Along with exponential growth, come the growing pains that most of us would rather do without! We can wish them away, but that won’t make them go away. For Austin, Texas it’s the traffic issue.
Considering that Austin is projected to be home to four million residents by 2040, city and county officials are diligently working on the current traffic concerns, as well as studying future traffic problems.
According to an article in The Washington Post in 2013, Austin was ranked fourth in the nation for worst traffic – beating out New York City.
Clearly, traffic is a problem that needs to be corrected. So, what are some of the remedies for Austin’s most congested areas?
The Mopac Improvement Project – slated to be completed by late 2015 and will include express lanes from Parmer Lane to Lady Bird Lake in order to allow drivers to bypass dense traffic.
MetroRapid – The first route of Capital Metro’s bus-rapid transit line was launched January 26th and runs from the Tech Ridge Center Park & Ride, down North Lamar Boulevard, onto Guadalupe Street in downtown, over to Riverside Drive, down South Congress Avenue and ends at the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center.
The second route will launch next summer and use Burnet Road and Lamar Boulevard from The Domain to the Westgate Shopping Center.
This new system includes 40 60-foot buses that will run on faster routes with WiFi accessibility and the convenience to change traffic lights in their favor if they are running behind. Other features consist of limited stops; boarding from all doors; unique and upgraded stops with real-time arrival information; and Transit Priority Lanes through downtown.
Project Connect – This high-capacity transit project is a partnership between Capital Metro Transit Authority, the City of Austin and Lone Star Rail District that connects Taylor, Leander, Round Rock and Pflugerville to as far south as San Antonio. They are tasked to propose, adopt and implement high-capacity transit solutions for our rapidly growing area. This project is on-going and residents are encouraged to participate and find alternate solutions to Austin’s traffic problems. For more information, please go to www.projectconnect.com.
Austin Strategic Mobility Plan – This transportation program includes Project Connect and implements the $90 million 2010 Mobility Bond Project that covers most roadways throughout the area. The plan focuses on sustainability, livability and mobility for Austin residents and explores all modes of passage around our city including biking, walking, transit and driving. They are prioritizing the needs of our metropolitan area and concentrating on affordable solutions to our growing problems.
2025 Austin Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan – This plan focuses on future needs of Austin’s transportation. Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is already in the process of developing the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.
In addition to the many ongoing efforts to improve Austin traffic, our government officials continue to analyze transportation solutions along with their effects on air quality, the environment and drinking water protection to guard against future problems.
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