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Dubai’s RTA launches real-time bus updates on Google Maps

Dubai’s RTA launches real-time bus updates on Google Maps

Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East to use open data in public transport

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun offering real-time updates of bus timetables on Google Maps, Dubai Media Office reported.

In partnership with Google, RTA will offer instant updates of bus schedules, making Dubai the first city in the Middle East to use open data in public transport.

“Linking and providing instant updates of bus schedules on Google Platform will help public transport riders and keep them informed of bus timetables, especially in the event of an anticipated early departure or late arrival,” said Khaled Al Awadi, director of transportation systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

“Previously, Google Maps used to display fixed RTA bus timetables without any updates, which might disrupt the journeys of bus riders. The new initiative aims to overcome delays or early arrival of buses for emergency factors thanks to instant updates now provided.”

In recent times, Dubai’s transport authority has led several technology-led initiatives to foster the usage of public transport means.

Earlier this week, RTA and car-hailing app Careem launched a bike rental service in Dubai, offering 780 pedal assisted bikes over 78 stations.

Read more: RTA, Careem launch bike rental service in Dubai

In January this year, RTA announced its intent to introduce an eParking ticket, aligned with its initiative to upgrade parking metres with interactive touch screens.

Also read: Dubai’s RTA to launch eParking ticket

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