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Wear: Scoffing at Texas tolls to carry less cost starting in March
 People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break.  Make that, on some Texas tollways. More on that below.  As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break.  Make that, on some Texas tollways. More on that below.  As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to &ldquo...
Fines for unpaid toll bills to drop in March — but only for some roads
 People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break. Make that, on some Texas tollways. As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to “Meh,” thanks to legislation...

Posted: 3 days ago

People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break. Make that, on some Texas tollways. As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to “Meh,” thanks to legislation...
Wear: Scoffing at Texas tolls to carry less cost starting in March
 People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break. Make that, on some Texas tollways. More on that below. As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to “Meh...

Posted: 3 days ago

People who choose to drive on Texas tollways without paying are about to get a big break. Make that, on some Texas tollways. More on that below. As first reported by KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation fines for ignoring toll bills on March 1 will go from “My God!” level to “Meh...
Cap Metro long-term plan leaks out, exciting light rail activists
 Capital Metro didn’t intend for the map to become public. And it has the word “draft” marked in light gray across the various rail and bus lines arrayed across the Austin area. Even so, light rail supporters in Austin Tuesday were atwitter — literally — after a copy of the proposed Project Connect &ldquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Capital Metro didn’t intend for the map to become public. And it has the word “draft” marked in light gray across the various rail and bus lines arrayed across the Austin area. Even so, light rail supporters in Austin Tuesday were atwitter — literally — after a copy of the proposed Project Connect &ldquo...
FIRST LOOK: What does leaked plan mean for light rail in Austin?
 Capital Metro didn’t intend for the map to become public, first of all. And it has the word “draft” marked in light gray across the various rail and bus lines arrayed across the Austin area. Even so, light rail supporters in Austin Tuesday were atwitter — literally — after a copy of the proposed Project Connect...

Posted: 6 days ago

Capital Metro didn’t intend for the map to become public, first of all. And it has the word “draft” marked in light gray across the various rail and bus lines arrayed across the Austin area. Even so, light rail supporters in Austin Tuesday were atwitter — literally — after a copy of the proposed Project Connect...
Texans see little sizzle in Trump infrastructure plan
 The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan, with its heavy reliance on the private sector and federal loans, landed Monday at a time when those approaches to building highways have fallen out of fashion in Texas. The administration’s plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan, with its heavy reliance on the private sector and federal loans, landed Monday at a time when those approaches to building highways have fallen out of fashion in Texas. The administration’s plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion...
Wear: How Austin flubbed the 2016 math on East Riverside Drive
 In retrospect, the number never made any sense at all. And your transportation reporter really should have have caught it. $766.7 million. That’s what city of Austin officials, during the run-up to the 2016 transportation bond election, said it would cost to do a whiz-bang, multi-modal makeover of East Riverside Drive from Interstate...

Posted: 10 days ago

In retrospect, the number never made any sense at all. And your transportation reporter really should have have caught it. $766.7 million. That’s what city of Austin officials, during the run-up to the 2016 transportation bond election, said it would cost to do a whiz-bang, multi-modal makeover of East Riverside Drive from Interstate...
Wear: How Austin flubbed the 2016 math on East Riverside Drive
 In retrospect, the number never made any sense at all. And your transportation reporter really should have caught it: $766.7 million. That’s what city of Austin officials, during the runup to the 2016 transportation bond election, said it would cost to do a whiz-bang, multimodal makeover of East Riverside Drive from Interstate 35 to...

Posted: 10 days ago

In retrospect, the number never made any sense at all. And your transportation reporter really should have caught it: $766.7 million. That’s what city of Austin officials, during the runup to the 2016 transportation bond election, said it would cost to do a whiz-bang, multimodal makeover of East Riverside Drive from Interstate 35 to...
Closures plague East 51st and I-35 as roundabout opening nears
 Looking to go to East 51st Street and Interstate 35’s southbound frontage road in the next couple of days? Don’t. Road crews were slated to begin frantic work late Thursday evening to open a roundabout that the Texas Department of Transportation is installing where the I-35 frontage road meets 51st, and a series of closures there...

Posted: 11 days ago

Looking to go to East 51st Street and Interstate 35’s southbound frontage road in the next couple of days? Don’t. Road crews were slated to begin frantic work late Thursday evening to open a roundabout that the Texas Department of Transportation is installing where the I-35 frontage road meets 51st, and a series of closures there...
Last-minute fixes to 51st Street roundabout to cause weekend closures
 Looking to go to East 51st Street and Interstate 35’s southbound frontage road in the next couple of days? Don’t. Road crews, beginning late Thursday evening, will be rushing to open a roundabout that the Texas Department of Transportation is installing where that frontage road meets 51st, and the rolling closures through early...

Posted: 11 days ago

Looking to go to East 51st Street and Interstate 35’s southbound frontage road in the next couple of days? Don’t. Road crews, beginning late Thursday evening, will be rushing to open a roundabout that the Texas Department of Transportation is installing where that frontage road meets 51st, and the rolling closures through early...
Austin fills in blanks on $450 million bond plan for major streets
 Big changes are in store for East Riverside Drive. Smaller changes are coming to eight other Austin roads, sometime within the next two to five years. The city of Austin released its plan Wednesday for major corridor improvements that will be funded with a chunk of the $720 million mobility bond that voters approved in 2016. For most...

