Kampala City Authority has revisited its plan to rid the city center of chronic traffic congestion.
The plan, according to KCCA director of engineering services Andrew Kitaka, involves banning the use of commuter taxis and private vehicles from the central business district setting up a mass rapid transportation system and introducing cycle lanes and walkways.
At a press conference Wednesday, Kitaka said; ‘It is not sustainable to use private means of transport in the city center. With the increasing population, it is not sustainable.’
Kitaka said KCCA intends to replace 14-seater commuter taxis with buses. He said some streets will be strictly for cycling while many streets will have dedicated walking lanes.
Taxis will drop passengers at parks outside the city from where passengers will get onto the city buses.
According to records there are 30,000 commuter taxis operating in Kampala, a city with a day time population of 3million.