What’s Your Best Idea to Improve Austin Transportation?

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MobilityATX.com has been live for 3 weeks, and hundreds of Austinites have already generated over 200 ideas on commuting, parking, and other mobility issues. When you peruse the website, you’ll see mentions of all your favorite commute solutions: walking, biking, transit, carpooling, and telework. You’ll also see longer guest posts from partners like Capital Metro, the City of Austin Transportation Department, and Joseph Kopser, RideScout’s founder and CEO.

One of the great things about this initiative is that anyone can participate in the MobilityATX forum – you don’t need to be an expert! The goal is to crowd source proposals to keep Austin moving. Suggestions can be big or small, and you can also comment and vote on other ideas. This summer, Mobility ATX will host a town hall discussion of the ideas that were generated. The end result of this process will be specific proposals presented to City Council and other decision-makers.

To give you a taste of the conversation so far, we’ve rounded up the top 5 user-rated ideas in the “Commuting” category. This is only a snapshot – as you vote and add new ideas, these top items may change. What do you think? Log in to mobilityatx.com to add your ideas to the mix!

“Support Reconnect Austin’s vision of an I-35 that’s buried through the center of downtown, correcting the fifty-year-old mistake of dividing the city by a big ugly highway. It might be the only chance in a generation to remove this physical and psychological scar through downtown Austin.” (Comment or vote on this idea here.)

“Remove all sidewalk exemptions. We currently have a fee-in-lieu structure that allows developers to pay instead of building sidewalks. It’s a ridiculous notion, just think about allowing this for roads. Getting rid of that ordinance is something the city can do to make transportation better today for free.” (Comment or vote on this idea here.)

“Dedicated bus lanes in high traffic corridors throughout the city. Many people are discouraged from riding the bus because the bus is sitting in the same traffic as everyone else. Worse, the bus actually becomes part of the traffic problem. If buses had their own protected lanes, they could bypass traffic – leaving more space for cars and empowering the buses to move faster, which would make them more appealing to commuters.

Maybe take the idea one step further and allow school buses to use the dedicated lanes as well – because they aren’t in traffic, it would eliminate the need to stop traffic in both directions when loading and unloading. This would make buses safer for the children while also getting them out of the flow of traffic.” (Comment or vote on this idea here.)

“Restore the original frequency on the 1 and 3 local routes. Even with the change to 30 minute frequencies, the 1 is still the highest ridership route in the city; and should never have been cut. The 801 and 803 are not sufficiently good service to make up for the longer walks. It’s ludicrous that the new “Frequent Service Network” proposal does not include these two locals (no, Rapid is not part of this network; its fares are incompatible with local service).” (Comment or vote on this idea here.)

“Fully fund the bicycle master plan. As mentioned in the plan itself, the amount of cars which would be taken off the road by fully funding the plan would be equal to the capacity served by the new lanes on Mopac. This is a no-brainer and would make Austin a more livable, greener city that would be healthier as well.” (Comment or vote on this idea here.)

One Response to What’s Your Best Idea to Improve Austin Transportation?

  1. David Orr says:

    Where is the reference to and support for getting moving with a light-rail development plan? Just because the poorly designed and unnecessarily expensive Proposition 1 went down in flames last year doesn’t mean that there’s not great need and urgency in getting a functional, efficient, and well-planned light rail system built at the earliest opportunity! We need leadership, and your organization can be part of that solution!