The Port Authority has announced a new data-sharing partnership with Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation app owned by Google, to ensure safe and efficient travel in the NY area.
Waze is powered by the world’s largest community of drivers and will receive real-time sharing of traffic data across the agency’s bridges, tunnels, bus terminals and the roadways serving its airports and seaports.
The partnership gives the Port Authority a more comprehensive set of information to add to its existing sources on travel and traffic conditions, including cameras, road sensors and other devices. It will allow the Port Authority to better alert customers to changing traffic conditions, identify trouble spots, develop better predictive modeling and manage traffic in real time, such as diverting traffic around a closure.
In addition, the Port Authority will feed information on lane closures, traffic incidents and other events to the Waze platform in real time, reaching the large number of Waze users in the region.
The Port Authority is the first agency in the New York-New Jersey region to join the data-sharing program, known as the Waze Connected Citizens Program. The partnership creates no additional costs to the agency or public.
“Accurate and timely data drives all of the Port Authority’s activities to promote safety, minimize congestion and reduce emissions throughout one of the world’s most complex transportation networks and the communities we serve,” Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Dawson said. “This partnership with Waze provides an immense resource of real-time information, and gives us a new channel to alert drivers about changing conditions.”
Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information that promotes improved traffic flow, operational efficiency and safer roads for more than 250 transportation agencies worldwide.
“We welcome the Port Authority, which is one of the world’s busiest transportation agencies, into our global community of partners. In just a few short months, we have more than doubled participation in the Connected Citizens Program and are now adding one new partner onto the program each day,” said Adam Fried, Waze’s Global Partnerships Manager. “The program has had an immense impact on mobility in communities globally – from Rio De Janeiro to Los Angeles, Washington D.C. to Jakarta, and now New York.”
“The Port Authority already is seeing a local impact for drivers navigating to and from their bridges, tunnels and airports,” he said. “Cities everywhere are undergoing a massive transportation revolution, and Waze is thrilled to be at the forefront of this movement to continue making travel easier and more efficient.”
Waze uses crowdsourcing – data provided anonymously and directly by users while they drive – to build a continually updated picture of traffic conditions. It has the world’s largest community of drivers for this type of app.