Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

City continues to work toward Vision Zero goals

As of this past weekend, there have been 48 traffic fatalities in Austin since the beginning of the year. The city, according to an ambitious plan passed three years ago, would like to bring the number of annual traffic deaths…

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council likely to delay vote on street impact fees

City Council will likely allow two more weeks for dialogue before the Austin Transportation Department begins crafting details of its street impact fee program.With Council expected to adopt street impact fees in January 2020, Council Member Ann Kitchen said during…

Friday, July 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission pushes for better mobility management around work zones

Despite the city’s plans for multimodal transportation infrastructure, proper bike lanes and fully accessible sidewalks are still a scarce public amenity in many parts of Austin. They are also often the first areas within the right of way to be…

Monday, July 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Transportation Department lays out plans for speed management

The Austin Transportation Department will ask City Council for $500,000 in new funding in the next budget to pay for a speed management program that will support Vision Zero’s goal to eliminate traffic deaths in the city.The funding would pay…

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Ford launches mobility challenge to address health in East Austin

Ford Motor Co. initiated an eight-month mobility challenge Monday to identify and fund ideas that could help East Austin residents access the resources necessary for a healthy lifestyle.“We just celebrated as a company our 116th birthday,” said Jeff Jones, vice…

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 and…

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Price tag to fix Shoal Creek landslide balloons

After more than a year of negotiations with property owners over how to repair a landslide along Shoal Creek, the city of Austin is moving ahead with the project – but it could cost millions more than initially thought.In May…

Monday, June 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation releases yearly report

The Austin Transportation Department released its annual report for 2018 on Friday, featuring a month-by-month breakdown of its major accomplishments from last year as well as an overview of its $52 million in operating budget spending.The report highlights five major…

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City no longer the ‘wild, wild west’ of scooters

Imprudent scooter users could now face fines of up to $40 for breaking the city’s new rules of conduct for micro-mobility devices (scooters, skateboards, etc.).Though they decided to postpone two of the Austin Transportation Department’s three proposed micro-mobility ordinances, City…

Friday, May 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

CDC study says Austin scooter riders don’t wear helmets, ride fast and don’t know what they’re doing

Nearly 200 people were injured because of rentable scooters between Sept. 5 and Nov. 30 last year, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin Public Health Department.During that time, there were…

Monday, March 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City to consider franchise model for dockless mobility

Austin Transportation has been steadily slowing the stream of dockless units coming into the city and is now considering a 50 percent cut to the number of dockless mobility operators licensed to deploy their scooters and bikes.In a presentation to…

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

ASMP is here to guide the multimodal path to 2039

The city of Austin is inviting public comment as the final draft of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan makes its way to various city boards and commissions beginning this week and continuing through March. The full document was made available…

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Jack Craver

Council members agree: Cars are not the solution

If the Thursday meeting was any indication, every member of City Council believes that the key to fixing Austin’s transportation problems is reducing the population’s reliance on automobiles.Council members peppered city transportation staff with questions and critiques in response to…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Vision Zero advocates look to Legislature to help reduce traffic deaths

In 2015, Austin hit a record high in road deaths: 102. In the two subsequent years, things have improved, with 79 and 76 people perishing in 2016 and 2017, respectively. By the beginning of December, 69 had died this year…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Transportation Dept. faulted in right-of-way audit

When Austinites are asked for their top complaints about the city, one of the most frequent responses relates to traffic. The central city is particularly congested and contractors working in the right-of-way exacerbate the problem.According to a report released by…

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City cracks down on Lime scooters

In the same week that Parks and Recreation announced a controversial pilot program allowing electric bikes and scooters on several of the city’s most popular trails, the Austin Transportation Department has temporarily subtracted 1,000 scooters from the number of Lime’s…

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin explores options for new pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake

There are enjoyable ways to walk or bike across Lady Bird Lake, but the Pleasant Valley Bridge is not one of them. A narrow sidewalk, a chain-link fence and low guardrails are all features that make the East Austin crossing…

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Tech leaders consider autonomous vehicles, scooters and more to solve transit

For all the debate and hope over new transit plans and the potential for light rail to move Austin residents around quickly and efficiently, the city’s growing traffic and transportation problems come down to simple math. That was the point…

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Old Enfield: Another neighborhood divided over speed humps

It’s no wonder that the Transportation Department gets a lot of grief in a city as choked by traffic as Austin.Some of the complaints are unfounded or make demands that city transportation experts will not agree to. However, said Annick…

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Parking, recklessness among scooter concerns for city’s disability committee

Amid concerns over the safety of people in wheelchairs and the visually impaired, the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities pressed the Austin Transportation Department to take steps soon to improve the behavior of users of rentable motorized scooters, and…

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