transport Services Limited, Lagos Bus Services Limited, Amalgamated Transport Services Limited, TJ Motors and TSL.

According to a statement signed by LAMATA’s Assistant Director Corporate Communications, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, a novel community bus scheme, First Mile and Last Mile (FMLM) Scheme, will soon be launched as feeder system to transport services on the main transport corridors.

He quoted Engr. Akinajo saying that the services of FMLM would also run using the Cowry card.

“She enjoined commuters to embrace the use of the Cowry Card which would soon be extended to other transport services such as water and rail transportation in 2022 to ease access to transport services in the state,” Ojelabi stated.

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