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Project to ease stacked-up RM 620 to break ground this summer
 Brian Thompto remembers when he first moved to Steiner Ranch and commuting on RM 620 and RM 2222 was a breeze. “In 2007, things were easy peasy,” said Thompto, a hardware engineer who chairs the Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association. “I knew eventually it would get worse. But it happened so much faster than I thought.&rdquo...

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Brian Thompto remembers when he first moved to Steiner Ranch and commuting on RM 620 and RM 2222 was a breeze. “In 2007, things were easy peasy,” said Thompto, a hardware engineer who chairs the Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association. “I knew eventually it would get worse. But it happened so much faster than I thought.&rdquo...
Capital Metro says releasing candidates’ names could start ‘bidding war’
 Capital Metro, in a letter opposing the disclosure of semifinalists for its open president and CEO position, has become the second Central Texas government to argue that a court ruling protecting businesses in a competitive environment should apply to government entities as well. In a four-page letter sent Wednesday to the Texas attorney...

1:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Capital Metro, in a letter opposing the disclosure of semifinalists for its open president and CEO position, has become the second Central Texas government to argue that a court ruling protecting businesses in a competitive environment should apply to government entities as well. In a four-page letter sent Wednesday to the Texas attorney...
Capital Metro says releasing candidates’ names could start ‘bidding war’
 Capital Metro, in a letter opposing the disclosure of semifinalists for its open president and CEO position, has become the second Central Texas government to argue that a court ruling protecting businesses in a competitive environment should apply to government entities as well. In a four-page letter sent Wednesday to the Texas attorney...

12:11 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Capital Metro, in a letter opposing the disclosure of semifinalists for its open president and CEO position, has become the second Central Texas government to argue that a court ruling protecting businesses in a competitive environment should apply to government entities as well. In a four-page letter sent Wednesday to the Texas attorney...
Cap Metro board names four transit executives finalists for CEO job
 The Capital Metro board on Monday named four finalists to become the agency’s next president and CEO — three of them executives with transit agencies and a fourth who was a high-ranking official with Boston’s transit agency until 2016. Those candidates to replace retiring Linda Watson, who has been Capital Metro’s...

3:56 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

The Capital Metro board on Monday named four finalists to become the agency’s next president and CEO — three of them executives with transit agencies and a fourth who was a high-ranking official with Boston’s transit agency until 2016. Those candidates to replace retiring Linda Watson, who has been Capital Metro’s...
Hilda Montgomery defeats two for Round Rock council spot
 Hilda Montgomery, who works for Round Rock bell cow Dell Technologies, defeated two opponents Saturday in a special election to serve on the Round Rock City Council. Montgomery, a financial services project manager at Dell, had 55.8 percent of the vote in final but unofficial results from the Williamson County clerk. The win marks the first...

2:39 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Hilda Montgomery, who works for Round Rock bell cow Dell Technologies, defeated two opponents Saturday in a special election to serve on the Round Rock City Council. Montgomery, a financial services project manager at Dell, had 55.8 percent of the vote in final but unofficial results from the Williamson County clerk. The win marks the first...
East Austin plaque unveiled to remember lynching victims
 The details of the Travis County lynching in 1894, based on news accounts from the time, are discouragingly sparse. Even the victims’ names are lost to history. An African-American woman working as a nurse for a white family was jailed after one of the children in her care died. Two African-American men, for reasons no longer known...

12:06 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

The details of the Travis County lynching in 1894, based on news accounts from the time, are discouragingly sparse. Even the victims’ names are lost to history. An African-American woman working as a nurse for a white family was jailed after one of the children in her care died. Two African-American men, for reasons no longer known...
LATEST ON MOPAC: Who’s driving toll lanes, how often and at what price
 The people running the MoPac toll lanes want you to know, first of all, that the new ribbons of pavement segregated behind plastic pylons aren’t merely “Lexus lanes.” During a wide-ranging presentation to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board on the toll lanes’ first six weeks of full-fledged operations...

