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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

First progress and then postponement as Central Health returns to Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday signed off on Central Health’s proposed $238 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, but came up short on reaching an accord between the hospital district and activists who demand more transparency from it.State…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro takes its bus network realignment to the riders

The largest overhaul of Austin’s bus network in recent memory is about to go before the court of public opinion.Next week, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold three feedback sessions to hear residents’ opinions on proposed service changes that…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro: No stopgap plan for fill-in-the-gap stops

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking a slow approach to the eight pairs of stations destined to fill in key gaps along its two MetroRapid routes.“The long story short is we expect to have them in service by this…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

One small trail for North Austin, one giant loop for the whole city

Last year, Mayor Steve Adler declared in his State of the City address that great cities do big things, a message that the Shoal Creek Conservancy apparently took to heart.On Wednesday evening at a community workshop in Central Austin, the…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Prostitution court falling short of county expectations

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Tuesday revealed that a justice program aimed at helping residents charged with prostitution is falling short of expectations.“Relying on the criminal and civil justice system to boot-strap these individuals who are in such serious…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Group keeps gondola hopes alive

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s firm disinterest in aerial gondolas is not discouraging one group from working toward a vision of cable car transit in Austin.John McCready of Look Up Austin told the Austin Monitor last week that he has…

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

As MoPac work winds down, another CTRMA project faces potential peril

The end of the road for the MoPac Improvement Project appears to finally be coming into sight just as potential problems loom for another Austin toll road project.On Wednesday morning, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Director of Community Relations Steve…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Public Safety Commission recommends lights-out for late-night curfew

The Public Safety Commission unanimously supported a recommendation on Tuesday night to end the late-night curfew currently enforced against Austin’s youngsters.The proposal, brought forward by Commissioner Daniela Nuñez, drew support from Austin’s interim police chief, Brian Manley, who explained that…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health concerns continue to stymie Commissioners Court

On Tuesday the Travis County Commissioners Court once again failed to reach a compromise that could satisfy all parties involved in the seemingly interminable controversy over transparency at Central Health.Before the court was a review of the new financial policies…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro greenlights millions more for MetroRail

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will spend $65.7 million to install federally mandated safety upgrades along its commuter rail line.The agency’s board of directors voted unanimously on Monday to hire Modern Railway Systems to augment the 32-mile Red Line with…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro arrives in Round Rock

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has extended its service to another Austin suburb.On Thursday, representatives from Capital Metro, Williamson County, Austin Community College and the city of Round Rock gathered in that community to officially cut the ribbon on four…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health discussion once again dominates Commissioners Court meeting

Central Health’s annual budget presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday brought with it a fresh round of familiar complaints from activists about the level of transparency displayed by the hospital district.Freshly installed President and CEO Mike Geeslin…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council looks to adjust TOD density bonus programs

An extra helping of housing for low-income families could be coming to near East Austin soon thanks to action taken by City Council on Thursday.The body unanimously supported an item sponsored by Council Member Pio Renteria and aimed at allowing…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council opts to sue the state over housing discrimination beef

After months of the Texas Legislature seemingly taking shot after shot at the city of Austin, City Council is swinging back.On Thursday, Council gave the go-ahead to Interim City Manager Elaine Hart to sue the state over a 2015 law…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Court settles May-November dilemma on bond election

After a short week of suspense, it turns out that Travis County voters will get to decide on a $185 million bond package sooner rather than later.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted 4-0, with Commissioner Gerald Daugherty absent, to send…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Transportation Commission endorses electric pedicab pilot

The Urban Transportation Commission gave its blessing last week to a plan that could give pedicab operators an extra, electric boost.The commissioners voted nearly unanimously on Aug. 8 in support of a pilot program that would allow companies to outfit…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan still in the works

The long-delayed report that will recommend giving two lanes of Austin’s iconic Drag entirely to buses is near the finish line, according to Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar.“If these improvements are to be considered for funding, we’ve got to get…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT document reveals limp projections for I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation has projected less than stellar ridership numbers for a proposed enhanced bus line on I-35, but a top Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority official says he isn’t losing any sleep over it.On Wednesday, Capital Metro Vice…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Crucial uncertainty remains after Commissioners Court chooses bond projects

After a morning and afternoon marked by high pique and dudgeon, the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a $280 million slate of transportation, parks and drainage projects to be funded by taxpayer-backed bonds.The list is split between projects…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Daugherty set to ruffle feathers with Reimers-Peacock push

Tuesday could be a bumpy ride for Reimers-Peacock Road.The long-planned connector between Hamilton Pool Road and State Highway 71 is set to play a featured role in the Travis County Commissioners Court’s expected final discussion of project recommendations for a…

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