In the spring, the Project Connect team surveyed people about where they wanted to see future high-capacity transit services. Now the team is engaging the community in the second phase of the planning initiative — examining which types of high-capacity transit would best fit each location.
To kick off the mode conversation, Capital Metro and Project Connect hosted national transit experts at a public event on July 26 called Traffic Jam! A La Mode – a play on the word “mode” which also conjures up visions of the sweet summertime treat: ice cream. The evening event at Huston-Tillotson University proved to be a great opportunity for people to learn about different types of high-capacity transit service, along with stories about successful high-capacity transit projects in Austin’s peer cities.
Presentations were made by Bob Post, Portland, Ore.; Todd Plesko, Dallas; Greg Straight, Denver; Dan Meyers, Minneapolis; Bill Crawley, Cleveland; and Ginger Goodin, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Carolyn Flowers, currently with AECOM and formerly of the Federal Transit Administration, facilitated the discussions.
Regional transportation leaders, including Linda Watson, City of Austin’s Transportation Director Rob Spillar and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Chair Will Conley along with Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler, helped address questions from the audience about transportation issues specific to Central Texas.
The cherry on top? Local favorite Amy’s Ice Cream served refreshing flavors like “Vehicular Vanilla”, “Choo-Choo Chocolate”, “Traffic Crunch” and “Streetcar Named Strawberry” to more than 130 interested attendees.