Metropia partners with City of Austin to provide real-time traffic updates during SXSW
AUSTIN, TX (March 8, 2017) – Today, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Metropia announced their third year of public-private sector collaboration with the Austin Transportation Department to help Austinites and out-of-towners get around during South by Southwest (SXSW). Metropia, an innovative traffic app that works directly with local governments to reduce congestion, can help improve mobility during the event, which runs March 10 - 19.
“This partnership provides our users and ultimately the City of Austin with the most up-to-date and helpful traffic information,” said Mia Zmud, vice president of ecosystem partnerships at Metropia. “Metropia will maintain a bird’s-eye view on Austin’s roads, and alert Metropians in real time about any unexpected traffic incidents and their best travel time options and routes during SXSW.”
Metropia will be strategically positioned in the Austin Transportation Department Traffic Management Center (TMC) during SXSW to disseminate real-time information on traffic conditions to the public via Twitter. Those who follow #SXSWtraffic and #ATXtraffic may receive alerts on road closures and detours.
Metropia’s special operations team stationed in the TMC will also monitor congestion and unexpected incidents using crowd-sourced information from social media as well as Austin Police Department and ATD traffic cameras. Metropia app users will be automatically routed around those incidents and receive push notifications about unexpected road closures and emergencies.
About Metropia, Inc.
Metropia, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a leading transportation technology innovator whose mission is to empower communities to collaborate and enhance regional transportation efficiency, performance and safety. Through partnerships with transportation agencies, employers, local merchants and individuals, Metropia’s mobile application incentivizes commuters to discover and use new mobility options. By aggregating and sharing user mobility data with local agencies, Metropia’s advanced technology platform makes cities better places to live by encouraging and rewarding communities who work together to reduce traffic congestion. Metropia is a GovTech100 company and smart city technology solution. To learn more, visit www.metropia.com.
About the Mobility Authority
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is a local, independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the regional transportation system in Travis and Williamson counties. The Mobility Authority implements innovative and sustainable transportation options to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in Central Texas. The Mobility Authority operates the 183A Toll Road in Williamson County and the 290 Toll Road (Manor Expressway) in east Austin. It’s preparing to start construction on the 183 South project in Spring of 2016. For more information about the Mobility Authority, visit www.MobilityAuthority.com.
About the Austin Transportation Department
The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is committed to providing the most safe, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadway, bikeway, walkway and transit system for the Austin community. To learn more, visit austintexas.gov/transportation.