Tag Archives: Austin City Council Mobility Committee

Friday, November 20, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City prepares next steps for Bergstrom Spur trail

After holding a virtual open house on the Bergstrom Spur this summer, the city’s Urban Trails Program, in collaboration with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is finalizing planning concepts for converting the abandoned…

Friday, October 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City revises street impact fee plan

After years in the making, the city has proposed a modification to the street impact fee program out of a desire to simplify the process and maximize benefits in the city’s eastern crescent. Instead of calculating impact fees individually based…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Mobility Committee aims to protect streets from parking demand

Parking has been “right-sized” in the draft Land Development Code, though some members of City Council are concerned that could have the wrong effect in some parts of the city. The code rewrite team told Council’s Mobility Committee last Tuesday…

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown mobility plan reaches next stage of development

The Austin Transportation Department has kicked off the second and final phase of development for its Austin Core Transportation Plan, a document that will serve as a comprehensive guide for downtown right of way management into the future. Leading up…

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Samuel King

Pilot program will clear cars from Rainey Street on weekend nights

On weekend nights, Rainey Street can be crowded with cars, scooters and pedestrians. Pretty soon, only one of those groups will be allowed on the street. The city of Austin is getting ready to shut down Rainey Street to vehicle…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Mobility Committee advances push for safe railroad crossings

A long-standing concern with pedestrian and bicycle safety at railroad crossings has earned support from some City Council members, but questions about equity and process may temper hopes of swift improvements. Since October 2018, both the Bicycle Advisory Council and…

Monday, June 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro sets out to better define Project Connect

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving into the second of six phases leading up to a possible 2020 referendum on Project Connect. With preliminary engineering contracts already awarded for the two high-capacity routes and the board set to award…

Friday, June 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Street impact fees making their way back to Council

Austin Transportation is proposing a one-time street impact fee for new developments to help the city pay for its growth in an equitable and transparent way. After releasing a draft study earlier this week explaining how fees would be calculated…

Friday, March 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

ASMP roadway project strikes a nerve

The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan is already causing a stir in the community since being released Feb. 22. After a two-year process that allowed residents to comment on potential corridor projects, a handful of community members feel ignored by the…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Scooters: Committee calls for clear rules

The number of dockless scooter operators wanting a share of the Austin market continues to rise. This week, Austin welcomed the latest entrant, Lyft, with permits for 1,500 authorized units, pushing the total number of authorized scooters (not the number…

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, April 19, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility Committee doesn’t not want Council to add Project Connect to November bond

After some brief dais drama on Tuesday, City Council’s Mobility Committee unanimously endorsed the idea of at least talking about putting $15 million in Project Connect seed money on the November ballot. The 4-0 vote nudged forward a request made…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless scooters and bikes zip through Mobility Committee

City Council’s Mobility Committee learned on Tuesday afternoon that when it comes to dockless bikes and scooters, the last foot is the technology’s biggest problem. That was the message at least from Jason JonMichael, assistant director of smart mobility with…

Friday, November 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Transit priority is a top priority for Project Connect

Project Connect is doomed unless the city hands over dedicated right of way. That was the message relayed by Javier Arguello, long range planning director for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to the city’s Urban Transportation Commission on Tuesday night.…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin’s next mobility challenge: downtown parking

Exactly what role City Council will play in an ambitious new framework conceived to tackle downtown parking problems remains to be worked out. On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Mobility Committee became the first among their colleagues to be briefed…

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Renewed Project Connect closes in on milestone

The brain trust behind Project Connect will reveal which specific corridors have made the cut to advance to the next round of high-capacity transit planning on Friday. Last Wednesday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Range Planning Director Javier Arguello told…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility plan will prioritize transit

The collaborative effort to craft a transit priority policy is being rolled into the larger Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. Last Wednesday, Austin Transportation Department staff briefed the City Council Mobility Committee on their nearly year-old charge to put together a…

Monday, December 5, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro merges working group with city planning effort

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city of Austin have joined together to expand the scope of work for the group of residents and stakeholders deputized to weigh in on the latest iteration of Project Connect. The Project Connect…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Proposal to kick cars off downtown street yields a surprise

A proposal to move cars off of two downtown blocks would have a surprising benefit to late-night congestion, according to the Austin Transportation Department. Transportation Department staff told the City Council Mobility Committee on Wednesday that accommodating the Capital Metropolitan…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility Committee balks at Adler’s bond recommendation

In the race among the growing list of proposals for a November bond referendum, City Council’s Mobility Committee jockeyed into the lead on Tuesday evening a dark-horse recommendation. With a vote of 4-0, the committee endorsed Council Member Ann Kitchen’s…

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