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Texas A&M & Rice University Student Final Presentation for the Green Mobility Challenge


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Texas A&M & Rice University Student Final Presentation for the Green Mobility Challenge

  1. 1. Minimize Disturbances Reversible Lanes  Moveable “zipper” barriers similar to I-15 HOT Lanes  Change lane assignment based on traffic patterns  Adds extra lane of capacity without construction
  2. 2. Access and Mobility  Signal Coordination  Innovative Intersection design should be analyzed.  Continuous-flow intersections  Diverging diamond interchanges  Single-point urban interchanges  Roundabouts
  3. 3. Multi-Modality Improve Park-and-Ride facilities  Bike lanes should be designed, built and striped
  4. 4. Livability Shared-Use Path following Williamson Creek  Enhance pedestrian and bike access  Encourage alternative modes of transportation  Improve access to and attractiveness of Williamson Creek corridor
  5. 5. Livability Sound Absorbing Walls  Panels filled with High-Density Polyethylene
  6. 6. Aesthetics • Use the overpasses as a canvas for local artists • Helps to “Keep Austin Weird”
  7. 7. Aesthetics  Musician-themed Overpasses  Live Music Capital of the World
  8. 8. Aesthetics  Artwork Under Williamson Creek Bridges  Example: I-35 over San Antonio River
  9. 9. Solar Powered Electronic Toll Collection Long-term energy cost savings Environmentally friendly Solar panel lifespan of 20-30 years
  10. 10. Interlocking Concrete Pavers Road shoulders, bicycle and pedestrian paths. Benefits:  Reduces storm water runoff  Decreases urban heat island effect
  11. 11. Storm Water Management  Grass Swales  Low cost, low maintenance  Increased storm water infiltration  Bioretention Cells  Removes pollutants from runoff
  12. 12. Lighting LED Street Lights  Can use stored solar energy  Save 50-70% on Energy Costs  Extended lifespan
  13. 13. Use Local Materials List of Possible Locally-Sourced Materials:  Construction materials  Technology Vendors  Native Plants  Hill Country Granite Benefits:  Supports local economy  Reduces transportation costs  Reduces fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions