Tag Archives: Capital Metro

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Jasmine Lopez

City leaders and Cap Metro get to work crafting Project Connect anti-displacement plan

In November, Austin voters approved a tax increase to support Project Connect and the expansion of public transportation throughout the city. Now, local leaders need to figure out precisely where and how to spend some of that money, including $300…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Application deadline extended for Austin Transit Partnership board

Application deadlines have been extended to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 for community members interested in serving on the five-member board of the Austin Transit Partnership, the independent organization that will oversee execution of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Project Connect.…

Thursday, November 19, 2020 by Samuel King

Capital Metro seeks to make transit more accessible for low-income riders

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is launching two new initiatives that aim to expand equity and access to its app. One will test capping fares for low-income users, while the other will allow those customers and others to pay for rides…

Thursday, November 5, 2020 by Samuel King

What’s Project Connect’s first stop after Austin voters handily pass Prop A?

Before any shiny new train and bus lines hit the streets of Austin, the less glamorous work of planning and administration must begin. City Council and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors will meet next month to discuss…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Cap Metro cross-charges electric buses

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been testing out the electric bus market this year with vehicles and charging systems from two different manufacturers. While the six Proterra and six New Flyer buses originally came with manufacturer-specific charging systems, Capital…

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Covid-19 informs Pickup service model

The on-demand, app-based transportation service Pickup has become an increasingly central piece of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s service network in recent years, beginning with a pilot in 2017 and expanding into seven neighborhoods today. As the program expands into new…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin B-cycle rebranded as MetroBike

Transportation contributes more to local air pollution than any other economic sector and will soon be the largest source of local greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet. Yet three-quarters of all work commutes in Austin are still made by private…

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 Jessi Devenyns

County works out budget snags with Cap Metro in transportation blueprint

Travis County has nearly finished its second year of partnership with Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide transit operations into unincorporated parts of Travis County. In the process, transportation staff has uncovered a few unanticipated costs that will affect the…

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, 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…

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, July 28, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council, Capital Metro settle on Project Connect investment with anti-displacement measures

City Council and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors have landed on an 8.75-cent tax rate election as the best tool to fund the bulk of the Project Connect mass transit system as well as a variety of…

Thursday, July 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro offers alternative investment timeline for Project Connect vision

Since June 10, when City Council endorsed the $10 billion Project Connect system, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been considering which of the transit components is most essential for an initial investment to place before voters in November. “Every…

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro board OKs MetroBike partnership for bus-oriented bike system

The city’s B-cycle program is set for expansion and rebranding this fall with the rollout of MetroBike, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s concept for an integrated bike-share and public transit system. The Capital Metro Board of Directors approved the MetroBike…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to link transit trips with personal payment accounts

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority ticket-based fare system is due for an upgrade. Currently it lacks the flexibility to offer benefits like fare capping while encouraging more points of contact between customers and bus operators than contactless account-based ticketing can…

Monday, July 20, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to bring fleet electrification experts on board

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has purchased 12 electric buses this fiscal year, half of which have been delivered to the electric bus yard under construction at the North Operations facility. With the other six scheduled to arrive in the…

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro prepares a budget for recession, another for quick recovery

With the economy in recession and regional unemployment high, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing to keep spending flat next fiscal year, equal to this fiscal year’s $403.7 million budget, in the event that revenue sources don’t see a…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro audit finds fault in on-time performance system

A recent review by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Internal Audit Department has discovered a number of inconsistencies in the agency’s process for reporting service delays and recording on-time performance. The review found that dispatchers at MV Transportation almost always…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, Capital Metro adopt Project Connect with justice, sustainability in mind

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors and City Council adopted the final vision for an all-electric comprehensive transit system on Wednesday. Board members and city leaders said the $9.8 billion plan, featuring three light rail lines, a new…

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