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Metropians Across Southwest Donating 250 trees in Celebration of Earth Month 2017

Metropians in El Paso are joining other Earth-conscious drivers in Austin and Tucson and donating dozens of trees in celebration of Earth Month 2017.

While Metropians typically redeem the points earned while avoiding congestion for rewards with local businesses like Eloise, Proper Printshop and Savage Goods, through the end of April those points can be used to donate trees which will be matched one-for-one by Metropia through its partnership with American Forests.

“Hundreds of El Pasoans are already using Metropia’s mobile app every day to save time on their commutes and reduce their CO2 emissions,” said Tania Chozet, Metropia’s El Paso Community Manager. “In the spirit of Earth Day, we’re asking Metropians to go even further and redeem some of their points for trees which help mitigate harmful CO2 emissions. For each tree you donate, we’ll donate one, too.”

Thanks to donations by Metropians in El Paso, Austin, and Tucson, 96 trees have been planted so far this month.

“We’re well on our way to meeting our goal of planting 250 trees, so we encourage all Metropians to donate some of their points toward this worthy cause between now and the end of the month,” Chozet said. “During Earth Month, we also encourage them to seek out other opportunities to lessen their carbon footprints and help make the world a better place.”

Many of those opportunities will be on display at the City of El Paso’s GRO 2017 event from 10 am to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, on the main promenade at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway Boulevard West.

GRO, which stands for Growth, Resilience and Opportunity, is a celebration of community and sustainability that seeks to increase awareness regarding sustainable community practices through education and outreach, with the goal of maximizing resilience and quality of life.

Metropia is proud to participate in GRO, and will be there handing out Metropia t-shirts and other goodies and educating the public about the benefits of using Metropia to plan ahead.

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

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.

Metropia officially launched in El Paso in October, following a nine month testing phase.  To date, thousands of El Paso’s commuters have saved nearly 3,000 hours of driving time. For more information, visit Metropia.com/ElPaso.

Metropia Adds New Merchant to Traffic-Avoiding App

A growing number of local merchants are making it more rewarding to help reduce congestion during the daily commute by using Metropia’s mobile app.

Eloise, a European-style coffee shop and restaurant located at 255 Shadow Mountain Drive in West El Paso, is Metropia’s latest merchant partner in El Paso.

“Metropia is committed to finding innovative solutions to El Paso’s growing traffic troubles while improving the quality of life for El Pasoans,” said Tania Chozet, Metropia’s El Paso Community Manager. “Partnering with businesses like Eloise, Savage Goods and Proper Printshop allows us to showcase some of the entrepreneurs who are investing in our community while making it even more rewarding for commuters to avoid congestion.”

The list of businesses also includes Proper Printshop, a locally owned screen printing studio, and Savage Goods, a local purveyor of home baked goods.

By using the Metropia app to navigate around congestion and choose less congested travel times, commuters earn points which can be redeemed with those participating businesses.

As one of Metropia’s newest partners, the live video will focus on raising awareness of the new collaboration; showcase one of Eloise’s Meatless Monday offerings, and giving a behind-the-scenes look at cafe operations. You can watch the live broadcast and submit questions by liking Metropia El Paso on Facebook.

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.

Metropia officially launched in El Paso in October, following a nine month testing phase.  To date, thousands of El Paso’s commuters have saved nearly 2,000 hours of driving time and planted nearly 9,000 trees.

Metropia will be live on Facebook in the Eloise kitchen at 10am MST on Monday, April 10, 2017. Eloise is known for their high-quality, responsibly sourced coffee, gourmet fare, and vegan-friendly offerings.

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

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.

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.

Metropia App Offers Double Points to Carpoolers as part of ‘Free Flow Fridays’ in January

Metropia’s mobile app is making it even more rewarding to help reduce congestion and carpool on your daily commute this month.

In partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Traffic Jam Special initiative, Metropia is launching Free Flow Fridays. 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.

“Single Occupancy Vehicles are a significant contributor to traffic congestion, particularly during rush hour, but, according to some studies, only about one in ten American commuters carpools to work,” said Tania Chozet, Metropia’s El Paso Community Manager. “Partnering with TxDOT for Free Flow Fridays allows us to make carpooling even more rewarding for commuters while showcasing exciting local merchant partners.”

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 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017, those points will be doubled.

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

Metropia to Announce Full App Platform during Monday’s Mobility Symposium

Metropia, a transportation technology company, will announce at its Mobility Symposium on Monday, October 24, 2016, that the full Metropia platform, including the consumer-facing Metropia mobile app, is now available in the Paso del Norte Region.

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.

After nine months of testing, Metropia’s mobile app is ready to put the power of those partnerships in the hands of users by rewarding them for making better commuting decisions.

Regional transportation leaders will celebrate the launch of Metropia with a Mobility Symposium and Information Fair on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Mobility Symposium

10:45 am to Noon

Foundation Room

333 N. Oregon Street

Information Fair

Noon to 1:00 pm

San Jacinto Plaza

Open to the Public

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Marybeth Stevens, Advisor, Metropia El Paso; Chairwoman of the Board, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Mobility Symposium Panelists:

  • Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu, Founder, Metropia
  • Bob Bielek, P.E., El Paso District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Mathew McElroy, Director of International Bridges, City of El Paso

Information Fair Participants:

  • SunCycle Bike Share
  • Velo Paso Bike + Pedestrian Alliance
  • City of El Paso Office of Resilience and Sustainability
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Go10
  • Sun Metro

Metropia’s launch in El Paso is a joint project with the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, the Texas Department of Transportation, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the City of El Paso.

Visit metropia.com/elpaso for more information.

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.

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.

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