WhereIsMyTransport’s goal is to create a single data platform for public transport across a city and make this accessible to citizens. They make this data available, to partners and researchers, from their open API.
While still available, the Public Transport App for end-users is no longer being actively developed.
WhereIsMyTransport is a SaaS application built on the Microsoft Azure cloud.Interview with representative WhereIsMyTransport publishes their API codebase on GitHub.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Distributions to Date Status
The public transport app is available in 30 major cities across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. According to the Google Play Store the Public Transport App has been downloaded 5000+ times.
WhereisMyTransport's API is based on REST, JSON, OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect. Detailed information is available on their documentation page.
Support is provided as a part of the subscription/partnership by WhereisMyTransport. Support is available for the free API.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
- To create an open platform for public transportation data from traditional and informal collection methods
- Utilize framework to provide efficient routing information to public transportation users
- Build models of long term transit information to provide information on infrastructure investments
Vetted Performance Status
- In a study of the implementation of the Jammie Shuttle, which uses the WhereisMyTransport services, they found that users had an increased feeling of security, reduced uncertainty of the schedule, and were more willing to use the shuttle as it was more efficient. 1
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Vanderschuren M. and Vries D.D., 2013, Advanced Public Transportation Information Provision: What are the Effects on Improved Customer Satisfaction?, 16th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2013), pp. 499-504.
Struwig, C. B. and Andersen, S. J., 2014, Performance Measurement Trends in the Implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Within the South African Transportation Environment, Proceedings of the rst International Conference on the use of Mobile Informations and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa UMICTA 2014, 9-10 December 2014, STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, South Africa, ISBN: 978-0-7972-1533-7.
Nur, K., Gammons, T. and Engelbrecht, M., 2017, A Data Driven Approach to Seamless and Efficient Travel is it Really Practical?, Southern African Transport Conference.
Compliance with regulations
According to their Terms and Conditions WhereisMyTransport complies with all local regulations.
Other information: Enslin C. Mapping the Spaces In-between: How ICT can assist in providing a safer and more efficient commuter experience for all. University of Cape Town Western Cape South Africa. Awotar, Yudish; VanderSchuren, M.J.W.A. (Marianne); Southern African Transport Conference 31st : 2012 : Pretoria, South Africa; Minister of Transport, South Africa Report on mapping Cape Town