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THE CITY

[CALL TO ORDER]

COUNCIL MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

I AM CHAIR PAGE ELLIS.

I AM CALLING THIS MEETING TO ORDER AT 1:03 PM ON OCTOBER 7TH, 2021.

AND I AM AT CITY HALL.

EVERYONE ELSE IS JOINING US REMOTELY.

WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR WHO HAS JOINED US, BUT HER CAMERA'S OFF FOR THE MOMENT COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, AND WE HAVE VICE CHAIR, KELLY VICE CHAIR.

KELLY WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN US FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

UM, AND MAYOR PRO TEM IS GOING TO BE JOINING US LATE.

SO YOU WILL SEE HER JOIN LATER ON.

UM, I WANTED TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ABOUT THE ORDER OF THE ITEMS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING.

WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF, UM, BACK AND FORTH ON WHICH ITEMS WERE ON THE AGENDA THAT WERE MOST APPROPRIATE TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY.

AND IF THIS WAS THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO BE TAKING THOSE ITEMS UP.

AND SO ITEM NUMBER TWO HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

THE EMERGING MOBILITY TECHNOLOGIES PANEL.

WE WILL BE TAKING THAT UP AT A FUTURE MEETING.

WE'RE JUST NOT GOING TO BE DOING IT TODAY.

AND ITEM NUMBER THREE, THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT TOOL HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

WE WILL LIKELY TAKE THAT UP AT ANOTHER MEETING AS WELL.

SO WITH THE ITEMS THAT ARE LEFT ON THE AGENDA, WE WILL BE GOING IN ORDER OF ITEM NUMBER ONE, THE MINUTES, AND THEN MOVING TO ITEM NUMBER SIX, TO GET AN UPDATE FROM ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, GINA FEEHAN DACA.

THE NEXT ITEM WILL BE A VISION ZERO PRESENTATION ITEM NUMBER EIGHT.

IT LOOKS LIKE MR. LEE IS HERE TO DO THAT PRESENTATION.

AND THEN ITEM NUMBER FOUR, THE, UM, ABI THE AIRPORT, UM, ADA COMPLIANCE AND SOME OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY ISSUES THAT THE MAYOR PRO TEM HAD BROUGHT UP AT THE LAST MEETING.

WE'LL BE DISCUSSING THAT ITEM.

AND THEN ITEM NUMBER SEVEN IS FUTURE ITEMS. SO AGAIN, THE ORDER WE WILL GO IN IS ITEM ONE, ITEM SIX, ITEM EIGHT, ITEM FOUR, AND THEN ITEM SEVEN.

SO WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS, BUT WE WERE JUST MIXING IT UP A LITTLE BIT TODAY.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Mobility Committee meeting of September 9, 2021.]

UM, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 9TH MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING MOTION MADE BY VICE CHAIR? KELLY, DO I HAVE A SECOND SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER VICE CHAIR? OH YES.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A NOTE REGARDING THE MINUTES.

MY LAST NAME IS SPELLED WRONG AND WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING.

SO IF THAT COULD BE CORRECTED BEFORE WE APPROVE, I THINK THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.

I BELIEVE WE CAN DO THAT ADMINISTRATIVELY.

SO WE WILL MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT ON THE MINUTES AND THEN ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES WITH THAT ADJUSTMENT MADE BY VICE CHAIR, KELLY.

IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH THE MAYOR PRO TEM, NOT IN ATTENDANCE AT THIS MOMENT.

UH,

[6. Update from Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca on the City's Strategic Mobility Outcome (5 minutes).]

WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER SIX AND UPDATE FROM ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, GINA THE ENDECA.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UM, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, GINA PHEON DACA.

I HAVE SUBMITTED THE, UH, MONTHLY MOBILITY OUTCOME REPORT.

AND I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THAT.

COLLEAGUES.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON HER REPORT? I ALWAYS FIND IT VERY INFORMATIVE, BUT I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE DISCUSSED PUBLICLY.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

IT'S REALLY THERE FOR A BACKGROUND.

LET YOU KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE MOBILITY OUTCOME.

IF THERE'S ANY ISSUES THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE US HIGHLIGHT IN A FUTURE REPORT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO OUR OFFICE.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

THANKS FOR PUTTING IT TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

[8. Update on Vision Zero pedestrian and traffic safety measures.]

WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER EIGHT, THE VISION ZERO PRESENTATION.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS LOUIS LEF.

I'M THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY OFFICER WITH AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

WANT TO MENTIONED THAT COMMANDER, ERIC MISSY IS HERE WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AS THEY'RE AN INTEGRAL PARTNER IN OUR, UH, VISION ZERO EFFORTS.

APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT TO YOU AN UPDATE OF WHERE WE ARE WITH VISION ZERO, ALONG WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING ON OUR ROADWAYS RELATED TO TRAFFIC SAFETY.

BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THE BULK OF THE CONTENT, UH, I DO WANT TO, OF COURSE, THIS IS GOING TO NO, NOT WORK THIS TIME.

IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE YEARS OF LIFE LOST IS A PUBLIC HEALTH METRIC THAT WE USE TO REMIND US THAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO DO A LOT OF DATA SLIDES TODAY, BUT BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THAT, WE ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE REMEMBERING THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE THAT WE'VE LOST.

AND THE REALITY IS THAT WE'RE LOSING WAY TOO MANY ON OUR STREETS.

THAT'S THIRTY TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE YEARS OF LIFE THAT WILL NOT BE EXPERIENCED BECAUSE THEY HAVE PREMATURELY DIED BECAUSE OF A CAR CRASH.

THESE ARE BIRTHDAYS AND HOLIDAYS, OTHER MAJOR EVENTS IN LIFE THAT WILL NOT BE EXPERIENCED, NOT ONLY BY THEM HAVING LOST THEIR LIFE, BUT BY THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR COLLEAGUES THAT ARE GOING TO BE MISSING THEM FOREVER.

SO, UH, LET'S TAKE A MOMENT JUST TO HONOR THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THE FATHERS, THE MOTHERS THAT WE'VE LOST

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ON OUR ROADWAYS JUST THIS YEAR.

SO KEY POINTS FATALITIES ARE RISING OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

UH, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPENING, NOT ONLY IN AUSTIN, BUT STATEWIDE, UH, NATIONALLY, THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT WE'RE FACING AS A SOCIETY AND OUR COUNTRY.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE CONTEXT TO THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

I WANT TO MENTION ALSO THAT SERIOUS INJURIES ARE TRENDING LOWER, UH, THAN RECENT NORMAL YEARS.

AND I SAY NORMAL BECAUSE LAST YEAR WAS A VERY UNIQUE YEAR.

AS FAR AS THE PANDEMIC AND THE IMPACTS WE SAW ON THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK.

WE KNOW THAT THE FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS AND WE ARE DOING A LOT IN THAT REALM THAT WE'RE EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.

UH, AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A FOCUS ON THE SAFER DESIGNS THAT COME FROM ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS, BUT ALSO SPEED MANAGEMENT, HOW WE OPERATE, MANAGE, AND THE POLICIES AROUND SPEEDING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

ANOTHER CRITICAL NEED TO POINT OUT THAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT LATER IN THIS PRESENTATION IS THAT SOME NARROWLY DEFINED SPEED AND IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING CRITICAL TIMES OF DAY AT CRITICAL LOCATIONS, OVERNIGHT, EARLY MORNING HOURS AND ON HIGH-SPEED ROADWAYS, LIKE OUR FREEWAYS IN FRONT OF THE ROADS, REALLY AS A CRITICAL NEED.

AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE WITH APD TO KEEP THIS DISCUSSION GOING ABOUT STRATEGIZING HOW WE BEST GET THAT NEED ADDRESSED DURING THIS TIME IN OUR CITY.

SO JUST TO REFRESH YOUR ABOUT WHAT VISION ZERO IS ALL ABOUT, IT'S A SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACH.

IT'S AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO SAFETY MOBILITY.

IT MEANS WE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THESE FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES ARE HAPPENING ON OUR ROADWAYS.

WE KNOW THAT THE HUMAN BODY IS VULNERABLE.

IT CAN ONLY WITHSTAND SO MUCH FROM A CRASH IMPACT.

AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT HUMANS MAKE MISTAKES.

NO ONE IS PERFECT.

WE ARE CONTINUING TO DESIGN OUR ROADWAYS AND UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ARE JUST FACTS WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY REALM.

AND WE NEED TO TAKE A HOLISTIC VIEW AROUND THESE THINGS.

THIS IS A SYSTEMS BASED APPROACH, AND THE REALITY IS THERE'S A LOT OF RESOURCES REQUIRED.

POST-CRASH WE HAVE OVER 12,000 CRASHES THAT GET A REPORT EACH YEAR AND TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE THAT HAPPENED THAT DON'T HAVE A REPORT TIED TO THEM.

THINK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF FIRETRUCKS THAT ARE GOING OUT AND FIRE MEN AND FIRE WOMEN THAT ARE GOING OUT TO THESE SCENES AFTER THE CRASH HAPPENS.

