City of Austin Transportation Director, Rob Spillar, has been in the news recently presenting the reality of central Austin roads. No new roads can be constructed inside Central Austin. We need to quickly implement signal timing efficiencies wherever possible. Further we must acknowledge that central Austin roads are at full capacity and embark upon new modes of transportation. I like Rob’s approach, lest we become culpable observers for worsening city problems.
The ABJ is reporting on a resurgence in the discussion for central Austin rail system. I like Mark Littlefield’s quote:
“Mark Littlefield, a public affairs political consultant, said the entity chosen to run the proposed rail system will be an important aspect in determining how voters stomach a potential bond vote. The economy will also factor in, he said.
‘We could have, hypothetically, the most economically, financially responsible plan that makes the most transportation sense and could solve every traffic problem in Austin forever, but if it’s going to be run by Cap Metro, it would have a difficult time passing,’ he said.”