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It’s 5 o’clock and you are stuck in traffic. Again. And the worst part is that you get to do it twice a day, five days a week.

Many people consider traffic jams and clogged roads to be the worst part of their day, and it is easy to let yourself get wrapped up in the frustration of it all. But what if you could transform the most frustrating part of your day into a mindful, relaxing commute that leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the day and night ahead?

Commuters have all sorts of ways to distract themselves from the aggravation of driving to and from work, like listening to music and audiobooks. Unfortunately, too many people turn to texting, and that means that not only are you distracted from the stress, but you’re also distracted from the road.

Instead of committing to being anxious and angry twice a day, commit to using your commute to become a more...

For years, El Pasoans could jump in the car and get anywhere in town in 20 minutes. But those days are long gone.

Recent growth coupled with high-impact construction projects including Border West Expressway and Go10 mean we all have to make changes in our daily routines. After all, we're not stuck in traffic. We are traffic.

As the Pioneer Program testing phase continues, Metropia can be an important tool to help us easily make small changes that can make a big difference.  For example, leaving 15 minutes later, could be the difference in being stuck in traffic or enjoying smooth sailing.

By now, you’ve probably used Metropia to plan a trip. But don’t forget one of Metropia’s most powerful tools — the ability to predict travel times and reserve your trip at the optimal time on the optimal route.

By comparing travel times now and into the future,...

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette

Picture it: Your pooch’s head hangs out of the open windows as you coast down a scenic highway. The wind whips through his coat, and his tongue flaps happily in the breeze as you both take in the sights, sounds, and smells of your journey.

If this sounds like heaven to you, then you need to read these pet road trip safety tips so that you too can have the very best time out in the world with your furry friends.

Far from being a burden on a road trip, your pet can actually be a great travel companion. Dogs and cats alike generally enjoy spending time with their favorite human in the car, provided that their human has thought about their travel needs.

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you both have successful and stress-free road trip together.

One: Plan...

The heartbeat of any community is its ability to support itself economically. When we shop from local, terrestrial business owners with rent to pay and families to support, we take an active part in seeing to it that our community thrives. The satisfaction derived from patronizing a business owner who understands the community’s needs and is an integral part of the local economy is immeasurable.

It has been proven time and time again that towns with strong local economies also harbor tighter communities, which operate on the platform of helping our neighbors and ensuring one another’s safety. Fellowship is best achieved when we know the faces in our community over secluding our interests strictly to our own household.

You can save fuel resources and CO2 emissions when you shop local, too! Products made right up the street cut the need for long distance shipping, which...

We’re proud to welcome former El Paso County Commissioner Tania M. Chozet as our El Paso community manager.

Tania began her career working for Internet start-ups including software company MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) and travel site SideStep, which was purchased by Kayak in 2007.

As Metropia’s community manager, Tania will forge strategic partnerships with local business, government and community organizations to build the Metropia El Paso ecosystem. That includes building relationships with local businesses to help us offer cool, local rewards for using Metropia. Tania will also work with employers to encourage their team to make better driving decisions in an effort to optimize productivity and job satisfaction.

An El Paso native, Tania graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has...

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...

Metropia Celebrates Two Years in Tucson!

Tucson, it’s hard to believe that we’re already celebrating our two year anniversary this month! We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our Tucson Metropia users, friends and community partners.

The numbers don’t lie! You’ve driven 1.11 million miles with Metropia. That was over the course of 146,000 trips you took around Tucson.

That’s like driving from the eastern seaboard to the west coast a little over 396 times!

One of our favorite things about Tucson is its strong sense of community. It’s these types of friendships and connections that fuel Metropia’s mission. Sure, we’re a mobile traffic solution that wants to get people where they need to go in the least amount of time, reduce CO2 emissions, and...

M+ Network Update and new help desk feature

We're proud to introduce you to Help Desk, your one-stop-shop for troubleshooting anything and everything about Metropia. 

Have a question about Metropia's point system or need some guidance on using our DUO social carpooling feature? Help Desk has you covered. We've got the answers to all of your questions about our mission, our app, and more.

But Help Desk is more than just an FAQ--it's a convenient resource to report any questions or concerns about your Metropia experience. Whether you want to tell us about an odd route we suggested or to inquire about the points you earned for a trip, simply choose the topic of interest, select the trip in question, and tap on "Report"! There are lots of other cool new features as well, including the ability to report traffic accidents and roadway construction right in our Help Desk.

 

With the kick off of the monsoons come mixed feelings of relief and dread for Tucsonans. The desert city has special challenges that come with the expected, yet still unpredictable torrential rains which wash the landscape every year.

We welcome the monsoons to revitalize the parched areas of vegetation, returning them to the soothing, luscious green that we prize. The moisture wakes up the smells from native creosote bushes and generates a clean, earthy smell that is characteristic of the region. Desert dwellers also get to witness some of the most spectacular lightening shows in the world.

The special anatomy of the monsoons, which are actually a large storm system rather than a single storm, is the cause of the abrupt rainfall we experience in the Southwest every summer. The moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California plus a shift in wind direction...

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will host the inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit on Monday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th. Metropia’s Principal, Dr. Vassilis Papayannoulis, is slated to engage a panel of other transportation and mobility focused professionals and will share his expert knowledge of innovative sustainable travel technology.

The goal of the summit is to provide a forum for a diverse pool of individuals with different areas of expertise to share insights and ideas about greener travel options and to determine solutions to challenges cities face with access to and implementation of new technologies. Topics will include:

• Progress reports on new transportation technologies
• Smart mobility systems
• Policies regarding green transportation...

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