In Summary
  • Transport CS Macharia says first batch of 11 trains and 64 high capacity commuter buses to arrive in Nairobi in February, 2019.
  • Ministry plans to phase out matatus from major urban centres in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

In less than two months’ time, the ubiquitous 14-seater matatus may be a thing of the past if the Transport ministry implements plan to phase out low-capacity public service vehicles (PSVs).

The Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia on Friday said that the first batch of 11 trains and 64 high-capacity commuter buses will arrive in Nairobi in February, 2019.

CS Macharia said reliance on matatus is not sustainable and linked it to the congestion and disorder prevalent in major urban areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

“Plans are underway for the implementation of integrated train and high-capacity bus transport system in Kenya,” Mr Macharia said in a statement.

The Transport secretary said the plan will be implemented in Nairobi and other major towns in Kenya within a period of two to three years. 

But an organisation representing matatu associations and saccos that broke away from the larger Matatu Owners Association has opposed the ministry’s plan to get rid of the popular 14-seater matatus in favour of trains and bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

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