Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus routes now on Google Maps
MyCiTiCapetonians, listen up. The Mother City’s favourite and most efficient transport system, MyCiTi, has announced that they have now fully integrated with Google Maps.
The integration of MyCiTi and Google Maps will allow Capetonians and tourists alike the opportunity to access public transport routes from their cellphones, computers and GPS’ in a much easier and clearer way.
MyCiTi has officially joined the Google Transit Partner programme – thus allowing the MyCiTi information, such as routes and schedules, to be integrated into Google Maps.
Google Maps, the world’s foremost web mapping service, allows it’s users to follow and establish in-depth directions that are based on a point-to-point search.
This service will now also notify it’s users if a MyCiTi route crosses paths with the direction they wish to take.
MyCiTi said in a statement: “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,”
The results of your search will then show detailed information, allowing you more specific and wider journey options.
This is a first for South Africa and the African continent as a whole. Currently, results on the Google Maps application offer walking and driving directions; but now, with the integration of MyCiTi, it is the first time that public transport information for busses have been included.
Metrorail (or in the mind’s of many South Africans, Metrofail) tried to launch a similar project a while ago. However, as one could imagine, the project failed to take off. This makes the MyCiTi and Google Maps partnership the first successful one of it’s kind on the African continent.
This is a big step for the City of Cape Town and it’s ongoing effort to market the Mother City as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
MyCiTi has also kept busy the past year by bulding and opening new routes for their bus service. These new stops now include Vredehoek, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and many more.
According to MyCiTi, these new stops will start operating towards the end of November.