Nairobi BRT Will Be For Electric Buses Only- Govt

Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga noted that the BRT project was making remarkable progress in a pathway to transform the transport sector in Nairobi County.

Nairobi BRT Will Be For Electric Buses Only- Govt

The government announced on Wednesday, June 9 that the highly-touted, game changing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will be reserved for electric buses only.

Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga lauded the inclusion of electric buses to the fleet as a cheaper alternative and would ultimately reduce the country's carbon footprint.

He noted that the project was making remarkable progress in a pathway to transform the transport sector in Nairobi County.

"We are making good progress. The fabrication of stations is ongoing, and park and ride facilities, bus depots, a command centre are all under construction. 

One of the stations being built at Safari Park stage along Thika Road in Nairobi. /TWITTER

"The electric buses will be procured via public-private partnership (PPP)," he affirmed.

Further, he pointed out that the BRT stations would be linked to footbridges to enable ease of access for passengers. Photos widely shared on social media showed one of the stations at Safari Park stage taking shape ahead of the rollout of BRT system.

"The stations have taken care of everyone. There is a ramp to get to the top of the footbridge and a special lift to take wheelchairs down or up the station. In other words, there is universal access," Hinga stated.

According to the PS, features of the project such as the park and ride facility will allow for motorists to leave their vehicles at a parking lot in Kasarani, a close distance from the Moi International Sports Centre, and take the BRT buses to their intended destination.

Recently, the government released the schedule for the BRT system that will see the electric buses ply five routes in order to transport commuters from the CBD to various estates once the project is completed. 

The routes include Ndovu line, Simba Line, Chui line, Kifaru line and Nyati line.

The BRT system is part of the government's plans to ease traffic flow within the CBD. Other plans involve the construction of matatu termini to enable Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) pick up and drop off passengers outside the CBD.

These termini incude Green park, Desai Park, Fig Tree at Ngara, Park road, Muthurwa, Workshop road and Bunyala road.

One of the BRT buses being showcased in Nairobi ahead of its rollout. /BUSINESS TODAY

Still on electric buses, Kenya Mpya Bus Company, one of Nairobi’s biggest matatu operators, is set to make history as it prepares to rollout the first ever electric Public Service Vehicles (PSV) in the country.

Brian Chege, whose company Meta Electric was recruited by Kenya Mpya to work out the masterplan, revealed that the test targeted users of Thika Road.

While appearing on African Travelor, Chege disclosed that if successful, the company would scrap off its long-standing diesel buses with one-of-a-kind electric vehicles.

It is estimated that Kenya has less than 200 electric cars and it might take longer for the mode of transport to be fully realised.

So far, Kenya Power has opened three charging stations in Nairobi and will embark on a nationwide project, installing other charging points along major highways, parking lots and shopping malls.