Stories by Ryan Thornton

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Federal judge orders mediation over TxDOT’s Oak Hill Parkway project

On Aug. 30, United States District Judge Robert Pitman signed an order granting the wish of Save Barton Creek Association, Save Oak Hill and affiliated groups to enter supervised mediation with the Texas Department of Transportation over its plans for…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Demolition permitting process redesign delayed again

City Council was scheduled to vote on two separate items Thursday as part of a multi-year effort to update the city’s demolition permitting process, but a number of potential flaws surfaced during Council’s discussions over the resolution and ordinance last…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City finds fault with potential Downtown Community Court locations, sticks with east side alternative

In the continued search for a new home for the Downtown Austin Community Court, the Office of Real Estate Services has encountered serious constraints against moving the court into the first floor of the John H. Faulk Library or the…

Friday, September 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves SAVES resolution to rescue vital businesses

City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday night directing the city manager to bring back viable funding options by Oct. 1 to help sustain the city’s service sector through the ongoing economic pressures of Covid-19.All the Council members, Mayor Pro…

Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro committee recommends pedestrian and transit connections agreement

At about $130,000 each, pedestrian hybrid beacons have been shown to reduce crashes by 29 percent, car-pedestrian crashes by 69 percent and serious injuries and fatal crashes by 15 percent. The city has 84 of these crossings around the city…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council members consider funding to save local service economy

Without significant intervention, economists are predicting a “K-shaped” Covid-19 recovery trajectory, a scenario where “high-skill” professionals thrive while the service sector continues in a rapid decline.City Council hopes to prevent the further demise of our local music and arts venues,…

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners identify reliance on electric vehicles as weakness in revised Climate Equity Plan

Transportation is the main driver of local air pollution and is on its way to becoming the single greatest source of greenhouse gases in Austin. Though the city and Capital Area Metropolitan Transportation Authority are taking steps to electrify their…

Monday, September 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

ULI proposes affordability-centered upgrade to transit-oriented development

Housing costs in Austin are skyrocketing, bringing the average home sale price from $179,250 in 2010 up to nearly $385,000 this year. Factor in the transportation costs of car ownership, and median income isn’t even close to keeping up with…

Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Coalition publishes draft amendments for modified local democracy

In a city where an appointed city manager administers policy, midterm mayoral elections are decided by a wealthier and whiter electorate, costly runoff elections draw a fraction of eligible voters, and nearly 70 percent of all City Council campaign contributions…

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City unveils affordable housing and transit dashboard ahead of Project Connect

With a historic investment in public transit and affordable housing on the Nov. 3 ballot, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has launched an interactive map to track proximity of income-restricted housing stock to potential stations along the city’s…

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City hopes fewer Covid cases and cooler temps will boost open-air business pilot

Austin’s Covid-era pilot for safe outdoor shopping and dining has been running since June 15, but not many local shops and restaurants have sought to take advantage of the program so far. During the first 10 weeks of Shop the…

Friday, September 4, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves $23 million in partial purchases for Corridor Construction Program

City Council has authorized the Office of Real Estate Services to start negotiations with landowners for $23 million in real estate acquisitions from a number of properties along the nine segments of the Corridor Construction Program.Mike Trimble, director of the…

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Project Connect: Council to consider equity metrics

Included in the $7.1 billion Project Connect proposal for Nov. 3 is $300 million for affordable housing and neighborhood-level displacement prevention strategies along transit corridors. On Thursday, City Council will vote on a resolution further clarifying that impacted neighborhoods are…

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Tiered-rate parking payment system to free up parking spots, decrease use of parking tickets

Over the next month and a half, the Austin Transportation Department will be updating on-street parking meters to a more flexible “pay-by-plate” system that will make it easier for drivers to add extra time to a parking session. The new…

Friday, August 28, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin to become a better ‘laboratory’ for UT research under interlocal agreement

While City Council members and city departments have long sought help from the University of Texas to research challenges facing the city like gentrification or the “downtown puzzle,” there has never been a formal process to coordinate those efforts –…

Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Broadmoor rail station to break ground in September, replace Kramer station

A new Red Line commuter rail station will break ground next month, directly servicing the Domain and the future $2 billion mixed-use Broadmoor development by summer 2022.The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved a public-private partnership with Brandywine for the $24…

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council to consider approving grants for APD safety projects

Thursday’s City Council meeting agenda has 10 items requesting approval of grant awards to the Austin Police Department for a variety of ongoing projects. While the grants support important community programs like mental health first response, sexual assault evidence testing…

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro electric buses running longer than predicted, cutting emissions

By the end of the month, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will have received all 12 battery-electric buses that make up its initial investment in what will become a zero-emission public transportation fleet. With two of those already in service…

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City Council candidates discuss growth, segregation and the land use code

The Nov. 3 election is set to shape the future of transportation in Austin, but it could also shift City Council’s 7-4 divide on housing and density in the Land Development Code rewrite. While the effort is now tied up…

Friday, August 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City forms team to ensure equity with I-35 cap-and-stitch

As the Texas Department of Transportation moves ahead with plans to expand Interstate 35 under the Capital Express project, the city has joined the effort to use the giant construction project as an opportunity to help minority communities recover from…

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