The Round Rock Transportation Department has begun the process of developing a transit development plan to help guide its public transportation efforts for the next 10 years.

The city last laid out its long-term vision for public transportation in its 2015 transit master plan. Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said since that time, population growth and a changing business landscape have created new transit needs for the city.

“We're trying to stay on a schedule of about every five years, might slip to six, to do updates to those master plans in effort to try and keep up with how fast the community's changing,” Hudder said.

He added the addition of service businesses in particular spurred more demand for public transportation.

“We got 1,000 new employees out of Kalahari,” Hudder said. “Well, that's a whole lot of people that are working every day at Kalahari, and a significant portion of them do, as best they can, use public transportation to commute to and from their jobs.”

The public can provide feedback at two in-person public workshops, which will take place Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Both meetings will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Allen R. Baca Senior Center. The public can also provide comment through an online survey that will be open through Oct. 1.

“We're really trying to get the word out to the general public to make sure that they participate on both sides,” Hudder said. “There's a lot of people that feel very strongly we shouldn't have it, and we want to hear those comments as well.”

According to the city of Round Rock website, the transportation department will share its plan with the public in late 2021 and aim for adoption by City Council in mid-2022.