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Monday, July 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s new transit plan includes buses, other odds and ends

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a three-year transit development plan that aims to bring a variety of transit and transit-adjacent services to parts of the county where no buses currently operate.The 10 transit gap zones identified in…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County reveals proposed location for new courthouse

Travis County is negotiating with a private development group to build a brand-new civil courthouse at West 17th and Guadalupe streets.The location was revealed after County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting that she had signed off…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City to help Cap Metro fund studies

City Council at its June 28 meeting voted to use money the city collected from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority last decade to help pay for the transit agency’s ongoing Project Connect initiative.The move will reallocate $6 million from the…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Big plans for Shoal Creek Trail unveiled

The nonprofit steward of Austin’s premier urban trail has published its draft plan for extending the hike-and-bike path north from Central Austin all the way to the Domain.The Shoal Creek Conservancy on Friday publicly debuted its Shoal Creek Trail: Vision…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Go Spurs go

What’s in the box… As City Council spends the next few weeks on vacation, let’s take a moment to reflect on the hardest-working body in local government, the Travis County Commissioners Court. Sure, the court took the first half of…

Friday, June 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA agrees to help with MetroRail station relocation, if necessary

Austin’s toll road agency is volunteering to be a financial backstop for the city’s transit provider should a bid for federal dollars to relocate a train station run off the rails.On Wednesday the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board of…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Elfant updates Commissioners Court on Tax Office troubles following arrests

The Travis County Tax Office says that the first of four satellite offices that closed down after a fraud investigation netted seven arrests last month won’t reopen until late July at the earliest.Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant delivered that news along…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro gears up for no-pilot shuttle pilot

Austin, the “Kitty Hawk of driverless cars,” will likely see autonomous shuttles ferrying passengers through downtown streets by the end of 2018.The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday revealed new details about a planned yearlong pilot program that will run…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Ciclovia on hold while parking proposal creates controversy on Congress Avenue

The dream of shutting down Congress Avenue for a daylong bicycle festival is in a state of suspended animation.City Council made a step toward the idea just over a year ago when it voted on a resolution directing the city…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro picks up its customer service game

Austin’s transit agency is putting renewed emphasis on the customers who make up the bulk of its service.On Monday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff revealed to the board of directors details about a new initiative dubbed the Bus Customer Service…

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro sets its sights on the sun

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority this summer is waging a two-front offensive on one of the most dreaded enemies of Austin bus riders: the Texas sun.The agency recently rolled out a pair of demonstration projects aimed at dulling the sun’s…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council rejects contract award to contractor who used racial slur

City Council on Thursday used a contractor’s use of a racial slur as an reason to reject his company’s bid to repair two intersections along East Seventh Street.The Austin Monitor first reported that Aaron Cabaza of Aaron Concrete referred to…

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Transportation Commission endorses paid parking near Deep Eddy Pool

The Urban Transportation Commission on Tuesday night got behind a proposal to add parking meters to streets on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake near Austin High School.The plan would create a parking management district stretching from Deep Eddy…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Remap launch a success, despite a few wrinkles

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke is hailing the rollout of the agency’s most significant bus network overhaul ever as a qualified success.In a statement sent out on Friday, Clarke hailed agency staff for what he said was 18…

Friday, June 8, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Local group launches effort to enhance statewide transit funding

The launch of a grass-roots campaign to expand transit funding across Texas kicked off in Austin Wednesday night with input from regional officials and activists, and, from the audience, some impromptu criticism of the local bus service.Dubbed One Thousand Texans…

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

PARD patching up two pools as summer sun bears down

As the summer heat tightens its grip on Austin, the city is scrambling to get two public pools sidelined last year by severe leaks back into serviceable shape.On Monday, the Parks and Recreation Department’s acting director, Kimberly McNeeley, sent a…

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Renteria opposes contract award to contractor who used racial slur

City Council Member Pio Renteria says he will oppose the awarding of a city road maintenance contract to a firm whose president used a racial slur at a Travis County-sponsored meeting last month.According to a memorandum Capital Contracting Officer Rolando…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Despite moratorium, CTRMA advances two toll projects

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is moving forward with two toll projects despite a significant roadblock put up by the Texas Transportation Commission last year.On Wednesday, the CTRMA’s board of directors voted 6-0 to start the bidding process for…

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court goes for Green Line

The Travis County Commissioners Court gave the green light last week to advance a study of a potential commuter rail line extending from downtown Austin out to Manor and possibly Elgin.The court voted 3-2 to approve the financial consulting firm…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Anxieties abound on the eve of Cap Remap

In its final meeting before a historic overhaul of Austin’s bus network, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors heard another blast of concerns from riders and stakeholders over potential service disruptions.A handful of speakers complained about the loss…

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