Cape Town public transport now on Google Maps

Cape Town’s rapid transport system, MyCiTi has integrated with Google Maps, giving city residents easier access to public transport routes.

Google Maps currently offers the service of allowing users to establish detailed directions based on a ‘point to point’ search.

“The results currently offered include walking and driving directions, but never before in South Africa have the results included public transport information for busses,” MyCiTi said.

Through joining the Google Transit Partner programme, MyCiTi transport data and information has now been integrated into Google Maps, allowing commuters to access routes and schedules directly from Google.

“Perform a ‘point to point’ search anywhere in the City of Cape Town and you will be offered the opportunity to carry out your journey using the public transport layer on Google Maps,” MyCiTi said.

“The result shows detailed information, allowing the commuter to select between different journey options based on their preferences.”

According to World Wide Creative (WWC), the company behind the integration, it’s the first successful implementation of such a project in Africa, after a similar project launched by Metrorail failed to take off.

This is the first step in taking the City of Cape Town’s transport systems further into the digital age, WWC said, with further integration into Google’s systems planned.

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