Getting Out of MoPacalypse

Things got real last week for commuters who use MoPac to get to work – as part of the Improve MoPac construction, one lane northbound has been shut down from Lady Bird Lake to the Enfield Road exit. Traffic, predictably, backed up, and the Internet reacted accordingly:

Screen shot 2016-02-23 at 11.00.31 AM Screen shot 2016-02-23 at 10.54.26 AMScreen shot 2016-02-23 at 10.55.32 AMScreen shot 2016-02-25 at 9.24.10 PM Here’s the thing: in six months, when that third lane is reopened, the traffic isn’t going to flow any better. This isn’t just pessimism on our part; even the MoPac Improvement folks never claimed that when the construction dust clears individual commuters would be zipping up and down the corridor.

The work going on – adding one extra toll lane in each direction from Cesar Chavez Street to Parmer Lane – is designed to “give buses, van pools and individuals who choose not to sit in traffic the ability to avoid congestion and get to their destination without delay.”

Then sooner or later construction will begin on I-35 and guess what – there will be a year or more of construction pain that pushes more traffic to other highways and arterials as well.

So if you’re a driver who is stuck in MoPacalypse, you have two choices: you can suffer through it, knowing that nothing is going to change even after the construction crews clear out, or you can change the way you commute.

The good news is that mobility options have been growing almost as fast as the traffic in Austin, and you have a lot of options to choose from. If you’re having trouble figuring out how using an alternative commute mode would work for you, contact us! We’re happy to help.

2 Responses to Getting Out of MoPacalypse

  1. S says:

    If this town would invest in it’s public transportation system we’d all be a lot better off.
    North Austin is living almost without any. What little we have is barely functioning. For a town with a million people, almost, this is embarrassing. What happened to Austin being “so GREEN”? (Off topic: get a freakin’ observatory, too!)

    I sold my Jeep for scrap a little over a month ago and I am appalled at how much stress and wasted time is involved in taking the bus everywhere. And why do you Texans sneer at pedestrians as if it indicates homelessness? Is it something to do with the oil industry?

    • Kate Harrington says:

      It’s true that using options is a habit that’s growing slowly in Austin. Even Mayor Wynn (when he was Mayor) has stories about W Austin neighbors stopping to ask if he needed a ride when he walked or took the bus to his downtown (City Hall) office. As to your comment: alone, any one system cannot do everything for everyone and yes Austin could do with more robust transit. That said, transit in Austin works well if you live near it/want to go to places it serves and it doesn’t work well if you live someplace without much transit or need to go places it doesn’t serve. Other options may help fill the gaps. Contact Movability if you think we can help you identify options.