Austin has a growing gridlock issue, principally between the hours of 7 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 7 p.m. The intensity and duration of this gridlock will likely grow with population. There’s no end-game solution in a growing city; however intelligent upgrades and keeping up with demand controls the problem. Austin’s the only large city in Texas with no loop connecting its urban core arterials. San Antonio has two (IH-410 and 1604), Houston has two (IH-610 and 8), Dallas has IH-635/20, Ft Worth has 820/20 and El Paso has 375/54.
Our city has a number of urban core intersections that could be optimized to improve traffic flow. They’re contributors to lost time, higher emissions and congestion. Our traffic control system needs a major overhaul. Some progress has been made by programs like the Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), however we need more robust efforts to fund, design and implement a next generation traffic management system.
TCTU URGES VOTERS TO REJECT the “URBAN RAIL” Proposition in November, and SUPPORT NEW CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES WHO WILL COMMIT TO RELIEVE CONGESTION BY ADVOCATING LONG OVERDUE ROAD EXPANSIONS AND OTHER VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS.
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