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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,5TH APRIL 2018-The newly introduced NYS buses that carry passengers have been designated one lane on the Thika Superhighway .This is in a bid to decongest Nairobi.
According to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia ,the six-lane highway is one of six corridors into the city identified by the ministry for the plan.
“Because we require more than 900 buses for that purpose – which we don’t have right now – we shall start with one corridor, which is the Thika Highway coming into the city. So that with the few buses, although they are not fully BRT complaint because these are the NYS buses, we can start having those dedicated buses to bring commuters into the CBD,” the Cabinet Secretary told Senators.
At the same time, the Transport CS announced the government will on Monday facilitate a meeting between matatu owners and potential financiers to bring in the BRT buses.
“We have engaged the National Treasury to say if they bring proper BRT buses with certain specifications then Treasury will consider favourably removing duty on this buses. That will make sure we have more buses coming and the fares will come down, because the operators can’t have it both ways,” he said.
The CS was speaking when he appeared before the Senate Roads Committee on Thursday .
Public Service and Youth Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia had on Wednesday told the same committee that the government plans to introduce 50 more NYS buses on the capital city’s routes and subsidize fares further, despite continued opposition from matatu owners.
Matatu Vehicles Owners Association have since opposed the move to re-introduce the NYS shuttles on some city routes saying it will serve to undermine private players in the industry.