Editor's note: This story was updated to correct information on microtransit.

With the ultimate vision in mind of working toward zero fatalities on city roads, Cedar Park council adopted the new Master Mobility Plan at a Sept. 14 meeting.

The Master Mobility Plan pulls together elements of previous plans to make the city's approach to transportation planning and goals more cohesive. The following plans are included in the Master Mobility Plan:
  • 2010 Hike and Bike Trails Plan
  • 2015 Transportation Master Plan
  • 2020 Transit Study, which considers microtransit options in the city
Prepared by engineering consultant Kimley-Horn, the report is made up of seven chapters, which outline the purpose of the plan, existing conditions and congestion levels of roads, engagement, roadways and intersections, trails and shared-use paths, microtransit systems, and an implementation plan.

What officials are saying

“Everybody in the city in the coming years can expect to have more and more options on how they get around the city,” Mayor Jim Penniman-Morin said. “We know the more options we give them, the better off we’ll be—it’s creating a diverse range of options.”

The details

The plan outlines various intersections, roadways, trails and shared-use paths that are priority projects and planned for improvement.

Congested intersections planned for improvement under the plan include:
  • Bell Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road
  • Bagdad Road and New Hope Drive
  • Bell Boulevard and Whitestone Boulevard
Improvements could include adjusting signal timings, adding turn lanes or adding medians, according to city documents.

Primary trails—which are considered a top priority for the city—identified in the plan are:
  • Park Street shared-use path from Lakeline Boulevard to 183A Toll
  • Lakeline Boulevard shared-use path from Little Elm Trail to New Hope Drive
  • Northeast Connection shared-use path from North Fork Trail to New Hope Drive
The city will also explore a pilot program for a microtransit or on-demand shuttle service, according to city documents.

The takeaway

Some projects from the plan, such as the Brushy Creek North Fork Trail and the Lakeline Boulevard shared-use path, are underway, and Mayor Jim Penniman-Morin said work on a lot of others will begin next year.

Penniman-Morin also said the city is committed to working on a pilot plan for microtransit sometime in 2024.

Additionally, the city budgeted for a full-time professional to manage and help implement the Master Mobility Plan.