'Traffic Jam' kicks off Project Connect community engagement efforts

AUSTIN, Texas (March 2, 2017) - Capital Metro and the Austin Transportation Department are partnering to host Traffic Jam! A Mobility Solutions Workshop for Central Texans , Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bullock Museum located at 1800 Congress Ave., in Austin. Central Texas residents are invited to this exciting event where members of the public can learn about the regional approach the agencies are taking to the region's transportation dilemmas. Among the initiatives discussed will be Project Connect, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) and the Travis County Transportation Plan, as well as efforts by CAMPO, TxDOT, CTRMA and other agencies in the five-county area.

Saturday's Traffic Jam workshop will include presentations, panel discussions and hands-on activities for adults and kids. Special presentations will be made by regional leaders and transportation advocates, including Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson, Austin Transportation Department Director Rob Spillar and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Director of External Affairs Dee Anne Heath. Public participants will have several opportunities to give input and share ideas for improving the region's mobility future.

Event Agenda

8:30 - 9:00                  Registration

9:00 - 9:05                  Opening remarks: Wade Cooper (Chair, Capital Metro board of directors) and Mayor Steve Adler (city of Austin)  

9:05 - 9:20                  Presentation: Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt

9:20 - 9:50                  Panel: State Senator Kirk Watson, Mayor Steve Adler, Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Terry Mitchell (Moderator, Capital Metro board of directors)

9:50 - 10:10                Presentation and polling activity: Project Connect team

10:10 - 10:15              Introduction to Mobility Fair: Ann Kitchen (Capital Metro board of directors and Austin City Councilmember)

12:15 - 12:45              Panel: Linda Watson, Rob Spillar (Director, Austin Transportation Department), Dee Anne Heath (director of external affairs, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) and Nikelle Meade (Moderator, Board Secretary, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)

12:45 - 12:50              Closing remarks: Linda Watson

8:30 - 1:00                  Hands-on activity stations:  Travis County, CAMPO, TxDOT, Connections 2025, CTRMA, Vision Zero, City of Austin Bicycle Program and Pedestrian/Sidewalk Programs, Transportation Demand Management, CodeNEXT and Movability Austin

Workshop participants are encouraged to take transit to the event. The museum is served by Routes 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 801 and 803. B-cycle is offering a free bike ride to the workshops by entering code 660304 at any Austin B-station. Usage fees apply for any trips lasting more than an hour. The first 200 people to register for the Traffic Jam Workshop on site will receive free admission to the Bullock Museum. Breakfast tacos and beverages will be served.

Capital Metro's Project Connect initiative is designed to create a system of high-capacity transit options to connect people, places and opportunities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable way. The agency is working with local agencies, stakeholders and the public to identify high-capacity transit solutions that will offer options for travel into, out of and around Central Austin. The Project Connect team is currently asking the public to identify and evaluate potential transit projects to help decide which projects to pursue for planning, funding and developing.

“Project Connect will continue to be a community-driven process,” said Capital Metro's President/CEO Linda Watson. “We're in the middle of a long process, and we're going to need community support, as well as people's thoughts and ideas. We're literally building our future through this process.”

Project Connect and its partners will shape transportation investment and policy in Central Texas for generations to come. To find out more about the Traffic Jam event, see ProjectConnect.com and AustinTexas.gov/asmp.


MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Peck, 512-369-7778,  amy.peck@capmetro.org