TxDOT’s $1.3 Billion Dollar Plan to Reduce Congestion (by adding more traffic)

This week, the Texas Tribune reported on the Texas Transportation Commission’s new $1.3 billion plan targeting congestion at some of Texas’ most problematic roadways, including several projects in Austin along the IH35 corridor.

The Tribune writes, “The proposal also allocates $148.6 million toward three different projects on I-35 in Austin, a portion of which topped TxDOT’s most recent annual list of the 100 most congested roadways in the state.”

Some voices in Austin expressed immediate concern that these efforts are singularly focused on adding capacity to urban expressways–in fact adding even more traffic through “induced demand”.  While it remains to be seen how this funding will be disbursed, NCINC2 is concerned that any spending focused on drivers runs counter to the many other needs of Austinites–among them pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and local traffic–who interact with the highway on an daily basis.