A handy app can tell Congress about your traffic jam
Terrible commute this morning? Want to vent about it? There’s an app for that.
Building America’s Future, a group that calls for improvements to America’s crumbling infrastructure, has rolled out a smart phone application called I’m Stuck. If you’ve ever found yourself in a sudden, improvised parking lot on an Interstate, or crammed into a stalled commuter train, you can use I’m Stuck to tell your congressional representative to do something about it. Why? Let's ask former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, co-chair of the group.
“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. 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.”
Agreed. An aging infrastructure does more than just perpetually frustrate commuters. It’s also a drag on our economic competitiveness. It’s our once-top notch infrastructure, after all, that allows goods and materials to get to market quickly. But thousands of roads and bridges across the country are in need of repair.
I’m Stuck allows users to send their representatives info and pictures on the nature of their predicament. Take a moment to download it now. But please: Don’t use the app while behind the wheel (a precaution that Building America’s Future notes). Safety first! Infrastructure repair, a close second.
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