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...

Culture Map Austin

Traffic is a problem on every Austinite's mind. In the most recent Zandan poll we named traffic woes the No. 1 issue facing the city. And reports claim that daily commutes longer than 30 minutes can negatively impact our health, which is bad news for us because we sit in some of the worst congestion in the nation and can waste up to 80 hours a year stuck in traffic.

The good news is there's an app for that! The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has teamed up with Metropia to help alleviate some of these traffic concerns. During a transportation forum on Wednesday, the duo announced the launch of the Metropia mobile app in Austin.

Metropia is a free app currently available for download for iPhone and Androidusers. It functions like a game, where real-time user data is used to...

Fast Company

There are two competing approaches—both very expensive—to solving traffic problems: Build more roads, or build more public transit. Yi-Chang Chiu, a professor of transportation engineering at the University of Arizona, has another idea: Hand out gift cards.

It is possible to reduce vehicle congestion, Chiu's research shows, if drivers take different routes and drive at slightly different times—from about 15 to 45 minutes earlier or later. "[Currently] we turn on our navigation systems when we get in the car," says Chiu. "By that time it is already too late." Getting as little as 10% of people to change their schedules would lead to a "measurable improvement," he says.

Chiu's startup, Metropia, uses a location-tracking smartphone app (tied to traffic data and a routing algorithm) that encourages people to take the small steps of changing routes or leaving at...

Tucson News Now

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -A drive through Tucson could land motorists a gift card or help to plant a tree thanks to a new app in the Old Pueblo.
 
Metropia, which is free to download, offers incentives to drivers for planning their trips instead of simply rushing out the door and adding to traffic. Yi-Chang Chiu, the apps founder and a professor at the University of Arizona, said Tucson is a great place for Metropia to make a difference.
 
“This community is open to new ideas,” he said.
 
The idea behind Metropia is to collect the data from drivers in Tucson in order to improve traffic flow and street design. Users input their destination and the app maps out the best route, like a GPS navigation tool, but there's more to it.
 
Metropia also offers the time you'll spend in your car depending on the time...

My Statesman - Austin

In the Sept. 3 Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman argued that traffic congestion will increase in Austin, and that our community needs a tech solution to solve it. I want to thank the Statesman for recognizing this key issue and say that I agree that we need multiple resources to address our traffic woes. In fact, at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, that is what we do.

We’re here to build mobility solutions. Sometimes it’s a road, sometimes not. We built the 183A Toll road in Cedar Park and Leander, which has transformed those communities even as they have experienced exponential growth. We built the U.S. 290 toll road between Austin and Manor, which tripled the capacity of the previous road while improving the nontoll lanes that were there before. We’re not a private company; we’re a local and accountable agency established by the people of Travis and...

Arizona Daily Star

Yi-Chang Chiu remembers what he was thinking when he was founding Metropia, a technology company that grew out of his University of Arizona research.

After working with the UA’s Office of Technology Transfer to create a prototype and file a patent, “The first question that came to me was ‘OK, I’m a professor, I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about in terms of setting up a company,’” Chiu said.

“I had zero experience raising capital, hiring employees, developing a business plan. Those kinds of things were over my head.”

He turned to the Arizona Center for Innovation to help develop his company, which aims to improve traffic and transportation through an app.

The Arizona Center for Innovation, a business incubator also known as AzCi, is a component of the UA Tech Park.

AzCi broadened its focus...

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