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Govt to import 11 trains, 64 transit buses to ease Nairobi traffic mess


Public transport in Nairobi is set for a major makeover after the government announced ongoing negotiations to import 11 commuter trains and 64 high-capacity buses for the bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

The commuter trains will be imported from Spain while the buses will be imported from South Africa.

Transport Secretary James Macharia Monday gave an update on the progress of the setting up of the bus rapid transport system.

Mr Macharia said multi-sectoral teams have already been sent to Spain and are at advanced stages of negotiations for the purchase of the initial 11 trains.

The commuter trains are expected to  supplement the 64 transit buses.

The trains and the buses will be shipped in at the same time.

Local manufacturers, according to the Transport Secretary, will have an opportunity to assemble the transit buses in due course after the pilot of the initial buses.