Over the past six months, Nairobi has transformed massively. As part of Nairobi’s integrated master plan and decongestion policy, the green park bus terminus (situated at Railways Club along Haile Selassie Avenue) is part of current efforts to move public service vehicles (PSVs) from the CBD.
Consider reading the previous post on Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) strategies to decongest the city to get a clear glimpse of other changes that are under way in Nairobi.
Today’s post we will focus on the nearly finished Green Park Terminus that is approximately 95% complete. The post will mostly focus on the fuctional part of the terminus.The building of the green park bus terminus is set to accommodate Ngong and Lang’ata road PSVs (Kawangware, Kikuyu, Kibera, Lang’ata, Rongai, Kiserian).
What the Terminus will Comprise
The fascinating bit of the park is the fact that All vehicles will be regulated by an electronic monitor.
- Technology will take over from the tout since we will have access to a digital network integrated with the termini, which will keep matatu operators informed of when the last-mile buses will arrive at various pick-up points. This will ensure that the last mile buses at the various pick-up stages remain up-dated for the passengers and operators of matatu.
- Commuters can access travel details through a mobile app by alternative means.
- A police station built to ensure the safety of passengers and matatu crews.
- Smart cameras To track every activity in the bus terminals, that will be connected to operation centers at police headquarters.
- Each Sacco will be required to appoint a delegate to sit in the operations room and take responsibility for any misbehaving members.
- Level 2 hospital, A dispensary that can provide medical assistance in emergency situations is ready, with about 3,000 people expected to use it daily.
- Trading centre, eateries; equiped with free Wi-Fi.
- Two modern ablution blocks baby changing stations for mothers, resting area for crew, a trading area.
- Proposed underground tunnels connecting the park to the city center, allowing people to freely cross Uhuru Highway on either side without experiencing any inconvenience.
- The park, which was originally designed only for (PSVs), has now been extended to include boda bodas and taxis.
- Bus shuttles will be available for commuters who are unable to walk or cycle from the newly constructed Green Park Terminus to the Central Business District (CBD).
- Well designed and landscaped environment.
The terminus is set to aid in improving security in Nairobi due to the Smart Cameras that will be installed. Because of the extra space, streets will be free which would not only improve air quality but also foster a pedestrian-friendly environment
It will save on time and fuel by eliminating the amount of time spent accessing the current CBD terminal. The system, however, raises a series of concerns and challenges. Will the current prices of the PSVs change since we won’t be accessing the CBD meaning distance travelled will be less. Will the bus shuttle that transports commuters from the newly constructed Green Park Terminus to the Central Business District (CBD) be affordable?
Users can be forced to travel a long distance between termini as a result of the interconnectivity difference. The boda boda industry is unavoidably going to take advantage of the long distances. We all are curious how the GPS locator will fuction ,a friend was jokingly commenting that with how kenyan matatus are reckelessly driven how long will they be able to maintain their locators.
The most important question is will the system work? It is critical to establish a working structure that includes county government and authorities mandated by national government that prioritizes planning. This will necessitate long-term participatory, accountable, open planning and management,and most importantly the policy framework set to govern the place. Read more about the terminus below.
What are your opinions, I’m curious.