Global rideshare company Uber is testing out its boat-commute service in the Nigerian city of Lagos for the next two weeks, expanding a concept the company’s tried in Mumbai, Istanbul and elsewhere.
The UberBOAT will run on weekdays from Ikorodu Ferry Terminal to the LASWA Boat Jetty near the Falomo Bridge in the morning, and then reverse the journey in the afternoon. The 500-Naira trip (about US$1.39 each way) will speed passengers across Lagos Lagoon, while avoiding the jam-packed roads of one of the world’s busiest cities.
Two trips each day, scheduled for one hour apart on each end, will take bookings from the app-driven UberBOAT service. It is offered in partnership with Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and Texas Connection Ferries.
The project is “aimed at providing safe and efficient water transportation,” said Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who said his administration will always look to innovation to develop its integrated public transport plan.
“We will work with our security agencies to ensure safety across the waterways. We encourage more players and encourage the private sector to open up the waterways by supporting more routes,” he said.
The pilot program is expected to boost Uber’s presence in Nigeria as well as the wider continent.