EU invests Ksh. 5 billion into Kenya’s BRT project

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An example of the special lanes created for the BRT project.
An example of the special lanes created for the BRT project. PHOTO/COURTESY

Nairobi’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) Project has received a boost after the European Union (EU) announced on Wednesday that it would invest Ksh. 5 billion into the recently stalled venture.

Speaking during the commemoration of the World Cities Day in Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate, EU Ambassador to Kenya Stefano Dejak reiterated that the BRT buses will ease congestion across the city.

“One thing that Nairobi needs is an effective bus rapid transport system. That is why EU has invested Ksh.5 billion grant to make sure Nairobi residents have a safe, none polluting transport system devoid of jams,” Dejak said.

Mr. Devak further revealed that the EU would also provide Ksh. 2.6 billion that will be used in the acquisition of 50 high end buses for the BRT system.

Confirming the announcement, Nairobi Transport Executive Mohamed Dagane explained that the grant would be used to construct phase three of the BRT project. Tracks under phase three include the Dandora- Juja Road- Kenyatta National Hospital lane as well as the Githurai-Thika Superhighway-Haile Selassie-KNH route.

“The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority aims to complete the two lines by December 12, 2018,” Dagane added.

According to a local daily President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to use the BRT system as he makes his way to Kasarani Stadium for the Jamhuri Day celebrations.

Similarly, Dagane revealed that the BRT lanes will have walkways and lanes for pedestrians and cyclists as earlier stated by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Kenya’s BRT system is borrowed from Columbia’s Bogota System and its main purpose is to ease traffic congestion across the city and its environs as well as providing safe and affordable transportation to the city’s populous.

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