Mayoral Roundtable Remarks
C40 North American Climate Summit
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Addressing climate change through transportation policy in Austin is thinking globally but acting locally. Preserving our environment is a big priority in Austin. It’s huge. But most Austinites, stuck in rush hour traffic every day, will tell you traffic is the most immediate, in-your-face challenge.
As big as that traffic challenge is, our climate protection goals are even bigger. We want to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Getting there will require very directed and deliberate action. We’ve begun the process of closing our only coal plant and that will help. But we’re going to need to reduce our transportation carbon footprint if we’re going to make a big difference fighting climate change. Continue reading
“We’ve got big traffic challenges on IH35 and Hwy. 183, and we need the State of Texas to do the really big projects that will fundamentally improve these roads. Central Texas needs the State of Texas to help us move more people and faster – regardless of politics. New managed lanes are working well on MoPac and, importantly, generating the missing revenue to do the work. Our region is open to such solutions because they move people, help transit, and connect our communities. The State can either give us the necessary tools to fix the problem or refuse to do so and watch with us while things get worse.”