It’s day 7 of the Blogtember challenge and I must say I had a bit of a struggle coming up with today’s blog post. Until I realized that there is something I could actually talk about; my commute to and from work. I use public transport because of my after work schedule. Most of the times I get home after dark and I loathe driving at night. I have never driven past 7 pm ever since I started driving 5 years ago. And I love to read so the traffic jams allow me to have some me time to catch up on books I am reading.
I discovered the train a few months ago and I love using it. I work about an hour away from home. It takes me about an hour to and from work if I use all the modes of transport whether it’s public, driving or the train. What makes the train ride better, is the fact that the ride from the train station to home is about 20 minutes, the rest of the time is spent waiting for the train to depart and walking to and from the station.
Matatus and bus companies have raised their fares over the past few days, which are effects of the recent fuel hike. The train is yet to adjust their fares. It’s currently the cheapest mode of transport. Fuel cost for a car has been adjusted to Ksh. 130 from Ksh. 113, matatus are the most exorbitant and I think they are taking advantage of the situation. However in my route the prices have been adjusted by Ksh. 10. As for the train the fare remains the same at Ksh. 40
The train covers 4 active routes that basically cover major areas of Nairobi City
Kikuyu train that leaves the town station at 5.30 pm in the evening and morning respectively
Ruiru train that leaves town station at 5.40 pm in the evening and morning respectively
Syokimau train that leaves town at 5.50 m and 7.20 pm respectively and morning respectively
I use the Syokimau train. I like it because it’s not crowded, I normally get there early and have a chance to catch up on my books as I wait for the train to depart. I also have the option of using the Ruiru train and I occasionally use it when the Syokimau train has been cancelled mostly due to bad weather.
I also hate sitting in traffic, when I use public transport in the evening, it takes me about 2 hours to get home. To avoid this I use the train and best thing is I get home early and get a chance to spend time with my daughters.
What mode of transport do you prefer? Does your city experience the same challenges that we do in Nairobi? Or are you one of the few lucky ones who live close to their place of work? Share in the comments below