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City, Metropia Team up to Improve Tracking of Border Crossing Wait Times

The City of El Paso has partnered with Metropia, Inc., and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) to launch a beta test of a new app designed to improve the border crossing experience for all travelers at El Paso-Juárez ports of entry.

The free Metropia app will provide border crossers with the best routes and ideal times to travel by tracking border wait times at the international ports of entry. The app was developed to empower users with information to improve their travel time across the border.

“We’re excited to deliver this new technology to the El Paso-Juárez border. The free Metropia app will help commuters, both traveling for leisure and commercial purposes, to reduce their wait times at the ports of entry. Beta testers through their use of the app will contribute border wait time data that will help us make improvements that will benefit the entire region,” said Mathew McElroy, City of El Paso International Bridges Department.

The Metropia app will go beyond providing users with current wait times and traffic congestion levels. By predicting and displaying how those conditions will change throughout the day, border crossers will be empowered to choose the ideal times to cross the border and guide them through the fastest port of entry along least-congested routes.

The ability to disburse the demand more evenly across six of the bridge crossings and at more varied times, will help Metropia and the City of El Paso reduce wait times and traffic conditions for all border crossers, not only those who utilize the app.

Those who sign up to become beta testers will get exclusive early access to this new technology and will be compensated each time they use the Metropia app to cross the border at the designated ports of entry. Compensation will be up to $10 per day. Data collected throughout the beta test will optimize the app’s predictive capabilities in preparation for a full launch this spring.

Motorists interested in becoming a Metropia port of entry beta tester should visit, www.metropia.com/POEbeta to enroll. Motorists are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as space is limited for the number of beta testers who may receive monetary compensation.

Those who sign up for the beta testing program but are not selected to participate will still receive an exclusive invitation to use the app before it goes live next month.

“The increasing wait times across our border have a profound daily impact on our economy and the quality of life for the residents of El Paso and Juárez,” said Tania Chozet, Metropia’s community manager in El Paso. “Through this innovative partnership with the City of El Paso and the CRRMA, Metropia is eager to reduce wait times at the Port of Entry and increase access to both of these wonderful cities.”

The international bridges wait time feature is an extension of Metropia’s existing services in El Paso. Metropia officially launched in El Paso last October to provide city-wide travel options to motorists.

Since then, the company through its technology has helped thousands of El Paso’s commuters save nearly 2,000 hours of driving time and plant nearly 9,000 trees as part of their reforestation program with American Forests.

City Appoints New Deputy City Manager

The City of El Paso is pleased to announce the promotion of Cary Westin as the new Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Tourism. Westin will take on his new role effective immediately.

Westin has been with the City of El Paso since 2014 and most recently served as the Managing Director of Economic and International Development where he was responsible for business growth, business attraction and retention.

As a deputy city manager, Westin will oversee the departments of Airport, Community and Human Development, Destination El Paso, Economic Development, International Bridges, Museums and Cultural Affairs, and Planning & Inspections.

“Mr. Westin is a proven leader who has had a major impact in the success of our City,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “I am confident that he will continue to thrive in this new role and grow the successes of the departments he oversees.”

The appointment of this key position is solidifying the City of El Paso’s executive leadership team. The City of El Paso earlier this year established the Public Works and Transportation team led by Deputy City Manager Khalil Zaied, who manages the departments of Capital Improvement, Streets and Maintenance, Environmental Services and Mass Transit – Sun Metro, and serves as the liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and utilities.

Prior to joining the City, Westin spent three years with the Borderplex Alliance and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation as Vice President of Business Development for the Defense and Clean Technology sectors, responsible for attracting new industry to the region.

Before that he worked for Aerospace Missions Corporation as Vice President for Business Development, supporting key technology research and development projects.

Westin served 25 years on active duty in the Army in a variety of critical command and staff positions. Westin’s occupational specialty was air defense operations, culminating in a four year assignment as the Director of the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate (ADATD), U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Westin earned a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006. He also holds a BA (English) from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.

The City of El Paso will begin looking for a new Economic & International Development director in the coming weeks.

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