Smart Trips Austin is an active transportation options program that aims to reduce single occupant vehicle trips and increase trips taken by foot, bike, bus or shared car. The City of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) are working together to encourage Austinites to consider more sustainable options for getting around town. These options can help you improve your health, save money, avoid traffic congestion and keep Austin a clean and beautiful place to live.
What is Smart Trips: Central Austin?
Smart Trips: Central Austin brings the Smart Trips program to 12,600 residents living between MoPac (Loop 1) and IH-35, and between Koenig Lane (FM 2222) and 38th Street, as seen in the map below. The program will kick off in April of 2016 and run through June of 2016.
How did you choose the Smart Trips: Central Austin community area?
In order to be successful, the Smart Trips Austin priority community needs to have excellent transit access, bicycle connectivity, shared mobility services, and desirable destinations that are accessible by foot. Several geographic focus areas were evaluated using these criteria and we are proud to launch Smart Trips: Central Austin in a five square mile area south of FM 2222, north of 38th Street, east of IH-35 and west of MoPac (Loop 1).
How does Smart Trips: Central Austin work?
Households in the Central Austin “priority community” will receive a Smart Trips order form and survey by mail upon program launch. Households can order custom resources like maps, brochures, and special gift rewards. The Smart Trips Options Team delivers the custom resources in a Smart Trips Toolkit tote bag by bike, bus or carpool within two weeks of receiving the order form. The toolkit tote bags also include information about upcoming program events like learn-to- ride classes, Traffic Bites workshops, Transit Adventures, guided neighborhood walks and social rides. The program includes a participant survey at the start of the program and after the program to see what worked and what could be improved.
How do I get involved?
Is mobility your passion? The Smart Trips Austin Representative (STAR) Program is a rewarding opportunity for volunteers to get hands-on experience reaching out to Austin residents with the City of Austin’s Active Transportation staff. Volunteer opportunities for STARs include helping with public events, assisting in tote bag delivery, and guiding walks, bus and bike rides to destinations in the neighborhood and across the city! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a STAR!