The Lagos State Government has started the experimental phase of using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses for passenger operations on the Marina/CMS to Lekki and Ajah-Epe bus routes. This is being done through the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).
The goal of the action was to lower tail pipe emissions into the atmosphere from public transportation vehicles.
After statistics had demonstrated the sustainability of the usage of CNG Buses, Akinajo continued, the operation franchised to a bus operating business called Femadec would gradually raise the number of buses to 100.
She claims that “LAMATA has participated in studies aimed at alternate fuel energy sources in transport operations over the years. The usage of CNG-powered buses will generate valuable information for future decisions about the safe and widespread use of such vehicles for passenger transit operations in Lagos.
When compared to conventional gasoline and diesel, CNG burns more cleanly and significantly reduces carbon monoxide emissions (by more than 80%). Vehicles driven by CNG are also quieter to operate than those powered by gasoline or diesel, which reduces noise pollution.
“The bus operating firm will utilise the bus shelters along the Lekki-Epe route for its operations and will have its operational base at the Ajah Terminal.
“Cowry, the fare card will be used to make payments for services on the CNG buses”