District 4 Councilman Greg Casar knows one meeting cannot solve the city’s transportation woes.
Instead, he used a town hall meeting April 13 to focus on things he could change, such as improving bus routes, expanding bike trails and, most notably, discussing whether the city should take ownership of North Lamar Boulevard, which is currently owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Casar said TxDOT aims to move as many vehicles as quickly as possible on its roadways. In the case of North Lamar, he said that has resulted in a dangerous, substandard road.
“It would cost $4 million just to bring the pavement up to the city standard of what the pavement should be,” Casar said, adding drainage, sidewalks and other upgrades would total about $80 million.