20/10/2015
Bus Rapid Transit system in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya's population is estimated at 43 million, with about 35% of the population living in urban areas. Nairobi City, the capital city of Kenya, with a land area of 692 km² has experienced a population growth rate in recent years of about 4%. Economic growth has also been robust in recent years with GDP growth in 2014 estimated at about 5%. This economic trend coupled with the high population growth rates has led to a significant increase in private cars. As this tendency will carry on, it is anticipated that growth in private cars will increase and further exacerbate the heavily congested conditions that exist in Nairobi.

To address this issue, the Government of Kenya undertook a number of studies encompassed within a long term policy document guiding the development of Kenya called Vision 2030, which recognizes transport infrastructure as a critical constraint on economic and socio-economic growth.

These studies outlined the important challenges hampering urban mobility within the Nairobi Metropolitan area. With regard to Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) projects, 5 major corridors were identified with Bus Rapid Transit as a preferred option.

In May 2015, INGEROP, as leader of a consortium, was awarded by the European Union on behalf of the Government of Kenya, the feasibility study and detailed design of the Bus Rapid Transit system in terms of technical, economic, environmental, social, legal, institutional and operational issues on two corridors:

  • Line 3 Chui West: a 10 km long key west-east arterial road located in the western part of Nairobi.
  • Line 4 Kifaru East: a 7 km long road, serving in particular the Central Business District and Strathmore University.

INGEROP, who has already been involved in Kenya in water and waste projects in Nairobi and Mombasa, is now embarking on a major transportation project which will highly contribute to the development of the country.

 

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