Mapping the Mobility Bond

Track progress with this handy online tool

Mapping the Mobility Bond

Lest there be any curmudgeons claiming that the $720 million transportation bond did nothing, the city of Austin has come up with a nifty online tool to let citizens track the progress of individual bond projects, from neighborhood sidewalks to major highway improvements. "We want to make sure people have a good idea of what we're doing and where we're at," explained Mike Trimble, director of the corridor program – the $482 million centerpiece of the mobility bond – at the Tuesday unveiling of the portal, named Project Explorer. The city has paid Socrata, a data visualization firm, about $38,000 to create the portal, and another $48,000 a year to maintain it as the bond projects roll out over the next eight years. (Socrata also provided a similar tool, released a week earlier, that allows people to dig deep into the city budget.)

Those hoping to snoop around the city's various mobility projects can go to capitalprojects.austintexas.gov. Click on "local mobility," for instance, and a map of the city will pop up showing planned projects. Click on one of those to see how much progress has been made on the specific project, including how much of the money allocated for it has been spent. The portal also includes the contact information for whichever city staffer is leading the project.

Demonstrating the tool for reporters on Tuesday, corridor program spokesperson Sara Behunek noted that the portal showed all the projects on track and on budget. "And it's going to stay that way for the full eight years," she said, with a chuckle.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Mobility Bond
Implementing the Mobility Bond and Corridor Construction Program, if You Can Wait for It
Implementing the Mobility Bond and Corridor Construction Program, if You Can Wait for It
It's going to take a long, long time

Jack Craver, June 8, 2018

Roaming the Corridors
Roaming the Corridors

June 8, 2018

More by Jack Craver
Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Project Connect looks to help make connections

Sept. 25, 2020

Proposition B: Getting Behind Active Transportation
Proposition B: Getting Behind Active Transportation
Voters also have the chance to approve a record investment in pedestrian, bike infrastructure, and traffic safety improvements

Sept. 25, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Mobility Bond, Steve Adler

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle