Just in the wake of the nationwide strike announced by the Matatus in Nairobi, the Kenya Railway has partnered with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to provide transport services to the people of Nairobi.
The revamped Nairobi Commuter Rail Service (NCRS) got the public talking after it was seen snaking several estates in the County most notably the Eastlands.
The new pact between KR and NMS will see the general Commuters board the train at the various stations linked to the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems.
“With a single ticket, you will get to hop out of the Diesel Mobile Unit (DMU) at Nairobi Central Rail Station and into the Nairobi commuter railbus to your destination,” reads an excerpt from a statement sent out by the Kenya Railways.
The services are ongoing as passengers are already embracing the new norm with the photos of the DMU already flooding social media.
Reports from the Kenya Railways indicate that the service provider will soon ensure that all Nairobi county residents have access to the new system.
A shift from the hourly service to a complimentary system, to a non-motorized system aimed at facelifting the city center from the chaotic matatu scenes.
The routes to be plied by the DMU include the Nairobi Central Station to Syokimau, Embakasi Village, Ruiru, and Kikuyu. This will see the building of nine new stations which include Kenyatta University, Umoja, Kibera, Thogoto, Mbagathi Way, Thika, Kitengela, Dagoretti, and Strathmore University.
The new deal will also see all walkways to and from railway stations paved to ensure that the commuters do not step on the mud and water during the rainy season.