Gov’t To Introduce High Capacity Buses
Cabinet Secretary in charge of Transport Engineer Michael Kamau says that his ministry has commenced talks with public service vehicles Saccos to start investing in high capacity buses in order to help ease traffic in the city of Nairobi.
Eng. Kamau, who was appearing on Citizen TV’s Power breakfast Show, said that the special lanes will help reduce traffic as no other types of vehicles will use them.
“We want to ensure that these dedicated lanes are not misused by other motorists. This is an ideal situation if we are to ease traffic in the city,” said Eng. Kamau.
He further noted that the high capacity buses will not be allowed to stay for over five minutes at any particular bus terminal.
“Why do we need to have buses spending hours in one terminal? They should be picking or dropping passengers and leaving immediately.”
The CS added that his ministry together with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the County Government of Nairobi will develop a schedule for these buses.
In addition, the Ministry of Transport will create specific pedestrian and handcarts lanes in order to avoid congestion of the main roads.
Eng. Kamau noted that Motorbikes will completely be banned out of the Central Business District since they are an odd way of transporting commuters.
Low capacity vehicles might also be faced out of the city centre once consultations are done with the relevant stakeholders.
MOST CONGESTED CITIES
On the issue of removing roundabouts, the CS said that the idea behind this is to ensure that vehicles from different directions move simultaneously rather than one way movement.
He noted that the government is also planning to convert several roads among them Argwings Kodhek and Ngong roads to one way roads.
On average, statistics indicate that Kenya loses Ksh 15 billion per day as a result of traffic.
In 2012, Nairobi was ranked among the top ten most congested cities in the world.
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