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Today evening KR ran only one DMU carriage for Syokimau, when it started they used to join 3 carriages...then reduced to 2 carriages...now its only one DMU carriage but they take passengers for the full load that the max 3 DMU carriages used to carry. So the carriage is so over crowded, and to add to injury there are no open windows and the AC does not work.

Imagine in these times of a more contagious corona virus third phase, i think i will not use that service again for some time to come until things improve.
 

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That’s the long running excuse. We need to modernize and move on. I believe it’s best the have SGR across the country once and for all!
we focus on modernizing a railway that is already working and strangle other sectors? perhaps through PPP because we'll end up concentrating on railways at the expense of other equally urgent problems like reviving dead industries and modernizing our curriculum
 

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we focus on modernizing a railway that is already working and strangle other sectors? perhaps through PPP because we'll end up concentrating on railways at the expense of other equally urgent problems like reviving dead industries and modernizing our curriculum
The problem with not fully and properly investing in a project ends up wasting more resources, time and money for everyone involved (except for the contactors), look at the spanish imported DMUs as an example, they break down almost every 48 hours now, That's $10m down the drain. It has even been documented that some of the DMU coaches have leaking on the roof causing some seats to be wet and unusable, alot of money was spent on rehabilitation the commuter railway and now because of those chronic inefficiencies, the commuter railway is an unreliable mode of transport that cannot be depended upon, and as time goes by, KR will be losing customers who find other alternative means, The government thus ends up having wasted all the money that they used to revamp the railway.

And if we are not careful, This is the same thing that will happen on the half assed BRT on Thika road, By not properly investing in the project, we might end up with a BRT service that only serves like 15% of commuter traffic, leaving the rest to Matatus, thus not making a big enough dent on the overdependence of Matatus, only this time, the Matatus will be operating on one less lane which has been dedicated to the BRT on Thika road, So we might end up with an over crowded BRT, a jam parked Thika road and a rickety unreliable newly revamped Nairobi-Ruiru-Thika MGR commuter rail........ Basically end up with more problems because we did not care to properly invest in any single project. Even the dead industries you talk about, its the same thing, the money given for Kisumu Port, Mumias, Rivertex.... its all to revive old engines that are past their lifespan as opposed to outright overhaul and purchase of new machines for the 21st century... all those industries will go back to being dead in a few years for the same reason.

In my opinion, Since we have limited resources, we should have picked one project that has the most impact in Nairobi and done some serious investment instead of trying to throw money everywhere ending up not having made any meaningful impact. With a budget of.. lets say $1Billion we could do either a proper tram or metro rail or BRT system that will serve like 70% of Nairobi public transport needs (Thus rendering the $600m Mombasa road expressway unnecessary for example). When that one project works perfectly, it will generate enough money to be sustainable, the gov't will therefore find itself with less expenses and will use what it gets from taxes to repair and maintain the other alternative means of public transport.
 

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SERVICE UPDATE: This evening we resume full service on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service. Catch the train to Syokimau at 5:30 pm and 6:20 pm; to Kikuyu at 5:35 pm; to Ruiru at 5:40 pm; to Athi River at 5:50 pm; and to Embakasi Village at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm

The DMU's were pulled out of circulation on Wednesday after the outages experienced on Tuesday. Apart from the stalling there was a reported glitch in the communication system as well.

The services resumed on Thursday evening, but today morning the Embakasi DMU stalled at Donholm area again.
 

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SERVICE UPDATE: This evening we resume full service on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service. Catch the train to Syokimau at 5:30 pm and 6:20 pm; to Kikuyu at 5:35 pm; to Ruiru at 5:40 pm; to Athi River at 5:50 pm; and to Embakasi Village at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm

The DMU's were pulled out of circulation on Wednesday after the outages experienced on Tuesday. Apart from the stalling there was a reported glitch in the communication system as well.

The services resumed on Thursday evening, but today morning the Embakasi DMU stalled at Donholm area again.
Did I hear that again? This story sounds eerily familiar. Sad so sad. Hood this is not the true story. We need the trains no kidding. Can President Uhuru kick some people working seriously!!
 

