On Wednesday, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Administrators unanimously really helpful approval of a 3rd renewal of Good Journeys, an outreach program designed to teach Austinites concerning the metropolis’s increasing transit choices.
A collaboration between Capital Metro and town of Austin, Good Journeys was launched in 2016 as a mailing program to check the waters, sending residents “toolkits” with bus route maps and bike lights to encourage them to make use of different types of transit moreover drive-alone journeys. In 2017, Metropolis Council authorised a more robust model.
“Individuals take into consideration supporting their native companies by ordering meals and having it delivered or driving to it, once they might simply stroll or bike their neighborhood restaurant or neighborhood espresso store,” Lonny Stern, Good Journeys program supervisor, mentioned.
This system gives one-on-one journey planning companies, routes for neighborhood walks and “transit adventures.” A consultant takes a bunch to an occasion on the town by bus, offering them with route maps and different informational supplies. The journeys are designed to indicate Austinites learn how to use all the things that’s obtainable to them.
Good Journeys has tailored to the pandemic. This system is targeted on “common consciousness and security,” Stern mentioned. “It’s secure to journey public transit; it’s simply not secure to deliver a bunch of 30 to 50 collectively on one journey,” he added.
In a presentation to the board, Stern mentioned Good Journeys goals to lower drive-alone journeys by 5-10 p.c and enhance lively journeys (utilizing buses or bikes) by the identical quantity.
Good Journeys plans to go citywide this yr, pending a brand new interlocal settlement between town and Capital Metro, which Metropolis Council will vote on.
The funding would value Capital Metro $150,000, which quantities to “pennies on the greenback” in comparison with its whole transportation price range, in line with Board Secretary Eric Stratton. As a result of town companions with Capital Metro for this program, town will match that quantity, per a 2017 ordinance.
Capital Space Metropolitan Planning Group granted Good Journeys $255,000 to broaden its attain all through Austin. The grant was used to fund a brand new initiative known as New Movers, which focuses on individuals who lately filed a brand new mailing deal with – a strategy to goal those that are extra seemingly to make use of public transit.
“Whenever you transfer into a brand new dwelling or a brand new job or a brand new faculty, that’s if you’re actually taking a look at your commutes,” Stern mentioned.
Residents will obtain a flyer with their Austin Power invoice that comprises details about the New Movers program. The flyer might additionally embrace a free bus day cross, bike cross or scooter cross, a function that’s nonetheless into consideration, Stern mentioned.
Good Journeys experiences a 2.5 to six.7 p.c enhance in transit use and a 3.3 to five.4 p.c lower in drive-alone journeys amongst customers of this system.
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