February 11th, 2016 – Tucson, Arizona Metropia Director of Operations, Mario Salomon, and Metropia Product Operations Engineer, Dawn Bender, will present “Metropia DUO – Incentivizing Casual Carpooling in Cities” to the Tucson (WTS) Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Metropia’s DUO Casual Carpooling is the latest feature from the popular traffic app that rewards users for taking the least congested, fastest routes, thus helping with the traffic solution instead of the traffic problem. Now the Metropia app incentivizes even more groups to help reduce traffic with its Casual Carpooling feature, which offers rewards points to all passengers in a carpool who have the Metropia app, as well as giving additional bonus points to the driver.
Metropia is the official Casual Carpooling technology provider for the upcoming Arizona Conference on Roads and Streets,...

Feb. 2, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona  Metropia, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was awarded a lead role in developing an architecture that incentivizes drivers to improve their commuting behavior through more energy-efficient  choices.

This effort, funded by the TRANSNET program, a national initiative by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), selected five high-potential, ground-breaking technologies to revolutionize the energy efficiency of the transportation sector. The other selected teams are Palo Alto Research Center, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland at College Park.

NREL is partnering with Metropia to leverage their urban analytics platform including...

Metropia to Sponsor Largest Hackathon in the Southwest – Hack Arizona

More than 800 student participants from universities all over the nation will rally in UA’s Science and Engineering Library this weekend (January 22nd to 24th) to “hack” various projects crafted to benefit health, sustainability, and the Tucson community. The annual event, known as Hack Arizona, is a recognized talent pipeline where university students of all technology applications and experience levels can find one another and work with mentors to complete projects they develop themselves.

The hackathon was first held last year in the Science and Engineering Library after the University and Innovate UA teamed up and arranged for it in an effort to challenge and support tech-minded students.

Local traffic solution creator, Metropia Inc., will be...

Sunday, January 10th to Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The Metropia team is heading to Washington D.C. to participate in the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The spotlight theme for this year’s meeting is Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future. Other hot topics include: Transformation Technologies, Resilience, and Transportation and Public Health. Metropia team members will present on a variety of topics including variable tolling, joint time-of-day and route choice models, communication in transportation research, the use of surveys in the transportation decision-making process, and social media traffic reports.

The TRB annual meeting brings together more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Presentations, sessions...

With 2015 coming quickly to a close, Metropia's staff couldn't see the year end without thanking the many people who make our startup possible. That's why we're throwing a Gratitude Party this week.

We've invited our awesome neighbors, our loyal users, our dear partners, and our beloved community members to join us for some Pinup Pastries' cupcakes and other delicious refreshments. The festivities will take place this Friday, December 11, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the Metropia office, 1790 E. River Road #140, Tucson, AZ, 86718.

Gratitude is a concept that gets thrown around a lot in our culture. The idea of being thankful for what we have and of giving thanks is one that many people seek to cultivate in a society that has long been seen as greedy and consumptive.

As a startup that seeks to...

Metropia & Mobility Authority Trail of Lights Press Release Image

AUSTIN, Texas -- Metropia, Inc., creators of the free mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, and the Mobility Authority today announced their collaboration with the Trail of Lights Foundation in order to help visitors easily and effectively plan their trip to the beloved Austin Trail of Lights festival.

Metropia’s holistic approach to alleviating traffic congestion will now offer a customized option for traveling to this year’s Trail of Lights. After opening the app, users will have the option of inputting “Trail of Lights” into their destination field. After selecting their specific destination of either the Trail of Lights shuttle lot or the pre-paid parking lots, Metropia will calculate and present the best routes and departure times to reach the Trail by your desired arrival time.

“Metropia is a great example of how the Mobility Authority brings...

Trail of Lights 2015 with Metropia

More than two million lights will illuminate the crisp Austin night sky this holiday season as part of the beloved holiday tradition, the 2015 Trail of Lights festival.

And we are excited to announce that Metropia and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are teaming up with the Trail of Lights Foundation to help visitors easily and effectively plan their trip to the highly anticipated event.

With more than 400,000 visiting the Trail in 2014 and a big turnout expected this year as well, the Trail of Lights is one of largest events in the Texas capital. Because Metropia is focused on improving the driving experiences of our community, we are delighted to be a part of the Trail of Lights festival this year and offer Central Texans an additional option for traveling to and from the Trail with...

Metropia and Meals on Wheels Partnership Donation in Austin

Tis the season for giving, and Central Texans are starting to look for ways to give back to their communities. At Metropia, alleviating traffic congestion is a way for us to give back to the city we love year round, but this year we wanted to do something extra special to mark our first official holiday season in Austin. And we found the perfect way to do so.

 We’re excited to announce our first Austin-based nonprofit partnership with Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM). Since 1972, this nonprofit has been hard at work delivering hot and nutritious meals to homebound older adults and people with disabilities. Today, the organization is one of the largest meal-delivery organizations in Texas, distributing more than 3,000 meals each and every business day.

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Tech In The Real World: Transportation Technology - Local Innovation Global Impact

Metropia is one of three technologies being presented in 10West's lead session on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at Connect Coworking, 33 S. 5th Avenue. The panel presentation and discussion, “Tech in the Real World: Transportation Technology - Local Innovation, Global Impact,” is the lead session on Wednesday morning and will also include Dr. Yao-Jan Wu of the transportation engineering section of the UA Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, and Andisheh Ranjbari, project manager and lead researcher for the Flexpress transit system concept.

To see a complete 10West schedule, click here.

Andisheh Ranjbari
University of Arizona

Andisheh Ranjbari is the research assistant for the Flexpress transit concept, a...

Austin Flooding ATXFloods Mobile App

Metropia wants to keep Central Texas drivers safe, which is why it has integrated with ATXfloods to provide its mobile app users with updates on low water crossings across Central Texas.

According to the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, about 75 percent of flood fatalities occur in vehicles. By implementing the ATXfloods application programming interface (API), app users will have access to the latest low water crossing updates to help them avoid flooded roads.

“We want drivers to be safe at all times. By implementing the ATXfloods’ API, Metropia app users not only receive critical road closure...

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