Israeli-created Waze already is the go-to app for many drivers looking for the fastest way to get around metro Atlanta, but a new partnership with the city of Atlanta should make Waze indispensable.

Atlanta announced at the end of March that it was joining the Waze Connected Citizen Program to help reduce traffic congestion. Under the partnership, Waze sends the city real-time information that app users share about crashes, stalls, congestion and other road issues. In return, the city tells Waze and its users about road construction, closures, utility work and emergencies that might affect traffic.Atlanta, Waze Partner 1

“The city of Atlanta is proud to join the Waze Connected Citizen Program,” Mayor Kasim Reed said. “My administration is committed to reducing traffic congestion through the expansion of transit and a full range of transportation options, traffic light synchronization projects, and the improvement of city roads, bridges and sidewalks. Through this partnership, we will be better positioned to support additional viable solutions, promoting a better quality of life.”
Atlanta joins Johns Creek, Bartow County and West Jackson as Georgia localities participating in the program, which Waze launched as pilot in Rio de Janeiro. Other Southeastern partners include Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina and Miami Beach and Tampa in Florida.

“Connected Citizens has 58 partners across the world contributing hyperlocal data to the Waze,” said Paige Fitzgerald, who manages the Connected Citizens Program for the Google-owned company. “Every new partner that joins the program brings even more creative solutions and support to our partner network, and we’re excited to foster these relationships to drive further impact in the region.”