Traffic jams are a menace in Nairobi and users waste up to three hours on a journey that’s supposed to take thirty minutes. However, this is set to end.
Nairobi City Council has approved Trapos Africa bid to launch a $600m (Ksh 58B) cable transport system to tackle the city’s traffic jams. Tracos Africa says its modern multi-gondola systems and cable cars are the best alternative to traditional road and rail transport.
The service also promises a no-wait transport service with predictable transit times, and require very little ground space unlike the buses that require parks and stops to pick and drop passengers and can carry in excess of 8000 passengers per hour per direction.
Tracos Africa is working with CFC Stanbic for financing and Doppelmay, a leading cable car engineering firm to build the cable cars. The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group’s gondolas have a gondola lift and reversible aerial tramway have two fixed, fully locked track ropes on which the carrier travels and a circulating haul rope which is clamped to the 8-wheel carriages and can have cabins for up to 35 passengers.
In case of emergency, the trams can be safely returned to the nearest station without a crash or hanging mid way in the air. One of the firm’s cars the 3S gondola can move up to 8.5 m/s with a transport capacity up to 5,000 passengers per hour and direction.