Everyday events plus Austin growth impact MoPac use, efficiency

Our vision for the MoPac Improvement Project was born out of our commitment to bring innovative transportation solutions and options to Central Texans. The October opening of the MoPac Express Lane was an important step, but at the Mobility Authority, we work each day to connect communities and create a better quality of life for Central Texans.

Many regular MoPac commuters chose to avoid MoPac during construction. And not long following the opening, we experienced the variabilities of holiday traffic, from people meeting up with friends and family for holiday celebrations, the coming and going of holiday travelers, to the faithful brick-and-mortar shoppers.

By now, most of those families and professionals are getting back into their usual schedules and  commuters who waited out MoPac construction by taking alternate routes are returning to take advantage of the Express Lane. And tomorrow, Austin will welcome back college students from UT, ACC and St. Edwards.

The holidays are over, and you’re likely to notice a difference in the traffic.


But seeing traffic doesn’t mean it’s all bad

In the past few months, we’ve seen varying effects from the Express Lane. While some users have seen reduced travel times of up to 20 minutes, drivers returning to MoPac are increasing the number of cars on the road during rush hour.

The Traffic Incident & Management (TIM) Center is the heart of the Mobility Authority’s intelligent transportation system. With this technology, we monitor and analyze every traffic situation and use the information to bring you better transportation solutions. This consistent data collection and analysis is an important feature at all times, but particularly necessary when we have traffic fluctuations such as post-holiday routines and college students returning.


Austin’s growth creates more demand for infrastructure

Now that the new year is here, numbers and data from 2017 are showing a good year for the Austin economy. The city had the lowest unemployment rate among 182 cities, making it a top city to find a job. So, it’s no surprise that more people are moving to Austin. In fact, economists predict the economy will only attract more businesses and create 30,000 new jobs in 2018. It’s no wonder that affordability and traffic remain the top concerns for people moving to Central Texas.

At the Mobility Authority, we’re on your side and at your side, working on the transportation solutions that maintain and improve that Central Texas quality-of-life appeal. As our chairman Ray Wilkerson noted, “the [express] lanes represent an example of collaboration and cooperation within this community.” We’re Central Texans, and we’re in this together. Through every change and growing period, our work never stops working for you.

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