From Council Member Casar:
We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity to make transportation improvements in our District! The City Council has voted to allocate about $22 million in sales tax dollars for neighborhood-level transportation improvement projects. These small, neighborhood projects have the power to improve our safety and make it easier to get around town.
The City's Transportation Department has determined that while many needs exist across the City, there are a large number of high-impact projects needed in District 4. My office, and the whole Council, need your input so that we can prioritize our limited dollars. We've created a survey to get your input on specific transportation projects -- please complete the survey to help our District move forward!
The Texas Department of Transportation Loop 360 Improvement project team is wrapping up its preliminary analyses of existing and anticipated traffic problems.
The study began in late 2014 and will identify a range of potential short and long-term mobility and safety improvements along the congested corridor. The project team has also conducted the first round of working group meetings to discuss needs and opportunities for improvements.
Traffic counts and travel time analyses have been completed allowing engineers to assess the existing conditions along Loop 360. That information coupled with public input has allowed engineers to identify preliminary problems and the needs they will focus on during the development and analysis of potential improvement scenarios.
An initial analysis of the "no build/do nothing" scenario has also been conducted. That analysis shows forecasted traffic conditions in the year 2035 if the region continues to grow and no significant improvements to Loop 360 are implemented. The "no build" scenario will serve as a benchmark against which the various build scenarios, such as intersection improvements, additional lanes, or under/overpasses, will be compared.
A presentation discussing the Loop 360 Improvement Study and preliminary analysis is available for viewing here.
The online public survey is still active, and you are encouraged to participate by clicking here if you have not already done so. TxDot continues with analyses of potential build scenarios and meeting with interested stakeholders throughout the corridor. Results of the build scenario analyses and ongoing public input will be made available over the next few months. Visit www.Loop360Study.com
to learn more, submit comments or request a meeting with the study team.
In the 2012 Bond, the North Lamar Blvd & Burnet Rd Corridor Improvements Project was awarded $15M. The City’s portion of the Tiger Grant application (they co-applied with CapMetro) is proposing a $10M match to $10M from the 2012 Bond. They reserved $5M just in case the grant funding is not applicable to their overhead rates and project contingency. If the grant is awarded, they will not be able to spend the $10M from the 2012 Bond until the grant funding is available, which is expected to be next Spring.
Currently, $9.25M has been appropriated to the project, and the last appropriation of $5.75M will happen on 10/1/15.
The City is anticipating to hear back regarding the status of the Tiger Grant application this fall (unfortunately staff did not have a more firm timeline than this). If the grant is awarded, the funding will arrive in Spring of 2016 and construction would start no later than September 2017 (depending on the length of civil engineering design).
Transportation staff is currently working on a back-up plan to identify an updated scope of work if the Tiger Grant is not awarded so that no matter what news they hear (yay or nay), they are ready to move forward with the project. If the grant is not awarded, the scope of work will be reduced from what was included in the grant application. The construction timeline will be contingent upon the civil design timeline.
In either case, the design will begin in Fiscal Year 16 and the majority of construction is expected to take place in FY17 (but this is dependent upon the other factors such as if they need to wait on the grant funding and the duration of the design phase).
Staff is going to notify us as soon as possible when they hear the status of the grant application, so we will be sure to keep you and other District 7 neighborhoods in the loop.
Let me know if you have any questions on this. Thanks!
Council Member Leslie Pool, District 7
Why are we referencing a blog from Baltimore? Because this post sheds valuable light on the claims Cap Metro keeps making on its Rapid Transit lines:
It isn't too often that mayors of North American cities travel to South America to admire urban planning models. There is one notable exception, and that is Curitiba, Brazil, where forty years ago a new vision for urban mobility was created, revamping the private bus chaos that dominates many South American big cities.
I like the Curitiba example especially, for it was invented by an architect who, once he was elected mayor, immediately began to think outside the box. He watched the clogged major arteries leading in and out of his rapidly growing mega city, the foul air and the many carless urban poor that couldn't get anywhere, and decided that something needed to be done that was fast, relatively cheap and system-wide.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors unanimously accepted the 2016 fiscal year budget Wednesday, and it is expecting to have about 123 percent of operating expenditures in reserves by June 30 next year.
Chief Financial Officer Bill Chapman said CTRMA is projecting about a 21 percent increase in total revenue compared to last year, meaning the authority expects to bring in about $65.7 million from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.
In FY 2015, CTRMA’s tollway revenue was estimated at $34.4 million, but the authority expects to take in $45.2 million in FY 2016. CTRMA’s other main revenue streams include millions in video tolling, fees and grants.
Guest post by Diane Owens:
#5 Making a one mile section of Anderson Mill Rd safe for vehicles, pedestrians & bikes was apparently a "bridge too far" for this group. (MobiityATX)
But there is still hope that we can get safety improvements that should reduce the # of accidents on this section by half! Please join us at the Northwest Austin Coalition meeting Monday, June 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm to develop our plan to submit to the city.
If we don't care enough to do this for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors, who will?
Full announcement from Anderson Mill:
Next Monday: Meeting on Anderson Mill Rd I know today is the "4th Monday" but our meeting about the problems and possible solutions for Anderson Mill Road will be next week on Monday 29th.
As the city has removed all corridors West of MoPac from their planning process, we are going to begin the planning process on our own! This first step is your chance to tell us about problems you see on Anderson Mill and help brainstorm possible short-term and long-term solutions. It is also a good first test-case for how NW Austin residents can take charge of our own traffic solutions.
Where: Spicewood Springs Library
When: Monday, June 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1582303478712007/http://nwaustin.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=800dc5d7a8def78c06f4f9595&id=371fd698fa&e=652c948a51 and be sure to invite your neighbors!
Be sure to go to MobilityATX
and "up-vote" our post about improvements to Anderson Mill.
Thank you Susan and Diane for this information!
In the next 10 years drivers on I-35 could find congestion relief from a $4.3 billion plan the Texas Department of Transportation has underway.
That relief could come from the addition of an auxiliary lane—meaning it is not continuous throughout I-35—on the upper decks of I-35 between Airport to Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards as well as depressing the I-35 main lanes from 15th Street to Cesar Chavez Street. TxDOT additionally is proposing to extend a fourth main lane south of 12th Street to Cesar Chavez.
A Loop 360 online survey opened to the public in March 2015, receiving over 1,800 responses thus far. The survey is still active and, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to participate by visiting www.Loop360Study.com. A summary of survey responses received to date is also available at this website.
Read entire update by clicking read more
I-35 Open House Rundberg Lane to US 290E
The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on proposed mobility improvements to I-35 from Rundberg Lane to US 290E.
The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and safety. The project includes three new direct connectors (flyovers).
Stop by anytime between 5:30 - 7 p.m. to review materials, ask questions, and submit comments. A brief group presentation will be made at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
6121 North I-35
Austin, TX 78752Comments received by June 22, 2015 will be included in the official record.
If you have communication or accommodation needs, call Shelly Eason at
512-832-7001 at least three business days prior to the event.
Have a Traffic Solution?
If anyone wants to know how bad Austin traffic is, ask them to drive Loop 360, MOPAC, or 183 during rush hour. It's no secret Austin traffic is a nightmare! Now you have the chance to participate in the discussions pinpointing the trouble spots, and hashing out solutions.
Transportation: The Big PictureSince April, MobilityATX has encouraged Austinites to make their voices heard online - bringing new ideas to light and fostering healthy civic dialogue. Now the group is partnering with the city's new Conversation Corps program to allow all Austinites to discuss these issues in-person as well.
The meetings in District 10 are below:
Our mistake - there are 4: