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Kenyan Capital Nairobi Gets New Train


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JL
- 655 days ago - bbc.co.uk
A new commuter train has been launched in Kenya's capital, Nairobi - the first of its kind since independence in 1963.



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JL A. (275)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 11:40 am
Kenyan capital Nairobi gets new train

The new station and train service from Syokimau to central Nairobi
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A new commuter train has been launched in Kenya's capital, Nairobi - the first of its kind since independence in 1963.

The train will run between the city centre and the suburb of Syokimau, where Kenya has built its first railway station in more than 80 years.

The service is intended to ease traffic congestion in Nairobi, one of the fastest-growing African cities with a population of about three million.

President Mwai Kibaki was the first commuter on the new train.

He travelled back to Nairobi along with his officials, while ordinary passengers were banned for security reasons.

The first paying customers are expected to take the return trip to Syokimau.

The BBC's Wanyama Chebusiri in Nairobi says the new service will be much faster then the existing dilapidated trains and will run on a separate track.
'New eight-lane highway'

The 16.5-km (10-mile) ride from Syokimau, in the east, to Nairobi is expected to take 15 minutes, while a car journey during rush-hour could take up to two hours, our reporter says.

The new station at Syokimau is modern - it will issue passengers with electronic tickets to swipe at turnstiles and there are also large screens to give train times, he adds.

The journey is the cheapest way of getting to central Nairobi, costing about $2.50 (1.50).

Mr Kibaki has inaugurated the service, and is expected to be the first passenger to take the ride.

The launch is part of the government's ambitious Vision 2030 initiative to improve much-neglected infrastructure over the next 18 years, our reporter says.

A Chinese company has just built Kenya's first eight-lane highway, linking Nairobi to the densely populated industrial town of Thika, about 40 km away.

It was built at a cost of about 28bn shillings ($330m; 200m).

Although the highway has not been officially launched, motorists are already using it.

The government says its next rail project will be to link Nairobi's city centre to the eastern residential area of Kayole.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:27 pm

Mexico City, Nairobi - many parts of South America, all over Europe and what is lacking in the US? Oh yeah, any form of decent, rapid transit. We just can't build those trains, why? Afraid they will go so fast that people will not be able to breathe? Or is it just because of our long marriage to oil and cars?
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:53 pm
Thanks for highlighting the contrasts Kit and asking the key questions! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Friday November 16, 2012, 6:29 am
Rapid transit is all well and good but how about investing some in the outlying areas that are crying for clean water; viable energy sources and an infrastructure? Nice train though.
 

natalie n. (164)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:32 am
am glad that they have made some progress in terms of transportation and connectivity. hopefully it enables more people to travel to seek a better life and also greater access to basic necessities.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 16, 2012, 2:56 pm
Good questions Michael. You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to natalie because you have done so within the last week.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:22 pm
may they use it well.....
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:30 pm
Yes indeed, Dave.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 4:21 pm
Noted.
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:02 am
noted -TY
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:13 am
You are welcome Bee.
 

Rita White (1)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:14 am
noted, thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:27 am
You are welcome Rita.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:35 pm
Thanks J.L. A. Kit we have the same problem in Australia.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:39 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mary because you have done so within the last week.
 
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