How Nairobi Got Its Ad-Hoc Bus System on Google Maps
Matatus are the main mass transit network in the Kenyan capital, but the system is chaotic. Individual matatu buses and routes are privately owned and operated, which means schedules and ticket prices can change at the whim of whoever’s in charge. Even finding the right stop can be tricky. In a collaboration called Digital Matatus, researchers from MIT, Columbia University, and the University of Nairobi along with the design firm Groupshot released a map of the entire matatu system last year.