UberBOAT launches in Lagos in partnership with Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Users will be charged a flat amount of N500 ($1.39) per trip. This is encouraging but it needs scale to have an impact.
One of the most exciting things in Zurich, Switzerland, is entering a public bus, in some areas, with no requirement to pay any fee. Come out from the central station, enter a bus, and go anywhere you want. The government has figured out that by waiving the fees, more people will use the public buses, triggering more productivity via no traffic on the roads, and good things follow. At the end, it will recover all expenses from better tax receipts.
Sure – one cannot compare Nigeria and Switzerland but getting people to drive less and use public transportation systems which must be adequately provided should be a game plan. Waterways, trains and more buses, priced competitively, would save Lagos from itself. As that happens, Lagos needs neighboring states to disperse its traffic under a better tax structure as I have noted.
Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Friday launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity’s notoriously congested roads.
The waterway service, UberBOAT, is operated in partnership with local boat operator Texas Connection Ferries and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said the ride-hailing firm.
Passengers will be charged a flat fare of 500 naira ($1.39) per trip, compared with about 300 naira by minibus for a similar journey in the commercial hub of the West African country where most people live on less than $2 a day.
Recently, Gokada, a motorbike e-hailing operator, went into the space with GBoat.
Gokada launches GBoat, a boat service in Lagos: “After raising USD 5.3 million from the Rise Capital, bike-hailing firm GoKada is launching a water-borne service, GBoat, to beat Lagos traffic”. Meanwhile Uber unveils Uber Copter in New York. Yes, you can take a helicopter from Manhattan heliport to JFK Airport for $200. Two poles – interesting moments in global transportation.