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October 26, 2021

About the Virtual Open House | About MoPac South | Public Engagement
Official Comment Period | Stay Involved | Special Accommodations

MoPac South Environmental Study Resumes
Mobility Authority to Hold Virtual Open House 
The Mobility Authority and TxDOT have resumed efforts on the MoPac South Environmental Study. We invite you to engage in the process as we continue working to identify a solution that improves safety and mobility for drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians in a manner that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Mark your calendar for the
MoPac South Environmental Study Virtual Open House 

Nov. 22, 2021 - Jan. 7, 2022

*The Open House will be available by 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2021 
Until then, you may find more information about the project at

The Open House is being held virtually in accordance with the public health goal of limiting face-to-face contact and providing a safe opportunity for all members of the public to participate in the process. 

About the Virtual Public Meeting

The virtual public meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 22, 2021, and be available for viewing until 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2022.  

Virtual participants may…   

1.  View the Virtual Open House 
2.  View and/or download project materials  
3.  Share your input:  

About the MoPac South Environmental Study

The MoPac corridor south of Cesar Chavez Street is a critical link in our region, keeping South Austin and Hays County connected to major highways like Loop 360 and US 290, and providing access to downtown Austin. This 8-mile stretch of MoPac attracts up to 179,000 cars and trucks per day. Expanding population, as well as residential and commercial development have led to increased traffic congestion. If we do nothing to address congestion, drivers could spend an additional 35 minutes traveling the corridor by 2035. 

Launched in 2013, the MoPac South Environmental Study evaluated a full range of Alternatives and identified the Express Lane(s) Alternative as the Recommended Build Alternative because it best meets the project’s Purpose and Need. Next, we need to determine the number of express lane(s) (one vs. two), and how to design the connections to downtown.

Public Engagement

At the last Open House in November 2015, we presented the public with six express lane(s) operational configuration options developed in collaboration with the community and in response to public feedback. We also extended the project schedule to allow for additional community input and engineering analysis on the proposed Express Lane(s) Alternative.  

No project advancements have been made since that last open house in 2015. As we are now resuming efforts several years since we’ve last engaged the public, we will present information on the same six express lane(s) operational configuration options that were initially presented in 2015 in order to re-engage the public on the project before we continue our analyses. Those six express lane(s) options are:

•  1A: One express lane + downtown direct connection 
•  1B: One express lane without downtown direct connection 
•  2A: Two express lanes + downtown direct connection 
•  2B: Two express lanes without downtown direct connection 
•  2C: Two express lanes + elevated ramps near Barton Skyway 
•  3: City of Austin proposal 
As required by the environmental process, the No Build – or Do Nothing – Alternative is also still under consideration.

Since the last public meeting, the Mobility Authority opened and currently operates an express lane on MoPac from Cesar Chavez Street to Parmer Lane. Since 2017, this congestion management tool has reduced travel times, increased use of transit, and created an option for more reliable travel on the MoPac corridor north of Lady Bird Lake. 

Official Comment Period

The official comment period for the Open House begins on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 and lasts until Friday, January 7, 2022. Comments may be submitted through the virtual open house, e-mail, or mail as noted above. Please note that any comments submitted through other channels or outside the comment period will not be considered part of the record for this public meeting.

Stay Involved

The Mobility Authority values public input and encourages you to follow the process and share your feedback. Following this Open House, additional future public engagement opportunities for the project are as follows:
  • In 2022, we anticipate holding an open house.
  • In 2024, we anticipate holding a public hearing.

Special Accommodations

The virtual public meeting will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter or document translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend and participate in the virtual public meeting, please contact the Mopac South Project team at 512-342-3299 no later than 4 p.m. CT, Wed., Nov. 17, 2021. Please be aware that advance notice is required as some services and accommodations may require time to arrange. 

Se Habla Español: Para más detalles e información acerca del proyecto en español por favor comuníquese con uno de los miembros del equipo al 512.878.2246 y le atenderemos con gusto. 
We look forward to receiving your feedback on the MoPac South Environmental Study.  
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