KXAN Austin
KXAN | 12/10/2015 | In the News

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As thousands look forward to experiencing the Trail of Lights this weekend, there’s a chance wet weather could change those plans Saturday evening.

“We constantly monitor the weather and any storms in and around the area, we work closely with the city,” said Trail of Lights Executive Director, James Russell. “It really does take a full year to plan the event and all...

Community Impact Newspaper
Community Impact | 12/04/2015 | In the News

Patrons heading to the 2015 Austin Trail of Lights on Dec. 8-22 can expect road closures, but a smartphone app can help navigate to Zilker Park.

Metropia Inc., which released its traffic navigation app in May, and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced a partnership with the Trail of Lights Foundation to help visitors navigate their way to the festival....

The Tennessean
The Tennessean | 11/13/2015 | In the News

Last Saturday night, my wife and I decided last minute to head to a concert downtown. We jumped on I-40 just before flashing signs forced us to exit because the interstate was closed.

Fair enough.  After exiting onto Charlotte Avenue, we drove for about a mile, only to discover part of Charlotte was closed.

No problem. I cut through The Nations, then through a...

My Statesman - Austin
Austin Statesman | 09/15/2015 | In the News

In the Sept. 3 Viewpoints editorial, the American-Statesman argued that traffic congestion will increase in Austin, and that our community needs a tech solution to solve it. I want to thank the Statesman for recognizing this key issue and say that I agree that we need multiple resources to address our traffic woes. In fact, at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, that is what we do...

Fast Company
Fast Company | 08/21/2015 | In the News

There are two competing approaches—both very expensive—to solving traffic problems: Build more roads, or build more public transit. Yi-Chang Chiu, a professor of transportation engineering at the University of Arizona, has another idea: Hand out gift cards.

It is possible to reduce vehicle congestion, Chiu's research shows, if drivers take different routes and drive at slightly...

Culture Map Austin
Culture Map (Austin) | 05/07/2015 | In the News

Traffic is a problem on every Austinite's mind. In the most recent Zandan poll we named traffic woes the No. 1 issue facing the city. And reports claim that daily commutes longer than 30 minutes can negatively impact our health, which is bad news for us because we sit in some of the worst congestion in the nation and can waste up to 80 hours a year ...

Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star | 04/25/2015 | In the News

Yi-Chang Chiu remembers what he was thinking when he was founding Metropia, a technology company that grew out of his University of Arizona research.

After working with the UA’s Office of Technology Transfer to create a prototype and file a patent, “The first question that came to me was ‘OK, I’m a professor, I have absolutely no idea what you...

Tucson News Now
Tucson News Now | 03/30/2015 | In the News

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -A drive through Tucson could land motorists a gift card or help to plant a tree thanks to a new app in the Old Pueblo.
 
Metropia, which is free to download, offers incentives to drivers for planning their trips instead of simply rushing out the door and adding to traffic. Yi-Chang Chiu, the apps founder and a professor at the University of...

Arizona Public Media®
Arizona Public Media | NPR | 03/19/2015 | In the News

A local company is launching a new app it thinks can help reduce traffic congestion, cut back on carbon emissions, and help give information about what roads need improvement.

Metropia's smartphone app analyzes current traffic conditions and uses turn-by-turn directions to get users to their destination as quickly as possible.

It also shows drivers how long their commute will be...

KXAN Austin
KXAN | 09/17/2014 | In the News

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Central Texas Regional Mobility is sponsoring Metropia, an app that will help you find better ways around the delays.

The app will offer emergency alerts, drive times, and even alternate routes to get to your destination. Drivers can then use that information to know which route is the fastest. Because the app is still in beta testing, it will be 24 hours before the...

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