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CapMetro adjusting route times due to labor shortage

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Capitol Metro is adjusting how some of its “High-Frequency” routes will operate, citing labor shortages and COVID-19 impacts. The agency says “the new schedule is designed to use current staffing levels for consistent service across the transit network.” CapMetro says its labor shortage has spanned several years, but has been exacerbated by the pandemic and rising housing costs in the Austin metro.
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Citywide collaboration brings new transportation access and training to vulnerable Austin communities

Today, a collaboration of six Austin organizations launched an initiative to introduce electric bicycles to residents of the city’s affordable and low-income housing. Austin Energy developed an education and training program that highlights the benefits of choosing an electric bike as a transportation solution. Partnering with the Austin Transportation Department, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), Bicycle Share of Austin, Capital Metro and BikeTexas, Austin Energy is helping to bring Capital Metro’s MetroBike electric bikeshare program to HACA residents. The program includes onsite MetroBike stations, free safety helmets, in-person trainings from BikeTexas (when Covid conditions allow), a safety and usage video campaign by Austin Energy and Capital Metro, and MetroBike subscriptions from the Austin Transportation Department. The first 40 HACA residents to complete the training will be eligible for a free MetroBike subscription.
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183 South scheduled road construction, closures, detours for week of September 20

Austin — Short and long-term lane, road closures, and detours that may impact drivers along US 183 and adjacent roadways in east Austin. Below is an overview of the 183 South project’s lane, road, and ramp closures. Work continues along US 183, including bridge construction, roadway installation, sound wall work, utility work.
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Austin gas price comparison: Cheapest gas in the area

(AUSTIN, TX) For bargain hunters there may be no better target than gas, with the cheapest station in the Austin area offering savings of $0.59 per gallon. According to a survey by GasBuddy, Shell at 2001 E Riverside Dr was the cheapest station in the area, with regular listed at $2.59 per gallon at the pumps Wednesday. That was compared to Texaco at 2901 Spirit Of Texas Dr Suite A, where a gallon of regular was selling for $3.18.
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Austin Transit Partnership approves $312.8 million budget

The board that governs the implementation of Project Connect has approved its first ever full-year budget of $312.8 million, setting aside funds for design work, right-of-way acquisition, community engagement, and anti-displacement efforts. Austin Transit Partnership was incorporated by the City of Austin and Capital Metro (CapMetro) last December after voters...
AUSTIN, TX
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Intersection improvements to begin on U.S. 290 West in Dripping Springs

Hays County Courthouse, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will construct a minor realignment of Martin Road at the intersection and a dedicated right-turn lane addition on US 290 West including paving, drainage, signing, and pavement markings. This right turn will allow for more volume to travel through...
Austin Chronicle

Public Notice: Oaks, Highways, and No Pickleball?

At press time, Oak Hill Neighbors (an upper-case organization, not just a bunch of lower-case people) and the Texas Department of Transportation are weighing their next moves after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman issued a slightly overdue ruling against the Save Barton Creek Association and other plaintiffs seeking to stop construction of TxDOT's planned Oak Hill Expressway. Pitman ruled that the agency's environmental review process, which discounted the plaintiffs' more humane Oak Hill Parkway alternative to rebuilding US 290 and Texas 71 through the Y (see "Trade-Offs and Throughput," Aug. 6,) was sufficient.
AUSTIN, TX
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Austin drivers have a speeding problem: The city is trying to fix it

AUSTIN (KXAN) – As Austin grows, more and more drivers are on the road. Unfortunately, that means more accidents on our roadways. Many of those accidents, according to the Austin Transportation Department, are caused by speeding. KXAN News Today traffic reporter Amanda Dugan spoke with Robert Spillar, director of the...
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Shaping the future of Project Connect’s Blue Line light rail stations, connecting with neighborhoods to ensure equity

AUSTIN (KXAN) — CapMetro will host a virtual Community Design Workshop Wednesday for Project Connect’s Blue Line focused on the future Riverside Station. The 8.2-mile-long light rail line will feature 11 stations and travel from downtown Republic Square to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The station will be built near the...
AUSTIN, TX

City turns focus to parking in downtown Georgetown

With its centerpiece courthouse and Victorian storefronts, downtown Georgetown holds claim to the title of “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.”. As businesses continue to open and develop in and around the downtown area, though, the city of Georgetown has again turned its attention to adding parking to accommodate the growth.
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Austin Chronicle

Opinion: Oak Hill Road Plan Is Taxpayer Abuse

By the time you read these words, a federal judge will have ruled on whether the Texas Department of Transportation can make the historic community of Oak Hill into roadkill. Since it seems like forever ago, the "Y" intersection of U.S. 290 and Texas 71 in Southwest Austin has been slated to become a freeway flyover. Most everyone who drives on U.S. 290 West favors such a project – that is, until they learn the specifics of this wasteful plan:
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Traffic patterns to shift at Pecan Street and FM 685 in Pflugerville for new phase of construction

Traffic patterns will again shift at the intersection of Pecan Street and FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville starting Sept. 23. Information from the city of Pflugerville states the new phase of construction will have motorists shift to the north side of Pecan Street heading east and west bound, and the roadway will continue to be one lane in both directions.
PFLUGERVILLE, TX