Tag Archives: Transportation Department

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…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin’s new ‘speed cushions’ spark outcry

Susanne Paul worries that Jester Estates, the affluent Northwest Austin neighborhood where she’s lived for nearly 20 years, may be broken beyond repair. What was once an “extremely friendly” community is now fraught with political divisions that many of her…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

City tentatively talks about dockless bike-sharing

The Austin Transportation Department is taking a studious approach to the dockless bike-sharing companies that have swooped into cities throughout the world in 2017.Active Transportation Program Manager Laura Dierenfield brought the Bicycle Advisory Council into the conversation on Wednesday night…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Why not?

Wrestling with a tough decision… Austin’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America party scored a significant boost this weekend when Council Member Greg Casar agreed to sign up as an official member. The District 4 representative spoke at a…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan no roadblock for Project Connect

The city’s newly published Guadalupe Corridor Plan unsurprisingly turned heads when the Austin Transportation Department published it on Tuesday.Any plan that recommends the elimination of on-street parking and conversion of general purpose lanes into transit-priority lanes can be reliably counted…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Final Guadalupe plan hits the streets

At long last, the city’s shortest corridor has its plan.The Austin Transportation Department today released the much-anticipated Guadalupe Corridor Plan, a 66-page document that calls for a multimodal revolution along the Drag.As expected, the document recommends the conversion of two…

Friday, December 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Smart Mobility Roadmap draft begins its tour of boards and commissions

Two of the human minds behind Austin’s robot car roadmap rolled into City Council chambers on Wednesday evening to show the fruits of their work to the city’s Joint Sustainability Committee.Karla Taylor, Austin Transportation Department chief of staff, and Karl…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Corridor Program Office still preparing road map for voter-approved roadwork

As the first year of its eight-year timeline draws to a close, Austin’s Corridor Program Office is closing in on major milestones in its mad dash to put together the road map that will guide the voter-approved overhaul of several…

Friday, October 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Proposal to change traffic rule draws fire

The Austin Transportation Department is proposing changes to the Traffic Impact Analysis for zoning cases that observers in the development business worry could slow down the process and raise the cost of developing small commercial projects.Transportation Department Assistant Director Annick…

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