THINK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF EMS PARAMEDICS THAT ARE GOING TO TRY TO ADDRESS THESE CRASHES AFTER THEY HAPPEN.

THINK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS, WRITING REPORTS WHEN THEY ARE HIGHLY TRAINED TO DO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO WHEN WE TAKE A HOLISTIC VIEW ABOUT THIS, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE TO DO PROACTIVELY SO THAT WE CAN GET AHEAD OF THAT AND USE THOSE RESOURCES A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFECTIVELY.

ALSO WANT TO MENTION A CRITICAL FACTOR.

I MENTIONED THAT EARLIER SPEED IS THE FACTOR THAT DETERMINES CRASH INJURY YOU CAN SEE ON THIS GRAPHIC RESEARCH IS VERY CLEAR THAT ONCE YOU GET BEYOND ABOUT 30 MILES AN HOUR, UH, IF YOU'RE WALKING, IF YOU'RE BIKING, IF YOU'RE IN A WHEELCHAIR, YOU KNOW, THE IMPACT FROM A CRASH AFTER 30 MILES AN HOUR MEANS YOU'RE MORE THAN LIKELY GOING TO HAVE A SEVERE INJURY WHEN YOU GET UP TO 40, 45 IS MORE THAN LIKELY THAT YOU'LL BE DEAD AFTER THAT IMPACT.

AND SO WE NEED TO FOCUS ON SPEED AS A PRIMARY STRATEGY.

WE NEED TO DO THAT THROUGH POLICY.

WE NEED TO DO THAT THROUGH ENGINEERING TREATMENTS.

SO AUSTIN DATA, UH, FATALITY CRASHES ARE UP, UH, WE FULLY EXPECT BASED ON THE TREND THAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, THAT IT'S VERY LIKELY THE NUMBER OF CRASHES THAT RESULT IN FATALITIES IN AUSTIN WILL BE THE HIGHEST ON OUR CITY'S RECORD.

UH, WE'RE PROJECTING THAT TO EXCEED OVER 105, MAYBE EVEN APPROACHING 110, UH, THIS YEAR ALONE, THAT WOULD GET US, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, BEYOND WHAT WE SAW LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS, UH, A STRANGE YEAR TO BEGIN WITH, BUT EVEN BEYOND OTHER RECENT YEARS, THAT WE'VE SEEN FATALITY CRASHES, UM, AT THE LEVELS THAT WE'VE SEEN THIS YEAR, SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES, HOWEVER, ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

UM, WE THINK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING A WHOLE LOT IN OUR ENGINEERING REALM TO TRY TO ADDRESS THESE CRASHES AND THE FATALITIES ARE HAPPENING.

THERE, THEY'RE A RARE EVENT IN RELATION TO THE REST OF, UH, ALL THE TRANSPORTATION THAT HAPPENS AROUND OUR CITY AND THE MOBILITY THAT WE HAVE, UH, SERIOUS INJURIES ARE TYPICALLY IN THE 550 S 450 TO 500 RANGE.

AND THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT LOWER PROJECTED TO BE A LITTLE BIT LOWER THAN WE'VE SEEN, EVEN IN 20 16, 17, 18, WITH ALL THE POPULATION GROWTH THAT WE'VE HAD IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO COMBINES, UH, THE GOAL OF VISION ZERO IS TO REDUCE FATALITIES PLUS SERIOUS INJURIES TO ZERO.

UH, WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THAT.

I THINK WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THE IMPACT OF SOME OF THAT WORK PLAY OUT, AND WE'LL SEE MORE OF THAT PLAY OUT IN THE COMING YEARS.

UH, WE ARE ON TRACK TO BE LOWER THAN 2019 NUMBERS.

AND AGAIN, 2020 WAS AS A SIGNIFICANT DROP VERY STRANGE YEAR BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC IMPACTS.

WE DO A LOT OF DATA ANALYSIS.

WE WILL NOT UNDERSTAND AS BEST WE CAN WHAT'S HAPPENING ON OUR ROADWAYS WHEN AND WHERE IT'S HAPPENING.

AND WHAT WE LOOK AT HERE IS THE FATALITIES PLUS SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES AT THE CRASH LEVEL, NOT THE PERSON LEVEL CRASH LEVEL THROUGH ABOUT LAST WEEK, UH, ABOUT, YEAH, ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO.

AND WHAT WE SEE IS CERTAIN HOTSPOTS THAT CONTINUE TO POP UP.

AND THIS HAS BEEN A SIMILAR THEME THAT WE'VE SEEN THROUGH RECENT YEARS, AND IT'S CONTINUED THIS YEAR AS WELL.

WE KNOW THAT THE SATURDAY, SUNDAY EVENINGS AND INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS CONTINUE TO BE SOME OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF, OF K CRASHES, FATALITIES,

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PLUS SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES THAT WE'VE SEEN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S WEEKEND WEEK OUT, IT'S CONSISTENT.

WE KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT A NEED TO TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE PARTICULAR TIMES A DAY.

I WANT TO PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT, UH, BECAUSE WE DON'T OPERATING WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CONTEXT, RIGHT? SO IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, WE HAVE SEEN, UH, FATALITY NUMBERS KIND OF FLUCTUATE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

WE'VE SEEN SERIOUS INJURIES FLUCTUATE, BUT THE REALITY IS AUSTIN REMAINS ON A PER CAPITA BASIS.

ONE OF THE RELATIVELY SAFER PLACES WITHIN THE STATE OF TEXAS COMPARED TO OTHER LARGER CITIES WITHIN THE STATE, WE ARE EXPECTED FOR PER A HUNDRED THOUSAND TO BE AT ONE OF THE LOWEST LEVELS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS WHEN IT COMES TO FATALITY PLUS SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES AND ON A NATIONAL LEVEL, WE'RE SEEING A SIMILAR TREND.

THE PANDEMIC IMPACTS HAVE BEEN VERY SIGNIFICANT, UH, AND WE ARE NOT UNIQUE TO THAT.

THERE'S 44 STATES THAT HAVE SEEN INCREASES IN FATALITIES, UH, WHEN COMPARING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR TO COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AND STATE OF TEXAS HAD ABOUT A 17% INCREASE.

AND SO AUSTIN IS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

I THINK WE'RE CLOSER TO 25% FOR THIS FIRST SIX MONTH PERIOD, BUT THE INCREASE IS CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE, THE NATION.

UM, AND I THINK WE'RE UNFORTUNATELY SEEING THE SAME IMPACTS PLAY OUT HERE LOCALLY.

SO HOW DO WE EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PANDEMIC? WELL, UH, TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE, UH, ROBERT WUNDERLICH IN PARTICULAR TRAFFIC SAFETY EXPERT, I THINK HAD THE MOST SIMPLE EXPLANATION THAT WE COULD SEE THAT REALLY GOT TO THE HEART OF IT.

UH, TRAVEL VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED IS ACTUALLY DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY DURING THE EARLY PART OF THE PANDEMIC.

I THINK WE'VE SEEN THAT REBOUND IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, CRASHES OVER ALL WENT DOWN, BUT THE SPEED THAT WAS ALLOWED, THE LESS CONGESTION ENABLED A LOT MORE SPEED TO OCCUR AND WHAT THAT SPEED, AS WE KNOW, AS THE PRIMARY FACTOR WITH THAT SPEED GOING UP, SEVERITY ACTUALLY GOES UP EVEN BEYOND THAT.

IT'S AN EXPONENTIAL VALUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE KINETIC ENERGY THAT HAPPENS IN A CRASH.

SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT TRAVELING CRASHES WERE DOWN AND SPEED AND SEVERITY STARTED TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY.

AND WE'RE SEEING THAT PLAY OUT WITH THE FATALITY NUMBERS.

RESEARCH IS ALSO EMERGING AROUND WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE SEEN SOME RESEARCH COME OUT SAYING THAT INCREASED STRESS AND ANXIETY INCREASED FREE TIME, UH, INCREASED USE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, AND ALSO JUST GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPEEDING AND STUNT DRIVING ON THESE LESS CONGESTED FREEWAYS IS STARTING TO RESULT IN THE CRASH, UH, IMPACTS THAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE SEVERITY OF CRASHES THAT WE SEE ON THE ROADWAYS.

SO WE'VE GOT A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES WERE EXCITED ABOUT MAKING PROGRESS ON WE'RE WE'RE EARLY IN THIS CYCLE ABOUT, UM, MAKING PROGRESS ON VISION ZERO, BUT WE'RE STARTING TO SEE RESULTS COME FROM THIS.

IF YOU'LL RECALL LAST SUMMER, UH, IN JUNE OF 2020 COUNCIL PASSED POLICY TO ALLOW FOR OVER 900 MILES OF STREETS TO SEE LOWER SPEED LIMITS ON POSTED SPEED LIMITS, THAT INCLUDES OVER 850 MILES OF RESIDENTIAL STREETS.

AND TO THIS DAY, WE'VE ALREADY, UH, THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION, PARTICULARLY OUR TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING STAFF, WE'VE ALREADY CHANGED OUT SPEED LIMIT SIGNS THAT OVER 370 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WE HAVE NOT YET ANALYZED THE IMPACT OF THAT.

