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ATD joins forces with Waze

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Katy McElroy

Austinites now have another tool for navigating the chaos of the city’s rush-hour roadways. The Austin Transportation Department has joined the Waze Connected Citizens Program “to provide traffic updates directly to residents and to better understand real-time road conditions in Austin,” according to a city press release. The crowdsourced traffic and navigation app has over 500 partners in the program throughout the world so far. The department “provides Waze with information on scheduled road closures related to special events. With this information, Waze sends push notifications to its users and reroutes trips close to the closures. In turn, Austin Transportation’s Transportation Management Center receives up-to-date, anonymous information from Waze about major traffic delays, allowing staff to make targeted signal timing adjustments.” Waze is available on both Apple and Android devices.

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