Austin Flooding ATXFloods Mobile App

Metropia wants to keep Central Texas drivers safe, which is why it has integrated with ATXfloods to provide its mobile app users with updates on low water crossings across Central Texas.

According to the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, about 75 percent of flood fatalities occur in vehicles. By implementing the ATXfloods application programming interface (API), app users will have access to the latest low water crossing updates to help them avoid flooded roads.

“We want drivers to be safe at all times. By implementing the ATXfloods’ API, Metropia app users not only receive critical road closure...

Having your own car and being able to drive it everywhere is certainly one of the biggest marks of personal freedom in western society. But what about those people who can't afford a car, those who don't have anywhere to park one, or those who don't use a car often enough to justify owning one?

Car-sharing programs are a great alternative to having your own car. Usually all you have to do is sign up for an annual membership and pay a one-time fee for the privilege of being able to make reservations. Once you find out how to do that, you can reserve a car for whenever you need it, from the closest pick-up location to where you will be.

Zipcar, Enterprise Car Share, Hertz on Demand, Car2Go, and City CarShare are the most common car-sharing programs in the US, but...

You leave the office, get to the freeway, and suddenly chaos strikes with citywide traffic delays. Remember the Highway 99 salmon truck crash in Seattle, Washington, that shut down nearly the entire city for a whopping nine hours this May? You can never be sure what sort of long wait you’ll be in for.

Although chances are good no salmon trucks will overturn on the highway in other parts of the country, the notion of nightmare traffic gridlock can be daunting. But being caught unaware by such a scenario doesn’t have to be every bit as miserable as it sounds.

If you climb into your car every day prepared for the worst, your commute will always be that much better. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable and nonplussed when other forces take traffic out of control.

1. Keep an emergency kit on hand.

Traffic or not, it’s always a good...

Looking for an amazing place for a road trip this summer? Come to Arizona!

WalletHub has ranked Arizona as one of the top states of 2015 for summer road trips. Arizona came in 11th place overall, after states like Oregon, North Carolina, and Wyoming. While it did not rank in the the top ten overall, Arizona’s impressive, economical lodging and driving costs earned it the number 2 spot in this category. It also received a ranking of 13 in the category of “Fun and Scenic Attractions”. It is not hard to figure out the reasoning behind these rankings when you consider the variety of experiences and destinations that Arizona has to offer, including large, metropolitan areas like Phoenix, and the natural beauty of cities like Sedona, Tucson, and Williams.

Sedona has received special...

Monsoon season has officially arrived in the Sonoran Desert! While the monsoons bring much appreciated rain and cooler temperatures, they also produce potentially dangerous driving conditions. To combat these dangers, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to educate desert drivers with their “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign. This will be its fourth year in action. While this campaign focuses primarily on safety tips for driving during dust storms, all of these tips are applicable during the sporadic thunderstorms and flooding of monsoons.

Safety Tips

1. Don’t drive into the storm!

While it may be tempting to reenact that awesome scene from your favorite action movie, do NOT drive into an approaching wall of dust! Dust storms do come and go rather quickly, but being in the...

For many students and families, June marks the beginning of road trip season! But with so many drivers on the road, safety is always a main concern. Summer is, after all, according to many safety experts, one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Another concern is more economical and environmental in nature: how to keep it green on the road. As gas prices tend to increase during the Summer months, it is important to consider your options when it comes to making the most of your gas mileage.

Before you set out on your next Summer road trip, consider the following tips and tricks to keep it safe and green along the way.

1. Get a Trip Check or a Tune-Up
You should always pay a visit to your dealership or local mechanic to ensure your vehicle is in good, working order for a road trip. During a check or tune-up, a mechanic will make sure that...

Using the Metropia App to drive a better city is an excellent way to make your community happier and healthier, but we at Metropia thought we’d give you some suggestions to keep the good vibes going beyond your daily driving!

Your city, your community, your street, your neighbors - all of the places and faces you connect with your environment are what make your home so great. So then, why not use your time to make a positive effect and fall even deeper in love with your little corner of the world?

Here are just 5 of hundreds and thousands of great first steps to take to make living where you do even better.

1. Be a kind neighbor, be a friendly face.
With this one we don’t mean you absolutely must bring a dozen freshly-baked cookies to any new neighbor who moves in (although it couldn’t hurt). What we really mean is treat others the way they...

Sunday, May 17th to Thursday, May 25th, 2015 | Atlantic City, N.J.

Metropia team members Robert Tung, Mia Zmud, and Vassilis Papayannoulis, will be presenting the Metropia App and the technology that facilitates it at the National Transportation Planning Applications Conference this week in New Jersey. Work co-authored by Metropia founder, Yi-Chang Chiu, will also be presented during the conference. The team will focus in particular on Data Collection & Management, GPS Trajectories, Data Visualization, and Trip Based Modeling during their several separate presentations.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) envisions the conference as a “constructive forum for the exchange of transportation...

Metropia and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority kick off app-based traffic solution


AUSTIN, TX (May 6, 2015) 

Metropia, Inc., creators of a new mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, officially announced its Austin kickoff today as part of a Transportation Forum co-hosted by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

A metro mobility management platform, Metropia has partnered with the Mobility Authority to provide its mobile users with the most accurate and predictive traffic routing across the greater Austin area. This helps users determine their optimal commute and makes use of existing roadway capacity by directing drivers to less crowded roads and freeways, easing congestion throughout the city.

“Austin’s traffic is the fourth worst in the country and has been in the top four since 2008,” said Mia Zmud, principal of Metropia Austin. “There is no singular solution to tackle this congestion....

Cyclovia Tucson: Spend less time in the car, more outside with Metropia!


Sunday, Apr. 19th, 2015 | 10am - 3pm | Downtown to South Tucson

Join Metropia at Cyclovia Tucson to assist in their week-long Earth Day effort to plant 100 trees! Metropia app users here in Tucson have been improving their commutes and helping the environment by reducing CO2, so Metropia has decided to contribute even more to reforestation efforts. Metropia will be planting up to 100 trees with the help of the Tucson community and American Forests. Efforts will begin at Tucson’s Earth Day Festival and continue for the following week.

Wondering how you can help?

• Shorten 5 of your weekly commutes with the app and Metropia will plant a tree for you!

• Use the Metropia app to...