NAIROBI SET FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

NAIROBI SET FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Kenya Urban Roads Authority is set to roll out the installation of Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS), the first in East and Central Africa complete with Traffic Management Centre which entails a system that controls traffic in real time including video surveillance, traffic actuated controllers and e-police which monitors violations. This project is expected to instill and enforce both attitude and behavioral change among road users in the City and eliminate traffic congestion at junctions.
Speaking to the Star KURA’s Acting Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti said that the first phase of the ITS project is currently on going which includes installation with modern traffic signalization systems, video surveillance and traffic counters in seven junctions along Nairobi Western Ring Road and is expected to come live in the next two weeks. ‘we anticipate reduced human interface in control of traffic at our intersections,’ he said.
KURA expects drastic change in driving behaviour among motorists as traffic offenders will have no option but pay fines when going against traffic rules. With collaboration from the Traffic Police, NAMATA, NTSA, KRA, Nairobi County Government and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development it will be easier to identify the traffic offenders.
The Traffic Management Centre (TMC) will house a team of traffic engineers, system specialists, traffic police officers and County traffic controllers who will monitor on continuous real time basis. The TMC will also have facilities for emergency services.
According to KURA Director Eng. Silas Kinoti, the Authority is preparing for the implementation of phase two in Nairobi for the next five years., we targeting to roll out the next 100 junctions by March, 2018.
The project is part of Nairobi Urban Transport Improvement Program (NUTRIP) which will costs Ksh. 1.4 billion and funded by World Bank and the Government of Kenya with KURA being the implementing agency.
Eng. Kinoti added that with more forces working together, traffic offenders will have no other option than to obey traffic rules thus increasing safety and efficiency of movement in Nairobi roads. The system has components on e-enforcement measures such as violation of traffic lights and speed limit.
KURA pointed out that the country loses over kshs.200 billion every year in the city due to traffic congestion. The ITS project is part of the solution to end traffic congestion within the city and put Nairobi on the path to smart cities. ……ENDS

14th DECEMBER, 2017