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Tag Archives: Capital Metro

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Project Connect: Cap Metro insists everything is on the table

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke insists that nothing is set in stone. He has cautioned the community to view the vision document for Project Connect, the long-term plan for high-capacity transit that Capital Metro released last week, as…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

Cap Metro: Key to high-capacity transit is dedicated right of way

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is still a few months away from announcing what modes of transportation it plans to propose for Project Connect, the long-term plan to bring high-capacity public transit to the Austin metropolitan area.Potential solutions include light…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The meatloaf index

Don’t tell your constituents… During a Cap Metro board meeting at the Austin Convention Center attended by City Council members, transportation consultant Jeffrey Tumlin bemoaned the current state of transportation planning in most American cities, which prioritizes minimizing “vehicle delay…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Cap Metro’s Randy Clarke

This week, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk Remap, ridership, apps and Project Connect. To hear it all, tune in below.Austin Monitor Radio is produced…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

How free ride-sharing could make it easier to catch the bus in Austin

The number of partnerships between public transit agencies and private ride-sharing companies like Uber has been booming. Since 2016, at least 27 such programs have sprung up across the country, including one in Central Austin.Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

For game-changing public transit, Austin needs the feds to chip in

Austin and the surrounding metro area needs a transportation game-changer, and it’s not going to come from more roads. And to build it, we’ll need some help from Washington, D.C.That was the message that officials from Capital Metro delivered to…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Ryan Young

Capital Metro eyes a zero-emissions future

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is getting ready to bring electric buses to Austin. But they still have a lot of details to work out.At the agency’s July 30 board meeting, Dottie Watkins, vice president of bus operations, discussed some…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Ryan Young

Capital Metro attempts to reverse falling college student ridership

In a bid to get more college students to hop on the bus, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is making several changes to its subsidy agreements with the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Community College system.Both schools…

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Ryan Young

Capital Metro gives green light to Green Line

On Monday, the board of directors of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to study a hotly debated commuter rail line that could stretch from downtown Austin to as far away as Elgin.The Green Line would be very similar to…

Monday, July 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s new transit plan includes buses, other odds and ends

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a three-year transit development plan that aims to bring a variety of transit and transit-adjacent services to parts of the county where no buses currently operate.The 10 transit gap zones identified in…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City to help Cap Metro fund studies

City Council at its June 28 meeting voted to use money the city collected from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority last decade to help pay for the transit agency’s ongoing Project Connect initiative.The move will reallocate $6 million from the…

Friday, June 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA agrees to help with MetroRail station relocation, if necessary

Austin’s toll road agency is volunteering to be a financial backstop for the city’s transit provider should a bid for federal dollars to relocate a train station run off the rails.On Wednesday the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board of…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City likely to help Cap Metro fund studies

City Council appears poised to move forward Thursday with approval of an amendment to its agreement with the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority that will help the agency fund preliminary engineering work and environmental analysis on what sorts of projects would…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro gears up for no-pilot shuttle pilot

Austin, the “Kitty Hawk of driverless cars,” will likely see autonomous shuttles ferrying passengers through downtown streets by the end of 2018.The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday revealed new details about a planned yearlong pilot program that will run…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro picks up its customer service game

Austin’s transit agency is putting renewed emphasis on the customers who make up the bulk of its service.On Monday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff revealed to the board of directors details about a new initiative dubbed the Bus Customer Service…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gooooooooooooals

Different goals… Politics, as they say, is (are?) a full-contact sport. Unlike men’s soccer, which mostly has a bunch of grown men flopping around like children at the slightest breeze (women’s soccer, we’ll note, is far less lame). Nonetheless, Austin…

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro sets its sights on the sun

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority this summer is waging a two-front offensive on one of the most dreaded enemies of Austin bus riders: the Texas sun.The agency recently rolled out a pair of demonstration projects aimed at dulling the sun’s…

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Throwing side eye, catching rides

Side eye, or stink eye?… What exactly is the name given to the withering glances occasionally dished out by City Council Member Ora Houston toward her colleagues on the dais? Council Member Leslie Pool learned directly on Thursday during discussion…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Remap launch a success, despite a few wrinkles

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke is hailing the rollout of the agency’s most significant bus network overhaul ever as a qualified success.In a statement sent out on Friday, Clarke hailed agency staff for what he said was 18…

Friday, June 8, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Local group launches effort to enhance statewide transit funding

The launch of a grass-roots campaign to expand transit funding across Texas kicked off in Austin Wednesday night with input from regional officials and activists, and, from the audience, some impromptu criticism of the local bus service.Dubbed One Thousand Texans…

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