Tag Archives: Project Connect

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

2020: Highlights (and lowlights) of an unforgettable year

It’s not likely that anyone who lived through it will soon forget the year 2020. It’s possible, however, that one might forget the details of local news stories from the year. For that, we offer this review of the year…

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by Harrison Young

Project Connect moves ahead

Yesterday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority provided updates on Project Connect, Austin’s expanded transit plan approved by the voters in November as Proposition A. Following the completion of Task I, which comprised a number of preliminary steps such as the approval of…

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 by Jackson Barton

DAA study seeks community feedback for proposed downtown transit routes

The Downtown Austin Alliance is looking for resident and visitor feedback on two proposed transit routes it hopes will make traveling between different parts of downtown faster and more convenient. The proposed downtown circulator routes, which would serve downtown, South Congress…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Jasmine Lopez

City leaders and Cap Metro get to work crafting Project Connect anti-displacement plan

In November, Austin voters approved a tax increase to support Project Connect and the expansion of public transportation throughout the city. Now, local leaders need to figure out precisely where and how to spend some of that money, including $300…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Commission reprimands PAC that opposed Prop A

The city’s Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously last week to send a letter of reprimand to one of the political action committees that opposed Proposition A on the Nov. 3 ballot. Local Democratic consultant Mark Littlefield filed 12 separate complaints…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Application deadline extended for Austin Transit Partnership board

Application deadlines have been extended to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 for community members interested in serving on the five-member board of the Austin Transit Partnership, the independent organization that will oversee execution of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Project Connect.…

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Voters pass Project Connect transit plan

With the passage of Proposition A, voters have given the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority the green light to build out the core elements of the city’s first mass transit system over the coming decade as part of a $7.1 billion…

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City unveils affordable housing and transit dashboard ahead of Project Connect

With a historic investment in public transit and affordable housing on the Nov. 3 ballot, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has launched an interactive map to track proximity of income-restricted housing stock to potential stations along the city’s…

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Project Connect: Council to consider equity metrics

Included in the $7.1 billion Project Connect proposal for Nov. 3 is $300 million for affordable housing and neighborhood-level displacement prevention strategies along transit corridors. On Thursday, City Council will vote on a resolution further clarifying that impacted neighborhoods are…

Thursday, July 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro offers alternative investment timeline for Project Connect vision

Since June 10, when City Council endorsed the $10 billion Project Connect system, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been considering which of the transit components is most essential for an initial investment to place before voters in November. “Every…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, Capital Metro adopt Project Connect with justice, sustainability in mind

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors and City Council adopted the final vision for an all-electric comprehensive transit system on Wednesday. Board members and city leaders said the $9.8 billion plan, featuring three light rail lines, a new…

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro adds new light rail line to Project Connect recommendation

An update to regional population estimates has prompted the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make a major change to its proposal for Project Connect. In a memo posted Wednesday, CEO Randy Clarke and Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca said the…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council to address transit-related displacement in anticipation of Project Connect

Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has indefinitely deferred $7.7 million in capital projects and another $11.9 million in operating projects, yet work on Project Connect, the region’s first mass transit system, may soon continue.…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council lands on long-term payment method for Project Connect

In capital costs alone, the city and its residents can expect to contribute around $5.6 billion for the combined pieces of Project Connect. That money will cover investments for two light rail lines, several bus rapid transit “lite” routes and…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO 2040 plan, Stassney Lane overpass highlight common failures of multimodal projects

A recent brief from the Center for American Progress suggests the Austin region’s transportation efforts may ultimately work against its own stated priorities. Kevin DeGood, CAP’s director of Infrastructure Policy and author of the Nov. 13 brief, examined the Capital…

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Project Connect Blue Line yet to be defined

In the shadow of 2014’s failed Highland-Riverside rail ballot measure, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s similarly charted Blue Line is struggling to take form. The Blue Line is one of Project Connect’s two high-capacity transit lines. If approved, it will…

Friday, June 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County Transportation Blueprint: So many projects, so few dollars

Between the city’s ambitious new mobility plan and the region’s transportation vision into 2040, Travis County is now working on prioritizing its own transportation goals for the next 30 years. The Commissioners Court approved a draft of the Transportation Blueprint…

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Getting everyone together for city’s first high-capacity transit line

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has only just begun its initial yearlong leg of conducting preliminary engineering and studying possible modes and alignments for Project Connect’s Orange Line, the city’s first high-capacity regional transit route, but transportation officials are ready for…

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

AECOM wins Orange Line preliminary engineering contract

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority began advertising a contract for preliminary engineering design services and mode recommendations for the Project Connect 21-mile high-capacity Orange Line on Dec. 18, the day after the agency’s board of directors approved Project Connect‘s long-term vision plan.…

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

CapMetro approves Project Connect vision plan

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s long-term vision plan was adopted by the agency’s board of directors Monday afternoon. As per Project Connect program manager Dave Couch, the map – an array of intersecting and parallel lines of various colors and…

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