May 18, 2022

Thika road users to pay double price on Bus Rapid Transit per trip

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Passengers will pay a minimum fee of Sh150 to use the Bus Rapid Transit per trip.

The price announced by the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Director-general Engineer Francis Gitau is double what commuters on Thika road have been paying.
Gitau said that BRT line 2, which runs from Kennol- Thika – Ruiru- Central Business District (CBD)- Langata Road- Bomas to Rongai, is set to start in July this year.
“Line 2 which will be 27 kilometres once completed will cost passengers Sh150 during the trials which will start at Kasarani and terminate at Kenyatta National Hospital,” Gitau was addressing media at Ardhi house on Thursday morning.Gitau said the charges will only apply during the test runs but will be adjusted once they conclude the test runs.
State Department of Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said that once the tests are done, the government will review and make changes.
“The initial fleet is 100 but going up to 300 in subsequent orders. We are targeting June or July. Local content is minimum 40 per cent,” Hinga added.
The PS said that BRT Line Two which is 70 per cent complete will be implemented in two phases that will be preceded by the pilot phase. Phase One (pilot) will start from Kasarani to KNH while the second phase will begin from Ruiru and terminate at KNH.
Line two will consist of 13 intermediate stations with 24 platforms.
A park-and-ride facility will be erected at Kasarani to provide parking to motorists.
“What we are doing is that we are working at the factory as the only thing that is remaining are structures which once complete they be delivered on-site and the fitted,” Hinga added.

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