As transit and technology combine to improve mobility, Austin is embracing a new tool called TransitScreen to help people make more informed choices.
City of Austin leaders will gather in the City Hall atrium on Tuesday, May 10, at 8:45 a.m. to unveil a new TransitScreen, a live-updating digital display that provides users with convenient, accurate transportation information tailored to their location. Mayor Steve Adler and City Manager Marc Ott will demonstrate the device and explain how it fits into Austin’s transportation future. Other City Council members may attend as well.
“TransitScreens are a great way to use technology to make mobility more accessible to everyone so they have easy alternatives to being stuck in their cars during rush hour,” said Adler. “It’s innovations like this that will make the ‘Year of Mobility’ a real thing in people’s lives, and I encourage other downtown employers to use TransitScreens as well.”
The unveiling will take place at the TransitScreen inside City Hall, but attendees are also encouraged to visit the second one in the outdoor courtyard. Both will show City Hall employees and visitors the arrival of the next Capital Metro bus, MetroRapid bus and MetroRail train. They will also show the closest location and availability of car share, including Car2Go and Zipcar, and bike share, including Austin B-cycle.
The City has been working hard to find innovative ways to tackle its congestion issues. These solutions range from infrastructure projects that require significant time and investment to quick, easy-to-deploy, high-tech and low-cost solutions such as the TransitScreen, which is also used in Washington, D.C., Seattle and San Francisco.
TransitScreen is a useful public amenity for managing transportation and parking demand that provides equitable information access to empower citizens and visitors to make educated transportation choices. It also demonstrates how innovative technologies can contribute to the City’s mobility goals and reduce traffic congestion while increasing awareness of and participation in multimodal transportation.
The City is hoping to use its new City Hall TransitScreens as a model for other building owners and employers to adopt the technology.
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