4:11 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The people running the MoPac toll lanes want you to know, first of all, that the new ribbons of pavement segregated behind plastic pylons aren’t merely “Lexus lanes.” During a wide-ranging presentation to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board on the toll lanes’ first six weeks of full-fledged operations...
Wear: The numbers — and all those Fords — tell the story of MoPac toll lanes
 The people running the MoPac toll lanes want you to know, first of all, that the new ribbons of pavement segregated behind plastic pylons aren’t merely “Lexus lanes.” During a wide-ranging presentation to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board on the toll lanes’ first six weeks of full-fledged operations...

4:11 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The people running the MoPac toll lanes want you to know, first of all, that the new ribbons of pavement segregated behind plastic pylons aren’t merely “Lexus lanes.” During a wide-ranging presentation to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board on the toll lanes’ first six weeks of full-fledged operations...
State drops plans for I-35 toll lanes through Austin
 State transportation officials, reacting to anti-toll pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, voted Thursday to remove all tollway projects from a key 10-year construction plan — including what would have been the addition of two toll lanes to each side of Interstate 35 through Central Texas. That 5-0 vote came despite...

6:14 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

State transportation officials, reacting to anti-toll pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, voted Thursday to remove all tollway projects from a key 10-year construction plan — including what would have been the addition of two toll lanes to each side of Interstate 35 through Central Texas. That 5-0 vote came despite...
I-35 toll lanes in Austin cut from long-range transportation plan
 State transportation officials, reacting to anti-toll pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, voted Thursday to remove all new tollway projects from a key 10-year construction plan — including what would have been the addition of two toll lanes to each side of Interstate 35 through Central Texas. That 5-0 vote came...

6:05 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

State transportation officials, reacting to anti-toll pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, voted Thursday to remove all new tollway projects from a key 10-year construction plan — including what would have been the addition of two toll lanes to each side of Interstate 35 through Central Texas. That 5-0 vote came...
Cap Metro board to reveal CEO finalists at Monday meeting
 The Capital Metro board will announce at least two finalists Monday to be the transit agency’s new president and CEO, the board chairman said Wednesday after the directors met for almost two hours in closed session. The board will interview the finalists in closed session Jan. 8, followed by a forum later that day where the general...

10:34 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The Capital Metro board will announce at least two finalists Monday to be the transit agency’s new president and CEO, the board chairman said Wednesday after the directors met for almost two hours in closed session. The board will interview the finalists in closed session Jan. 8, followed by a forum later that day where the general...
Toll road officials hold off on U.S. 183 bidding in wake of toll storm
 Local toll road authority officials, caught up in a statewide backlash against pay-to-drive projects, delayed an effort Wednesday to build toll lanes on U.S. 183 north of MoPac Boulevard. But the delay in the $380 million project to add two toll lanes to each side of U.S. 183 from MoPac to Texas 45 North, requested by Texas Department of...

5:25 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Local toll road authority officials, caught up in a statewide backlash against pay-to-drive projects, delayed an effort Wednesday to build toll lanes on U.S. 183 north of MoPac Boulevard. But the delay in the $380 million project to add two toll lanes to each side of U.S. 183 from MoPac to Texas 45 North, requested by Texas Department of...
Toll officials hold off on U.S. 183 bidding in wake of toll storm
 Local toll road authority officials, caught up in a statewide backlash against pay-to-drive projects, delayed an effort Wednesday to build toll lanes on U.S. 183 north of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1). But the delay in the $380 million project to add two toll lanes to each side of U.S. 183 from MoPac to Texas 45 North, requested by Texas Department...

4:56 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Local toll road authority officials, caught up in a statewide backlash against pay-to-drive projects, delayed an effort Wednesday to build toll lanes on U.S. 183 north of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1). But the delay in the $380 million project to add two toll lanes to each side of U.S. 183 from MoPac to Texas 45 North, requested by Texas Department...
Cap Metro board interviews CEO semifinalists behind closed doors
 The sign hanging on the balcony at Capital Metro’s North Operations Center Monday morning had bright news: “Now hiring! Apply today. Walk-ins welcome.” The transit agency, which is normally hiring for all kinds of positions, is looking for a new president and CEO. Semifinalists for that job walked into the building Monday...