WE'RE SEEING THIS PLAY OUT ON LOCAL STREETS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY THAN ON THE ARTERIALS.

AND SO WE WANT TO GIVE IT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BEFORE WE START TO REALLY EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF WHAT THAT POLICY LOOKS LIKE, BECAUSE WHEN YOU CHANGE THE SPEED LIMIT DURING A PANDEMIC, YOU WANT IT TO PLAY OUT, UM, WITH MORE NORMAL CONDITIONS BEFORE YOU START TO EVALUATE IT FULLY.

SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE PROGRESS THERE.

AND I THINK WITH COUNCIL SUPPORT OF NEW POSITIONS IN THE ENGINEERING GROUP, WE'RE GOING TO START TO SEE A LOT MORE RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF THESE NEW POSTED SPEED LIMIT SIGNS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE CITY, CONTINUING ON WITH ENGINEERING.

UH, WE'VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR BOND PROJECTS TO REALLY ADDRESS THE MOST SEVERE CRASH LOCATIONS THAT WE'RE SEEING CRASHES HAPPEN, UH, WITH HIGHER SEVERITY AND MORE FREQUENCY FROM THE 2016 BOND WE'VE ALREADY COMPLETED.

UH, WELL, WE'RE COMPLETING 12 PROJECTS AND HAVE THREE AND ACTIVE DESIGN BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING.

AND WE'VE STARTED TO ACCELERATE THAT AGAIN WITH THE SUPPORT OF NEW POSITIONS IN OUR DEPARTMENT, BEING ABLE TO REALLY PUSH FOR ACCELERATING HOW MANY LOCATIONS THAT WE'RE ANALYZING AND HOW MANY ARE GETTING IMPLEMENTED OVER TIME, WE'VE GOT 15 PRIORITY LOCATIONS ALREADY SELECTED AND SCOPING AND DESIGN WORK IS STARTING.

WE DO KNOW THAT OVER, UM, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE, SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE IS THAT TRYING TO COVER 300 PLUS SQUARE MILES OF THE CITY IS GOING TO TAKE TIME.

AND, UH, WHEN PEOPLE ARE DYING AND SEVERELY INJURED IN CRASHES ON A REGULAR BASIS, WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT QUICKER.

SO WE REALLY SHIFTED OUR FOCUS, NOT ONLY TO THE LARGE AND MEDIUM SCALE INTERSECTION PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING, WE'RE STARTING TO DO INTERN TREATMENTS.

YOU'RE GOING TO START SEEING A LOT MORE DELINEATOR POSTS AND PAINT ON THE ROADWAYS TO PREVENT CERTAIN CRASH TYPES.

WE'VE GOT ONE OF THE BEST DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AROUND CRASHES IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE'RE ABLE TO SEE SPECIFIC CRASH TYPES, THAT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS, AND GO OUT AND TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN WITH LOW COST AND RAPID BUILD PROJECTS.

IN ADDITION TO THE LARGE ENGINEERING, UH, WORK THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE, OVER THE COURSE OF THE BONDS ALSO WANNA HIGHLIGHT SYSTEMIC SAFETY.

UH, THIS IS ONE WHERE YOU START TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS THAT EXIST

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ON THE ROADWAY NETWORK AND START TO UNDERSTAND WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS MIGHT ADDRESS THOSE PARTICULAR CRASH PATTERNS THAT ARE CAUSING THE MOST SEVERE CRASHES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE DID, UH, WITH THE HELP OF A CONSULTANT TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHICH CRASH TYPES ARE MOST FREQUENT, WHERE DO THOSE CONDITIONS EXIST, NOT ONLY WHERE THE CRASH HISTORY IS, BUT TO BE PROACTIVE AND START TO ADDRESS LOCATIONS THAT HAVE THOSE SAME CONDITIONS BEFORE THEY BECOME A PROBLEMATIC LOCATION.

WE MAKING PROGRESS ON THIS, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE DEPLOYING THE FIRST, UH, SET OF COUNTER MEASURES AROUND CURVES IN PARTICULAR AND EARLY NEXT YEAR.

AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT SEEING THE IMPACT OF THAT PLAY OUT BECAUSE WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEPLOY DOZENS OF, OF TREATMENT, SAME TREATMENT AT DOZENS OF LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY TO TRY TO GET AHEAD OF THIS A LITTLE BIT.

I MENTIONED THE DATA ANALYSIS THAT WE DO, UH, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN CRASH TYPES THAT ARE MOST FREQUENT, THAT DO HAVE A SOLUTION THAT WE CAN TRY TO ADDRESS QUICKLY OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

ONE STRAIGHT ONE LEFT IS WHEN YOU'RE COMING UP TO A SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION AND YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT LEFT TURN.

AND THERE'S AN ONCOMING VEHICLE, A DRIVER IN A VEHICLE.

AND YOU'RE TRYING TO JUDGE THAT GAP AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T GET HIT.

YOU DON'T HIT THEM.

UH, IT'S HARD TO DO THAT, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.

AND WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO GAUGE HOW FAST SOMEBODY ELSE MIGHT BE DRIVING AND WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON THE ROADWAY AT THAT TIME.

SO THAT'S ONE WHERE WE ABLE TO DO SIGNAL TIMING CHANGES, AND WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH OUR SIGNAL ENGINEERS.

WHO'VE BEEN FANTASTIC AT ADJUSTING, LOOKING AT THE DATA ADJUSTING THE TIMES OF DAY WHEN THOSE PROTECTED TURNS ARE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED.

AND WE'RE EXPECTING TO SEE THE LOWEST YEAR IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS FOR THIS TYPE OF CLASS CRASH BECAUSE OF THE, UH, SIMPLE, SIMPLE SIGNAL TIMING, UH, IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO WORKING WITH OUR ENGINEERS.

SO 30% REDUCTION OVERALL IN THIS ONE PARTICULAR CRASH TYPE, IT'S A VERY SEVERE CRASH TYPE.

AND SO IF WE COULD START TO MAKE PROGRESS ON DIFFERENT CRASH TYPES, WE'LL START TO SEE THAT IMPACT PLAY OUT OVER THE WHOLE NETWORK OVER TIME.

ALSO WANT TO MENTION OUR COORDINATION WITH TXDOT.

TXDOT IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THIS.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S A, I THINK THERE'S A NUMBER OF, UH, FATALITIES THAT OCCUR ON THE, ON THE TEXTILE ROADWAY SYSTEM, JUST LIKE THEY OCCURRED ON THE CITIES, BUT IT'S AT A LARGER SCALE.

TYPICALLY THOSE THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE HIGH SPEED AND LARGER.

AND SO THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME KIND OF TRAFFIC CONTROLS.

THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME KIND OF ENGINEERING TREATMENTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US ON THE CITY NETWORK.

BUT ONE THAT WE SAW THAT WAS HAPPENING FREQUENTLY WAS PEDESTRIANS CROSSING IN THE MIDDLE OF AROUND, UH, 51ST UP TO, UP TO RUNDBERG AND A SECTION OF TOWN.

AND WE SAW FOUR PEDESTRIAN DEATHS PER YEAR IN 2018 AND 2019, WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY A TREATMENT THAT WE THOUGHT WAS AN INTERIM TREATMENT.

IT DOES NOT SOLVE FOR THE LACK OF CROSSINGS, BUT IT DOES SOLVE FOR THE IMMEDIATE NEED OF TRYING TO PREVENT THOSE PEDESTRIAN DEATHS.

AND WE SAW THIS AND WE STARTED TO WORK WITH TEXTILES WHO HAVE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS IN IMPLEMENTING THIS.

THEY'VE IMPLEMENTED THIS FROM THAT STRETCH OF 51ST UP TO RUNDBERG.

AND WE'VE SEEN ONE FATALITY AS TO FOUR OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS INSTEAD OF A YEAR.

SO REAL PROGRESS REAL LIVES SAVED.

UM, IT'S HARD TO PROVE THE NEGATIVE, BUT WE KNOW WHAT THE TREND WAS.

AND NOW WE ARE SEEING A DIFFERENT TREND HAPPEN.

UH, THAT PARTICULAR TREATMENT, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTING THAT ACROSS MUCH LONGER SECTIONS OF BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS THAT WE'VE ALREADY SEEN HERE IN THAT STRETCH OF ROAD.

ALSO WANT TO MENTION THE HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

THIS IS FEDERAL FUNDS THAT COME THROUGH FOR SAFETY PROJECTS.

WE'VE FOCUSED PARTICULARLY ON LIGHTING.

UH, WHEN WE TALK AGAIN, TALK ABOUT THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND THE CONDITIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT MIGHT LEAD TO SEVERE CRASHES.

LIGHTING IS A SERIOUS ONE THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER ADDRESSING.

AND SO WE IDENTIFIED LOCATIONS THAT HAD THE TOP DARK AND UNLIT CONDITIONS STARTED TO WORK WITH, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY AND TECH STOCK TO TRY TO IMPLEMENT THOSE, UH, TO IDENTIFY PROJECTS THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT TO ADDRESS THE LIGHTING NEEDS THERE.

