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An Estimated

74%

of Travis County Residents DRIVE ALONE TO WORK

LOCAL EFFORTS

Movability Austin is a partnership of public & private employers who help people find alternatives to driving alone.  Membership increased from 27 in 2016 to 37 in 2017.

In June, Capital Metro will implement significant improvements to transit system services. Dubbed Cap Remap, the changes will expand the number of high frequency routes, reduce wait times, and make routing more direct and easier to understand.

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.

The Austin Transportation Department shares information about addressing congestion and promoting sustainable transportation.

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.