2:50 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

The sign hanging on the balcony at Capital Metro’s North Operations Center Monday morning had bright news: “Now hiring! Apply today. Walk-ins welcome.” The transit agency, which is normally hiring for all kinds of positions, is looking for a new president and CEO. Semifinalists for that job walked into the building Monday...
Wear: Bicyclists have a point about Guadalupe. So does Gov. Abbott.
 Here we go again. Austin recently released its 81-page corridor study of Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas recommending (as a 2016 draft had presaged) that two of the street’s four lanes be reserved for buses and that parking along the Drag be deep-sixed to make room for an added bike lane and wider sidewalks. The debate...

8:48 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Here we go again. Austin recently released its 81-page corridor study of Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas recommending (as a 2016 draft had presaged) that two of the street’s four lanes be reserved for buses and that parking along the Drag be deep-sixed to make room for an added bike lane and wider sidewalks. The debate...
Wear: Dropping two lanes from the Drag not a black-and-white question
 Here we go again. Austin recently released its 81-page corridor study of Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas recommending (as a 2016 draft had presaged) that two of the street’s four lanes be reserved for buses and that parking along the Drag be deep-sixed to make room for an added bike lane and wider sidewalks. The report...

8:35 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Here we go again. Austin recently released its 81-page corridor study of Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas recommending (as a 2016 draft had presaged) that two of the street’s four lanes be reserved for buses and that parking along the Drag be deep-sixed to make room for an added bike lane and wider sidewalks. The report...
State permits bring big savings to Uber, Lyft compared to Austin fees
 Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft will pay the state $10,500 a year each to operate in Texas, and just $7,500 in subsequent years, under rules that went into effect Dec. 1. That statewide figure amounts to less than 2 percent of the $560,000 total that Austin alone was paid by about a half-dozen ride-hailing companies to oversee...

5:31 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft will pay the state $10,500 a year each to operate in Texas, and just $7,500 in subsequent years, under rules that went into effect Dec. 1. That statewide figure amounts to less than 2 percent of the $560,000 total that Austin alone was paid by about a half-dozen ride-hailing companies to oversee...
State permits bring big savings to Uber, Lyft compared to Austin fees
 Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft will pay the state $10,500 a year each to operate in Texas, and just $7,500 in subsequent years, under rules that went into effect Dec. 1. That statewide figure amounts to less than 2 percent of the $560,000 that Austin collected from about a half-dozen ride-hailing companies combined during the...

5:30 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft will pay the state $10,500 a year each to operate in Texas, and just $7,500 in subsequent years, under rules that went into effect Dec. 1. That statewide figure amounts to less than 2 percent of the $560,000 that Austin collected from about a half-dozen ride-hailing companies combined during the...
You suggested them, we drove them: The roughest roads around Austin
 I asked for roadway nightmares, and you responded like a dream. Three weeks ago I wrote about a pothole survey done by a local law firm , and I asked readers through our Austin Answered project to tell me about bad pavement they’d encountered around the area. To stir the pot, I recounted being jolted by a rippled section of West 24th...

9:59 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

I asked for roadway nightmares, and you responded like a dream. Three weeks ago I wrote about a pothole survey done by a local law firm , and I asked readers through our Austin Answered project to tell me about bad pavement they’d encountered around the area. To stir the pot, I recounted being jolted by a rippled section of West 24th...
Wear: And the finalists for roughest roads in Austin are …
 I asked for roadway nightmares, and you responded like a dream. Three weeks ago in this column I wrote about a pothole survey done by a local law firm (which, to be clear, overwhelmingly listed pavement pockmarks long since patched by the city of Austin), and I asked readers through our Austin Answered project to tell me about bad...

9:08 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

I asked for roadway nightmares, and you responded like a dream. Three weeks ago in this column I wrote about a pothole survey done by a local law firm (which, to be clear, overwhelmingly listed pavement pockmarks long since patched by the city of Austin), and I asked readers through our Austin Answered project to tell me about bad...
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