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Urban transportation system design and feasibility analysis: a case study of Lagos Mega-City


Sowoputi Adetose Emmanuel ,

Federal University of Technology Akure, NG
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Department of Transport Management Technology, School of Management Technology
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Salaam O. Taiwo

Lagos State Ministry of Transport, Lagos, NG
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This paper examines how urban transportation, urban mobility and urban land Planning at urban Centres influence urban space that serves a variety of human needs; housing, working, social interaction, leisure, and mobility of persons and goods. Transportation and planning are co-dependent, mutually influencing each other in complex and dynamic ways. To create a livable urban environment, there is a need to balance transportation with planning. The skewers of any of these will result in serious environment issues. To identify the role and impact of road transportation in a mega city, the research methodology adopted in this work utilized environmental management system techniques. Key impacts on local community includes exchange of energy, function and maintenance of ordered structures, directly or indirectly supplied and maintained by natural system. Various socio-economic activities and professional judgment from the findings shows that spatial distribution of housing, working, shopping, leisure and other activities determines aver-age trip distances in urban mobility. High population density as well as a mixture of land use for various social and economic activities, maintains low distances between origin and destination of urban trips. It also shows that road development parameters were well within the range of metropolis city, the low density urban development and large road areas increases trip length and lead to higher share of automobile trips. The study recommends that the state government should engaged in traffic management by adjusting the use of existing road system to improve traffic operation with-out resorting to major new constructions, provision of time-based traffic lights, and enforcement of traffic lights and signs, manning of road junctions by traffic wardens, constructing overhead bridges and zebra crossings, encouragement of park and ride system and educating drivers and ensure compulsory written test before the issuance of any driving license. This can be embarked through a technology- supported joint venture that aims to integrate and systematically optimize the State’s intermodal transportation system.
How to Cite: Emmanuel, S.A. and Taiwo, S.O., 2018. Urban transportation system design and feasibility analysis: a case study of Lagos Mega-City. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal, 6(2), pp.49–56. DOI:
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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