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NMS plans Sh250m automation of the Nairobi Green Park terminal

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Green Park Nairobi terminus, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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BY COLLINS OMULO
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  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will begin automating traffic management at the terminus of Green Park Sh250 million in Nairobi.
  • This came after Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) sent four of their engineers to NMS to help with the automation exercise.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will begin automating traffic management at the terminus of Green Park Sh250 million in Nairobi.

This came after Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) sent four of their engineers to NMS to help with the automation exercise.

According to a statement from the administration led by Mohamed Badi, the automation of the systems will make it easier for both public vehicle operators and commuters to access details online.

The terminus, located in the former Lunar Park, is a drop off and pick-up point for matatus operating the Ngong Road and Lang’ata routes, all of which currently operate from Nairobi Railways Central Station.

“The Directorate of Transport has appointed four engineers from Kenya Railways Corporation. The team trained in automated traffic management in China will help automate the Green Park terminus, ”NMS said in a statement.

Between April and June 2021, three test runs were carried out to check the readiness of the terminal stop.

However, the start of the terminus has been delayed by several legal proceedings to contradict the commissioning, delaying a planned reveal.

As part of the automation process, according to NMS, large screens are made available at the train station, on which route information, the loading / unloading of vehicles and the traffic jam status are displayed.

“After getting off at the drop-off bay, commuters can use the non-motorized transport (NMT) to walk into the city or, if they are still in transit, use a covered path to the pick-up bay to protect the commuters from bad weather,” added the explanation.

Michael Ochieng, Director of Transport and Public Works at the NMS, announced in May that an electronic system would be integrated into the terminus as part of the digitization of operations. The digital platform would also be used to inform Matatu users of when the last mile buses will be at the various pick-up stations.

The end station has a capacity of 300 to 350 matatus simultaneously and processes around 1,000 PSVs per hour and up to 20,000 PSVs per day.

The terminal, which is part of a broader urban relief strategy in Nairobi implemented by NMS, will also house other amenities such as a pharmacy, supermarket, restaurant and a seating area where commuters can wait for matatus.

Two washrooms have already been set up, one at the drop-off point and one at the pick-up area.

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