Ever been stuck in a traffic jam before? Stranded on the tarmac waiting for your plane to take off? Amtrak train delayed due to a breakdown?
Yeah… who HASN’T been there is probably a better question. America’s transportation infrastructure is poor at best. I’m sad to say that my home state of Pennsylvania has the worst bridges in the entire country. While Europeans benefit from an integrated high speed rail system and most European capitals have expansive functioning public transportation systems, America is well… generally not doing so well.
Now there is something you can do about it, and yes – it’s an app. It’s called “I’m Stuck” – it’s free and it has some unlikely partners supporting it. The app was created by the bipartisan coalition Building America’s Future – a group co-chairs by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
So what does it do exactly? The app gives users the option to select the mode of transportation that is currently irritating them and then sends an email to the user’s US Representative and Senators from the users home state. Traveling out of your district or state? No problem – the app uses GPS to determine the appropriate Representative and Senators.
See… you too can be a political activist, all from your smartphone.