Why Project Connect?
- Explosive Growth
- Better Transportation Choices
- Regional Connectivity
Central Texas is slowing down and traffic congestion threatens our economy, the environment and the very quality of our lives. There is not enough time, money or space to build our way out of this problem by adding and expanding roads. No city has ever built its way out of congestion, and so it is time for a paradigm shift in the way we think about mobility. The goal of our transportation system cannot be to move more cars through the roadway. It must be to move more people, more efficiently.
- Customer Experience
- Land Use and Policy
- Implementation and Operations
2013 INRIX Traffic Scorecard Annual Reports found that Austin's traffic congestion problem was bad and only getting worse. According to those reports, the increase in time wasted in traffic throughout our region ranked fourth among U.S. metro areas — worse than Houston and New York City! There’s no single solution to the region’s growing traffic congestion, so we need an "all of the above" strategy that includes road and transit improvements to add capacity and give people options.
Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan and the
CAMPO 2040 Regional Transportation Plan include policies and strategies for compact growth in activity centers. (These are areas with high concentrations of jobs, housing, retailers and other services. Some examples are the Mueller neighborhood, The Domain and the redeveloped Highland Mall.) The plans also envision corridors supported by transit, as well as opportunities for bicycling and walking.
What is High-Capacity Transit?
Transit that includes these features:
- Dedicated lanes or guideways with traffic signal priority when running in mixed traffic
- High frequency (every 15 minutes or less)
- Stations that are a significant part of the surrounding environment and that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Uses technology to enhance the passenger experience
- Some examples are: commuter rail, bus rapid transit and streetcar.