Dubai is the first Arab city to use open data in public transport.
The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has just announced that you can now see real-time updates of bus timetables directly on Google Maps. The initiative, made in collaboration with Google, now brings Dubai as the first city in the Middle East to use open data which is at par with almost 100 cities around the world.
Linking the bus schedules on Google Maps will easily help riders informed of the bus timings, in case if the bus is arriving too early or may become late. “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,” said Khaled Al Awadi, Director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
The real-time updates will also reflect on the user’s revised journey times, which is made possible through the GTFS-RT system (General Transit Feed Specification – Realtime).
The updated timetables should now be available on the Google Maps app available on iOS and Android devices and on the web. You can check out the Commute tab on the app to check out more details about your journey.