Expand Bus Fleet
Triple or Quadruple the city's bus fleet
In reading many of the studies produced related to Austin’s traffic woes, it seems a solution is many, many years away. In the meantime, we should triple or quadruple the number of buses so that taking a bus is a viable solution. Buses should run every 5-10 minutes in the city area, with real-time arrival times provided on web apps. If people know they can reliably catch a bus in just a few minutes, they will use it. Also, more routes, so people can better connect. If the city can later build more light rail, then the buses can be reduced. Places like Hong Kong supplement the large buses with ‘light’ buses, especially for the ‘last mile’.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/07/seven-ways-cities-around-world-tackling-traffic/Public Light Buses (PLBs), known as mini-buses, complement the standard Hong Kong bus lines, serving areas that are hard to reach efficiently. With the carrying capacity of 16 seats, PLBs are typically faster and more efficient with higher frequency and offer non-stop service. Mini-buses can respond quickly to market demands and provide a more direct, comfortable route for the “last mile”. It is a solution to overcome the “last mile” issue, and a solution to regulating illegal transport in megacities.
Also, New York “sped up buses by dedicating lanes and streamlining ticketing and loading on thoroughfares like 34th Street.”