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Tag Archives: Capital Metro

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro votes on paratransit provider contracts

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted Monday afternoon to put the agency’s paratransit operations in the hands of a single contractor.The pair of votes to authorize agency CEO and President Randy Clarke to negotiate agreements with Ride…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect’s big hopes hinge on small investment

Project Connect’s path to an estimated $8 billion worth of high-capacity transit investments could be washed out if City Council and Austin voters don’t greenlight a $15 million installment this year, according to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s director of…

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Green Line creeps forward at Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted in a split decision on Tuesday to initiate a study of potential financing options for the proposed commuter rail line between Austin and Manor known as the Green Line.The move marks a small victory…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO offers the region a TIP

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is taking a draft proposal for more than $400 million worth of transportation projects out for public feedback.CAMPO assembled this latest iteration of the four-year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, from a list of…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect’s new system map remains mode agnostic

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday officially debuted Project Connect’s latest draft system map, a plan that charts a regional network of potential high-capacity transit investments.A series of multicolored lines trace major corridors, both established and developing, that converge…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

UTC boosts bus lanes on the Drag

The Urban Transportation Commission last Wednesday boosted a grassroots call on City Council to spend part of 2016’s $720 million mobility bond package on dedicated bus lanes along the congested stretch of Guadalupe Street known as the Drag.The UTC voted…

Monday, March 12, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Grin and bear it

Putting himself out there… Randy Clarke spent his second full day as the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s CEO personally apologizing to riders. Clarke and top agency brass posted up at the downtown rail station just before rush hour on Thursday…

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

AURA to Capital Metro: Seek new shelters

Even as it overhauls its downtown train station, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is sticking with the same design for its MetroRapid shelters, to the chagrin of one advocacy group.Last Thursday, AURA – formerly Austinites for Urban Rail Action before…

Monday, March 5, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Shorter headways create mild headaches for Capital Metro

Ever since the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority began operating its two MetroRapid routes at 10-minute intervals during daytime hours, the agency has seen an uptick in an unwelcome phenomenon of buses of the same line running back to back.The bunching,…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board hits pause on MetroAccess contract proposal

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Monday sent back to its committees a staff proposal to readjust a paratransit provider’s contract to the tune of $25.7 million.Chad Ballentine, the agency’s vice president of demand response and innovative…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect draft plan makes premature debut

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube after a draft version of its proposed Project Connect system plan found its way online Monday evening.The plan, which features an ambitious combination of light…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro officially anoints new executive head

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s next CEO and president, Randy Clarke, will take the transit agency’s reins on March 7.On Monday, Capital Metro’s board of directors unanimously approved the terms of Clarke’s five-year contract, a document Clarke was on hand…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What blind spots?

Colossus of roads… “There’s no question that I am probably the largest road proponent in the Milky Way.” Thus Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty began a stemwinder about his transportation prescription for Central Texas at a luncheon hosted by the…

Monday, January 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Experience put Capital Metro CEO finalist over the top

The chair of the board at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority said experience was the deciding factor when it came to selecting a lone finalist to take the executive reins.On Friday, after the board voted 7-0-1 to tap Randy Clarke…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro CEO finalists face the public

The auditions are over and now it’s time for the judges to determine who gets to be Austin’s next top transit executive.The final four candidates in the running for the open president/CEO job at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority faced…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro reveals final four in its CEO search

The path to replace outgoing Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority President and CEO Linda Watson will trace through a town hall meeting in early 2018.On Wednesday, the transit agency revealed the names of the four candidates still in the running for…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan no roadblock for Project Connect

The city’s newly published Guadalupe Corridor Plan unsurprisingly turned heads when the Austin Transportation Department published it on Tuesday.Any plan that recommends the elimination of on-street parking and conversion of general purpose lanes into transit-priority lanes can be reliably counted…

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Breakdowns plague MetroRapid fleet

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s highly heralded MetroRapid buses fell well short of the agency’s maintenance goals during Fiscal Year 2016-17.Each month, the fleet of 55 vehicles failed to reach the minimum goal of miles traveled between road calls.“A road…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Final Guadalupe plan hits the streets

At long last, the city’s shortest corridor has its plan.The Austin Transportation Department today released the much-anticipated Guadalupe Corridor Plan, a 66-page document that calls for a multimodal revolution along the Drag.As expected, the document recommends the conversion of two…

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