KATHIE TOVO has a proven record of providing for the transportation and mobility needs of residents of all ages and abilities, from our corridors to our sidewalks to our safe routes to schools.
Austin is facing challenging transportation and mobility issues with no simple, easy solutions. However, with Kathie Tovo on the City Council, we have been moving in the right direction, making real, tangible progress that has made it safer and easier for residents to move around their communities.
- Supporting the largest mobility bond investment in the City’s history, which included $720 million in funding for:
- Improving our major corridors, including Lamar, South Congress, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Guadalupe,
- Providing roughly 50 miles of new sidewalks, and
- Making key improvements to pedestrian safety, safe routes to schools, urban trails, and bike infrastructure.
- Putting a 2018 bond forward for voter consideration that will invest $160 million in improving and maintaining our mobility infrastructure, including repairing our sidewalks and bridges, reconstructing old streets, ensuring pedestrian safety, improving our traffic signals, and constructing urban trails.
- Standing up for mass transit and urban rail – even when it was unpopular. In 2014, Kathie was one of the only candidates in Austin who spoke out for the urban rail bond. While that bond ultimately failed citywide, it passed by a large margin in District 9.
- Voting for strategic plans that set out mobility-focused goals, strategies, and priorities for Austin, including the Sidewalk Master Plan and ADA Transition Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and the Urban Trails Master Plan.
- Led the way on initiatives to address downtown’s chronic parking shortage, including through new initiatives related to parking for construction workers, providing longer parking validation at the Central Library, and improving downtown parking signage.
Going forward, Kathie is excited to engage with CapMetro on the "Project Connect" effort to bring Austin robust mass transit, as well as to ensure the city is implementing our mobility investments effectively and efficiently, making it safer and easier for Austin residents of all ages and abilities to move around their communities.