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June 26, 2003 Current Events Page 5 Transportation in Buda and Kyie This chart extrapolates from the TxDot traffic read- ings for major local roadways as of the summer of 2001, the last such studies available. The locations don't include IH-35, where traffic growth is driven by factors beyond local demography. The first set of numbers given is the 2001TxDOT readings, which estimate the number of cars at each location per 24-hour period. The second set of num- bers estimates today's counts by adding 12.36 percent to the 2001 reading, based on a rough estimate of local growth since the surveys were taken. A compromise between Census figures and school district growth estimates puts annual growth at around six percent. The third set of numbers adds 12.36 percent to today's estimate, reflecting six percent growth in each of the next two years. Location Kyle, Center Street (SH 150), west of old U.S. 81 Kyle, Rebel Drive (SH 150) Kyle, SH 150 at SH 2770 Kyle, Center Street west of Rebel Drive Kyle, old U.S. 81 north of SH 150 Kyle, old U.S. 81 south of SH 150 Kyle, intersection of old U.S. 81/SH 150 Buda, intersection of North Loop 4/IH-35 Buda, intersection of FM 967/Loop 4, eastbound Buda, intersection of FM 967/Loop 4, westbound Buda, intersection of FM 967/FM 16"26, northbound Buda, intersection of FM 967/FM 1626, southbound Hays High, FM 2770 between FM 1626 and SH 150 2001 Today (estimate) 10,700 11,984 7,300 8,202 6,2OO 6,966 3,900 4,382 4,200 4,719 4,400 4,944 8,900 10,000 9,100 10,224 3,600 4,045 5,000 5,618 6,500 7,303 5,500 6,180 6,200 6,966 2006 (estimate) 13,465 9,215 7,827 4 923 5 302 5 555 11 236 11 489 4 545 6,312 8,206 6,944 7,827 Dealing with Traffic, from page 1 ing for needed road projects and stow going on local road con- struction. Within five or ten years, the idea of jumping into the car and driving to the local high school could make driving to work in Austin seem like a walk in the park. "If we had a plan, and we had it funded today, we would still be behind the power curve with the construction of the houses," Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis said: "Anybody who drives at 8 a.m. or 5 p.m. can tell you it's a growing problem," Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis said. Mole  coming A new Hays CISD demo- graphic study prepared by Pophatlon and Survey AJialysys (PASA) of College Station tells a -startling story after detailing local residential development plans. Within ten years, the Hays CISD can expect approximately 21,570 additional housing units. Mattis said the rule of thumb in trans- portation planning has it that each household accounts for 12 car trips per day. The math tells us, then, that we're in for an additional 258,840 car trips per. day on the local roads. So, take the roads in the area, add 258,840 car trips per day - that's the future. Today, at times, is congested enough to show us that future. At peak hours, trying to turn left onto FM 2770 can be a long process. I Kyle residents who can remember the days just ten or 12 years ago when two passing motorists could stop in the middle of Center Street and conduct a conversation from behind the wheel without upset- ting anyone now face 45 minutes waiting at a railroad crossing as the line backs up past Burleson Street. A harrowing vision emerged last Sept. 27, When Bowie High School played a foot- ball game at Hays and Austin dri- vers going south on FM 1626 backed up traffic all the way from the intersection at FM 2770 to the Onion Creek overpass. Future scenarios are even less appetizing. Mattis said between 2,000 and 2,500 homes are platted on FM 150 east of IH-35. That's up to 30,000 additional car trips per day on that road. And that's with9ut ' i fact0ring, in ,Lehman High School, which will open on FM 150 in August 2004, and a proposed shopping center to be anchored by HEB, which is expected to open a few months later on FM 150 just east of the interstate. "You can have the best road in the world, but if everybody is on it, there are going to be bottle- necks," Mattis said. Commute longer Using Census figures, the PASA study says the mean com- mute time to work for Kyle resi- dents increased to 33.5 minutes in 2000 from 23.67 minutes in 1990. Nine percent of Kyle commuters needed an hour or more in 2000, compared with 3.1 percent in 1990. The Buda commute has increased a little less dramatically, with the mean time increasing to 32.92 minutes in 2000 from 27.95 minutes in 1990, while the per- centage of commuters needing an hour or more increased to 7.1 from 3.8. And the trend, unlike your car, has no chance of decel- erating. "We can expect commuting to become more acceptable, as resi- dents increase their demands for homes on the 'rural-urban' fringes of major urban centers," accord- ing the PASA study. "...In sum, place of residence is becomming increasingly important, with place of work less important." In their desire for ease and open spaces, new residents in Hays County eliminate those very attributes. The paradox is well known to local residents, and to residents all around Central Texas and the Hill Country. "This is happening all over our district," said John Hurt of TxDOT's Central Texas district. "You wouldn't think in Llano or Mason it would be a big problem, but it is. Fredersicksburg is a seri- ous problem. It kind of rains the reason you came here." Glimmer of hope The PASA study offers one small glimmer of a reprieve. Of the more than 21,000 additional residences expected in the next ten years, only 6,252 are expected in the next five years. While that's still enough to dump an extra 75,000 cars on the local