Passengers aboard the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) will be required to pay their fare using a special toll payment card as opposed to cash. Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said that passengers will use a card loaded with points to make payments before boarding the buses.
“In the pilot, the fare will be standard. However, the fare policy for the system will be in zones which are distance-based.”
The government is planning to launch six BRT corridors this year starting with Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Likoni, James Gichuru-Rironi and Bomas to Ruiru roads.
Among other routes slotted for the rollout are Ngong road to Juja, Mama Lucy to T-Mall and Balozi to Imara Daima roads.
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the government announced that Petrol and diesel buses will not be allowed in the BRT project. Just last week, an electric vehicle company launched operations with a number of its buses slated to ply the BRT corridors.
According to Hinga, Only electric and select hybrid vehicles that use both electric and fossil fuels, as well as biofuels like hydrogen and biogas, will be allowed in the corridors.