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Caltrans partnering with Waze app to help drivers get around

A screenshot of the Waze map of downtown Los Angeles, showing icons for road construction, police actions, traffic accidents and other information.
A screenshot of the Waze map of downtown Los Angeles, showing icons for road construction, police actions, traffic accidents and other information.
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The state Department of Transportation is partnering with the popular smartphone app Waze to help California drivers get where they're going without getting stuck in traffic.

Or at least not getting stuck in as much traffic.

Under an agreement announced Tuesday, Waze will provide Caltrans with the real-time data it gathers from its millions of users.

Caltrans will post that information on its QuickMap app and website.

In exchange, Caltrans will provide Waze with information on road closures, construction projects and other conditions that can tie up traffic.

Waze says it is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, with more than 1.7 million monthly users in Los Angeles alone.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty calls the partnership a "win-win" for California drivers.