New light rail system to ease traffic congestion in Kenya

Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015

New light rail system to ease trafficIn an effort to ease the traffic congestion in Nairobi, the Kenyan government has announced plans to develop a light railway system.



President Uhuru Kenyatta is inviting companies from the United States to play a role in developing the system to ease the transport congestion.


The railway is part of the mass transit system planned for the capital city.


The United States is one of the countries with efficient mass transport systems comprising trains, trams, ferries and the rapid transit which has the metro, subways, undergrounds.


With the expanding population, the Ministry of Transport has been spearheading efforts to construct a similar transport system in Nairobi that is expected to have a Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit.


A committee formed in March this year has one year to oversee the development of an integrated transport system and establish the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and source for funding.
Earlier, Nairobi, Murang’a, Kajiado, Machakos and Kiambu had signed an MOU to engage in the construction of the system.


President Kenyatta while hosting the American trade delegation led by US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and US Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, Arun Kumar, at State House, Nairobi said there is an opportunity to invest in the mass transit system to ease the traffic congestion in the capital city which accounts for 60% of Kenya’s GDP.


On the other hand, Foxx urged Kenya to participate in the upcoming global investment forum to be held in the US, while at the same time expressing America’s intent to participate in the construction of the KSH 2tr LAPSSET project.
He also assured Kenya that the process to clear direct flights between the US and Kenya will be concluded soon.

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