The County government of Mombasa has embarked on a pilot project of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in an effort to ease congestion in the city.

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In an interview on Thursday, County Transport Executive Tawfiq Balala said that the government had unveiled a data collection programme in the region in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

The county government under the leadership of Governor Ali Hassan Joho is likely to embrace the new system if the survey bears fruits. Balala also said that the project is part of the legacy Joho plans to leave after he completes his term come 2022. 

The officers of the county government will be collecting data for Public Service Vehicles (PSV) plying different routes across the city. The County government is also working in partnership with consultants from Tanzania.

 “We have been in engagements with them and they are working to show us their success story before we agree on working together,” said Mr Balala.

 Unlike in Nairobi where the system has been implemented in partnership with the national government, the Mombasa government is working on its own to ensure the project is successful.

 He also pointed out that the county government has limited resources to implement the project.