Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin to consider extending parking meter hours downtown

If you’ve ever tried to park in downtown Austin, you’ve probably found yourself circling the streets a few times before finding a spot. The city is exploring changes to make more parking available during peak traffic time – but that…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Highways and interstates a top priority for pedestrian safety plan

Austin appears to have had some early success in recovering from an all-time high in road fatalities in 2015, with 76 in 2016 compared to 102 the year prior. But reaching zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 remains the…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council reopens path to chauffeur’s permit for many criminal offenders

City Council took action on Thursday that could help put some disqualified taxi and transportation network company drivers back on Austin roads. The amendment to the city code tweaked an existing ordinance that Council passed in June that restricted many…

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Corridor plans could yield new traffic law, but buses might not benefit as promised

Mayor Steve Adler’s sales pitch for his successful $720 million transportation bond promised the creation of new bus pullouts along major city corridors so that, in his words, “cars can keep on going when the bus pulls over.” Transit advocates…

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Jack Craver

Speed limits going down on parts of Lamar and Parmer

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving to reduce speed limits on sections of two busy roadways in Austin. At least one City Council member, however, is hoping the city can go further than what the state agency put forward…

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Beneath the bond debate, planners begin exhaustive assessment of Austin’s transportation future

As Austin voters wrangle with a mobility bond on the November ballot, city planners are gearing up to draft a new transportation policy road map to guide decisions for decades to come. Work on the Strategic Mobility Plan soft-launched earlier…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Proposal to kick cars off downtown street yields a surprise

A proposal to move cars off of two downtown blocks would have a surprising benefit to late-night congestion, according to the Austin Transportation Department. Transportation Department staff told the City Council Mobility Committee on Wednesday that accommodating the Capital Metropolitan…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove memos defend city process

A lengthy series of memos defending the city’s review of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development emerged yesterday, and it could set the stage for the case returning to City Council later this month. Attorney Jeff Howard, who…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin loses Smart City bid to Columbus

It appears that United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has decided that Austin is not a Smart City. On Tuesday, Ohio’s two members of the U.S. Senate announced that their state capital, Columbus, won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s…

Friday, June 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs contract for impact fee study

With City Council Member Don Zimmerman opposed, Council voted 7-1 Thursday to award a $1.18 million contract for a transportation impact fee study to Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. in anticipation of adopting developer impact fees to pay for street improvements…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

CodeNEXT leader: City adding costs to code rewrite

The chair of the citizens group advising the city of Austin on the rewrite of the city’s land-use regulations has voiced concerns that the contract for the project, known as CodeNEXT, is being used as a “mothership on which to…

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Some confusion at Austin’s first ride-hailing driver fair

Former full-time Uber and Lyft driver Kurt Wagenman showed up to Austin’s first transportation network company (TNC) driver fair on Tuesday with a misleading email in his inbox. “As the city has mentioned, (fingerprinting) will be free for now,” read…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s Vision Zero plan begins final march to Council

The city of Austin’s Vision Zero plan continued its final parade through boards and commissions Monday with a visit to the Public Safety Commission. And while some commissioners were dissatisfied with the 94-page document, others had little to say. “About…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City launches affordable parking program, raises meter rates

In a striking display of balance, the city’s Transportation Department will both raise downtown parking meter rates and launch a pilot program that aims to ease parking burdens for downtown service industry workers – all in one fell swoop. First,…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Audit pinpoints Transportation Department trouble

Austin’s top local transportation official is taking in stride a newly released report from the city auditor that finds plenty of room for improvement on city transportation initiatives. Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar said he wasn’t surprised by any of…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Transportation Department rolls with punches at polka-dotted intersection

A small Austin Transportation Department project that attracted worldwide headlines earlier this year has had a bumpier road than originally anticipated. The polka-dotted intersection at East Sixth and Waller streets in East Austin became a minor sensation when crews first…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Music and moments of vindication

Which genre do you live in?… In case you missed it, the city’s district music summits kicked off this weekend with the punk/alternative summit in District 2. Even if you didn’t go, there are nine summits left to catch, each…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Discount program aims to detour truckers around Austin

The Texas Transportation Commission voted on Thursday to give cross-state truckers extra incentive to avoid Austin’s notoriously congested stretch of Interstate 35. With only one dissenting voice, the five-person commission – a board of gubernatorial appointees that oversees the Texas…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Activists upset about Grove transportation review

Members of the Bull Creek Road Coalition are expressing alarm about what they consider an abrupt end to the transportation review process for Milestone Community Builder’s planned unit development called the Grove at Shoal Creek. Architect Chris Allen sent out…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin competes for $50 million Smart City grant

A broad coalition of Austin’s political and business leaders is excited about the prospect of the city being awarded $50 million to put in place a variety of groundbreaking “smart” transit technologies. In a presentation to City Council on Thursday,…

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