On Saturday, March 20, Kenya Railways launched buses that would transport Nairobi commuters from the Nairobi Central Railway Station to the Westlands Bus Terminus and other passengers to ABC.
A fare chart by the commuter rail service showed that the bus would be dropping commuters at Jeevanjee, CFC Stanbic, Museum Hill, Chiromo, Westlands Bus Terminus, Safaricom, ABSA, ABC Place, and James Gichuru.
“Westlands is closer than you think! Take the NCR bus from Nairobi Central Railway Station and notice the difference,” Kenya Railways tweeted.
With only Sh30, Nairobi commuters will be able to enjoy this service.
At the same time, Kenya Railways will be offering services from Nairobi Central Railway Station at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) via the Embakasi Train.
The launch of the buses came just a few days after Kenya Railways announced that it would have extra commuter trains by the end of March 2021 by the end of March plying different routes across the city.
The additional commuter trains called Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) will increase the frequency of trains in the city and enhance transportation.
The National Youth Service (NYS) had launched a similar service but recently suspended it due to losses.
While appearing before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, February 17, Public Service Principal Secretary Mary Kimonye admitted that the service was running at a loss.
The service was charging Sh20 per passenger to and from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).
The National Youth Service (NYS) commuter service began with 27 buses which have now been reduced to only nine.
The PS noted that most of the buses had broken down and that it was too costly to revive them.
The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service (NCRS) development is part of the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Master plan, which aims to carry out an expansion and modernization of under-utilized railway transport infrastructure.