Final draft of Austin Strategic Mobility Plan passes Environmental Commission

Final draft of Austin Strategic Mobility Plan passes Environmental Commission

  • March 13, 2019
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Following a presentation on the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan at the March 6 meeting of the Environmental Commission by Annick Beaudet, the assistant director of Austin Transportation, commissioners began asking about some of the environmental aspects of the plan. While questions about tree canopy removal in order to widen streets made a predictable appearance, issues of air quality, right-of-way and autonomous vehicles were also raised. Commissioner Mary Ann Neely noted that Austin is uncomfortably close to being in violation of air quality…

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Despite rules, former Hays commissioner to remain at CAMPO board

Despite rules, former Hays commissioner to remain at CAMPO board

  • January 8, 2018
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The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board, the long-term planning group for the region’s roads and highways, took the eyebrow-raising action on Monday of making its leader a man who no longer holds public office. Former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was reappointed as the board’s chair despite bylaws stating that all members must be a local elected official, a state official or an employee of a related transportation agency. Conley, who resigned his Hays County office in October 2017, is…

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Commissioner Wolff: High-Speed Rail Transportation ‘Closer Than Ever’ for SA

Commissioner Wolff: High-Speed Rail Transportation ‘Closer Than Ever’ for SA

  • October 10, 2017
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High-speed passenger rail connecting Texas cities, a promise that seemed to have died after decades of discussion, is back in the conversation as San Antonio squares off against growth and congestion with talk of light rail as a solution that needs only voter support. If you sat in traffic this morning, waited for a bus, or wished for a nonstop flight that doesn’t exist, you can thank Amazon for at least some of the sense of urgency to these conversations. The company’s…

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Travis County $185 million bond Nov. election to address roads, safety

Travis County $185 million bond Nov. election to address roads, safety

  • August 24, 2017
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Travis County commissioners called a $185 million bond election for Nov. 7 that focuses on road safety and park projects. On. Aug 15, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Travillion said the bond aims to fund “safe roads to school, evacuation roads, low water crossings—places where people have been killed. “This is a health and safety bond,” he said… Read more from Community Impact

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Proposal for urban gondola system in Austin will not move forward

Proposal for urban gondola system in Austin will not move forward

  • March 29, 2017
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The plan to build a gondola cable car system in Austin, in what would have been the largest system of its type in the world, is not moving forward. In a list of shared conclusions released by Capital Metro, the transit agency says gondolas are best suited to “niche” applications and not as a primary way of moving people as part of a regional transportation network. The door is being left open in the event another interested party wants to…

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Stuck Behind The Wheel: Amtrak Studying San Antonio-Austin Commuter Service

Stuck Behind The Wheel: Amtrak Studying San Antonio-Austin Commuter Service

  • January 8, 2017
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When the Lone Star Rail project fell apart last year, communities along I-35 were left looking for a new plan that would reduce travel time between San Antonio and Austin.  Now, they think they’ve found one. It’s still about rail, but the vision is bigger than San Antonio to Austin.  And drivers who are “Stuck Behind the Wheel” hope it works. There are a lot of strong words that could describe the 80 mile trip along I-35 between San Antonio…

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RIP Lone Star Rail

RIP Lone Star Rail

  • September 15, 2016
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After months of fighting for its relevancy with politicians, bureaucrats and drivers on I-35, Lone Star Rail has passed away. It was 13. Throughout its lifetime, Lone Star Rail showed glimmers of promise, tantalizing Texans from San Antonio to Austin with the prospect of high-speed rail linking these two sister cities. The thought of zipping along I-35, free of bumper-to-bumper traffic and the snarling rumble of freight trucks, sipping an iced coffee while looking at Facebook under the pretense of…

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Lone Star rail on life support after CAMPO vote

Lone Star rail on life support after CAMPO vote

  • August 9, 2016
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The Lone Star rail project, after one last Hail Mary with Union Pacific, is approaching the end of the line. And after state and federal regulators cross and dot a few t’s and i’s, it is likely that the Lone Star Rail District, which has been attempting for 13 years to build such a line, will shortly cease to exist. The idea of building a passenger line in the Austin-San Antonio corridor, however, could resurface in a form to be…

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Adler drops surprise $720M mobility bond proposal

Adler drops surprise $720M mobility bond proposal

Mayor Steve Adler has blasted into the middle of the ongoing conversation about a November mobility bond election by proposing an estimated $720 million package of projects along Austin’s most vital arterials. In a closed-door speech before the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Adler called for the city to “focus on our major streets.” He said that the way to do that is to pay for the projects outlined in the corridor studies that have been completed or are still…

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How Austin-San Antonio commuter rail backers plan to get back on track

How Austin-San Antonio commuter rail backers plan to get back on track

  • April 20, 2016
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Reports of the death of commuter rail between Austin and San Antonio have been greatly exaggerated, according to officials with the Lone Star Rail District. At a meeting Friday in San Marcos, the Lone Star Rail board unveiled new options for a potential route and approved a measure moving forward with a needed environmental impact study. The meeting, held in a classic car museum, attracted about 30 people. Political and business leaders from Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio were…

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