Government orders Kenya Railways to reduce fares and increase trains

Commuters stranded at matatu stops as the implementation of Michuki Rules begins. [David Gichuru/Standard]


The government has ordered Kenya Railways to increase the frequency of commuter trains and reduce fares by 10 per cent.

This follows Monday strike by public service vehicles in parts of the country which  has left many people stranded.

“To ensure the public will be able to continue with their day to day activities in nation building, Kenya Railways Corporation is hereby directed to increase the number and frequency of commuter trains to all routes and also reduce fare by 10 per cent,” reads a statement by James Macharia, CS Transport

He called on the public to support the government efforts in order to realise the long term benefits for all Kenyans.

Several passengers were stranded on Monday as authorities enforced public transport safety rules in Kenya.

Few public service vehicles that were in operation after complying with the rules hiked or doubled their fares to various destinations.

Kenya Railways releases commuter schedule amid matatu strike.

A spot check on major routes showed many people were walking to their destinations as police enforced the crackdown. This caused transport crisis in many parts of the country and especially urban areas.

Trains that usually operate on few routes in Nairobi were full of passengers. Passengers were seen scrambling to board the trains that were available.

Kenya Railways evening commuter schedule.

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