Pa. Turnpike, Waze app team to map out best routes

Connecting navigation apps with transportation agencies is mutually beneficial, said Sean Qian, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who runs the Mobility Data Analytics Center.  Historically, roadways are public priorities, Qian said, but social media and crowd-sourcing have created a new era. In the long run, apps such as Waze working with state agencies can optimize traffic flow to avoid points of congestion, he said.  “It will be a very efficient complement,” Qian said. “Everyone feels very excited about seeing the private sector and public sector working together to leverage their own powers.”