How to Keep Your Sanity While Driving This Labor Day

There are few things in the world more stressful than traffic congestion, and Labor Day traffic congestion is just about as bad as it gets. Thoughts of Labor Day traffic are stressful enough to raise your blood pressure, but still, year after millions of motorists take to the highways and byways of the United States in an attempt to get to anywhere but here.

We completely understand the need to get out of town, especially for a three-day weekend, and the good news is that there are ways to avoid the worst of the traffic and get to your vacation destination not only sooner, but with your sanity in tow.

Leave Leaving in the Morning to the Amateurs

The old adage of hitting the road early to beat the traffic has become everyone’s go-to methodology for Labor Day travel, so, if that’s when everyone else is on the road… then avoiding the crushing...

The heartbeat of any community is its ability to support itself economically. When we shop from local, terrestrial business owners with rent to pay and families to support, we take an active part in seeing to it that our community thrives. The satisfaction derived from patronizing a business owner who understands the community’s needs and is an integral part of the local economy is immeasurable.

It has been proven time and time again that towns with strong local economies also harbor tighter communities, which operate on the platform of helping our neighbors and ensuring one another’s safety. Fellowship is best achieved when we know the faces in our community over secluding our interests strictly to our own household.

You can save fuel resources and CO2 emissions when you shop local, too! Products made right up the street cut the need for long distance shipping, which...

City of Tucson & Metropia Partnership

TUCSON, Arizona -- Beginning in May, the City of Tucson will partner with local driving app, Metropia and start a Travel Reduction Campaign for their employees. The partnership will offer smarter travel options for city employees, enabling them to cut transportation time and costs during their daily commutes, and while they are driving on behalf of the City of Tucson.

The city will receive reports illustrating the average travel-time savings, routing prediction accuracy, user experience satisfaction, and carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas savings of their team. Metropia’s information will poise the City of Tucson to track their progress toward their campaign goals of improved air quality and reduced travel congestion.

In order to meet these goals, increased alternate travel mode usage and reduced overall motor vehicle travel for commute trips will be incentivized. Employees...

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...

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...

We’re committed to helping the environment here at Metropia. That’s why we started a re-forestation program to follow through beyond just helping you get to your destination on-time and hassle-free.

For every 100 pounds of C02 emissions that are reduced by people using our app, we plant a tree with American Forests. Here are 14 facts about this great country’s forests, and about the foundation that is trying to help rebuild them.

  1. Forests are important, because they provide habitats for wild animals, and they produce clean water and air.
  2. About 30 percent of the land on earth is made up of forests; that’s 15 million square miles.
  3. There are different kinds of forests, ranging from boreal forests that are made up of evergreen trees to tropical forests. There are even dry forests as well as rainforests....
Metropia and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority kick off app-based traffic solution

 

AUSTIN, TX (May 6, 2015) 

Metropia, Inc., creators of a new mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, officially announced its Austin kickoff today as part of a Transportation Forum co-hosted by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

A metro mobility management platform, Metropia has partnered with the Mobility Authority to provide its mobile users with the most accurate and predictive traffic routing across the greater Austin area. This helps users determine their optimal commute and makes use of existing roadway capacity by directing drivers to less crowded roads and freeways, easing congestion throughout the city.

“Austin’s traffic is the fourth worst in the country and has been in the top four since 2008,” said Mia Zmud, principal of Metropia Austin. “There is no singular solution to tackle this congestion....

Cyclovia Tucson: Spend less time in the car, more outside with Metropia!

 

Sunday, Apr. 19th, 2015 | 10am - 3pm | Downtown to South Tucson

Join Metropia at Cyclovia Tucson to assist in their week-long Earth Day effort to plant 100 trees! Metropia app users here in Tucson have been improving their commutes and helping the environment by reducing CO2, so Metropia has decided to contribute even more to reforestation efforts. Metropia will be planting up to 100 trees with the help of the Tucson community and American Forests. Efforts will begin at Tucson’s Earth Day Festival and continue for the following week.

Wondering how you can help?

• Shorten 5 of your weekly commutes with the app and Metropia will plant a tree for you!

• Use the Metropia app to...

Earth Day Festivals and Earth Week: Help Metropia plant 100 trees for Tucson & Austin

 

Saturday, Apr. 18th, 2015 | 12pm-6pm | Historic Brown Hangar | Austin, TX
Saturday, Apr. 18th, 2015 | 9am-2pm | Reid Park | S. Country Club Road | Tucson AZ

Metropia is excited to be a part of the annual Earth Day Festivals in Austin and Tucson, and to celebrate they're planting up to 100 trees for Tucson and Austin.

While the Metropia app offers a myriad of eco-smart features, one of the most insightful is their “CO2 Saved” tree-odometer, which allows users to keep track of the pounds of CO2 they’ve saved using Metropia’s routes. Metropia then plants a tree with American Forests for the user once they’ve reached 100 lbs of CO2 saved. Users have already started making excellent progress towards planting new trees since the Metropia app launch in March.

Considering...

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