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Wear: Austin’s light rail backers ponder thumbs-down vote in Nashville
 Nashville was going to be the template. Now, for Austin light rail advocates — and opponents, for that matter — the May 1 election in Tennessee’s capital is more like a blank slate. They can look at the crushing result — 64 percent of the voters there rejected the five-route, multibillion-dollar plan and its assorted...

Posted: 11 days ago

Nashville was going to be the template. Now, for Austin light rail advocates — and opponents, for that matter — the May 1 election in Tennessee’s capital is more like a blank slate. They can look at the crushing result — 64 percent of the voters there rejected the five-route, multibillion-dollar plan and its assorted...
Austin rental bike, scooter rules debut to mixed reaction by companies
 The city of Austin put out emergency rules for dockless scooters and bikes late Tuesday, approving lengthy regulations that immediately received an emphatic thumbs-down from some of the dozen or more companies waiting to roll out the vehicles here. The 10 pages of rules and six pages of licensing requirements, crafted by the Austin Transportation...

Posted: 12 days ago

The city of Austin put out emergency rules for dockless scooters and bikes late Tuesday, approving lengthy regulations that immediately received an emphatic thumbs-down from some of the dozen or more companies waiting to roll out the vehicles here. The 10 pages of rules and six pages of licensing requirements, crafted by the Austin Transportation...
Austin bike, scooter rules debut to mixed reaction from companies
 11:30 a. m. update: Lime (formerly LimeBike) issued a statement Thursday morning in reponse to the city of Austin’s emergency rules for dockless scooter and bikes, which were finalized late Tuesday: “Austin has always been a leader in innovation, and we commend the city for remaining committed to forward-thinking, modern transportation...

Posted: 12 days ago

11:30 a. m. update: Lime (formerly LimeBike) issued a statement Thursday morning in reponse to the city of Austin’s emergency rules for dockless scooter and bikes, which were finalized late Tuesday: “Austin has always been a leader in innovation, and we commend the city for remaining committed to forward-thinking, modern transportation...
Paxton: State law unclear about restrictions on toll road spending
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked about using restricted state money to help fund toll road projects that include improvements to free lanes, punted on Tuesday. In a non-binding opinion, Paxton said state law lacks a specific definition of “toll road” and that no case law has been handed down filling in those blanks. Therefore...

Posted: 13 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked about using restricted state money to help fund toll road projects that include improvements to free lanes, punted on Tuesday. In a non-binding opinion, Paxton said state law lacks a specific definition of “toll road” and that no case law has been handed down filling in those blanks. Therefore...
Paxton gives mixed opinion on toll road spending
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked about using restricted state money to help build toll projects that also have improvements to free lanes, punted on Tuesday. The attorney general, in a non-binding opinion
            requested in November by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, said state law lacks a specific definition of “toll...

Posted: 13 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked about using restricted state money to help build toll projects that also have improvements to free lanes, punted on Tuesday. The attorney general, in a non-binding opinion requested in November by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, said state law lacks a specific definition of “toll...
Spin, Zagster ask city to penalize early-bird scooter companies
 Spin and Zagster, along with several other bike or scooter rental companies, spent a frustrating April watching Bird and LimeBike get a jump on the dockless mobility market in Austin. Now they’re calling on the city to let them return the favor. Officials with the two companies sent a letter to city officials Monday asking them to &ldquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Spin and Zagster, along with several other bike or scooter rental companies, spent a frustrating April watching Bird and LimeBike get a jump on the dockless mobility market in Austin. Now they’re calling on the city to let them return the favor. Officials with the two companies sent a letter to city officials Monday asking them to &ldquo...
Wear: Invasion of the sidewalk snatchers soon to descend on Austin
 This is a story about how weird things are about to get on the streets and sidewalks of Central Austin. On April 26, the day the Austin City Council was scheduled to consider an ordinance governing dockless scooter and bike rentals, I decided to scooter over to City Hall for the start of the 10 a.m. meeting. Seemed appropriate to the subject...

