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Project Connect: Cap Metro insists everything is on the table – Austin Monitor
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke insists that nothing is set in stone. He has cautioned the community to view the vision document for Project Connect, the long-term plan for high-capacity transit that Capital Metro released last week, as nothing more than the starting point of a lengthy community conversation about how to bring game-changing public transportation to the Austin metropolitan area.
October 11, 2018

Austin considered one of the ‘best bike cities in America,’ report says – KVUE
If you’ve noticed more cyclists on bike trails and roads, there’s a reason for that. Austin has been named one of the best bike cities in America, according to a new report.
October 10, 2018

Austin area elementary school holds bike rodeo to raise awareness about wearing helmets – KVUE
The sport that children suffer the most injuries in doesn’t belong to football. According to pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Knapp, that sport is bicycling. That’s why Caraway Elementary sponsored a bike rodeo to raise awareness about the importance of wearing bike helmets.
October 6, 2018

Bastrop kids learn to use public transportation – Austin American Statesman
Bastrop youth will learn how to use public transportation in the city through a free program at the YMCA. During the Great Transit Adventure, kids 8 to 16 years old will learn how to read a bus schedule and board a CARTS bus in Bastrop that will take them to and from an afternoon of free bowling and pizza.
October 5, 2018

CARTS renews contract with Bastrop, considers adding new route – Austin American Statesman
The Capital Area Regional Transportation System and the city of Bastrop have approved a five-year agreement to continue bus services in the city.
October 4, 2018

Lots of driverless buses with dedicated lanes: How Capital Metro sees Austin’s public transit future – Austin Business Journal
The gears are in motion for an overhauled regional transportation network featuring driverless vehicles and light rail in the years and decades ahead. The head of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority presented new details about Project Connect, the transit agency’s long-term infrastructure plan.
October 3, 2018

5 Tech Ideas Making Multimodal Transportation Easier And Cheaper – Forbes
Self-driving cars and air taxis won’t solve your urban travel needs for a good while, but a raft of tech solutions can help you efficiently mix public transit, bikes, scooters, car-share, and ride-hail right now.
October 1, 2018

San Marcos Proposes More Alternative Transportation – San Marcos Corridor News
The new transportation plan predicts short-term projects that could be completed in the next 10 years are expected to cost $550 million.
September 29, 2018

A frightening view of things to come for Austin? Traffic congestion can be a job killer– Austin Business Journal
Congestion in the Texas capital is a lot worse today than a decade ago. And with the local economy growing faster than in any other big city — attracting more residents and businesses — it’s sure to get worse.
September 29, 2018

Capital Metro: Exclusive Pathways are Necessary for high-capacity Transit –  Community Impact Newspaper
Capital Metro will release parts of its Project Connect Vision Plan that outline modes and methods for regional transit mobility and high-capacity travel throughout Austin proper.
September 19, 2018

Georgetown Growth: More people means more roads – KVUE
This year, the United States census bureau ranked Georgetown, Texas as the sixth fastest-growing city in the country, and city officials are working to alleviate traffic issues as more traffic issues arise, and transportation alternatives to driving.
September 18, 2018

TxDOT plan now foresees no tolls on I-35 expansion in Central Texas – Austin-American Statesman
Major expansions of Interstate 35, the “Y” at Oak Hill, U.S. 183 in North Austin, Loop 360 and RM 620 are among hundreds of highway projects listed in a 10-year state transportation plan set for consideration and possible approval Thursday by the Texas Transportation Commission.
August 30, 2018

CTRMA Approves 2019 Budget, Outlines Priorities – San Marcos Corridor News
The budget includes initiatives aimed at increasing electronic toll tag usage, strengthening driver information and communication, leveraging technology.
August 23, 2018

Capital Metro-Pflugerville transit planning document proposes bus route to downtown Austin – Community Impact
Pflugerville residents could soon see an express bus route to downtown Austin. The Transit Development Plan is a planning document three years in the making developed in coordination with public transportation provider Capital Metro.
August 15, 2018

No emissions here: Capital Metro tests out electric buses in Austin – Community Impact
Capital Metro’s future will be electrified as the agency began testing electric buses in Austin. The agency will test electric buses from three manufacturers, including California-based Proterra, which has sold about 700 buses and opened a second manufacturing facility to handle those orders, Proterra Regional Sales Director Lauren Cochran said.
August 14, 2018

How to get around Austin: public transportation near campus – The Daily Texan
For those new to Austin, many may face the same issue as Sheu as they learn to navigate the different public transport options.
August 9, 2018

Can electricity use predict a bad morning commute? –  GCN
Why are some morning commutes so much worse than others? New research shows that nighttime and early-morning energy use can be a good predictor of morning traffic congestion.
August 9, 2018

Cap Metro, Austin City Council to jointly mull transit future – Austin-American Statesman
If the Austin area is ever to have light rail or even a high-capacity system of buses, Capital Metro and city of Austin leaders are going to have to work together to make that happen.
August 6, 2018

