Annoying new “I’m Stuck” app alerts members of Congress about traffic delays

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Capitol Hill staff assistants are likely jumping for joy over the announcement of a new mobile app that allows Americans to complain to their member of Congress when they’re stuck in traffic.

The app, “I’m Stuck,” was developed by Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of state and local elected officials who advocate more federal spending for transportation and infrastructure co-chaired by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Governors Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. It is free to download for both Apple and Android products.

Within the app users can choose to ‘complain’ about various forms of transportation, and even describe the problem via email to their member of Congress. The app will automatically send the data to the individual’s local House representative and both of their state’s Senators, based on their registration information. If the commuter happens to be venting about an area outside their home district, however, the app will automatically send the message to the representatives for that area, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Building America’s Future hopes that by flooding Congress’ inboxes with notifications about travel delays it’ll force them to create a plan to improve the country’s public transportation systems.

“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,” Rendell said in a press release announcing the app. “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.”

Rendell said that he hopes receiving a large number of “I’m Stuck” emails will give Congress a “permission slip” to spend taxpayer’s money on improving transportation and infrastructure, according to the Tribune.

However, it seems unlikely that simply receiving emails from app users with road rage will motivate members of Congress to actually put the issue on their agenda. Because all of the emails will have “I’m stuck” in their subject lines, odds are they will be quickly filtered out as spam and never actually opened.

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