Friday, June 02, 2006
Bus company crisis
After Uchumi, the next urban icon likely to go down in the face of faster, fitter, and smarter competition may not be a surprise.
When Citi Hoppa shuttles first appeared on the Nairobi scene, they were outnumbered about 10 to 1 by big blue Bustrack buses. Now it’s the other way round with the ever-expanding fleet of green citi hoppa's outnumbering the reduced fleet of road-worthy bustrack buses still on the road by about the same margin.
And like Naukmatt over Uchumi, Citi hoppa's aggressive drivers seem to delight in overtaking their creaking, struggling, blue-bus competition (which also break down often) especially as they climb hills and race to pick up passengers.
Bustrack/KBS, which seem to have withstood and adapted to the introduction of Matatu’s to the city, have not been able to adjust to the Citi Hoppa onslaught.