The Ministry of Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has announced a move that will see Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) have no cars on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The move is set to begin on February 1, even as 64 Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses are set to arrive next month from South Africa.
According to Macharia, the exercise will allow hawkers to the streets during the two-day weekly car-less days in the CBD.
He further says the government is in the process of acquiring 11 commuter trains from South Africa, for use alongside the BRT buses.
“We have given local manufacturers the templates for the buses. After the pilot programme, the private sector can work with them to manufacture the remaining buses,” he says.
He also says the government will later acquire 20 more commuter trains and BRT buses for the plan.
Late last year, the European Union announced a grant of Ksh5 billion to go towards the Nairobi BRT project.
“One thing that Nairobi needs is an effective bus rapid transport system. That is why EU has invested Ksh5 billion grant to make sure Nairobi residents have a safe, none polluting transport system devoid of jams,” said EU Ambassador to Kenya Stefano Dejak.
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