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...

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...

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...

Trail of Lights 2015 with Metropia

More than two million lights will illuminate the crisp Austin night sky this holiday season as part of the beloved holiday tradition, the 2015 Trail of Lights festival.

And we are excited to announce that Metropia and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are teaming up with the Trail of Lights Foundation to help visitors easily and effectively plan their trip to the highly anticipated event.

With more than 400,000 visiting the Trail in 2014 and a big turnout expected this year as well, the Trail of Lights is one of largest events in the Texas capital. Because Metropia is focused on improving the driving experiences of our community, we are delighted to be a part of the Trail of Lights festival this year and offer Central Texans an additional option for traveling to and from the Trail with...

As the weather begins to cool down across much of the US and fall approaches, many people will consider biking to work until it gets too cold to do so. This is a great alternative to driving, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and is good for your health.

While there are many risks to driving or riding as a passenger in a car, there are heightened risks to being a bicyclist. This shouldn’t deter you from taking a ride on your daily commute.

As long as you follow bicycle safety on your route and practice awareness, you shouldn’t run into any problems.

  • Use designated spaces.

Bicycles are supposed to follow the same traffic rules as car drivers. That said, it can be very intimidating as a bicyclist to enter into the same traffic as other vehicles.

Whenever possible, turn to bicycle boulevards and bicycle paths to...

We at Metropia Inc. often encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation when your schedule and location allow it, however we recognize that a whopping 86% of commuters here in the US are still driving (whether alone or in a carpool).

With this seemingly unshakable statistic in mind, we’ve decided to dig up some handy tips on how to improve the fuel efficiency in your car while you’re out there driving in your city. Better fuel economy means saving money, reducing oil dependence costs, reducing climate change, and increasing energy sustainability - sounds worthwhile to us!

Without further ado, here are some smart ways to keep your money and your fuel going further:

1. Set your tires to the right...

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