Matatu Owners Association now wants the National Transport and Safety Authority to allow Public Service Vehicles to operate estate to estate through town a move they say will ease traffic in the CBD.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News the creation of a bus termini around town cannot resolve the traffic jam stalemate in the CBD due to the high number of PSV vehicles ending their journeys in town.
“We want the government to listen at us more than their entities, we are operators if we genuinely want to end the traffic at the Central Business District then we should be allowed to end our journey past town.We used to have Kenya Bus plying Umoja route to town then they end their journey at Kenyatta National Hospital and it was easy, no traffic very smooth,” Kimutai said.
On Green Park Terminus Kimutai blamed the Nairobi Metropolitan Services for not involving Matatu Operators before developing the Green Park terminus.
He says it was wrong for NMS to pump millions of shillings in such a project without proper planning and survey.
“How can they purport to do testing five times? …it means this thing has failed terribly….Badi could not listen to us you can now see what is going on. In mega projects you must involve stakeholders and that that’s’ the law,” Kimutai said.
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According to NMS Public Works Director Michael Ochieng’ the Green Park terminus, Desai and Park Road termini will be the first to open as part of efforts to decongest the city Centre.
The plan will first affect all matatus plying Ngong, Lang’ata and Argwings Kodhek roads and long-distance vehicles from Mt Kenya region.
“The change we are making in this city in terms of traffic to decongest it 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.
BY ALLAN OTIENO