The Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) through a notice has declared the third test run at the Green Park terminus has been moved to Friday.
The exercise will take place from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm Friday and is set to accommodate PSVS from different routes.
NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi said the extension was done to make sure all passengers and matatus involved are aware of the exercise.
Matatus operating along Langata Road, Ngong Road, Rongai, Kibra, Kawagware, Kikuyu, Highrise, Ngumo, Kiserian, Otiende, Madaraka and Nairobi West will be involved in the exercise.
PSVs operating from Moi Avenue Service Lane, Outside Development, AGHRO and Gill house, Hataki Stage, Ambassador, Mfangano Street and Kencom and Nairobi Railways Station Bus Terminus will be part of the exercise.
Bado added that NMS is executing decongesting strategies of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan.
NMS also outlined that Machakos and Kitengela matatus operating from the Railway Station Bus Terminus should use Lusaka road from Nyayo Stadium roundabout to Hakati bus terminus where Langata and Nairobi West vehicles operate to enable them to achieve a smooth test run.
After the test run, the matatus will resume operating at the Nairobi Railway Station frontage until further communication.
Badi confirmed that the process was in the transition phase of commissioning the terminus.
He added that all stakeholders will examine their preparedness for commissioning.
According to NMS transport director Engineer Michael Ochieng’, the test run will take place in four phases.
The phases will include dropping off, use of the electronic app systems, picking up and enforcement.
“Testing is a signal the park is operating and as NMS we want to ensure it is safe, works well and addresses the concern of the matatu operators as well as commuters,” he remarked.
This comes after two successful test runs.
The first test run took place on April 27, 2021, from 6 am causing confusion and frustrations.
The second one was conducted a month later in the evening from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
By Everlyne Bosibori