Calling all carpoolers: An estimated 500,000 Houstonians lost their vehicles to Hurricane Harvey, and they NEED YOUR HELP. Our city’s recovery will heavily rely on the generosity of our fellow Houstonians to lend a helping hand, and one critical area where you can make a huge impact is in sharing a ride with someone in need.

Many of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and classmates have been left stranded without access to reliable transportation, and now there’s an easy way to match with a carpool driver or passenger in your area.

Visit http://houston-riding.metropia.com to sign up as a passenger in need of a ride or a driver happy to share one, and enter your starting location, departure time, and destination into the site. Behind the scenes,...

Fast forward two years since Metropia’s launch in May 2015, and Austin's Metropia app users have saved more than 650,000 lbs of CO2 and more than 20,000 hours on their commutes (if you add these hours up, that’s more than 2 years of time saved and counting!). Not only are Metropians tackling traffic but also giving back to our communities, choosing to donate their earned points to plant more than 7,000 trees and donate warm meals to the local non-profit, Meals on Wheels and More.

Metropia app users continue to help drive a #betteratx. And by helping improve the flow of traffic in our city, the growing Metropia community is helping to create a more vibrant economy, reduce commuter stress, improve air quality, and enhance the overall quality of life in Austin. And after only two years, we’re already seeing that Metropians are helping our city be a better place to live.

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Metropians are continuing to make a difference in our communities by planning ahead, carpooling, donating to our nonprofit partners, and more. And our Earth Month 2017 celebration was no exception.

Metropians Donated 258 Trees during Earth Month
In celebration of Earth Month 2017, we invited Metropians to help us donate 250 trees (our highest goal yet) during the month of April through our national partnership with American Forests. For every tree donated by app users, Metropia matched it with a second tree. And guess what? Together, we not only met, but exceeded our goal with 258 trees!

Earth Day Festivities

In case you missed it, we had great time at our Earth Day festival, a celebration of all...

Earth Month 2017

Earth Month is officially here and we want to invite our Metropians in Austin, El Paso, and Tucson to help us celebrate by planting 250 trees! Here's how you can contribute some of your points to help us plant trees as well as where you can join us to celebrate Earth Day in your town. Thanks for all you do to reduce your harmful C02 emissions and improve the air quality in your city!

Help Us Plant 250 Trees
April 1 - 30th

Made possible by our partnership with the national nonprofit American Forests, we’ve set a goal to plant 250 trees during the month of April. Here’s how you can donate your reward points to help make a difference:

For just 250 Metropia points, you can plant a tree through American Forests, and...

A Green 2017

Every new year brings with it new possibilities, and of course, lots of new promises to be a better version of yourself than you were the year before. Many people will resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, spend less, spend more time with their loved ones, and make the important changes in their lives, and the hope is that we can form new habits that will stick with us for years to come.

One of more increasingly common resolutions that have become popular lately is the resolution to change wasteful habits and become greener in our everyday living. Though there are a whole lot of ways to be greener, there is one area of your life which, with a little tweaking, can make you a much greener, more eco-friendly citizen of your community.
Your daily car commute to work is not only wreaking havoc on your mental and physical health, but it is also seriously damaging the...

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Over the river and through the woods we go, year after year, to visit family and friends over the holiday season. Traveling for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but it is also a time of high stress, cold weather, and of course, traffic conditions that can make you want to pull your hair out.
If you are gearing up to hit the road to visit your nearest and dearest, preparing for your travel in advance is key to avoiding the biggest holiday driving stressors and blunders that occur when the roads are packed with fellow holiday travelers.
Follow these tips to get where you’re going safely and have a wonderful holiday that is just a bit less stressful.
Ready Your Vehicle for Winter

Whether you live in New York where you are likely to see rain and snow over the holidays, or in Tucson where you will likely see more tumbleweeds than snowmen on the...

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Every year, thousands of teen drivers study up, practice their parallel parking skills, and pass their driving test with flying colors. There’s a lot about driving that you cannot learn in a book, though. Just like you will develop muscle memory as you become a more experienced driver, you will also have to learn how to become a safe driver too.

The longer you are behind the wheel, the more these safe driving techniques will become second nature. Until that time comes, however, there are some driving tips that will make all the difference on the road, and help you to develop into a confident, safe, and smart driver.

Master Defensive Driving

Inexperienced drivers have a lot on their plates. Most feel the need to concentrate on their own driving skills and ensure that they’re doing everything in their power to practice safe driving on their end....

 Transportation tech company Metropia joins El Paso’s innovation economy, formally launching El Paso Ecosystem with mobile platform, mobility symposium

EL PASO, Texas — We can solve El Paso’s growing traffic troubles, but only if we all work together.

That’s the simple idea behind Metropia, a transportation technology company which is launching its full platform of tools today in the Paso del Norte Region. Among those tools is the consumer-facing Metropia mobile app, which can be downloaded for free by smartphone users.

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’s team of traffic engineers and regional experts monitor the latest traffic conditions and construction closures from their new real-time traffic management center at the Hub of Human Innovation in Downtown El Paso.  

After months of testing, Metropia’s...

People today like to boast and brag that they can multitask and not miss a beat. Unfortunately, the truth is that study after study proves that multitasking means dividing your concentration, and that always leads to both tasks being done poorly.

Driving is a major responsibility, and it requires all of your focused attention to ensure that you are driving safely and effectively. Many find a myriad of other things to do when they should be keeping an eye on the road, like texting and responding to messages on their phones, adjust the radio station or volume, and even eat complete meals behind the wheel.

If you are a distracted driver, it’s time to put down the distractions and follow these tips to keep yourself attentive to the road.

Put the Phone Down

Driving and texting/emailing/PMing/Tweeting/Snapchatting do not mix. If your eyes aren’t...

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The effects of traffic jams, long-term driving, and a commuter stress have long been documented in our society, yet still, most of us depend on our cars to get us to and from work every day. Sitting in traffic has been shown to cause an increase in blood pressure, rising cholesterol levels, increased fatigue, and raises your risk of anxiety, but there are solutions out there that can help you alleviate these stressors, at least intermittently this autumn.

As the temperatures cool and alternate methods of commuting become more available, many people take advantage of the mild weather to change up their commute and get some extra exercise. Others are looking for ways to not only get out of their cars, but also to reduce their pollution emissions and help to create a greener city.

Depending on where you live, your options for alternate modes of transportation will vary...

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