Central Texas transportation agency seeks input on 2045 long-range plan

A Central Texas transportation planning agency started its public input process Oct. 21 for its 2045 long-range plan, which looks at how the region will be connected over the next 25 years.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization represents about 2 million residents in the six counties of Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson. It is responsible in this region for coordinating transportation planning among jurisdictions, creating long-range plans and doling out state and federal funds.

According to CAMPO, the six-county region is expected to increase in population by 121% by 2045, but the number of new lane miles will only increase by 28%.

The 2045 long-range plan will include a variety of modes, such as transit, walking and biking, according to a news release. These long-range plans identify ways to travel, to maximize the existing transportation network and to use technology and modified commute habits to reduce congestion, according to CAMPO.

"Our region's future looks very bright, and our transportation system must prepare for the continued growth we anticipate over the next few decades,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who leads the CAMPO transportation policy board, in a news release.

During the first phase of public input, which will run through Nov. 30, residents will be able to take a survey about their transportation habits and needs. CAMPO is also planning to host in-person open houses in November with a second round of public input to occur in early 2020.

CAMPO’s transportation policy board, comprising local elected officials, is scheduled to adopt the 2045 plan in April or May, CAMPO Community Outreach Manager Doise Miers said.

CAMPO staffers began the 2045 long-range plan process a couple of years ago. One of the first steps was to create its first Regional Active Transportation Plan—essentially, a blueprint for access to walking and biking facilities in the CAMPO region. The active transportation plan incorporates existing facilities and plans from CAMPO jurisdictions.

Another appendix in the 2045 long-range plan will be the MoKan Northeast Subregional Plan, which will offer a bird’s-eye view of ideas for using the old rail corridor that runs from Hwy. 290 in East Austin to Georgetown, Miers said.

“These plans and studies reflect input from stakeholders throughout the six-county area,” said Commissioner Cynthia Long, vice chair of the CAMPO transportation policy board and Williamson County commissioner, in a news release. “The CAMPO transportation policy board will use the valuable information provided in these plans and studies, along with other information and public comments, as critical input to what will ultimately become the CAMPO 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.”
By Amy Denney
Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and then senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition and covering transportation. She is now managing editor for the nine publications in the Central Texas area.


MOST RECENT

Lawmakers began hearings Feb. 25 to hear from energy executives about what led to dayslong power outages following a Feb. 14 winter storm. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin weekly roundup: The storm is over, but the questions are just beginning

In hearings last week, a state senator from the Houston area called the power and water outages in Texas "the largest trainwreck in the history of degregulated electricity."

Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD trustees have approved the academic calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Winter storm damage could prevent 10 Austin ISD campuses from reopening next week

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri.

A tree's branches fell on a car in North Austin in the midst of Winter Storm Uri in February. With downed tree limbs and burst water lines causing property damage across Austin, the city has directed additional funds into programs to help some homeowners with emergency home repairs. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Still in crisis mode, Austin City Council initiates recovery following winter storm

With 200 to 400 apartment and condo complexes in Austin still without water, City Council is aiming to direct aid and relieve some of the financial burden felt by residents following the devastating winter storms.

ArborView is a 62-plus active-living community. (Courtesy ArborView)
Southwest Austin active-living apartment community set to open March 1

The 62-plus active-living community will have 151 total apartment units for rent.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.