At Thursday’s Metropolis Council Mobility Committee assembly, metropolis staffers described what 2021 has in retailer for the quite a few initiatives funded by Proposition B, the $460 million energetic mobility bond that voters passed overwhelmingly in November.
Workers members throughout a number of metropolis departments will spend many of the yr prioritizing and planning the initiatives, an enormous activity by itself. Building will final from 2022 to 2027.
“Little doubt it is a large mountain to climb,” stated Anna Martin, assistant director of the Austin Transportation Division. “However we’re excited concerning the alternative to ship this program for the neighborhood.”
Initiatives will embody new bikeways, city trails, pedestrian enhancements, protected routes to colleges, and huge capital initiatives, together with a brand new bike and pedestrian boardwalk over Woman Hen Lake close to Longhorn Dam and a extra bike- and pedestrian-friendly Congress Avenue north of Woman Hen Lake.
Town will rent extra workers this yr to assist implement Prop B initiatives and expedite the remaining initiatives from the 2016 and 2018 mobility bonds. “We have to speed up 2016 and 2018,” Martin stated, “unstick among the bottlenecks which have been uncovered over the past 4 years, and put together ourselves for these peak supply years of 2022 by way of 2027.”
Metropolis Council members urged all initiatives to be accomplished inside six years of the primary development contract. “The six-year timeframe is extraordinarily aggressive,” Martin stated, “particularly once you compound that on high of the 2016 and 2018 work we’re already doing.”
Martin stated that the Transportation Division is attempting its finest to prioritize initiatives equitably. “A part of our work this yr,” she stated, “will probably be to evaluate every of those prioritization frameworks critically, and incorporate an fairness evaluate into our Mobility Annual Plan course of.”
The bond cash will enable the town to finish 70 % of the All Ages and Abilities Bike Network, tackle 20 % of the town’s sidewalk wants and construct 30 % of the town’s highest-priority city trails.
Capital Metro will obtain some funds to “assist transit pace, reliability and entry to current native service.” Martin stated a few of Capital Metro’s Prop B funds might additionally result in “an growth of our micromobility fleet … in addition to extra investments in communications and know-how.” The bond win poor health assist join a spot in Nice Valley Highway simply north of Ben White Boulevard, making Undertaking Join’s deliberate bus fast transit line alongside the street extra environment friendly.
Cash may also go towards enhancing substandard streets. Enhancements to Johnny Morris Highway and Ross Highway, which have been excessive on the town’s to-do listing, will probably be first in line.
The proposition may also fund preliminary engineering for a brand new Barton Springs Highway bridge over Woman Hen Lake with more room for bikes and pedestrians.
Although the primary Prop B initiatives received’t start development till subsequent yr, the town will nonetheless ship many initiatives from the 2016 and 2018 mobility bonds in 2021. “We’re not going to overlook a beat,” Martin stated.
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