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,...

The Tennessean

Last Saturday night, my wife and I decided last minute to head to a concert downtown. We jumped on I-40 just before flashing signs forced us to exit because the interstate was closed.

Fair enough.  After exiting onto Charlotte Avenue, we drove for about a mile, only to discover part of Charlotte was closed.

No problem. I cut through The Nations, then through a Walgreens parking lot, then made a quick jaunt down an alley to get to Church Street, where we sat for 15 minutes in a line of traffic.

Our next challenge: parking.

What has happened to the small-town conveniences with our big-town growth?

Complaining about Nashville traffic is a birthright. It’s always been in vogue. But over the past year I think all Nashvillians would agree: our traffic problems are legit.  Call it the price of progress.

This was a huge topic...

KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Central Texas Regional Mobility is sponsoring Metropia, an app that will help you find better ways around the delays.

The app will offer emergency alerts, drive times, and even alternate routes to get to your destination. Drivers can then use that information to know which route is the fastest. Because the app is still in beta testing, it will be 24 hours before the it’s completely downloaded on your phone. Metropia spokesperson, Mia Zmud, explains how the app rewards you for now traveling during peak traffic times.

“Through a system of rewards, to not be part of traffic. We do this using -our icing on the cake- a predictive algorithm, so we actually look ahead using real time traffic in our predictive technology. So, we know what’s traffic going to look like and we help you plan your trip accordingly,” Zmund said..

Metropia is currently being...

Community Impact Newspaper

Patrons heading to the 2015 Austin Trail of Lights on Dec. 8-22 can expect road closures, but a smartphone app can help navigate to Zilker Park.

Metropia Inc., which released its traffic navigation app in May, and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced a partnership with the Trail of Lights Foundation to help visitors navigate their way to the festival.

Metropia customized the app to allow users to input the Trail of Lights as their destination. The app will calculate the best routes and departure times for getting to either the Trail of Lights shuttle lots or prepaid parking lots in the most efficient manner.

[Austin Trail of Lights]

The 1.25-mile-long Trail of Lights features more than 2 million lightbulbs and more than 50 lights displays.COURTESY RON OLFERS

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the...

KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As thousands look forward to experiencing the Trail of Lights this weekend, there’s a chance wet weather could change those plans Saturday evening.

“We constantly monitor the weather and any storms in and around the area, we work closely with the city,” said Trail of Lights Executive Director, James Russell. “It really does take a full year to plan the event and all these things are considered when doing so.”

While it is a rain or shine event, they’ll close the trail if it’s raining too hard. And there’s a safety mechanism in place which can automatically shut off the lights.

If they have to shut the trail down while it’s packed with people, emergency exits are available to get everyone out smoothly. There’s also a traffic app, Metropia, which helps attendees get home safely, and avoid low-water crossings.

Russell says three...

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