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Metropia: More El Pasoans Using App to Carpool on ‘Free Flow Fridays’

According to company officials, the number of El Pasoans using Metropia’s app to carpool and earn increased reward points has jumped by 75 percent this month.

That means, not only are more El Pasoans earning rewards, but fewer automobiles are on our roads and freeways.

Every Friday in January, commuters who use the Metropia app’s DUO social carpooling function will earn double points. Those points can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards to Metropia’s merchant partners, including a growing list of local merchants like Proper Printshop and Savage Goods. It’s called “Free FlowFridays.”

“While studies show that only about one in ten American commuters carpool to work, more and more El Pasoans are clearly demonstrating that they understand the value of carpooling as a way to save time, reduce congestion and improve their quality of life,” said Tania Chozet, Metropia’s El Paso Community Manager. “If you haven’t done so already, there are still two more Fridays in January to take advantage of the increased rewards as part of the ‘Free Flow Fridays’.”

Here’s how DUO works: Drivers simply use Metropia as they always would — plan a trip, drive, and get rewarded. Passengers on that trip just open the Metropia app, tap the DUO button, and follow the instructions.

Upon reaching their destination, passengers will get points, and drivers can spin the virtual Prize Wheel to determine how many points they’ve earned for helping reduce congestion. On January 20 and 27, 2017, those points will be doubled.

Visit metropia.com/duo for more information on DUO and to see the prize wheel in action.

Following a six-month testing period, Metropia’s free mobile app became available for all motorists in the Paso del Norte region in October. The app provides greater rewards to motorists for traveling at off-peak times and on less-congested routes.

Metropia’s team of traffic engineers and regional experts monitor the latest traffic conditions and construction closures from their new offices at the Hub of Human Innovation in Downtown El Paso. Metropia collaborates with area transportation experts, regional planning agencies and community stakeholders to create meaningful change by serving as the only single-source platform to share data with our entire community.

The free Metropia app is available for download in the App Store and via Google Play.

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