With the kick off of the monsoons come mixed feelings of relief and dread for Tucsonans. The desert city has special challenges that come with the expected, yet still unpredictable torrential rains which wash the landscape every year.

We welcome the monsoons to revitalize the parched areas of vegetation, returning them to the soothing, luscious green that we prize. The moisture wakes up the smells from native creosote bushes and generates a clean, earthy smell that is characteristic of the region. Desert dwellers also get to witness some of the most spectacular lightening shows in the world.

The special anatomy of the monsoons, which are actually a large storm system rather than a single storm, is the cause of the abrupt rainfall we experience in the Southwest every summer. The moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California plus a shift in wind direction...

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...

The tone of an entire day can be set by the smoothness of your commute to work. Drivers just want the ability to go, go, go, but some days can seem like the Fates conspired against any chance of missing at least some obstacles along the route.

Frustrations such as the slow driver, distracted drivers, rude drivers, and drivers who are already to the point of rage can make travel difficult enough without poor lane structuring and traffic flow adding to your troubles. While local law enforcement can only do so much to quell problems with individual drivers, modern traffic technology comes to the rescue regarding highway structuring and enabling steadier traffic flow.

Cities that are growing at a seemingly exponential rate especially need alternatives for handling increasing numbers of drivers on the streets. The most popular solution has been to create one-way streets,...

Metropia Celebrates One Year in Austin

One year ago this month, Metropia launched in the Austin area ready to tackle a pretty hefty issue—Austin traffic (gasp!). While a seemingly large undertaking, we knew we weren’t going at this alone. With our supporting partner, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and Central Texans like you- we  were ready to make our city a better place to live.

Metropians are Driving a #betterATX

Fast forward to a year later and more than one million miles driven, Metropia app users have saved more than 300,000 lbs of CO2 and more than 3,600 hours on their commutes (if you add these hours up, that’s a total of 150 days—5 months roughly – of time saved and counting!). Not only are Metropians tackling traffic but also giving back to their community, choosing to donate earned points to having more than 3,000 trees planted, and donating 400 warm meals...

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...

“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...

Civil engineers certainly have their work cut out for them in terms of the scope of their responsibilities. In a broad sense they design, build, and maintain the many systems that power our modern way of life, which encompasses the need for electricity, potable drinking water, airports and highways, including roadways and bridges within cities.

Since the days of the first civilized societies, civil engineering, even if it wasn’t referred to as such, has been highly instrumental in paving the way for life as we know it today. Special structures such as aqueducts had to be designed to direct water for public use in the days of the Roman Empire. Civil engineering also enabled more inner-city trade, which in turn enabled advancements in transportation. As we gradually phased from foot traffic and horses to wheeled vehicles city infrastructures had to be designed to support...