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Transportation

Accessing downtown with ease.

Make downtown Austin readily accessible by a variety of effective, efficient and pleasant transportation options.

 


 

Our goal: Make downtown Austin readily accessible by a variety of effective, efficient and pleasant transportation options. The existing system is inadequate, limiting access and therefore downtown’s economic potential.
 
 

Movability Austin

In 2016, the Downtown Austin Alliance took over the administration of Movability Austin, a transportation management association (TMA) that helps downtown employers and employees find the best options for traveling to, from and around downtown. It is the first and only TMA in Central Texas. We’ve supported and funded Movability Austin’s work since its founding in 2011, and bringing the organization in house at the Downtown Alliance helps us better serve our members. It also enables Movability to leverage the Downtown Alliance’s advocacy expertise and extensive network of community partner organizations.

In 2016, Movability Austin provided strategic mobility consulting services to more than 51,000 employees, representing 20 downtown companies. The City of Austin, Travis County and Capital Metro also support the organization.
 

Downtown Shuttle Service

Shuttle van startup Chariot chose Austin as its first expansion city outside of its hometown of San Francisco. Movability Austin worked with the City of Austin, Capital Metro and Rocky Mountain Institute to help Chariot roll out its initial service offering in October 2016. Its first routes serve hundreds of employees at Whole Foods Market and GSD&M, with vans running downtown circulator routes between company offices, the MetroRail Downtown Station and Republic Square transit hub. Chariot also launched a commuter service allowing individuals to design and crowdsource routes throughout Austin, resulting in two public routes: the Lamar Bullet and the Riverside Rover. The Downtown Alliance and Movability Austin continue to work with Chariot, Capital Metro, and others in exploring further development and implementation of needed circulator services.


Connections 2025

The Downtown Alliance supported Capital Metro in its Connections 2025 service study, a year-long, in-depth review of Austin’s transit system. We encouraged our members and stakeholders to communicate their needs to Capital Metro through online surveys and open house events. Capital Metro incorporated this public feedback and in late 2016 released its Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan, which would establish a more frequent, more reliable and more connected transit system.


Project Connect and Austin Strategic Mobility Plan

As a member of the City of Austin’s Multimodal Community Advisory Committee (MCAC), the Downtown Alliance participates in analyzing and identifying transportation solutions that will help improve travel to, from and around Central Austin. In 2016, the MCAC was formed to coordinate input to Capital Metro’s Project Connect as well as the City’s planning process for the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, a new city-wide transportation plan that will build upon the vision of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. We also continued to support Project Connect’s in-depth study of the best transportation modes for serving the city’s Central Corridor.
 

I-35 Public Engagement

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning a dramatic overhaul of the I-35 corridor and will decide between two design options for downtown Austin. One would raise the main lanes of I-35 north of Cesar Chavez Street and the other would lower the main lanes below the east-west cross streets from Cesar Chavez to Eighth Street.
 
The Downtown Alliance strongly supports the lowered option because it would not only improve mobility but would also dramatically improve our entire community’s quality of life. Similar efforts in Dallas and Boston have improved at-grade connectivity between traditionally disconnected neighborhoods and allowed for new urban links, public amenities and environmental enhancements above the lowered portions of the freeway. We encouraged community members to submit a letter to TxDOT in support of the lowered option, and this public engagement campaign generated more than 2,440 letters. The Downtown Alliance also hosted State Senator Kirk Watson at a luncheon for business and community leaders, where he laid out the road map for transforming I-35.
 
TxDOT is conducting an environmental study of both design options, and the Downtown Alliance will continue to strategically evaluate the process and keep our members and stakeholders informed of progress.
 

Downtown Multimodal Station

The Downtown Alliance supported Capital Metro’s design process for the MetroRail’s new Downtown Station at Fourth and Neches Streets, and in January 2017 we encouraged our members and stakeholders to give their feedback on four design options. The Downtown Alliance formed a Downtown MetroRail Station task group in 2015 to inform the station design and ensure it improves traffic circulation and appropriately activates the surrounding spaces.
 

Street Closures

The Downtown Alliance informs the community of all upcoming downtown street closures. We also work with special-event organizers to help them minimize any closure’s impact on mobility.
 

Ongoing Projects

The Downtown Alliance monitors ongoing projects that affect downtown mobility, supporting our partners in any way possible.
  • MoPac Improvements: We closely monitor the construction of managed lanes on MoPac as well as the plans to improve traffic flow and support transit and direct connections to park-and-rides.
  • Streetscape Improvements: We support the City of Austin’s active and planned downtown street improvement projects, which follow the Great Streets Master Plan. 
  • Parking: We support the City of Austin as it optimizes parking options downtown. This year’s parking revenue provided $728,000 for Great Street Improvements, $500,000 for power washing and $300,000 for wayfinding.