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Tag Archives: Urban Rail 2014

2014: An Austin Monitor review

This past year was a dynamic one in Austin, and though the future promises to be just as interesting, at the close of 2014 we invite you to take a trip back over the past 12 months. Though a lot…

Northwest candidates talk transportation, affordability

Urban planning, pod transportation and green energy peppered Tuesday’s debate among City Council candidates vying to represent District 6 in Northwest Austin. All six candidates attended the forum, hosted by the  Austin Monitor KUT News, KXAN and Univision at the…

East Austin candidates pack stage at North Door

Candidates went head-to-head in the race to represent East Austin voters in District 3 at the latest in a series of community forums hosted by the Austin Monitor and KUT News. All of the district’s 12 candidates attended Monday’s question…

District 2 candidates battle to champion Southeast

Three candidates vying to represent Southeast Austin agree — the district has long been ignored and needs a voice on City Council. District 2 covers much of Southeast Austin, including the Dove Springs and Onion Creek neighborhoods and the area…

Council OKs rail ballot tweak; foes protest

Austin City Council members Thursday approved what they called a clarifying language change to what is now a November mobility bond ballot question. As they did so, they continued to hear vocal opposition from a handful of opponents to the…

Council OKs $1 billion transportation bond measure

The Austin City Council unanimously approved a $600 million bond proposition Thursday on the Nov. 4 ballot to help fund a rail initiative, while promising to put an additional $400 million into roadway improvements through other means, probably certificates of obligation…

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Neighborhood group considers opposition to city transportation bonds

Some members of the politically powerful Austin Neighborhoods Council are threatening to withhold support for Austin’s $1 billion Strategic Mobility Plan unless it is significantly changed. Those behind the plan want the U.S. Department of Transportation to freeze federal matching…

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 6

The Monitor’s Mike Kanin, Council Member Bill Spelman, AURA Co-Founder and Austin Urban Transportation Commissioner Jace Deloney, and CapMetro’s Javier Arguello talk Urban Rail.

Under fire, Council approves $1 billion Strategic Mobility Plan

Austin City Council members unanimously approved what city staff is calling the Strategic Mobility Plan Thursday. The plan, which contains roughly $1 billion in various transportation projects, includes $600 million for a potential urban rail line.   The approval of…

Council to vote on mobility plan that includes road projects

A recommendation from City Manager Marc Ott means that City Council members will vote Thursday on what Mayor Lee Leffingwell calls “a strategic mobility plan” that ultimately could lead to a $1 billion November transportation bond election.   The numbers,…

Central Corridor Group endorses Project Connect plan for urban rail

Urban rail in Austin rolled closer to reality Friday. By a 13-1 vote, the Central Corridor Advisory Group put its stamp of approval on Project Connect’s Locally Preferred Alternative, or LPA, for Austin’s future transportation project.   The Locally Preferred…

Transportation staff puts $400 million in road projects on the table

Austin Transportation Department Director Robert Spillar Tuesday presented Austin City Council members with a menu of options for road improvement projects that might grace a potential November 2014 city transportation bond. The full price of all the projects – much…

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