The Transportation Master Plan encompasses the transportation system within the City limits as well as the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The City's regional planning partners can be found here.
Transportation Master Plan (2.78MB PDF File)
Transportation Master Plan Map (9.81MB PDF File)
The goals and objectives of the Transportation Master Plan are:
Goals Ensure that the citizens of Round Rock are afforded an adequate future transportation system.Ensure the efficient utilization of the dedicated 1/2 cent sales tax. Identify the major deficiencies in the existing transportation network.
- Evaluate the existing transportation network.
- Identify current and future land uses and travel patterns, as well as, population and employment forecasts.
- Identify environmentally-sensitive areas.
- Develop roadway design standards.
- Incorporate citizen participation into the planning process.
- Identify the necessary transportation network improvements.
- Develop a short term (2010), a long term (2020) and an ultimate transportation network to serve the community needs.
Planning for Ultimate Growth
The City of Round Rock is the 9th fastest growing city in the United States and the fastest growing city in the nation with a population over 80,000. To maintain the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens’ of Round Rock, extensive future planning for the City’s transportation infrastructure is essential. An adequate transportation network is considered by many as the backbone to organized growth in any community. The total development of land within the present city limit, as well as, the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) at a certain time in the future is a reasonable conclusion from studying the development of communities that are similar to Round Rock. By planning for the ultimate growth of the city, the Transportation Master Plan establishes the ultimate roadway network and protects adequate rights-of-way to meet future transportation needs. The plan also provides property owners with a tool to minimize conflicts during development.
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Land Use and Demographic Information
The City’s adopted existing and future land use plan was used as the basis for forecasting future demographic information needed for the Transportation Master Plan. Adjustments were made to the city's land use plan in response to newly approved or anticipated development projects. Based on future land use, population and employment forecasts were made for the ultimate growth scenario, as well as, the years 2007 and 2017. The forecasted totals were then disaggregated to Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs). These zones were used in the travel demand modeling process.
Traffic Demand Modeling
Using the population and employment data, computer models were used to forecast future travel on a transportation network between the various TAZs in the study area. The model generated traffic volumes for existing, as well as, forecasted trips. By studying the traffic volumes and the capacity of the roadways, the level of congestion was determined. A volume to capacity (V/C) ratio greater than one (1) normally reflected a need for roadway improvement. The modeling process was used as a tool to determine needed major transportation improvements. However, some recommended improvements were based on professional judgment.
During development of the Transportation Master Plan, consideration was given to Neighborhood and Community Resources, Water Quality, Air Quality, Historical Meteorology, Hazardous Materials, Threatened and Endangered Species, Natural Areas and Ecosystems, Parklands, Wetlands, Floodplains and Historic and Cultural Resources. Identifying environmentally-sensitive areas early during the planning process reduces the risk of cost overruns, schedule delays and design complexity.
The development of the Transportation Master Plan utilized several approaches to receive citizen input. The public was provided with an e-mail address to submit comments relating to the plan developments and recommendations. Public input was also solicited through three (3) public meetings, which were held at the City Council Chamber, and several neighborhood meetings.
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In 1997, the Citizens of Round Rock authorized the adoption of a ˝ cent sales and use tax dedicated to roadway improvements. In 2001, the City of Round Rock voters approved General Obligation Bonds including authorization of $37.1 million for streets, sidewalks, landscaping and traffic signal projects. The transportation project list was developed based on the City leveraging available funds to obtain additional funding from state, county and private sources, the City directly funding transportation system improvements and a future bond to be approved prior to 2020.
In order to meet the transportation demands of population, employment and economic growth, the City developed the Transportation Master Plan, which consists of two basic elements, a roadway element and a bicycle/pedestrian element. The feasibility of a transit element was considered by researching the transit operations at several comparable size Texas cities. The operations were limited to either a single fixed bus route or demand/response type of transit activities. Either type of operation will not contribute significantly to the relief of the anticipated future traffic congestion. Future updates of the transportation plan will consider all transportation modes including roadway expansion, high-occupancy vehicles (HOV), which include regional/commuter rail, light rail, bus transit, limited shuttle service and van/car pools, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities. The transportation plan is presented as an Ultimate Roadway Network and a Roadway Table. The network shows existing and planned arterials, which includes bicycle facilities, for the ultimate growth of the City.