Transport paralyzed as Michuki Rules take effect
Nairobi residents on Monday opted to travel by means of trains as Michuki rules took effect. Many city dwellers living in areas close to the railway line waited for the trains with the hopes of getting a space – standing.
In one of the routes (Nairobi – Makadara – Dandora – Kahawa – Ruiru), some passengers could be seen finding their way into the trains through the windows while others hung by the entrance throughout the journey.
The Michuki Rules
This came after the government through the Ministry of Internal Security headed by Dr. Fred Matiang’i and the Ministry of Transport headed by Mr. Macharia moved to implement the Michuki Rules.
The traffic rules which were set by the Late Hon. John Michuki are meant to bring back sanity to the Kenyan roads. All bus and matatu owners were supposed to follow the rules before they can be allowed to have their vehicles on the roads. Drivers, conductors, and passengers are also targeted by the Michuki Rules.
Why use the Nairobi Commuter Trains
Train travel if well implemented, could be one of the best solutions to the Kenyan transport menace, especially in the city. The available trains are more convenient and cheap compared to Matatus and Buses. A journey from Nairobi to Ruiru onboard the Ruiru Eagle Train costs Kshs 40, which is half the price of the Matatus.
Below is are the available routes and trains for the Nairobi commuter rail;
This train serves the following areas;
Ruiru Eagle is the longest of all the trains. It serves the Eastlands part of Nairobi which includes;
- Kahawa West
The train serves the following areas;
- Embakasi Village
The Syokimau commuter train serves as the Nairobi link train for the new SGR Madaraka Express. As the commuter train it serves the following areas;
- Imara Daima
If any of the trains pass through your area, try it and you will most likely never go back to the Matatus and buses.
Image Courtesy of Africa Train Travels