Sunday, March 20, 2011

Screen shot of an RTA route on an iPhone. Note the time and cost on top of the display. Photo by Ayesha Akbar Ali 
RTA has now uploaded their metro and water bus routes on Google Maps. University students can now use Google Maps on their PC and smart-phones to decide their route using the Dubai metro or water bus.
Dubai bus routes have been available on Google Maps since late 2009. The effort was applauded as it was the first city in the MENA region to achieve that. The updated map now helps travellers to plan which metro to board and exit, the duration of the journey, timings of the metro, available feeder buses as well as the total fare of the journey.
“This is part of the agreement we signed with Google Inc. to provide transportation information online on Google Maps. The initiative is part of our vision to ease mobility of residents as well as tourists in the city,” said Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of RTA’s Technical Support Services Sector in a Khaleej Times article.

iPhone users can easily avail of this facility using the Google Maps pre-installed on their phone. For more details visit: the Khaleej Times article

Report by Ayesha Akbar Ali