MOVING AUSTIN FORWARD
The Austin Transportation Department works to provide a safe, efficient, innovative, cost-effective and sustainable transportation system for our community. This system connects roadways, bikeways, walkways and transit systems to provide community members with improved access and mobility.
Working toward this mission, the department has a growing staff of approximately 301 full-time employees, with an annual budget of $52 million.
This annual report will showcase the department's operations and achievements for 2018.
FUTURE-PROOFING OUR CITY
In 2018, Austin Transportation made great strides to prepare for an innovative and sustainable transportation future. The department began testing and incorporating new mobility technologies, achieved milestones in community input and expanded equitable mobility opportunities through various initiatives.
With direction from its new Smart Mobility Program, Austin Transportation joined national collaboratives to establish new transportation technology standards and has been pilot testing emerging technologies for potential mobility solutions. Austin Transportation came to the forefront of national dialogue with new small shared mobility services, which include dockless bike-share and scooter-share, on how to manage public pathways, record and share open data, and build and plan programs in service to more equitable, affordable and sustainable mobility solutions. The department also rolled out open data tools in line with the City’s mission to provide services to the community in a transparent and accountable way. These achievements align with target outcomes outlined in Austin Strategic Direction 2023, which Austin City Council adopted in early 2018.
Looking to Austin’s future, Austin Transportation went all in on community outreach to develop the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the update to the city’s transportation plan. Austin Transportation partnered with Capital Metro to host the second “Traffic Jam” and gather community input on the plan and Capital Metro’s high-capacity transit vision Project Connect, both long-term plans that will shape Austin for decades to come.
Amid these efforts, Austin Transportation also relocated to larger facilities to accommodate the City of Austin’s growing programs and initiatives for a rapidly growing city.
Through these movements, Austin Transportation strives to ensure our fast-growing community is prepared for the decades ahead, in step with the innovations of today, and pursuing the solutions of tomorrow.