A new traffic management system for Nairobi is in the planning stage according to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS). The Kenyan government through the NMS and Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), plans to modernize traffic management in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday revealed plans to construct a traffic management centre at City Cabanas, which will utilize cameras, sensors and anonymized data to manage traffic by providing synchronized signals at 100 new junctions within the city.
The President was speaking during the launch of the Nairobi Commuter Train system that will see residents enjoy faster transportation using the speedier Diesel Multiple Units which the government has started rolling out along certain routes.
He said the train system will increase the railways capacity for daily commuters from 15,000 to 40,000 per day while additional infrastructure such as track lines and locomotives will see the number rise to 130,000 passengers per day.
NMS which is spearheading the project will oversee the new system, with planned installation of additional traffic lights and signalization of 25 more intersections
NMS has been maintaining, upgrading and repurposing roads within the city as part of its wider aim to improve non-motorized transportation.
President Kenyatta said NMS has constructed a matatu terminus at the Nairobi Central Station to compliment bicycle lanes across the city as part of the Nairobi Urban Mobility Plan.
Phase one of the commuter train system will serve between the CBD and Kikuyu, Kitengela, Thika, Syokimau and Embakasi Areas while other parts of the city will be added in the subsequent two phases.