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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro takes its bus network realignment to the riders

The largest overhaul of Austin’s bus network in recent memory is about to go before the court of public opinion.Next week, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold three feedback sessions to hear residents’ opinions on proposed service changes that…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro: No stopgap plan for fill-in-the-gap stops

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking a slow approach to the eight pairs of stations destined to fill in key gaps along its two MetroRapid routes.“The long story short is we expect to have them in service by this…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

One small trail for North Austin, one giant loop for the whole city

Last year, Mayor Steve Adler declared in his State of the City address that great cities do big things, a message that the Shoal Creek Conservancy apparently took to heart.On Wednesday evening at a community workshop in Central Austin, the…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Group keeps gondola hopes alive

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s firm disinterest in aerial gondolas is not discouraging one group from working toward a vision of cable car transit in Austin.John McCready of Look Up Austin told the Austin Monitor last week that he has…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro greenlights millions more for MetroRail

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will spend $65.7 million to install federally mandated safety upgrades along its commuter rail line.The agency’s board of directors voted unanimously on Monday to hire Modern Railway Systems to augment the 32-mile Red Line with…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro arrives in Round Rock

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has extended its service to another Austin suburb.On Thursday, representatives from Capital Metro, Williamson County, Austin Community College and the city of Round Rock gathered in that community to officially cut the ribbon on four…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Field trips and missteps

Why extend the deadline when you can eliminate it?… During a budget work session on Wednesday morning, Council Member Ora Houston asked whether the deadline for submitting items to the budget concept menu was Tuesday night or Wednesday night. Don’t…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Capital Metro’s Todd Hemingson

This week, Todd Hemingson, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority’s vice president of strategic planning and development, joins freelance Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk transit – specifically Project Connect and a plan to put dedicated transit infrastructure on I-35, with…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT document reveals limp projections for I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation has projected less than stellar ridership numbers for a proposed enhanced bus line on I-35, but a top Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority official says he isn’t losing any sleep over it.On Wednesday, Capital Metro Vice…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro blames cheap parking for one sector of ridership declines

The University of Texas isn’t the only institution of higher education whose students are turning cold on public transit.On Monday, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors learned that a partnership with Austin Community College has seen dwindling fortunes…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro to lose its head

Linda Watson, the president and chief executive officer of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will step down at the end of 2017.The agency made the announcement through a press release sent out just before 5 p.m. on Monday, just hours…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

At Capital Metro’s Traffic Jam, Adler brings the noise

Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for the next big transportation funding package is a new way forward indeed.On Wednesday night, at a large public engagement event meant to highlight the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ongoing Project Connect process, Adler suggested that…

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT pressures Capital Metro to act fast on I-35 transit

Time is running out for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to decide whether it will commit millions toward a vision that could bring dedicated transit infrastructure to I-35.At a board of directors work session on Tuesday, Vice President of Strategic…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro could get into the ‘smart city’ game

Austin’s transit agency is working toward a pilot project that would use wireless technology to complement its bus service and bolster multimodal options in downtown.Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Information Officer Joe Iannello confirmed to the Austin Monitor recently that…

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Plaza Saltillo development finally breaks ground

A giant empty field east of downtown Austin has at long last commenced its transformation into hundreds of apartments and thousands of square feet of office, retail and restaurant space.On Tuesday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority President and CEO Linda Watson…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect advances despite lingering concerns over key details

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors on Monday gave its blessing to the handful of staff-curated corridors that will be studied for potential high-capacity transit investments.The 6-0 vote, with Council Member Delia Garza and fellow Board Member Terry…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County looks to get into the transit game

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could soon expand its transit operations into unincorporated parts of the county thanks to a vote at the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.The court’s unanimous decision to begin crafting a transit development plan is…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Conspiracies

Think before you speak… As we reported, last week’s final meeting of the Visitor Impact Task Force was a marathon affair. After nearly six months of meetings, the group kicked off the final round of bargaining over the details of…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Updated: City dives into corridor studies with southern region sessions

Austin’s Transportation Department is moving ahead with efforts to determine what should be done with the $482 million in corridor improvements voters approved last fall as part of the $720 million mobility bond. Thus far the department has completed six…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro’s Downtown Station plans inch forward

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors moved forward on Monday with plans to rebuild the downtown MetroRail station, but the long-planned project still has to clear several more hurdles until the shovels hit the ground.At its monthly meeting,…

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