Transport ministry designates one lane on Thika super highway for NYS commuter buses

 731 total views,  1 views today

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.

Facebook Comments Box