AND SO THOSE WILL START TO BE ROLLING OUT EARLY NEXT YEAR AS WELL.

UH, WE'LL SEE CAMERON ROAD, UH, FOR THE FIRST LIGHTING PROJECT AND WE GOT HOWARD AND SLAUGHTER ON DECK.

AFTER THAT.

UH, ONE, I MENTIONED A COUPLE OF AREAS WHERE WE'RE FOCUSED ON THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS NEW PEDESTRIAN SAFETY LAWS THAT PASSED FROM THE STATE, UH, MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS THAT WERE DRIVING AND HIT SOMEBODY IN A CROSSWALK WERE PROSECUTED FULLY FOR THAT BEHAVIOR AND THAT INCIDENT.

AND WE HAD SOME COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS AROUND THAT, UH, IN THE EARLY, EARLY SEPTEMBER, UM, MAYBE LATE AUGUST TIMEFRAME AS THOSE LAWS BECAME LAW.

AND THEN, UH, SAFEST DRIVER COMPETITION.

MANY OF YOU ALL HELPED OUT TO TRY TO PROMOTE THIS SAFEST DRIVER COMPETITION.

THIS IS A MOBILE APPLICATION TO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO NOT PICK UP THEIR PHONE WHILE THEY'RE DRIVING.

WE'VE, UH, GLAD TO REPORT THERE'S OVER 1300 PARTICIPANTS IN THE SAFEST DRIVER COMPETITION.

WE'VE SEEN 800 PLUS HOURS OF UN-DISTRACTED DRIVING THROUGH THIS COMPETITION.

THAT'S DOCUMENTED, THEY'RE NOT PICKING UP THEIR PHONE OR USING IT.

SO THAT'S EXCITING.

IT'S A PILOT TO SEE IF THAT SORT OF APPROACH AND STRATEGY MAKES SENSE FOR US TO DEPLOY, UH, AT A LARGER SCALE IN THE FUTURE.

AND THE LAST ONE IS THE VISION ZERO STORIES.

AND THIS IS ONE WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPACTS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AS YOU SAW IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF SLIDES, THIS IS IMPACTING EVERYBODY ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS IS FUN.

UH, FATHERS AND SONS AND DAUGHTERS AND MOTHERS AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS.

WE PROBABLY

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ALL KNOW SOMEBODY WHO'S BEEN IN A SEVERE CAR CRASH.

AND THAT, AGAIN, DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ACCEPTABLE.

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW NOT JUST THE NUMBERS, BUT THE IMPACT TO OUR COMMUNITY FROM THAT INITIATIVE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BE ROLLING THAT OUT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE, UH, HOPEFULLY THE COMMUNITY REACTION TO THAT AS WELL.

DO YOU WANNA SPEND A MINUTE TALKING ABOUT TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT? UM, WE STARTED TO ANALYZE WHEN THE CITATIONS RELATED TO TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS WERE HAPPENING AND PARTICULARLY A SUBSET OF SPEEDING.

SO THE LIGHT BLUE IS TRAFFIC RELATED CITATIONS.

THE DARKER BLUE IS SPEEDING CITATIONS AS A SUBSET OF THAT.

AND THE LINE THAT YOU'RE SEEING IN THE ORANGE IS THE NUMBER OF K THE FATALITY AND SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES THAT HAPPEN.

UH, AND I THINK THIS ACTUALLY MIGHT BE ON THE PERSON'S BASIS AND NOT CRASHES.

SO SEEING THE TIME OF DAY AGAIN, WHEN THESE CRASHES ARE HAPPENING, VERSUS WHEN THAT PROACTIVE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT WAS AVAILABLE, WE STARTED TO SEE A TREND THAT WAS PLAYING OUT OVER YEARS.

AND SO WHAT NEED THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED AND TALKING WITH APD WAS TRYING TO STRATEGIZE WHAT THOSE POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT BE TO ADDRESS THE NEED.

WE SEE THOSE GAPS WHERE CITATIONS ARE NOT AS HIGH DURING THE TIMES THAT WE'RE SEEING THE MOST SEVERE CRASHES HAPPENING.

HOW DO WE START TO REDEPLOY RESOURCES OR REPRIORITIZE? HOW DO WE START TO ADD ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO TRY TO REALLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE OVER TIME? AND AGAIN, WE SEE THIS SAME PATTERN PLAY OUT YEAR AFTER YEAR, WHERE THE PEAK REALLY HAPPENS IN THE LATE EVENING PM PEAKS AND OVERNIGHT HOURS.

AND THEN THE NUMBER OF CITATIONS ISN'T QUITE MATCHING UP WITH THAT IN THAT PARTICULAR PERIOD.

I DO WANT TO MENTION AGAIN HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE.

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF GREAT OPEN DIALOGUE WITH APD.

THEIR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN FANTASTIC TO WORK WITH TRYING TO HELP US STRATEGIZE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WE COULD TRY TO ADDRESS THIS CREATIVELY.

AND I THINK, UH, A GREAT THING THAT HAPPENED RECENTLY, THEY ACTUALLY CONVENED A MEETING WITH OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES IN THE REGION WHO HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER AUSTIN AND STARTED TO TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT APPROACHES THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER FOR ADDING THOSE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND THOSE OVERNIGHT PERIODS, PARTICULARLY ON OUR FREEWAYS AND SERVICE ROADS AND HIGH-SPEED ARTERIALS.

SO WE COULD TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.

UH, LASTLY, THE NO REFUSAL PROGRAM IS ANOTHER ONE THAT WE'VE SECURED FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

UH, Y'ALL PROBABLY SEEN THE NEWS REPORTS SAYING IT'S, IT'S NEW.

IT'S NOT ALL THAT NEW, UH, WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING THAT THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHTS CONSISTENTLY WHEN WE SEE THE MOST IMPAIRED DRIVING AND IMPAIRED DRIVING CRASHES.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BE, UH, HAVING THAT NO REFUSAL PROGRAM IN EFFECT THAT CAN BE ANY NIGHT OF THE YEAR THAT WE DETERMINED WITH APD WHEN THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, TRYING TO FOCUS ON AREAS OF TOWN, PARTICULARLY ON FREEWAYS, WHERE WE'RE SEEING THE MOST SEVERE CRASHES.

AND AGAIN, THAT NO REFUSAL PROGRAM ENSURES PEOPLE GET A BLOOD TEST SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY FULLY PROSECUTE THOSE IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR THAT BEHAVIOR.

SO JUST GET THROUGH THE LAST COUPLE OF SLIDES ABOUT SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ITEMS HERE.

SO IN ADDITION TO OUR CONTINUED INITIATIVES, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY NEED TO IDENTIFY A PATH FOR THIS NARROWLY DEFINED, SPEEDING, IMPAIRED DRIVING FOCUS, UH, OVERNIGHT HOURS, EARLY MORNING HOURS, AND HIGH SPEED ROADWAYS.

THAT'S WHERE WE SEE A LOT OF THESE CRASHES HAPPENING.

AND I THINK IF WE COULD HAVE THAT NARROWLY DEFINED APPROACH, UH, IN LINE WITH WHAT WE'VE HEARD THROUGH REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY, WE WANT IT TO BE ABOUT THE DRIVER BEHAVIOR AND NOT ABOUT THE DRIVER AND NOT ABOUT ECONOMIC OR REGULATORY ISSUES.

THIS IS ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AND FROM A PUBLIC SAFETY PERSPECTIVE, WE KNOW THAT'S THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEED AT THIS POINT.

WE ALSO WANT TO INCREASE THE COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE PUBLIC.

UH, YOU'LL BE SEEING THOSE ROLLOUT IN THE, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, MAKE SURE THAT WE GOT THAT PUBLIC AWARENESS AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE SIGNAL TIMING IMPROVEMENTS, PARTICULARLY AROUND PROTECTING TURNS.

UH, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT WORKING TOWARDS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A STANDARD THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

SO WE'LL SEE CONSISTENCY AROUND THESE MAJOR ARTERIALS, WHERE THOSE TURNS ARE MOST DIFFICULT.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TRY SOME NEW THINGS AS WELL.

WE'RE GOING TO BE PILOTING, UH, DYNAMIC SPEED, DISPLAY DEVICES, D STDS.

UH, TYPICALLY YOU'VE SEEN THOSE IN NEIGHBORHOODS.

YOU'VE SEEN THEM ON COLLECTORS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE TRYING THOSE, THAT SOME OF THE HIGHER CRASH ARTERIAL LOCATIONS AND SEE IF THAT'S GOT AN IMPACT ON THE SPEEDS THAT WE'RE SEEING AROUND TOWN.

AGAIN, ANOTHER APPROACH THAT TRIES TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO BE OUT THERE AT THE MOMENT, UH, THE WOMANPOWER TO BE OUT THERE AT THE MOMENT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO REALLY ADDRESS THAT THROUGH OTHER WAYS TO AT LEAST MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF HOW FAST THEY'RE ACTUALLY GOING ON THE ROADWAYS.

