Movability Austin is an effort funded by CapMetro, the City of Austin, Travis County and the Downtown Austin Alliance to help people find alternatives to driving alone. They also work directly with employers to find alternative solutions to workers’ commute challenges. Smart Trips Austin is an education and encouragement program by the City of Austin and Capital Metro aimed at reducing single occupant vehicle trips and increasing trips taken by foot, bike bus or car share.
Connections 2025, Capital Metro’s new service plan focuses on providing a more frequent, reliable, and connected transit system. The plan calls for an increase in frequent service (routes operating every 15 minutes or better) from the 6 routes that operate today to the 17 routes called for in the plan, including the introduction of two new MetroRapid lines. Capital Metro is also currently engaging the public in the Project Connect high-capacity transit plan, which will identify a system of high-capacity transit investments (like rail, bus rapid transit, or streetcar) to move people into, out of, and around central Austin. In March 2017, Capital Metro’s board of directors approved an inter-local agreement with the City of Round Rock for transit service, anticipated to begin operation in August.
Last fall, Austin voters approved a $720 million mobility bond to fund local, corridor, and regional transportation and mobility investments. $137 million dollars of that funding will go towards local mobility projects like improvements to sidewalks, safe routes to school, bikeways, urban trails, and safety improvements. Additionally, $482 million dollars of the funding will go towards corridor projects, which could provide improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users along designated corridors.
Metro Rideshare is a vanpooling service that lets 5-12 people share a ride to work. Even commuters who live outside the Capital Metro service area can receive a van to carpool to a job that is within the service area.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. The Authority has constructed a new Express Toll Lane on MoPac Loop 1. While drivers pay a toll, express buses and vanpools do not. The hope is these express lanes will encourage more commuters to find alternatives to driving to work. Similar Express Toll Lanes are included in plans for I-35 and other major roadways.
The City of Austin is also conducting the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, which is a new city-wide transportation plan. The plan will create actionable mobility-related goals and objectives which will guide Austin’s near- and long-term transportation investments. The plan will provide an integrated approach to planning for all modes of the transportation system, including walking, biking and transit.
CAMPO is currently in the process of developing its Regional Active Transportation Plan, which will develop a blueprint for a safe and easy-to-use active transportation network of trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and streets for the six-county CAMPO region.
Travis County is in the process of developing a locally focused transportation plan that will identify transportation needs and solutions, incorporate future options and choices, and prioritize improvements for areas outside of city limits.