Upcoming Transportation Projects

Austin

Austin Department of Transportation is the city department responsible for maintenance of city roads, walkways, and trails, as well as development of active transportation programs.

    • Current Projects
      • Anderson Mill Road Project: to review Anderson Mill Road for opportunities to enhance safety and mobility.
      • Current Neighborhood Bicycle Projects: ATD is continually improving a bike route system.
        • Lakeshore Boulevard Project: currently in phase two of a project to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including parking-protected bicycle lanes.
        • Protected Bicycle Lanes: along 3rd Street, Justin Lane, Shady Lane, and Barton Hills Drive
        • Bicycle Route Systems: to implement a bicycle route system and street maintenance on Comal Street, Pinnacle Road, and Berkman Drive
      • Pressler Extension Project: proposed to extend streets and better connect Austin.
      • Corridor Mobility Plans: along Slaughter Lane, William Cannon Drive, and Brodie Lane in order to address safety and mobility concerns.
      • South Lamar Corridor Improvement Program: to improve mobility, safety, and accessibility for all South Lamar users.
      • Transit Priority Lanes: partnering with CapMetro’s MetroRapid to help move people through downtown safely and quickly.

Active Transportation Division, a part of the city of Austin, is a group making progress to create a regional multi-modal transportation system.

    • Current Projects
      • Austin Smart Trips: an active transportation encouragement program to increase biking, walking, and public transit use and make Austinites aware of sustainable and active options.
      • Ride Report App: for bicyclists to track trips and help create a “comfort map” of bicycle routes in Austin. The app can be downloaded here.
      • Austin B-Cycle: a bike-share system, used as a low-cost transportation alternative.
      • Local Area Traffic Management: a request based program to improve the safety of neighborhood streets through traffic calming devices along requested streets.
      • Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project: with the Department of Planning and Zoning, an initiative to make it easier for Austinites to find Downtown Austin destinations, including kiosks, signage, and apps.
      • Urban Trails Program Projects: the creation of many urban trails, including a 5-mile trail in Manor and a series of trails in Central East Austin.
      • Vision Zero: a focused effort to eliminate all traffic deaths in Austin by 2025.

CapMetro: established in 1985, CapMetro services the Austin area with a bus system, university shuttle system, freight rail, and the MetroRail.

  • Current Projects:
    • Plaza Saltillo District: the development west of the Plaza Saltillo station will be developed into a 6-block mixed use community, including 800 apartments, 110,000 ft2 of retail, and more than an acre of open public space.
    • Project Connect: an umbrella name for a slate of projects to deliver high-capacity transit capable of moving people into, out of, and around Austin. These projects include expansion of the Express bus system and the MetroRail, as well as investment in commuter, connector, and circulator corridors.
    • MetroRail Improvements: a group of improvements to be implemented over the next few years to double the frequency and capacity of the MetroRail.
    • Express Service: CapMetro plans to run MetroExpress routes outside the normal flow of traffic in managed lanes on MoPac, incentivising public transit.
    • Connection 2025

Transportation Master Plans: the city of Austin has a series of plans in order to provide guidelines to shape Austin in the future.

  • Bicycle Master Plan: developed in 2014, and aims to make Austin a city where bicycling is a viable form of transportation, and where people of all ages and abilities can bicycle comfortable and safely.
  • Urban Trails Master Plan: part of the bicycle master plan, and aims to connect urban trails, provide easy access to trails, and to incorporate trail amenities and features.
  • Sidewalk Master Plan: establishes asset management policies for sidewalks within the city and aims to encourage walking as a viable mode of transportation, to update the sidewalk to suit disability needs, and to help control traffic congestion.

 

Travis County

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. CTRMA aims to implement multi-modal transportation solutions to reduce congestion and enhance quality of life.

    • Current Projects
      • MoPac Improvement Project: to manage congestion on MoPac with an Express Lane in each direction.
      • MoPac South: a proposal to manage congestion by adding two express lanes in each direction on MoPac south of downtown.
      • 183 South: to increase capacity with three new tolled lanes and three improved non-tolled lanes in each direction.
      • 183 North: to add capacity with two express lanes in each direction, including connections to the MoPac Express Lanes.  
      • SH 45SW: to improve safety and mobility by construction a new four-lane tollway connecting MoPac to FM 1626.
      • 290/130 Direct Connectors: to add one to three connector bridges at the interchange of 290 Tol and SH 130 in east Austin.
      • Oak Hill Parkway: a proposal to improve long-term mobility and congestion by adding two tolled lanes in each direction along four miles of US 290.
    • Current Programs
      • HERO: a free roadside assistance program for motorists along US 183 and I-35.
      • Green Initiative: to promote sustainability in the development of transportation projects.
      • Shared Use Paths: the incorporation of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations into CTRMA projects.
      • Metropia: a smartphone app meant to alleviate traffic congestion by incentivising trips made at off-peak times.

Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the planning organization (MPO) for Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hayes, Travis, and Williamson Counties. CAMPO coordinates regional transportation planning within counties and cities, as well as with other transportation providers in the region.

  • Current Projects, Plans, and Programs
    • Commute Solutions: a commute planning program that allows users to find alternative commuting methods other than driving, as well as calculate trip cost and find commuter resources.
    • Regional Active Transportation Plan: will develop a blueprint for a safe and simple active transportation network of trails and sidewalks for the CAMPO region.
    • Transportation Improvement Program: CAMPO developed a transportation improvement program (TIP) for the area by listing projects that are consistent with the long-range plan developed for the area. This provides citizens and affected people an opportunity to comment to the proposed programs.
    • Regional Transportation Plan (CAMPO 2040): a long range transportation plan for 25 years in the future updated every five years, to provide a coordinated plan for development.

 

Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is a government agency that deals with construction and maintenance of roads and the statewide transportation system.

  • Current Projects
    • Prop 12: TxDOT is currently working on distribution of $1.4 billion in bond funding to each of the 25 districts and $600 million to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations,as well as a combined $1 billion for highway improvement, bridges, and congestion.
    • Driven By Texans: I-69 is a proposed national interstate from Texas to Michigan. It will incorporate several existing roads including US 59, US 84, US 77, and US 281.
    • My35: the expansion of I-35 throughout Texas. My35 will result in an improved highway better equipped to handle Texas’ growing traffic demand, leading to less traffic congestion and less time wasted in traffic.
    • Austin Projects: improvement to 183 South, improvement to 290 East, improvement and expansion to MoPac (see more under CTRMA).