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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro votes on paratransit provider contracts

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted Monday afternoon to put the agency’s paratransit operations in the hands of a single contractor.The pair of votes to authorize agency CEO and President Randy Clarke to negotiate agreements with Ride…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court delays action on worker safety recommendations

The Travis County Commissioners Court will put off for several weeks a decision on a package of proposals aimed at strengthening protections for construction workers on county projects.Last Tuesday, the court discussed 10 recommendations set forth by Purchasing Office staff…

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility Committee doesn’t not want Council to add Project Connect to November bond

After some brief dais drama on Tuesday, City Council’s Mobility Committee unanimously endorsed the idea of at least talking about putting $15 million in Project Connect seed money on the November ballot.The 4-0 vote nudged forward a request made by…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless scooters and bikes zip through Mobility Committee

City Council’s Mobility Committee learned on Tuesday afternoon that when it comes to dockless bikes and scooters, the last foot is the technology’s biggest problem.That was the message at least from Jason JonMichael, assistant director of smart mobility with the…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect’s big hopes hinge on small investment

Project Connect’s path to an estimated $8 billion worth of high-capacity transit investments could be washed out if City Council and Austin voters don’t greenlight a $15 million installment this year, according to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s director of…

Friday, April 13, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Palm School survey offers ground rules for redevelopment

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Thursday received a long-awaited report on the historic bona fides of the county-owned Palm School building during a briefing that offered potential redevelopment scenarios of the 19th-century downtown Austin structure.All of those scenarios would…

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council revisits draft Corridor Construction Program during work session

Tuesday’s City Council work session featured a swap of information between city staff and Council members regarding the draft Corridor Construction Program.Council delayed a vote on the draft program at its March 22 meeting. That vote set the stage for…

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO discusses travel demand management

Funding for programs that focus on freeing up existing roadway capacity may yet make the cut in a draft program of regional mobility projects under consideration by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.CAMPO staff’s initial recommendation for the organization’s latest…

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Office development on unincorporated land draws neighborhood opposition

Anxieties over traffic, safety, environmental degradation and more pushed the Travis County Commissioners Court last week to postpone action on an item that would clear the way for the construction of two new office buildings on a rural but rapidly…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless scooter company takes flight in Austin

For the third time in four years, a brand-new technology-enabled transportation company has set up shop on Austin’s streets without seeking the city’s official blessing.On Thursday morning, the California-based company known as Bird released what one company official described as…

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless bike-sharing issues surface at city forum

After more than a yearlong absence, dockless bike-sharing returned to downtown Austin on Wednesday, if only for a few hours.Representatives from nine different firms that dabble in dockless technology brought their wares and their pitches to the new Central Library…

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Green Line creeps forward at Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted in a split decision on Tuesday to initiate a study of potential financing options for the proposed commuter rail line between Austin and Manor known as the Green Line.The move marks a small victory…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO offers the region a TIP

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is taking a draft proposal for more than $400 million worth of transportation projects out for public feedback.CAMPO assembled this latest iteration of the four-year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, from a list of…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

B-cycle’s UT expansion a towering success

When Austin B-cycle expanded its reach into the University of Texas campus area last month, its executive director predicted it would be a big success. It turns out his expectations were too low.“Forty days into this, and we’re where we…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Innovation team sets sights on bedbugs, overcrowding at homeless shelter

The Innovation Office earlier this month issued a set of recommendations to mitigate serious problems plaguing the 14-year-old Austin Resource Center for the Homeless at East Seventh and Neches streets.Last week, the office’s so-called i-team briefed the Downtown Commission on…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect’s new system map remains mode agnostic

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday officially debuted Project Connect’s latest draft system map, a plan that charts a regional network of potential high-capacity transit investments.A series of multicolored lines trace major corridors, both established and developing, that converge…

Monday, March 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless bike-share pilot development rolls forward

More than a year after an aborted attempt to move into Austin without permission, several dockless bike-sharing companies have switched gears and are now patiently working with the Transportation Department as it develops a pilot program that could put the…

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council positioned to delay corridor program decision

City Council appears all but certain to postpone a scheduled vote on Thursday on the draft Corridor Construction Program, the highly ambitious blueprint for spending an unprecedented amount of bond money in a particularly condensed time frame.During Tuesday’s work session,…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City defends unusual sidewalk design

A short stretch of zigzagging sidewalk in downtown Austin has wound the city’s Public Works Department into a small patch of controversy.The meandering path on West Seventh Street just before West Avenue first appeared last month and, according to the…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Adler picks out top two climate change priorities at SXSW

When it comes to climate change, Mayor Steve Adler believes that cities are fundamentally ill-equipped to face the challenge.“You really do need the innovation that comes from outside of government to really act and scale in a material way,” Adler…

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