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City commuter buses now running on three routes
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Tired of matatus?

Travellers can now take Nairobi Commuter Rail Buses as an alternative to matatu transport turmoil. They are running now.

Kenya Railways has introduced the Nairobi Commuter Rail bus service that will initially play three routes.

On Sunday, Kenya Railways issued a notice with the schedule for NRC routes to Westlands, Yaya and Upper Hill.

“Welcome to the NCR Bus Service by KRC. Enjoy a convenient connection of road and rail transport. Alight one, board the other in a few minutes," the notice read.

Commuters will purchase their tickets on board.

Kenya Railways reminded commuters to maintain and observe Covid-19 preventive protocol.

“First things first, please wear a mask, wash your hands often and avoid unnecessary body contact," the notice read.

Once a commuter alights from the train at the station he or she will have a choice to board the NRC buses, depending on destination.

For the Westlands route, commuters will pay a fixed charge of Sh30. The bus will pass through Jevanjee-Museum Hill-CFC Stanbic-Chromo-Westlands Bus Terminus-Brookside-Safaricom-ABSA- ABC Palace and James Gichuru.

The first bus will leave Nairobi Central Terminus at 7.45am and arrive at WBT at 8.08am. Another will leave WBT at 8.12am to reach the CBD at 8.35am.

A bus will leave the CBD at 8.35am to arrive at ABC at 9.15am, while another will leave NCS at 4pm and arrive at WBT at 430pm.

At 7.44am, a bus will leave the railway station at 7.44am and arrive at ABC at 8.17am. Another will leave ABC at 8.18am and arrive at Railways Station at 8.55am.

At 9.16am, a bus will leave ABC to arrive at Railways Station at 9.55am, while at 4.40pm, a bus will be leaving WBT to arrive at Railways Station at 5.10pm.

For the Yaya schedule, the key destinations are Serena, Integrity Centre, Chancery, Maktaba Kuu, Nairobi Hospital, DoD, Hurlingham, Chaka Place and Yaya Centre. The fixed charge is Sh50.

The first NCR bus will leave Railways Station at 7.55am and arrive at Yaya Centre at 8.30am, while another bus will leave Yaya at 833am and arrive in the CBD at 9.05am.

Another bus will leave Railways Station at 4pm and arrive at Yaya Centre at 4.30pm, while another bus will leave Yaya at 4.35pm to arrive in the CBD at 5.15pm.

Commuters will have to pay Sh50 for the Upper Hill route. Buses will pass through Meladin, KMA, CIC, Britam, TSC, Kadhii Court, CBC, Kasneb and Kenyatta National Hospital.

The first bus will leave Railways station at 7.45am and arrive at KNH at 8.06am. At 8.07am, a bus will be leaving KNH to arrive at Railways Station at 8.20am.

Another bus will be leaving Railways at 8.35am, arriving at KNH at 8.59am.

At 9am, abus will leaving KNH to arrive in the CBD 12 minutes later. Another bus will leave NCS at 4.10pm to reach KNH at 4.35 pm.

The last NRC bus will leave KNH at 4.36pm to arrive in the CBD at 5pm.

Less than five months ago on November 10, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Nairobi Commuter Rail System.

The project has reduced both vehicular and human traffic congestion.

Kenya Railways aims to carry as many as 230,000 passengers daily.

The commuter rail is part of the Master Plan of an integrated commuter system within the city and its environs. It also comprises the Bus Rapid Transit, monorail and underground rail.

The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service (NCR) was introduced in May 1992 in response to a series of strikes by the matatu minibus operators.

Over the years, demand has been low, which, according to the new managing director has been due to poor standards of the station facilities

Commuter trains currently run on the Nairobi-Imara Daima-Syokimau route, the Nairobi-Githurai-Mwiki-Kahawa-Ruiru route, Nairobi-Embakasi route and the Nairobi-Kibera-Kikuyu route. Source
Underground rail? Did our sneaky Journalists throw that in there or is it in the works?​
 

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Very impressive for Nairobi a combination of Heavy rail (metro) ,light rail and BRT might be the solution but at this point you can only pray for a miracle while you helplessly ,watch other neighboring nations thoroughly outdo us. Sad part is we have the means and capabilities but corruption ,incompetence and excuses have become common place, to the point that Kenyans have accepted that for us there is no better.
 

