Home  /   Staff Members  /   Ben Wear Profile

advertisement

advertisement


Latest from Ben Wear

200 items
Results 1 - 20 of 200 Next 
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 this past June about the newly opened bike-and-pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek, alongside the South MoPac Boulevard highway lanes. I had counted cyclists and pedestrians for three hours on the 1,045-foot, $14.5 million facility — the...

Posted: a minute ago

Cyclists, to put it in the most polite terms possible, had a few complaints when I wrote a column this past June about the newly opened bike-and-pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek, alongside the South MoPac Boulevard highway lanes. I had counted cyclists and pedestrians for three hours on the 1,045-foot, $14.5 million facility — the...
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: a minute 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 to take up dockless scooter law later Thursday
 The Austin City Council Thursday likely will give its regulators a hammer to brandish on electric rental scooters and dockless bikes. What remains to be seen is when or if the city will use it. The council later in the day is expected to consider an ordinance tweaking several sections of existing city law to make it clear that leaving scooters...

Posted: 7 minutes ago

The Austin City Council Thursday likely will give its regulators a hammer to brandish on electric rental scooters and dockless bikes. What remains to be seen is when or if the city will use it. The council later in the day is expected to consider an ordinance tweaking several sections of existing city law to make it clear that leaving scooters...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
TxDOT to forgive $1.3 billion in unpaid toll fees and fines
 The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in fines and late fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature. The decision, made by TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in recent weeks and announced Wednesday...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in fines and late fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature. The decision, made by TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in recent weeks and announced Wednesday...
Wear: What happened when I tried to ride standup electric scooters in Austin
 The lobbyist for Lyft was flabbergasted, and more than a little contemptuous, at my admission. It was early May 2016, almost two years after Uber and Lyft had begun operations (illegally) in Austin, and one day before the election on the proposed ordinance the ride-hailing companies had crafted to replace one enacted by the Austin City...

Posted: 6 days ago

The lobbyist for Lyft was flabbergasted, and more than a little contemptuous, at my admission. It was early May 2016, almost two years after Uber and Lyft had begun operations (illegally) in Austin, and one day before the election on the proposed ordinance the ride-hailing companies had crafted to replace one enacted by the Austin City...
TxDOT to forgive $1.3 billion in unpaid toll fees and fines
 The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in late fines and fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature. The decision, made by TxDOT executive director James Bass and announced at a House Transportation...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in late fines and fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature. The decision, made by TxDOT executive director James Bass and announced at a House Transportation...
City scrambles for new law, permits after scooters launch early
 Austin City Council members, with fresh memories of the fractious fight over ride-hailing in 2016, made it clear Tuesday that they are uncomfortable with the sudden entry of electric rental scooters into the Austin market and city officials’ attempts to quickly address the situation. For now, at least, the council is expected to consider...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin City Council members, with fresh memories of the fractious fight over ride-hailing in 2016, made it clear Tuesday that they are uncomfortable with the sudden entry of electric rental scooters into the Austin market and city officials’ attempts to quickly address the situation. For now, at least, the council is expected to consider...
TxDOT takes slow road to expanding section of RM 620
 RM 620 has plenty of critics. Apparently what the winding, congested highway in western Travis County needs, at least the part of it north of Mansfield Dam, is more friends in high places. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board has almost $450 million in state and federal money to allocate to Central Texas transportation...

Posted: 8 days ago

RM 620 has plenty of critics. Apparently what the winding, congested highway in western Travis County needs, at least the part of it north of Mansfield Dam, is more friends in high places. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board has almost $450 million in state and federal money to allocate to Central Texas transportation...
Scooter skirmish begins as LimeBike rolls into Austin
 A scooter war has broken out in Austin. LimeBike put more than 200 electric rental scooters on Austin streets Monday. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company, according to a Monday letter to Mayor Steve Adler and City Manager Spencer Cronk, had lost patience with what it saw as the city’s timid reaction to Bird Rides putting out similar...

Posted: 9 days ago

A scooter war has broken out in Austin. LimeBike put more than 200 electric rental scooters on Austin streets Monday. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company, according to a Monday letter to Mayor Steve Adler and City Manager Spencer Cronk, had lost patience with what it saw as the city’s timid reaction to Bird Rides putting out similar...
Austin scooter war: LimeBike joins Bird in the fray
 An executive with Bird scooters says the company believes that current Austin law does not allow it to be fined for putting out the electric scooters, but that the company welcomes the creation of a law permitting the scooters to operate here. “They’ve actually been very cordial with us,” David Estrada, Bird’s chief...

Posted: 10 days ago

An executive with Bird scooters says the company believes that current Austin law does not allow it to be fined for putting out the electric scooters, but that the company welcomes the creation of a law permitting the scooters to operate here. “They’ve actually been very cordial with us,” David Estrada, Bird’s chief...
Wear: Some spring thoughts about toll road and scooter bans
 Doing some spring cleaning of transportation news … Toll lull. Some tollway advocates, in the months since Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suddenly came out strong against building more toll roads, had whispered that all of this nonsense (in their view) was just political theater. Wait until after the March GOP...