Posted: 17 days ago

This is a story about how weird things are about to get on the streets and sidewalks of Central Austin. On April 26, the day the Austin City Council was scheduled to consider an ordinance governing dockless scooter and bike rentals, I decided to scooter over to City Hall for the start of the 10 a.m. meeting. Seemed appropriate to the subject...
Tolls removed, the Oak Hill ‘Y’ expansion project gets new life
 The Oak Hill tollway project, delayed for a generation as development boomed on Austin’s western edge and traffic thickened, has been rejuvenated — and with tolls removed. Last fall’s sudden clampdown on toll projects by state officials, it appears, might have laid the groundwork for moving forward on a highway expansion...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Oak Hill tollway project, delayed for a generation as development boomed on Austin’s western edge and traffic thickened, has been rejuvenated — and with tolls removed. Last fall’s sudden clampdown on toll projects by state officials, it appears, might have laid the groundwork for moving forward on a highway expansion...
Tolls removed, the Oak Hill ‘Y’ expansion project gets new life
 The Oak Hill tollway project, delayed for a generation, has been rejuvenated — and with the tolls removed. Last fall’s sudden clampdown on toll projects by state officials, it appears, may have laid the groundwork for moving forward a highway expansion that seemingly had stalled. Paying for the project, however, could still be...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Oak Hill tollway project, delayed for a generation, has been rejuvenated — and with the tolls removed. Last fall’s sudden clampdown on toll projects by state officials, it appears, may have laid the groundwork for moving forward a highway expansion that seemingly had stalled. Paying for the project, however, could still be...
Cap Metro to extend MetroRail hours, waive student fares this summer
 Capital Metro, looking to build ridership and community goodwill after four years of falling ridership, will make fares free for all primary and secondary school students this summer, officials announced Wednesday. The Austin transit agency’s combined bus-and-rail ridership is now 12.4 percent below the 2013 level. So, in another effort...

Posted: 19 days ago

Capital Metro, looking to build ridership and community goodwill after four years of falling ridership, will make fares free for all primary and secondary school students this summer, officials announced Wednesday. The Austin transit agency’s combined bus-and-rail ridership is now 12.4 percent below the 2013 level. So, in another effort...
Cap Metro to extend MetroRail hours, waive student fares this summer
 Capital Metro, looking to build ridership and community goodwill, will make fares free for all primary and secondary school students this summer, officials announced Wednesday. And in another effort to boost what has been stubbornly falling use of its system, the agency also will boost MetroRail weekend service from June to August. The last...

Posted: 19 days ago

Capital Metro, looking to build ridership and community goodwill, will make fares free for all primary and secondary school students this summer, officials announced Wednesday. And in another effort to boost what has been stubbornly falling use of its system, the agency also will boost MetroRail weekend service from June to August. The last...
Mixed signals: Loop 360 to add traffic light amid plans for overpasses
 Traffic-choked Loop 360 will soon add another traffic light, even as state and city of Austin officials prepare to spend $250 million to replace seven signal lights with overpasses. Starting in about a month, crews will install a southbound-only traffic signal about a quarter-mile north of Bee Cave Road at the intersection of Loop 360 and...

Posted: 20 days ago

Traffic-choked Loop 360 will soon add another traffic light, even as state and city of Austin officials prepare to spend $250 million to replace seven signal lights with overpasses. Starting in about a month, crews will install a southbound-only traffic signal about a quarter-mile north of Bee Cave Road at the intersection of Loop 360 and...
Motorized scooters pulled from Austin after City Council crackdown
 Two companies that rent motorized scooters have temporarily pulled them from Austin roadsides in response to an emergency ordinance adopted by the City Council on Friday. Representatives of LimeBike posted a message on the company’s app telling Austin users, “See you in a few days.” Bird Rides, the other app-based scooter...

Posted: 22 days ago

Two companies that rent motorized scooters have temporarily pulled them from Austin roadsides in response to an emergency ordinance adopted by the City Council on Friday. Representatives of LimeBike posted a message on the company’s app telling Austin users, “See you in a few days.” Bird Rides, the other app-based scooter...
Motorized scooters pulled from Austin after City Council crackdown
 Two companies that rent motorized scooters have temporarily pulled them from Austin roadsides in response to an emergency ordinance adopted by the City Council on Friday. Representatives of LimeBike posted a message on their app saying “see you in a few days” to Austin users. Bird Rides, the other app-based scooter renter, had...

