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...

If you drive in West El Paso, your commute could be changing.

Beginning on Sunday, June 10, 2016, Paisano Drive (US 85) will be closed between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Boulevard. The closure, which is part of the Border West Expressway Project, will be in place thru winter of 2017.

This closure leaves Mesa Street as one of the only alternates to Interstate 10 which is also under construction in this area.

We all know that Mesa Street was busy before this project began and it’s only  gotten busier as drivers try to avoid work on the Go 10 project nearby. By downloading the Metropia app now and joining our Pioneer Program, you’ll have access to real-time traffic information generated by other Metropia users. That will help you plan the least congested route to where you’re going.

Using the least congested route not only saves you time,...

As an esteemed part of most cultures, traditions are observed as a placeholder for legacies. While some traditions are left unchanged by purists, progressives see room for other traditions to be improved upon and modified. One tradition which has undergone a welcomed change is the American work schedule.

In the past decade, America’s employers have become wise to the commuter’s quandary. America’s population is growing, producing more new drivers. Medical science enables aging citizens to live longer, healthier lives, which in turn usually allows them to preserve their driving privilege. Essentially, the great American road has become a traffic jam.

To keep up with the beat of life, we must travel. Even the advent of digital living has not put a substantial enough dent in the need to go motoring, and most people still maintain employment that requires them to attend the...

As the number of drivers on the roads increase, cities can barely keep up with the overflow. Projects are constantly underway and teams of city planners and engineers spend hours in “think tanks” to solve the age-old problem of traffic congestion. However, drivers are now taking an active part in helping to reduce the congestion problem.

Multi-passenger traveling, classically known as carpooling, comes with a number of benefits. Whatever we choose to call it, the object is still to remove as many one-passenger vehicles from the roads as possible. If you join a carpool for your regular commute to work, you and your passengers can enjoy these perks:

·         Collaboration time

Many a great idea has come from the pooling together of ideas and as coworkers pool together to get to work. Sure you have company...

As modern life hums with constant activity, it takes no time to accumulate a plate full of daily activities and several places to be in the course of a day. Before you know it, clutter has inundated your space and time, leaving you feeling swamped and drained before the day even begins.

But your stack of to-dos is not insurmountable, and the best way to get any job done is to get organized. If you know you have a bazillion tasks to accomplish in a day, try the following tips to help ease your rat race burdens:

• Make a list – Sit down the night before and make a list of the places you need to go. If you can, visualize the location of the places you need to go and rearrange your list according to which one you will visit first.

• Prioritize – If any of your long list of tasks can be accomplished another day, then don’t feel guilty about putting them off. Only...

The tone of an entire day can be set by the smoothness of your commute to work. Drivers just want the ability to go, go, go, but some days can seem like the Fates conspired against any chance of missing at least some obstacles along the route.

Frustrations such as the slow driver, distracted drivers, rude drivers, and drivers who are already to the point of rage can make travel difficult enough without poor lane structuring and traffic flow adding to your troubles. While local law enforcement can only do so much to quell problems with individual drivers, modern traffic technology comes to the rescue regarding highway structuring and enabling steadier traffic flow.

Cities that are growing at a seemingly exponential rate especially need alternatives for handling increasing numbers of drivers on the streets. The most popular solution has been to create one-way streets,...

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...