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Metropia Tests App in El Paso; Aims to Make City ‘less congested, more connected’

Metropia’s powerful, next-generation transportation app is coming to El Paso.

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 signing up, you can cut your CO2 emissions, save time and fuel, earn rewards from cool local businesses and even contribute to reforestation efforts.

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).

Officials say 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.

“Before Metropia is available to everyone in the El Paso region, 500 road-savvy drivers will get an advance opportunity to participate in the Metropia Pioneer Program,” said Yi-Chang Chiu, Ph.D., founder of Metropia. “They’ll have exclusive access to download the app, make suggestions about how to make the app even more powerful, and engage with Metropia developers.”

While Metropia is already helping drivers find commuting solutions in Tucson and Austin, it also has a long-standing El Paso connection. Chiu is a former engineering professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. He helped design the roundabout at University Avenue and Sun Bowl Drive on the UTEP campus.

Drivers interested in the Pioneer Program can visit Metropia.com/ElPaso to sign-up.

“We’re bringing Metropia to El Paso because drivers need innovative solutions to the mobility challenges associated with our community’s continued growth,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “We believe building a less congested and more connected community is key to making El Paso a better place to live and work.”

According to an analysis of traffic data by the Texas Department of Transportation, three of the most congested stretches of freeway in Texas are in El Paso County according to TxDOT’s 2015 Top 100 Congested Roadways listing. Delays associated with that congestion costs us $41 million each year, according to TxDOT.

“Given the level of construction in El Paso over the next four years, we anticipate Metropia to be a valuable tool to help people avoid the most congested areas,” said Bob Bielek, District Engineer, TxDOT. “Pioneer users who actively give feedback will help make the app successful.”

TxDOT is also currently working on several major freeway projects in El Paso including Go10 and the Border West Expressway. Other major projects are planned on I-10, Montana Avenue, and Spur 601.

Lane closures on Mesa, Carolina as road projects move forward

Motorists and cyclists will encounter lane closures on key roads in the Westside and in the Mission Valley, as important transportation projects advance which will improve connectivity citywide.

The City of El Paso will close the left hand lane of northbound vehicle traffic at the intersection of Mesa Street and Mesita Drive beginning today. The closure is necessary to complete the installation of an ADA accessible ramp.  The closure will last approximately two weeks, and will enhance the connectivity of this area for pedestrians and users of Sun Metro’s Brio.

The City of El Paso has closed the right hand lane of northbound traffic on Mesa Street near Argonaut Drive.  This closure will last until late September, and is necessary in order to construct a sidewalk that is missing in the area.

This project is part of an effort to enhance the connectivity of Mesa Street for pedestrians.

The City of El Paso has also closed the left hand lane of southbound traffic on Carolina Drive near Alameda Avenue until the end of this month.

This closure is facilitating the utility relocation work that must be finalized prior to the start of the Carolina Bridge Reconstruction project, which is scheduled to begin in 2016.

These three construction projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to maintain and enhance El Paso’s regional transportation system.

Author: City of El Paso

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