KEYE traffic anchor Erica Brennes departs for RideScout gig

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Erica Brennes (Ralph Barrera photo)
Erica Brennes (Ralph Barrera photo)

Erica Brennes (Ralph Barrera photo)

Traffic anchor Erica Brennes has left KEYE, but she’s still keeping an eye on your commute.

Brennes, who spent three years on the CBS affiliate’s morning show, started work this week at RideScout, an Austin-based company whose signature app monitors traffic conditions and helps commuters find the transportation option that works best for them.

“Here, I’m not just talking about wrecks, wrecks, wrecks all the time,” she said. “I get to focus on solutions.”

Brennes, who got married last year, said she’ll miss TV news, but the early morning shift was wearing her down.

“KEYE always felt like home,” she said. “Everyone there is great, but life changes.

“After three years of being a half-drowsy fiancé/wife, I knew it was time to make a move. Now, we’ll get to have more quality time together.”

At RideScout, Brennes will still get to use many of the skills she picked up in the TV news business. She’ll serve as director of interactive content, developing videos for the company, among other duties.

“They’re on the forefront of Austin traffic,” Brennes said. “That impressed me right away.”

RideScout, a subsidiary of Car2Go, has steadily grown since its launch in 2013. In addition to Austin, its app has data from several other cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., with more on the way in 2015.

“With her experience as a reporter at KEYE, we are thrilled to have Erica join us as we continue to tackle transportation issues in Austin and beyond,” RideScout co-founder and CEO Joseph Kopser said. “If people know about sudden changes to congestion, how to better utilize public transit, whether the rail is full, or the best bike route based on construction, they will be better able to utilize all of the transportation options around them and take full advantage of their city.”


From the archives: KEYE’s Timesaver Traffic Tracker hits Austin’s streets, 10.27.13


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