The City of Austin this past week celebrated two years since City Council unanimously adopted the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP).
The policy document guides Austin's transportation planning and implementation over the next 20 years in a coordinated approach among city departments and regional partners.
Chief among ASMP's goals is to accommodate the ability for Austinites to shift how they commute. By 2039, the city hopes about half of Austinites will get to work without driving alone in a car. The ASMP lays out strategies to allow more people the ability to safely and efficiently commute by transit, foot, bike, scooter, carpool or any other mode that replaces driving a car alone. The City of Austin says the ASMP integrates all transportation modes, so they complement and do not compete with each other.
"We've completed dozens of spot improvements to enhance the speed and reliability of existing bus service, while partnering with Capital Metro to plan for and implement Project Connect," City Manager Spencer Cronk said in a statement. "Not only are efforts to build out the robust roadway networks envisioned by the ASMP well underway, but Austin voters expressed their enthusiasm for continuing to expand our urban trail, bikeway, and sidewalk systems by approving Proposition B, the Active Transportation and Safety Bond, in 2020."
Looking forward to the next 18 years, the city continues to follow the ASMP's Top 10 Strategies to bring positive change to the lives of all Austinites:
- Reduce traffic fatalities, serious injuries by focusing on safety culture, behaviors
- Manage congestion by managing demand
- Build active transportation access for all ages and abilities on sidewalk, bicycle and urban trail systems
- Strategically add roadway capacity to improve travel efficiency
- Connect people to services and opportunities for better health
- Address affordability by linking housing and transportation investments
- Right-size and manage parking supply to manage demand
- Develop shared mobility options with data and emerging technology
- Build and expand community relationships with plan implementation
- Move more people by investing in public transportation
SOURCE: City of Austin