Metropia Celebrates One Year in Austin

One year ago this month, Metropia launched in the Austin area ready to tackle a pretty hefty issue—Austin traffic (gasp!). While a seemingly large undertaking, we knew we weren’t going at this alone. With our supporting partner, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and Central Texans like you- we  were ready to make our city a better place to live.

Metropians are Driving a #betterATX

Fast forward to a year later and more than one million miles driven, Metropia app users have saved more than 300,000 lbs of CO2 and more than 3,600 hours on their commutes (if you add these hours up, that’s a total of 150 days—5 months roughly – of time saved and counting!). Not only are Metropians tackling traffic but also giving back to their community, choosing to donate earned points to having more than 3,000 trees planted, and donating 400 warm meals...

DUO Social Carpooling in El Paso

Summertime is nearly here, and in El Paso we all know that means lots of things to do with friends and family. From Sunday afternoon barbecues to high school graduations, to Downtown events including StreetFest and Neon Desert Music Festival.

Now, with Metropia’s DUO function, the drive can be just as rewarding as the destination!

Metropia is the powerful next-generation transportation app which is currently being tested in the El Paso region. You can use DUO by visiting Metropia.com/ElPaso and downloading the app in the Apple Store or Google Play. Once you do that, you’ll be enrolled in the Pioneer Program.

Unlike other travel transportation apps, Metropia suggests the best routes and the best times to leave so you can avoid congestion. But Metropia goes further — connecting to our community in a way that no other transportation app can. By signing up, you can...

Austin traffic during morning and evening rush hour is bad and quickly getting worse. The good news is that our transportation system can work much better if we are not all using it at the same time. 

On Wednesday, May 11, Mayor Adler challenges Austin-area commuters to get to and from work differently that day, if they can.  The request is for commuters to choose any way to get to/from work other than driving alone during rush hours between 7–9 am and 4–6 pm. (Note: To have the greatest odds of more tolerable congestion, if you have the flexibility, aim to arrive outside the hours of 7-9:30am and depart outside 4-7pm.)

The easiest way for many people to avoid rush hour may be to flex their schedule to commute before or after rush hours. If your employer allows it, telecommuting/working from home is also a great option! You may discover a way to work that...

City of Tucson & Metropia Partnership

TUCSON, Arizona -- Beginning in May, the City of Tucson will partner with local driving app, Metropia and start a Travel Reduction Campaign for their employees. The partnership will offer smarter travel options for city employees, enabling them to cut transportation time and costs during their daily commutes, and while they are driving on behalf of the City of Tucson.

The city will receive reports illustrating the average travel-time savings, routing prediction accuracy, user experience satisfaction, and carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas savings of their team. Metropia’s information will poise the City of Tucson to track their progress toward their campaign goals of improved air quality and reduced travel congestion.

In order to meet these goals, increased alternate travel mode usage and reduced overall motor vehicle travel for commute trips will be incentivized. Employees...

“Life is what you make it” is a popular expression which holds some truth. Indeed, certain factors contribute to how a place can enable overall happiness with its residents.

What are the common ingredients to making a happier city? One obvious answer to many is access to greater financial gain. Indeed, more individual spending power leads to experiences that may not otherwise be enjoyed, but the economy is only one part of what goes into making a happy city.

To find out what makes happier cities, governments have begun to refer to questionnaires originally developed for mental health purposes, adapting them to anticipate the everyday person’s wants and needs. Upon examination of longitudinal studies and the results of surveys, city governments have become wise to the idea that well-being combined with resident satisfaction make up the recipe to making their city a...

You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child” in regard to child rearing, but the same principal can be applied to bringing about positive change to preserve and heal our natural environment. It takes communities becoming involved with creating a sustainable way of living locally, which will in turn impact the entire globe.

And it isn’t just something we observe once a year as we do Earth Day every April; It’s an on-going effort in our conscientious daily life habits. Changes in global weather are brought on chiefly by human activity, as has been evident over the past century in drought patterns, general meteorology and the effects of warming on glaciers. Therefore, it is our responsibility to constantly improve and advance methods we use to maintain modern lifestyles.

Scientific evidence of how industrialization has negatively impacted the planet...

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...

We’re excited to be back at the Austin Earth Day Festival celebration this Saturday, April 23rd and invite you to join us! Starting at 12pm at Mueller Lake Park, swing by the Metropia booth for some games, prizes, doggie treats and more!

How to find us? We’ll be located just a couple booths away from the Food Area. If you see a prize wheel, there's a pretty good chance it's us.

Also, tell us or show us this Top Secret hashtag (below):
#DUO2AustinEarthDay
TO WIN A FREE MYSTERY PRIZE
when you swing by the booth!

In the spirit of Earth Day, we also want to THANK YOU, the growing number of Metropia app users, who are helping drive a #betterATX on a daily basis by:

  1. Planting trees! Thanks to our partnership with American Forests, Metropia app...

When was the last time you bit into what you would swear was the juiciest, sweetest melon you ever sunk your teeth into? Or had that perfect apple with just the right balance of sweet and tart? Was the last salad you ate dressed with greens grown in someone’s backyard? Fresh, tree-ripe peaches that drip juice down your arms and face with the first bite are a coveted but hard to find commodity.

Farmer’s markets are catching on around the country. According to the USDA AMS Marketing Services Division, the number of farmer’s markets in the U.S. grew 3.9% from 2012 to 2013, raising the number of markets in their national directory to more than 8,000. Figures like these certainly give hope that America’s agricultural roots are not dissolving as some had feared.

No doubt about it, eating locally grown food is a great way to meet your nutritional needs for a number of reasons...

Metropia’s Pioneer Program keeps more than a ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere

Have you signed up for Metropia’s Pioneer Program yet? More than 500 drivers in the El Paso region are already have. They’re having a huge impact and helping Drive a Better El Paso.

How huge? It’s an impact we can measure in tons!

In fact, Metropia drivers have already kept more than a ton of CO2 from being released into our atmosphere. They’ve logged 21,130 miles using Metropia since the next-generation transportation app was launched less than a month ago. Drivers have saved a total of 60 hours which would have otherwise been wasted in traffic. By participating in the Pioneer Program they’re also helping improve the app’s functionality meaning the travel time prediction and routing will be enhanced as more people use it.

The reward of not sitting in traffic is pretty exciting. But, Metropia offers plenty of other rewards for you — and the planet.

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