Google Transit to Help Kenya's PSV Users Plan Trips

Google has partnered with Digital Matatus - a Kenya-based startup - to launch Google Transit. Google Transit is a feature on Google Maps which helps people plan public transport trips quickly and easily in an effort to provide Kenyans, out-of-town visitors and tourists get instant access to useful information on buses and matatus within their respective areas as well as public transit directions in a central place.

The new Google Maps feature, will enable anyone searching for directions within Nairobi to have the option of planning their trips around the capital as public transportation routes will be made available as alternatives to driving and walking directions.

Google Transit service already 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.

On the map, matatus, their specific stages, routes, their numbers, schedules and up to date fare information will be indicated. This will help create order in the disorganised public transport system in Nairobi.

"Time is a limited resource and launching Google Transit in Nairobi is part of our efforts to make Google Maps more comprehensive, accurate and useful for residents," said Mr Charles Murito, Google country manager.

Google Transit is available on Google Maps in the web browser, as well as Google Maps for mobile on Android, and Apple Play store platforms.