Tag Archives: Transportation Department

Monday, February 22, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: STRs forever (and ever)

Airbnb talks SXSW… Once again, short-term rentals are coming back to City Council. With a phase-out of Type 2 short-term rentals still on the table, the industry’s biggest players are working to let Austinites know the value they bring to…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

What is up with Austin’s traffic signals?

This story is part of KUT’s ATXplained series, which solicits story topics from listeners and investigates those that get the most online votes from the public. The winning topic for this segment was: traffic light synchronization.Picture it: You’re idling at…

Monday, December 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Politics clash with process over quarter-cent fund

The idea of dividing Capital Metro’s quarter-cent fund among Austin’s districts based on community recommendations has strong support from City Council. But just how to go about doing that raised some serious questions about process on Thursday.In June, Council passed…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Cap Metro asks for more transit in spending plan

As City Council considers a plan to disperse the “quarter-cent fund” among transportation projects around the city, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the agency that initially contributed the funding to the city – is asking Council to prioritize more…

Monday, November 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Connectivity conundrum divides Council

With the neighborhood, the developer and the Zoning and Platting Commission all agreeing to a plan that would add a road with access only through an emergency crash gate, City Council approved single-family small lot zoning, SF-4A, for property at…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Committee suggests new Uber, Lyft regulations

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft may be on the way to stricter safety regulations and higher fees based on recommendations that the City Council Mobility Committee made on Wednesday.The operating fee recommendations would establish a charge that…

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council making plans for mobility money

With the budget behind them, Austin City Council members can turn their attention to other projects – chief among them, dividing up a little more than $21 million in money from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The funds are known…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin’s most dangerous intersections to get fixes

There may not be a silver bullet that will fix Austin’s increasing traffic fatality problems, but the city is taking a leap forward by funding safety improvements to its five most dangerous intersections starting in October.With little fanfare, City Council…

Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zimmerman plan to “rebalance” transportation spending splits Council

City Council Member Don Zimmerman would like to see a change in Austin’s transportation infrastructure spending.His proposal, which would mandate at least $2 million per district for mobility Capital Improvement Projects, won varying levels of support from Council Members Ora…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may fix five most dangerous intersections

So far this year, Austin has already had 76 traffic fatalities – 13 more than it did in all of 2014. Now, City Council is considering taking immediate action by funding traffic safety improvements at Austin’s five most dangerous intersections…

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Google gears up for new self-driving car in Austin

Austinites who have spotted Google’s self-driving Lexus in the past couple of months will have a new rarity to keep an eye out for in the next week or so – the company’s “prototype” autonomous vehicle. Built for the task…

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

How to change a street name in Austin? It’s tricky.

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis will stay put on the University of Texas at Austin campus, for now. While a request for a temporary restraining order is holding up the statue relocation, the original decision to move it…

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…

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