Lagos Ferry Service Marks 1,000th Journey, Commuting Over 1 Million Passengers

Lagos Ferry Service celebrates 1,000th journey, transporting over 1 million passengers in 4 years. State unveils new transport policy, expands multi-modal initiatives to ease congestion and provide affordable options for growing population.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Lagos Ferry Service Marks 1,000th Journey, Commuting Over 1 Million Passengers

Lagos Ferry Service Marks 1,000th Journey, Commuting Over 1 Million Passengers

The Lagos Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) celebrated a significant milestone on March 19, 2024, completing its 1,000th journey since its re-launch on February 10, 2020. The service, which is part of Lagos State's intermodal transportation system under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's administration, has transported over one million passengers in its four years of operation.

Governor Sanwo-Olu recently announced that the Lagos State Transport Policy will be unveiled in May 2024, aimed at driving the development of intermodal transportation in the state. The government has invested heavily in multi-modal transportation initiatives, including the delivery of the Blue Line Train, which has carried over one million passengers since its commercial operation began in September 2023, and the commissioning of the Red Line to service the western part of the state.

The Lagos State waterways now account for 54,000 passengers daily, with the government currently operating 21 boats on the waterways. LAGFERRY is running a public water transportation service on 24 routes from 16 terminals/jetties using 17 commercial boats, and has recorded over two million ridership since its inception.

The government is also partnering with the private sector to produce 25 new ferries that will be inaugurated in the coming weeks, in accordance with international safety standards and regulations. Additionally, seven jetties and terminals were recently inaugurated in different parts of the state to improve the operations of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

Why this matters: The development of Lagos State's intermodal transportation system, including the expansion of ferry services, is vital for easing traffic congestion and providing affordable and efficient transportation options for the state's growing population. The success of LAGFERRY and other multi-modal initiatives demonstrates the government's commitment to improving the lives of Lagos residents through infrastructure development.

Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized the importance of seamless interconnectivity of transport networks in fostering trade, spurring investments, and promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The Lagos State Government remains dedicated to providing effective and affordable transportation facilities for residents as part of its T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, which prioritizes Traffic Management and Transportation.

Key Takeaways

  • LAGFERRY ferry service completed 1,000th journey, transporting over 1M passengers.
  • Lagos to unveil new transport policy in May 2024 to drive intermodal transport.
  • Lagos waterways now serve 54,000 passengers daily, with 21 boats in operation.
  • Government partnering with private sector to add 25 new ferries to LAGFERRY fleet.
  • Intermodal transport development aims to ease traffic, provide affordable mobility.