Tag Archives: Capital Metro

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 $24…

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 city,…

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 co-management…

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 send…

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…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro proposes incorporating Austin B-cycle as extension of public transit network

By late fall, public transit and bike-share users may be able to access both services with the purchase of a local bus day pass.Under a proposed partnership with the city, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking to expand upon…

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro adds new light rail line to Project Connect recommendation

An update to regional population estimates has prompted the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make a major change to its proposal for Project Connect.In a memo posted Wednesday, CEO Randy Clarke and Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca said the more…

Friday, April 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

‘Pork chop’ included in updated list of quarter-cent fund projects

District 4’s “pork chop,” a controversial traffic island at the intersection of Morrow Street and North Lamar Boulevard, is finally slated for removal after City Council adopted an updated list of projects approved for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s quarter-cent fund…

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…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Cap Metro to eliminate fares

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that it will implement free fares throughout the month of April to prioritize public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Eliminating fares allows passengers to board through the rear bus door without stopping to pay fares…

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…

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,…

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