Former Pa. governor backing app for improving roads and bridges

 Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell is shown speaking to a crowd gathered in front of the White House in October 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell is shown speaking to a crowd gathered in front of the White House in October 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)

A new smartphone app is designed to let drivers send a direct message about infrastructure needs to the people who matter. It’s being touted by the last person you would ever expect to embrace technology.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell doesn’t even own a computer, and he admits he has muddled through using his iPad.

“It’s been a revelation to me, but there are some things you can do on an iPad that you can’t do anywhere else,” Rendell said. “So I’ve given in to technology.”

One of those things is using an app called I’m Stuck. Rendell said it will let you message your U.S. representative or senator to share your frustration when you are stuck in any kind of traffic.

“Every time I’ve testified in Washington, and I’ve testified 12 times in the past two years, everyone says I’m a Tea Party member and I believe we have to spend money on infrastructure, I’m a Republican, I’m a Democrat,” Rendell said, “and yet in the pinch no one seems to have the courage to put up the votes to invest in our infrastructure and rebuilding it.”

Rendell said even a self-admitted technological dinosaur such as himself can use the app. He’s sent 55 messages practicing for a demonstration on the “Today” show this week.

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