Posted: 11 days ago

Big changes are in store for East Riverside Drive. Smaller changes are coming to eight other Austin roads, sometime within the next two to five years. The city of Austin released its plan Wednesday for major corridor improvements that will be funded with a chunk of the $720 million mobility bond that voters approved in 2016. For most...
City proposes spreading $450 million over nine Austin roads
 Big changes are in store for East Riverside Drive. Smaller changes are coming to eight other Austin roads, sometime within the next two to five years.  The city of Austin released its plan Wednesday for major corridor improvements that will be funded with a chunk of the $720 million mobility bond that voters approved in 2016. For most...

Posted: 12 days ago

Big changes are in store for East Riverside Drive. Smaller changes are coming to eight other Austin roads, sometime within the next two to five years.  The city of Austin released its plan Wednesday for major corridor improvements that will be funded with a chunk of the $720 million mobility bond that voters approved in 2016. For most...
What is Austin’s busiest airline? Five facts about our growing airport
 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, a reliable indicator of how the Central Texas economy is doing, last year continued its long hot streak. The sustained boom has led to the addition of two parking garages (the second should be done in 2019) and a nine-gate expansion of the terminal, also set to be done next year. Here are five things...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, a reliable indicator of how the Central Texas economy is doing, last year continued its long hot streak. The sustained boom has led to the addition of two parking garages (the second should be done in 2019) and a nine-gate expansion of the terminal, also set to be done next year. Here are five things...
Why the empty flower beds? Change of scenery coming to MoPac commute
 The terraces, each of them buttressed with short walls of roughhewn, light-brown concrete blocks, first popped up along North MoPac Boulevard about halfway through the four years of toll lane construction, seeming like future homes for some sort of ornamental vegetation. Then, nothing. “Why the multiple ‘flower beds’ at...

Posted: 17 days ago

The terraces, each of them buttressed with short walls of roughhewn, light-brown concrete blocks, first popped up along North MoPac Boulevard about halfway through the four years of toll lane construction, seeming like future homes for some sort of ornamental vegetation. Then, nothing. “Why the multiple ‘flower beds’ at...
Wear: What’s up with those MoPac terraces? Trees, soon
 The terraces, each of them buttressed with short walls of rough-hewn, light-brown concrete blocks, first popped up along North MoPac Boulevard about halfway through the four years of toll lane construction, seeming like future homes for some sort of ornamental vegetation. Then, nothing. Even now, with the toll lanes open and the only meaningful...

Posted: 17 days ago

The terraces, each of them buttressed with short walls of rough-hewn, light-brown concrete blocks, first popped up along North MoPac Boulevard about halfway through the four years of toll lane construction, seeming like future homes for some sort of ornamental vegetation. Then, nothing. Even now, with the toll lanes open and the only meaningful...
Lewis, Vandergriff to leave state transportation board early
 Two members of the Texas Transportation Commission are leaving the board, which governs the Texas Department of Transportation. The resignations of Tryon Lewis of Odessa, which he acknowledged Thursday, and Victor Vandergriff of Arlington, confirmed Friday by sources with direct knowledge of the situation, come as TxDOT struggles with a moratorium...

Posted: 18 days ago

Two members of the Texas Transportation Commission are leaving the board, which governs the Texas Department of Transportation. The resignations of Tryon Lewis of Odessa, which he acknowledged Thursday, and Victor Vandergriff of Arlington, confirmed Friday by sources with direct knowledge of the situation, come as TxDOT struggles with a moratorium...
Austin OKs dockless bike rental pilot, with a one-year limit
 The Austin City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a “dockless” bike share pilot program, but made it clear this is a one-year test drive. Council Member Kathie Tovo, who proposed the time limit, noted that some short-term policy tests by the city were left open ended. Then, when the council wanted to make them permanent...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a “dockless” bike share pilot program, but made it clear this is a one-year test drive. Council Member Kathie Tovo, who proposed the time limit, noted that some short-term policy tests by the city were left open ended. Then, when the council wanted to make them permanent...
Austin council approves dockless bike pilot, with a time limit
 The Austin City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a “dockless” bike share pilot program, but made it clear this is a one-year test drive. Over the past year, various companies have begun bringing rental bikes into U.S. cities — sometimes with city regulations in place, sometimes not — that can be picked...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a “dockless” bike share pilot program, but made it clear this is a one-year test drive. Over the past year, various companies have begun bringing rental bikes into U.S. cities — sometimes with city regulations in place, sometimes not — that can be picked...
Austin exploring new ride-sharing territory: dockless bikes
 The last time the city of Austin tried to harness an app-based, cutting-edge transportation approach, the result was two years of civic turmoil, a hit to the city’s reputation and, ultimately, nullification of local law on ride-hailing apps by the Legislature. Now, as dockless bike-share companies circle Austin eager to unleash...

Posted: 19 days ago

The last time the city of Austin tried to harness an app-based, cutting-edge transportation approach, the result was two years of civic turmoil, a hit to the city’s reputation and, ultimately, nullification of local law on ride-hailing apps by the Legislature. Now, as dockless bike-share companies circle Austin eager to unleash...
Transit advocate hopes to push toll road agency beyond highways
 John Langmore, part of a Capital Metro board that helped stabilize the transit agency several years ago when its finances, leadership and reputation were at low point, now will join the board overseeing the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Travis County commissioners, who get three appointments to the toll agency’s board...

Posted: 20 days ago

John Langmore, part of a Capital Metro board that helped stabilize the transit agency several years ago when its finances, leadership and reputation were at low point, now will join the board overseeing the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Travis County commissioners, who get three appointments to the toll agency’s board...
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