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There are two modes in the Waze Map Editor (WME). The Default Mode is where map editors do most of the editing, and the Event Mode is where they enter Major Traffic Events (MTEs).

MTEs are large-scale events that have associated road closures. These include sport events such as marathons and triathlons, festivals, parades, significant construction works and VIP visits. Submitting MTEs alerts your local community to closures and congestion they may encounter on their route due to events nearby: The event is posted on the Waze site, with notifications pushed to the app in select cases..

The Events tool can be used to submit the closures and organize them, allowing editors to easily check that closures are set in WME.

You can watch a slide presentation with details of MTE creation by clicking this link. It explains the role of the Connected Citizens Program and other Waze partners in creating an MTE. But the process is open to all editors, and a summary appears below.

The current version of the tool allows only creation of the events. Currently, the closures themselves must be uploaded by returning to Default Mode and using the real-time closure tool; the created MTE will appear as an option in the closure panel.

Once the closures are entered, the editor returns to Event Mode to submit the event.

Important: Waze staff will determine which events will get a push notification. But to be eligible for a notification, segment closures must be set in WME 48 hours before the event.

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Creating an event

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1. In WME, navigate to the city of the event.
2. Click the mode selection button next to the search bar.
3. Select “Event Mode," and then search in the left pane to see if the event has been set.

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4. If not, click the calendar icon in the top bar to create a new event.

5. In the left pane, add the event name in English; there is a link to add a non-English name as an alternate. The name should be as short as possible while accurately representing the event.
6. Fill in the event details, including the event website. The event dates/times do not have to be when the earliest related closures start. The Tweet Text field is for a later update of the tool, so it can be left blank.
7. Leave the Submit button for later — after the segment closures are entered.
8. Click the save icon in the top bar.


Creating event closures

After switching back to Default Mode, editors can create Real Time Closures and associate them with the MTE.
1. Create closures normally, through the Closures tab of the segment editing pane. Select the event name in the Event drop-down menu. There can be a delay after creating an event in having it appear there.
2. Save the closures. They will now be visible on the closures tab of the event in the event editor.
3. Once all the closures are attached to the event, go back to the event in event mode, click the Submit button and save.

After the event is submitted, the Waze closures team will review the event and decide whether to send a push message for it. Once development of this tool is complete, the editing community will have all permissions to fully manage the process.