Pennybacker Bridge at night photo


Transportation and its ugly stepsister—traffic—test off the charts as concerns for Central Texans. AARO is tackling every aspect of making the Central Texas region as efficient as it can be in building and improving new roads, tollways, rail lines, bus systems and bike lanes. Our members sit at the AARO table to think through and strategize our priority objective of creating a truly regional, effective, multimodal transportation system, and are researching best practices which may culminate in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of such a system.

Policy Goal

  • Establish a regional multi-modal transportation agency and tax base.
    • Study the current structure and processes for regional transportation planning and funding in Central Texas and conduct peer research on how other metropolitan areas address challenges of regional governance in rapidly growing, complex regions.
    • Encourage conversation among stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities to enhance the structure for planning and allocating funding for surface transportation and identify potential models for regional governance of Central Texas’ mobility systems.
    • Advance initiatives to improve traffic flow on I-35, study the role of rail in regional mobility, and study/advocate for other mobility initiatives as they arise.

Latest Transportation News, Resources and Documents

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Now accepting 2018 McBee Fellowship applications

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) is accepting applications for the 2018 Class of Frank McBee [...]

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Meet the 2017 class of McBee Fellows

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Ms. Shilpa Bakre Communications Strategist – Office of the President The University of Texas at [...]

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Vote YES on Transportation Bonds

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

By CLARKE HEIDRICK and CARL RICHIE When transportation works, our lives work. We can get [...]