Monday, August 2, 2021 by Amy Smith

TxDOT halts tree-clearing in Oak Hill, pending court hearing

In light of a federal judge’s concerns over the state’s planned removal of nearly 200 trees to make way for a 12-lane road project through Oak Hill, the Texas Department of Transportation last week agreed to temporarily halt its tree-clearing…

Friday, July 23, 2021 by Nathan Bernier, KUT

Underground light-rail tunnel could be more than a mile longer than expected

Austin’s multibillion-dollar transit expansion will require extending an underground light-rail tunnel from Auditorium Shores to as far south as Lively Middle School on South Congress Avenue. The change could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but transit planners vow to work it…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Cap Metro fields updates on Project Connect

During the July 19 meeting of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, members fielded a discussion and presentation regarding Project Connect. The presentation covered prominent dates; Blue, Orange and Red rail line updates; and MetroRapid bus line updates.…

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 by Nathan Bernier, KUT

Austin’s downtown rail plans shifted after bill allowing transit under parks failed to pass

The crown jewel of Austin’s $7 billion transit expansion is the city’s first-ever underground light rail system through the middle of downtown, a state-of-the-art transit corridor down Fourth Street bookended by Republic Square Park on the west and Brush Square…

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by Nathan Bernier, KUT

How Cap Metro’s multibillion-dollar transit expansion hinges on federal racial equity standards

The largest expansion of public transit in Austin’s history is built on an expectation the federal government will pick up almost half of the $7 billion tab. To qualify for those billions, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority first must demonstrate it’s…

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Living Streets petition urges city to allow resident-led streetscape changes

Earlier this year, neighbors living along the city’s Healthy Streets – a program that blocked through traffic and slowed cars on selected streets – had an idea: Why not use paint, barrels, picnic tables, and other materials to invite people…

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