Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and home to millions, but the megacity doesn’t have a bus map. This project enlists local volunteers to help chart the city’s complex transit system and makes the map freely available to the public.
A collaboration between MIT social-venture group Urban Launchpad and Bangladeshi advocacy organization Kewkradong hopes to bring transparency to public transit in Dhaka. A data collecting project sends out “flocks” of smartphone-equipped volunteers onto the city’s bus routes, where they note stops, arrival times, traffic patterns, and crowding levels. The goal is to produce a comprehensive bus intelligence system, the heart of which is a user-friendly route map for citizens and visitors alike.
Launching in Dhaka January 2013