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.
Please take our survey to help us better understand your experiences on Rainey Street during the Shared Streets Pilot.
The Shared Streets Pilot, called for by Council Resolution 20190619-186, closes 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 are monitoring the area during the closure to ensure safety, gather data, and will make adjustments as needed. Findings will help staff 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.
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
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.
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.