Traffic Jam in Nairobi[Photo: NMG]

September 9th 2020 – Matatus will no longer be allowed to access the Central Business District from November, just as the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) moves to decongest the city. Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security, NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi said plans to decongest the city are being finalized and will be launched soon.

All matatus coming from Thika road will offload and pick passengers at Ngara and parklands areas. Matatus coming from Mombasa and Lang’ata roads, will have a stage at the Railway Golf Club where an expressway will be built.

For matatus currently accessing the CBD through the Haile Selassie Way, they will have to drop the passengers at the Muthurwa terminal. There shall also be an expressway starting near Kenya Planters Cooperative Union building and terminate at Jogoo Road.

Badi revealed that the much-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will also be operational by the end of this month, and will be used to transport passengers from the train stations to their various destinations. “We are still in the process of acquiring other lands that we will use as matatus stages to free up the city. Before December, we will be able to keep all matatus out of the CBD,” said Mr. Badi in regard to the remaining road arteries into the CBD.

In a report, the NMS said that new bus entry directives will ease pressure on Nairobi roads. It has been estimated by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA), that Nairobi loses approximately Ksh 50 million daily on traffic jams. Another report by traffic index designated that on average, Nairobi passengers get stuck in traffic jams for at least 62 minutes on a daily basis.

In a study in 2018, Nairobi City was ranked as the ninth city in the world with the worst traffic holdups.

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