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LA to develop traffic plan to beat Waze drivers at Dodgers games

Los Angeles officials will develop a new transport plan designed to deal with the problems created by traffic apps when the Californian city’s Dodgers Major League Baseball team is playing.

Residents of the Echo Park and Solano Canyon districts close to the 56,000-capacity Dodger Stadium have long complained about game-day traffic.

The problem has escalated, locals suggest, since traffic apps such as Waze and Google began sending visiting fans into narrow side streets.

Now, the Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee has asked the city’s department of transportation to come up with a new traffic plan that would limit access to certain residential streets before and after Dodger games.

At the committee meeting local Councilman Gil Cedillo put forward a motion to deal with the issue, especially during sold-out games, division championships and other special events.

Cedillo’s motion would “…develop an updated traffic plan for Dodger Stadium that: reflects the increasing use of technology applications, such as Waze and Google; updated traffic volume counts at each Stadium entry point; and the implementation of road closures, with appropriate personnel, two-hours prior to each home game, at the following locations [streets are listed in the motion] to provide access to residents only.”

At the committee meeting, resident Lydia Moreno blamed the increase in traffic on apps “such as Waze and Google Maps” that often divert drivers onto smaller streets to avoid congested thoroughfares.