If you drive in West El Paso, your commute could be changing.

Beginning on Sunday, June 10, 2016, Paisano Drive (US 85) will be closed between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Boulevard. The closure, which is part of the Border West Expressway Project, will be in place thru winter of 2017.

This closure leaves Mesa Street as one of the only alternates to Interstate 10 which is also under construction in this area.

We all know that Mesa Street was busy before this project began and it’s only  gotten busier as drivers try to avoid work on the Go 10 project nearby. By downloading the Metropia app now and joining our Pioneer Program, you’ll have access to real-time traffic information generated by other Metropia users. That will help you plan the least congested route to where you’re going.

Using the least congested route not only saves you time,...

As an esteemed part of most cultures, traditions are observed as a placeholder for legacies. While some traditions are left unchanged by purists, progressives see room for other traditions to be improved upon and modified. One tradition which has undergone a welcomed change is the American work schedule.

In the past decade, America’s employers have become wise to the commuter’s quandary. America’s population is growing, producing more new drivers. Medical science enables aging citizens to live longer, healthier lives, which in turn usually allows them to preserve their driving privilege. Essentially, the great American road has become a traffic jam.

To keep up with the beat of life, we must travel. Even the advent of digital living has not put a substantial enough dent in the need to go motoring, and most people still maintain employment that requires them to attend the...

As the number of drivers on the roads increase, cities can barely keep up with the overflow. Projects are constantly underway and teams of city planners and engineers spend hours in “think tanks” to solve the age-old problem of traffic congestion. However, drivers are now taking an active part in helping to reduce the congestion problem.

Multi-passenger traveling, classically known as carpooling, comes with a number of benefits. Whatever we choose to call it, the object is still to remove as many one-passenger vehicles from the roads as possible. If you join a carpool for your regular commute to work, you and your passengers can enjoy these perks:

·         Collaboration time

Many a great idea has come from the pooling together of ideas and as coworkers pool together to get to work. Sure you have company...

As modern life hums with constant activity, it takes no time to accumulate a plate full of daily activities and several places to be in the course of a day. Before you know it, clutter has inundated your space and time, leaving you feeling swamped and drained before the day even begins.

But your stack of to-dos is not insurmountable, and the best way to get any job done is to get organized. If you know you have a bazillion tasks to accomplish in a day, try the following tips to help ease your rat race burdens:

• Make a list – Sit down the night before and make a list of the places you need to go. If you can, visualize the location of the places you need to go and rearrange your list according to which one you will visit first.

• Prioritize – If any of your long list of tasks can be accomplished another day, then don’t feel guilty about putting them off. Only...

DUO Social Carpooling in El Paso

Summertime is nearly here, and in El Paso we all know that means lots of things to do with friends and family. From Sunday afternoon barbecues to high school graduations, to Downtown events including StreetFest and Neon Desert Music Festival.

Now, with Metropia’s DUO function, the drive can be just as rewarding as the destination!

Metropia is the powerful next-generation transportation app which is currently being tested in the El Paso region. You can use DUO by visiting Metropia.com/ElPaso and downloading the app in the Apple Store or Google Play. Once you do that, you’ll be enrolled in the Pioneer Program.

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...

City of Tucson & Metropia Partnership

TUCSON, Arizona -- Beginning in May, the City of Tucson will partner with local driving app, Metropia and start a Travel Reduction Campaign for their employees. The partnership will offer smarter travel options for city employees, enabling them to cut transportation time and costs during their daily commutes, and while they are driving on behalf of the City of Tucson.

The city will receive reports illustrating the average travel-time savings, routing prediction accuracy, user experience satisfaction, and carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas savings of their team. Metropia’s information will poise the City of Tucson to track their progress toward their campaign goals of improved air quality and reduced travel congestion.

In order to meet these goals, increased alternate travel mode usage and reduced overall motor vehicle travel for commute trips will be incentivized. Employees...

“Life is what you make it” is a popular expression which holds some truth. Indeed, certain factors contribute to how a place can enable overall happiness with its residents.

What are the common ingredients to making a happier city? One obvious answer to many is access to greater financial gain. Indeed, more individual spending power leads to experiences that may not otherwise be enjoyed, but the economy is only one part of what goes into making a happy city.

To find out what makes happier cities, governments have begun to refer to questionnaires originally developed for mental health purposes, adapting them to anticipate the everyday person’s wants and needs. Upon examination of longitudinal studies and the results of surveys, city governments have become wise to the idea that well-being combined with resident satisfaction make up the recipe to making their city a...

You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child” in regard to child rearing, but the same principal can be applied to bringing about positive change to preserve and heal our natural environment. It takes communities becoming involved with creating a sustainable way of living locally, which will in turn impact the entire globe.

And it isn’t just something we observe once a year as we do Earth Day every April; It’s an on-going effort in our conscientious daily life habits. Changes in global weather are brought on chiefly by human activity, as has been evident over the past century in drought patterns, general meteorology and the effects of warming on glaciers. Therefore, it is our responsibility to constantly improve and advance methods we use to maintain modern lifestyles.

Scientific evidence of how industrialization has negatively impacted the planet...

We’re excited to be back at the Austin Earth Day Festival celebration this Saturday, April 23rd and invite you to join us! Starting at 12pm at Mueller Lake Park, swing by the Metropia booth for some games, prizes, doggie treats and more!

How to find us? We’ll be located just a couple booths away from the Food Area. If you see a prize wheel, there's a pretty good chance it's us.

Also, tell us or show us this Top Secret hashtag (below):
when you swing by the booth!

In the spirit of Earth Day, we also want to THANK YOU, the growing number of Metropia app users, who are helping drive a #betterATX on a daily basis by:

  1. Planting trees! Thanks to our partnership with American Forests, Metropia app...

When was the last time you bit into what you would swear was the juiciest, sweetest melon you ever sunk your teeth into? Or had that perfect apple with just the right balance of sweet and tart? Was the last salad you ate dressed with greens grown in someone’s backyard? Fresh, tree-ripe peaches that drip juice down your arms and face with the first bite are a coveted but hard to find commodity.

Farmer’s markets are catching on around the country. According to the USDA AMS Marketing Services Division, the number of farmer’s markets in the U.S. grew 3.9% from 2012 to 2013, raising the number of markets in their national directory to more than 8,000. Figures like these certainly give hope that America’s agricultural roots are not dissolving as some had feared.

No doubt about it, eating locally grown food is a great way to meet your nutritional needs for a number of reasons...