Welcome to our Newest Members!

As mobility’s impact on regional economic health, business bottom lines, and employee health and satisfaction grows, more and more Central Texas employers are looking for ways to embrace TDM (transportation demand management) and become corporate leaders. We’re so pleased to welcome this latest group of members to Movability, and look forward to helping them create custom mobility plans so that they and their employees can take their time back.

  • Whole Foods Market hardly needs an introduction here in its hometown! The natural and organic grocer is based in Austin. In 2016, Whole Foods was one of the companies that participated in a pilot program with Chariot, offered by Movability Austin and other partners, to use shuttles that let employees bridge the “last mile” gap between transit stops and the office.
  • The Thrival Company is a social entrepreneurial management consulting firm that focuses on leading organizations to consistent high performance culturally, socially, financially, and environmentally.
  • Amplify Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with eight locations across Central Texas. As a Mobility Challenge participant, Amplify is no stranger to the benefits of mobility planning!
  • Scoop is a carpooling app that brings commuters together in carpools they love by partnering with their employers. While not yet operating in Austin, they are aiming to partner with Austin area employers to bring Scoop to the Austin community.

If Movability membership looks like it would make sense for you or your employees, learn more about joining here!

Mayor’s Mobility Luncheon and Big Mobility News

More than 130 executives and leaders from over 30 Central Texas employers gathered on October 30 for the third annual Mayor’s Mobility Luncheon, hosted by Movability and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The event honored the 20 employers that participated in the 2017 Mobility Challenge and gave both private and public leaders a chance to discuss the economic and community benefits of taking the Mobility Challenge pledge.

Lone Star Circle of Care’s CEO Rhonda Mundhenk talked about the benefits of developing a mobility plan through the Mobility Challenge – including the fact that it’s free to Mobility Challenge pledges. “Joining the Mobility Challenge makes good business sense, and supports business goals and objectives,” Mundhenk said.

“If we do nothing, by 2035 every major roadway in Austin will be as congested as I-35,” said Mayor Steve Adler at the event, discussing the importance of employers helping to shift travel habits.

I-35 got a lot of attention later that day too, as State Senator Kirk Watson announced a plan state and local officials and organizations have been working on to remove the upper decks on I-35 and add managed lanes for a 33-mile stretch of highway from Round Rock to Buda. Far from being another highway expansion project that simply adds more capacity for single occupant vehicles, the Capital Express project would enable transit to travel quickly through the region’s major corridor.

“We only get one shot to rebuild and improve I-35 through downtown Austin, so we have to do as much as is reasonable within the existing footprint to enhance mobility and lower it,” said Watson.

Adding managed lanes helps the region embrace a truly multi-modal approach to transportation. As with the MoPac managed lanes, the new I-35 lanes would allow vehicles from rapid buses to ridesharing vehicles travel for free, giving commuters a better option than sitting in the congested general purpose lanes. It also makes transit a more attractive option to more commuters, since transit vehicles won’t be stuck in the same traffic as everyone else. And if just one in five commuters chooses an option like transit or ridesharing, the main lanes on I-35 will also enjoy the benefits of fewer single occupant cars jamming those lanes, and traffic will actually flow.

We at Movability are very happy to see transportation demand management (TDM) included in long-range infrastructure planning!

Movability Members: Put $250 in your Pocket!

Capital Metro’s MetroWorks program is a bulk discount program that lets businesses offer employees discounted access to public transit – and for a limited time, Capital Metro is offering a $250 credit to Movability members who join the program and buy 10 or more passes. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2017. 

As real estate costs rise and parking prices skyrocket, many employers are making the MetroWorks program part of their facilities plan. Offering discounted transit passes to employees is also a great recruitment and retention tool!

Find out more about MetroWorks here.