AUSTIN, TX (August 4, 2015) – Metropia, Inc., creators of the mobile app system to alleviate traffic congestion, today announced its integration with ATXfloods to provide its users with updates on low water crossings across Central Texas.
August 4, 2015
“More than anything, we want drivers to be safe at all times, and with ATXfloods’ API, Metropia is updated every 10 minutes with news of road closures due to flooding,” said Mia Zmud, principal of Metropia Austin. “We can now guide drivers to safer alternative routes, even after they’ve started their trip, to avoid hazardous conditions caused by heavy rains and even flash floods.”
According to the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection, about 75 percent of flood fatalities occur in vehicles. The partnership addresses this serious safety concern, allowing drivers to avert dangerous flash flood areas and make informed, life-saving rerouting decisions.
"We shared our database of low water crossing closures to see it incorporated in ways that advance public safety,” said Scott Prinsen, public information officer at the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department.
Metropia launched in the Austin market with support from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority earlier this year in order to provide its mobile users with the most accurate and predictive traffic routing across the greater Austin area.
About Metropia, Inc.
Metropia’s mission is to make cities better places to live. Mobility products currently include the Metropia App, the mobile app system that incentivizes commuters to choose routes that help reduce and eliminate traffic congestion; and Metropia Synergy, the behaviorally effective, active demand management platform that achieves congestion mitigation via social reward ecosystem. Metropia is supported by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. To learn more, visit www.metropia.com/Austin.
About Watershed Protection
Watershed Protection protects lives, property and the environment of the Austin community by reducing the impact of flood, erosion and water pollution. To learn more, visit www.austintexas.gov.