Kenyan-based ride-hailing company Little has launched its bus sharing services in Nairobi.
Dubbed Little Shuttle, the company is launching the new service by unveiling three routes. According to the CEO, Kamal Budhabhatti, Little Shuttle will have a shuttle frequency of two hours, starting from 0645am on weekdays as they seek to add more shuttles to the three routes and opening over 10 new routes.
Throughout the month of February, the company will offer free rides to all their customers within the three routes as they seek to gather more data on the service.
The routes include:
Apple Route from Kahawa Sukari To Westlands and back.
Avocado Route from BOMAS > Upperhill > CBD and back.
Lemon Route from Kinoo to South B and back.
Founded in 2016 by Kamal Budhabhatti under his parent company, Craft Silicon, Little Shuttle is Little third product after successfully launching its cab-hailing and boda-boda service with a presence in Uganda and Zambia. Little does not own or operate its own fleet, but aggregates small operators and single vehicle owners. The company has more than 5,000 active drivers and 345,000 active users in its platform.
This pilot launch comes after raising US$3 million from unnamed Indian Investors last year for 10 per cent. In a Reuters report, the company also indicated that they are looking to raise US$100 million from Silicon Valley.
Little Shuttle will join Cairo-based transportation startup Swvl which launched its bus sharing services in Nairobi earlier in January. Last year, Uber also announced that they will be launching their ride-sharing services in Nairobi after running tests in Cairo and Monterrey, a Mexican city.
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