The City of Austin and Capital Metro are partnering to offer Smart Trips Austin to a slice of Central Austin. Smart Trips is a program that aims to increase trips people take by foot, bike, bus, or carpool, and reduce single occupant vehicle trips – which is to say, the goal is to get people to drive alone less often.
Here’s how it works: about 12,600 residents in north central Austin will get an order form. Based on how they fill those out, residents who choose to participate will then get information about resources like learn-to-ride classes, transit adventures, and guided neighborhood walks and social rides. The toolkits will be customized to best fit each recipient’s commuting and travel habits, and participants will have a chance to weigh in on what works and what doesn’t as they try different options.
This is similar to the work Movability has done with employees and employers downtown, and we’ve been able to help many commuters think in new ways about how they want to use their time and how their travel habits fit into those goals.
If you’re a commuter who lives in the program area, you can order your free Smart Trips toolkit online. Trying a new commute doesn’t have to be a drastic step – start small, with a fun weekend trip, or commute using options one day a week. If you find that you’re gaining more time to do the things you like and you enjoy spending less of your time in traffic, maybe those new habits can build into a new travel routine!
Smart Trips Austin just started in April, and will run through June of 2016. Resources are available to residents who live between MoPac and I-35 and between Koenig Lane (also called FM 2222) and 38th Street. To learn more, visit the Smart Trips website.