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Evaluating Crowdsourced Data from Waze for Rail Safety

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 22-02
Subject Grade Crossing Technology, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Waze, crowdsourced data, railroad safety, grade crossing, blocked crossing
Waze-A.pdf (622.84 KB)

Researchers from the Volpe Center determined that Waze alerts data contain meaningful information, including user-reported traffic jams. However, due to the nature of crowdsourced data, there are limitations to using this dataset, including reliability of the reports as well as discrepancies between where incidents occur versus where users report them.

Last updated: Friday, January 14, 2022