From April though July 2015, several partners launched Mobility ATX to gather ideas and explore near-term mobility solutions. The online platform was divided into five topics: commuting, growth, impaired driving, parking, and what works for Austin. Community leaders introduced each of the topics every two weeks, and in-person conversations also took place throughout the city. Participants suggested ideas to tackle Austin’s mobility and growth challenges, and ideas could be “upvoted” by other users.
Now a final report on the ideas that came out of that three-month initiative has been released by Glasshouse Policy, one of the Mobility ATX partners.
There were a total of 4,119 upvotes that took place on MobilityATX.com, and the report only covers 1,143 across the 10 most popular user-generated ideas. But those 1,000-plus votes paint a clear picture: Mobility ATX users want alternative transportation options that work efficiently and frequently, they want a city that’s not divided by highways, and they want dense development.
The 10 most popular ideas from MobilityATX, in order of popularity based on upvotes and shown here as worded on the platform, were:
- Fully fund the Bicycle Master Plan
- Support Reconnect Austin’s vision of an I-35 that’s buried through the center of downtown
- Dedicated bus lanes in high traffic corridors throughout the city
- Remove all sidewalk exemptions
- Fix Anderson Mill Road from Hwy. 620- Hwy. 183
- We need to allow for small-scale apartments all over the city, especially in central city neighborhoods
- Restore the original frequency of the 1 and 3 local bus routes
- It’s time to reboot the Dillo!
- We need to get rid of parking minimums and consider parking maximums all over town
- We must get cracking on planning a light rail line that will serve the greatest number of riders on day one, and going forward
Some of these ideas are already in motion; over the summer, RideScout tested two downtown circulators, and Capital Metro is also looking at the feasibility of a downtown circulator. Capital Metro will also evaluate service levels on the 1 and 3 routes as part of the Service Plan 2025 study, and has included funding for additional frequency in its long range financial plan. Some will take longer-range action. In order to secure the $150 million needed to build out the Bicycle Master Plan’s network, for instance, City Council will need to put that bond on a ballot, and voters will need to approve it.
Click here to read the full report.