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Tag Archives: Transportation Department

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…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Affordable Parking Program expands

Downtown parking may have just gotten a bit easier, thanks to a public-private partnership aimed at downtown service industry workers.The city of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance announced yesterday that, after a partnership with Premier Parking, the Affordable Parking…

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…

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