Lab Director, Dr. Junfeng Jiao was recently featured in a Spectrum News article providing his take on a proposed $4.4 billion plan, coined the "Wheel Deal", which seeks to free Austin from car dependency, give residents a greater variety of transit choices, and fight climate change. The Wheel Deal, part of Project Connect, proposes a comprehensive investment in rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), designated bike lanes, sidewalks, and strategic land acquisition. The plan could provide Austin with a launching point for its 2039 Strategic Mobility Plan that aims to get half of commuters out of private vehicles.
When asked about the feasibility of the plan, Lab Director Junfeng Jiao stated:
"We have to think about how to coordinate the transportation system and land-use together. We cannot build a road that leads to nowhere, (the) same way we cannot build light rail that leads to nowhere."
This is a necessary step in furthering dialogue as the city is expected to double in population within the next 20 years. The plan is ambitious but brings up the importance of marrying public transit with the location of growth and secondary transit options.
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