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Friday, December 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State officials steamroll toll lanes out of I-35 plans

The Texas Transportation Commission drove the Capital Express into a bar ditch on Thursday morning.Despite a full-court, bipartisan press from local political and business leaders, the commission voted unanimously to strip from the Texas Department of Transportation’s 10-year construction program…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Research hopes to fill in the gaps for bicycle and pedestrian data

Traffic is terrible.City and state officials are really good at counting cars to see how terrible traffic is and how it got that way, but that sort of data-collection infrastructure doesn’t exist for bike and pedestrian data. New research hopes…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Environmental concerns delay city action on upcoming MoPac project

Several City Council members want more information about the planned expansion of MoPac Expressway before they sign off on a key funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.Council voted 9-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to postpone an amendment…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro no longer counting on ambitious I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation’s big new plans for Interstate 35 through Austin may be the end of the road for the local transit agency’s hopes for bus rapid transit on the highway.“We don’t know for sure at this point,…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson presents a new plan for I-35

State Sen. Kirk Watson unveiled a radical vision for the future of Central Austin on Monday: No more dual decks on Interstate 35.Watson’s speech before the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce marked the debut of a new plan concocted by…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT document reveals limp projections for I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation has projected less than stellar ridership numbers for a proposed enhanced bus line on I-35, but a top Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority official says he isn’t losing any sleep over it.On Wednesday, Capital Metro Vice…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor sees collective effort in revitalizing east downtown

Just before the new year, Mayor Steve Adler wrote a lengthy post on the City Council Message Board, titled: “Possible solution to downtown puzzle.”He later said it wasn’t so much a puzzle, but that there were a lot of pieces…

Monday, January 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding Twitter

Vela to Dukes: Time to go… Embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (Austin) has reneged on her promise to step down from her seat, leaving in limbo those who were hoping to replace her and actively campaigning to do so. One of…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Construction set to start on SH 45 SW

A drawn-out, polarizing political battle that has kept anxious observers on the edges of their seats could be effectively settled for good on Tuesday.The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced on Monday that crews could begin construction on the controversial…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT considers expanding Loop 360

Faced with increasing congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation is narrowing its options for the potential transformation of Loop 360.The agency published on Friday a 50-page study of the highway. It envisions nine separate scenarios that range from doing nothing…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Capacity, regional cooperation take center stage at transportation forum

Standing beside four other representatives from local and regional governments on Tuesday, Mike Heiligenstein of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority declared that Central Texas has to build its way out of congestion.“We cannot solve our problem without adding capacity…

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Environmentalists win one round of SH 45 SW suit

Federal Judge Lee Yeakel has rejected arguments from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority that would have ended a lawsuit against the two transportation agencies. The suit was filed by various environmental organizations and…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

$720 million mobility bond could feature hidden costs

The price tag of Austin’s second-largest transportation bond proposal ever has been pegged at $720 million, but extra costs could pile as high as $20 million if voters approve the package in November.The central piece of the plan calls for…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Jo Clifton

TxDOT can’t participate in Balcones permit program

An official with the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan has informed the Texas Department of Transportation that the department is not allowed to participate in the BCCP permit in conjunction with its work on State Highway 45 Southwest.Carlos Swonke, director of…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

MoPac construction causing environmental anxiety

Construction has not yet begun, but already the Save Our Springs Alliance, the Save Barton Creek Association and the citizens who filed suit against the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority over the expansion and…

Monday, July 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT clarifies MoKan dos and MoKan don’ts

The Texas Department of Transportation has closed the door on running public transit without an accessory road project on a future travel corridor that runs between Interstate 35 and State Highway 130.On Thursday, a TxDOT spokesperson told the Austin Monitor…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO approves long list of short-term projects

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) on Wednesday night approved a nearly $1 billion laundry list of transportation projects that are set to break ground over the next four years.The 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) contains a total of…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson’s I-35 plan: No need for a bond election

State Sen. Kirk Watson will reveal several ambitious proposals for infrastructure investments in Interstate 35 on Thursday, and none of them involve asking Austin voters for permission this November.Watson, former mayor of Austin, is set to deliver his suite of…

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Two environmental groups plan to sue TxDOT

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Save Our Springs Alliance have notified the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that they intend to file suit against the agencies for approving the so-called MoPac Intersections project without…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail hits major roadblock

A top official with the Lone Star Rail District, or LSTAR, said his agency will continue chugging along despite a serious setback that puts its fundamental mission in jeopardy.On Tuesday, Jerry Wilmoth, Union Pacific’s general manager of network infrastructure, sent…

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