Movability Featured in ACT Whitepaper and Webinar

For more than 30 years, Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) like Movability have been helping communities deliver transportation options that benefit commuters, employers, and residents. In that time, TMAs have become go-to organizations when it comes to increasing mobility, improving air quality, and strengthening livability and economic development in the regions they serve.  

The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) recently featured several TMAs around the country, including Movability, in a webinar and whitepaper. During the October 31 webinar Movability Program Manager Alix Scarborough discussed how Movability is helping employers and the region at large deal with the mobility strains of a growing city. Alix also talked about Movability’s evolution, including leading the Mobility Challenge, beginning a management contract with the Downtown Austin Alliance, expanding geographically, rolling out a new membership program, and embarking on a strategic planning process to guide future growth.

The whitepaper, “A Better Way: Spotlight on Transportation Management Associations”, features insights from public officials and private sector leaders representing TMAs from across the country. The paper delved into how public and private partners played a role in starting TMAs, including Movability. Founding partners the Downtown Austin Alliance, the City of Austin, Capital Metro, and Travis County supported the launch of Movability Austin to address the impacts of rapid growth. “The idea was that we can’t build our way out of our traffic problems and heavily trafficked areas,” said Jim Pledger, Board Chair of Movability Austin in the paper. Read the entire whitepaper here.

“TMAs offer unique opportunities for public-private partnerships, aggregating the delivery of valuable transportation programs and services that reduce costs for businesses and increase mobility for commuters” said David Straus, Executive Director for ACT. “We encourage communities around the country to look at TMAs as an impactful strategy for addressing their transportation challenges.”

Events Not to be Missed!

We’re excited to be an official partner with the upcoming RAD Office Tour, taking place Saturday, November 4 from 10am to 5pm. Movability will also have a table at the VIP RAD Opening Party on the evening of November 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Delta Millworks.

The RAD Office Tour, presented by Movability member Cushman & Wakefield, is a self-guided tour featuring 11 of Austin’s most culturally-minded companies.

The RAD Office Tour is tailor-made for Austin’s business community. The event presents a unique opportunity for business owners, executives in charge of people or operations, talent recruiters, and anyone concerned with culture to get on the ground floor of how great company cultures are built and sustained – and that includes offering mobility options so your employees aren’t stuck in traffic.

Are you deliberately building a company culture that invests in its people or focused on attracting and retaining great companies and people in Central Texas? Through the lens of workplace design, you and your organization will be introduced to new lines of thought about operation, culture and development from the best companies in Austin.

Members of Movability and the Downtown Austin Alliance each receive a special 20% discount on admission. Use code FriendsofRAD, applicable on VIP and general admission tickets. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

At the  RAD Opening Party, RAD is hosting a panel discussion on the new Springdale General development with panelists Michael Hsu (architect), Matt McDonnell (tenant) and Ryan Steglich (developer). Julie Yost from SXSW will moderate. Come by the Movability table there and learn about how Movability can serve your company’s mobility needs.

There are a few other great events coming up to also keep on your calendar:

Join us after work for happy hour and social networking with Movability Members. Please RSVP by November 2nd.

Details: November 7th – 5:30-7:30PM, 500 W. 2nd Street (the new CBRE office) RSVP here.


In December, members will have an opportunity to learn how to help their employees make lasting commute changes with a unique training: motivational interviewing. Register now – only 7 spots remain. Movability members get $75 off. Contact Alex Houston for more information, and register here

Details: December 5th and 6th – 8:30AM-5:00PM, 300 Congress Ave.

Meet Movability Member Holtzman Partners!

Holtzman Partners, an Austin-based full service accounting firm, is one of our newest members. 

Like many Austin employers, Holtzman Partners is growing and has employees widely dispersed around Austin – and with that comes transportation challenges!

Austin’s fast growth has presented us at Holtzman Partners with exciting opportunities, such as the chance to enter new service lines with a wider variety of great clients, as well as getting to see our own firm grow with the addition of new team members,” says Managing Partner Chris Perkins. “Our team is increasingly challenged by commuting issues, whether it’s headed to the office or to our client locations. Holtzman Partners joined Movability to help us understand the best options to reduce stress and commute time for our employees, without sacrificing service to our clients.”

Long commute times and increasingly difficult parking solutions impact the team’s morale, as well as daily efficiency. At the same time, the company knows it’s not alone – many employers are experiencing challenges around transportation, and Holtzman Partners also wants to connect with other Austin employers to learn about and share different solutions.