Our advocacy is making a difference.
Last night, our regional transportation planners considered and rejected the CAMPO "Regional Arterial Study," a document proposing several new roads through environmentally sensitive areas. The Study ignored any financial or environmental limitations, as demonstrated by its inclusion of many new roads cutting through protected and preserve land-including the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve-as well as nine new bridges across Lake Travis. Echoing SOS's comments, many CAMPO Board members expressed frustration with the process and concerns with the proposed roadways. Ultimately, board members officially "received" the document but did not vote to accept it, and downgraded it from a "study" to a "concept" with no official authority behind it.
Thank you, stay engaged, there are ongoing public comment opportunities:
CAMPO is taking public comment on its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, intended to address transportation needs over the next 25 years in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. Like CAMPO's past plans, this plan so far encourages business-as-usual sprawl development and massive highways to serve it. This is the first round of public comment, with more to come. Comments are accepted until November 30.
CAMPO is also developing a Regional Transit Study focusing on long-term transit connections for rural and suburban areas outside of Capital Metro's Service Area. Comments are accepted until November 22.
You can learn more and submit comments on CAMPO's website here. You can find upcoming public open houses in your area here.