LONG-TERM, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO SCALE UP.

UH, AGAIN, I, I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH HOW APPRECIATIVE WE ARE OF THE COMMUNITY OF THIS COUNCIL TO PROVIDE US THE FUNDS THROUGH BONDS AND THE POSITIONS FOR OUR DEPARTMENT TO BE ABLE TO REALLY RAMP UP WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING.

WE KNOW WHAT THE NEED IS.

WE KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME TO GET THERE, BUT MAURICE HAS RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE DEDICATED TO IT, THE STRONGER AND MORE LIKELY WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE PROGRESS FASTER ON THAT.

ANOTHER AREA FOR LONGTERM CHANGE REALLY IS ABOUT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES.

UM, THE REALITY IS WE DON'T HAVE MUCH IN THIS STATE TO BE ABLE TO, UH, WORK TOWARDS.

AND I THINK SOME LEGISLATIVE CHANGES MIGHT ACTUALLY ENABLE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO HAPPEN, ESPECIALLY AROUND AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT.

UH, WE KNOW THERE'S BEEN CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE AT THE STATE LEVEL.

UH, BUT THE REALITY IS IT'S VERY EFFECTIVE.

OTHER CITIES THAT ARE DOING VISION ZERO EFFORTS HAVE USED AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT, BOTH IN THIS COUNTRY AND ELSEWHERE.

AND THE ONES THAT HAVE MADE THE MOST PROGRESS TYPICALLY HAVE AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT AS PART OF THEIR STRATEGIES,

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INCREASING THE PENALTIES.

WHEN YOU WERE AT FAULT FOR CAUSING A COLLISION, WHEN THAT'S PROVEN THAT YOU WERE AT FAULT, WE HAVE THIS IN PLACE RIGHT NOW FOR ONE PARTICULAR BEHAVIOR, AND YOU COULD ACTUALLY INCREASE THAT FOR NOT ONLY SPEEDING, BUT DISTRACTED DRIVING AND OTHER KEY BEHAVIORS THAT WE SEE SHOW UP IN OUR SEVERE CRASHES AND THEN LOWERING THE BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT LIMITS.

UH, THIS IS ONE WHERE IT'S A LITTLE BIT, PROBABLY MORE DIFFICULT TO GET FULL SUPPORT ON THIS.

UM, BUT THERE ARE SOME STATES THAT HAVE DONE THIS, UH, RIGHT NOW IT'S 0.08.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CITIES THAT HAVE MADE THE MOST PROGRESS ON TRAFFIC SAFETY, THEY HAVE MUCH LOWER LEVELS OF WHAT'S ACCEPTABLE TO BE BEHIND THE WHEEL.

AND SO GOING FROM POINT A TO 0.05 OR EVEN LOWER WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE IMPAIRED DRIVING THAT WE SEE ON OUR ROADWAYS.

AND THEN THE LAST PIECE, YOU KNOW, AS WE TRY TO ADDRESS THE SHORT-TERM NEED FOR ENFORCEMENT DURING THOSE KEY TIMES AND KEY LOCATIONS, UH, HAVING SOME DEDICATED RESOURCES TO DO THIS AGAIN, WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT CONVERSATIONS WITH APD LEADERSHIP ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE TWO OR THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, IF THEY CAN GET THEIR STAFFING UP.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE WE'VE LOOKED AT DIFFERENT MODELS LIKE THEY HAVE OUT AT THE AIRPORT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, A DEDICATED UNIT THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO TRAFFIC SAFETY AT KEY TIMES TO KEY LOCATIONS THAT WOULDN'T BE PULLED OFF, CALL IT A CALL WHEN THOSE CALL VOLUMES ARE TOO HIGH OVERNIGHT.

SO I'M GONNA END THERE, UH, THE LAST, LAST PIECE, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE.

UH, ANOTHER THING THAT WE SEE AND MOST SUCCESSFUL, UH, VISION ZERO TYPE CITIES ARE SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACHES, YOU KNOW, THE, THE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM BEING VERY SAFE OPTION.

UH, WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS THAT HERE IN AUSTIN.

I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON THAT.

AND THE NEXT DECADE, UH, THE OTHER TRANSPORTATION BOND PROGRAMS CAN'T SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH OF, YOU KNOW, PROTECTED BIKE LANES THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

IT'S GOING TO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

BEING ABLE TO IMPLEMENT SIDEWALKS ACROSS THE CITY IS GOING TO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

SO AGAIN, THAT COMMUNITY SPORT HAS BEEN REALLY IMPACTFUL AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THE BENEFITS OF THAT PLAY OUT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

SO I WANT TO LEAVE IT THERE AND MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT TIME FOR, UH, ANY KIND OF COMMENTS AND DISCUSSION.

AND THANK YOU AGAIN, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT PRESENTATION.

I WROTE DOWN SO MANY THINGS.

I WON'T BE ABLE TO ASK EVERY QUESTION THAT I HAVE.

UM, BUT, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION IN THAT PRESENTATION.

UM, BEFORE I GO TO ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE QUESTIONS THAT TOP OF MIND, THEY WANTED TO ASK COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS OVERDUE AND THE CONTEXT THAT YOU PUT IT IN.

AND I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR THE CITY FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

AND, AND IT'S, IT'S HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THE NUMBERS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, EVEN IF IT'S GOING FOR THE WHOLE WHOLE COUNTRY.

UM, I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE PROPORTION OF THE FATALITIES THAT ARE HAPPENING ON OR NEAR, UM, TXDOT RUN ROADS, AS OPPOSED TO CITY OF AUSTIN RUN ROADS.

AND THEN I'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THAT COOPERATION THAT YOU MENTIONED, UM, WITH TEXTILE OR OTHER ENTITIES THAT, THAT ARE HELPING.

SURE.

SO THE DATA SHOWS US THAT, UM, THERE'S THE DIFFERENCE OF TEXTILE BEING ON SYSTEM AND THE CITY IS OFF SYSTEM.

SO THE DATA SHOWS US THAT ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE FATALITIES THAT OCCURRED TO YOUR HAPPEN ON SYSTEM.

THAT'S CONSISTENTLY OVER THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, 65 TO 70%.

I THINK LAST YEAR MIGHT'VE EVEN BEEN AS HIGH AS 70% OF THE FATALITIES ARE HAPPENING ON SYSTEM.

AND THERE'S, YOU KNOW, A PRETTY GOOD RATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR THAT.

THE LARGER THE ROADWAYS ARE THE HIGHER SPEEDS.

THEY ARE THE LESS TRAFFIC CONTROL THAT'S ON THERE.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE INCIDENTS LIKE THAT.

CAUSE SPEED IS THE PRIMARY FACTOR.

SO TEXTILE ON SYSTEM ROADWAYS ARE TYPICALLY FRONTAGE ROADS, TYPICALLY THE FREEWAYS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING PLAY OUT IN THE, IN THE SEVERITY OF CRASHES THAT HAPPEN.

THERE'S A LOT MORE VOLUME.

THERE'S A LOT MORE SPEED.

AND SO WE'RE SEEING THE FATALITIES PLAY OUT THERE AS FAR AS THE RELATIONSHIP.

YOU KNOW, I THINK IN THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF, THERE'S BEEN, UH, SOME REALLY GREAT COORDINATION WITH THEM AS FAR AS UNDERSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEDERAL FUNDING, LIKE THE HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

AND I THINK IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'VE HAD OVER $5 MILLION AWARDED TO AUSTIN AND THAT'S ALL COORDINATION WITH THE DIFFERENT AREA OFFICES AND THEIR TRAFFIC SAFETY GROUP.

BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY THAT, PULL THAT FUNDING IN FOR AUSTIN AND START TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE NEEDS.

I THINK THEY'RE ALSO TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH, A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THAT SYSTEMS BASED APPROACH, UH, THAN THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.

AND SO THAT'S GOING TO BE GREAT PROGRESS AND WE CONTINUE TO BUILD THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM ON UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S POSSIBLE.

THE GEOMETRIC CHANGES ARE VERY DIFFICULT ON THESE KIND OF LARGER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT THEY'VE GOT, UM, SO THAT WE ALWAYS HAVE TO LOOK FOR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIFFERENT STRATEGIES THAT MIGHT WORK ON THOSE.

SO WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD THERE BE FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE ON CAMPO? BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE THE STATE HAS A VISION ZERO STATEWIDE PROGRAM.

UM, I THINK WE'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR, FOR, UH, IMPROVED POLICY AT CAMPO, BUT WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR US? UM, SINCE TWO THIRDS OF THE CRASHES ARE NOT ON CITY OF AUSTIN ROADS, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY DO NEED TO STEP UP OUR EFFORTS,

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UM, IN THAT COORDINATION.

YEAH.

UH, I'LL TELL YOU, I THINK FOR A FULL, ROBUST ANSWER, I'D PROBABLY PREFER TO GET BACK WITH YOU AFTER A LITTLE BIT OF CONVERSATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND DIRECTOR, BUT I THINK THE, THE REALITY IS, YOU KNOW, THE PROGRESS WE CAN MAKE TOWARDS THIS ALIGNMENT OF GOALS.

