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Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Friday, June 29, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Austin hopes deregulation will save taxi companies

Austin’s City Council on Thursday approved a radical change in the city’s taxicab regulations that the Transportation Department drew up in the hopes of saving the industry.The most important of the changes is the deregulation of fares. That means each…

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

‘Speed cushions’ hit Health and Human Services Committee

Though the program that brings new speed cushions to Austin is currently in a holding pattern, the City Council Health and Human Services Committee received an update regarding traffic calming devices at its meeting last Wednesday afternoon.Chair Ora Houston said…

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Transportation Commission endorses paid parking near Deep Eddy Pool

The Urban Transportation Commission on Tuesday night got behind a proposal to add parking meters to streets on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake near Austin High School.The plan would create a parking management district stretching from Deep Eddy…

Friday, June 8, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Local group launches effort to enhance statewide transit funding

The launch of a grass-roots campaign to expand transit funding across Texas kicked off in Austin Wednesday night with input from regional officials and activists, and, from the audience, some impromptu criticism of the local bus service.Dubbed One Thousand Texans…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Solution for Shoal Creek landslide coming soon

City engineers are getting closer to figuring out how to fix a catastrophic landslide that knocked out a portion of the Shoal Creek Trail earlier this month.“By the end of next week, we’re probably going to have an idea of…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two years after Vision Zero, when will Austin streets be safer for pedestrians?

Before he was killed, 14-year-old Alexei Bauereis had quit the backyard stunts like jumping from trees onto roofs and downhill skateboarding that defined his childhood. He was saving his legs for ballet.“Dance was so important to him,” said Eric Bauereis,…

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Transportation Department revises sweeping taxi recommendations

The Austin Transportation Department staff has scaled back a set of draft recommendations aimed at saving the city’s flagging taxi franchises.On Tuesday evening, Acting Mobility Services Division Manager Jacob Culberson revealed to the Urban Transportation Commission a revised version of…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Is CodeNEXT spreading?

Contagion… Is the trauma of CodeNEXT spreading to other Central Texas cities? That’s the horrific question at least one Sunset Valley resident must have asked herself when she opened her mailbox recently. Inside was a postcard sent by the city…

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council votes to clarify the road ahead for Austin’s $482M corridor plan

Austin voters now have a clearer road map for a slate of bond-funded projects intended to relieve congestion and improve city infrastructure on a massive scale.With little more than a guarantee from City Council, voters overwhelmingly approved a $720 million…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Scoot on

Much ado about scooting… As best as we can tell, the Scooter Wars hyped up on social media have largely been playing out as a sitzkrieg. Absent thus far is the oppressive sidewalk clutter – dubbed “mobility spam” by one…

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 the…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

After two dockless scooter companies launch in Austin, city speeds up rule process

Jumping the gun works, it seems.While city staff was devising a pilot program to govern dockless bikes and scooters, expecting to bring a proposal to Council members in June, two companies dropped their electric scooters throughout the city. Now the…

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Ornithology edition

Bird brains… After the Uber and Lyft fiasco of 2016 and the city’s crackdown against rogue bike-sharing companies in 2017, we have no idea why rent-a-scooter firm Bird figured it’d be a swell idea to try to elbow its way…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless scooter company takes flight in Austin

For the third time in four years, a brand-new technology-enabled transportation company has set up shop on Austin’s streets without seeking the city’s official blessing.On Thursday morning, the California-based company known as Bird released what one company official described as…

Monday, March 26, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Dockless bike-share pilot development rolls forward

More than a year after an aborted attempt to move into Austin without permission, several dockless bike-sharing companies have switched gears and are now patiently working with the Transportation Department as it develops a pilot program that could put the…

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council positioned to delay corridor program decision

City Council appears all but certain to postpone a scheduled vote on Thursday on the draft Corridor Construction Program, the highly ambitious blueprint for spending an unprecedented amount of bond money in a particularly condensed time frame.During Tuesday’s work session,…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

Transportation Department defends ‘speed cushions’

Transportation Director Robert Spillar showed up at a meeting of the Public Safety Commission on Monday to defend “speed cushions,” the traffic-calming devices that have infuriated motorists across the city, most notably in a Northwest Austin neighborhood that successfully campaigned…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contra-flow lane eyed as solution to up-up, down-down lurching of traffic at MLK

While plans to dedicate two lanes on the Drag to transit have been shelved for the moment, city planners hope to tweak another bus bottleneck on the Guadalupe Street corridor using 2016 mobility bond money.Tucked away in the proposed Corridor…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City unveils proposed Corridor Construction Program

The long-awaited proposed Corridor Construction Program, the road map to Mayor Steve Adler’s Smart Corridor Plan that he’s now touting as potentially “genius,” is finally out of the stable.The city’s Corridor Program Office has been working to develop the program…

Monday, January 22, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Is back

Lee’s new team?… Former Mayor Lee Leffingwell never had the noted social media chops of his successor (or his successor’s spokesperson, at least), and after he stepped down in 2015, his Twitter account mostly retired with him. In 2017, he…

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