Figuring out how to move people from point A to point B is complicated in a 250,000-person community, so developing and implementing multifaceted mobility plans is a must. As Round Rock continues along its growth trajectory and reaches its projected quarter of a million people, the chamber will play an increasingly important role in speaking for industry as the city formulates its mobility strategies.
Agenda for Economic Vitality mobility and transportation positions:
Sales tax programs
- Support continued use of a locally approved 1/2 cent sales tax collected by cities to fund economic development efforts.
- Oppose efforts to reduce local control of these funds or efforts to limit the uses of these funds.
Dedicated and long-term transportation funding source
- Identify and dedicate new revenue sources to fully fund the Texas’s long-term transportation needs.
Fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees
- Support increasing the motor fuels tax and vehicle registration fees and indexing them to inflation.
- Support implementing a user-based vehicle miles traveled tax to eventually replace the motor fuels tax.
Local control and input in funding new transportation projects
- Support the continued efforts to enhance the ability of local communities to participate in the transportation planning, development process, and funding options that address local and state connectivity needs.
- Support the examination of a comprehensive, multimodal approach to mobility that includes roads, air, rail, public transportation, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
- Support the development of a high-functioning public transportation system in Round Rock to increase regional workforce mobility.
- Support flexible yet consistent licensing and operating standards for all transportation network companies and ridesharing providers, including taxis.
Right-of-way acquisition for future growth planning
- Support proactive efforts of local government officials to secure right-of-way for future growth planning.
- Support the city’s development of a robust arterial road system with six-lane roadways.
Road maintenance and repair funding
- Support strong cooperation among all levels of government, as well as the community, to address the area’s transportation needs.
- Support identifying, securing, and leveraging additional funds for transportation and granting flexibility in funding local transportation projects without increasing impact fees that are not supported by transparent, relevant data.
Telecommuting and alternative scheduling
- Support efforts to increase the region’s telecommuting and alternative scheduled workforce.
Toll road designation
- Support the construction of toll roads where they are appropriate, have local support, and do not reduce transportation options available to users.
Read the Agenda for Economic Vitality in its entirety.