[September 2015 update: The Austin Transportation Department has identified North Lamar/Rundberg as the second most dangerous intersection in Austin, based on injuries. Cost to fix it: $525,000]
July 29, 2015 Councilmembers Greg Casar and Ann Kitchen tour of North Lamar Blvd
Capital Metro and the City of Austin have applied for a $22 million federal grant for our section of N Lamar Blvd as well as for system-wise BRT improvements. The proposal includes improving access to the North Lamar Transit Center, road surfacing, and better pedestrian crossings. They expect to hear back around September. They calculated the improvement in safety should reduce fatalities from two a year to one every six years.
2015 TIGER Grant Application Multimodal MetroRapid Corridor
City of Austin bond funding for safety improvements
In November 2012 voters approved a $15 million transportation bond item for improvements to our section of North Lamar, along with Burnet and Crestview station. This isn’t enough money to do everything, but it’s a good start. Public Works’ Demira Wyatt 512-974-7213 is the project manager.
Read the complete North Lamar corridor study
CAMPO grant for sidewalks
In December 2011, Austin won a $1.5 million grant to improve sidewalks along North Lamar, thanks especially to ADAPT advocacy. The City’s Public Works department is in the process of negotiating the last few details with TxDOT. They anticipate completing most sidewalks from Rundberg to Chinatown, as well as repairs and completing gaps from 183 to Rundberg.
Capital Metro is looking at adding a stop between Payton Gin and Thurmond Heights. There should be opportunities for small-scale transit-oriented development (“micro TOD”) near all the North Lamar/Georgian Acres platforms, such as kiosks for bus ticket sales and mobile vendors for a quick snack on the way. Contact the Chair if you’d like to explore possibilities with other business and property owners.
Traffic signals and Pedestrian hybrid beacons
The City of Austin has prioritized studying whether to install a traffic signal at Powell.
They have studied whether to install pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHBs or HAWKs) at Cooper and in the area between Rundberg and Longspur. Their current study list includes Elliott/Fairfield, with Meadowlark (Thurmond Heights), Deen, and Powell to be done later.
Analysis by Civic Analytics for ATX Safer Streets shows the North Lamar/Rundberg intersection as a hotspot of 2014 DWI arrests.
North Lamar Combined Neighborhood Plan:
Recommendation 23: Encourage minority-owned and -run businesses.
Recommendation 75: Construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps at all intersections with sidewalks.
Recommendation 78: Place benches and/or shelters at Capital Metro bus stops.
Objective T.6: Improve the safety of pedestrians traveling along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.13: Provide transportation alternatives to those who live, work, or visit.
Objective T.14: Improve Capital Metro bus services along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.8: Improve traffic flow along North Lamar Boulevard.