The digital transformation has washed onto the local transport scene. Commuters in Nairobi will soon start using a digital platform to determine when to take trips to and from termini, which will be introduced by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) outside the central business district (CBD).
NMS will integrate an electronic system in the termini to keep matatu users apprised of the time the last-mile buses will be at the different pick-up stages. NMS Director of Transport and Public Works Michael Ochieng’ said the system will also keep matatu operators updated.
“This system keeps you informed and, when you have information, you make correct decisions on what time you are planning to do your business, what time to leave your office, when to you go home and so on. That is what we want to integrate,” said Mr Ochieng’.
The new development is part of the ongoing plans to relocate public service vehicles (PSVs) from the CBD. Mr Ochieng’ said that the bus rapid transport (BRT) vehicles will be available for passengers who will prefer not to walk from the termini to the city centre and vice-versa
He did not, however, say when matatus will be forbidden from accessing the CBD and end their trips at the termini. The date, he said, will be announced after “the project is done and we have rehearsed with the matatu operators on how they are going to operate in various sections of the roads”.
He said the Green Park terminus, which is the drop-off and pick-up point for matatus plying Ngong Road and Lang’ata Road routes, will be ready for use in two weeks’ time.