Pilot Phase for Car-Free Days in Nairobi Set for Friday

By Vera Shawiza / January 30, 2019 | 8:45 am



Nairobi

Nairobi private motorists will from Friday 1st February be forced to use public transport as the Ministry of Transport will be marking its first pilot phase for “car-free days” in select roads within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

According to a statement from the Ministry of Transport, the roll-out of the car-free days, set to be Wednesdays and Saturdays, is targeting select roads among them Moi Avenue, Harambee Avenue and City Hall Way in a move expected to reduce congestion and ease the flow of traffic within Kenya’s busiest city.

The policy also gears to embrace the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a brainchild of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee that was tasked with solving critical challenges facing the capital and is set to start operations from February 2019.

Transport Cabinet Secretary on Monday disclosed that the first batch of 64 BRT buses was ready for shipping from South Africa adding that sectoral representatives were concluding negotiations on the acquisition of 11 light trains from Spain, for use alongside the buses.

Macharia also said that twenty more trains will be shipped in due course, noting that for efficiency in the city’s transport sector, at least 900 BRT buses are required.

Once car-free days are implemented, members of the public are expected to cooperate and use public service vehicles on the selected roads with Uhuru Park and Railway bus terminus designated as parking spots during the 2 car-free days.

On the said days, the only individuals with bicycles, police vehicles and emergency cars will be the only ones allowed into the City Centre. Matatu operators will drop and pick passengers at the designated termini.

Public Works Principal Secretary Paul Maringa during a press briefing on Monday said that during the set days, hawkers will, however, be allowed to use the available spaces within the CBD to sell their wares, a move that aims at generating 39.5 million shillings daily revenue to the government from over 100,000 hawkers.

Maringa further noted that from this program, more people will get employed thus generating 3.8 billion shillings annually.

Over 5,000 stalls will also be erected during the pilot program at CBD.





About Vera Shawiza

Vera Shawiza is Soko Directory’s in-house journalist. Her zealous nature ensures that sufficient and relevant content is generated for the Soko Directory website and sourcing information from clients is easy as smooth sailing.Vera can be reached at: (020) 528 0222 or Email: [email protected]

View other posts by Vera Shawiza


More Articles From This Author







Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2019
  • January 2019 (256)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (285)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (272)
  • June 2019 (251)
  • July 2019 (339)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (314)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (166)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (257)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (187)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (195)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (248)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (108)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (120)
  • July 2015 (148)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (188)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (174)
  • December 2015 (207)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950