WHILE LAGOS STATE IS SETTING UP NEW BRT BUS STOPS AROUND THE CITY, SINGAPORE IS SETTING UP ULTRA MODERN SOLAR POWERED BUS STOPS WITH WI-FI, DIGITAL SCREENS, CHARGING SPACES FOR GADGETS, PARKING LOT FOR BIKES AND ARTWORKS.
News of an upgrade in the public transportation system in Lagos state came with lots of conversation on the possibilities and the impossibilities the new move would bring to local commuters and the state at large. According to reports, Governor Ambode revealed plans to take out yellow buses popularly known as Danfo in the city and plans to replace them with more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city.
Around town we have seen clear efforts by the Ambode administration to make life better for citizens in Lagos state, the most populated state in Nigeria especially in transportation. New road constructions, pedestrian bridge projects, new bridges and even new bus stops for the Lagos city bus (Popularly called BRT) commuters. Bus stops play a big role in the lives of public transport users; serving as a place of shade from sun, rain and sometimes even a place to rest. Singapore is a taking the bus stop game up notch with design and technology to make waiting around for buses a much better experience.
These bus stops which are currently being installed around the city since September 2016 has swings, books, rooftop garden, parking lot for bikes, provision for charging of phones/gadgets and artwork all to make bus stop experience interesting beyond sitting and waiting. Also incorporated to the bus stop design are free Wi-Fi technology for passengers, bold digital screens, information and updates of arrival times, maps, weather and local news. It does not end there, waiting passengers can download available online books from the provider’s library by scanning a QR code, all powered by solar panels.
According the Singaporean authority, the motive behind these modern bus stops were designed and set up by DP Architects to encourage residents to available public transport systems around cities in the country. Though the project has not be scaled up around the city, the Singaporean government is testing out the bus stop system to decide if it will fund expansion to other regions this year.
Amazing reform right there, this is the future of city planning. Indeed, we hope Governor Ambode’s plans gets implemented even as we look forward to more futuristic elements in Town planning and projects around Nigeria.