Austin to host Regional Transportation Safety Summit

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 7:48 AM

AUSTIN -- Whether you walk, bike, drive or ride public transportation, there's no escaping Austin congestion. It’s considered some of the worst in the nation.

On Friday, the city is sitting down with a string of experts to figure out where the biggest problems lie and how to fix them. The Regional Transportation Safety Summit is the first of its kind in Austin. Austin City Council members asked the City Manager to arrange the meeting.
 
“I love the fact that they're trying to be proactive,” said one Austin resident.   
 
Several dozen agencies and groups are participating, including CAMPO representatives, Capital Metro and each surrounding county and school district.
 
“If you are going to go from Waco to San Antonio you have to center punch Austin. It always seems to be that Austin is the slow down,” said Rob Hart who lives in Liberty Hill.
 
The city is taking in public input for the summit. A new website called “Speak up Austin!” allows people to post ideas for change and pinpoint problem areas. More than 100 responses were posted prior to Friday’s summit. Some suggestions include lowering speed limits, more enforcement for bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as banning cell phones in cars. Other suggestions include a stronger emphasis on public transportation.
 
“Anything that makes it go faster and you can get from one end, you are possible talking to the UT area to downtown a lot faster would be good,” said Christopher Smith of Austin.
 

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