This month’s ENGAGE breakfast looked at transportation, mobility, and solutions to our region’s growing traffic congestion issues. We learned that as the 11th largest city in the country, Austin has already seen an 8% increase in congestion in just the first quarter of 2013; and if nothing changes, the average commute time for Austin motorists could be 190 minutes by the year 2035.
Panelists discussed new transit options coming in 2014, the use of tolls to pay for needed expansion of roadways, collaboration between transportation agencies to create a regional plan, and changing the behaviors of Central Texas residents that will lead to less cars on the road. Speakers included Mario Espinoza (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority), Glenn Gadbois (Movability Austin), and Linda Watson (Capital Metro). The panel was moderated by Brian Sanders of KXAN-TV.
|June 2013 ENGAGE Panelists|
Below is the full podcast of the event, along with links to media coverage and resources from the discussion.
- KXAN News – Transportation leaders meet to discuss traffic problem
- Impact News – Transportation options discussed at June 4 ENGAGE Breakfast
List of Resources
- Capital Metro
- Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
- Movability Austin
- My 35
- Project Connect
As this was the final breakfast of our 2012-13 ENGAGE series, we’d like to once again recognize our generous sponsors for their continued support. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Capital One Bank for their fourth consecutive year of leadership on the ENGAGE Breakfast Series!
We’ll be back with a new season of ENGAGE starting October 2013. In the meantime, continue the discussion on what we’ve covered this year – or send us your ideas for topics to consider in the future – via the blog comments, Facebook, or Twitter. And don’t forget to check our calendar for upcoming Leadership Austin events this summer.