CAMPO, our regional transportation planning agency, is currently taking public comments on its 2045 Long-Range Plan, which identifies transportation projects to be funded over the next 25 years in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. This is the first round of public participation, so there is no draft plan to comment on yet. Rather, CAMPO wants to know generally how it can best address the region's transportation needs in the coming decades.
Our region's population is expected to double by 2045, but CAMPO predicts most of the growth occurring in rural and suburban counties. As in past plans, this predicted growth pattern is used to justify expensive new and expanded highways to serve sprawling development-including roads over the environmentally sensitive Edwards Aquifer. Not only are CAMPO's projections significantly higher than population estimates from the Texas State Demographer's Office, but it also reflects growth patterns inconsistent with the goals of Imagine Austin, the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint, and the current revision of the Land Development Code encouraging dense, transit-friendly development in urbanized areas and along transit corridors.
SOS is advocating for CAMPO to prioritize mass transit, biking, and walking over building new or expanded roads, and to work collaboratively to develop more transportation choices for commuters with expanded transit and compact development options.