Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Friday, December 4, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council delays HealthSouth vote but OKs Red River Street fee waiver

City Council members will have one more week to think about whether they want to choose Aspen Heights Partners, Civilitude, Studio Balcones or STG Design to redevelop the former HealthSouth tract at 1215 Red River and 606 E. 12th St.…

Friday, November 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council not yet sold on street impact fee plan

City Council passed the first of three readings for a street impact fee program on Thursday, marking a milestone in the multi-year effort to guarantee that developers help carry the cost of adding new transportation infrastructure. Council approved the first…

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown Commission defends cars on Congress

As the Austin Transportation Department continues to build out Congress Avenue’s protected bike lanes and make intersection safety improvements, the Downtown Commission wants to ensure that the changes will not result in reduced capacity – the number of cars able…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Bike Austin fights for Healthy Streets

The Austin Transportation Department removed two segments of Healthy Streets last week, and barring another wave of cases of Covid-19, will continue winding down the initiative by removing one or two street projects every couple of weeks until all eight…

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City advances speed management projects

On the heels of an ongoing citywide speed limit reduction program, the Austin Transportation Department has launched a new traffic calming program to help retrofit Austin’s streets for an increasingly urban environment. The speed mitigation program is intended to complement…

Thursday, October 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Healthy Streets inspires slow streets pilot

With cases of Covid-19 on the decline in Austin, the Transportation Department is preparing to wind down the Healthy Streets initiative, a safe mobility and social distancing program that’s been in effect since May 22. The department will start by…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin B-cycle rebranded as MetroBike

Transportation contributes more to local air pollution than any other economic sector and will soon be the largest source of local greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet. Yet three-quarters of all work commutes in Austin are still made by private…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Savana Dunning

New changes to Congress Avenue mark step toward permanent street redesign

Austin Transportation is installing the first of many temporary safety and mobility additions to Congress Avenue this week as the interim step toward the city’s complete redesign project launched in 2017. During the four- to six-week phased installation process, the…

Friday, September 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves SAVES resolution to rescue vital businesses

City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday night directing the city manager to bring back viable funding options by Oct. 1 to help sustain the city’s service sector through the ongoing economic pressures of Covid-19. All the Council members, Mayor…

Friday, September 11, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

After ‘damaging’ diversity training, city won’t use company again for similar workshops

A diversity training described by city of Austin employees as “hurtful” and “emotionally and professionally damaging” has prompted the city to prevent an employee assistance company from doing this type of training for staff again. In August 2019, the Austin…

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Tiered-rate parking payment system to free up parking spots, decrease use of parking tickets

Over the next month and a half, the Austin Transportation Department will be updating on-street parking meters to a more flexible “pay-by-plate” system that will make it easier for drivers to add extra time to a parking session. The new…

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by Samuel King

New online dashboard tracks traffic crash trends in Austin

The Austin Transportation Department has unveiled a new tool for the public to track the number of traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the city. The Vision Zero Viewer allows people to see where the most crashes are happening and how…

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation announces plans for three new Healthy Streets for safe active mobility

Over the next two weeks, the Austin Transportation Department will set up sawhorses and signage for three new Healthy Streets corridors for the second batch of the program, adding to the city’s five existing street segments for socially distanced active…

Monday, July 6, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks advocates push $750M bond proposal to add sidewalks, trails throughout city

Parks and transportation advocates hope to put a $750 million bond proposal on the November ballot that would fund many construction projects centered around “active transportation” found in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. The effort, led by the group Austin…

Friday, June 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation promises more community engagement with new Healthy Streets

The Austin Transportation Department is reviewing six new Healthy Streets candidates for the program’s second batch of streets open for safe, socially distanced bicycling, walking and rolling. Since the program’s rollout, the department’s Director Robert Spillar said the Healthy Streets…

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City could see sharp decline in traffic fatalities after speed limit reductions

City Council recently made a decision to decrease speed limits to 25 mph on most residential streets. Now it’s up to the Transportation Department to implement the new limits, educate the public and partner with the Austin Police Department to…

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

New bikeways earn Austin a spot among best bike cities in 2020

Austin has landed a spot in the top 20 best cities for bicycling in a recent survey by the U.S-based bike advocacy group PeopleForBikes. The city received an overall score of 3.0 out of 5, tying with Los Angeles, Detroit…

Monday, June 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Garza suggests color-coded speed zones to slow car traffic

At least in the short term, the Austin Transportation Department is hanging its hopes of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries on a proposal that would drop most downtown and residential streets to a 25 mph speed limit while coordinating…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation proposes slowing some city streets to 25 mph limit

Despite a 50 percent decrease in driving as a result of the city’s Stay Home, Work Safe order, traffic fatalities are up nearly 26 percent this year compared to last year – which also saw a sharp increase (about 19…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation updates citation process to change driver behavior

In an effort to address the city’s road safety crisis, the Austin Transportation Department has come up with a way to make drivers understand the consequences of violating traffic laws. As of yesterday, drivers charged with failure to yield will…

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