The following featured projects highlight Metropia’s combination of industry, technology and analytics expertise in helping transportation agencies and leading engineering and planning firms address urban traffic problems.
Event Management: Solving Congestion and Parking Challenges for UA Football Games
Like any large sporting event, University of Arizona football games see a huge influx of traffic on campus and around the stadium. UA Athletics and Parking & Transportation Services [PTS] departments are committed to maintaining optimal congestion levels during home games. To improve existing processes, Metropia implemented innovative new solutions to improve traffic flow for their stakeholders.
Keeping Drivers Safe during Flooding and Heavy Rains
When deploying the Synergy platform in a new market, Metropia considers the unique local challenges to optimizing available roadway capacity and balancing demand. Through the sharing of open data, smart cities make it possible for Metropia to form partnerships with transportation agencies and address regional transportation issues by integrating their data directly into our backend systems.
Unique public-private partnership to keep traffic moving during SXSW
For both the 2015 and 2016 SXSW conferences, Metropia partnered with the City of Austin’s Transportation Department (ATD) to better communicate traffic incidents to the public and help improve mobility for Central Texans and event participants. For the duration of the event, Metropia’s traffic operations team colocated in the City of Austin Transportation Department’s Traffic Management Center. This partnership also shortened the incidence response time by integrating multiple traffic data sources into the Metropia incident management system in real-time.
Public Communication: Notifying commuters about ongoing construction projects and lane closures.
Communication pipelines are an essential component of traffic system management, particularly when it comes to ongoing construction projects and lane closures. This was especially true for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority), in Austin, TX, which in 2015 embarked on a major project to construct one express lane in each direction on north MoPac Expressway (Loop 1), a major arterial running through the Austin region.
Pay-As-You-Drive-And-You-Save (PAYDAYS): Proving the Value of Contextual Driving Behaviors for Insurance Premium Assessment
The majority of UBI or PAYDAYS researchers and insurers currently rely solely on user GPS trajectories, which only measure the specific driver’s performance without considering other critical risk factors in the surrounding environment that may also contribute to crash risk, i.e. the contextual-sensitive risk factors. Metropia proposed that the consideration of these contextual risk factors would offset risk for automobile insurers providing PAYDAYS coverage and lead to greater savings for low-risk drivers operating under such a policy.
Event Management: Solving Congestion & Parking Challenges for the Tucson Festival of Books
The annual Tucson Festival of Books draws nearly 140,000 visitors to the University of Arizona over a two-day period. The logistical challenges of an event of this magnitude are formidable, with the surge of traffic congestion in and around campus and providing sufficient, available parking being near the top of the list.