“No More Private Cars in the Heart of the City!”
The President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) Chairperson, David Ndii, has thrown down the gauntlet and announced the government’s daring plan to decongest Nairobi City!
Ndii, through a statement released on Sunday, February 5th, declared that the government plans to decongest the city by locking private cars out of the Central Business District (CBD).
Private car owners will be forced to park their vehicles outside the CBD and take public transport to the heart of the city. Ndii announced, “We have planned for a Park and Ride system in collaboration with the Nairobi County Government.”
The Future of Nairobi Transportation!” Park and Ride is an integrated transport system that allows private transport users to park their vehicles at large car parks outside the CBD and travel into the city center using public service vehicles. The car parks will be located at the city’s main entry points such as Nyayo Stadium, City Stadium, Kenyatta Hospital, and Muthaiga.
“Uhuru Kenyatta’s Legacy Continues with Park and Ride!”
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government revealed a similar plan back in February 2022, to have a Park and Ride system at Thika Road. The initiative was aimed at decongesting the heavy traffic in the area.
A Reliable Alternative to the Traffic Menace!” The plan was first revealed by former Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga, who stated that the government would introduce a reliable alternative to driving into the CBD. “For example, you can drive to Kasarani, park your car there, and then the government will provide alternative public transport in the form of a train or Bus Rapid Transport (BRT),” Hinga said.
“Sakaja’s Shortcut to Change:”
A Decongestion Plan Under Fire!” However, Ndii’s latest revelation is a departure from Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s plan to decongest the city by limiting the number of public service vehicles (PSVs) entering the CBD. As part of his plan, Sakaja relocated all long-distance PSVs to the Green Park Terminus, which attracted public outcry.
“Opposition to Decongestion:”
Gachagua and Friends Say No Way!” Among those opposed to Sakaja’s decongestion strategy were Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and a host of politicians who argued that relocating long-distance matatus from the CBD would hurt the businesses of neighboring counties.
“Join the Congestion Battle and Help Nairobi Win the War!”
So, buckle up Nairobi, it’s time to join the congestion battle and help the city win the war! Get ready to unleash your inner adventurer and hop on board the Park and Ride revolution!