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...

Thoom! You’re at the gas pumps and you hear this familiar, sonorous shut-off click signaling that your tank is full. The total reads $20.41 and that odd amount of change due somehow feels like wearing one shoe.

You decide to squeeze the nozzle to get that extra 4 cents for a comfortable multiple of 5, or if you have a great discount from shopper’s rewards you may even try for an extra 50 cents- despite the warning label that advises against topping off. It’s likely that you wait until your car is riding on fumes before you fuel up so you can get that great discount per gallon.

Before you go beyond the pump’s automatic cut off, you should know why topping off your fuel tank is not such a great idea.

Topping off can cause damage to your fuel system

Your car is engineered with a vapor collection system that can be compromised by overfilling...

Accelerate…brake…accelerate…brake…etc... Monotonous, isn’t it?

Great news! You can get around it!

Cycling around Tucson has become easier thanks to the installation of bike lanes in traffic and movements to heighten awareness of bikes as part of the mix. The world looks refreshingly different from the perspective of a bicycle! Riding your bike is liberating as you can feel invigorating wind on your face and notice scenery and other landmarks that just fly past in your car. 

You may even notice a cool new local coffee roaster that you usually turn a blind eye to in your travels.

Due to popular demand, the City of Tucson has put forth a commendable effort to reconfigure parts of the city infrastructure to make room for inner city commuter bike lanes and paths. Increasing popularity of biking as an alternative means of transportation has positively...

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...

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