Tag Archives: CapMetro

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City, Cap Metro ready to consider transit before, not after, construction

For most of its existence, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has struggled to create a coherent service network in a city that has been largely developed without public transit in mind. This historical pattern now appears, after decades of political…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board approves major renovation of its bus network

The first time was all it took for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s contentious June 2018 service changes.The sweeping overhaul of the transit agency’s bus network earned the board of directors’ stamp of approval on Wednesday, avoiding the months of…

Monday, May 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

For Capital Metro, UT shuttles ground what could be high-flying ridership numbers

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest systemwide ridership statistics would be trending upward were it not for an unlikely population: college students.According to recently posted data, the agency gave fewer rides in March than it did over the same period…

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo advances amid accusations of broken promises

After years in the making, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo is only one vote away from its ultimate fate.City Council on Thursday night gave second-reading approval to the zoning change that will clear the way for the project,…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro could get permission to bypass voter approval of MetroRail extension

State Rep. Celia Israel and state Sen. Kirk Watson have filed legislation at the Capitol that would make it much easier for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand its commuter rail service.On Friday, Israel filed House Bill 1726, which…

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Connections 2025 delayed yet again

Connections 2025 is facing another monthlong delay.During a Monday afternoon work session on the proposed overhaul of the agency’s bus network, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors remained riddled with anxieties, leading Chair Wade Cooper to postpone the expected…

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Work session reveals new details, wrinkles in Connections 2025 draft

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could turn toward technology to help pick up riders left stranded by the proposed overhaul of its sprawling transit network.On Wednesday, planners told the agency’s board of directors that options such as carsharing, vanpooling, flex-route…

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA advances park-and-ride plan

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is charting a path pocked with bureaucracy toward a set of brand new park-and-rides along its toll roads and express lanes.On Tuesday, the agency’s board of directors gave staff the green light to apply…

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council making plans for mobility money

With the budget behind them, Austin City Council members can turn their attention to other projects – chief among them, dividing up a little more than $21 million in money from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The funds are known…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

MetroRail downtown station expansion plans underway

Capital Metro staff wants MetroRail’s downtown station on Fourth Street to become a staple in the area’s transportation corridor, and on Monday, board members were shown two proposed ways to expand the terminal’s platform.Javier Arguello, CapMetro’s director of long-range planning,…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Jenny Blair

AURA accuses Project Connect of funding political ads for urban rail

Project Connect’s ubiquitous summer media spots about its proposed urban rail project have drawn fire from the transit activist group AURA, which calls the ads unethical. The group says the ads are a political advertising campaign funded by taxpayer dollars.…

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Travis County Commissioners scold Capital Metro for lack of services

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking $160,000 annually in Travis County money to establish a flex bus route in East Austin, Vice President Todd Hemingson told Travis County Commissioners Tuesday. However, County Commissioners did not receive the news, or…

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Finance Committee compares notes with CapMetro on rail costs

With an upcoming rail bond election almost certainly on the horizon, the city continues to take a closer look at what a new urban rail system might mean. A special called meeting gave the Austin City Council’s Audit and Finance…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Jenny Blair

Capital Metro picks Endeavor Group for Plaza Saltillo development

The choice of a Plaza Saltillo developer came down to a nail-biter in the final minutes of the Capital Metro Transportation Authority board meeting Monday. In the end, the board chose Endeavor Real Estate Group and Columbus Realty Partners in…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Jenny Blair

Capital Metro board chooses two finalists for Plaza Saltillo project

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority selected two finalists Monday in the competition to develop the East Side’s Plaza Saltillo. They were Endeavor Real Estate Group and Saltillo Collaborative. The board plans to announce a final choice at its June 23…

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Study prefers Urban Rail, Lady Bird Lake bridge for Central Corridor project

The Project Connect: Central Corridor study team says Austin should use Urban Rail as the preferred local mode of transportation for the central portion of its proposed $1.4 billion transit project. The Central Corridor project’s 9.5 mile alignment will run…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Capital Metro hears proposals to redevelop Plaza Saltillo area

It’s a familiar headline at this point, but more change is coming to East Austin.   After years of planning and discussion, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is on the verge of selecting a development plan for the Plaza Saltillo area.…

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Capital Metro endorses Highland-East Riverside rail alignment

The Capital Metro board officially backed the first phase planned by Project Connect Wednesday. The board voted 7-0 on the resolution with Frank Fernandez off the dais. The plan is the same one Project Connect finalized late last year that…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City plans ‘tight enforcement’ of violations in new bus transit lanes

Austin Transportation Department Director Rob Spillar told Austin City Council members Tuesday that city prohibitions on parking and driving in the dedicated downtown transit lanes would be “patrolled very tightly” until parking in those lanes “starts to switch over.”  …

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council to consider upping fine for blocking new priority bus lanes

Austin City Council members will consider whether to implement significantly increased fines for vehicles parked illegally in designated transit priority lanes Thursday. The measure would allow traffic officials to impose up to a $500 fine on vehicles left in lanes…

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