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Waze County: Driving App and Miami-Dade Partner To Share Traffic Data

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Caitie Switalski
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Waze will share users' traffic reports with the county and in exchange, the county will share its traffic data with users.

Miami-Dade County has a new partnership in the fight against traffic woes.

The smartphone navigation app Waze has just added the county to its growing list of governments that are connected to its traffic data system. When users report traffic accidents, Miami-Dade will now know about it.

“My goal is that on any day, whether it’s a weekday or a weekend, people get in the habit of using the app to plan their trip, 'cause that just helps everybody,” said Alice Bravo, the director of transportation and public works for the county.

The app has been around for a while, but now the county government--in addition to drivers--can see real-time traffic reports.

Bravo says the county will be able to use that information in its future Traffic Control Center. More information on the center will be available next month.

The transportation department’s Carolina Del Busto uses the app to get to work every day.

“That way I feel like the information is going towards something bigger than just the app and someone else on the road--it’s going to local government that they can do something with it,” she said.

Miami-Dade is the first county in Florida to join the program.