Austin-San Antonio transportation study : mobility strategies in the Central Texas corridor

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2019-08

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Salinas, Steve Jesus

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This report aims to evaluate and recommend possible strategies in which to promote improved mobility policies that will reduce interregional congestion. The transportation infrastructure between Austin and San Antonio, the anchor cities of the Central Texas corridor is becoming overburdened by the lack of mobility options that compete with private vehicle use. Much of the corridor is predicted to have major increases in congestion, which will potentially worsen the quality of life in both regions. . Given the critical economic role for regional transportation and its quality of life effects, there are a variety of solutions that can improve corridor transportation performance; especially in terms of providing improved mobility options. The causes of current interregional congestion levels are the severe lack of investment outside of roadway expansions and bypasses. This research gauges the institutional authority and resources related to managing the Austin –San Antonio corridor. Other regional examples of investment and management to improve transportation performance and choices in heavy-use corridors will be analyzed to identify opportunities and solutions for improved bi-regional coordination for the Central Texas corridor. In a fast-growing region like Central Texas, transportation is a crucial concern as it shapes urbanization, economic development and quality of life for a burgeoning population. This work emphasizes how new forms transportation planning to improve mobility options can significantly influence the Central Texas corridor’s ability to provide improved transportation performance for this rapidly growing region.

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