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Touts banned from operating in New NMS matatu terminus

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will ban matatu touts from operating at the new termini about to be launched across the city.

According to NMS, touts will no longer operate at the bus stations since commuters will use the newly unveiled app to track PSVs.

The system is set to control the movements of the PSVs by displaying their registration number plates and destination on a screen.

The bus conductors will no longer rally and persuade passengers or shout their destination aboard matatus as it has been the norm.

These jobless youths, popularly known as Kamageras, normally charge matatu drivers between Sh10 and Sh20 per a fully packed bus.

At Green Park Terminus near Old Railways Club, one section will be a drop-off and another a pick-up area for passengers and the matatus will be monitored via CCTV cameras and will line up per route and per Sacco.“The matatus will operate under strict time management. We shall specify the amount of time a vehicle will use to drop commuters, its waiting and also loading periods,” Engineer Michael Ochieng’ explained.

He added that once a vehicle exits the stage, another will be automatically called via speaker and the app.

Apart from using Boda bodas and taxis as last-mile service operators, Ochieng’ said pedestrians could use walkways while cyclists to and from the CBD via cycle lanes.

The body said it would also construct underground tunnels between the Green Park Terminus and the CBD, which will be strictly used by pedestrians.

NMS argued that they opted for the tunnels, which will be lit with floodlights, as it found it difficult to build footbridges across the city.

Police officers will also be deployed to offer security in the tunnels, and the tunnels will also be lit with floodlights.

The officers will be stationed at the new police post that is being built at the Green Park Terminus.

On March 16, Engineer Michael Ochieng’ announced that they had completed 95 per cent of the construction and that they would launch the terminus in late March 2021.

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