Nairobi Metropolitan Region (NMR) Traffic Decongestion Program

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The aim of the Traffic Decongestion Program is to relieve the persistent traffic congestion in Nairobi’s central business district. Over the last 20 years, traffic management measures have been discussed at length, but there has been little implementation in transportation planning to change the trend of congested traffic.

The program has the long term goal of creating a network of monorails and truncated buses. In the short term, the following components will be implemented:

1) Increase Uni-Direction (one-way) traffic movement, including along:

  • Moi Avenue
  • Koinange Street
  • Tom Mboya Street
  • Muindi Mbingu Street
  • Harambee Avenue
  • River Road
  • Kirinyaga Road
  • City Hall Way
  • Parliament Road

2) Create dedicated bus routes and lanes in the central business district

3) Remove on-street parking at the following locations:

  • Moi Avenue
  • Tom Mboya Street
  • Muindi Mbingu Street
  • Koinange Street
  • Harambee Avenue
  • River Road
  • Kirinyaga Road
  • Haile Selassie Avenue

4) Increase the number of multistory car parks, including at the following locations:

  • Sunken car park
  • Law courts car park
  • Hakati car park
  • Central bus station

5) Create Park and Ride stations to service the following highways:

  • Thika Road
  • Mombasa Road
  • Ngong Road
  • Waiyaki Way

6) Designate drop off and pick up points on the following roads:

  • Haile Selassie Avenue
    • Agip petrol station
    • Wakulima market area
    • Railways terminus
    • St. Peter Clavers – kaka
  • Moi Avenue
  • Between Moi Primary and Jevanjee Gardens
  • Kencom
  • Kenyatta Avenue
  • Simmers Hotel
  • Hughes Building

7) Reinforce road reserves on all by bass and ring roads

8) Restrict heavy transit traffic between 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-20:00 on weekdays

9) Allow vehicles with over 60 passengers and standing passengers to use roads within the NMR

10) Expand the Central Business District to include the following areas:

  • Westlands
  • Pangani
  • Eastleigh into Jogoo Road
  • Lusaka Road into Nairobi West
  • Langata Road
  • Mbagathi into Hurlingham.

Resources

  1. The Nairobi Metropolitan Region (NMR) Traffic Decongestion Program
  2. UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport, working paper. Multi-modal Transport Modeling for Nairobi, Kenya.
  3. You Tube: Nairobi Gets Its Name Back.

4 thoughts on “Nairobi Metropolitan Region (NMR) Traffic Decongestion Program

  1. Good practical proposals though require very wide participation with problems on boundaries. Who does what where and when? I have documented nearly similar ones for Kampala City, I am yet to be appreciated and taken on.

  2. Hi, my name is Linnea and I’m writing and Extended Essay on Congestion tax. I’m examining Sweden as an example, where they use cameras to tax drivers. Would Kenya ever consider this as an option? Would it work? What would be the positive and negative effects of it do you think? If you need to know more about the camera system this is a good overview. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_congestion_tax
    Thankful for a reply Linnéa :)

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