Meet Movability’s Newest Members!

Movability has a new membership program, and we’re excited to be working with employers, service providers, and individuals that all want to find better ways to commute and help Austin’s economy thrive. We’re excited to be welcoming several new members on board this month! Read on to learn who they are, what they do in Austin, and why they see being mobility leaders as so important for our community.

  • Endeavor Real Estate Group opened its doors in 1999 to focus on meaningful, high-quality projects that will have a positive impact on the community, and has been creating value ever since. This team is committed to “paying it forward” and is actively involved with a number of community organizations.  It is with this spirit that Endeavor Real Estate Group joined the City of Austin’s Mobility Challenge initiative, pledging to reduce the number of employees driving alone to work during peak travel periods each day by 20% by the year 2020. Endeavor sees the Mobility Challenge as a way to enhance the lives of Endeavor’s employees and serve the community by helping to ease demand on the region’s transportation infrastructure.
  • As the leader in corporate transportation, WeDriveU specializes in Commute Alternative solutions for employers and managed properties in Austin and nationwide. WeDriveU leads TDM strategy, implementation, passenger engagement and analytics, including Last Mile and Intercampus shuttles, Residential Bus Service and On-Demand Transportation. WeDriveU is also a pioneering partner of the Mobility Challenge and is teaming up with Movability Austin on innovative approaches that help workplaces improve productivity, attract talent and boost sustainability.

  • Car2go is the pioneer of one-way carsharing, offering an innovative mobility solution via a flexible network of smart fortwo and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. By eliminating the need to return vehicles to the spot the trip began, car2go gives members the freedom of car ownership without the associated costs and responsibilities, enabling a multimodal lifestyle by bridging the gap between “the first and last mile.” With a goal of increasing mobility solutions for Austinites, partnering with Movability Austin is a natural fit for car2go. Car2Go has also helped Movability launch our new membership program by upgrading their membership level!

  • Commute Matters offers a new service for multi-site businesses to help improve employee retention. Commute Matters uses their software product to optimize your longest employee commutes, by finding available employee “swaps” for equivalent roles and offering employees a closer business location. Employees save valuable time and money, and reduce their commute by an average of 10 miles each way. The business sees reduced turnover, better attendance, better morale and better productivity.

 

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

 

A Traffic Jam You’ll Want To Be In

Join the City of Austin and Capital Metro this Saturday at the Traffic Jam: A Mobility Solutions Workshop for Central Texans! The event will feature presentations, panel discussions, hands-on activities and special appearances by Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson, ATD Director Rob Spillar and more.

The first 200 people to register for the Traffic Jam Workshop on site will receive free admission to the Bullock Museum. Supervised activities for children will be available, as well as breakfast tacos and beverages. Find out more, including how to take a free B-cycle ride to the event, here.

But wait, there’s more! Another great transportation-related event to check out this Saturday is Hack the Traffic. You’ll be able to use data and technology to help solve Austin’s transportation challenges, whether you’re a first-time hacker or an industry expert. If you’re able to help develop an open-source travel sensor, an awesome analytics tool or beautiful visualizations, your work could be piloted on real-life Austin streets as part of Austin’s Smart City initiatives!

Event co-hosts Austin Transportation Department and the UT Center for Transportation Research will have single-board computers, travel sensors and gigabytes of travel-time data for you to experiment with. They’ll even have tasty local food and beverages to keep you going through the afternoon. Register for #HacktheTraffic on Eventbrite or Facebook.

Be sure to also check out the series of Walk + Bike Talks, taking place from now through April 1 around the city. All meetings are open to the public, and will be a chance to learn more and give feedback about the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan.

Capital Metro Gives Green Light to Connections 2025 Plan

Capital Metro’s draft transit plan will now move forward, after the agency’s board voted to approve it on Feb. 27. For transit riders, that will mean more frequency, more MetroRapid routes, and new downtown circulator routes, among other features.

In response to feedback from people around Central Texas, Capital Metro’s updated network will take a frequency-first approach, tripling the number of bus routes running every 15 minutes or better, Capital Metro said of the plan. Transit providers in other cities, from Houston to Portland, have taken similar steps to invest in key corridors and build core frequent service and ridership, while reducing waiting times. Capital Metro’s new plan is designed to create a 24/7 transit system that will see expanded MetroExpress and MetroRapid service, and more east-west options.

Key features on the new system include:

  • 2 fare types (Local and Commuter)
  • 4 MetroRapid routes (running every 7-15 minutes)
  • 13 Frequent Local routes (running every 15 minutes)
  • 23 Local routes (running every 30 minutes)
  • 4 downtown circulator routes
  • 6 UT Shuttles
  • 8 Express routes

The Connections 2025 plan will guide the evolution of Capital Metro’s service over the next five years, and identifies long-range opportunities over the next 10 years. Each implementation phase will require a subsequent public hearing process, and review and approval by the Capital Metro board.

Later this year, Capital Metro will begin hosting public open houses to discuss the first significant phase of changes, anticipated for spring 2018. Changes stemming from Connections 2025 that have already received board approval include the fare restructure implemented on Jan. 8, and improvements to Express service that will operate in the MoPac Managed Lanes.

For employers and employees, the new features mean more opportunities to connect with options that free commuters from driving alone during rush hour. The new Express Bus routes combined with the MoPac express lanes will bring a new transit option into play for more suburban commuters, and greater frequency in the MetroBus and MetroRapid routes will make it easier to use the bus to get to a meeting or work on time.