Tag Archives: Transportation Department

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…

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…

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Council to take up street impact fees today

In an effort to help fund public infrastructure made necessary by new development, the Austin Transportation Department is proposing new street impact fees throughout the city. These one-time fees for developers constructing new sites are intended to help pay for…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

City debuts robot car roadmap

The dawn of the robot car future is just around the corner but the full obsolescence of human drivers is still decades away, according to Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar. More specifically, Spillar told the Mobility Transformation Advisory Council earlier…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin helping cities hit by Hurricane Harvey

City Council unanimously approved mutual aid agreements with the cities of Houston and Victoria at a special called meeting on Tuesday in the wake of devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Mayor Steve Adler and Council members Leslie Pool and Greg Casar…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Vision Zero reports detail progress; crash data mostly unchanged

A pair of documents delivered to city officials last week show that the plan to eliminate all Austin traffic deaths and serious accidents by 2025 is proceeding, and this year’s accident data suggests the effort hasn’t moved the needle in…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan still in the works

The long-delayed report that will recommend giving two lanes of Austin’s iconic Drag entirely to buses is near the finish line, according to Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar. “If these improvements are to be considered for funding, we’ve got to…

Friday, August 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Robot car revolution could usurp tens of millions of dollars from city coffers

With no cars to park, whither the parking fees? That question is one of many that the city of Austin will have to answer as it prepares for a possible future where personal car ownership is replaced by shared fleets…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Pedestrian Safety Action Plan open for public comment

Austin’s road to eliminating traffic deaths will involve more planning and at least one new tool in the toolbox according to the draft version of the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The document – itself a recommendation of the Vision Zero…

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Jack Craver

City continues to work on Zilker special event parking

The city transportation department is adamant: Nothing has been determined yet about parking for special events held in Zilker Park. Hence, the meeting at the Austin Energy headquarters on Barton Spring Road Thursday evening was an opportunity for Austinites to…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin unveils new guide for the future of street design

Austin is in the process of adopting several plans that will guide the future of development and transportation in the region. Yesterday, the city revealed a new guide for the future of street design. It takes into account some key…

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Creek project creates long delay for bridge replacement in Southeast Austin

A major piece of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in Southeast Austin will have been out of commission for nearly five years before it finally reopens, according to the most optimistic plans at the city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. The…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Special event parking near Zilker might not be that bad

City officials involved in crafting a new special event parking permit program are urging people to relax. A proposal to limit parking in neighborhoods near Zilker Park during major events, notably Austin City Limits Festival, ABC Kite Festival and the…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Updated: City dives into corridor studies with southern region sessions

Austin’s Transportation Department is moving ahead with efforts to determine what should be done with the $482 million in corridor improvements voters approved last fall as part of the $720 million mobility bond. Thus far the department has completed six…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Effort to move buses faster stalls at Urban Transportation Commission

Top local transportation planners on Tuesday tapped the brakes on an activist-crafted effort aimed at increasing transit use. At the monthly Urban Transportation Commission meeting, Transportation Director Rob Spillar, Corridor Program Implementation Office Director Mike Trimble and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Jack Craver

Downtown change: new rail station, more two-way traffic

In two votes Thursday, City Council approved funding to help the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority build a new downtown rail station and public plaza to serve the Red Line and gave the OK to turn East Fifth Street into a…

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council gears up for mobility bond investments

City Council is on the verge of approving tens of millions of dollars to help jump-start the ambitious mobility bond program voters approved last November. The agenda holds a full six items that would cumulatively earmark $39 million for transportation…

Friday, April 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves Smart Trips program

City Council on Thursday approved the second iteration of Smart Trips, an education and outreach program aimed at getting people in Central Austin out of their cars and onto sidewalks, bikes and buses. The first iteration took place between April…

Monday, March 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin officials rap about Smart Cities, robot cars at SXSW

Nine months after Austin lost the federal Smart City Challenge to Columbus, Ohio, the vision of a data-enhanced urban future is still alive and well. Top officials from Mayor Steve Adler to Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar took time during…

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