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The Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which established a long-term goal of becoming a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions city by 2050. In other words, we want to reduce emissions to as close to zero as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier, and safer community for decades to come.  To do this, we need your help. Planning committees have identified seven overarching strategy areas (listed as "Ideas" below), including related actions, for the transportation sector based on leading research, current city programs, and public input to date.

The Office of Sustainability needs your input regarding these draft strategies and actions.

  • Which strategies should the plan prioritize? (You can hit the "vote" button to vote up the strategy.)
  • Are we missing any actions that could reduce emissions?
  • What else needs to be considered?

 


    Draft Actions:

    • Purchase lower emission and alternative fuel vehicles to replace older, higher-emission vehicles
    • Conduct business evaluation of fleet usage, operations and right-sizing
    • Review and update idling policies for emergency services
    • Review and develop new GHG actions that our airport may undertake
    • Advocate for the implementation of higher federal fuel efficiency standards
    • Integrate fuel-efficient and zero emission specialized vehicles into the City’s fleet where appropriate
    • Foster more efficient freight movement, research other programs that have worked with freight/trucking industry to identify best practices
    • Conduct a study of potential re-routing options for trucks
    • Install alternative fuel stations and incentivize purchase/use of electric vehicles and alternative fueled vehicles

    Draft Actions:

    • Complete funded and new projects included in the existing mobility plans (including MoPac express lanes and urban rail)
    • More bus rapid transit and electrification of the bus network
    • Reduce red tape to obtain and spend federal funding to expedite the implementation of big projects that deliver results
    • Increase separated bike lane facilities; expand bike racks, bike parking, and bike share
    • Connect first and last mile
    • Incorporate Dynamic Message Systems
    • Expand existing network of sidewalks, bikeways, and trails, and eliminate gaps to establish a well-connected network of sidewalks, trails, and bikeways that are distributed across the region
    • Evaluate an elevated and dedicated rail system
    • Incorporate best practices in street design, including more urban trees, protected bike lanes, dedicated public transit lanes, and pedestrian-oriented design
    • More frequency and more reliability in the public transport options
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    Draft Actions:

    • Implement adopted policies and current programs regarding increases to bicycle commuter mode split, public transit ridership, and children riding to school
    • Expand commute reduction programs
    • Analyze peak time demand management options
    • Improve transit service and efficiency
    • Establish regional partnerships to extend public transit options for non-Austin based commuters
    • Encourage on-site daycare at employment centers
    • Public education regarding the benefits of biking and walking
    • Preferred or reduced-fee parking for carpoolers
    • Include parking cash-out programs within a transportation demand management tool
    • Adopt policies to legalize TNCs/carpool services such as Uber and Lyft
    • Conduct outreach to neighborhood associations to increase awareness of commute options
    • Add alternative small-scale transit modes - collective zoned carpool service, flex route systems, etc.
    • Promote car share, carpool, ride share, telecommuting programs
    • Work with major employers to implement trip reduction plans
    • Support intercity rail

    Draft Actions:

    • Deploy travel time data collection equipment along key arterial streets and use it to influence travel decisions and improve traffic flow
    • Promote apps that track and show health benefits of walking and biking for commutes
    • Research and improve synchronization and traffic timing, including bicycle detection tools at intersections
    • Research the feasibility of providing notification systems to drivers that provide information to the drivers before entering the highway
    • Utilize crowdsourcing for technology solutions
    • Improve business modeling that focuses on limiting commutes and limiting real estate footprint (i.e. telecommute)
    • Expand plug-in station network, including regional connections
    • Develop tools that allow residents to shop for and purchase products and services more efficiently (e.g. Gas Buddy)
    • Develop tools that allow employers to assess employee work/home locations and select the best places for employees to collaborate
    • Evaluate integrating solar or wind energy generation in the transportation system (e.g. roadways, right of ways, on bus stops)
    • Evaluate installing Smart Parking for compact and connected areas
    • Follow leading research of benefits and risks of self-parking vehicles, driverless vehicles
    • Research development of an interactive website where citizens can monitor their GHG emissions against others

    Draft Actions:

