What's most notable isn't any one project, or even the 50-50 spending split between roads and other transportation modes – it's the rigor and transparency of the process. Two years ago, the city established a Transportation Department, which embarked on a strategic mobility plan (with a regional scope), engaged national transportation consulting expertise, and gathered community and professional input.
As Janes and Leffingwell both noted, that process has yielded a list of projects that jibe with larger community values – not just getting drivers from point A to point B. The preliminary recommended 2010 Transportation Bond Package scoring matrix (online, with a wealth of other information, at www.austinstrategicmobility.com) assigned points to proposed projects according to eight values: mobility choices, efficiency, sustainable growth, regional integration, environmental stewardship, investment and economic development, neighborhood coordination and connectivity, and safety.
See this article for more details. JUNE 25, 2010, City Announces 'Multimodal' Bond Package, BY KATHERINE GREGOR