Stuck in traffic? Rendell has an app for that
Most people stuck in traffic or waiting for delayed trains likely use their phones to catch up on email, listen to music or play a game.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wants those frustrated commuters to do something else: Send a message to Congress.
Rendell is a co-chairman of Building America's Future, a group of public officials that advocates for infrastructure improvements. The group released an app called "I'm Stuck" for iOS and Android devices this week that lets commuters report their travel woes directly to their congressional representative or senator.
"The policies we put in place, or the lack of a coherent long-term infrastructure plan, directly impacts the daily experiences of Americans trying to get around their communities," Rendell said in a statement. "This app gives commuters and passengers a tool to voice their frustrations to Congress."
The app lets users report problems like traffic jams, delays on public transportation or airport tarmac delays, and overcrowded transit by sending an email to the members of Congress for that area. People can use the app's pre-loaded emails, and submit photos of the problems.
Building America's Future cautions that users shouldn't use the app while driving.
Rendell said the app would "bring elected officials closer to the people on the ground, experiencing the pain and frustration of outdated and overburdened transporation systems every day."