Back to School, Guadalupe Repairs, and Traffic, Oh My!

Next week heralds the long-anticipated (or dreaded, depending on your take) return to school. And while it’s impossible to predict what the school year has in store for students of all ages, it is entirely possible to predict that back-to-school time will bring increased rush hour traffic.

But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget that repairs to Guadalupe Street are still going on, as well as work on MoPac. That means the potential for more snarls than usual during peak travel times.

Instead of resigning yourself to sitting in that traffic, why not try options? A bus ride might give you added time to read, email, or catch up on your social media. Carpooling saves on gas and parking. If you live close enough to work, an active commute like biking or walking will give you your workout for the day. And if you’re an employer interested in taking back time and revenues lost to employees sitting in traffic, contact us and learn more about how to create a custom mobility plan!

Image via Creative Commons

Mark Your Calendars for Project Connect Game Night!

Do you have THE solution to Austin’s transportation problems?

Project Connect Game Night is a great opportunity to put your transit planning skills to the test!

This app-based game will help answer the puzzling questions that have stumped Central Texans for generations, questions like, “What type of transit do you think people will ride?”, “Where would you locate future transit service?”, “When do you think these services should run?” and “What kind of high-capacity transit will be the most cost efficient and offer the greatest return?” This fun game will confound players with real-world factors that must be considered when planning a regional transit system.

Think you have what it takes?

Come out on August 24 to play the Project Connect Game at Scholz Garten from 6-8 p.m. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided at this public event.

Find more information here.

Welcome to Movability’s Newest Member, Merck!

Movability Austin is very excited to welcome a new member and Austin newcomer, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Merck (PRNewsFoto/Merck)

Merck’s IT organization recently announced plans to open a technology and innovation center in Austin as a key anchor in the city’s Innovation District. With its upcoming move to Austin, Merck has also made addressing employee commute options a priority.

“Austin will become our newest tech innovation hub,” the company said. “Employees from the Austin hub will join colleagues from our Branchburg, N.J., Prague and Singapore hubs engaging with top tech minds from across our company, academia, start-ups and the health care community to break new ground in the digital health space.”

As a leader in its industry, Merck is also leading the way among employers in Austin by making mobility options accessible for the roughly 600 employees it will bring with its expansion into Austin.

More and more employers, with the help of Movability Austin and its partners, are exploring mobility policies that can reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles clogging our streets, make the city a more vibrant and safe environment, and help take back time and money lost to lengthy commutes.

Are you interested in becoming a member of Movability Austin? Contact us to learn more about membership options and how we can help you create a customized mobility solution for your workplace.