The city of Austin is currently undertaking a study of the Guadalupe corridor. This includes a comprehensive survey that will help to identify residents’ short and long-term transportation needs. By identifying these needs, Austin hopes to increase safety, mobility, and quality of life in this area. This includes making the roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and those using public transit as well as increasing mobility and accessibility for automobile drivers and motorcyclists.
Corridor studies have several phases. First, the city collects data on current conditions and assesses that information. Then a team will analyze these results to pick out the key issues involved. Once these issues have been identified, then the city can decide on the appropriate short-term solutions and prioritize them according to need. For example, short-term solutions might include changing intersections; adding traffic lights, sidewalks, or bike lanes; or adding additional city transit services.
Once the appropriate solutions for these issues have been determined, the city can then look at potential medium-term solutions to existing problems. These solutions might involve re-designing and re-building roads. Finally, the city will deal with long-term solutions. These might include changing city ordinances, maximizing traffic management, and changing land use policies.
Citizens can participate in these corridor studies in several ways besides filling out the survey. During the course of the corridor study, citizens can attend stakeholder meetings for those directly affected by the study, attend public open house meetings, and check progress statements online.
This is not the first time that Austin has utilized surveys to help evaluate citizens’ transportation needs. The city has conducted similar surveys regarding Airport Boulevard, MLK Jr. Blvd/FM 969, East Riverside Drive, and North Lamar/Burnet over the past few years. The Airport Boulevard corridor study, for example, resulted in additional pedestrian hybrid beacons at a number of intersections, the removal of free right turns at certain intersections to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, the construction of sidewalks, and the removal or addition of traffic signals. Medium and long-term goals that resulted from this corridor study included improving drainage systems and adding medians.
The Guadalupe survey area includes Guadalupe Street from W. 29th Street to MLK Jr. Blvd. (north to south) and Rio Grande Street to one block into the UT Austin campus (west to east). You can take the Guadalupe survey here.
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