WHAT WE DO

The Austin Transportation Department does its best to keep Austin connected and on the move. Read more below to learn what our department does.

 

Ensuring Public Safety and Clean Air

As an integral part of urban life, transportation can widely affect public safety and health. Through specialized programs, the Austin Transportation Department strives to make transportation safer and more sustainable.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is an international movement to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and injuries. In 2016, the City of Austin adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan to achieve this goal by year 2025. Austin Transportation works to improve roadway designs to enhance safety and reduce crashes, and collaborates with Austin Police across different strategic areas to increase public awareness and enforcement on measures to prevent traffic deaths and injuries.

Vision Zero
Outreach and Awareness

70

outreach events

22,505

people reached

924

people who signed the Vision Zero pledge

Enforcement: Vision Zero in Action

Vision Zero in Action encompasses targeted enforcement of traffic safety laws on Austin streets, followed shortly by distribution of educational materials about transportation safety. Police officers target behaviors and locations that result in a disproportionate share of crashes in which people are injured or killed, as well as behaviors that contribute to congestion and air quality issues. Specific locations and enforcement efforts are informed by Austin Transportation and Austin Police data.

5,347

total citations and warnings
for Vision Zero in Action enforcement

Top Citations and Warnings

1,626

speeding

1,231

driver inattention / hands-free violation, e.g., texting while operating a vehicle in motion

351

failure to stop

Austin Traffic Deaths, Year by Year
Austin Traffic Deaths, year by year, from 2004 to 2017.

More information can be found on the City of Austin's Vision Zero program website, where you will find reports on crash statistics and program enforcement.

Air Quality

The City's air quality program aims to promote healthy outdoor air for all residents while also reducing traffic congestion. By encouraging people to take up sustainable alternatives to driving alone, we can positively impact our region's air quality.

313

"good" air quality days

45

"moderate" air quality days

7

"unhealthy for sensitive groups"
air quality days

The design value of ozone for Austin in 2017 was 69 ppb, which was 99% of that of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). A design value is a statistic that describes the air quality status of a given location relative to the level of the NAAQS.

Strengthening the Multimodal System

As Austin continues to grow, the Austin Transportation Department makes sure to monitor traffic and incidents in its connected system around the clock and bring improvements where needed.

 

Transportation Management Center

The Transportation Management Center (TMC) is the City of Austin's headquarters for monitoring and managing traffic throughout the Austin area. The center is staffed seven days a week through peak travel times, and may be staffed continuously through large events.  Visit the Transportation Management Center's Data and Performance Hub to see more and follow @austinmobility on Twitter for real-time traffic updates.

11,126

customer service requests

addressed over the year

3,360

field technician repair dispatches

over the year

34,000

hours of travel time saved over the year

due to Transportation Management Center intervention

216

signal timing adjustments

over the year

1/3

of traffic signals retimed over the year

$1,716,000

or more total taxpayer dollars saved in travel time over the year

569

traffic update Twitter posts

20

special events managed across 56 days

Signs, Markings and Signals

2,482 miles

of roadway, measured by centerline length,

in Austin's full purpose jurisdiction

7,725 miles

of lanes (centerline roadway length multiplied by number of lanes) in Austin's full purpose jurisdiction

785 miles

of roadway markings maintained —
almost 1/3 of all roadway length in Austin

3,787

new road signs installed

1,145

crosswalks maintained

29,085

road signs repaired or replaced

18,364

raised pavement markers installed

In 2017, the department turned on...

9

new traffic signals

10

pedestrian hybrid beacons

and now operates a total of...

997

traffic signals

62

pedestrian hybrid beacons

 

Promoting Active and Sustainable Modes

Our department works to improve city streets in the interest of safety and mobility for people of all ages and abilities as they drive, walk, bike and take transit.

Designing Safer and Multimodal Streets

Through extensive vetting, analysis, engineering and design, our safety improvement projects at major locations address public safety and mobility on a large scale.

3

completed major intersection
safety improvement projects

30

completed multimodal
street safety projects

11.9

miles of on-street
bicycle facilities added, bringing Austin to a total of 256 miles of bicycle facilities

Completed first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

The Austin Pedestrian Safety Action Plan provides a comprehensive strategy for addressing pedestrian safety in service to a more walkable environment that contributes to Austin’s vision for a sustainable, socially equitable, affordable and economically prosperous city.

Published pilot Austin Street Design Guide

The pilot Austin Street Design Guide is a modern guide for street design that considers street function, context and all transportation modes. The guide contains street cross-sections and serves as a precursor to updates to the City’s Transportation Criteria Manual.

Smart Trips

Smart Trips Austin is an active transportation options program that aims to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and increase trips taken by foot, bike, bus or shared car. The City of Austin and Capital Metro work together to encourage Austinites to consider more sustainable options for getting around town. Smart Trips activities in 2017 include...

12,349

households reached

22

hosted walks, bike rides

and transit adventures

1,005

toolkits delivered

25

community events

Community Connections

We stay connected to the community through engagement and outreach in the form of completed service requests, weekly newsletter updates, press releases and more.

 

In 2017, the department...

 

... responded to 24,442 customer service requests...

Traffic Signals, 45.52%

Signs and Markings, 18.49%

Traffic Engineering, 13.48%

Right-of-Way Management, 11.53%

Parking Meters, 6.69%

Active Transportation, 1.73%

Special Events, 1.38%

Parking Enforcement, 1.19%

... and sent out 51 mobility newsletters to about 4,300 subscribers and 19 press releases.

Regulating and Permitting

To ensure safety and smooth operations for all road users,  Austin Transportation staff oversee the regulation and permitting of the City’s right of way for a variety of purposes and occasions.

 

Special Events

The Austin Center for Events works to ensure safety through  inspection, regulation and traffic control of department-permitted special events.

168

special events held

that were permitted

by Austin Transportation

293

special events days

Right-of-Way Management

Number of permits issued

10,849

excavation

1,653

temporary use of right of way (usually construction)

314

valet (for operating customer vehicle drop-off and return zones, temporary or permanent)

15

sidewalk café

2,944

driveway/sidewalk

1,393

parking (for using a City parking space for temporary loading and unloading)

227

film

14

vendor

Parking

220

new metered parking spaces

15%

of all transactions were for metered parking made with the ParkX pay-by-phone app

200

parking spaces available

in the Affordable Parking Program

Affordable Parking Program

Austin Transportation's Affordable Parking Program provides parking overnight at City-owned facilities in or near the downtown area for hospitality and service industry workers. The monthly charge is $35, which is significantly lower than typical downtown parking garage prices. In 2017, the city offered 200 available spaces through the program and looks to expand as more facilities are made available.