Metropia Celebrates Two Years in Tucson!
Tucson, AZ

Tucson, it’s hard to believe that we’re already celebrating our two year anniversary this month! We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our Tucson Metropia users, friends and community partners.

The numbers don’t lie! You’ve driven 1.11 million miles with Metropia. That was over the course of 146,000 trips you took around Tucson.

That’s like driving from the eastern seaboard to the west coast a little over 396 times!

One of our favorite things about Tucson is its strong sense of community. It’s these types of friendships and connections that fuel Metropia’s mission. Sure, we’re a mobile traffic solution that wants to get people where they need to go in the least amount of time, reduce CO2 emissions, and reward people for driving with us, but we also want to keep working with the people of Tucson to make our city a better place to commute and live!

You, Tucson Metropians, have kept 194,000 lbs. of CO2 out of the atmosphere by driving the more efficient routes suggested by Metropia. That’s 32.3 African forest elephants you’ve kept out of the air. Go you!

In addition, by collectively saving time and CO2 by using Metropia for your commute, you’ve helped us plant 1,941 trees. Ah, fresh air!

Did you know that Metropia was created by the University of Arizona’s own Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu, an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering? Yep, we’re a group of network modelers, transportation engineers, and data scientists who drive the same roads as you and your family.

In fact, it was during a trip to an amusement park that Dr. Chiu came up with Metropia’s core concept. While waiting with his family in a long line for one of the rides, he started to problem solve. If riders weren’t all in the same line at the same time, everyone would be able to get on without spending their afternoons in long, hot lines.

It’s like rice being poured right down a tube--if you pour it all at once the tube will eventually get clogged, but if you stagger the pouring of the rice all of the grains will get through without interruption.

And less interruption means more efficient use of time. Would you believe that you’ve saved 5,748 hours by driving with Metropia! That’s 239.5 more days to read, explore, and spend time with family and friends!

Thank you Tucson.

We can’t continue to make our city better without your continued support. So here’s to our two year anniversary in our hometown, and to many more years of working with you and yours to drive a better Tucson!

We have a Metropia Anniversary Summer Friends Fun Pack chock full o’ summertime goodies for you and a friend. All you have to do is use Metropia once before June 30 and sign up to enter the contest here.

Also, keep an eye out for the Metropia Anniversary Merchant Spotlight series, which will present some neat origin stories and fun facts about our Merchant Partners right here on the Metropia blog,

And finally, if you haven’t done so already, be sure you friend our Metropia Tucson Facebook page for an exclusive photo tour of Metropia over the last two years… maybe you’ll see yourself or your favorite Metropian!

-- The Metropia Tucson team