Movability Highlights Change and Growth in Annual Report

Movability Austin saw a lot of big changes in 2016, including a shift into the Downtown Austin Alliance family and a new membership program. The report is available here.

Here’s an excerpt:

“As is the case in growing cities across the U.S., Austin is experiencing mobility challenges that threaten economic success, public health, and affordability. While our transportation infrastructure has seen some updates, they haven’t kept pace with the region’s population growth. We cannot build our way out of congestion therefore much of our work is building demand. As we build demand for alternative ways to commute it is critical our transit partners continue to build their programs and services. Smaller projects and initiatives are also packing a big punch:

Capital Metro’s MetroWorks program and Ridesharing continued to grow this year and have given employers an easy way to help employees connect with mobility options. And public-private initiatives like the new Market District shuttle run by Chariot – as well as Chariot’s service for Austin commuters – are new mobility options that will allow commuters more access to alternative commutes.”

Summertime, and the Commuting is Easy

Have you ever noticed that the traffic flow is a little better during the summer? That’s because even small shifts in the number of people driving alone during rush hour can make big traffic impacts. Maybe more people are on vacation, teleworking, or using flex hours – either way, fewer of them are on the road in the summer.

Instead of looking forward to time in your car this summer, why not try out your own mobility experiment? Without the confines of school schedules, it’s a perfect time for some commuters to experiment with options. And who knows, some of those experiments may turn into new habits.

There are a few developments on the horizon that may help: in August Capital Metro will be boosting the frequency of its two MetroRapid routes.

Both Routes 801 and 803 will add frequency between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays so that the service will run every 10 minutes. On weekends, both routes will run every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Late-night service will operate at 20-minute frequencies until 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, both routes will operate at 20-minute frequencies until midnight.

Once the MoPac Improvement Project wraps up later this summer, those extra lanes will also provide a congestion-free corridor for Express Bus routes to use. That could make the Express Bus a great option for commuters coming into Austin from more outlying areas. Imagine zipping down MoPac past all the cars sitting still!

Photo courtesy of Capital Metro

Have a Say in Austin’s Transportation Future!

 

 

The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is developing its Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP). Issues including commute delays, travel choice, health and safety, and affordability have emerged from public input as key considerations for future investment and plans.

What matters most to you? What specific concerns or ideas do you have that could make getting into and around Austin better? Take a few minutes to complete this survey to share your priorities and your specific suggestions for improvement. Your input adds to the City’s understanding of current priorities and builds on the important foundation of priorities expressed through prior community conversations, such as Mobility Talks, which help define ATD’s strategies for addressing transportation challenges.

The mobility plan will include prioritized policies, programs and projects throughout the City of Austin, will be inclusive of all modes of transportation (biking, walking, driving, taking transit, etc.), and will guide Austin’s transportation investments for the next 10+ years. Click here to learn more about how your input will help shape the development of the ASMP. The survey will be open until Friday, June 9, and is available on the ASMP website, AustinTexas.gov/ASMP, so please take a few minutes now to share your views.