By Mayor Adler
There are lots of opinions on red light cameras, but only one fact: Red light cameras save lives.
Crashes have declined by nearly 84% in Austin at intersections with red light cameras since 2008. Moreover, more than 45% of the red light running citations written are issued to people who don’t live in Austin.
Unquestionably, people are alive today in our city because we use red light cameras.
I encourage all members of the Texas Legislature to reject legislation which would ban this life-saving technology or hinder our ability to hold red light runners accountable, including HB 1244, SB 88 and SB 87. Continue reading
On May 4, the Council will be able to take several big steps forward on implementing the mobility bond approved last November. Of note are three interlocal agreements with TxDOT for Loop 360, 620 & 2222, and Parmer Lane in which Austin’s putting up a total of $70.5 million and TxDOT will contribute an estimated $227.9 million.
We’re also getting started right away on sidewalks, urban trails, bike paths, and safety improvements at dangerous intersections and near schools, and we’re hiring the team that will plan and implement the rest of the bond. Continue reading