Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Monday, October 11, 2021 by Willow Higgins

Vision Zero initiative beginning to reduce some types of car crashes

A representative from Austin’s Transportation Department appeared before City Council’s Mobility Committee Tuesday to give an update on Vision Zero, the city’s goal to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. While traffic fatalities have been on the rise over the…

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City reaches halfway milestone on bike network buildout

This month marked a big milestone for cycling in Austin: The city’s All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network reached its halfway completion point, making getting places by bike more comfortable and convenient. So far, the AAA network includes 215 miles…

Monday, August 30, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Transportation budget includes post-pandemic rebound in parking fees

The Transportation Department’s $152 million budget was made possible in part by a rebound in parking revenue after a steep decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which drastically reduced single-passenger vehicle use for much of 2020. In a presentation to…

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Renteria opposes Red River extension into Rainey Street, MACC area

Council Member Pio Renteria has come out against a proposal to create a new roadway through the Rainey Street district that would require using some of the land provided by the city for the creation of the Emma S. Barrientos…

Friday, August 13, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

New street impact fee will make development more predictable, ATD says

The Austin Transportation Department updated members of the City Council Mobility Committee last week on the city’s new street impact fee, which developers will pay to offset impacts from increased car trips to and from new buildings. Council adopted the…

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Red River extension into Rainey neighborhood draws concern from MACC backers

The city’s Transportation Department is circulating the latest plans for a southern expansion of Red River Street, which would create a new thoroughfare through the Rainey Street neighborhood to address growing traffic concerns. While the heaviest public comment on the…

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Living Streets petition urges city to allow resident-led streetscape changes

Earlier this year, neighbors living along the city’s Healthy Streets – a program that blocked through traffic and slowed cars on selected streets – had an idea: Why not use paint, barrels, picnic tables, and other materials to invite people…

Friday, May 28, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

As temporary Healthy Streets close, permanent version prepares to open

As Austin’s Healthy Streets program winds down, with less than four miles of the temporary slow streets remaining, the city is preparing a new pilot program for 10 permanent Healthy Streets. The pilot will “test the application of our Healthy Streets…

Friday, March 12, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Big changes coming to Airport and North Lamar with reallocation of 2016 bond funds

Complete makeovers to two prominent streets have moved up the city’s to-do list. North Lamar Boulevard between U.S. Highway 183 and Rundberg Lane and Airport Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and U.S. 183 are slated for reconstruction by…

Friday, March 5, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Bonds to fund new transportation staff

On Thursday City Council approved the release of bond funding from the 2020 transportation and safety bond. The funding will allow the Transportation Department to hire an additional 27 employees and the Public Works Department to hire eight new employees…

Friday, March 5, 2021 by Harrison Young

Updated: Reversible lanes may be coming to South First

The Austin Transportation Department’s plans to install reversible travel lanes on South First Street, in order to decrease travel delays on one of Austin’s busiest commuter thoroughfares, are being studied. The project area surrounds a new development at the former…

Monday, March 1, 2021 by Harrison Young

Construction imminent for Longhorn Dam bridge

The Austin Transportation Department has decided on Longhorn Dam’s new bike and pedestrian bridge, which is designed to increase safety on Pleasant Valley Road and connect trails and parks in the area. The bridge’s design is “wishbone style” and will…

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Winter weather shuts down the city

The storm that brought Austin to a standstill continues to impact city operations this week. Services are closed across the city due to extreme weather with an expectation that more winter is on the way. City officials announced Monday that…

Friday, January 22, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Mobility Committee hears update on Proposition B plans

At Thursday’s City Council Mobility Committee meeting, city staffers described what 2021 has in store for the numerous projects funded by Proposition B, the $460 million active mobility bond that voters passed overwhelmingly in November.  Staff members across several city…

Thursday, January 21, 2021 by Harrison Young

Mobility Committee to receive annual update on bond fund plan

At today’s meeting, the City Council Mobility Committee will discuss the Mobility Annual Plan, a document that explains how mobility bond funds are used citywide. The meeting is part of a larger annual effort to incorporate public feedback into the…

Monday, January 11, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Despite fewer drivers, more people died on Austin roads in 2020 than in the past five years

The first traffic death on Aug. 26 happened just before 7 a.m. A man was making a left-hand turn out of an apartment complex in West Austin; he was killed after his car collided with a Jeep Cherokee. Later that…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Urban Transportation Commission creates working group to form I-35 recommendations

A Texas A&M Transportation Institute report recently ranked the segment of Interstate 35 that goes through Austin the most congested roadway in the state. This congestion is one of the reasons behind the I-35 Capital Express Project, a multiyear, multibillion-dollar…

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves street impact fee program

Beginning in mid-2022, developers eager to contribute to Austin’s growth will need to pitch in to help pay for the transportation infrastructure costs necessitated by the new development. The street impact fee program that City Council unanimously adopted last week…

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 a design team made up of Aspen Heights Partners, Civilitude, Studio Balcones and STG Design to redevelop the former HealthSouth tract at 1215 Red…

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…

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