Just as experienced in most of the capitals cities in Africa, Nairobi residents on average take over "2 hours" to travel to and from work due to traffic congestion within the capital and the neighboring towns/counties.
What is Kenya as a country doing to impact on the mobility mix-up?
The journey towards an efficient public transport system appears set for kickoff after Kenyan government announced an ambitious program that will see the establishment of a bus-based public transport system designed to enhance capacity and reliability in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The Bus Rapid Transport project is set to commence in the capital, Nairobi in December, 2018, using the first fleet of 50 modular buses with efforts to decongest the city and the neighboring towns & counties .
The Bus Rapid Transport project targets five routes including Nairobi city center, Thika Superhighway, Jogoo Road, Mombasa Road, and Outer Ring Road that will have the lanes reserved for buses. It is designed to improve transport by popularizing par transit systems in favor of private ones.
African Mobilities Observatory – AMO has learnt that transport cabinet secretary James Macharia told senate’s transport committee that the Kenyan government is already procuring 50 VIP standard buses to boost the National Youth Service buses that currently serve selected city routes.
In reference to James Wainaina Macharia, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, he told senate’s transport committee that the ministry has already deliberated on the matter with the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) where the government will procure 50 VIP class buses with 50 more units to be brought in by the Matatu Owners Association over the next 3 months.
In Conclusion, The government of Kenya is willing to partner with interested saccos in importing the high capacity buses with an estimated 900 such buses expected to be operating in the city within the next 5 years. This is estimated to cut down on Nairobi City traffic congestion including the various neighboring towns to all allow quicker traffic flow at all times.
Could Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems be the other way to Impact on the traffic jam issue in the different cities of Africa?
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.
Message was edited by: Joseph Semuju