Kenya Railways efforts to reinvent public transport in Nairobi City are bearing fruit following a huge turnout by commuters seeking to utilize the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service. This is following the commissioning of the modernized Nairobi Commuter Rail Service by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In his communiqué to Media Houses, Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Philip Mainga said that the customer response to the new aspects of the service is encouraging.
The service now boasts of an expanded scope of service because of the increased frequency of the trains to Embakasi Village and Syokimau areas from the Nairobi Central station. The Embakasi Village and Syokimau routes now have six round trips from the initial two. The Nairobi Commuter Rail bus service is another aspect of the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service which makes it attractive to customers. Customers can pick a bus to Westlands, Yaya Centre and Upperhill on arrival at the Nairobi Central Station at an affordable cost of Ksh. 50.
The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service offers a quick transport solution for customers traveling out of the country via the Nairobi Commuter Rail to JKIA Express service. This was customers are able to beat the traffic snarl ups and get to the airport in time. This group of customers can board the train at the Nairobi Central station, alight at Embakasi Village station and take the bus in to the airport at a cost of Ksh. 250.
The customers using the Nairobi Commuter Rail to JKIA Express service are picked and dropped at the cargo area and passenger terminal. The JKIA Express service has been pegged on the scheduled to arrive in time for customers to catch commercial flights. A ride on the newly acquired Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) costs Kes. 100 to each destination and a ride on the Commuter Rail bus to all destinations costs Kes 50.
The development is a positive addition for the daily commuter especially those plying the Syokimau route because Mombasa Road is currently experiencing congestion due to the construction of the Express Way.