Buda's transportation master plan seeks to improve city's overall mobility

The TMMP project team conducted a workshop with Buda City Council on May 14, 2019 to discuss relevant transportation issues at the onset of the plan's development. (Courtesy city of Buda)
The TMMP project team conducted a workshop with Buda City Council on May 14, 2019 to discuss relevant transportation issues at the onset of the plan's development. (Courtesy city of Buda)

The TMMP project team conducted a workshop with Buda City Council on May 14, 2019 to discuss relevant transportation issues at the onset of the plan's development. (Courtesy city of Buda)

Buda officials have delayed approval of a massive comprehensive transportation plan that will seek to bring the city's mobility in line with its skyrocketing population and development growth, but that delay will likely be short-lived.

Buda Communications Director David Marino said the 2020 Transportation Mobility Master Plan, which was presented and reviewed during the Oct. 20 City Council meeting, still has a few minor hurdles to clear before officials OK the document.

"Some residents were not happy with some of the plan and how it might affect some of their properties," Marino said. "So council postponed a decision and will have a bigger discussion and a workshop regarding the final plan."

For the most part, Marino said, the TMMP will remain as it is, but officials are planning a workshop for residents and other stakeholders that could take place as soon as this week. Council will likely revisit the plan for approval during its next meeting, Nov. 4.

Projects discussed within the TMMP are wide ranging and include an extension of Robert S. Light Blvd., a realignment of Cole Springs Road, intersection improvements on I-35 and RM 967 and improvements to the Garlic Creek Trail and the Bradfield Trail.


The plan's own executive summary states it will serve as a communication tool and guiding document for the growth of the city's transportation network. Some key priorities within the document include preserving Buda's small-town character while increasing west-to-east connectivity; improving trail connectivity; and preparing for increased traffic volume from the SH 45 extension.

Marino said some of the projects highlighted within the TMMP also fall within the jurisdiction of other agencies, such as the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Hays CISD, Hays County Precinct 2 and the Hays County Transportation Department.

The orientation process includes a master plan for bicycles and pedestrians, plans for a complete street implementation committee and plans to adopt a capital project delivery pipeline process.

Before any projects begin, Marino said, the city will need to establish several committees, which will be tasked with fine-tuning goals and finding funding.

"But in terms of how these projects play out, we don't know that right now," he said. "We'll really need to have our citizens and other stakeholders involved in how all of this will play out."
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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