, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – Commuters using the Syokimau train service will from Monday next week pay Sh60 during off peak hours, down from Sh100 for a return ticket.
The Kenya Railways Service says the new off peak train fares promotion will target the Nairobi to Syokimau between 0810 and 1930 hours and Syokimau to Nairobi from 0900 to 1845 hours.
The introduction of the new fares is as a result of an assessment of commuter trends and travel habits in Nairobi.
The reduced fares are aimed at stimulating demand for the off peak train services.
The train timetable has also been adjusted with the 0940 train now rescheduled to depart Nairobi at 0900 hours whereas the evening train will leave for Syokimau at 1930hrs.
In addition, the corporation has partnered with an independent public transport operator to offer ‘Rail to Bus and Bus to Rail’ services to the passengers.
Commuters from Syokimau, Mlolongo, Athi-River and Kitengela can opt to take a rail connect bus from the Syokimau station while those at the Nairobi Railways station will be shuttled onward to their work areas in Upper Hill, Kenyatta National Hospital and Westlands areas during peak hours.
It was not immediately clear whether the fare would cover the bus shuttle fee.
The 30-minute Syokimau train service is currently operating three round trips with the first train departing Syokimau station at 0705 hours and the last train departing Nairobi railway station at 1930 hours.
Passengers using the Nairobi Commuter Railway prepaid cards can enjoy a 10 percent discount on fares.
The “park and ride” facility, where motorists pay a daily parking fee of Sh100 to park their vehicles in one of the 3,000 spaces available at the station, and board a train to town and collect the vehicle later after making the return trip has attracted many motorists to the station.
The modern commuter service is aimed at decongesting the city roads and its environs thus help on traffic management by reducing congestion, transit time and travel costs for Kenyans.