Transportation & Traffic
The Transportation and Capital Improvements Department (TCI) is a community partner in planning, operating, and maintaining New Braunfels’ transportation network. Our goal is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods and economic development in partnership with the community.
TCI is responsible for planning new transportation infrastructure improvements, designing and timing traffic signal systems, designing traffic signs and pavement markings, and responding to traffic requests and concerns. The TCI Department also acts as a liaison between the City and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and other local agencies.
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Learn More About:
- Transportation & Traffic Advisory Board
- Neighborhood Traffic Management
- Parking by Permit
- Regional Transportation
Transportation & Traffic Advisory Board
The Transportation & Traffic Advisory Board is a seven-member board appointed by the City Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters relating to transportation and traffic issues. These issues include: vehicles for hire; emergency warning systems and evacuation routes and procedures; stop signs, school zones, no parking zones and other traffic control devices; street and bridge improvements; tuber exits; and any other transportation related matters referred by City Council. The Transportation & Traffic Advisory Board typically meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at City Hall.
Neighborhood Traffic Management
Speeding in neighborhoods is the most common traffic concern in most cities including the City of New Braunfels. The Pubic Works and Police Departments receive speeding concerns almost daily with citizens often requesting stop signs, lower speed limits, speed humps or other traffic measures. In most cases, simply installing a traffic measure does not solve a speeding problem (real or perceived) and may actually decrease traffic safety. The City takes speeding concerns seriously and approaches addressing the concern in three steps: Education, Enforcement and Engineering.
Step 1 – Education: The first step in the program is to determine if speeding is a problem. The Police Department will set out a radar data collector to collect travel speeds over a specified timeframe. Most drivers are unaware of the collector and the collector provides accurate average speeds, maximum speeds and the time when speeding is an issue. The traffic data will provide justification for Enforcement and Engineering.
Part of the education step should also include neighborhood participation. It is recommended that the neighborhood association raise awareness of speeding or other traffic concerns through neighborhood meetings or newsletter. A hand-held radar gun is also available for use by residents with engineering staff to get a better understanding of speeds on the roadside and outside a vehicle.
Step 2 – Enforcement: With traffic data verifying the speeding problem, the Police Department can monitor traffic during the specific times and issue tickets to speeding violators. They may also place a Speed Awareness Trailer that is equipped with a radar unit that tracks and displays motorist speeds.
Step 3 – Engineering: When Education and Enforcement steps have been completed, the Engineering Division will evaluate the location to determine what traffic measures, if any, should be installed to effectively reduce speeds. Stop signs and reducing the speed limit are normally not effective in reducing speeds on residential streets. Vehicle speeds are primarily dependent on the design of the street and roadside activity such as parking or pedestrians. Vehicle speeds may be effectively reduced by traffic calming measures that provides a physical or marked diversion of the travel way. The City’s primary traffic calming measure is the speed hump; however, other traffic calming measures such as narrowing lanes or lane shifts may be considered.
Speed humps will be evaluated in accordance with the Speed Hump Policy when an investigation form has been submitted. The process is similar to the traffic request process with presentation to the Transportation & Traffic Advisory Committee and approval by City Council.
Parking by Permit
2012 Regional Transportation Plan
The City of New Braunfels Regional Transportation Plan (2012) was coordinated with the City of Seguin, the Counties of Comal and Guadalupe, TxDOT and the Alamo Area MPO between 2011 and 2012.
The Regional Transportation Plan approved the maximum right-of-way for each road classification. As development is proposed the City Council may adjust the amount of right-of-way needed for sections of roadways based upon the analysis provided by the City Engineer. View the revised sections approved by City Council.
Thoroughfare Plan Update
The Thoroughfare Plan Update is currently on hold and is anticipated to begin in 2023.
In conjunction with the Roadway Impact Fee Update, the City of New Braunfels is in the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan (to be renamed “Thoroughfare Plan”). The purpose of this update is to:
- Amend thoroughfares that have been developed and established by City Council;
- Remove collector thoroughfares that are existing and do not serve long-range growth;
- Add thoroughfares to complete the transportation system;
- Establish thoroughfare right-of-way in established and context-sensitive areas; and
- Update existing typical street cross-sections.
The update also identified areas for additional thoroughfares with additional study.
View maps showing the current 2012 Regional Transportation Plan and proposed changes.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
In 1962, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring the formation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for all census-designated urbanized areas (UZAs) with populations greater than 50,000. MPOs plan and program funding for transportation projects at a regional level. This establishes region-wide plans developed through intergovernmental collaboration, rational analysis, and consensus-based decision making.
As a result of the 2010 Census, the City of New Braunfels achieved the UZA threshold, with a population of 57,740. The City of New Braunfels was included within the Alamo Area MPO boundary (AAMPO).
Traffic Control Devices
Speed limits on Texas roads, including City of New Braunfels streets, are generally set by statute (TEX. TRANSP. CODE § 545.352). The statute includes the following speed limits:
The purpose of a traffic signal is to provide safe and efficient movements for all roadway users through an intersection. Traffic signals assign the right-of-way to the various traffic movements and have profound influence on traffic flow. The City of New Braunfels currently maintains and operates over 40 traffic signals on city and state roadways within the city limits. TxDOT maintains and operates the traffic signals on the IH 35 and Loop 337 access roads.
It is the City’s responsibility to evaluate requests for new traffic signals on city and state roadways within the city limits. Any citizen can request a traffic signal as a standard traffic request. The investigation for a new traffic signal requires an extensive engineering study in accordance with the Texas MUTCD. The investigation of the need for a traffic signal shall include an analysis of factors related to the existing operation and safety at the study location and the potential to improve these conditions, and the applicable factors contained in the following traffic signal warrants: