For Immediate Release - March 30, 2016
Contact: Judy Dellert-O'Keef, CDOT Community Engagement Manager
Charlotte, NC - The City of Charlotte is pleased to partner with Waze, the free navigation app designed to share publicly-available traffic information. Charlotte is one of seven new Southeast U.S. municipalities to join a data-sharing partnership with Waze. "As the city continues to grow, we are always looking for new ways to provide commuters with the most up to date information as they travel throughout Charlotte," said Assistant City Manager Debra Campbell. "Partnering with Waze gives us a unique opportunity to engage the community, evaluate data directly from drivers and share construction information that may impact their commute." Waze's Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of Charlotte along with more than 55 other partners around the world.
"The City's partnership with Waze will give our traveling public more awareness of real-time road conditions and the ability to plan accordingly," says Charlotte Department of Transportation Director Danny Pleasant. "With today's technology, the timing of this partnership is perfect. Development and construction is on the rise throughout Charlotte and motorists want the latest accurate traffic information."
"As our first partner in Charlotte, the Charlotte Department of Transportation will contribute critical data to the Waze app which is key for hyperlocal citizen support," said Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager at Waze. "We've reached the milestone of nine Southeast U.S. partners thanks to the open, innovative attitudes of these municipal leaders. Partners gain access to even more creative solutions and support with every organization who joins Connected Citizens, and we're excited to foster these relationships to drive further impact in the region."
The Waze Connected Citizens Program launched in October 2014 with ten inaugural partners, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In just one and a half years, Waze has reached nine partners in the Southeast U.S.: new partners City of Charlotte, NC, City of Raleigh, NC, City of, Atlanta, GA, Bartow County, GA, West Jackson, GA, City of Miami Beach, FL and City of Tampa, FL as well as existing FDOT, FL and Johns Creek, GA.
To find out more about Connected Citizens visit http://waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com.
For more information about the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT), contact Judy Dellert-O'Keef, CDOT Community Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-432-0105 or CDOT's media line at 704-516-5594.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."