Beginning this week, the Austin Transportation Department is adding red paint to the existing transit priority lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca streets downtown, between 3rd and 17th streets on Guadalupe Street and 3rd and 15th street on Lavaca Street. View a map of these blocks.
“The City is excited to partner with Capital Metro to build on our first red lanes deployed last year,” said Robert Spillar, Director of Austin Transportation. “Establishing red lanes increases clarity of use for all road users and Capital Metro reports improved on-time performance for transit riders.”
The work is anticipated to take up to two months to complete and will require that bus lanes close one block at a time to make space for crews to paint.
This is the second project of its kind in Austin. Last summer, the City and Capital Metro opened the first red paint lanes as part of the Guadalupe/Lavaca street transit improvement project.
This project will not change the way the lanes are used today. Buses are still given priority in the transit lanes, but other vehicles may use them when turning right at intersections.
The City of Austin Transportation Department works to provide the safest and most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadways, bikeways and walkways for all Austinites and visitors. Core services include transportation engineering, arterial management, signal timing, signs and markings, active transportation and street design, right of way permitting, development services, special events and more.
In collaboration with area partners, the department leads our community’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin streets, the achievement of a 50/50 commute type split by 2039 as established in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, and actively seeks innovative solutions and piloting technology that can decrease the use of single-occupancy vehicles and improve safety through Austin Transportation Department's Smart Mobility Office. For details, please visit AustinTexas.gov/Transportation.