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Pilot version allows residents to track Public Works activity during storms

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 16, 2015) – Mayor William Peduto announced today that the City of Pittsburgh has launched a pilot version of the Snow Plow Tracker website. The website is designed to give residents a real-time update on the current location and travel history of Public Works vehicles during a winter weather event.

Approximately 120 Public Works vehicles used for snow and ice control are equipped with GPS devices. The plow tracker site shows the current location of Public Works vehicles that have moved within the last four hours. The site also displays the travel history for all GPS equipped vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of a snow event. Current location is represented by a vehicle icon on the screen while travel history is shown by highlighting roads on the map.

“This administration is creating a new version of city government that delivers services effectively, efficiently and equitably,” said Mayor William Peduto. “The Snow Plow Tracker site gives us the opportunity to provide public information about an essential city service in an innovative and accessible way.”

A link to the Snow Plow Tracker is available at the City of Pittsburgh’s Snow Resource Center at

A PDF image of the Show Plow Tracker interface can be found here.

Today’s launch represents the first version of the Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker site. This first phase of the tracker focuses on vehicle travel history, and travel history does not always equate to active treatment of a street. Vehicle tracking will only be available during winter weather events, and will shut off during “Level 0” periods when there is no snow or ice.

Over time, the city will continue to develop more advanced features such as sensors that indicate when a plow and salt spreader on a truck is actively engaged and other new functionality based on user feedback.

The cost of the program is $31,700 annually.

The project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Innovation & Performance and the Department of Public Works.

The Snow Plow Tracker site is a part of the Peduto administration’s continued focus on making lasting investments in innovation and technology that will transform how the city operates for decades. To date the administration has championed civic engagement tools like Open Data legislation, the Engage Pittsburgh site, and Nextdoor; redesigned service delivery through its new @Pgh311 Twitter account; implemented the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system; partnered with Allegheny County, and local universities and foundations on information sharing; and is working on long-term plans to collect real-time data from all city departments. Soon residents and businesses will be able to obtain online permits from departments for the first time.