AND I THINK, UM, TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION IN MAY OF 2020, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, MAYBE 2019, THEY ACTUALLY DID ADOPT A ZERO FATALITY GOAL FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND THAT'S ZERO DEATHS BY 2050 AND HAVING THAT BY 2035.

SO THANKFULLY WE'RE ALIGNED ON THE POLICY GOAL, UH, HOW WE GET THERE MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN THE STRATEGY AND AGAIN, THEIR FACILITIES ARE QUITE DIFFERENT THAN OURS.

AND SO ON A REGIONAL BASIS, I THINK WE KNOW THE, THE CORE TYPES OF TREATMENTS AND STRATEGIES THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVE, UH, REGIONAL COOPERATION ON KIND OF STANDARDS AROUND USING SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACHES WITH OTHER MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE IN THE REGION, UNDERSTANDING THAT, YOU KNOW, THE MAJOR ARTERIALS AND THE FREEWAYS ARE GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT APPROACH THAN, THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT ON OUR LOCAL ROADWAYS.

I THINK WE'D BE GLAD TO SHARE WHAT WE'VE LEARNED WITH OTHER REGIONAL PARTNERS AND BE ABLE TO BE A PART OF THAT CONVERSATION.

BUT AS FAR AS, UH, A FULL KIND OF LIST OF STRATEGIES, I'D LOVE TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK WITH YOU ON THAT.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

AND WHEN YOU DO, UM, PERHAPS YOU CAN THINK ABOUT, UM, CONCRETE STEPS THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARE ON CAMPO CAN TAKE, BECAUSE I THINK WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO DO OUR PART TO SUPPORT YOUR EFFORTS, UM, IN THIS REGARD.

UM, AND, AND JUST WANT TO PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER TO DO THAT.

SO THANK YOU.

GOOD QUESTIONS.

I THINK COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN WAS NEXT.

UH, YES.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER.

I THINK THAT, UM, I THINK IT WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO, TO HEAR WHAT YOU ALL MIGHT SUGGEST WITH REGARD TO, TO CAMPO.

UH, SO MY QUESTION IS JUST PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD.

I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER, UH, WHERE WE SHOULD LOOK, UH, FOR THE LIST OF PRIORITY, UM, INTERSECTIONS AND ROADS FROM, UH, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, THE PRIORITY AREAS THAT YOU ALL ARE WORKING ON.

I ALREADY ROADS IN OR INTERSECTIONS, WHERE CAN WE SEE THAT LIST? SURE.

SO AS IT RELATES TO THE BOND, THERE'S A, UM, I THINK IT'S AN OPEN DATA PORTAL PAGE.

THAT'S GOT THE 2016 INTERSECTION SAFETY PROJECTS AND THAT'S LISTED THERE AND YOU CAN SEE THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, THE ONES THAT ARE IN DESIGN AND ANOTHER ONES THAT WILL BE HANDLED BY OUR COURT PROGRAM.

AND I THINK THAT'S ALL TIED INTO THE 2016 BONDS WEBPAGE SITES, UH, FROM A VISION ZERO PERSPECTIVE.

WE'VE ACTUALLY GOT AN INITIATIVE CALLED THE HENDRY ROADWAYS.

AND WE'VE GOT A WEBPAGE ON THAT WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO GO IN AGAIN WITH THESE KIND OF RAPID TREATMENTS, LOW COST.

THERE ARE 13 SEGMENTS IN THE CITY THAT CONSISTENTLY SHOW UP MULTIPLE INTERSECTIONS HAVING HIGH SEVERITY OF CRASHES.

AND THAT'S ONE WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE AS MUCH PROGRESS AS POSSIBLE, TRYING TO WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES OVER AT APD ON SOME TARGETED ENFORCEMENT IN THOSE LOCATIONS AND REALLY LEADING WITH THE ENGINEERING TREATMENTS THAT ARE THERE.

SO, UH, THOSE WOULD BE THE TWO SUGGESTIONS I'D HAVE FOR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION AS WELL.

UM, I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ARTERIAL STUDIES.

I KNOW THAT IN THE CORE WE HAVE LOWERED SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD'S SPEED LIMITS, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT SIGNAGE BECAUSE IT HAS ACTUALLY LIKE A YELLOW BANNER AT THE TOP THAT SAYS NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND SO IT REALLY TELLS YOUR BRAIN, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN, YOU KNOW, THERE CAN BE CHILDREN IN THE STREET OR, YOU KNOW, ANIMALS, OR JUST PEOPLE IN GENERAL, TRYING TO GET ACROSS THE STREET.

UM, WHAT ABOUT THE NON-CORE ARTERIAL STUDY? HOW HAS THAT GOING? SURE.

SO SPEED MANAGEMENT EFFORTS ARE LED BY OUR TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING GROUP AND WE'VE GOT A CONTRACT IN PLACE TO GO OUT AND COLLECT ALL THE DATA THAT NEEDS TO BE COLLECTED IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE U S LIMITS TO SAFE KIND OF SPEEDS APPROACH.

AND SO WE'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO GATHER ALL THAT DATA AND INFORMATION.

I THINK THERE ARE ACTUALLY UNDERWAY CURRENTLY, AND WE'LL BE COLLECTING THAT DATA IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

SO I WOULD ANTICIPATE, UH, I DON'T WANT TO PUT A TIMELINE ON IT CAUSE IT'S NOT MY GROUP IN PARTICULAR, BUT I WOULD ANTICIPATE, UM, GETTING AN UPDATE ON THAT EARLY NEXT YEAR, TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ARTERIALS OUTSIDE OF THE URBAN CORE, WHAT THE TIMELINE MIGHT LOOK LIKE FOR CHANGING SPEED LIMITS ON THOSE.

I DO KNOW WHAT THE POLICY THAT WAS PASSED LAST JUNE.

IT'S ABOUT 20% OF OUR HIGH INJURY NETWORK WAS COVERED WITH THAT.

AND SO WE DEFINITELY WANT TO KEEP MAKING PROGRESS AND AGAIN, WITH THE RESOURCES THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED FOR IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE ACCELERATION OF THAT.

UM, MOVING FORWARD.

THAT'S GREAT.

UM, I KNOW IN A DISTRICT LIKE MINE, A LOT OF OUR STREETS, THEY DON'T QUALIFY AS CORE ARTERIAL STREETS, BUT THEY ARE WIDER.

AND SO EVEN IF THE SPEED LIMIT IS NOT HIGH PEOPLE DRIVE AT HIGH RATES OF SPEED.

AND SO WE'RE SEEING THIS IN A LOT OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND A LOT OF THE ARTERIAL STREETS IN MY DISTRICT AND PROBABLY IN OTHER DISTRICTS THAT ARE MORE ON THE OUTSKIRTS.

UM, YOU SEE THESE WIDER LANES, PEOPLE DRIVE FASTER, CREATING THAT DANGEROUS SITUATION.

UM, SO I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT STUDY BEING COMPLETED.

UM, THE DYNAMIC SPEED DISPLAYS ARE ALSO REALLY HELPFUL.

UM, I'VE, I'VE SEEN THEM IN ACTION WHERE PEOPLE HONESTLY JUST DON'T REALIZE THEY'RE

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SPEEDING.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE COMING DOWN A HILL OR, YOU KNOW, THE STREET HAPPENS TO BE WIDE AND PEOPLE ARE, ARE SPEEDING.

AND WHEN THEY SEE THAT BLINKING LIGHT, I CAN SEE THEM PUTTING THEIR BRAKES ON AND THEY REALIZE, OOPS, I WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE GOING THAT FAST.

THIS, THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD STREET, OR THIS IS AN ARTERIAL THAT NEEDS, THAT NEEDS A LITTLE MORE THOUGHT AND CARE AS PEOPLE ARE DRIVING THROUGH THEM.

UM, AND THEN THE SAFEST DRIVER APP, IT'S REALLY EXCITING TO HEAR THAT INFORMATION.

CAN YOU GIVE IT A QUICK PLUG AND WHERE DO PEOPLE GO TO DOWNLOAD THAT APP? WHAT'S IT CALLED? UM, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S FASCINATING THAT PARTICIPATING IN A CHALLENGE LIKE THAT IS HAVING A REAL, A REAL CHANGE IN FOR PEOPLE BEHIND THE WHEEL.

CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT? ABSOLUTELY.

AND THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE CERTAINLY ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE PILOT PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFE TO SAVE.

IT'S, UH, IT'S ONE OF A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT WE'VE SEEN OUT THERE.

UH, WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM TO, TO PROMOTE THIS AND IT'S USING SAFE TO SAVE APP.

YOU SIGN UP WITH A CODE FOR THE AUSTIN COMPETITION.

ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON A WEBPAGE ON OUR VISION ZERO WEBPAGE.

SO ANYBODY GOES, AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV AND VISION ZERO.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO FIND THAT, UH, YOU JUST DOWNLOAD THE APP, YOU, YOU KNOW, AGREE TO THE TERMS AND YOU SIGN UP, BUT THEN YOU'RE ABLE TO, UM, BE A PART OF THAT.

