TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Council OKs mobility plan
MAKING A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN The city of Cedar Park’s mobility plan will combine aspects of three previous plans related to the movability of residents:
BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN
Cedar Park City Council authorized an agreement March 10 for a city mobility master plan. The new plan will update the city’s 2010 Trails Master Plan and the 2015 Transportation Master Plan and also incorporate the 2020 Transit Study. The completed plan will integrate all three plans into one comprehensive mobility plan. Randy Lueders, the city’s director of engineering and capital projects, said this meets a council strategic goal to create a mobility plan that will develop a vision for a diverse transportation system and a plan to
2010 Trails Master Plan
2015 Transportation Master Plan
2020 Transit Study
Heritage Grove Road improvements The project will improve trac condi- tions for future commercial growth on Heritage Grove Road. The 1.5-lane road will expand to four lanes. New Atlas 14 study information, which provides rainfall data for stormwater infrastructure, required a project re- design. The design is 15% complete. Timeline: early 2023-early 2024 Cost: $3.2 million Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds, Leander Capital Improvement Project fund
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improve multimodal connectivity in the community. The plan will also improve bike and pedestrian connectivity between popular destinations and update design standards for bike and trail facilities, Lueders said. Public engagement will be part of the plan process. City Council authorized the city
manager March 10 to negotiate an engineering agreement with Kim- ley-Horn and Associates Inc. The agreement is not to exceed $275,000. Several council members expressed elation about the plan. “I’m so excited about this. I feel like I’ve been harping on this forever,” Council Member Heather Jefts said.
Capital Metro to roll out new fare card, rates for low-income residents
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BY SUMAIYA MALIK
Capital Metro announced March 21 the strategy for a new smart fare card and payment system that will provide fare capping and support an equitable fare structure for transit riders with lower income levels. The new plan was presented to the Capital Metro board of directors March 28 and will roll out in the next fewmonths, allowing customers to use a new Amp account to pay for fares within the Capital Metro app or an Amp smart card. The Amp branding is a way of paying tribute
to Austin as the live music capital of the world. Just like the existing system, customers can put credit in the card online or visit the 250 physical retail locations to load the card with cash. Enrollment in the Amp card plan will oer “equifare,” or reduced cost of riding daily and monthly to those who qualify. Instead of paying up front for transit passes as they do currently, this allows riders to pay as they go. “We’re really excited, maybe amped up to see
Raider Way/Woodview Drive road improvements The project will improve trac near Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School. In 2019, about 95% of the project design was complete before FEMA required the project to adapt to the Atlas 14 study, which requires additional right of way and public easement access. The project is 80% complete in design. Timeline: winter 2023-fall 2024 Cost: $9.9 million Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds
Capital Metro has plans to cap fares for regular users. (Community Impact Newspaper)
how we can roll this out to the community,” said Brian Carter, Capital Metro’s chief experience and engage- ment ocer. The standard fare is $1.25 per ride, and the agency will have a new proposed equifare of $1 per ride. The cap for a day pass will be
set to $2, meaning a rider will not be charged more than $2 per day, even if transit is ridden more than twice a day, Carter said. “Once [a rider] spends $33 on transit fares, they would not spend any more that month for additional transit rides.” Carter said.
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