Kenya Railways on Monday, December 7 launched the Nairobi Commuter Rail to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Express Service.
Speaking during the commissioning of the new link, Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Maingi announced that using JKIA Express route will cost Kenyans Ksh500 per trip.
Maingi further added that the Ksh500 trip is inclusive of both rail and road in which commuters would be dropped at the Embakasi Village Station before boarding a BRT service bus to JKIA.
“The Nairobi Commuter Rail Service to JKIA journey entails a ride on the diesel multiple unit train up to Embakasi Village station. Customers will then board the BRT bus to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,” Maingi said.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that the express route will enable air travellers to avoid Mombasa road traffic snarl-up.
“Commuters will be able to catch a train from the Nairobi Railway Station up to the Embakasi Village Railway Station after which they will then be ferried through the Airport South Road which has been dedicated to the Nairobi Commuter Rail Bus also referred to as the Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles,” CS Macharia said.
Macharia added that security will be tight and travellers will go through a thorough security check at various points to access the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses heading to JKIA.
“Connecting the airport to CBD means the security must be intact. We inspected the stations to make sure the system is compliant with the highest level of security,” he added.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta while commissioning the new Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) assured Kenyans that the rail track will be extended to JKIA to provide air travellers with an alternative mode of transport to and from the airport.
“While this extension is being constructed, high capacity buses will be stationed at Embakasi Village Station to provide direct transport services to and from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,” President Uhuru started.