AND SO YOU'RE NOT ONLY EARNING REWARDS TO BE ABLE TO USE THAT LOCAL BUSINESSES OR BUSINESSES IN THE LOCAL AREA.

UM, BUT YOU'RE ALSO PART OF THE COMPETITION SIGNING UP FOR CASH PRIZES.

UH, THERE'S GOING TO BE A GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF $3,000.

UM, THEY'VE GOTTEN SPONSORSHIPS FROM STATE FARM TO BE ABLE TO FUND THAT AND WORKING WITH FARM AND CITY A NON-PROFIT GROUP TO BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER THOSE.

SO THERE'S CASH PRIZES INVOLVED.

UM, AND AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S ALL IN THE NAME OF SAFE DRIVING.

WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE DATA AT AN AGGREGATE LEVEL.

YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE, WHERE ARE THE LOCATIONS WHERE PEOPLE ARE PICKING UP THEIR PHONE THE MOST, UH, ON AN AGGREGATE LEVEL AND, AND, UH, HOW MANY HOURS OF UN-DISTRACTED DRIVING ARE WE SEEING FROM THIS? THE, THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE BEHIND THE INCENTIVE-BASED MODEL IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REAL INTERESTED IN EXPLORING AND UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT AS ALL THE RESEARCH SHOWS.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET INDIVIDUALS TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR ONE BY ONE, UH, IF WE CAN DO IT ON A LARGER SCALE, THAT'S GREAT, BUT THAT'S WHY WE CONTINUE TO LEAD WITH ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, NOBODY'S GOING TO BE SURPRISED WHEN THEY'RE GOING 70 IN A 50, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT REALLY SHOULDN'T BE, UH, UH, POSSIBLE ON THAT ROADWAY.

AND SO HOW DO WE START TO DESIGN OUR ROADWAYS, OPERATE THEM IN A WAY THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THAT CHANCE, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, UH, I THINK JUST AWARENESS IS ALWAYS A GOOD STARTING POINT.

YEAH, IT REALLY IS.

UM, AND IS, IS YOUR TEAM INVOLVED IN, I'VE SEEN SOME OF THE BIKE LANES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU GO DOWN SOUTH CONGRESS, THERE'S THIS EFFORT TO CHANGE THE TURN RADIUS.

SO INSTEAD OF BEING WIDER WHERE PEOPLE CAN TAKE THE CURVE FASTER, NOW YOU REALLY HAVE TO SLOW DOWN TO MAKE A RIGHT-HAND TURN.

IS THAT PART OF THE VISION ZERO PROGRAM, OR IS THAT ANOTHER EFFORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT? YES, IT'S UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK EVERYTHING'S IN THE NAME OF SAFETY, RIGHT? WE'RE ALL TRYING TO MAKE IT SAFER ON OUR ENVIRONMENT.

AND WE'RE SEEING TREATMENTS LIKE THE LEFT TURN HARDENING AS IT'S CALLED IN OTHER LOCATIONS.

AND WE WANT TO TRY TO BORROW AND PILOT SOME OF THAT HERE, ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT DRIVERS ARE ABLE TO SEE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE USING THE CROSSWALK APPROPRIATELY, BE ABLE TO PREVENT THAT CRASH FROM HAPPENING.

YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO DO THOSE PARTICULARLY AT THE COST.

I MEAN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A BENEFIT COST RATIO OF, OF AN AMAZING AMOUNT TO BE ABLE TO SAVE A LIFE, SAVE A SERIOUS INJURY JUST BY ADDING SOME PAINT AND POSTS IN THAT PARTICULAR LOCATION.

SO THERE ARE TREATMENTS LIKE THAT THAT WERE REALLY STARTING TO RAMP UP AND HAVE A BETTER MENTALITY TOWARDS THE LOW COST RAPID TREATMENTS IN OUR CITY.

AND SO HOPEFULLY PEOPLE START TO SEE THAT PLAY.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I KNOW, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA WHERE I DRIVE AND BICYCLE AND WALK, I'VE REALLY NOTICED, UM, THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MULTIMODAL, UM, TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IS HELPFUL.

IT'S A LITTLE TRICKY GETTING USED TO SOME OF THE TIGHTER TURNS, BUT YOU REALLY DO HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF, I CAN LOOK BEHIND ME AND SEE IF THERE'S A BICYCLE IS COMING A LOT EASIER THAN WHEN THE, WHEN THE TURNS ARE A LITTLE WIDER.

UM, I THINK THAT'S ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT I'M GOING TO ASK TODAY.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM MY COLLEAGUES BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO ANOTHER PRESENTATION? ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THAT WAS REALLY INFORMATIVE.

UM, I DO APPRECIATE THE SLIDES.

THERE WAS ONE BEFORE I LET YOU GO.

UM, I JUST COULDN'T SEE ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF IT, THERE WAS A MAP THAT TALKED ABOUT, LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND IT.

UM, I'LL SHOW YOU, IT WAS SLIDE NUMBER 13.

UM, DOES THAT LIVE SOMEWHERE ON YOUR WEBSITE WHERE I COULD GET A BETTER PICTURE, JUST SO I CAN SHARE IT WITH MY CONSTITUENTS.

IT JUST WAS KIND OF CUT OFF ON, ON THAT CORNER.

SO I WANTED TO SHARE THAT WAS A SCREENSHOT.

SO THAT'S MY BAD FOR NOT CAPTURING THE WHOLE CITY THERE.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO GIVE AN IMPRESSION, BUT THAT'S ON OUR SPEED MANAGEMENT WEBSITE.

IT'S A MAP OF WHERE ALL THE SPEED LIMIT CHANGES THAT WERE PASSED BY COUNCIL IN 2020 WILL BE OCCURRING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

SO, UH, THAT MAP IS DEFINITELY AVAILABLE.

IT'S AN INTERACTIVE MAPS.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT WHICHEVER WAY YOU'D LIKE TO GO WITH IT.

GREAT.

WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, AND I'M SURE I'M SURE OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO SEE IT AS WELL.

YEP.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE THAT.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS GOING TO BE THE AIRPORT, ADA ACCESSIBILITY ITEM, I DID JUST WANT

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TO BRIEFLY MENTION THAT, UM, WE DID NOT BRING UP CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE INDIVIDUALS SIGNED UP DID NOT CALL IN, IS THAT STILL THE CASE? OKAY, SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE PAST THAT ITEM.

[4. Americans with Disabilities Act Mobility at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (20 minutes).]

THE NEXT ONE WILL BE ITEM NUMBER FOUR, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT MOBILITY AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

GOOD AFTERNOON, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO PRESENT OUR ACCESSIBILITY AT AUSTIN AIRPORT AND THE TRAVEL JOURNEY FOR OUR PASSENGERS AND SOME OF THE REGULATIONS AND THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE AT THE AIRPORT, UM, SPECIFICALLY ON THIS NEXT SLIDE, UM, WE, I'M GOING TO COVER JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THE REGULATIONS THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH AND WE REGULARLY WORK WITH, UH, FIRST IS THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT, THE ADA, WHICH, UM, MOST OF ALL THE REGULATIONS, UM, OR ALL OF THE REGULATIONS WE DEAL WITH, I SHOULD SAY, UH, FOR HABITS, US FROM DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DISABILITY, UM, AND BE ABLE ALSO GIVES US SOME GUIDELINES OF HOW TO PROVIDE THAT ACCESSIBILITY AT AN AIRPORT ENVIRONMENT.

UM, SOME OF THE REGULATIONS, UH, APPLY FOR EITHER RAIL OR BUS SERVICE OR AIRPORT.

UM, ALSO THERE'S SOME SPECIFIC, UH, TO AIRLINES AS THE AIRLINE CARRIER ACCESS ACT.

AND THAT SPECIFICALLY TALKS ABOUT, UM, AN EMPHASIZES, NO DISCRIMINATION TO DISABILITY FOLKS ON BOARD OF AIRCRAFT AND OF HOW TO BOARD THE AIRCRAFT OR HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATIONS.

UM, IT ALSO GIVES THEM GUIDELINES OF, UM, HOW TO, UM, ASSIST THE PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITY, UH, REGARDLESS OF WHAT TYPE OF DISABILITY IT IS, AND ALSO GIVES US SOME GUIDELINES.

UM, OVERALL, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS THAT OVERSIGHT FOR THE AIRLINES AND STABILITY TRAINING PROGRAMS AND COMPLIANCE, BUT, UM, ADD THE AIRPORT, DEFINITELY LIKE EVERY OTHER AIRPORT, THE AIRPORT FOLKS, UM, BY THE CITY DEPARTMENTS AND THE CARRIERS AND THE TENANTS WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE, UH, WE ALL OWN THAT SERVICE FOR THE CUSTOMERS, UH, REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION AND THAT THE CURBSIDE TO THE PLANE OR THE CURBSIDE TO THE SKY AS WE CALL IT IS A FOLLOW THROUGH AS A SERVICE PROVIDER THROUGHOUT THE AIRPORT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UM, HERE JUST A QUICK HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OBLIGATIONS THAT WE HAVE, AND SOME OF THEM ARE SUGGESTED, AND SOME OF THEM ARE REQUIRED SPECIFICALLY FOR ADA 5 0 4, AND WE ARE ACTUALLY IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH ALL OF THEM, EVEN IF THEY ARE SUGGESTED OR JUST RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, THIS IS, UM, NEXT SLIDE.

