The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) has several initiatives underway to improve mobility and safety in the Rainey neighborhood.

Rainey Shared Streets Pilot

Austin Transportation, in collaboration with Austin Police, is testing the temporary closure of Rainey Street to motor vehicle traffic in order to determine effects on mobility and safety in the area.

The Shared Streets Pilot, called for by Council Resolution 20190619-186, closed Rainey Street to motor vehicle traffic Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during the pilot period (Dec. 5, 2019 - Mar. 8, 2020). Staff determined the dates, times, and duration of this pilot after consulting the Rainey businesses, area neighborhood and homeowners associations, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board.

Staff monitored the area during the closure to ensure safety, gather data, and made adjustments as needed.

Staff is currently analyzing findings to help determine the effects of a closure on safety and mobility in the area, as well as inform the Austin Core Transportation Plan and the Waller Creek/Palm District Plan. The Rainey Shared Streets Pilot Report is anticipated to be finalized by the end of spring 2020.

Map of pilot closure on Rainey Street

Rainey Mobility Study

The City of Austin has developed the Rainey Mobility Study to understand how different future mobility scenarios and associated multimodal infrastructure improvements can better manage traffic congestion and safety in the area. The results of the Rainey Mobility Study will be incorporated into the broader transportation plan for downtown, the Austin Core Transportation Plan.

The Study has identified the following mobility improvements to be further vetted through the Austin Core Transportation Plan:

  • A traffic circle to be implemented at the intersection of Davis and Red River Streets
  • An extension of Red River Street to provide an additional two-way north-south connection through the Rainey area
  • Additional stop control at the intersections of East Avenue and River Street, and Driskill and Red River Streets
  • Rainey Street reconstruction alternatives north of River Street

Read Rainey Mobility Study report

Austin Core Transportation Plan

The Rainey Street area continues to grow as a destination within Downtown Austin and as a highly dense neighborhood with thousands of residents. Austin Transportation is working with other City departments and community partners to identify longer-term improvements to improve mobility in the area. The results of the Austin Core Transportation Plan, including the Project Connect process, will inform those longer-term improvements.

Community Engagement

The City has engaged with visitors, businesses, neighborhood groups, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board to hear comments and answer questions regarding Rainey Street area safety and mobility initiatives throughout 2019. Staff will continue to engage these stakeholders throughout the Shared Streets Pilot period and development of the Austin Core Transportation Plan. 

Below are the materials for various public engagement opportunities.

Contact

If you have any questions about the Rainey Street Mobility Study, please email RaineyStudy@AustinTexas.gov.