AUSTIN (KXAN) — City leaders are rolling out their new traffic plan to keep cars moving downtown. This week, Austin police will begin enforcing the city’s new “Don’t Block the Box” campaign. It refers to cars getting stuck in an intersection after the light turns red, backing up traffic. City officials unveiled the plan March 27. Police will start heavier traffic enforcement on Monday. Drivers along Cesar Chavez Street may have noticed new signs reading “Don’t Block the Box” that went up last Wednesday.
The campaign also includes more tickets for people driving in bus lanes and delivery trucks blocking lanes of traffic.
The Transportation Department will also work to install more dynamic traffic signals, starting at Caesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue, to give traffic engineers more real-time access to help alleviate congestion. The City of Austin will also reduce the number of its employees commuting during peak time by 20 percent across all departments. Mayor Steve Adler challenged major employers in Austin to follow suit.
From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Austin police issued 19 citations on its first day of enforcement. Seven of the citations were for drivers who blocked the intersection. Two of the tickets were issued to pedestrians who crossed against the crosswalk signal.