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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Loudoun County Works with Waze to Improve Traffic Information

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Loudoun County is taking steps to help reduce traffic congestion by participating in the Waze Connected Citizens Program, one of the first Virginia localities to do so.
 
Local incident data from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is being provided directly to Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. As a result, Waze users will have an enhanced experience in Loudoun because data are being sent directly to Waze from the county’s Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, LCSO calls, and calls that are dispatched by the LCSO Dispatch Center to the Virginia State Police.

Loudoun’s live feed of traffic incidents can be viewed using either the Waze live map or the Waze mobile app; incidents are shown as “Reported by LoudounCoSO.” This information will provide motorists who use Waze with real-time traffic incident information that may inform their commuting routes, allowing them to circumvent road closures and traffic jams. In addition, Waze provides traffic data to the county that can be used for mapping and analysis.
 
“Traffic is a significant concern in the county,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Partnering with Waze will not only provide motorists traffic incident information in real-time, but also the ability to find alternate routes for their daily commutes.”
 
Loudoun’s participation in the Waze program is made possible through Loudoun’s Geographical Information System (GIS), which gives the county the ability to share data and web applications securely with external agencies and organizations such as Waze. To learn more about how the system works and for links to the app, view the Waze story map.

Loudoun’s participation in the Waze Connected Citizens Program is one of the initial capabilities available through the county’s “GeoHub,” a new resource for GIS information. Additional applications will be added in the coming months. More information is available atwww.loudoun.gov/GeoHub.

Loudoun also offers motorists traffic-related information through the “Loudoun Traffic and Road Closures” category of Alert Loudoun, which delivers messages by text and email, and the law enforcement traffic activity map at www.loudoun.gov/traffic.
 
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