Upcoming Events in Austin: August

Anyone who lives in or has visited Austin, Texas knows that it is a city that does not let a day go by without an event. With the summer winding down and autumn just around the corner, the cooler weather is bringing in a whole list of amazing events that warrant your time and attention.

Everyone flocks to Austin every March when the infamous South By Southwest Festival takes over the city, but there are plenty of other events worthy of a good old fashioned road trip to Austin.

August and September are chock-full of things to do in Austin, and we have gathered a list of just a few of the upcoming events that you need to check out...

For those of you on the lookout for a way to change up your daily car ride and ditch the radio and playlists, we have twelve killer podcast suggestions for you to try.

Following the previous suggestions for history, serial stories, and true crime, we give you six more podcasts that will make you look forward to your daily commute.

Comedy
Judge John Hodgman

Television personality John Hodgman (The Daily Show) brings audience members the final judgements they have long been looking for. When a situation is emailed to Mr. Hodgman, he and only he is fit to decide, with his years of comic training, who will win the judgement after an extensive Q & A session with the defendants.
Rulings on such things like Game of Thrones, pizza toppings, and whether or not a person is obliged to answer phone calls and texts while watching...

Your daily car ride to work can be your daily time to catch up with the world around you, and there are likely few opportunities during the day when you and you alone are in control of what you can listen to.

Rather than turning on the radio and listening to the same three songs on repeat, many daily commuters have turned their drive time into opportunities to explore new hobbies, revisit old interests, or just become more informed and in touch with the world around them.

Podcasts are quickly replacing drive time deejays and moldy playlists, and 2016 has been a banner year for podcasts of all kinds.

There are thousands upon thousands of podcasts out there, and it can be really hard to sort through them all and figure out which ones are right for you. We are happy to narrow down that search a bit, though, and point you in the direction of 12 fantastic podcasts...

We’re excited to announce that the Metropia app is now available in the New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas!

Metropia is looking for Pioneers to help us test the app in the new areas. Be one of the first in your community to adopt our cutting-edge traffic solution app and you will...

  • Save time: Look ahead and reserve a route during the least congested time, or jump right in your car and we’ll get you there on the most current, and fastest route.
     
  • Earn rewards: Use Metropia for every trip and you’ll quickly earn points to exchange for cool rewards, like gift cards.
     
  • Reduce congestion: Metropia users thin out congested areas by taking our more open, suggested routes.
     
  • Reduce CO2: When you save time with...
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...

happy woman driving

It’s 5 o’clock and you are stuck in traffic. Again. And the worst part is that you get to do it twice a day, five days a week.

Many people consider traffic jams and clogged roads to be the worst part of their day, and it is easy to let yourself get wrapped up in the frustration of it all. But what if you could transform the most frustrating part of your day into a mindful, relaxing commute that leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the day and night ahead?

Commuters have all sorts of ways to distract themselves from the aggravation of driving to and from work, like listening to music and audiobooks. Unfortunately, too many people turn to texting, and that means that not only are you distracted from the stress, but you’re also distracted from the road.

Instead of committing to being anxious and angry twice a day, commit to using your commute to become a more...

For years, El Pasoans could jump in the car and get anywhere in town in 20 minutes. But those days are long gone.

Recent growth coupled with high-impact construction projects including Border West Expressway and Go10 mean we all have to make changes in our daily routines. After all, we're not stuck in traffic. We are traffic.

As the Pioneer Program testing phase continues, Metropia can be an important tool to help us easily make small changes that can make a big difference.  For example, leaving 15 minutes later, could be the difference in being stuck in traffic or enjoying smooth sailing.

By now, you’ve probably used Metropia to plan a trip. But don’t forget one of Metropia’s most powerful tools — the ability to predict travel times and reserve your trip at the optimal time on the optimal route.

By comparing travel times now and into the future,...

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette

Picture it: Your pooch’s head hangs out of the open windows as you coast down a scenic highway. The wind whips through his coat, and his tongue flaps happily in the breeze as you both take in the sights, sounds, and smells of your journey.

If this sounds like heaven to you, then you need to read these pet road trip safety tips so that you too can have the very best time out in the world with your furry friends.

Far from being a burden on a road trip, your pet can actually be a great travel companion. Dogs and cats alike generally enjoy spending time with their favorite human in the car, provided that their human has thought about their travel needs.

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you both have successful and stress-free road trip together.

One: Plan...

Metropia Celebrates Two Years in Tucson!

Tucson, it’s hard to believe that we’re already celebrating our two year anniversary this month! We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our Tucson Metropia users, friends and community partners.

The numbers don’t lie! You’ve driven 1.11 million miles with Metropia. That was over the course of 146,000 trips you took around Tucson.

That’s like driving from the eastern seaboard to the west coast a little over 396 times!

One of our favorite things about Tucson is its strong sense of community. It’s these types of friendships and connections that fuel Metropia’s mission. Sure, we’re a mobile traffic solution that wants to get people where they need to go in the least amount of time, reduce CO2 emissions, and...

With the kick off of the monsoons come mixed feelings of relief and dread for Tucsonans. The desert city has special challenges that come with the expected, yet still unpredictable torrential rains which wash the landscape every year.

We welcome the monsoons to revitalize the parched areas of vegetation, returning them to the soothing, luscious green that we prize. The moisture wakes up the smells from native creosote bushes and generates a clean, earthy smell that is characteristic of the region. Desert dwellers also get to witness some of the most spectacular lightening shows in the world.

The special anatomy of the monsoons, which are actually a large storm system rather than a single storm, is the cause of the abrupt rainfall we experience in the Southwest every summer. The moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California plus a shift in wind direction...

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