Naperville and Evanston First Illinois Partners to Join Waze Connected Citizens Program
Cities Join Free Data Share in Hopes to Ease Congestion and Inform Infrastructure
The City of Naperville and the City of Evanston today announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of greater Chicago, along with 80 other partners around the world.
The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at real-time road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves.
“What is great about Waze is that it allows real-time sharing of traffic data by those who are most deeply affected by it – our residents, businesspeople, visitors and drivers moving through our City,” explained Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger. “We continue to look for innovative ways to help traffic flow and Waze allows our community to get involved through crowdsourced traffic data sharing. This partnership is a win-win no matter how you look at it.”
“The City of Evanston is proud to be one of the first local governments in Illinois to partner with Waze on the Connected Citizens Program,” said Public Works Agency Director Dave Stoneback. “Sharing advance traffic notifications and real-time data will not only help Evanston road users better navigate city streets, it will help guide City infrastructure planning and decision making to relieve traffic congestion in the future.”
The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing more knowledge with Wazers about potential delays to their commutes. The Connected Citizens Program yields even more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams within the app. The City of Evanston and City of Naperville can also provide Wazers with advanced notice of major traffic events such as parades and dignitary visits that will affect their daily routes.
“Waze welcomes Evanston and Naperville, our first Illinois partners, to the Connected Citizens Program,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager at Waze. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and both partners will be able to use these anonymous insights to further promote safer roads. In exchange, Evanston and Naperville will provide critical construction and road closure information, helping Wazers better circumvent real-time traffic challenges. This exchange empowers our users, our partners and their broader community to work together to improve mobility within their cities.”
To find out more about Connected Citizens visit http://waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://waze.com/get.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.