Bus

New app lets commuters email Congress about transportation woes

Posted on July 30, 2013

Building America’s Future (BAF) released a new mobile app called “I’m Stuck” that will allow delayed commuters around the country to directly and immediately email their U.S. Representative or Senator to share their frustration.

The messages to members of Congress will be titled “I’m Stuck” and will encourage the need for action for a long-term transportation and infrastructure plan. All of the BAF-generated messages will end with the tag line: “It’s important. It’s your decision. It’s past time.”

Every day, millions of Americans waste time, money and energy resources stuck in traffic, waiting for a bus running behind schedule, delayed on an airport tarmac or crammed into an overcrowded subway. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report, the total financial cost of congestion on America’s roadways in 2011 was $121 billion. That translates to $818 per U.S. commuter.

The same report estimated that the fuel and pollution costs of congestion are substantial: 2.9 billion gallons of gasoline were wasted and an additional 380 pounds of carbon dioxide was emitted per auto commuter due to traffic congestion.

“Usually commuters think traffic is like weather- it is something that happens to them and they have no control over it. But that isn’t the case at all,” said Ed Rendell, co-chair of Building America’s Future. “The policies we put in place, or the lack of a coherent long-term infrastructure plan, directly impacts the daily experience of Americans trying to get around their communities. This app gives commuters and passengers a tool to voice their frustrations to Congress. It is called ‘I’m Stuck’ but the truth is America is stuck until Washington takes action.”

BAF believes that the nation’s transportation and infrastructure needs can be addressed, and Americans need to send a message to Congress that it is past time to act. The “I’m Stuck” app will allow users to immediately connect with their member of Congress to demand solutions to the infrastructure challenges that are keeping them from getting to their destination.

“We routinely hear from both sides of the aisle that they support fixing the problems that plague our roads, highways, bridges and tunnels but there usually isn’t the political will to step up and commit the funds that are necessary to solve these problems,” Rendell added. "‘I’m Stuck’ is going to bring elected officials closer to the people on the ground, experiencing the pain and frustration of outdated and overburdened transportation systems every day.”

BAF supports safe driving and is opposed to distracted driving. In creating this app, the organization made sure to remind users never to operate a mobile device while driving. After affirming that they are a passenger and not operating a vehicle, users will select how they are stuck — in traffic, on a tarmac, on a train, waiting for a bus or subway, etc. — from a menu of options. They can then either send a pre-generated message provided by BAF or tailor their own note to their U.S. Representative or Senator. Users are also encouraged to take photos of where they are stuck and share them on social media platforms.

The “I’m Stuck” app is available for free download in the app stores and on the BAF website. It will run on both Android and Apple devices.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Last Chance for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Have you recently partnered with a solutions provider within the last year to implement a new innovation at your operation that has helped you save money, run more efficiently, streamline operations, improved customer satisfaction or increased ridership? Tell us what you did and how it has positively impacted your business.

NY MTA introduces the first of more than 2,000 state-of-the-art buses

After more than three decades of bearing more than a passing resemblance to refrigerators on wheels, the appearance of North America’s largest transit bus fleet is undergoing a stunning transformation

NY MTA rolls out first of 75 state-of-the-art New Flyer buses

In March, Gov. Cuomo announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40% of the current fleet.

Dallas' DART takes top spot at APTA's International Bus Roadeo

The Grand Champion Award recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score.

Webb Brake Adjusters introduces line for transit applications

These clearance-sensing automatic brake adjusters are designed for the severe-duty requirements of the transit market.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close