Matatu urban transit map of Nairobi

Beautiful map, important research.

Researchers and students at the University of Nairobi, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, and the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT produced [an informal “matatu” urban transit] map – and the underlying data behind it – after carrying cell phones and GPS devices along every route in the network….

Late last week, that map was unveiled to the public, the press, and the matatu drivers themselves in Nairobi, prompting headlines and revelations large and small from riders who’ve long used the system. One student at the University of Nairobi who worked on the project took a look at the finished map and realized for the first time that he could travel across town by a better route. Anyone else who eyeballs this map is bound to notice a larger pattern: the heavily centralized system no doubt complicates congestion in downtown Nairobi, suggesting that there might be some ways to improve it.

Reported in The Atlantic by Emily Badger. Thanks!

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