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Self-driving cars and air taxis won’t solve your urban travel needs for a good while, but a raft of tech solutions can help you efficiently mix public transit, bikes, scooters, car-share, and ride-hail right now.

Congestion in the Texas capital is a lot worse today than a decade ago. And with the local economy growing faster than in any other big city — attracting more residents and businesses — it’s sure to get worse.

The new transportation plan predicts short-term projects that could be completed in the next 10 years are expected to cost $550 million.

Capital Metro will release parts of its Project Connect Vision Plan that outline modes and methods for regional transit mobility and high-capacity travel throughout Austin proper.

This year, the United States census bureau ranked Georgetown, Texas as the sixth fastest-growing city in the country, and city officials are working to alleviate traffic issues as more traffic issues arise, and transportation alternatives to driving.

Major expansions of Interstate 35, the “Y” at Oak Hill, U.S. 183 in North Austin, Loop 360 and RM 620 are among hundreds of highway projects listed in a 10-year state transportation plan set for consideration and possible approval Thursday by the Texas Transportation Commission.

The budget includes initiatives aimed at increasing electronic toll tag usage, strengthening driver information and communication, leveraging technology.

Waze Carpool matches up to 5 people with nearly identical commutes based on their home and destination addresses. Commuters can choose to be a driver or rider. Drivers earn gas money and riders pay a small rate to cover the costs of gas and vehicle wear and tear.

From August 1-October 31, all rides to/from the Austin area are $2, no matter the distance. This includes Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hayes, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson counties. Waze Carpool will cover the price difference so drivers still get gas money.

Want to learn more? Join Waze at their Front Seat Tour in the Austin Google office on 9/12 for free food, drinks, and swag. You can RSVP and find more info here.

Also, if you use Waze Carpool, be sure to log your carpool trips at myCommuteSolutions for the chance to win awesome prizes/giveaways.

Learn how Karena commutes smarter, helping our region reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions!

“Hi everyone! This summer, I commuted from my apartment near the UT Austin campus to my internship with Merck at the Dell Medical School. I usually biked, but sometimes I carpooled with my fellow interns when the weather was less friendly (shout out to Izzy, Cole, Shreya, and Nick for getting me through the summer!). I mainly chose to use sustainable commute methods because I dislike driving (and parking on UT’s campus can get expensive!).

At fifteen minutes, my commute was pretty short, and I enjoyed starting my day with a quick bike down the Austin hills to work. Of course, going home was a challenge because I had to ride back UP those same hills! I’m a weak biker, so I’d often just get off my bike and push it up the really steep ones! If anyone is thinking about biking to work but is also intimidated by hills, I hope it’s comforting to know that I’m somewhere out there living the struggle too!”

Thanks, Karena! Commute Solutions hopes that your story will inspire others to give it a try.

Pflugerville residents could soon see an express bus route to downtown Austin. The Transit Development Plan is a planning document three years in the making developed in coordination with public transportation provider Capital Metro.

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