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Hundreds of El Pasoans sign up for Metropia’s Pioneer Program

More than 500 people in the El Paso region are already helping Drive a Better El Paso by joining Metropia’s Pioneer Program.

El Paso area drivers have logged 21,130 miles using Metropia since the next-generation transportation app was launched less than a month ago. Drivers have saved a total of 60 hours which would have otherwise been wasted in traffic. By travelling on the less congested routes suggested by Metropia, drivers have also kept 2,149 pounds of CO2from being released into our atmosphere.

“Drivers in the El Paso region should be proud of the positive impacts they’re already having by using Metropia,” said Yi-Chang Chiu, Ph.D., founder of Metropia. “By participating in the Pioneer Program they’re also helping improve the app’s functionality meaning the travel time prediction and routing will be enhanced as more people use it.”

Points earned by Metropia drivers in El Paso have been redeemed to plant 22 trees as part of a partnership with American Forests. Trees and other plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. So, using Metropia doesn’t just keep CO2 from going into the atmosphere, it actually helps our planet scrub the COout of the air.

Unlike other travel transportation apps, Metropia suggests the best routes and the best times to leave so you can avoid congestion. But Metropia goes further — connecting to our community in a way that no other transportation app can by offering real world incentives to travel at the optimal times using the best routes.

But Metropia won’t just help drivers who download the app. Because of this innovative partnership, crowd-sourced data collected by drivers will assist with the El Paso MPO and TxDOT traffic models. Those models will help TxDOT, the CRRMA and the MPO make the best decisions possible about our transportation infrastructure.  Using Metropia, even when you know where you’re going, contributes valuable information to transportation planners and app developers — meaning your helping your fellow drivers travel more efficiently, too.

Interested drivers can still sign up for the program so by visiting Metropia.com/ElPaso or by downloading the smart phone app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Metropia’s launch in El Paso is a joint project of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) and the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). But Metropia won’t just help drivers who download the app.

Because of this innovative partnership, crowd-sourced data collected by drivers will assist with the El Paso MPO and TxDOT traffic models. Those models will help TxDOT, the CRRMA and the MPO make the best decisions possible about our transportation infrastructure.

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