BRT Buses In Lagos: “5 Advantages And Disadvantages”

The Lagos Bus Rapid Transit is also known as Lagos BRT. It was launched in March 2008 and it is operated by LAMATA (Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority).


1) It is Cheaper: Ikorodu to mile 12 is N70 by BRT while smaller buses charge N100 or more.

2) Less travel time: With BRT, it usually takes a shorter period of time to travel from point A to B especially during rush hours. Thanks to the dedicated BRT lanes.

3) Job creation: From drivers to repair technicians and from cleaners to ticketing staff, the BRT system is contributing its own quota towards the reduction of unemployment in Lagos State and Nigeria.

4) Physical activity: Many Lagosians saw this point as a disadvantage when we sampled their opinion on the subject. However, we think standing inside the buses or walking to the designated and farther BRT bus stops have more advantages as walking is one of the best form of exercise for a healthy lifestyle. This is one of the reasons you hardly see overweight and obese people on the streets of London and New York City.

5) Safety and comfort: BRT is obviously safer to ride in compared to the Danfo buses. It is also safer than some private vehicles like the Kia Picanto. The air-conditioned buses also provide its occupants with comfortable seats.


1) Global warming: Ideally, this is a major advantage of BRT in other countries, as reduction in the number of cars on the road leads to reduced carbon monoxide emission. However, it is the other way round in Lagos as BRT buses are currently having a smoke emission competition with container trucks. It is very surprising that Nigeria is yet to implement a law against emission which has caused rivers to start drying up in the country.

2) Rough drivers: It is disheartening that the BRT drivers think they have 100% right of way at all times, therefore, they use their big and scary buses to intimidate other drivers on the road.

3) Increased traffic for motorists: The introduction of the BRT led to an instant increase in traffic congestion on several major roads because a lane was converted to accommodate the Government operated buses. Lagosians have adjusted to this issue over time.

4) No refund: If you use the last money on you to board a BRT bus and it breaks down midway, OYO is your case. You are on your own as there is no refund system in place. In some cases, you may be fortunate to get another BRT to join.

5) Others: Occasional problems with tap in – tap out machine and difficulty to reverse when another bus breaks down ahead.

You can add the advantages and disadvantages you have noticed in the comment section.

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  • Justice Elmer

    Even before 2008.. So I’ll leave them Lagos boys to fill the advantages and disadvantages

  • Justice Elmer

    Its actually been a while since I went there..

  • Justice Elmer

    I ain’t a lagosian..

  • IG: Jiafid


  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Still prefers it to danfo

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Education time…………
    Tutorial class activated……..
    Thanks to admin
    This is more like the advantage and disadvantages of road transportation to an extent.

  • WillieBravo

    Nice info.

  • emekachilaka

    ok thanks for the info

  • kayode akinsanya

    Some of this disadvantages is not true, I agreed with number 1. Thanks for the information

  • Olovo Obinna

    I think BRT bus has her own Lane which makes it faster….and lagos state is gradually changing the bus to new modernise once,,some areas in lag even uses recharge cards…….to me,,if only government can increase the number of buses….with good road,,i prefer BRT buses anytime

  • Me no even dey use am sef

    • kayode akinsanya

      You better you use am because of one chance

      • Nah…ah just don’t like it

        • kayode akinsanya


        • Mezzy Gilbert

          Na agbero own u come like?

    • emekachilaka

      for those in Lagos brother haba