Basel, Switzerland and a number of other cities have a hospitality tax that is paid on any overnight stay at a hotel, motel, short term rental, etc. Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay. This increases ridership, promotes sustainable methods of getting around, keeps car off the roads (especially ones with people who don't know their way around), and it helps subsidize the public transit networks for those who live here full-time.
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I would like the City of Austin to purchase land and build a road that connects Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.
Link to drawing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ehi3etkeev7b42r/SW_num4.jpeg?dl=0
What I propose: - A new road extending from Southwest Parkway, directly east of Mission Oaks Blvd, joining up with Industrial Oaks Blvd at Hwy 290W service road that has an existing traffic light. - Put a street light in at Mission Oaks Blvd and Southwest Parkway. - Remove street light at Boston Lane and SW Pkwy and fill in median.
What this will achieve: - Makes a true connector from SW Pkwy to Loop 1 and Hwy 290 and visa - versa. - Eliminates the backup of SW Pkwy at the Best Buy interchange to Loop 1 and Hwy 290. - Relieves the existing congested traffic from Boston Lane in both directions. - Removes the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway. - Allows residence of Travis Country to be able to leave on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields. - Discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.
We would've passed comprehensive light rail in 2000 had it been a municipal vote rather than countywide, and that's probably not going to change -- why would the rest of Travis County pay for us to have light rail? Perhaps we can reorganize CapMetro to be municipal rather than countywide so that we can finally pass light rail as a city without the rest of the county voting it down.
Can we get no left turns on westbound 3rd from Trinity to Guadalupe? Traffic is blocked by the lead car trying to make a left and if lucky only 1 car gets through per green. The bike lane curb traps all traffic behind the lead car.
Reprogram pedestrian walk signal, so that all pedestrians are walking at the same time. Not when vehicles are given the green light to turn, but cannot because vehicles have to yield to pedestrians. Then the green arrow changes and maybe one vehicle made a successful turn. This will greatly improve the traffic conditions downtown and campus area.
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I have noticed, over the last seven years living here in Austin, that the culture of driving has become less courteous, more rushed, more honking, etc.
It seems that a source of this shift may be the many, many people who are not from Texas who have moved to Austin very recently. These new residents come from different driving cultures all over our country.
I am writing to suggest that the Transportation Department strategically place signs around Austin with the gentle reminder, "Drive friendly, the Texas way."
When I moved to Texas seven years ago, this simple and lovely message encouraged me to improve the friendliness of my driving. I feel that, if drivers new to Austin see this heartfelt message during their daily commute, they will be more likely to take it to heart themselves.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please, if you would, pass along this message to any appropriate parties.
My hope is that Austin, as it grows so very rapidly, may preserve the small-town culture of courteous, friendly driving that I encountered when I first moved here.
The congestion from Steiner and river place onto 620 and 2222 is huge. Appears to be really city planning in a very high tax bracket.
Please put an end to the west downtown train horn blaring every night! If you live in West Austin, you will be familiar with the train horn blaring through your house, I myself have put up with it for many years. This train horn is activated because of the low volume grade crossings at Pressler street and Paul street. This could easily become a railroad quiet zone until the street is improved in line with the Pressler Street Extension Project.
We need multiple bus corridors rrunning east to west.