MetroTrans East Africa partners NBK, Simba Corp to invests US$3m in new fleet of buses

KENYA – MetroTrans East Africa, a public transport company in Kenya, has invested KSh389 million (US$3.33m) in a fleet of new FUSO buses aimed at meeting the door-to-door transport demand in the Kenyan Market.

The investment is a lease partnership between National Bank of Kenya (NBK) and Simba Corporation as they seek to meet demand for public transport which has continued to rise over the years as population increases.

Speaking during the official handover of the first batch of 25 FUSO Canter buses by Simba Corporation, MetroTrans Chief Executive Officer Oscar Rosanna said the move is a response to increased demand in their existing routes and to also serve their customers better by offering cashless payments enabled by technology company SWVL that allows users to make and track bookings through the SWVL app.

In 2020, MetroTrans partnered with SWVL, a logistics tech company that allows users to make and track bookings through the SWVL app.

He said the logistics firm is expecting another 55 buses by the end of the year that will be used to gain footing in older routes and they seek to join new routes.

“This is an opportunity to widen our reach and offer better transportation solutions to our clients. These buses will help us add value to our clients,” he added.

Simba Corp’s Product Manager for Pick Ups & Buses, Mehul Sachdev said FUSO has accumulated over 50 years’ experience in the commercial vehicles market which has led to the brand offering the best vehicle for all buses and trucks segments – light, medium or heavy duty.

“We are proud to be part of this partnership with our FUSO Canter buses. On the road, the Canter bus drives high and proud. The increased ride height provides the benefit of great forward and peripheral vision. This bus truly excels in rough terrain as it maneuvers with ease through inclines and valleys synonymous with Kenyan terrain,” Sachdev noted.

On his part, Naresh Leekh MD Simba Corp Motors, said Fuso is geared towards providing comfort. “When it comes to buses, comfort is key when moving from point A to B. With this partnership we offer all passengers comfort in travelling, with enough leg room, aeration, seatbelts, better driving comfort for the driver,” he said.

Simba Corp has invested in fully-fledged after-sales centres across the country and are on hand to provide genuine parts for all Fuso trucks and buses. In addition, we have continuous driver training sessions to engage drivers on the buses capabilities for maximum efficiency,” he added.

Speaking during the event, NBK Retail Banking Director Carol Rutto noted that availing of the buses to MetroTrans Limited lends credence to the desire by the bank to support key economic enablers especially in the transport industry.

“We are delighted to finally handover the buses that will ultimately transform the travel experience of commuters along the routes that Metro Trans operates. It is also a testament to our desire to continue availing convenient products to our clients across various market segments,” Rutto said.

In Nairobi there are currently about 3 million residents and a daytime population of 4.5 million people who need to commute through the city.

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