Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) will from Monday start a commuter rail services to and from Athi River.
According to the Schedule, the train will depart Athi River every day in the morning at 6:00 a.m making its first stop at Mlolongo (6:19 a.m), Imara Daima (6:52 a.m) and Makadara (7:06 a.m) before reaching the CBD at 7:23 a.m.
The fare is pegged at Sh80 for the 1 hour 23 minutes trip. However, if they stop at Makadara and Imara Daima, they’ll pay Sh50; commutters will also be charged Sh60 if they alight at Mlolongo.
According to KRC, the evening train will depart the Nairobi Central Station at 5:50 pm, stopping at Makadara at 6:05 pm, Imara Daima (6:19 pm), Mlolongo (6:52 pm) and reach Athi River at 7:13 pm.
Other fare rates
It will cost Sh50 for commuters at Imara Daima to reach Makadara, Nairobi Central and Mlolongo Stations using the trains while going to Athi River will cost Sh60.
At the Mlolongo Station, Sh60 will be paid for those heading to Imara Daima, Makadara and CBD stations and Sh50 for those alighting at Athi River.
From Athi River station, it will cost Sh50 to go to Mlolongo, Sh60 to Imara Daima and Sh80 to Makadara and Nairobi Central stations.
The city’s commuter rail service was introduced in May 1992 in response to a series of strikes by PSVs.
With time, the demand plummeted due to poor management.
However, two weeks ago President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Nairobi Commuter Rail Services which targets three million travellers a month compared to the current 1.2 million.
Other train services cover the Nairobi-Makadara – Umoja/buruburu-Githurai-Mwiki-Kahawa–Ruiru route, the Nairobi-Makadara-Pipeline-Embakasi route and the Nairobi-Kibera–Kikuyu route.
Kenya Railways is targeting a daily commute to the CBD of 1.5 million people.
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