NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train
transported 132,208 passengers between Kenya's capital Nairobi
and the port city of Mombasa over the festive season, the
operator said on Wednesday evening.
According to Africa
Star Railway Operation Company Limited that operates the modern
train dubbed Madaraka Express, there was a 40 percent increase
in the number of bookings during 2018 festive season as compared
to the same period in 2017.
Passenger revenue was 43.76 million Kenyan shillings (430,000
U.S. dollars) during 2018 festive season, an increase of 350,000
dollars in the same period of the previous year, said the SGR
It said that measures were adopted to facilitate smooth
movement of passengers from mid-December 2018 to the early
January as Kenyans and foreign visitors trooped to the resort
city of Mombasa to celebrate the festive season.
The SGR operator added four economy class coaches to the
passenger trains to help cope with the surge in the number of
travelers ahead of the festive season.
"The company also organized young employees to serve as
passenger service volunteers daily," said the operator.
President Uhuru Kenyatta created a frenzy when he travelled
to Mombasa on Dec. 23 using the SGR train and hailed the
positive impact it has created in the country's economy since
its launch on May 31, 2017.