Charlie Betts

Betts_headshot_lowresIt’s not a stretch to say that this week’s Commute Hero has done a lot to keep Austin moving. Seventeen years ago, when Charlie Betts took the helm as executive director of the Downtown Austin Alliance, Charlie led the organization’s support of efforts to put a light rail line on the 2000 ballot. Since then, under Charlie’s leadership, the DAA has been on the forefront of a number of major transportation initiatives, such as starting the Great Streets Program, bringing MetroRapid and MetroRail into downtown, introducing bike sharing to Austin, and adding managed lanes to the MoPac Expressway that allow transit. And, of course, we would like to express our appreciation for Charlie’s longstanding support for the formation of Movability Austin and for DAA’s role as a founding sponsor of our organization.

Charlie will take a well-deserved retirement at the end of this year. Charlie, thank you for everything you do to keep the city moving.


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