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dancer texas
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by dancer texas on May 30th, 2014

I'll probably be in the minority here, and let me first state that I'm not thrilled w/ these options as well...BUT, I do think it will help 35.

Interstate 35 is a thruway plain and simple, it shouldn't catered to this neighborhood and that neighborhood. Too many of our heavily traveled highways and roads do that now and that's a major contributor to our traffic woes...constant access and exits to these major thoroughfares.

I'm totally okay driving the frontage road a little more if it would alleviate 35's traffic. There's plenty of options to get to Mueller, which I often have to use when 35 is having a bad day...and the most it adds to my commute is a couple minutes.

Do you think long time residents on the east side were thrilled Mueller added 2 lights to there daily commute on Airport Blvd?

I just think we have to think of ourselves as Austin first then Mueller. What's good for Austin first. We can't constantly think of ourselves and how this benefits us a Mueller. Mueller is already high on the City's meal plan...We're all extremely lucky to live here. However less Traffic on 35 will benefit all of Austin, all of Mueller. I think this plan will help.

I'm all for people voicing their opinion against these proposals. We definitely should hear alternative options...Maybe there is a better option. That would be great because the bottom line is something has to be done about 35. That will benefit ALL of us.
 
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Betsy on May 30th, 2014

Mateo is in the lead on I-35 issues and doing a great job representing Mueller and the broader East Austin community. I'll defer to him on whether a petition would be useful or not.
 
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Robert Giles on May 31st, 2014

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Interstate 35 is a thruway plain and simple, it shouldn't catered to this neighborhood and that neighborhood. Too many of our heavily traveled highways and roads do that now and that's a major contributor to our traffic woes...constant access and exits to these major thoroughfares.


What do y'all think of the 'toll swap' idea, moving that through-traffic to SH-130? (and adding tolls to sections of IH-35 in return):

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/05/worsening-austin-traffic-prompts-talk-highway-swap/
 
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Mateo Barnstone
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Mateo Barnstone on May 31st, 2014

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Mateo is in the lead on I-35 issues and doing a great job representing Mueller and the broader East Austin community. I'll defer to him on whether a petition would be useful or not.


My sense is that several issues are in flux (TxDOT has moved in significant ways off of their initial proposals), and there is enough nuance to the different proposals that it does not easily lend itself to a petition that can be both broadly supported and meaningful at the same time. That could change in the future. If, for example, we reach an impasse with TxDOT over a particular plan or set of plans then it might well make sense to have a petition at that point. But for now, I think it's very important that TxDOT hear from a wide diversity of voices on this.

At this point, I would greatly encourage anyone with an interest in this matter to provide individual feedback directly to TxDOT. The more different voices they hear from the better. This could be done in one of three ways:

1. Attend on of the three open houses discussed above. TxDOT will be recording and keeping track of all comments made at these events.

2. If you can't attend in person, provide input online at a Virtual Open House that will run from June 3 - June 15. Look for a link to this at http://www.Mobility35.org next week. I will post it here when it is up.

3. Send TxDOT a letter or email correspondence directly. You can send your thoughts and concerns to TxDOT by contacting Stacey Benningfield at Stacey.Benningfield@txdot.gov. And if you prefer to talk via telephone, give her a call at 512.832.7369.

I'm not opposed to a petition in the right circumstance, but think our efforts right now will be received better if TxDOT understands a number of people share these concerns enough to take some time out of their day to go to the trouble and contact them directly in one of the ways outlined above.
 
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Carol P.
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Carol P. on June 1st, 2014

I rarely drive on I-35 as I find it dangerous and congested. I avoid the Airport/I-35/45th corridor.

There seem to be no incentives to encourage car pooling as there are in other cities.
 
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Mateo Barnstone
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by Mateo Barnstone on June 3rd, 2014

The Virtual Open House is now live - please see the link below:

http://mobility35openhouse.com/Locations/I35_PEL.aspx

The focus of the events this week, including the virtual open house is on the use of the additional lanes of traffic that will be added to I-35. It could be a general purpose lane or it could be some kind of managed lane (such as a managed toll lane, or a HOV lane or a transit lane - various options are under consideration). There is also an opportunity to offer comments directly to TxDOT. If you can't attend one of the open house events this week, you can "attend" the virtual open house and make comments directly to TxDOT.

- Mateo

 
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Carol P.
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by Carol P. on June 4th, 2014

Thanks formthe link! I'm in Chicago now and can comment on my iPad while drinking coffee in The Loop.

Carol Parks
 
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dancer texas
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by dancer texas on June 4th, 2014

Oh heck I was a big fan of that idea, but then I saw the numbers that nearly all IH-35 traffic is of local origin and destination.

"Key Finding: The Problem is Central Texas Travelers
The research team identified an apparent contradiction between a common perception voiced in
Central Texas regarding the cause of IH 35 congestion and reality: that is, Central Texans have a much
greater impact than through travelers. The magnitude of commuter and other local traffic using IH 35 is
substantial and increasing due to local projected population and employment growth. Based on the best
available data, local traffic represents approximately 86% of traffic on IH 35 through Austin. Thus,
through traffic (the traffic that many think should be bypassing Austin) is not the primary cause of
Central Texas IH 35 congestion problems. Commuters or other trips with an origin or destination in the
Austin area are the major factor influencing IH 35 congestion, not through travelers."

http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/TTI-2013-17.pdf
 
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Mateo Barnstone
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Mateo Barnstone on June 4th, 2014

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Oh heck I was a big fan of that idea, but then I saw the numbers that nearly all IH-35 traffic is of local origin and destination.



Let me challenge you a bit on that 15% figure.

1. That 15% is largely semis. Semis cause a lot more congestion than Tercels.

2. 15% only applies to traffic originating south of San Marcos to designations North of Georgetown and vice versa. There is a lot of "local" traffic that does not have central Austin destinations and does not need to be on I-35 through central Austin. If we can divert 15% of non-local through traffic and then find viable routes (for example, via an improved grade separated 183) say another 15% of of "local" traffic with non-central Austin destinations and do a few other things to encourage alternatives (everything from time shifting, to telecommuting, to increased use of public transpiration, etc.) pretty soon it adds up to dramatic decreases in overall trips on I-35.

3. I'm fairly certain that a 15% reduction in vehicles would have a much greater impact than a 15% reduction in congestion because a road operating within it's capacity is far more efficient than one operating at or outside it's capacity.
 
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