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Waze, a free traffic and navigation app, has formed a partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Screen view of the WAZE traffic gps app on aniphone in 2015. Gety Images

Commuters will soon gain access to instant updates on traffic patterns and congestion in the vicinity of area bridges, airports and bus terminals.

Managers with Waze, a free traffic and navigation app, announced Tuesday that the company has formed a partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Waze app allows users to get nearly instant information about traffic conditions from other drivers and passengers who provide alerts and advice about traffic jams, detours and road conditions.

Waze, which is owned by Google, and the Port Authority will share data under the agreement. It allows the agency to add Waze information to what it accumulates with its cameras, road sensors and other devices. In return, the agency will feed information about such traffic conditions as lane closures and accidents to Waze.

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The Port Authority joins more than 250 municipalities and government agencies that have enrolled in Waze’s Connected Citizens Program.

“The program has had an immense impact on mobility in communities globally – from Rio De Janeiro to Los Angeles, Washington D.C. to Jakarta,” Adam Fried, Waze global partnerships manager, said in a statement.

The Port Authority is responsible for managing traffic at such locations as the George Washington Bridge, Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Lincoln Tunnel and local airports.

“This partnership with Waze provides an immense resource of real-time information, and gives us a new channel to alert drivers about changing conditions,” Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Dawson said in a statement.

 
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