Uber Technologies the global ride-hailing firm on Friday launched a pilot test of their taxi boat services in Lagos, the epicenter of business in Nigeria.
The state has a population of over 22 million people and one of the highest car densities in the world of about 200 cars per kilometer that constantly leads to gridlocks on the roads with a projected 30 hours productive time loss weekly.
Uber Boat ride during the test period will only be available during the weekdays from 8 am – 5 pm daily operating four times daily between Ikoyi and Ikorodu ferry terminals for N500 ($1.39) per ride.
Governor Babajide Sanwoolu while commissioning the pilot project said:
“Its large population combined with frequent traffic congestion has made it important to develop new modes of transport like Uber BOAT”
“We collaborated with Uber on this because of the shared vision to utilize the waterways more as a means of decongesting the city,”.
The service to be operated in conjunction with Lagos State Water Authority (LASWA) and local boat operators, Texas Connection Ferries.
Uber in a statement through Lola Kazsim, General Manager West Africa said:
“We are aware of the man-hours and productivity that is lost every day due to vehicular traffic in Lagos state and are looking at ways to provide commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out of the city’s business districts,”.
The broader implementation of the Uber Boat services is expected to boost tourism drive-through quick, easy, safe and affordable transport means to Tourism destinations.