Posted: 22 days ago

Two companies that rent motorized scooters have temporarily pulled them from Austin roadsides in response to an emergency ordinance adopted by the City Council on Friday. Representatives of LimeBike posted a message on their app saying “see you in a few days” to Austin users. Bird Rides, the other app-based scooter renter, had...
Austin ordinance puts brakes on growing legions of rental scooters
 City of Austin transportation officials, armed with an ordinance passed by the City Council early Friday, could begin impounding electric scooter and dockless bike rentals as soon as this weekend. The approval of immediate enforcement muscle puts the onus on Bird Rides and LimeBike, which launched their scooters in Central Austin earlier...

Posted: 24 days ago

City of Austin transportation officials, armed with an ordinance passed by the City Council early Friday, could begin impounding electric scooter and dockless bike rentals as soon as this weekend. The approval of immediate enforcement muscle puts the onus on Bird Rides and LimeBike, which launched their scooters in Central Austin earlier...
Texas 130 set to expand as tollway freeze thaws
 The Texas Department of Transportation freeze on toll projects thawed somewhat Thursday, when the board governing the agency approved a $36.7 million contract to add lanes to Texas 130 east of Austin. The project to add a third lane to each side of the tollway between Texas 45 North and U.S. 290 was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation freeze on toll projects thawed somewhat Thursday, when the board governing the agency approved a $36.7 million contract to add lanes to Texas 130 east of Austin. The project to add a third lane to each side of the tollway between Texas 45 North and U.S. 290 was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission...
Wear: Still fairly quiet along Barton Creek bike and pedestrian bridge
 Cyclists, to put it in the most polite terms possible, had a few complaints when I wrote a column last June about the newly opened bike and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek, alongside South MoPac Boulevard. I had counted cyclists and pedestrians for three hours on the 1,045-foot, $14.5 million facility — the total cost includes two...

Posted: 25 days ago

Cyclists, to put it in the most polite terms possible, had a few complaints when I wrote a column last June about the newly opened bike and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek, alongside South MoPac Boulevard. I had counted cyclists and pedestrians for three hours on the 1,045-foot, $14.5 million facility — the total cost includes two...
Texas 130 expansion gets TxDOT nod as toll freeze thaws
 The Texas Department of Transportation freeze on toll projects thawed somewhat Thursday, as the board governing the agency approved a $36.7 million contract to add lanes to Texas 130 east of Austin. The project to add a third lane to each side of the tollway between Texas 45 North and U.S. 290, at a cost of $36.7 million, was approved by...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation freeze on toll projects thawed somewhat Thursday, as the board governing the agency approved a $36.7 million contract to add lanes to Texas 130 east of Austin. The project to add a third lane to each side of the tollway between Texas 45 North and U.S. 290, at a cost of $36.7 million, was approved by...
Council beefs up law on scooters, dockless bikes
 The Austin City Council early Friday morning gave its regulators a hammer to brandish on electric rental scooters and dockless bikes. What remains to be seen is when the city will use it. The council, on a unanimous vote, approved an ordinance tweaking several sections of existing city law to make it clear that leaving scooters or bikes on...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Austin City Council early Friday morning gave its regulators a hammer to brandish on electric rental scooters and dockless bikes. What remains to be seen is when the city will use it. The council, on a unanimous vote, approved an ordinance tweaking several sections of existing city law to make it clear that leaving scooters or bikes on...
Where you can ride electric scooters in Austin — and where you can’t
 Riding an electric scooter on the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail, and other off-street park paths, is illegal, city officials say. But riding one of the stand-up scooters now available for rent around Austin is legal on most Austin vehicle lanes and in all bike lanes. And what about sidewalks, where the scooter riders are safest, but...

11:04 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Riding an electric scooter on the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail, and other off-street park paths, is illegal, city officials say. But riding one of the stand-up scooters now available for rent around Austin is legal on most Austin vehicle lanes and in all bike lanes. And what about sidewalks, where the scooter riders are safest, but...
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