CAMPO adopts 2040 long-range transportation plan

Courtesy CAMPO The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted its 2040 long-range transportation plan containing $35.1 billion worth of projects in the six-county region. Courtesy CAMPO
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted its 2040 long-range transportation plan containing $35.1 billion worth of projects in the six-county region.[/caption]

Part of the plan describes population growth and how that translates to vehicle miles traveled compared to road capacity. Part of the plan describes population growth and how that translates to vehicle miles traveled compared to road capacity.[/caption]

A regional transportation plan designed to manage growth in Central Texas nearly received unanimous approval May 11 by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization policy board.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt was the only board member who abstained from voting on the CAMPO 2040 long-range plan, saying it did not show enough restraint in terms of cost or determining regional significance of projects.

“In order to manage our growth, we really must do a better job of managing demand and equipping and expanding transit,” she said. “I know that this organization is going to achieve that. ... But we haven’t reached that yet.”

Earlier in the nearly two-hour discussion, Eckhardt expressed concern about the lack of measures to address the region’s total vehicle miles traveled per day, which is expected to more than double by 2040 because of increased population growth, but road capacity will only increase by 15 percent.

“We anticipate by 2040 to have twice as much traffic on just slightly more infrastructure,” she said.

A proposal by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to add two toll lanes in each direction on MoPac south of Lady Bird Lake is also included in the 2040 plan. Mayor Steve Adler initially proposed an amendment to the 2040 plan to tweak the wording for the project description to “up to and including two lanes.”

After a lengthy discussion about whether that language change would jeopardize the entire plan and warrant another round of public comment, Adler withdrew the motion. Jose Campos, who is the planning team leader with the Federal Highway Administration, said he could not guarantee the FHWA, which accepts the plans, would accept the language change.

CAMPO is responsible for coordinating transportation planning in six counties: Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson. It also approves use of federal funds in the region. The policy board comprises elected officials from those counties and cities in the area, and Hays County Commissioner Will Conley serves as board chairman.

Every five years CAMPO is required to approve a new long-range plan, and planning for the 2040 plan began in May 2013. These plans include projects deemed regionally significant and funded with local or regional dollars. It also includes transit projects as well as measures to improve transportation choices.The $35.1 billion plan includes $11.8 billion in local dollars.

“If you look at the local funding total, especially on the 2040 side, you will see that increasingly the local portion of funding has been making up the difference in the gap,” CAMPO Executive Director Ashby Johnson said. “We are anticipating that this financial effort for this plan will continue until something changes at the legislature.”

To download the plan, visit www.campotexas.org/plans-programs/campo-plan-2040/.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



MOST RECENT

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

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

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Photo of a building with solar panels on the roof
Austin Habitat for Humanity's ReStore uses discount home improvement to build communities

The store sells sustainable construction materials, clothes, appliances, jewelry, furniture and the odd novelty item.

Photo of the Sobering Center
Travis County moves forward with plans for mental health diversion program at Sobering Center

The program would divert people experiencing mental health crises away from jail and towards supportive services following low-level offenses.

Baylor Scott & White Pflugerville
Ascension, Baylor Scott & White to require all employees be fully vaccinated against coronavirus by fall

Ascension and Baylor Scott & White have announced all eligible employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming months. 

Photo of an egg dish
Kerbey Lane Cafe serves the Austin community with 'family feeling'

Since 1980, the cafe has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner at locations around the Capital City.

Austin City Council will convene for a regular meeting July 29, its first since mid-June. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council to look at downtown safety, homelessness and budgeting in return from meetings break

The first regular council meeting since mid-June features a packed agenda and opportunity for resident feedback on Austin's proposed budget.

Photo of a hand holding a vaccine vial
As COVID-19 hospitalizations track upward, Austin Public Health renews call for vaccinations

APH also mirrors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidance for vaccinated individuals to wear masks in some circumstances.

The request to table talks regarding designated campsites came one week after city staff detailed two properties that could be used for such an initiative. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ellis, Harper-Madison call for halt to Austin's 'Band-Aid' sanctioned homeless encampment plans

The East and Southwest Austin representatives shared their thoughts on the process one week after city properties in their districts were tapped as workable encampment sites.

Photo of a woman holding a Pride flag
Austin July and August events: Bat Fest, monster trucks and Pride

A variety of in-person and virtual events are happening around Austin this summer.

Photo of a house with a "for sale" sign in the front yard
A seller’s market in Southwest Austin continues to challenge homebuyers

Local experts say a "perfect storm" of construction obstacles continue to restrict home supply.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.