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Stories by Caleb Pritchard

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…

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court tackles Tax Office troubles as disturbing audit is released

Travis County will have to face “some honest and possibly difficult conversations” during the upcoming budget process if it wants to avoid a repeat of the alleged crimes that have rocked the Tax Office, according to Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant.Elfant…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Elfant to address Tax Office fraud investigation

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant will brief the Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning about the fraud investigation that landed seven people in jail on Friday, four of them Tax Office employees.“There I will be able to provide details on…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City planners picture fewer cars on Congress

Imagine if the main street of Texas had wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes and no pull-in parking spaces.That’s one potential outcome of the city of Austin’s Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative.Last week, the Public Works and Planning and Zoning departments…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Solution for Shoal Creek landslide coming soon

City engineers are getting closer to figuring out how to fix a catastrophic landslide that knocked out a portion of the Shoal Creek Trail earlier this month.“By the end of next week, we’re probably going to have an idea of…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor apologizes for racist remark at county meeting

The contractor who used a racial slur against Latino immigrants during a Travis County-sponsored meeting last week is apologizing.Aaron Cabaza, president of Aaron Concrete, sent an email to county staff on Tuesday afternoon expressing regret for his remarks at a…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor drops racial slur at county meeting, participants say

A Travis County-led stakeholder discussion between construction contractors and labor interests reached a boiling point last week when one of the participants used a racial slur, according to people at the meeting.Multiple sources confirmed to the Austin Monitor on Monday…

Friday, May 11, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro: Perhaps a stopgap plan for fill-in-the-gap stops

Reversing course, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now planning to use temporary signs and posts for at least some of the agency’s long-awaited new MetroRapid stops.Since announcing in 2016 the eight pairs of stops intended to fill in key…

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Transportation Department revises sweeping taxi recommendations

The Austin Transportation Department staff has scaled back a set of draft recommendations aimed at saving the city’s flagging taxi franchises.On Tuesday evening, Acting Mobility Services Division Manager Jacob Culberson revealed to the Urban Transportation Commission a revised version of…

Friday, May 4, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Stuck in park, the CTRMA looks beyond tolls

The agency primarily known for building toll roads in the Austin region is spitballing some new ideas as state policy keeps its activities largely in a holding pattern.Last week, board members of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority briefly discussed…

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

It’s lit: Project brings long-awaited improvements to Shoal Creek Trail

It took nearly 37 years, but the Shoal Creek Trail Gap Project is finally complete.On Tuesday, the Public Works Department lifted the barricades on the short section of the trail that traces the creek on its bend from West Fifth…

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