    • Implement the actions included in current transportation plans and Imagine Austin, including complete streets and compact, walkable developments
    • Prioritize GHG reduction opportunities in the CodeNEXT process
    • Work with employers to enhance existing trip reduction programs, including telecommuting
    • Work with employers to establish business locations within or near centers and corridors
    • Research the need for establishing neighborhood bicycle ambassadors and mobile neighborhood bicycle repair options
    • Work with employers to convert fleets to cleaner fuels
    • Develop policies that establish a long-term affordability quota
    • Work with toll road management organizations to develop incentives that encourage high occupancy vehicles to use toll roads and/or lanes more frequently
    • Work with toll road management organizations to develop incentives that encourage freight haulers to use toll roads
    • Work with real estate industry, financial institutions, home mortgage companies, and others to incentivize affordable housing and location efficiency
    • Review speed limits within the urban core and adjust to speeds that protects the safety of all right of way users
    • Collaborate with community partners in developing and providing sustained community outreach and marketing about all available alternative transportation options
    • Discontinue the practice of providing parking to City employees based in transit-rich locations
    • Reduce free parking by working with private property owners and eliminating free parking for city controlled spaces within or near centers and corridors
    • Research TNC benefits related to GHG emission reductions
    • Work with TXDOT to identify and fund the system and demand management projects that have the greatest potential to reduce emissions related to congestion, idling, and system performance

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    Draft Actions:

    • Implement the various land use, street design, and transportation system recommendations included in Imagine Austin
    • Enact policies to support density and mixed-use development that support and enhance transit and active transportation options, including development of more supportive infill policies to encourage density
    • Plan transportation systems based on objective analysis of environmental considerations (including CO2 emissions), demand models, congestion models, safety, and full life cycle cost/benefit analysis
    • Focus land use, location, and transportation solutions into recruiting of companies to Austin
    • Plan location and design of new school campuses to encourage walking and biking to school
    • Tax incentives for geographically distributed sites
    • Encourage businesses to locate in existing and complete communities
    • Affordable housing & employment centers along transit corridors
    • Coordinate future mass transit investments with comprehensive plan land use decisions
    • Facilitate aggregation of smaller land parcels that may provide opportunity for industrial development
    • Make 20-minute complete neighborhoods a core component of land use planning
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    Draft Actions:

    • Prioritize city investments in mixed use, transit, and creating walkable and bikeable places
    • Improve streetscapes and infrastructure along activity corridors and activity centers, use innovative financing models
    • Employ vehicle parking maximums rather than parking minimums
    • Allow for the reduction of vehicular parking spaces with addition of bicycle parking spaces above the minimum
    • Incentivize carpooling by offering free or reduced parking
    • Tier parking requirements based on context of the site, travel demand management activities and other factors
    • Research congestion pricing as a mechanism to limit downtown traffic
    • Develop incentive programs for last mile transit connection
    • Incentivize large employers to offer on-site daycare services
    • Research incentives for electric and alternative fuel drivers (lanes, parking, access, perks)
    • Research economic incentives for personal devices that encourage virtual, dynamic, and flexible work options without travel (camera, projectors, computers, screens, other)
    • Research implementation of time-of-use pricing for electric vehicle owners
    • Research incentives for replacing older vehicles
    • Create and adopt a transportation impact fee to support local low-carbon transportation infrastructure and planning
    • Levy a motor vehicle excise tax
    • Outreach campaigns regarding housing+transit costs
    • Establish location efficient mortgages for buying within activity corridors/centers
    • Analyze property tax incentives for increased density in existing single-family neighborhoods (garage apt. and micro-housing)
    • Potential incentives to encourage alternative modes of transportation
    • Research benefits of pricing policies on climate protection, transportation, and community goals
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    You can ignore this comment. This is a Planner in Oregon checking out your SpeakUpAustin website.

    Please see what can be done to provide more bike paths for Austin residents.

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    Why did you decide to change 7th, 8th, Brazos and Colorado to 1-way streets. Traffic 101 says 1-way streets? They were changed from 2-way years ago to improve mobility, which they did. Now you will stall traffic with left turners and have to change traffic lights to add left turn signaling.

    Used worldwide, very little imminent domain necessary, recover costs of building, in a short time. (Seattle system took 3 years to pay off, and it profitable. ) takes very little space. Can be relocated if built smartly. Monorails is the solution for austin complimentary mass transit.

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