Stories by Ryan Thornton

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO mulls project cuts to free up dollars for I-35

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a special called meeting Monday, April 13, to consider cutting $600 million from planned transportation projects across the six-county region to help the Texas Department of Transportation reconstruct the central segment of…

Friday, April 3, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Federal relief package includes $104 million for public transit in Austin

The Federal Transit Administration has announced $25 billion in recovery funds for public transportation systems across the nation, including $104 million to help keep the city of Austin’s transit system afloat.“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems…

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

County considers asking CAMPO for delayed Regional Transportation Plan adoption

Plummeting oil prices and sales tax revenue have prompted the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department to request a delay in the scheduled adoption of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.Scheleen Walker, long-range planning manager with the department, says a delay…

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

County to pause construction on some inessential public works projects

Travis County plans to pause construction on some of its public works projects to slow the spread of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.As a general rule, residential and commercial construction has been put on hold since the county’s Stay…

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council adopts anti-eviction ordinance: Tenant advocates call it a ‘Band-Aid solution’

City Council adopted a 60-day suspension on evictions Thursday that will buy tenants two months before a landlord can seek to evict them for missed rent payments. Many renters and local advocates, however, say the ordinance only kicks the can…

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, county taxes could climb 8 percent under emergency declaration

A provision included in the Texas Legislature’s “property tax transparency” bill could offer jurisdictions across the state, including the city of Austin, the financial flexibility necessary to deal with some of the economic impacts of COVID-19.According to an update from…

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

COVID-19 produces immediate need for workers at Cap Metro

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority system ridership has fallen every day since March 10 as the effects of the coronavirus spread throughout Austin, but the transit agency is increasing its workforce in order to remain reliable and safe for those in…

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Lime and Wheels to pause shared mobility services

Lime and Wheels will be the first dockless mobility operators to disable device rentals in Austin in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Cities across the country are considering how to manage dockless mobility under rapidly evolving conditions. On Wednesday, the city…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro responds to COVID-19 with changes to service schedule and operations

At the tail end of a 17-month run of climbing ridership increases, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority system ridership has plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Randy Clarke said the agency does not expect numbers to recover for many weeks,…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council postpones airport overlay amendments with related zoning case

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport plans to double in size over the next two decades, welcoming and sending off about 812 flights per day and serving as many as 30 million passengers a year by 2037.That increase in operations, said Shane…

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Minus a few hiccups, Adler says real estate community can expect great things for Austin

Despite how things may appear in this moment, in the wake of the cancellation of South by Southwest, Mayor Steve Adler believes the future could hardly look brighter for the city of Austin.With the city ready to adopt a new…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation pursues ‘choice’ riders with free transit pass pilot

Austin Transportation is seeking City Council’s permission to buy $700,000 worth of free transit passes as a carrot to lure more “choice” riders out of their private cars and onto buses and trains.Rob Spillar, director of Transportation, said the transit…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council lands on long-term payment method for Project Connect

In capital costs alone, the city and its residents can expect to contribute around $5.6 billion for the combined pieces of Project Connect.That money will cover investments for two light rail lines, several bus rapid transit “lite” routes and expanded…

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Watershed Protection to begin multiyear study of trash in waterways

With trash and contaminants like dockless scooters rapidly accumulating in city creeks and rivers, Watershed Protection is kicking off a two-year, three-part study to better understand the impact of litter on city waterways.The study begins this month with a background…

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Howard and Bolton earn spots in runoff for Precinct 3

Ann Howard, the former executive director of Ending Homelessness Community Coalition, won the most votes on Tuesday night, but there is one more hurdle to clear. A runoff election will determine which Democratic candidate will go against Republican Rebecca Bray…

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Planning nonprofit suggests stitching Austin back together over I-35

With last week’s announcement of funding to improve Interstate 35 through Central Austin, the Downtown Austin Alliance is inviting the community to gather around a vision for a more ambitious plan.Dewitt Peart, president and CEO of Downtown Austin Alliance, said…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation updates citation process to change driver behavior

In an effort to address the city’s road safety crisis, the Austin Transportation Department has come up with a way to make drivers understand the consequences of violating traffic laws. As of yesterday, drivers charged with failure to yield will…

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City addresses pedestrian access with advancement of zoning request at Graffiti Park site advances

The Colorfield, a 10-unit condominium project located on one of two lots that is home to the now-closed Graffiti Park, is inching closer to redevelopment after roughly two years of site plan review.City Council approved the zoning request for the…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Land use code to protect transit-oriented trees and increase canopy cover

A recent amendment to the draft Land Development Code could change how heritage tree preservation impacts new development on corridors.Council Member Paige Ellis offered a concept last week, the Supplemental Heritage Tree Preservation Program, that she said would help keep…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Faulk Library renovation opens conversation on Downtown Community Court

The Austin History Center downtown is ready to expand into the first floor of the adjacent John H. Faulk Library, but the building needs some work.City Council will consider a contract for design services Thursday to get the ball rolling…

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