Stories by Samuel King

Friday, April 17, 2020 by Samuel King

Gov. Abbott outlines plan to relax restrictions and gradually reopen Texas economy

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a plan to gradually reopen aspects of the state’s economy, with a goal of allowing Texans to return to work while containing the spread of COVID-19. A new “strike force” made up of state leaders and…

Monday, March 23, 2020 by Samuel King

‘We need to act fast,’ Travis County Judge Eckhardt says ahead of shelter-in-place order

Stay-at-home orders are expected to be issued in the city of Austin, Travis County and Williamson County Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said. The orders would require all nonessential businesses to have employees…

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Samuel King

Austin proposes a new angle for cyclist and pedestrian safety at railroad crossings

The Austin Transportation Department has identified several railroad crossings in need of safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. The findings come after a citywide review requested by City Council in September based on recommendations from the city’s pedestrian and bicycle…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Samuel King

No cars, but bikes and scooters will be allowed on Rainey Street during weekend closure

Beginning tonight, Thursday, Rainey Street will close to vehicle traffic three nights a week as part of a pilot program to ease congestion.Initially, bikes, scooters and pedicabs were going to be banned during the closure, but staff from the Austin…

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Samuel King

Pilot program will clear cars from Rainey Street on weekend nights

On weekend nights, Rainey Street can be crowded with cars, scooters and pedestrians. Pretty soon, only one of those groups will be allowed on the street.The city of Austin is getting ready to shut down Rainey Street to vehicle traffic…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Samuel King

It’s not just light rail. Capital Metro wants to expand rapid bus service, too.

Austin’s regional transit agency, Capital Metro, is taking feedback from the public on a plan to add up to five new rapid bus lines.It comes as ridership on the existing rapid bus lines, known as MetroRapid, has been rising. In…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Samuel King

Lower speed limits coming to some Austin roadways

Austin City Council approved a round of speed limit changes Thursday, the latest tangible sign of the city’s efforts to make streets safer.“We know that it’s much more likely for a severe crash to happen when speeds go up even…

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Samuel King

CTRMA adding tolled and non-tolled lanes to U.S. 183 in Northwest Austin

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board is moving forward with plans to add managed toll lanes to part of U.S. Highway 183 in Northwest Austin. The CTRMA board voted today to authorize final negotiations with the Texas Department of…

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