Tag Archives: Transportation Department

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 Outside,…

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 team…

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 and…

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…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation updates enforcement to keep bike lanes clear of cars

At least in theory, the Austin Transportation Department has long been able to ticket drivers for illegally parking in bike lanes. In practice, however, such enforcement has been inconsistent.The Austin Transportation Department started making hires this week in an effort…

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Mose Buchele

Austin backs off plans to stabilize Shoal Creek slope after impasse with landowners

The city is abandoning efforts to stabilize a part of the cliff that runs along the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail near Pease Park after landowners up the hill refused to grant property easements needed for the work.Heavy rain…

Friday, January 17, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City studies higher fines and fees for parking

Around 30 percent of Austin’s downtown traffic congestion can be attributed to drivers circling in search of a parking space. In order to solve that problem, Austin Transportation Department’s Parking Enterprise division has launched an effort to address the specific…

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Transportation Department releases Rainey Mobility Study

The Austin Transportation Department published a report this week analyzing the traffic impacts of future mobility scenarios for downtown’s Rainey neighborhood.“The popularity of the Rainey Street entertainment district has led to mobility challenges and concerns over interactions between pedestrians, bicyclists,…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation makes strides for transparent project data

The Pedestrian Advisory Council is asking the city for more public updates on mobility projects as the Austin Transportation Department continues developing its online interactive database.Last Monday evening, the advisory board unanimously passed a recommendation drafted by chair Adam Greenfield…

Friday, January 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown walk signals get a safety upgrade

The Austin Transportation Department took a big step for safety this week by reprograming downtown traffic signals to give pedestrians more time to cross before motorists enter the intersection. “Leading pedestrian intervals,” as the signal timing tool is called, give…

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Activist-led transportation bond vision adjusted and finalized

The team behind the Wheel Deal, a community-led concept for a 2020 transportation-focused bond, released its final plan Wednesday after making several adjustments to its initial plan based on public input.While the group sharply cut proposed funding in a number…

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Parking pilot to free up on-street parking, create parking solutions for construction site personnel

The Austin Transportation Department is pursuing a multiyear parking pilot to reduce the impact of parking during construction at downtown sites.In a Jan. 2 memo, Transportation Director Robert Spillar said the Downtown Construction Workers Parking Pilot is partially based on…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Samuel King

No cars, but bikes and scooters will be allowed on Rainey Street during weekend closure

Beginning tonight, Thursday, Rainey Street will close to vehicle traffic three nights a week as part of a pilot program to ease congestion.Initially, bikes, scooters and pedicabs were going to be banned during the closure, but staff from the Austin…

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board member ‘completely opposed’ to meters in parks

Last week, the city of Austin changed the prices on its parking meters for the first time in nearly 30 years. Prices jumped from $1.20 inside the city’s downtown core – $1 outside of that core – to $2 an…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

The cost of metered street parking in Austin is going up

The cost of parking in a metered, on-street space in Austin is going up. Beginning next Monday, the standard meter rate around Austin will be $2 per hour.The current metered rate is $1.20 inside the city’s downtown core, from Interstate…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin’s bicycle network

On this edition of Austin Monitor Radio, street designer and network planner Nathan Wilkes of the Austin Transportation Department sits down with Monitor editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the city’s new, interactive All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network tool,…

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Red River realignment adds to concerns for campus bike safety

Since Jan. 28, the night Tony Diaz was killed while cycling through the University of Texas campus, university management has listened to and considered calls for safer bicycle facilities on San Jacinto Boulevard, a popular cycling route both for students…

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