MetroTrans East Africa has entered a lease partnership with National Bank of Kenya (NBK) and Simba Corporation to meet the growing transport demand in Kenya.
As such, the company acquired a fleet of Fuso buses worth KSh 389 million.
Speaking during the official hand over of the first batch of 25 Fuso Canter buses by Simba Corp, MetroTrans CEO Oscar Rossana said the new move is in a bid to meet the increased demand in their existing routes.
He said they are expecting another 55 buses by the end of the year as 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,” said Rossana.
The company has also partnered with SWVL, a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions as part of reforms towards the matatu sector.
“We are not working alone on this as they have been able to bring on board a ride-hailing app called swvl and together he says they would want to change the so much spoken about matatu industry that has been in the past known for there notorious ways to the customers,” said Metro Trans Group Director Harun Ndung’u.
Speaking during the event, NBK Retail Banking Director Carol Rutto said availing of the buses to MetroTrans shows the bank’s credence to supporting local businesses.
“We are delighted to finally hand over 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.
On the other hand, Simba Corp Motors MD Naresh Leekh said the company is geared towards providing comfort to over 3 million people who commute daily.
“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, and better driving comfort for the driver,” he said.