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Panel recommends historic status for Mueller airport tower
 The Robert Mueller airport control tower, an elegant architectural remnant of the 1960s set among a burgeoning residential development on the old airfield property, should have historic zoning status, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission recommended Monday evening. The unanimous vote for changing the zoning on a 1,024-square-foot...

5:47 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

The Robert Mueller airport control tower, an elegant architectural remnant of the 1960s set among a burgeoning residential development on the old airfield property, should have historic zoning status, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission recommended Monday evening. The unanimous vote for changing the zoning on a 1,024-square-foot...
Austin toll agency says new Paxton opinion on fee cap doesn’t apply
 The $48 annual limit on administrative fees for late payment of tolls, imposed by the Legislature last spring and set to take effect Thursday, applies not only to Texas Department of Transportation tollways but also to those operated by other toll agencies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion issued Monday. But that opinion...

12:22 AM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

The $48 annual limit on administrative fees for late payment of tolls, imposed by the Legislature last spring and set to take effect Thursday, applies not only to Texas Department of Transportation tollways but also to those operated by other toll agencies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion issued Monday. But that opinion...
Paxton opinion: new, low toll fee cap broadly applies
 The $48 annual limit on administrative fees for late payment of tolls, imposed by the Legislature last spring and set to take effect Thursday, applies not only to Texas Department of Transportation tollways but also to those operated by other toll agencies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion issued Monday. But that opinion...

9:13 PM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

The $48 annual limit on administrative fees for late payment of tolls, imposed by the Legislature last spring and set to take effect Thursday, applies not only to Texas Department of Transportation tollways but also to those operated by other toll agencies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion issued Monday. But that opinion...
DeWitt Hale, who gave Texans mixed bar drinks, dies at 100
 Texans have L. DeWitt Hale to thank for writing the state’s education code, expanding jury pools to include women and, not least, making it possible to buy a mixed drink in a bar or restaurant. Hale, who served as a Democrat for 28 years in the Texas House, died Tuesday in Austin after a several-year struggle with hip issues and other...

11:30 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Texans have L. DeWitt Hale to thank for writing the state’s education code, expanding jury pools to include women and, not least, making it possible to buy a mixed drink in a bar or restaurant. Hale, who served as a Democrat for 28 years in the Texas House, died Tuesday in Austin after a several-year struggle with hip issues and other...
Wear: GOP asks: Should all toll road projects be subject to public vote?
 The distinction between how rail and road projects can happen in Central Texas — state law requires Capital Metro to ask voters for permission to build or expand a rail line, while road builders can proceed, even on a tollway project, without an election — has always rankled transit supporters. The Legislature added that requirement...

8:59 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

The distinction between how rail and road projects can happen in Central Texas — state law requires Capital Metro to ask voters for permission to build or expand a rail line, while road builders can proceed, even on a tollway project, without an election — has always rankled transit supporters. The Legislature added that requirement...
Graham forged deep friendships with Texas political giants
 Billy Graham swam naked with Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, prayed with LBJ at Camp David and said words over the late president’s casket alongside the Pedernales River. He joined George W. Bush for a 1985 dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Kennebunkport, Maine, an unknowing and unofficial baptism for a man close to giving up...

12:10 AM Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Billy Graham swam naked with Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, prayed with LBJ at Camp David and said words over the late president’s casket alongside the Pedernales River. He joined George W. Bush for a 1985 dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Kennebunkport, Maine, an unknowing and unofficial baptism for a man close to giving up...
Abbott picks former San Angelo mayor for transportation board
 The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of...

1:07 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of...
Cap Metro unveils renderings of new MetroRail station
 With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to be broken in about a year and the project should be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit...

10:48 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to be broken in about a year and the project should be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit...
Alvin New, former San Angelo mayor, named to transportation board
 The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of...

9:58 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of...
Cap Metro unveils renderings of new downtown MetroRail station
 With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to break in about a year and be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit agency will be holding...

5:59 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to break in about a year and be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit agency will be holding...
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...

12:27 AM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

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...

9:42 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

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...

9:06 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

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...

10:13 PM Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

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...

9:21 PM Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

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...

12:02 AM Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

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...

9:53 PM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

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...

9:47 PM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

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...

10:05 PM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

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...

9:13 PM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

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...
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