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Alai seeks implementation of a intergrated transport system

Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly (MCA) Robert Alai has tabled a motion seeking the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated transport management system in the county.

The subway system is common in European countries. It mainly entails a train traversing through underground tunnels.

Alai, also a popular logger, said that through an integrated transport system, the transportation of goods and services will increase and transform the city into an economic hub.

“This assembly, therefore, urges the county assembly to develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated Transport Management System that shall encompass the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), underground Metro and Light Rail Transit (LRT), public vehicle buses and motorbikes to facilitate seamless mobility across the city and its environs,” a statement on the motion reads in part.

In his motion, Alai stated that the Nairobi City County Transport Act of 2020 directs the executive to be responsible for the regulation of an integrated public transport system in the county.

Alai said he has been concerned by the report that was released in 2022 by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, which ranked Nairobi as the second most congested city in Africa and fourth worldwide, costing about Sh100 billion loss every year both on fuel and productivity.

According to the member, the installation of an underground metro, and LRT could be the solution for the provision of capillary connectivity to key urban centers, residential areas, and businesses.

The move comes a month after a Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto approved the use of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to tackle frequent traffic jams in the city.

The cabinet stated that modern technology will replace the reliance on traffic police at various junctions in the city as well as county traffic officers.

“Cabinet approved the implementation of the Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Establishment and Junction Improvement Project. The Phase III of this seminal project is expected to revolutionize traffic management in Kenya, eliminating human interfaces in traffic control, and streamlining the payment of penalties for traffic offences,” cabinet dispatch reads.

Nairobi has been keen to establish itself as a continental hub where the elite can holiday and do business and the implementation of modern transport system.

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