TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Louisiana DOTD and Baton Rouge City-Parish announce partnership with Waze

May 12, 2016

This partnership connects the state transportation department to the Waze Connected Citizens Program

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) and Baton Rouge City-Parish are teaming up with Waze, the free, real-time navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers.

Through this free partnership, LDOTD and the City-Parish will join 65 other communities around the world as global partners within the Waze Connected Citizens Program, which was established by Waze to facilitate two-way data sharing of publicly available traffic information between government agencies and citizens. This partnership promotes greater efficiency and safer roads for citizens across the world – and now both on state routes in Louisiana and throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Waze Connected Citizens Program provides municipalities, states, and countries with a view into real-time road activity, which helps drivers make decisions that impact travel. With a foundation of two-way data sharing, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, incident and traffic information directly from its users (known as “Wazers”). In exchange, LDOTD and the City-Parish will provide real-time, government-reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze to create a succinct and thorough overview of current road conditions.

Moving forward and in the coming months, both LDOTD and the City-Parish will be working to integrate Waze data streams into each organization’s traffic management system and related traffic monitoring applications.

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