MD Transit Announces Data-Sharing with WAZE
June 30, 2016
Miami-Dade County announced today its new partnership with the Waze Connected Citizens Program (CCP). The program is a two-way data exchange of publicly available traffic information to provide drivers travel suggestions through the least congested routes. This leads to more efficient, safer, and easier commutes that will improve the quality of life for County residents. CCP was first launched in 2014 and has since grown to include 75 partners.
Today, MiamiDade County joins the ever-evolving platform.
The free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app is powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. With this new partnership, users will be able to see in real time road closures, traffic delays, and any other issues that might influence mobility.
“We are thrilled to partner with Waze in order to provide our 2.7 million residents with the most accurate, up-to-date information for their daily commute,” says Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez. “Many of our residents rely on mobile GPS to navigate them safely around the County, and now we can be a part of their ride.”
The departments of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), Information Technology (ITD), and Water and Sewer (WASD) have come together with the shared goal of making mobility a priority. In the near future, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) will join the collaboration and provide real-time information that will improve traffic conditions. In exchange for the anonymous, user generated information provided by Waze to Miami-Dade County, the County in turn submits real-time government reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze. The end result: a thorough overview of current road conditions today.
“This helps drivers be aware of everything on the road that can affect their trip in real time,” says Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s certainly a convenient tool that will help improve mobility. It is our hope that everyone will use this kind of information for all of their trips in order to ease congestion.” Find your way with Waze and Miami-Dade County.