SO ADA COMPLIANCE OVERVIEW, UM, AS I MENTIONED QUICKLY, THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT WORKS WITH THE AIRLINES AND TENANTS, UH, TO ENSURE THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE AIRLINE ACCESS ACT REQUIREMENTS.

UH, WE ALSO, THE AIRLINES HAVE A CONTRACT IN MOST AIRPORTS WITH A THIRD PARTY WHEELCHAIR SERVICE PROVIDERS, SPECIFICALLY TO WHEELCHAIRS.

UH, BUT ALSO THE AIRLINE IS RESPONSIBLE TO PROVIDE THAT ASSISTANCE, UM, TO, TO CUSTOMERS.

AS SOON AS THE CUSTOMER IDENTIFIES THEMSELVES AT THE TICKET COUNTER FOR THE AIRLINE, THEY CAN REQUEST SOME OF THAT SPECIALIST IS SINCE, AS THEY'RE BOOKING THEIR TICKET, BUT AS SOON AS THEY IDENTIFIED HIMSELF.

SO THE DAY OF THE TRAVEL AT THE TICKET COUNTER, THE AIRLINES TAKES OVER THAT OWNERSHIP OF THAT SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE.

UM, AS FAR AS THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION ITSELF, UM, WE HAVE A DESIGNATED ADA COORDINATOR THAT WORKS WITH DFA, WORKS WITH THE CITY, UM, ADA COMMITTEES.

WE ALSO WORK WITH THE AIRLINES TO ENSURE THAT COMPLIANCE AND TO HANDLE, UM, ANY OF THE COMPLAINT FORMS THAT WE HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE AVAILABLE TO THE, TO OUR CUSTOMERS OR ANY CONCERNS, AND ALSO WORK WITH OUR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE PART OF THE ADA'S ALSO IN THE PLANNING EITHER WE ARE MODIFYING, ENHANCING, UPGRADING A FACILITY THAT EXIST TODAY, OR EVEN BUILDING NEW FACILITIES.

UM, AND SOME OF THAT WOULD BE FOR EXAMPLE, A STEP FREE ACCESS THROUGHOUT THE TERMINAL AND THE FACILITIES AT THE AIRPORT FOR PASSENGERS WOULD WHEELCHAIRS NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SPECIFICALLY ALSO AT AUSTIN, UM, AIRPORTS, WE HAVE A ADA COMPLIANCE SHUTTLES THAT BUSES THE PASSENGERS THROUGHOUT THE CAMPUS FROM THE OUTLYING PARKING LOTS AND, UM, OR ECONOMY LOSS, WHAT WE CALL IT, UM, THAT IT AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY CONTRACTOR.

ALSO, WE ALSO HAVE PET RELIEF AREAS FOR SERVICE ANIMALS.

UM, SO PASSENGERS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A SERVICE ANIMAL DUE TO THEIR DISABILITY THROUGHOUT THE TERMINAL.

WE HAVE SERVICE PET RELIEF AREAS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TSA CHECKPOINTS.

WE HAVE GUEST SERVICE STAFF THAT ARE S UM, CITY EMPLOYED, UM, THROUGHOUT THE, TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND ALSO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE, UM, AND GUIDE THE PASSENGERS TO THE RIGHT PATH THROUGHOUT THE TERMINAL.

WE HAVE SIGNAGE BRAILLE.

WE ALSO HAVE THE WAYFINDING TO SPECIFIC, UM, ASSISTANT PROGRAMS AND THEN VISUAL PAGING SCREENS.

AND THAT IS SOMETHING WITH TECHNOLOGY TODAY'S CONTINUOUSLY ENHANCING ON A DAILY BASIS.

SO WE WERE LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE THE TECHNOLOGY USAGE ALSO, AND ALSO THE PA SYSTEM FOR THE FOLKS THAT ARE, UM, VISUALLY IMPAIRED BY ABLE TO HEAR THE ANNOUNCEMENTS.

AND

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THE WAY WE THINK OF ACCESSIBILITY AT THE AIRPORT IS NOT ONLY ALSO DURING NORMAL OPERATIONS, BUT ALSO THROUGH, UM, EVACUATIONS FOR EXAMPLE, OR EMERGENCIES OR INCIDENTS AND HOW WE CAN GET TO THOSE FOLKS TO MAKE SURE WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE AIRPORT.

UM, WHEELCHAIR SERVICE, AS I MENTIONED, IS PROVIDED AT THE AIRPORT, BUT IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY CONTRACTED BY THE AIRLINES.

AND OF COURSE WE ALSO HAVE THE LANGUAGE TRANSLATION SERVICES THAT'S AVAILABLE FOR FOLKS THAT DO NOT ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH.

UM, IN ADDITION TO WE HAVE TRAM SERVICE AND I HAVE MORE ABOUT THAT LATER, SOC UH, ADDRESS IT IN A LITTLE BIT.

AND THEN OF COURSE OUR FACILITIES, EITHER RESTROOMS OR WATER FOUNTAINS, UM, OR EVEN THE ELEVATORS AS PART OF A DESIGN FROM DAY ONE, THE AIRPORT WAS BUILT.

THERE IS ACCESSIBILITY THROUGHOUT, UH, COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, SPECIFICALLY TO THE RIDE SHARE AND TAXI, UM, AS I HEARD, UM, FROM THE COUNCIL MEMBERS REQUEST LAST TIME, UM, A COUPLE OF THINGS THE RIGHT SHARE, AND THE TAXI SERVICES ARE ABLE TO DROP OFF AT THE CURB SIDE ON THE DEPARTURE LEVEL FOR DROPPING OFF PASSENGERS.

SO THERE'S ACTUALLY NO WALKING DISTANCE.

THEY WALK INTO THE CURB, DROP OFF ON THE CURBSIDE AND WALK INTO THE TERMINAL RIGHT AWAY FOR THE DEPARTURES FOR THE ARRIVALS IS WHERE THE RIDE SHARE IN THE TAXI IS LOCATED IN OUR GROUND TRANSPORTATION CENTER.

AND SPECIFICALLY THAT HAPPENED IN 2018.

WE OPENED THAT CENTER, UH, IN, IN, IN SEVERAL REASONS, ONE, UM, THE CONGESTION OF THE CURBSIDE AND THE SAFETY ISSUES FOR CROSSING AND THE TRAFFIC BACKUP.

UM, IT DID NOT WORK VERY WELL, BUT BETWEEN THE COMBINATION OF THE PRIVATE PICKUPS AND ALSO THE RIDE SHARE PROGRAM, AND BECAUSE OF THE DWELL TIME FOR THE RIGHT SHARE AND TAXI, BY THE TIME YOU ORDERED THE SERVICE AND THE EVENTUALLY THE MARRYING BETWEEN THE CUSTOMER AND THE VEHICLE, THERE'S A LOT OF DWELL TIME.

SOMETIMES THAT ADDS TO THE CONGESTION AND THE VOLUME THAT WE WERE EXPERIENCING.

AND WE ARE TODAY, THE SAME THING, UH, PRE COVID.

AND NOW TODAY AS A RECOVERY, UM, IS ACTUALLY BOOMING.

WE WERE SEEING THE SAME CONGESTION ISSUE.

SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE RIDESHARE HAD MOVED INTO THE GROUND TRANSPORTATION.

UM, WHAT WE HAVE THOUGH TO MAKE THAT DISTANCE, UM, ACCESSIBLE AND ACTUALLY MORE COMFORTABLE FOR OUR PASSENGERS IS WE DO HAVE ELEVATORS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BUILDING.

IT'S ABOUT A 900 OR SO, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LESS BETWEEN THE FRONT DOOR OF THE TERMINAL TO THE RIGHT SHARE.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE, UM, THE ARRIVAL LEVEL, THE TRAM SERVICE, OR MORE OF A GOLF CART LOOKING TRAIN THAT BE ABLE TO TAKE PASSENGERS FROM ONE END OF THE GARAGE TO THE OTHER END OF THE GARAGE WHERE THE RIDE SHARE IS NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO SPECIFICALLY IN A TRAM SERVICE, THAT'S WHAT THE VEHICLES LOOK LIKE.

THEY OPERATE FROM 9:00 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

THEY ARE AE OPERATED BY A THIRD PARTY AND THE AIRPORT PAYS FOR THAT SERVICE.

UM, THEY ARE ADA COMPLIANT AND THEY INCLUDE A WHEELCHAIR RAMP AND A CAR SPECIFICALLY FOR FOLKS THAT HAVE TO BE IN A WHEELCHAIR AND CANNOT TRANSITION FROM A WHEELCHAIR TO A REGULAR CHAIR.

UM, AND AS I SAID, THEY DROP OFF AT THE TAXI SHARE RIDE LEVEL WITH ELEVATORS ALSO