Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is planning to launch an online joureny planner sytem in March 2009.
According to Khaleej Times, the system will help passengers calculate the fares of the journey, and find the easiest and the fastest mode of transport to a particular destination and the changing points between buses.
The system will also help the passenger figure out the time needed to reach by foot the nearest location from where he/she could get public transport services and the location from where a passenger could switch to another bus or transport mode to reach his/her destination. It will have route maps and options with full details for passengers to choose from. The passenger needs to enter the present location and the destination to go. Users can select the destination either by the bus stop name or the name of a nearby landmark such as hotels, libraries or coffee shops. The option of dates and time schedules of the bus service will also be available.
Presently, the authority is trying to find an appropriate name for the system.