In Summary
  • The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system is generally designed to improve a city’s public transport network relative to conventional buses.
  • In Kenya, the government is set to launch six BRT corridors in Nairobi.
  • Kenya had planned to buy 64 bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles from South Africa but will now acquire 32 and the other half locally.

The Transport ministry will establish a firm to operate the 64 high-capacity buses aimed at easing traffic in Nairobi, officials have said.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the firm will have representation from the public and the private sector, ending speculations as to who will manage the buses to be imported at a cost of Sh1.6bn.

“We are forming a special company to run and manage the buses. All stakeholders will be represented,” said Mr Macharia.

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system is generally designed to improve a city’s public transport network relative to conventional buses.

In Kenya, the government is set to launch six BRT corridors in Nairobi.

Priority corridors are the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Likoni, James Gichuru-Rironi and Bomas to Ruiru roads.

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