UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA – Metropia, Inc.’s Founder and CEO Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu will join other transportation experts as a presenter in a two-day workshop called, “Designing Innovative Transportation Systems Solutions: Starting with Data”, to be held at the University of California at Berkeley’s Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in May.

Hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, the workshop will bring together leaders from government, academia, and transportation industries with a shared goal of exploring “future scenarios that integrate emerging transportation solutions, their estimated population acceptance, the impact on mobility patterns and the consequent grid requirements as well as energy use and dependence on fossil fuels.”

Conversations will focus on the rapidly evolving...

 Transportation tech company Metropia joins El Paso’s innovation economy, formally launching El Paso Ecosystem with mobile platform, mobility symposium

EL PASO, Texas — We can solve El Paso’s growing traffic troubles, but only if we all work together.

That’s the simple idea behind Metropia, a transportation technology company which is launching its full platform of tools today in the Paso del Norte Region. Among those tools is the consumer-facing Metropia mobile app, which can be downloaded for free by smartphone users.

Metropia collaborates with area transportation experts, regional planning agencies and community stakeholders to create meaningful change by serving as the only single-source platform to share data with our entire community. Metropia’s team of traffic engineers and regional experts monitor the latest traffic conditions and construction closures from their new real-time traffic management center at the Hub of Human Innovation in Downtown El Paso.  

After months of testing, Metropia’s...

Metropia Teams Up with University of Arizona Athletics and Parking & Transportation Services to Help All You Wildcat Fans to the Games Without the Hassle!

TUCSON, Ariz. (September 8, 2016) – Metropia and the University of Arizona Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) are teaming up to make UA Football game day parking faster and easier.

Football fans attending UA home games this season can use the FREE Metropia App to see, in real-time, which lots have available parking before leaving for the stadium. On game day, the app will display campus parking options and current capacity levels for each garage and lot. Fans simply choose the lot they want and the time they plan to leave for the game, and the Metropia app guides them to the best parking spaces while avoiding the heaviest traffic

Metropia’s real-time parking map goes live for the Wildcats’ first home game this Saturday, Sept. 10. Come gameday, the locations of parking garages, parking costs, and their current capacity level...

Smartphone Apps: The Future of the Transportation Sector

Reducing the output of CO2, saving drivers’ time, and mitigating traffic are just a few of the benefits that smartphone applications like Metropia can lend to the transportation sector. Federal agencies are starting to recognize the trend in smartphone apps that attempt to tackle some of the biggest problems and annoyances that drivers are facing on the roads today.

Some more conservative cities like Phoenix MPO are very hesitant to adopt the use of a traffic application, but a new report out by the Federal Highway Administration is likely to sway their opinion.

It’s time to catch up. The future of the country’s transportation sector lies in smartphone applications.

The FWHA report “Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies,” is a ninety-page primer on the practices and policies currently happening in the world...

TUCSON - Wildcat fans, do you have traffic troubles or parking problems for every home game? Well, there is an app that has been developed in Tucson called "Metropia" that may solve this issue.

The University of Arizona Parking and Transportation Services is working with Metropia to help Wildcat fans find available parking spaces and navigate traffic before big games.

"We worked with University of Arizona for about three months and we saw that they need help with parking, especially with special events...so we partnered with them and we created a new feature in our app. You can plan your trip and see all of the parking lots around the area. We also have operation monitors and stuff going around checking which lots are full and which ones are empty, so you only get empty lots ideally and that way you can plan it ahead," said Mario Salomon, director of product operations...

Tucson, Ariz. — The Tucson Festival of Books takes place on March 12th and 13th on the University of Arizona campus, and while the entire community is thrilled about this annual assembly of desert bibliophiles, impending traffic congestion seems sure to follow. Supported by partnerships with UA Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and Pima Association of Governments, homegrown traffic solution app, Metropia, is determined to alleviate gridlock by getting attendees to and from the festival with less fuss.

Metropia’s free mobile app launched one year ago in the city of Tucson. Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that helps move inventions stemming from University research...

Metropia Featured on Government Technology’s GovTech100 List

Government Technology’s January/February 2016 issue includes an inaugural “GovTech 100” list of the top 100 companies who provide services for the government as strategic vendors and partners, with Metropia Inc. joining the impressive line-up. Metropia’s urban mobility management solution connects government agencies, local businesses, and end users in a one-of-a-kind ecosystem designed to get cities less congested and communities more connected.

GovTech 100 companies are recognized for providing new and innovative products or service delivery methods that streamline or support government operations.

In response to Metropia’s position on the GovTech 100, Dr. Chiu said,"Government Technology is one of the most influential magazines in the industry, and we are proud to be selected as one of...

SXSW Survival Guide: Where to Crash, Eat and Play

When the SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival hits, Austin becomes almost an entirely different city. It's important to know how to get around, and what to see and do during festival time. Here we give you our inside picks on where to stay, play and eat during SXSW.

Where to stay

It's no surprise with a festival this huge – the complete festival draws more than 80,000 official badge-holders and over 400,000 who attend festival events – that finding a place to stay isn't easy. In fact, most hotels sell out and many accommodations have been fully booked during festival dates for months.

If you're coming from out of town but don't have a place to stay yet, what do you do?

Confirmed SXSW registrants can book accommodations through the online SXSW Registration and Housing system. Some of the coolest digs around town, where a lot of SXSW...

Metropia tests powerful app which will make El Paso less congested, more connected

500 drivers will be first to get app giving data to software developers, transportation planners

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 25, 2016 -- Metropia's powerful next generation transportation app is coming to El Paso.

Unlike other travel transportation apps, Metropia suggests the best routes and the best times to leave so you can avoid congestion. But Metropia goes further — connecting to our community in a way that no other transportation app can. By signing up, you can cut your CO2 emissions, save time and fuel, earn rewards from cool local businesses and even contribute to reforestation efforts.

Metropia's launch in El Paso is a joint project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) and the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). But Metropia won't just help drivers who download the...

February 11th, 2016 – Tucson, Arizona Metropia Director of Operations, Mario Salomon, and Metropia Product Operations Engineer, Dawn Bender, will present “Metropia DUO – Incentivizing Casual Carpooling in Cities” to the Tucson (WTS) Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Metropia’s DUO Casual Carpooling is the latest feature from the popular traffic app that rewards users for taking the least congested, fastest routes, thus helping with the traffic solution instead of the traffic problem. Now the Metropia app incentivizes even more groups to help reduce traffic with its Casual Carpooling feature, which offers rewards points to all passengers in a carpool who have the Metropia app, as well as giving additional bonus points to the driver.
Metropia is the official Casual Carpooling technology provider for the upcoming Arizona Conference on Roads and Streets,...

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