Traffic Costs Nairobi $746,000 Per Day

<p>The Kenyan capital of Nairobi is struggling with crippling car congestion -- a problems some say is so bad the country should consider transferring its capital to another city.</p>
September 24, 2007, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Once known as East Africa's green "City in the Sun", Nairobi is so choked with traffic that Kenya's architects suggest moving to a new capital and angry business leaders say the booming economy is under threat."

"A combination of bad drivers, ramshackle vehicles, overloaded trucks, potholed roads and corrupt traffic police make one of Africa's biggest cities resemble the dodgems on a good day and, when things get really bad, reduce it to gridlock."

"Kenya's crumbling roads and the chaotic traffic have become a political issue ahead of elections in December, denting the popularity of President Mwai Kibaki."

"A recent survey said traffic jams were costing Nairobi drivers up to 50-million shillings (R5,2-million, $746 000) a day through increased fuel consumption, mechanical damage and pollution."

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Published on Monday, September 24, 2007 in Mail & Guardian
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