Tuesday, June 14, 2022
PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of Providence today announced that Metropia’s free multi-modal navigation app – GoEzy – has officially launched in Providence, supporting the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Smartphone Travel Incentive Study. The GoEzy app helps drivers avoid traffic and spend less time behind the wheel, and as part of the study, Providence drivers could be offered valuable rewards for trying out GoEzy’s suggestions to improve their commute over the next several weeks.
“The City of Providence is constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to rethink transportation, through implementing our Great Streets Initiative, promoting use of multimodal transportation methods like e-bikes and e-scooters, and passing the Green and Complete Streets Ordinance,” said Martina Haggerty, Providence City Planning’s Director of Special Projects. “We are thrilled to now offer GoEzy to our community members and visitors as yet another way to reduce carbon emissions and ease traffic in Providence.”
In addition to enjoying GoEzy’s innovative features, thousands of Providence drivers will receive special offers to make changes to their routine travel, such as leaving a little earlier for a trip than normal, carpooling or biking to work, or trying out a convenient RIPTA route to school. Commuters can earn rewards, like gift cards, for giving those suggestions a try.
As drivers use the GoEzy app, the Smartphone Travel Incentive study will develop a deeper understanding of traveler behavior, how incentives influence travel choices, and how these findings can help shape transportation policy in the future.
“Many drivers have simply given up and accepted traffic as part of their day,” says Chris Colemon, leader of Smartphone’s recruitment efforts. “But the truth is you can make small changes to avoid traffic and reduce that stress in your life. The GoEzy app will find and suggest those changes for you, and for a limited time, Providence drivers could be rewarded for trying them out.”
GoEzy will continue to improve daily drives long after the study is over. To join Providence drivers in earning rewards while improving your commute, here’s what to do:
- Download the free GoEzy app from the Apple App Store or Google Play
- Start using the GoEzy app for navigation when travelling around town
- Within 1-2 weeks, the app will give you personalized suggestions (and possibly rewards) for upcoming trips