NMS Sets Date For Enforcing Matatu CBD Ban

March 29, 2022

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services says it will enforce a ban on public service vehicles (PSVs) from the city centre by the end of April.

This will coincide with the highly anticipated opening of the Green Park, Desai and Park Road termini.

NMS Transport and Public Works Director Michael Ochieng said the three will start operating before the end of next month.

Mr Ochieng’ said the Green Park terminus is 98 percent complete while the other two were completed more than a year ago.

The first matatus to be affected by the CBD ban are those that ply Ngong, Lang’ata and Argwings Kodhek roads and long-distance vehicles from Mt Kenya.

“The change we are making in this city to decongest traffic has been done in other parts of the world and it must be done in Kenya too. We must take the lead in East Africa to show that we are able to manage our public transport,” Mr Ochieng said.

Green Park is designed to hold between 300 and 350 vehicles at once, processing about 1,000 PSVs per hour and up to 20,000 per day.

Desai and Park Road termini can accommodate 160 vehicles at once and process up to 600 vehicles per hour.

Once operational, NMS says it will partner with SACCO representatives to ensure security, cleanliness, vehicle compliance with laid down procedures, and seamless operation of the Sh250 million  Green Park Bus Terminal.

“CCTVs will also help in not only securing the park but also in enhancing transparency. The time a vehicle arrives at the park and when it exits will be captured electronically. Passengers will be guided by a public address system and huge information boards already mounted at the park,” the NMS official said.

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