M.O.Olawole – Department of Geography – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
The introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on March 17, 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria has attracted several comments and studies from the media and academic world. Most of the studies focused on the impact of BRT on users’ mobility and traffic congestion in the city of Lagos. The purpose of this paper is to examine the level of accessibility of users to BRT bus stops in terms of distances, travel time and waiting time at the BRT bus stops. The study is based on a randomly selected set of 200 users of BRT in Agboyi-Ketu area of Kosofe LGA of Lagos state. The findings showed that, with respect to user’s proximity to BRT bus stops, the average distance walked to BRT bus stops is 0.36km. The analysis of modal choice to the BRT bus stops showed that 36.5% of the sampled commuters commute by motorcycles, 24.5% trekked to the bus stops, while 39% of the samples commute to BRT bus stops by other modes of transportation. Further analysis shows that significant variations exist between the travel time to and waiting time at the BRT bus stops and frequency of patronage of BRT. The study concludes that the introduction of BRT is the first step towards integrated transport and development in the city of Lagos. Further steps are necessary to: increase the number of BRT bus stops; to regulate and improve the service deliveries of other modes of transport for effective interdependence between the BRT and other modes.