HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

JANUARY

  • With matched federal funding, Austin Transportation launches a $2.2 million citywide pedestrian crossing safety initiative. This effort set out to upgrade all signals with pedestrian countdown timers, add accessible pedestrian signals to 26 locations and add pedestrian hybrid beacons to 5 pedestrian crossings.
     

  • The City of Austin, as an employer, receives national recognition as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018. This title recognizes employers who offers exceptional sustainable commuting options and benefits to their employees.

  • Austin Transportation invites the community to weigh in on 2016 Mobility Bond substandard street projects on Cooper Lane, Davis Lane, FM 1626, Latta Drive/Brush Country Road and Johnny Morris Road. The 2016 Mobility Bond dedicates $11 million to substandard streets and capital renewal programs, including the creation of preliminary engineering reports for nine substandard streets. The goal of the substandard streets projects is to address substandard street elements such as missing sidewalks, drainage issues, insufficient pavement widths and more.
     

  • The City of Austin hosts officials from cities from across the country for the first national summit on special events best practices.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

  • Austin Transportation publishes new online portal for real-time data on department transportation requests and projects: transportation.austintexas.io.
     

  • City of Austin transportation projects are approved for over $80 million in federal funds under the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)’s 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program. The City of Austin’s 13 approved projects encompass roadways; intelligent transportation systems; bicycle and pedestrian safety, connectivity and recreation; and transportation demand management. Each of these projects requires a local funding match of at least 20 percent, though the actual percentages vary based on the project. The purpose of obtaining this federal funding is to bolster efforts to address traffic congestion, enhance multimodal safety and improve public health across Austin.

JUNE

  • ​Austin Transportation and Waze partner in the Waze Connected Citizens Program to share scheduled street closures related to special event closures and information on major traffic delays.

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

  • Austin Transportation publishes the Austin City Limits mobility guide, which shows available options to get to and around the festival. This mobility guide includes information the festival shuttle, public transit, bike- and scooter-share services, pedicabs, ride-hailing services and taxicabs.
     

  • Austin Transportation and Austin Police bring dockless mobility safety education to the community with street team outreach.
     

  • Austin Transportation posts the director rules for dockless mobility operators.
     

  • Austin Transportation unveils Austin Strategic Mobility Plan draft policies alongside Capital Metro’s Project Connect.
     

  • Austin Transportation releases recommended alternative for safety and mobility improvements on Spicewood Springs Road.
     

  • Austin Transportation and the University of Texas partner on a research project to use automated video analytics to improve transportation planning for pedestrian safety.
     

  • The City of Austin is the first in Texas to test traffic signal technology for “connected” vehicles.

NOVEMBER