They are developing a light rail network actually. One main line is done from certain northern suburbs to downtown, and another line is being built from downtown to the airport. Change takes time. We can’t just snap our fingers and create an incredible amount of mass transit infrastructure instantly. Northern cities like Chicago and NY have had their mass transit system for decades, give it some time.
The problem is that Austin is still in Texas, and those true backward Texans from East Texas or Panhandle don't care that the backyard where they "work" (b/c Texas legislature session is so short anyway) are all congested.
The talk of building a Light Rail Line to AUS (the airport) or out east to Manor had been around for decade, yet nothing has been built. Hack, even ultra car-centric Houston has a better light rail system than eternally congested ATX.
I've heard plenty about Austin lately, some of it good and some not so good. Like how the highways are choked even though there is a tollway alternative to I-35. Like how come it doesn't have a light rail network if it is such a wonderful place? Such a canker on the ecosystem, huge and booming and not giving a thought to public transit or CO2 reduction, is in my opinion an even more vulgar stereotype of Silicon Valley. If the human race is indeed engaged in self-suicide, AUS is doing it up with a vengeance. Hooray nonstop AUS-PVG!
TX-130 is useless for people living IN Austin for the most part anyway, and despite its 85mph speed limit, trunk drivers (Which it's intended for) are just not going to pay the toll.
Maybe they should have listened to Rick Perry (Man...that seems like an eternity ago now) and demolish half of East Austin to built TTC
P.S. We need to get back on topic instead of talking about how crappy Austin traffic is, b/c that had been a fact for 20 years and going now.