Mapeando Santiago Santiago de Los Caballeros, dominican republic

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Building on the Nairobi experience of the Digital Matatus team, the Datos abiertos de transporte urbano y movilidad (DATUM) aims at collecting and sharing transit data in Latin American and the Caribbean region. DATUM is a collaborative platform started by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, the World Resource Institute, the MIT Civic Data Design Lab and the Columbia University Earth Institute. Mapeando Santiago is the first of DATUM’s participatory mapping project and it took place over the summer of 2019 in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. During the participatory data collection we mapped and verified 29 urban routes and 25 branches of these routes (conchos), 4 interurban routes, 6 state routes (guaguas). While training local students on transit data editing tools, we created the first GTFS feed for Santiago, which is now the first Caribbean city to have public transit data available on Google Maps.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Urban STATUS: Completed project


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The Mapeando Santiago team organized a series of activities such as online surveys and walking groups with women organizations, an association for blind people and community leaders to receive feedback on their perception of public space and transit accessibility. In general, the project team has been generously supported by civic organizations in Santiago, by the city transportation planning department and by a group of local university students throughout the different phases of Mapeando Santiago. The GTFS feed, the transit map, the transit map design tutorials, and the reports about the transport mapping activities may be also downloaded through our website.

PARTNERS: MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, World Resources Institute (WRI), Inter-American Development Bank, Center for Sustainable Urban Development (Earth Institute Columbia University), Civic Data Design Lab (MIT), MIT International Policy Lab.