Posted: 11 days ago

Doing some spring cleaning of transportation news … Toll lull. Some tollway advocates, in the months since Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suddenly came out strong against building more toll roads, had whispered that all of this nonsense (in their view) was just political theater. Wait until after the March GOP...
Wear: City girds for bevy of bike rental companies
 Bikes and scooters don’t move all that fast. Even so, the city of Austin is having a devil of a time staying ahead of them. Wednesday morning, Laura Dierenfield, who leads the city’s efforts to promote cycling and other “active transportation,” confidently kicked off a “dockless bike share community forum&rdquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Bikes and scooters don’t move all that fast. Even so, the city of Austin is having a devil of a time staying ahead of them. Wednesday morning, Laura Dierenfield, who leads the city’s efforts to promote cycling and other “active transportation,” confidently kicked off a “dockless bike share community forum&rdquo...
Is Austin finally ready for light rail? The answer may come in 2020.
 The gloom settled in quickly at Threadgill’s near downtown after the early votes came in on Austin’s 2014 light rail bond proposition. The three dozen or so people on hand, including then-Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, drinks in hand, soon broke into clutches of quiet conversation. What was billed as a victory party took on the...

Posted: 19 days ago

The gloom settled in quickly at Threadgill’s near downtown after the early votes came in on Austin’s 2014 light rail bond proposition. The three dozen or so people on hand, including then-Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, drinks in hand, soon broke into clutches of quiet conversation. What was billed as a victory party took on the...
A dockless scooter company launches in Austin without city permission
 A California company launched several dozen electric-powered rental scooters on Austin streets Thursday without city permission. City officials, who met Thursday evening with representatives of Bird Rides Inc., Friday threatened to impound any of the company’s black-and-white scooters — two-wheeled platforms with an upright steering...

Posted: 19 days ago

A California company launched several dozen electric-powered rental scooters on Austin streets Thursday without city permission. City officials, who met Thursday evening with representatives of Bird Rides Inc., Friday threatened to impound any of the company’s black-and-white scooters — two-wheeled platforms with an upright steering...
Is Austin finally ready for light rail? The answer may come in 2020.
 The gloom settled in quickly at Threadgill’s near downtown after the early votes came in on Austin’s 2014 light rail bond proposition. The three dozen or so people on hand, including then-Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, drinks in hand, soon broke into clutches of quiet conversation. What was billed as a victory party took on the...

Posted: 19 days ago

The gloom settled in quickly at Threadgill’s near downtown after the early votes came in on Austin’s 2014 light rail bond proposition. The three dozen or so people on hand, including then-Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, drinks in hand, soon broke into clutches of quiet conversation. What was billed as a victory party took on the...
Austin threatens impoundment as rental scooters launch on city streets
 UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. The electric scooters put on Austin streets Thursday by Bird Rides Inc. will be impounded, Austin Transportation Department officials said in a statement Friday afternoon, if left within city right of way for 48 hours or more. The Austin City Code, the statement said, “protects the public from unsafe obstructions and...

Posted: 20 days ago

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. The electric scooters put on Austin streets Thursday by Bird Rides Inc. will be impounded, Austin Transportation Department officials said in a statement Friday afternoon, if left within city right of way for 48 hours or more. The Austin City Code, the statement said, “protects the public from unsafe obstructions and...
Wear: Money-making tollways a good thing in Austin, not for state leaders
 All you toll road haters, limber up your fingers for the flaming responses to this column. Because the toll road story here in Central Texas that I’m about to tell you, based on usage and revenue, is a good news story. The simple fact is that the nine toll roads here, other than the privately run section of Texas 130 south of Mustang...

Posted: 25 days ago

All you toll road haters, limber up your fingers for the flaming responses to this column. Because the toll road story here in Central Texas that I’m about to tell you, based on usage and revenue, is a good news story. The simple fact is that the nine toll roads here, other than the privately run section of Texas 130 south of Mustang...
Capital Metro vision could cost more than $10 billion, study shows
 Realizing Capital Metro’s dream of a network of “high-capacity” rail or bus routes throughout Austin could cost at least $10.5 billion to build, according to detailed estimates from a long-term plan released last week. Beyond that, operating just nine of the 11 major transit corridors envisioned in the Project Connect plan...

Posted: 26 days ago

Realizing Capital Metro’s dream of a network of “high-capacity” rail or bus routes throughout Austin could cost at least $10.5 billion to build, according to detailed estimates from a long-term plan released last week. Beyond that, operating just nine of the 11 major transit corridors envisioned in the Project Connect plan...
MoPac toll project to get more sound walls, other improvements
 The MoPac (Loop 1) toll project, half a year after it fully opened to the public, has sprouted yet another construction contract. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board Wednesday unanimously approved a $4.6 million contract with McCarthy Building Companies — the firm already constructing the authority’s Texas 45 Southwest...

Posted: 28 days ago

The MoPac (Loop 1) toll project, half a year after it fully opened to the public, has sprouted yet another construction contract. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board Wednesday unanimously approved a $4.6 million contract with McCarthy Building Companies — the firm already constructing the authority’s Texas 45 Southwest...
200 items
Results 1 - 20 of 200 Next 

advertisement

advertisement