Kampala city dwellers today start enjoying the commuter passenger services between Namanve and Kampala at just Shs1,500 amid the seemingly unending traffic congestion.
According to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) spokesperson, Mr. Peter Kauju, the move is a culmination of a partnership with the Uganda Railways Corporation and Rift Valley Railways.
He says the train will operate four shifts a day, starting at 6:30am from Namanve reaching Kampala station at 7:30am.
It will then depart from the Kampala station at 7:35am reaching Namanve station at 8.15.
The evening journey starts from Namanve station at 4:15pm reaching Kampala at 5:05pm and the last one leaves Kampala station at 5.30pm and gets to Namanve at 6.15pm.
Taxi operators under the Commercial Taxi Owners and Transporters Development Association say the move is welcome and they are ready for competition.
The group’s publicity secretary Mr. John Kitasimbwa says they are operating in a liberalized economy so those who can’t compete will fall off along the way.
However, some city dwellers say the train could be a campaign trick by the incumbent and NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni, given its timing.