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Austin Mobility News: Jan. 28, 2019

Your weekly news update from the City of Austin Transportation Department
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In this week's edition:

New dashboard feature makes it easier to keep up with 2016 Mobility Bond

2016 Austin Mobility Bond illustration. capitalprojects.austintexas.gov. Timeline & budget? Check. Contact info? Check. Mobile friendly? Check!

The City of Austin has launched a new feature in our Capital Project Explorer that displays the current status of each 2016 Mobility Bond project. Updated monthly, this feature allows the community to track if a project is moving ahead as planned and whether it is complete. If a project is put on hold or is modified, the project status will reflect this change.

Capital Project Explorer is an interactive, mobile-friendly website with information about projects funded through the 2016 Mobility Bond. As the Bond enters its third year, Project Explorer currently features over 100 projects—and this number continues to grow! Project Explorer allows the community to see how the City of Austin is improving transportation and mobility with the 2016 Mobility Bond. Projects can be searched by location, project type, project phase, and City Council district.

When browsing the Project Explorer, keep an eye out for this new feature:

Screenshot of capital explorer showing example of new feature, which reads "Project is moving ahead on schedule and on budget."
Do you have recommendations for how we can improve Project Explorer? Shoot us an email and let us know.

Reminder: Provide feedback on the 2019 Mobility Annual Plan this week

2016 Mobility Bond illustration showing cityscape, with text "$720 M" and austintexas.gov/mobilityannualplan.
This week is the final opportunity to provide feedback on the draft list of 2016 Mobility Bond projects the City of Austin anticipates taking up in 2019 and beyond. The Mobility Annual Plan (MAP) is available online for public review and comment through this Friday, Feb. 1.

You can read and download the MAPview an interactive project map, and provide feedback. The MAP provides an annual “look ahead” at planned work across the entire city that is made possible through the 2016 Mobility Bond resources. This process is designed to take advantage of coordination opportunities, reduce conflicts and provide a transparent way of delivering a complex set of bond-funded projects.

Final publication of the 2019 Mobility Annual Plan is planned for spring 2019.

National transportation groups award Austin with Vision Zero workshop

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A street with a bike lane and sidewalks in Austin.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Vision Zero Network have selected Austin Transportation to participate in an urban-focused workshop to develop a comprehensive speed management plan as a means to reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries. The workshop is a staff training that will be hosted in Austin in February.

The training workshop outcomes will be shared throughout the transportation profession and will become the framework for similar training workshops in other communities considering speed management programs and strategies. Austin is one of two cities - the other being Durham, N.C. -  that the two organizations selected to participate in one-day training workshops to help initiate and sustain a commitment to effectively managing speeds and improving safety for all users. The workshop project is funded through a grant from the Road to Zero Coalition.

In May 2016, Austin City Council adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan and subsequently advanced a speed management resolution identifying changes to state-enabling legislation, incorporation of target speeds in plans and manuals, evaluation of arterial street context, and implementation of neighborhood traffic calming as potential speed and safety tools.

Check out our Transportation Management Center's progress in December

Photo of people working at Transportation Management Center, room with many computer workstations and screens showing Austin intersections.
The Transportation Management Center is Austin Transportation's headquarters for monitoring and managing Austin's transportation network. The center is staffed every day through peak travel times, and may be staffed continuously through large events. Engineers and technicians monitor traffic patterns and adjust signal timing in response to traffic needs. Crews may be dispatched as needed to respond to downed or malfunctioning traffic signals.

If you see any issues with signals, you can contact Austin 3-1-1 by phone or mobile app to submit a request, and our staff at the Transportation Management Center will take care of it.

Our December 2018 snapshot:

  • 715 service requests resolved 
  • 20 video detection adjustments
  • 3 new video detectors added
  • 216 signal timing adjustments: 150 for Trail of Lights; 32 for Frank Erwin Center events; 36 others
  • 4 intersections where audible pedestrian buttons have been added
  • 8 intersections where flashing yellow arrow signals have been added
  • 1 intersection where bike signals have been added

Spotlight: Trail of Lights

With over 350,000 people visiting Trail of Lights every year, the Transportation Management Center takes measures to monitor and assist traffic flows around Zilker Park. For the duration of the event in December, the Transportation Management Center made 150 signal timing adjustments. The center was staffed until 11 p.m. every night, Dec. 10 - 23, monitoring and assisting traffic during the peak hours each night before Trail of Lights started and when it ended.

Austin Municipal Court Warrant Amnesty program to begin this Friday

Graphic that says "Austin Municipal Court Warrant Amnesty 2019, February 1 - February 28, austintexas.gov/court"
Austin Municipal Court’s Warrant Amnesty program lasts Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 this year. During that time, people may voluntarily go to the Austin Municipal Court or Downtown Community Court to take care of their unpaid tickets or outstanding warrants without threat of arrest.
 

Austin Municipal Court Walk-In Dockets

  • Availability:
    • 8:30 - 11 a.m. and 1:30-3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 6 - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • Location:

Community Court

  • Availability:
    • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Location:

Don’t need to talk to a judge? Stop by an Austin Municipal Court substation.

About the City of Austin Transportation Department

The City of Austin Transportation Department works to provide a safe, efficient, innovative, cost-effective and sustainable transportation system that connects roadways, bikeways, walkways and transit systems in order to bring improved access and mobility to our community. We are taking proactive steps to engage and educate the community, which is why you received this news update. Visit AustinTexas.gov/Transportation.
City of Austin Transportation Department
901 S. MoPac Expressway
Building 5, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78746

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