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i rode the Addis light rail in 2017 and it was wonderful. Then i remembered the chaos in Nairobi and I almost wept.
we have the technocrats, the money is there...what lacks in Kenya is goodwill, and leadership.
Its beyond dissaponting to learn that the new mtumba DMUs from Spain were supposed to be given to scrap metal dealers and not imported to Kenya. But still, guys at the helm oversaw the whole thing, amid pomp and color and few months down the line, the roofs are leaking and engines stalling. What a mess.
 

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i rode the Addis light rail in 2017 and it was wonderful. Then i remembered the chaos in Nairobi and I almost wept.
we have the technocrats, the money is there...what lacks in Kenya is goodwill, and leadership.
Its beyond dissaponting to learn that the new mtumba DMUs from Spain were supposed to be given to scrap metal dealers and not imported to Kenya. But still, guys at the helm oversaw the whole thing, amid pomp and color and few months down the line, the roofs are leaking and engines stalling. What a mess.
There's a time back I believe when PS Hinga engaged some people on this forum.
Maybe he can explain it thru the same channel
 

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The 'mitumba' DMU where meant as a quick win, something to be done within a short period of time before the long term projects come into play. While understandable considering the limited resources and the time it would take to initiate and complete a comprehensive metro system, its disappointing that even this short term goals are disappointing commuters, ebbing away the little confidence it was supposed to build. The silver lining is at least they cleaned up the stations, built new ones, cleared the corridor from intrusion. To me the mechanical failure of DMU is something that can be fixed. Trains usually have a long shelf life if they are well maintained and spare parts are quickly available. To me It seems like someone inside KR does not want this DMU to work, so they sabotage it or ,maybe they did not due dilligence and what is required to maintain these DMUs is lacking in capacity, know-how etc. Serious questions need to be asked and answered need to be delivered because this things where done using tax payers money.

If honest mistake was done, then they can quickly pivot to other type of equipment that does not fail but Nairobians need this commuter services to be working properly.
 

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I am not sure what went wrong but a common point of failure when introducing rolling stock that accelerates faster and more importantly has a steeper braking curve is that crews produce flat spots very quickly cause they are not used to how to brake these vehicles. These flat spots can cause a multitude of further mechanical damages on the vehicles in a very very short time - Flat spot - Wikipedia (the wiki article only mentions a few but there is literally an endless list of possible damages this is one of them Hot box - Wikipedia). With DMU and EMUs this is specifically problematic since there's less room for the mechanical components in the vehicle. This happens btw also in other countries - the Swedish city of Lund introduced a tram service for the first time in 50 years and because non of the drivers had any experience with braking trams they produced flat spot within weeks with the whole fleet out of service in a month.

But frankly using up the supplied spare parts within the first 6 months isn't really making the DMU purchase any better.

BTW Kenya has a $300 million per annum fund that can be only used for construction and maintenance - a rapid transit line from Kikuyu to Ruiru along the corridor is just 60 km - no expensive structures needed. The first phase of a electrified double track SGR plus a single track MGR in Dakar (36 km in length) did cost about $600 million - that's about $16 million per km. It took about four years to built - Kenya has the resources through the levy to built and finance this on its own - it doesn't even have to do this AFDB gave Senegal $200 million for this project - there's no reason for Kenya not getting a similar amount for pretty much the same project if they show an effort and commitment. Four years worth of levy is almost a billion - that's more than enough for the initial corridor.
 

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Ok, let’s do a makeover with the SGR. I just keep beating this drum. One day we will have SGR and new commuter trains on them. Come to think of it, it’s possible to replace all the 200km of mgr in Nairobi with SGR for not so much money, the routes are already there, so no land acquisitions needed at all. Just pull the old guys off and place the new wider SGR after widening the bed a little bit. And then get new stock.
 

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