With an estimated population of 18-million, traffic gridlock in one of fastest- growing mega cities in the world (Lagos city) is inevitable. The sordid tales of traffic congestion have become a pain in the neck for Lagosians, and the congestion will continue until we start doing the right thing. Here are the ways to effectively reduce the implacable Lagos traffic to the barest minimum.
Alternative modes of transportation
The water and rail transportation systems are notable examples in this regard. The burgeoning population of Lagos state can be managed by having corresponding transportation strategies in place, to go side-by-side. One of such transportation strategies is opening up the water ways; using metro ferry service to convey passengers from areas that can be access through the water ways–Ikorodu to Marina, Ajegunle to Marina, Badore-Admiralty-Osborne axis, etc. Roads along those routes will definitely experience a high reduction in traffic, when the alternative water ways is fully effected (operations have already begun since 2009, but not in full swing). Also, the work-in-progress light rail system being constructed in Lagos, by the World Bank, is another huge investment in the transportation sector that will massively relieve traffic congestion.
Installation of above and underground traffic detectors
In advance climes, traffic detectors are used to fasten the response time to traffic incident, on the road, which could‘ve got ripple effect. Traffic authorities are quickly called to action when such issues arise. The Lagos state government can install the same on Lagos roads, which they can bury when constructing new roads or fix at the surface, for the already-existing roads
Driving in the company of friends, colleagues, or even strangers, who‘re going in the same direction as you’re, is a simple definition of this term. Statistics has it that, of the over 1,000,000 cars in Lagos, rides with the driver travelling alone in the car, amounts to 78%, in comparison with 12%, where two persons are in the car, and 10% where three or more persons travel in the car. (Lagos State Government Motor vehicle statistics).Embracing carpooling‘ll drastically reduce the traffic congestion we experience on a daily basis
Introduction of flexible working hour
Employers of labor should introduce flexible working hours –some workers should resume earlier than others. Working hours should be between 8am to 2pm, and for others, between 10am to 4pm.The usually 8-hours expended at work should be cut short (for me, 6 -hours will do).
Enforcement of existing traffic law
Flagrant disregard for the rule of law is a common phenomenon in this part of the world. Commercial bus drivers flout traffic laws without minding the consequences, probably because they know they can bribe their way through, without the full weight of the law falling upon them. Stopping and picking of passengers at the middle of the road is a common scene, causing traffic congestion unnecessarily. The Lagos state government should ensure the enforcement of traffic laws through their traffic agency (LASTMA).Without minding whose ox is being gored, the enforcement should be to the letter. They should also ensure that LASTMA officials are well-paid, which could deter them from collecting bribes, and appropriate sanctions melted out to any official found culpable.
Effective reduction of traffic congestion in Lagos state to the barest minimum requires full implementation of the aforementioned ways to the letter, by those in authority. Government, motorists, and traffic officials must all join in the fight to nip this perennial issue in the bud.