Transport App Shoots Traffic Complaints To Government Officials
A new way to identify infrastructure problems and drive national change.
- 30 august 2013
There have probably been times when you complained but just did not feel like your voice was being heard – especially when it comes to traffic, pot holes, and other city infrastructure issues. Now, there is an app that makes sure your complaints go straight to an elected official.
“I’m Stuck” was created by Building America’s Future, a political coalition dedicated to encouraging more investment in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Backed by some big names such as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Having only been available for a week, the app has been downloaded almost 10,000 times, sending out around 1,700 letters to elected officials from people in 37 states.
It does not matter whether you are taking a train, riding a bus, flying on a plane, or driving in a car – all modes of transport qualify if you are experiencing some kind of difficulty you feel could be solved by better infrastructure.
The idea is to let people know they are able to instigate change, as former Pennsylvania governer Edward Rendell put it when talking with FastCoExist:
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.
The app wants to make a change on the national level, not just voice people’s concerns locally. By aggregating the frustration amongst commuters and transport users across the country, it hopes to be a vehicle of change.