Google Transit, a public transport route planner that allows local users of Google maps to easily get direction has been launched in Nairobi.
Google Transit service is a component of Google Maps and has over a million transit stops mapped in hundreds of cities. It links up map service directions with public transport routes and ensures specific bus schedules are marked.
According to Google country manager, Charles Murito, “Launching Google Transit in Nairobi is part of our effort to make Google Maps more comprehensive, accurate and useful for people within the city who take buses and matatus to their next destination.”
“Roughly 3.5 million people depend on matatus every day in Nairobi but have little information on the over 130 different routes. Providing this information on Google increases accessibility to the transit system,” said Sarah Williams of the Digital Matatus team.
Google Transit is available on Google Maps in web browser, as well as Google Maps for mobile on Android and Apple Play store platforms.