Mololine launches Smartcard fare payment system

Leading public transport company, Mololine Limited, has introduced a cashless payment method for its clients.

The popular company which revolutionised public transport in the country by bringing sanity to the matatu industry has introduced the Safari Card to complement the current cash and mobile money payment systems.

Addressing dignitaries and other guests at the launch, Mololine chairman Mr Joseph Njoroge Kariuki better known as Bomasu said they were considering lowering fare prices for cardholders. This he said would encourage travellers to apply and embrace the new system.

“The company is considering having the Safari Cardholders pay a lower price to encourage people to apply for it,” said the chairman addressing the guests at the ultra-modern Mololine offices at Milimani.

A fleet of Mololine Shuttles
A fleet of Mololine Shuttles

The County government was represented at the launch by the deputy governor Dr Eric Korir and Roads and Infrastructure CEC Lucy Kariuki.

Addressing the gathering, the Deputy Governor said the county will soon be moving all matatus out of the CBD and was in the process of scouting for an alternative matatu stage in the outskirts of the town.

The Mololine Safari Card will also act as a loyalty card with passengers being rewarded with a free ride after a number of trips. Currently, Prestige Shuttle which also plies from Nakuru offers a free ride to their customers after every 15 Nakuru – Nairobi trips which has seen them grow their customer base significantly.

Mololine which was founded in 1994 has been a trailblazer in the transport industry with many new matatu saccos and companies across the country seeking to emulate them.

The Mololine Sacco drivers are among the most disciplined in the sector and the safety of passengers is a high priority for them. Matatus leaving town must undergo a security check at their offices and those leaving Nairobi must go through Central Police for a security check.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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