Taxis, Matatus to be kicked out in Nairobi CBD from April

Taxi popularly known as matatus will be kicked out of the Nairobi Central Business District starting April.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that the Green Park, Desai and Park Road bus termini that have been under construction will start operations by the end of April.

“The change we are making in terms of traffic to decongesting Nairobi has been done in other parts of the world and it must be done in Kenya too. We must take the lead in East Africa to show that we are able to manage their public transport,” said NMS transport and Public Works Director Engineer Michael Ochieng.

According to Ochieng, only three matatus per sacco will be permitted into the termini at a time, with a 20-minute window for passengers to be dropped and picked up.

CCTVs installed will help in securing the park and in enhancing transparency.

The time a vehicle arrives at the park and when it exits will be captured electronically.

Passengers will be guided by a public address system and massive information boards that have already been installed at the park.

Ochieng also stated that six city link buses will be available to ferry commuters who do not wish to walk to the city center, with more expected to be added as demand grows.

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