President Kenyatta on the 10th of November 2020, unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially commission the refurbished Nairobi Central Railway Station under the Modernization Program of the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service(NCRS) .
The Nairobi Commuter rail project is a brainchild of Kenya Railways in collaboration with the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) comprising of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) , monorails’ and Metro underground Rails , all scheduled for different routes within Nairobi and It’s environs.
The NCRS is expected to cover the Nairobi Central Station to Ruiru, Kikuyu, Athi River and Embakasi routes for a start and later expand to other outlying towns like Lukenya , Ngong, Limuru ,Kiambu, Thika , Ruai and the JKIA.
This is a new breath of fresh air in commuter transport in Nairobi and it’s environs as the NCRS is set to offer commuters an alternative transport service which will be reliable and safe and at the same time get rid of the peak hours of traffic gridlock in the city.
The New Commuter Service is expected to be carrying a minimum of 100,000 passengers on a daily basis , an upsize from the initial 40,000 capacity.
President Kenyatta also commissioned transit sheds in Nairobi County as he toured the Custom Bonded Warehouse where he addressed Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders.
While speaking to the SME traders, President Kenyatta said the new facility would help ease the cost of doing business for the traders who are the Country’s biggest employers.