In 2016, the Downtown Austin Alliance took over the administration of Movability Austin, a transportation management association (TMA) that helps downtown employers and employees find the best options for traveling to, from and around downtown. It is the first and only TMA in Central Texas. We’ve supported and funded Movability Austin’s work since its founding in 2011, and bringing the organization in house at the Downtown Alliance helps us better serve our members. It also enables Movability to leverage the Downtown Alliance’s advocacy expertise and extensive network of community partner organizations.
Downtown Shuttle Service
Shuttle van startup Chariot chose Austin as its first expansion city outside of its hometown of San Francisco. Movability Austin worked with the City of Austin, Capital Metro and Rocky Mountain Institute to help Chariot roll out its initial service offering in October 2016. Its first routes serve hundreds of employees at Whole Foods Market and GSD&M, with vans running downtown circulator routes between company offices, the MetroRail Downtown Station and Republic Square transit hub. Chariot also launched a commuter service allowing individuals to design and crowdsource routes throughout Austin, resulting in two public routes: the Lamar Bullet and the Riverside Rover. The Downtown Alliance and Movability Austin continue to work with Chariot, Capital Metro, and others in exploring further development and implementation of needed circulator services.
The Downtown Alliance supported Capital Metro in its Connections 2025 service study, a year-long, in-depth review of Austin’s transit system. We encouraged our members and stakeholders to communicate their needs to Capital Metro through online surveys and open house events. Capital Metro incorporated this public feedback and in late 2016 released its Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan, which would establish a more frequent, more reliable and more connected transit system.
Project Connect and Austin Strategic Mobility Plan
I-35 Public Engagement
Downtown Multimodal Station
- MoPac Improvements: We closely monitor the construction of managed lanes on MoPac as well as the plans to improve traffic flow and support transit and direct connections to park-and-rides.
- Streetscape Improvements: We support the City of Austin’s active and planned downtown street improvement projects, which follow the Great Streets Master Plan.
- Parking: We support the City of Austin as it optimizes parking options downtown. This year’s parking revenue provided $728,000 for Great Street Improvements, $500,000 for power washing and $300,000 for wayfinding.