VDOT becomes a Wazer

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Do you Waze when you drive…using that phone app to give and get real-time traffic information?  Soon, VDOT will be Wazing right along with you.

Waze and the Virginia Department of Transportation are becoming partners.  Waze is going to share with VDOT the reports of slowdowns, wrecks and the like that it gets from drivers using the app.  In return, VDOT is going to pump real-time, verified information about its work zones, road closures and accidents to Waze.  VDOT also intends to provide Wazers with advanced notice of planned events such as parades, races or construction that will affect their daily routes.

“Virginia welcomes innovative partnerships of all kinds that bring the best of what the public and private sectors has to offer, which ultimately benefits the public,” says Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “We’re excited to partner with an international industry leader like Waze to continue to offer only the best real-time traffic information resources to Virginia’s travelers.”

To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com.  Real-time information about traffic, incidents and congestion on Virginia roads is available at 511Virginia.org.  You can also download VDOT’s free 511 app or call 511 from any phone in Virginia.

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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.