The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app, to provide motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.
Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available, crowd-sourced traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of Massachusetts along with more than 70 other partners around the world.
Under the program, Waze provides MassDOT with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and motorist slow-down information. In exchange, MassDOT provides real-time government-reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze.
The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives providing users with information about potential traffic delays, advanced notice of major traffic events and promotes safety.
“With the addition of MassDOT in the Waze Connected Citizens Program, Waze and MassDOT are empowering Massachusetts drivers with real-time data on changing road conditions and closures directly from MassDOT,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Waze Connected Citizens Program Manger. “Building on the success we have had partnering with the City of Boston and other Massachusetts municipalities, Waze is excited to extend this data exchange to MassDOT to further optimize local driving experiences statewide.”
The data-sharing partnership also allows MassDOT to compile historical data that can be used for future roadway planning and projects.
“Through the use of traffic data, the MassDOT-Waze partnership will assist in making future investments in highway infrastructure projects that will improve driver safety and promote economic development,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack.
According to Waze, Boston has more than 709,000 monthly active users who drive a collective 277 million kilometers with Waze each month. These users actively report more than 1 million alerts like potholes, traffic and crashes each month.