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How will you coordinate with regional partners to meaningfully address our increasing traffic level? What is your long-term vision for addressing traffic in Austin, and what would be the immediate first actions you would champion as a City Council Member to address the crisis?

Rich DePalma

City Council, District 8

The City of Austin has a duty to guarantee safe, efficient, and equitable transportation options. I have relationships with members outside of the Travis County side of the CAMPO Board along with local and state TxDOT leadership, and staff at the Texas Transportation Institute. I have a strong relationship with CAMPO Board Chair Will Conley and we have worked together on a project in Hays County. I have also worked with Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy and his staff on the OakHill Parkway project and know TxDOT executive leadership. I have the relationships needed to work with our regional partners to address our issues. Long term vision – My long term vision includes championing the fix of our land development code so we can have active transportation corridors, transit oriented development and senior oriented development. It is also important that our streets have a fully funded and optimized traffic signalization program along with a robust and agile public transit system where we have evaluated whether there is a benefit to dedicated bus lanes and two way downtown streets. I am optimistic about the way new mobility options will help reduce single car trips in the downtown urban core and I want to help promote that usage without punishing those, such us in SW Austin. Our downtown must provide safe mobility options for our pedestrians, bikes, scooters and future modalities that we don’t know exist yet. In SW Austin, I will advocate for the MoPac South extension project and ensure it meets the needs of our community, especially those existing William Cannon. I was active in the advocacy of projects included in the 2016 Mobility Bond and served on the advisory committee that raised funds for the bond. As the former Vice-President of Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods I had an active role in creating a sustainable and community driven vision for the Oak Hill Parkway project, and pleased that this is finally in the final approval stages. The biggest potential improvement for District 8 is a solution for the Oak Hill Y where Highways 290 and 71 split. I will continue to advocate for any remedies that will provide the relief needed, protect the feel of Oak Hill and are financially and environmentally responsible.