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City gets $1 million grant for mobility hub

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 by Tai Moses

A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge will help a UT Austin professor, the city’s Transportation Department and local nonprofit Jail to Jobs create a solar-powered mobility hub in North Austin’s Georgian Acres neighborhood. According to the announcement, “Mobility hubs are places in a community that bring together public transit, bike share, car share, and other ways for people to get to where they want to go without a private vehicle …. The hub will provide access to a neighborhood bike system, a bike-share station, e-scooter stations and more while offering free Wi-Fi and other community services such as a mobile health clinic and food pantry.” Gina Fiandaca, Austin’s assistant city manager overseeing mobility, explained that Georgian Acres “is bound on all sides by highways and high-speed roadways, making it difficult for community members to travel in or out of the neighborhood. It’s also a traditionally low- to moderate-income community, which means that affordability is a significant barrier to transportation for these residents. Our hope is that this community hub project will provide a variety of affordable transportation options, empowering community members to select the modes that best meet their needs.”

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