The Tucson Festival of Books takes place on March 11th and 12th on the University of Arizona campus, although the festival never fails to please local bibliophiles, the struggle to find parking is a story many are familiar with.

Metropia, Tucson’s homegrown traffic solution app, is once again partnering with UA Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and Pima Association of Governments to alleviate the gridlock and help festival attendees get to and from the event faster than ever.

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When you use Metropia’s DUO social carpooling feature, you take additional vehicles off the road, reduce traffic congestion, improve your city’s air quality, and earn rewards for everyone in the car. And this January, you can earn more rewards than ever for carpooling with DUO!

Free Flow Fridays

Every Friday in January, Metropia is DOUBLING POINTS for drivers and passengers who carpool with DUO. Free Flow Fridays are the perfect time to share a ride to work, the gym, the movies, or anywhere you’re headed. So team up with your friends, family, and coworkers to share a ride and share the rewards!

Carpooling Can Make a Big Difference

If everyone in the U.S. chose to carpool even one day a week, our road and highway traffic would be reduced...

AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) –Metropia, the creator of a free app that alleviates traffic congestion, in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced today its plan to integrate Austin-area and regional school zone data into its routing and travel time algorithms, effective Aug. 22, through its partnership with the Austin Transportation Department (ATD).

By aggregating school zone location information into its travel time prediction algorithms, the Metropia app can now account for reduced speed limits and the many crosswalks found in school zone areas throughout the academic year. As a result, utilizing the Metropia app not only helps drivers avoid those congested areas, but can also provide a safer environment for student pedestrians by reducing traffic near schools.

“Metropia is committed to driving a safer and better city, and with the...

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...

Just as states have symbols and emblems, and can be branded with associations such as Texas being famous for chili and New York for taxi cabs, some states also have specially designed traffic patterns attached to their name, the Michigan left being the most familiar. In Texas, the infamous indirect left is referred to as a “Loop Around” or “Texas U-Turn”, and Utah calls them, “ThrU Turns”.

Confusing and hated, variations on “customary” patterns perplex most drivers. The last thing city governments want to create is more road rage and accidents, and alternative traffic patterns such as Michigan lefts and roundabouts have proven to relieve traffic congestion, reduce accidents in left turn auto and pedestrian situations and, effectively, road rage over a number of years. They are a creative and more cost-conservative solution over buying properties and widening roads or other...

As the number of drivers on the roads increase, cities can barely keep up with the overflow. Projects are constantly underway and teams of city planners and engineers spend hours in “think tanks” to solve the age-old problem of traffic congestion. However, drivers are now taking an active part in helping to reduce the congestion problem.

Multi-passenger traveling, classically known as carpooling, comes with a number of benefits. Whatever we choose to call it, the object is still to remove as many one-passenger vehicles from the roads as possible. If you join a carpool for your regular commute to work, you and your passengers can enjoy these perks:

·         Collaboration time

Many a great idea has come from the pooling together of ideas and as coworkers pool together to get to work. Sure you have company...

Civil engineers certainly have their work cut out for them in terms of the scope of their responsibilities. In a broad sense they design, build, and maintain the many systems that power our modern way of life, which encompasses the need for electricity, potable drinking water, airports and highways, including roadways and bridges within cities.

Since the days of the first civilized societies, civil engineering, even if it wasn’t referred to as such, has been highly instrumental in paving the way for life as we know it today. Special structures such as aqueducts had to be designed to direct water for public use in the days of the Roman Empire. Civil engineering also enabled more inner-city trade, which in turn enabled advancements in transportation. As we gradually phased from foot traffic and horses to wheeled vehicles city infrastructures had to be designed to support...

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...

Tucson Festival of Books & Metropia Parking 2016

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.

The Metropia app will display paid, unpaid, and disabled parking lot icons during the festival. App users will be able to select a specific available parking lot as their new destination, thus...

DUO Carpooling Features Launched

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metropia, Inc., creators of the mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, today announced the release of DUO (Driving Up Occupancy), a new feature to the app that rewards both drivers and passengers across Austin with additional points when they actively choose to cut down on traffic and harmful CO2 emissions by sharing a ride.

“With DUO, we are incentivizing and rewarding those who participate in casual carpooling because their actions can significantly reduce the number of cars on the road,” said Mia Zmud, vice president of ecosystem partnerships at Metropia. “Now friends, families, co-workers and more can take action by carpooling and be rewarded with additional points that can be cashed in at local businesses like Tacodeli and Luke’s Locker.”

By using an analysis of GPS coordinates, DUO pinpoints passengers and drivers...

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