The Austin Transportation Department is releasing its annual Transportation Demand Management Report for 2019. The report highlights progress made throughout the year by the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program to further strategies across a wide range of programs, policies, and partners. The TDM Program promotes solutions to move trips to off-peak hours or shift drive-alone trips to other forms.
Some successes in 2019 included in the report are an e-bike pilot program for City of Austin employees, completion of another program year of Smart Trips Austin, and updating a City ordinance to include dockless mobility as services regulated in the right of way. In partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, parking strategies were implemented for the downtown area along with a parking study along the South Congress corridor. Regionally, the City worked with the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to develop and approve a TDM policy statement. CAMPO also developed the region’s first TDM plan in August 2019.
The Report also highlights the launch of the new TDM website, GetThereATX.com, an online resource that lowers the barriers to information for residents, employees, employers and visitors interested in taking more sustainable trips, but don’t know where to start. The site consolidates information on the different mobility options available in Austin as well as specific trip solutions for commuters, employers, schools, special events and visitors.
All of these efforts work to help achieve a 50/50 mode share goal by 2039, set by the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, through providing cost-effective strategies that reduce drive-alone car trips, increase active trips like public transit, walking, biking carpooling and vanpooling, and shift driving away from the most congested times.
In collaboration with area partners, Austin Transportation 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