Traffic app lets frustrated drivers email members of Congress

Traffic app lets frustrated drivers email members of Congress

A new Im stuck cell phone app allows drivers who are stuck in traffic or on public transportation to email their members of Congress to express frustration about their wasted time and to urge Congress to address the nations infrastructure problem. In the first week, the app was downloaded nearly 10,000 times, and more than 1,000 messages were sent to members of Congress. The app was created by Building Americas Future (BAF), a bipartisan coalition advocating for more spending on transportation infrastructure.

The total cost of congestion on Americas roads in 2011 was $818 per commuter, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Mobility Report. The Washington area is one of the worst in the nation for congestion.

With over 1,000 messages sent to members of Congress in just the last week, Congress cannot ignore our failing transportation system, BAF president Marcia Hale said in a statement. We need to end the partisan gridlock, pass a proper transportation bill and fix our bridges and roads.

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