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Firm introduces mass transit buses to decongest city – PHOTOS

Traffic jams in Nairobi may soon be a thing of the past after the arrival of mass transit buses in the city on Thursday.

A test drive of the buses on Mombasa Road, through the city centre and to the Kencom bus terminus caused a stir among Nairobi residents, who marvelled at the especially long vehicles.

The buses are likely to boost hopes among commuters that a plan to introduce a mass rapid transportation system incorporating light railway and buses to decongest the city would soon become a reality.

Inside one of the new City Shuttle mass transit buses set to be unveiled to decongest Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Inside one of the new City Shuttle mass transit buses set to be unveiled to decongest Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

120 PASSENGERS

TruckMart East Africa Limited sales executive Mehul Sachdev said four such buses with the capacity to ferry 120 passengers are available for sale.

He said the buses would help to decongest city roads since they are designed to carry both standing and seated passengers.

“One of these buses will remove four buses from the road and it will hence reduce traffic jams in the city as it is fitted to carry 62 sitting and 70 standing passengers,” said Mr Sachdev.

City Shuttle is set to introduce mass transit buses to decongest Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
City Shuttle is set to introduce mass transit buses to decongest Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

He said the government had taken long to improve the existing infrastructure so they decided to bring in the vehicles in a bid to put more pressure on officials.

TRAINING DRIVERS

Mr Sachdev said the company has started training drivers and once the vehicles are fully adapted they will open training schools.

City Shuttle directors told the Nation they will call a press conference next week to brief Nairobi residents on the new buses.