Sustainable management of Rail land: a case study of Nairobi Commuter Rail Network
Kiarie, Pauline Wambui
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This study examined ways through which Rail Land can be managed in a sustainable manner within the commuter rail network in Nairobi. Even though the term sustainable management and development have existed and been used among planners, administrators and politicians during the last 24 years, the actual development has shown that we have not been able to change the negative tendencies of increased pollution and emissions, larger material and energy consumption and lack of consideration of the environment and ecosystems caused by improper Rail Land use. This study aimed at addressing the gaps in the current literature related to the sustainable management of Rail Land in Kenya. By applying the Global Land Project (GLP) framework, the contributions of various factors to sustainable management of Rail Land were examined independently. In addition, interviews were conducted in order to examine direct and indirect effects of sustainable management of Rail Land to the areas covered by the Nairobi Commuter Rail network, investigate various challenges that hinder sustainable management of Rail Land, and determine the priority needs of the commuters and stakeholders as far as mass transit rail system is concerned. The findings of the study show that successful and sustainable management of urban railways systems would improve the city structure and design, growth of personal means of transport, urbanization and long term planning strategies, urban security, social, economic and political stability. This can only be achieved if the rail is properly managed and integrated within the urban development plans.