By Edna Mwende
The conversation on the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) has been revived with the move by Treasury to set aside Ksh 5.53 billion to go into the construction of special lanes for the BRT high-capacity buses.
According to a news report by Business Daily, the budget for urban and metropolitan development increased from Sh18.79 billion to Sh24.33 billion on account of the BRT.
“Increase is on account of donor commitment and provision for procurement of bus rapid transport,” said the Treasury in the supplementary budget for the year ending in June as reported in the Business Daily report.
The construction of the special lanes are expected to help in the decongestion of roads in Nairobi County and help in better movement around the city. Additionally, the BRT system is expected to support the public commuter services.
The Business Daily reports that in preparation for the BRT system, the government has already mapped out lanes in certain parts if the city that will be reserved for the buses.
In the City Centre, the lanes will be constructed along Haile Selassie Avenue, Moi Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and University Way. While outside the City Centre the government has mapped out routes that include Thika Road, Jogoo Road, Mombasa Road and Outer Ring Road.
The government will additionally construct overhead pedestrian crossings after every kilometer to help them access the pickup points for the special lanes conveniently and safely.
Kenya hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tanzania which introduced a BRT system in Dar es Salam in 2016 making it the first city in East Africa to implement the system.