You have a lot riding on your tires – in more ways than one.

Every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy. In line with our policy to drive better cities, Metropia App’s developers keep a green mind when it comes to decongesting cities; therefore reducing vehicle idling times and helping you get to your destinations faster.

Greener cities are also made possible with fuel efficient vehicles and alternative transportation. You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?

Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to...

Sunday, January 10th to Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The Metropia team is heading to Washington D.C. to participate in the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The spotlight theme for this year’s meeting is Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future. Other hot topics include: Transformation Technologies, Resilience, and Transportation and Public Health. Metropia team members will present on a variety of topics including variable tolling, joint time-of-day and route choice models, communication in transportation research, the use of surveys in the transportation decision-making process, and social media traffic reports.

The TRB annual meeting brings together more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Presentations, sessions...

Commuting during specific seasons can bring different safety and efficiency issues for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. One such factor is the rain that many parts of the country experience in the fall and winter months. 

While we’ve discussed ways to drive safely during autumn, it doesn’t hurt to look at how to handle rain in particular. No matter how you get to work when it’s wet out, here are some tips to get you there dry, safe, and on-time. 

By Car
•    Give yourself space
Give yourself an extra car length of space when it’s raining. Your reaction time decreases when the roads are wet, and the likelihood increases of hydroplaning, skidding, or not being able to stop for someone else’s hazardous driving. 
Give bicycles five...

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be hosting the Colorado Transportation Matters Summit on Wednesday, October 28th at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202, in downtown Denver. We are pleased to announce that US DOT S

Future Energy Efficient Mobility Forum, NREL Research Support Facility

This Tuesday Metropia Founder, Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu, will be presenting at the Future Energy Efficiency Mobility Forum on the topic of “Connecting Travelers: The Role of Information and Data in Mobility.” The Forum takes place the day before the Transportation Matters Summit held by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and promises to be a involved dialogue on the future of transportation between industry experts from tech suppliers to state transportation departments and, naturally, auto manufacturers. Panelists and stakeholders will address promising future mobility solutions, connectivity,...

In the US we have varying notions of what a train “is” in this day and age. Taking a look at the trains rolling across the country’s rails, you’ll see locomotives pulling endless trails of transport boxcars, silver Amtrak trains carting pedestrians to-and-fro, and sleek commuter trains plowing through metropolitan areas.

We’ve come a long way from the steam engine that shaped the country throughout the 19th century and a good chunk of the 20th century. So what is specific about trains in the 21st century—the trains of today? Here are some fast facts to get you in-the-know.

  • Despite the decrease in trains being used during the latter half of the 1900s, trains still play an integral role in moving large or heavy goods across the country in an economical, environmentally sound manner.
  • Steam locomotives are still being used in the 21st century for transport...
Tech In The Real World: Transportation Technology - Local Innovation Global Impact

Metropia is one of three technologies being presented in 10West's lead session on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at Connect Coworking, 33 S. 5th Avenue. The panel presentation and discussion, “Tech in the Real World: Transportation Technology - Local Innovation, Global Impact,” is the lead session on Wednesday morning and will also include Dr. Yao-Jan Wu of the transportation engineering section of the UA Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, and Andisheh Ranjbari, project manager and lead researcher for the Flexpress transit system concept.

To see a complete 10West schedule, click here.

Andisheh Ranjbari
University of Arizona

Andisheh Ranjbari is the research assistant for the Flexpress transit concept, a...

Quite a few of Metropia’s staff call Austin, Texas, their home. While people in other parts of the country might associate Texas with big trucks plowing through long stretches of open highway, this town in the near-middle of the state defies such stereotypes.

Sure, there are big vehicles on the roads, and there is plenty of highway driving around. But Austin is also on the progressive edge of refining city traffic in the southern half of the country.

The state capitol and home to one University of Texas site, Austin has seen massive growth over the past few years. It is the fourth largest city both in Texas and in the South, as well as the second largest state capitol in the US. (Only Phoenix, Arizona, is larger.)

Private Modes

In order to keep a large number of people moving in and throughout the...

The US doesn’t get a lot of good recognition around the world—or even at home—for being a great place to be a commuter. In the absence of country-wide high-speed trains or even well-maintained highways, we don’t seem to have much room to brag.

But there are indeed some shining gems throughout the country that prove the United States can innovate and succeed in matters of transit. In fact, one of the best public transportation systems in the world is located in the United States.

Its subways may get a bad rap, and its car traffic may be legendary, but this place may just be the best place in the country to commute to work. Here are 10 things to know about commuting in New York City.

  1. The subway system has the most stations out of any system in...

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is starting a pilot program called “Drive Smart,” which uses technology innovations to help drivers save money, save time, and drive more safely. DOT is seeking 400 qualified drivers to join the pilot program. Drivers will receive a custom On Board Diagnostic Device (OBD-II) from DOT. Once connected, the device will collect and transmit data from a car’s on board computer directly to the driver’s smartphone and to the Drive Smart secure cloud server, where it will be used to provide a range of services back to the driver free of charge. Applicants can apply at www.drivesmartnyc.com.

“The ‘Drive Smart’ technology pilot will help drivers save money and drive more safely, and...

Commuters who drive their own cars every day know just how important their cars are: without them they’d be late to work, or possibly have a much longer commute. Yet the daily drive is tough on cars and ages them faster than any other kind of driving. 

That’s why it is so important to take care of your car and make sure it stays healthy. The best way to do that is through routine maintenance, which many people forget about or let go by the wayside as other things come up. 
Over time, the lack of timely maintenance adds up. Here are the most important ways you should be maintaining your car to keep it on the road and running right. 

•    Oil
In general, you should have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you can go closer to 5,000 miles...

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