Rift Valley Railways (RVR) and Kenya Railways have expressed interest to assist Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to construct a high tech passenger and cargo train to reduce traffic and cargo transit within the city. The computerized passenger train will also be installed with the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and will be faster than manually operated trains. The GPS will make it easier to monitor the train operations to enable tracking and detection of shortcomings such as accidents.
The computerised trains will be a step forward in promoting efficient railway network and increase daily haulage between Uganda and Kenya in the long term. The train will improve efficiency of the railway business by standardizing operations and boosting market share for rail traffic so as to improve competitiveness in the northern corridor.
The passenger train will begin operating before the end of March. KCCA plans to transport at least 270 passengers daily along the Kampala-Namanve route during the first phase of the rail transport before extending to the rest of the country.KCCA estimates that once the passengers train starts, it will relieve the people of Kampala of the heavy traffic and enable others to save some money as the train fares will be lower than commuter vehicles.
In February 2015, Ethiopia marked the official opening of test running on the Addis Ababa light rail line, ahead of the start of revenue services in May. The light rail that encompasses about 34km of track is expected to begin taking passengers within three months.