THE EXPLAINER | Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the making

THE EXPLAINER | Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the making



right so we promised you an explainer tonight and the 64 buses that have been promised by the cabinet secretary for transformer Sharia are if we're to believe the reports from the ministry on their way now there's been of course a lot of fuss about this especially with the Caffrey days that has been suspended for a while but the BRT is part of a wider plan to decongest the city many questions still abound why it is in the center of the road how many buses do we need how will it alleviate the congestion in the city so let's talk a little bit about BRT and get an understanding of what it is now the BRT is generally a situation that enables the poorest people who depend on public transport to get to work or access their services in fact studies show that those who are living in urban areas and who are low-income Anna's spend up to 30% of their income on transport that's a huge amount and this is also because they live in the lower-income areas which are on the outskirts of the city and spend about 2 to 4 hours commuting each day now BRT is one of the simplest things you can actually use a lot of people talking about rail transport but BRT the infrastructure is relatively simple which means it can actually be completed in a short span of time 18 months best practice so even if someone is looking to make this as an election promise it's something a governor of any city can easily do and perhaps use it for a reelection it can be done very quickly as opposed to an underground or an elevated rail that can take up to three years to build n is much more costly so now what are the sort of numbers we're talking about in Nairobi you've heard this already let me just move out here so you can see these numbers four point eight three million people in Nairobi over seven thousand new cars are registered every month so that's up to about 90,000 cars that are registered every year so these are the sort of numbers were trying to move around and move around easily using the BRT so what are the key elements of the be our team let's take a look at it one that is most important here these five elements and our explain them one by one one it's a dedicated right-of-way as you can see in this image here yeah it's a bus lane only to ensure there are no delays in traffic there's also bus way a la alignment this is why it is actually in the center of the road to keep buses away from the busy curb on the left where you're picking up passengers people are standing turning and they're turning of service lanes into all of the other areas buildings residential areas also off board fare collection as you saw in machinima story when she visited Dar es Salaam this is extremely important because it enables things to happen much faster so there's no conductor on the bus and you know the issue of looking for change and that sort of thing is made a lot faster so the fare collection is done at the station and not on the bus there's also how the intersections are treated there are no turn offs for traffic that are allowed in this bustling so no one can cut through and move right or left so that is what makes it actually faster and then the most important is a platform level boarding and I will show that in the next video so the station is supposed to be level with the bus similar to what you see with the SGR train if you have used that so that helps people with wheelchairs crutches those who are visually impaired and also people with baby strollers so that is what we're looking at in this country at the moment and it's all about the infrastructure and whether this is enough now I will be telling you why some people are a little skeptical about the way we have done it when we take a look at the case of what is happening in South Paulo Brazil we've heard of what happens in Tanzania we've also heard of efforts to decongest traffic in Lagos now let's talk about South Paulo which has been fairly successful with this one Sao Paulo in Brazil has a population of 12 million in there's over 5 million vehicles now the public transport system here is managed by a public company but operated by over 50 private companies which is sort of similar with what you're trying to do here they have 12,000 buses that ferry 270,000 passengers if you take a look at their population even what the cabinet secretary here is saying we need 9000 buses they've got 12,000 so you can see the numbers are pretty similar or basically in line there's 35 transfer terminals now what is interesting to note about the case in South Paulo is they have built the infrastructure for this they have bike lanes they have wider pedestrian sidewalks and they have yes our weekly car free streets a program what is different between South Paulo and Kenya the big thing public participation I tell you what happened in this country is public participation what I like to call on steroids now they had an online proposal form they had a draft bill they had a map where citizens could make comments but not just that even person-to-person interactions they exceeded what was required by law when it comes to public participation over a hundred public hearings and the participation reached 25,000 people in fact this became such a big deal that when they had their mayoral elections in 2013 the citizens organized themselves made sure all of the candidates had something to do with this they then introduced a biking culture and in fact são Paulo has recognized bicycling as a piece of their transportation in that country they passed a 16 year strategic master plan that again we were talking about that public participation so people had a say-so of course that then concludes in the year 2030 this has worked so well that in fact Sao Paulo did win an award for transportation and development policy that's the IT DP it's a nonprofit organization that works to design and implement high quality transport systems they warn that sustainable transit award in the year 2014 this is something that has been happening in this country since the year 2003 and by the way Brazil or saw Paulo and Brazil is not the only city that has a proper bus rapid transport system so this is what it would entail if we are to go there how much public participation have we had in this country and do you feel like you your views have been adequately taken in also building in the infrastructure before starting the bus rapid transport system is what is important like they say build the infrastructure and they will come so that is what the BRT is how it's doing in Sao Paulo where will it be with those 64 buses with eventually the 9,000 buses that we say we will need tamil tech let's take a break this is tonight

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  1. if Kenyans have already perceived the BRT to be for the poor, its already doomed. we have a congested Nairobi due to poor planning of infrastructure which cant handle vehicles the keep piling on it. BRT was introduced as an easier and faster way to move masses around a city, but not to move poor people. a lot of middle class people in Europe and japan use the BRT, MRT and light rail system to go to work and stuff since its a convenient way to been traffic jams. Citizen Tv if this how you do your reports you not helping the county of Nairobi but misleading the public. Residents will continue adding automobiles every month on our roads avoiding the BRT due to wanting to uphold a social standing "i don't wan to be affiliated to the BRT its for the poor" as a result of media brainwash.
    Already a majority of social classes use this pathetic modes of transport that we currently have, try and report something more encouraging about this system. As a media house you have the means to do proper research on how other countries have managed to have well organised and working systems. That way you can report on how to advise citizens not to be given a raw deal from the government like so many other projects.

  2. The problem with Kenyan leaders is greed. Some of the design flaws seen on Thika road result from greed & lack of public participation. How do u for instance put a footbridge far from a stage. This has forced pedestrians to naturally avoid the foot bridges. The BRT system should restore the old Kenya Bus routes for efficiency

  3. You will wait until Jesus come back mje Dar es Salaam muone Magufuli alivyotekeleza BRT system Kenya viongozi wenu wamekalia politics za 2022 na corruption wakati Magufuli hapa ni kazi tu

  4. Very educative. I worked with the lagos state government in Nigeria for the world bank assisted mile2-ikorodu brt corridor. Kenya can achieve with kess stress.

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