I am looking at the major transit hubs depicted in the transportation plan
for the North Corridor, and wondering why North Burnet and Highland both have large green focal points but our current transit hub - the N. Lamar Transit
Center at 183 & Lamar - isn't depicted at all? Especially considering
Project Connect put N. Lamar as being one of the top three most congested
sub-corridors of Central Austin. Highland and the Domain are areas where
developers want growth to occur, but where is the population density
already? Where are existing transit hubs, and shouldn't we be connecting
transit hubs and transportation modes?
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District 4 is arguably the most condensed District in Austin, and the reason for
that isn't Highland.
The N. Lamar transit center has hundreds - if not thousands - of people
switching buses per day, and Highland cannot be even close to that, buses +
including MetroRail. When are we going to get stats about usage of the
MetroBus vs. MetroRapid vs. MetroRail?
Does the City/Project Connect understand the population density between the
MetroRapid stops at N. Lamar Transit Center and Rundberg? I really don't
think so. Otherwise, the MetroRapid would stop a little more along N.
Lamar - at least once more going South and North. Probably at Fairfield
going South, and maybe Beaver going North.
Did you know that the N. Lamar transportation study determined a need for eight mid-block pedestrian crosswalks between 183 and Braker on N. Lamar? What does this say about the number of people of foot on N. Lamar? And if they are on foot, they are using public transportation as well. We are still waiting for the N. Lamar improvements plan to be finalized and get started from the 2010 transportation bonds - so we don't know which pedestrian crosswalks will be implemented yet
I am still questioning whether the MetroRapid should cost more than the
MetroBus. The MetroRapid has a much higher frequency and fancier service
on North Lamar compared to the MetroBus, but our community needs affordable transportation more so frequent transportation and even more so than fancy service.
Meanwhile, the MetroRail is actually stalling traffic considerably at Airport
and Lamar. I called 311 a week ago in order to request that a study be
done on the intersection. The lights are turning red pretty early in
anticipation of the MetroRail crossing Lamar, and are not coordinated to
optimally allow traffic to move when the guards are down. If the guards
are down, cars should be able to turn left from Lamar to Airport, going
South. Also, the light at the intersection at Guadalupe and Airport, does
not allow vehicles to turn left onto Airport from Guadalupe when the guards are
down on the South side of Airport.
We need to be sure that needs are being addressed so that we are informed on
whether the transportation bond is something that we should support or
not. I'm concerned that Project Connect is not connecting the dots as well
as they should be, and that certain dots aren't even there when they should
Vice-President, North Austin Civic Association