Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Alternative to MoPac “double-deck” being studied

In the wake of public outcry against a proposal to add elevated lanes to MoPac Expressway over Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is considering an alternative that the Austin Transportation Department first put…

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Updated: City staff asks for more Uber, Lyft accountability

Uber and Lyft drivers are operating all over Austin, but there is no way, sans app, to point out their cars, and the city can’t keep track of who has signed up. Transportation Department staff, however, are hoping that will…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council to disperse quarter-cent fund “equitably”

On Thursday, City Council took the first step in a plan to disperse the $21.8 million remaining in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Quarter-Cent Fund “equitably across all Council districts” for transportation and mobility improvement projects.In a resolution, Council directed…

Monday, June 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Changes coming to City Hall parking

Changes are coming to the City Hall parking garage this summer. Garage users will have to find a new route to their space. And, once there, they may need to have a little more cash on hand.According to a May 29…

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Sunny Sone

City lacks funding for pedestrian hybrid beacons

Transportation Department staff revealed that the city is out of funding for pedestrian hybrid beacons, leaving a backlog of more than 100 requests for beacons around the city. During the regular meeting of the Pedestrian Advisory Council, staff presented the…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members lock down South Austin gate

The Planning Commission and the city’s legal department will address a section of city code today that could give commissioners discretion over connectivity in preliminary plans. Last week, City Council exercised its own discretion and passed a resolution that will…

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Jenny Blair

Bike signal debate triggers acrimony at Council

Some Austin City Council members grew irritated while debating the problems of bicycles at intersections and whether to accept grant money that could ease those problems at Thursday’s meeting.At issue was a proposal that the Austin Transportation Department accept $200,000 in…

Friday, February 13, 2015 by Jenny Blair

Transit priority lanes considered for the Drag

Close to half of all rush-hour travelers through the Drag may go by bus, and the busy corridor’s future may include dedicated bus lanes, commissioners learned at Tuesday’s Urban Transportation Commission meeting.The Austin Transportation Department is studying ways to improve the…

Monday, December 15, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City moves to make meters count for businesses

At their last meeting, City Council members endorsed a change that could allow metered parking spaces to be counted toward off-street parking requirements for businesses outside of downtown. However, it will be up to the new Council to decide whether…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City switches downtown streets to slow traffic

Plans to convert downtown’s Seventh, Eighth, Brazos and Colorado streets from one-way to two-way streets are underway.On Monday, City Council’s Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee heard a presentation on a timeline for the change from acting Transportation Department Assistant Director…

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City puts kibosh on new downtown special events

Downtown Austin’s two favorite activities — construction and special events — may have finally pushed each other too far. Tuesday, city staff issued a memo that declared a moratorium on new downtown street events, effective immediately, due to the large…

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Bicycle Advisory Council keeps Austin on two wheels

Bicycling is big in Austin. When you are the home of Lance Armstrong, even with his tarnished image, you’re bound to have a lot of two-wheelers on your roads, and Austin does. In fact, USA Today recently named Austin as one…

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Lamar development problems get closer look

Development in the city’s South Lamar neighborhood may be approaching a tipping point. A recent report could have the city scrambling to make sure it doesn’t capsize.“Are we just going to give up on this neighborhood, or are we going…

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