In its bid to reduce traffic congestion in Lagos, Uber has launched UberBoat services.
The pilot phase started on Friday in partnership with Texas Connection Ferries, a Lagos-based ferry transportation service, and the Lagos State Waterways Authority, according to a report by Bloomberg.
In June, Brooks Entwistle, the Chief Business Officer at Uber, said the company had begun discussions with the Lagos state government and other authorities to launch its boat taxis as a solution to the problem of traffic congestion in the city.
“This initiative is aimed at providing commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out of the city’s business districts,” Uber said in a statement.
During the two-week-long pilot test, UberBOAT will be available from 8AM to 5PM during the weekdays and will cost ₦500 ($1.39) per trip.
Tayo Oyegunle, Uber Nigeria’s country manager also adds that the boat will be available four times during the day from the Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on the mainland and Five Cowries Terminal on the Island.
We welcome @Uber Boats to our waterways. As a government, we will work with our security agencies to ensure safety across the waterways.— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 11, 2019
We encourage more players and encourage the private sector to open up the waterways by supporting more routes. pic.twitter.com/EY9WGCrFeJ