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Stories by Ryan Thornton

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council debates preservation of special zoning districts

City Council members have come to a loose consensus on the five questions in City Manager Spencer Cronk’s land development code memo. Council is fundamentally in agreement that a new code is necessary and that a zoning map should be…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to buy last wave of diesel, first electric buses

In line with its overarching vision for Project Connect, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hoping to phase out use of diesel engine buses beginning this year with the purchase of at least four battery electric buses.The agency has been…

Monday, April 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Energy updates multifamily weatherization program

Despite spending less than ever on multifamily weatherization and tightening restrictions on its multifamily weatherization rebate program, Austin Energy claims to be on track to meet the city’s energy efficiency goals while continuing to lower energy bills for its customers.Debbie…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County considers matching Austin with $15 livable wage

Between the tax revenue ceiling regaining momentum at the state Legislature and ongoing affordability concerns, Travis County is looking for a way to increase its livable wage for county employees before the imminent property tax caps take effect.Todd Osburn, compensation…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Summer pilot aims to save Zilker from parking overload

The first piece of a long-term effort to systematically rethink Zilker Park’s parking, transportation and environmental needs may come into play this summer with a short-term transportation pilot program aiming to reduce traffic and parking demand in and around the…

Friday, April 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin gets a new comprehensive transportation plan

After passing the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan – the transportation piece of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan – on an initial reading March 28, City Council unanimously approved the plan on second and third readings Thursday afternoon.According to the ASMP’s…

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Region failing to keep up with expectations of clean air

The city of Austin may soon lose its standing as the largest city in the nation that is in conformity with federal air quality standards. If air quality doesn’t improve from last year, Austin and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning…

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Land development code rewrite: Council works through responses to Cronk’s memo

According to Brent Lloyd, development officer at the Development Services Department, Austin City Council has already provided the “raw material” that will be necessary to guide city staffers as they begin to take up the task of writing a new…

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Getting everyone together for city’s first high-capacity transit line

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has only just begun its initial yearlong leg of conducting preliminary engineering and studying possible modes and alignments for Project Connect’s Orange Line, the city’s first high-capacity regional transit route, but transportation officials are ready for…

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Reshaping the land development code conversation

Still haunted by the misinformation battles of CodeNEXT, the Pedestrian Advisory Council passed two recommendations Monday, April 1, to help shift the land use conversation and support City Council as it takes up discussion of a new development code beginning…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin’s oldest cab franchise calls it quits

After more than 75 years in business, the city’s longest-running taxicab operator, Austin Cab Company, closed its doors on Saturday, March 30.The franchise had been in business since 1943 and was one of only four taxicab businesses (the city officially…

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County to acquaint itself with puzzling Pretrial Services

Despite its ongoing effort to keep Travis County defendants connected to their communities and out of jail whenever possible, the county Pretrial Services Department has not always been included in the county’s many recent discussions about reducing jail population and…

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

AECOM wins Orange Line preliminary engineering contract

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority began advertising a contract for preliminary engineering design services and mode recommendations for the Project Connect 21-mile high-capacity Orange Line on Dec. 18, the day after the agency’s board of directors approved Project Connect‘s long-term vision plan.Now,…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Land use policy is driving mobility discussion

As the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan has made its rounds to various city boards and commissions over the previous month, conversations about transportation goals have consistently gravitated toward the great unknown question of land use code reform.Now that the plan…

Friday, March 29, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to meet its own bus stop standards by 2020

The Capital Area Metropolitan Transportation Authority is wrapping up construction on the last of 16 MetroRapid stops approved in a contract with Muñiz Concrete and Contracting Inc. in May 2018. This year the agency is turning its attention to its…

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council lines up next steps to revise land use code

Austin City Council members came together Tuesday morning for a preliminary discussion about City Manager Spencer Cronk’s five big questions about the city’s land development code that he released in a memo earlier this month.In the wake of the death…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Transit fund celebrates 5 million discounted rides

Getting around is still the second-greatest cost for Austin residents, but the Transit Empowerment Fund – a collaborative effort between the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin Community Foundation and One Voice Central Texas – has eased that financial burden for…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

The Netherlands offers critique and solution to Austin street design

Cutting traffic fatalities and getting people out of single-occupancy vehicles may seem like impossible tasks here in Austin, but it’s actually rather simple, says Billy Fields, associate professor of political science at Texas State University.The solution, according to Fields, is…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County celebrates major renovations of affordable housing communities

The Housing Authority of Travis County hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration Thursday morning to honor the completion of the $10.4 million rehabilitation of two of its affordable housing communities.The project involved improvements to 51 units at Alexander Oaks in Oak Hill…

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Debate over rezone gets in the way of voluntary annexation deal

A decision by the Zoning and Platting Commission Tuesday to push a zoning case hearing back to April could jeopardize an opportunity for the city to annex a 42-acre lot south of FM 2222.The heavily wooded property, east of Lake…

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