Digital Matatus

Digital Matatus

Digital Matatus is a joint project between MIT, Columbia University, Groupshot and the University of Nairobi working towards mapping Nairobi’s informal transit system through crowdsourcing.

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Digital Matatus was created to provide transit information in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. The project, an alliance between MIT, Columbia University, Groupshot and the University of Nairobi, used mobile data collection to map the routes of Matatus (private buses), to create a GTFS system and a map of the informal transit system.


Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Currently operating in Nairobi, but working to deploy in other cities.

“We continue to work in Nairobi but aim to build a support network for other cities. We have also started a formal partnership with TransportforCairo to map more of Cairo.” Interview with representative

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

University of Nairobi, MIT, Columbia University

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.


Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

WhereIsMyTransportGoogle MapsBing MapsApple Maps, Regional transportation’s existing systems

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 9: Infrastructure

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Nairobi commuters

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