As Mayor Adler says, “Everything we try won’t work. But that’s okay. This is Austin, Texas, and we try things.”
The biggest, and most recent, change to Austin’s transportation system has been the introduction and removal of Uber and Lyft. In theory, these services would take passengers to and from high-traffic destinations. However, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight tells a different story. Instead of reducing traffic, for-hire drivers flood busy areas like Downtown and Sixth St, making congestion much worse. The effect on traffic has yet to be seen, but a shift back to public transportation would be good for the city’s traffic plans.