By Aisha Cole, Lagos.
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) says the pilot phase of the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered buses for passenger operations will soon begin on Marina/CMS to Lekki and Ajah-Epe routes.
The Consultant, Corporate Communication, LAMATA, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
Ojelabi said that under the pilot phase, 10 high occupancy vehicles would be deployed for the service.
“The operation, franchised to a bus operating company named Femadec, will progressively increase the number of buses to 100, after data has proven the sustainability of the use of CNG.
“LAMATA has over the years been involved in studies. aimed at alternative fuel energy sources in transport operations.
“The deployment of buses powered by CNG will provide useful data for future decisions on wholesome wide use of such buses for passenger transit operations in Lagos.
“CNG burns cleaner and reduces carbon monoxide by more than 80 per cent, when compared to traditional petrol and diesel.
“CNG-powered vehicles also run quieter than gasoline and diesel vehicles, which results in less noise pollution,” he said.
Ojelabi said that the bus operating company would have its operational base at the Ajah Terminal.
He said that it would also make use of the bus shelters along the Lekki-Epe corridor for its operation.
He said that the fare card, “Cowry”, would be used to pay for services on the buses.