AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) –Metropia, the creator of a free app that alleviates traffic congestion, in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced today its plan to integrate Austin-area and regional school zone data into its routing and travel time algorithms, effective Aug. 22, through its partnership with the Austin Transportation Department (ATD).
By aggregating school zone location information into its travel time prediction algorithms, the Metropia app can now account for reduced speed limits and the many crosswalks found in school zone areas throughout the academic year. As a result, utilizing the Metropia app not only helps drivers avoid those congested areas, but can also provide a safer environment for student pedestrians by reducing traffic near schools.
“Metropia is committed to driving a safer and better city, and with the help of the Austin Transportation Department, we can continue to provide the best routes for Austin commuters that may include circumventing school zones,” said Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Mobility Authority.
Metropia’s active demand management platform helps to spread driving demand across Central Texas. Its predictive algorithm uses flex time to shift commuters out of peak traffic times, provide alternate routes and encourage carpooling. The addition of the school zone data from the ATD enhances Metropia’s platform to help users avoid the slower and congested roadways around Austin-area schools.
“Metropia’s latest integration is a great example of how our data exchange with the ATD creates a seamless user experience for Central Texas drivers,” said Mia Zmud, vice president of ecosystem partnerships at Metropia. “When you choose your destination inside the app, we’ve already done the work for you in the background to help find the best and safest route, whether you’re looking to get to work on time by avoiding crowded school zones or dodge peak traffic altogether.”
Metropia will use ATD data while school zones are active throughout the academic year (during school hours and weekdays).
Since its launch in May 2015, Metropia users in Austin have driven over 1.5 million miles and saved over 5000 hours that would have otherwise been spent sitting in traffic. In total, Austinites have also reduced CO2 emissions by 412,000 pounds, resulting in almost 4,100 trees planted through Metropia’s work with the American Forests Partnership.
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About Metropia, Inc.
Metropia, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a GovTech100 company whose mission is to make cities better places to live by reducing traffic congestion. The Metropia mobile platform incentivizes commuters to make better travel decisions independently and through casual carpooling with the DUO feature. The Metropia app is available for free through the Apple App Store and Google Play. 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 183A in Williamson County and 290 Toll in east Austin. The agency is also constructing Express Lanes on the MoPac Expressway and an 8 mile facility on US 183 in east Austin. For more information about the Mobility Authority, visit www.MobilityAuthority.com.