Enhancing Transit to Improve Quality of Life in Austin
Challenge: Projected Growth Posed Major Challenges for Central Texas.
Central Texas faced significant growing pains with mounting pressure on land, environmental resources, and an increasingly congested roadway system. In response, Austin’s Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority initiated “All Systems Go! 2030 Long Range Transit Plan” to craft a balanced, fiscally efficient plan to enhance mobility, relieve congestion, and improve air quality.
Solution: Advanced Analysis and Modeling Builds a Better Path Forward.
Calthorpe Analytics partnered with Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority to examine the role transit infrastructure plays in organizing future land development patterns. Through intensive scenario development and modeling studies, we developed a plan which clearly demonstrated the benefits of coordinating land-use development with planned transit infrastructure.
Results: Improved Mobility Yields a More Sustainable Future for Austin.
The resulting vision scenario called for focused growth around new and existing transit infrastructure and saved critical aquifer lands from development. The plan yielded improved mobility and air quality, and significant cost savings for local and regional governments and individual households.