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How Uber could help end traffic jams

January 13, 2015

This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com.

By Sam Frizell, TIME

Uber said Tuesday that it will share its transportation data with Boston officials in hopes of helping the city ease traffic congestion and improve city planning.

The City of Boston will receive a quarterly report with Uber trip logs showing the date and time each ride began and ended, as well as the distance traveled and where people were picked up and dropped off, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’s the first time Uber has opened up its transportation database in this manner.

The policy could help city officials plan where to build new roads and adjust other transportation options based on daily commute patterns, as well as prioritize maintenance, said Justin Kintz, Uber’s head of policy for North America.

Uber plans to give similar data to New York City as well. New York has long been tracking its own yellow-cab transportation; it’s unclear how much Uber would add to that extensive database. New York suspended parts of Uber’s operation this month because the company didn’t provide some data to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.