roads, it gives local governments much needed time for planning and road construction before the anticipat- Keeping Your Balance Can Help You Avoid Investment Pitfalls F e road to investment success is filled with potholes. inancial markets are rocked by wars, scandals and political turmoil. Today's "sure thing" turns into tomor- row's "never was." Prognosticators conveniently forget their mistakes and trumpet new recommendations. What's an individual investor to do? For starters, you can keep your balance. By building a balanced portfolio, and taking a balanced view of your expected returns, you can help make steady progress toward your long-term goals -- and typically avoid a lot of frustration and disappointment. How can you build a balanced portfolio? First, you need to recognize that the term "balanced" means differ- ent things to different investors. Suppose, for example, that you are by nature an aggressive investor, willing to take greater risks in exchange for potentially high returns. In your eyes, a properly balanced portfolio should be more heavily weighted with growth stocks than with fixed-income vehicles, such as Treasury bills and Certificates of Deposit. Conversely, if you are will- ing to sacrifice potential future growth for greater relative stability of principal, then you might view a balanced portfolio as one that has greater percentages of bonds and government securities and smaller percentages of equi- ties. In other words, the concept of "balance" is some- what in the eyes of the beholder. Still, no matter what your risk tolerance is, you'll almost certainly need some amount of diversification -- some exposure to a wide variety of high-quality investments. By spreading your investment dollars among stocks, bonds, Certificates of Deposit, Treasuries and other securities, you can help maintain your balance -- especially in the face of mar- ket downtums that may hit one asset class particularly hard. While building a balanced, diversified portfolio is a key ingredient to investment success, it's not the only ingredient. You also need to maintain a healthy balance, in your mind, between what you hope to achieve with your investments and what is realistic. During the late 1990s, many investors got "spoiled" by years of double- digit returns on their stocks. Yet, when viewed in a his- torical context, these huge returns were clearly aberra- tions -- not the norm. But ever since early 2000, when the bubble burst on the raging bull market, a lot of peo- ple still anticipate the day when they'll once again get those annual returns of 15 percent or more on their investments. This is a dangerous way to look at investing. If you .delude yourself into thinking that those 1990s-style returns will be back soon, you will make mistakes with your investment choices, and, just as importantly, you will never be satisfied with the more realistic 6 or 7 per- cent returns. By basing your long-term plans on reasonable rates of return, and by staying invested through all types of markets, you may maintain your psychological balance, even in the face of the market corrections and downtums that are inevitable. So, there you have it: two V ypes of investment bal- ance to strive for. First, build a diversified portfolio of high-quality investments that's balanced according to your investment personality, time horizon and long-term goals. Second, balance your passionate hopes for invest- ment success with a cold-eyed view toward what's possi- ble and likely. If you can keep these balancing acts going, you'll be prepared for just about anything that comes your way. Janet Ross Investment Representative 251 N. FM 1626 Buda, TX 78610 Bus: 512-312-2840 or Toll Free 888-312-2840 Member SIPC Edward Jones serving individual investors since 1871 ed traffic boom. "Long term, I think you're going to have to look at major road construction," Mathis said. "We're going to have to find a way to fund it." In some cases, the state and the Hays County government can be helpful. In 2001, Hays County voters approved a $47 million road bond. County officials have taken $9 million of it to TxDOT to seed the remaining state funds needed to start working on local state roads. Among the improve- ments already in that pipeline are the widening of FM 1626 from the Travis County line to FM 967 Dealing with Traffic, pg. 7 DECKS $7%q.ft. 512-847-0270 424 N. Loop 4, Buda, Texas 512-312-5252 Barbara B. Pecuch, GRI, CRS Residence 312-0004 Ann-Marie Pecuch Sheely, Esq. Residence 312-1944 Mike Colonnetta 496-8457 A V llm' m w rrl o m o5 I i Local Library Events CHILDREN'S STORYTIME at the Kyle Community Library Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. BI-LINGUAL STORYTIME coming to the Buda Public Library Mondays in March at 10:30 a.m. Listen to stories and sing simple songs in Spanish and English. All ages are welcome. Fre. KUNDALINI YOGA at the San Marcos Library on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month at 6 p.m. Bring a towel or blanet to sit on. Everyone welcome. Hours of Operation: Basil Anthony Moreau Library Kyle (Buda Public Library) Community Library Monday lOarn-8pm Monday 11am-5pm Tuesday lOarn-8pm Tuesday lOam-8pm Wednesday lOam-8pm Wednesday lOam-6pm Thursday lOam-8pm Thursday lOam-8prn Friday lOarn-5pm Fnday lOam-6pm Saturday lOam-5pm Saturday 9am-3prn Sunday Closed Sunday Closed San Marcos Wimberley Village Public Library ,Library Monday 10arn-9pm Monday 10am-8pm Tuesday 10am-gpm Tuesday 10am-6pm Wednesday 10am-gpm Wednesday 10am-8pm Thursday 10arn-9pm Thursday Closed Friday 10am-6pm Friday 10arn-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Saturday' 10am-4pm Sunday lpm-6pm Sunday Closed