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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro sticks with ultralow-ridership line in Manor

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving full speed ahead with its plans to prioritize frequency over geographic coverage, but the agency’s commitment to that principle isn’t total.The recent adoption of the contentious June 2018 service changes that eliminated several…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Environmental concerns delay city action on upcoming MoPac project

Several City Council members want more information about the planned expansion of MoPac Expressway before they sign off on a key funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.Council voted 9-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to postpone an amendment…

Friday, November 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Transit priority is a top priority for Project Connect

Project Connect is doomed unless the city hands over dedicated right of way.That was the message relayed by Javier Arguello, long range planning director for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to the city’s Urban Transportation Commission on Tuesday night.Arguello told…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board approves major renovation of its bus network

The first time was all it took for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s contentious June 2018 service changes.The sweeping overhaul of the transit agency’s bus network earned the board of directors’ stamp of approval on Wednesday, avoiding the months of…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Park-and-ride plan rides again

Regional transportation planners have resurfaced an effort to build parking lots for suburban bus commuters that fell off the radar earlier this year.On Wednesday, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board of Directors learned that the complicated funding strategy agency…

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Southern corridor plans near finish line

The race to put together a road map of corridor spending from 2016’s mobility bond election is close to wrapping up its southern leg.After a condensed, accelerated effort that began in June, the city’s Corridor Program Office has made public…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro no longer counting on ambitious I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation’s big new plans for Interstate 35 through Austin may be the end of the road for the local transit agency’s hopes for bus rapid transit on the highway.“We don’t know for sure at this point,…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board treated to an earful at two public hearings

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors sat through hours of public testimony on Wednesday, much of it critical of the agency’s proposed bus network redesign.In fact, the board scheduled two separate public hearings, one in the early afternoon…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson presents a new plan for I-35

State Sen. Kirk Watson unveiled a radical vision for the future of Central Austin on Monday: No more dual decks on Interstate 35.Watson’s speech before the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce marked the debut of a new plan concocted by…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Vacancies, lack of interest put Capital Metro’s customer advisory committees in the hot seat

The two committees intended to provide user feedback to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors could be cruising toward a makeover.At Monday’s monthly board meeting, Chair Wade Cooper and Council Member Ann Kitchen expressed concerns about vacancies on…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board hears about proposed changes to proposed changes

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is making adjustments to a long-planned massive overhaul of its fixed-route bus network just weeks ahead of a scheduled vote on the sweeping changes by the board of directors.During an extended work session on Tuesday,…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Corridor Program Office still preparing road map for voter-approved roadwork

As the first year of its eight-year timeline draws to a close, Austin’s Corridor Program Office is closing in on major milestones in its mad dash to put together the road map that will guide the voter-approved overhaul of several…

Friday, October 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO greenlights MoKan study

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board on Monday evening signed off on a plan to spend $500,000 to study the viability of the MoKan corridor, the largely unused swath of right of way that stretches from Williamson…

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

‘This is the hammer’: Residents bring lawsuit in fight against Central Health

On Tuesday afternoon, after Fred Lewis declared new financial rules imposed on Central Health were inadequate, the Austin Monitor asked the attorney, activist and reliable thorn in the hospital district’s side if he had a lawsuit in the works.His response:…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New rules for Central Health don’t satisfy critics

The Travis County Commissioners Court has concluded another chapter in the extended controversy over Central Health, but one of the hospital district’s lead critics says he is not ready to quit.On Tuesday, the court amended the district’s financial policy framework…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

City debuts robot car roadmap

The dawn of the robot car future is just around the corner but the full obsolescence of human drivers is still decades away, according to Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar.More specifically, Spillar told the Mobility Transformation Advisory Council earlier this…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro’s newest board member Travillion talks transit

The newest member of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday expressed his concern for transit-dependent residents who have been pushed out of Central Austin, a sentiment that could spell trouble ahead for the transit agency’s planned…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County no longer suing surf park

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to bail on its legal challenge against the state’s first artificial surf park.After a relatively short executive session during their regular weekly meeting, the members of the court returned to the…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

STAR-Vote collapses

Lack of interest from the private sector has sunk Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir’s plans for a proprietary new voting system.On Tuesday, DeBeauvoir told the Travis County Commissioners Court that STAR-Vote is all but dead.The news marked a major disruption…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board approves new budget

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will cruise through its next fiscal year with a budget of $419 million.The agency’s board of directors approved that budget with a unanimous vote – minus an absent Board Member Terry Mitchell – during its…

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