State to introduce PSV lane to ease traffic along Thika road

The Thika Superhighway. A woman died on Saturday after being pushed out of a moving vehicle in Juja/COURTESY
Nairobi,KENYA:The State is piloting a model to ease traffic congestion in the City’s  Central Business District that will see a specific lane dedicated for PSVs and other emergency vehicles from Githurai along Thika Super Highway to the CBD.
Speaking before senate roads committee chaired by Kiambu senator Kimani Wamatangi,the Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says so far 6 corridors have been identified with the program currently underway.
In a drastic move to de-congest the city the CS says plans are underway to map out schools located at the CBD and relocate the learning institutions to the estates as the pupils and parents  have suffered the brunt of hustle and bustle of criss-crossing the city.
The Senate heard that the the ministry has engaged the Matatu Owners Association to facilitate the  purchase of large capacity buses to phase out the 14 seater Matatu’s with CS stating that there are 7 million commuters in the day and a further 4 million in the night within the County.
The collaboration will see additional 50 buses from the NYS and Matatu agreeing to introduce further 50  large capacity buses to stem the traffic snarl up in the city.