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New program hopes to cut downtown traffic

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The Austin Transportation Department is hoping you'll consider using a pedicab through downtown instead of your car.  Director Robert Spillar says a new program being tested may be the first-of-its-kind in America.

"We have launched a pilot on electric-assist pedicabs.  We have a pretty large pedicab market here in Austin."

Spillar says they also want to cut down on the number of cabs, ridesharing, and delivery companies clogging up the curbside lanes.  He says it's a fairly new problem Austin is facing because of the sheer number of new ridesharing and delivery apps that are in use.

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