Tag Archives: Austin City Council Mobility Committee

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council talks TNC regulations ahead of vote

After months of deliberation, City Council will consider a slew of new regulations Thursday for transportation network companies including Uber, Lyft and Austin’s newest arrival, Dallas-based Get Me. Council talked through the proposals – including a fingerprint background check requirement…

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

MoPac South public comment results pour in

Comments from the MoPac South public input period and open house are being tallied, and based on their projected volume, the proposal appears to have galvanized the community. The City Council Mobility Committee discussed the project and preliminary results on…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Cap Metro asks for more transit in spending plan

As City Council considers a plan to disperse the “quarter-cent fund” among transportation projects around the city, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the agency that initially contributed the funding to the city – is asking Council to prioritize more…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

List of proposed Uber, Lyft rules gets longer

In the midst of a heated debate about requirements for fingerprint background checks and fees for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, the City Council Mobility Committee has tossed a slew of additional proposals into the pot. The…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Committee suggests new Uber, Lyft regulations

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft may be on the way to stricter safety regulations and higher fees based on recommendations that the City Council Mobility Committee made on Wednesday. The operating fee recommendations would establish a charge…

Monday, September 7, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fix(at)ing (on) crazy

“You can’t fix crazy”… During a presentation about traffic fatalities at a City Council Mobility Committee meeting on Sept. 2, Council Member Don Zimmerman expressed consternation about the fact that 43 percent of the traffic fatalities that have occurred so…

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Google gears up for new self-driving car in Austin

Austinites who have spotted Google’s self-driving Lexus in the past couple of months will have a new rarity to keep an eye out for in the next week or so – the company’s “prototype” autonomous vehicle. Built for the task…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Alternative to MoPac “double-deck” being studied

In the wake of public outcry against a proposal to add elevated lanes to MoPac Expressway over Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is considering an alternative that the Austin Transportation Department first put…

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Updated: City staff asks for more Uber, Lyft accountability

Uber and Lyft drivers are operating all over Austin, but there is no way, sans app, to point out their cars, and the city can’t keep track of who has signed up. Transportation Department staff, however, are hoping that will…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council to disperse quarter-cent fund “equitably”

On Thursday, City Council took the first step in a plan to disperse the $21.8 million remaining in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Quarter-Cent Fund “equitably across all Council districts” for transportation and mobility improvement projects. In a resolution, Council…

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Split extra quarter-cent fund among districts, committee says

Deciding how to use leftover funds can be a challenge, but the City Council Mobility Committee came quickly to a consensus Wednesday to recommend that about $21.8 million of available transportation improvement funds be distributed equally among the city’s 10…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council debates MoPac express lane resolution

Amid mounting opposition to a proposal to add four tolled express lanes to a section of South MoPac Expressway, City Council is considering a resolution that would ask the region’s planning organization to cut the project from its 2040 Regional…

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Redbud, Barton Springs bridge fixes move ahead

As Public Works Department Director Howard Lazarus said at Wednesday’s City Council Mobility Committee meeting in regard to improving the Barton Springs Road and Redbud Trail bridges, “If you never get started, you’ll never get finished.” Those projects, it appears,…

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council committee wants co-op taxicab proposal

While City Council mulls over ways to renew the city’s contracts with its three existing taxicab franchises, the drivers who contract with those companies appear to be inching closer to their dream of a fourth, a worker-owned cooperative. The Council Mobility…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council considers taxicab agreements

On Thursday, the parking garage at City Hall was filled with taxicabs. The reason was clear: For the first time, City Council members were considering the fate of the city’s three taxicab franchise agreements as a body. Ultimately, they voted…

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility Committee maneuvers on taxicab contracts

While the city has begun a process to rewrite regulations for both taxicabs and transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, a looming expiration of the city’s taxicab franchise agreements and a bill in the Texas Legislature appear to…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The Return

What a country! … Before hearing a set of briefings from Transportation Department staff at a March 25 meeting of the City Council Mobility Committee, Council members had a high-level discussion about the merits of regulating Austin’s taxicab industry. Council…

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility Committee considers taxicab regulations

While taxicabs have served Austin for decades, the entrance of Uber and Lyft into the picture has prompted a ground-up re-evaluation of how the city regulates the seasoned industry. The City Council Mobility Committee considered a set of amendments to…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City-led Traffic Congestion Action Plan on the way

The Austin Monitor has obtained a memo from City Manager Marc Ott that briefly details plans for Austin’s new Traffic Congestion Action Plan, or “Traffic CAP,” though officials delayed a planned news conference on the topic until today due to…

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility Committee considers future of Lyft, Uber

Transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber have come a long way since they launched outside of Austin’s regulatory framework last May. Still, they have more distance to travel before they can be considered a permanent part of the…

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