Scooter startup Bird plans to fund protected bike lanes – Curbed
Bird, the rapidly expanding dockless electric scooter company, announced two new initiatives this morning seeking to position the company as a safety leader among the current crop of urban mobility startups—and help give its users safe places to ride in cities.
August 2, 2018

Capital Metro recognized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for their sustainability accomplishments – APTA
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recognized six of its member organizations for continued achievements in sustainability during APTA’s Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop.
August 1, 2018

San Antonio, Austin working to expand I-35 for faster commute – KSAT12
If you travel between San Antonio and Austin, you probably cringe thinking about the traffic on I-35, but developers want to cut down travel times for commuters. Both cities are working together to make a 120-mile stretch of I-35 bigger within the next 10 years. Project to cost between $8 billion, $9 billion
July 06, 2018

A pedestrian and bike-friendly downtown project is one of four Central Austin transportation updates to know this month – Community Impact Newspaper
Updates on four transportation projects that could affect how you commute into and out of Central Austin.
July 6, 2018

San Marcos, CARTS, and CAMPO receive TxDOT Grant Funding For Public Transportation – San Marcos Corridor News
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced $82 million in grants to fund public transportation providers in rural, small urban and large urban areas of Texas.
July 04, 2018

Capital Metro, City of Austin and RATP Dev USA are Testing Autonomous Transit – Capital Metro
Capital Metro, Central Texas’ transportation agency, will explore automated vehicle (AV) technology through evaluation demonstrations, with testing possibly beginning as soon as late July. If testing goes well, a pilot service is expected to follow later this fall.
June 25, 2018

Cedar Park to evaluate transit needs throughout the city – Community Impact Newspaper
Cedar Park is driving forward with a study to evaluate its transit needs in the city. On Thursday, City Council approved an agreement with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Inc. for up to $130,000 for the study.
June 15, 2018

Safe Kids Austin: Summer pedestrian and bike safety – Fox 7 Austin
Rhonda Bolick with Safe Routes to School Program has tips to keep you safe on the streets and the sidewalks.
June 11, 2018

Lyft App Upgrade Improves Shared Rides, Integrates with Cities, Transit – Metro Magazine
Lyft is announcing a new version of its app that improves shared rides, integrates directly with cities and transit agencies, and simplifies its passengers’ overall experience.
June 07, 2018

Capital Metro, RideAustin partner to offer free pickup service in Exposition area – Community Impact
Starting Monday, residents in an area of West Austin slated to lose some bus service will have a new option to make their first- and last-mile trips.
May 30, 2018

 Capital Metro’s massive bus system overhaul called Cap Remap takes effect Sunday and affects service on more than 50 routes. The overhaul includes increasing bus frequency on several routes, realigning routes as well as eliminating service with low ridership.
May 30, 2018

This is the Most Dangerous Day of the Week to Drive – Austin-American Statesman
Despite several years of steady declines, deadly vehicle crashes are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safest day to be on the road: Tuesday. The most dangerous? Saturday.
May 25, 2018

Area under Ben White Blvd. will be transformed into transit center – KXAN
Construction on the Westgate Transit Center and Park and Ride is scheduled to begin toward the end of summer and will transform the area underneath Ben White Boulevard between Manchaca Road and Pack Saddle Pass — directly across from Target — into a mobility hub.
May 17, 2018

The City of Buda’s new STAR (Seniors Taking a Ride) Bus is ready to hit the road
The new ADA accessible bus was paid for with a Federal Transportation Agency grant, specifically for the City’s senior transportation service.  The vehicle seats 11 riders and is wheelchair accessible (can seat two wheelchair passengers).
The STAR program is offered by the City to transport independent ambulatory seniors.
April 25, 2018

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 risk running into pedestrians?
April 20, 2018

Dockless scooters| Do they work and are they legal?
There’s some new competition in the short-term vehicle rental market in Austin. California based Bird launched their dockless, electric scooters in Austin Thursday, targeting individuals who need a short “last-mile” trip that may be too long to walk, but too short to drive. As KVUE’s Jason Puckett tested out in the video above, the service works pretty well. Users simply download an app, put in a payment option and can then see all the devices across the city.
April 08, 2018

Austin wants to make dockless bike program work
Like several cities around the country, Austin is going to start a new biking program that gives you more freedom. The concept is simple: you can pick up a bike and leave it where you want.
April 05, 2018

Transit is pretty safe. What can we do to erode misleading stereotypes?
Despite transit’s strong safety record, the cultural stereotypes portraying it as crime-ridden and lawless persist. Such stereotypes make transit expansions more challenging and scare away would-be riders. Racism is often deeply embedded in these stereotypes, as a recent Google glitch regarding Atlanta’s MARTA system demonstrated. It is true that, in serving diverse cities and towns, transit systems may expose riders to people with different backgrounds than their own (which is a good thing). It’s inevitable that some transit passengers have criminal records. But issues that plague our society such as sexual harassment and violent crime adversely affect every member of the traveling public, regardless of their preferred mode of transportation.
April 05, 2018

This Kids Carpool App Won The SXSW Accelerator Transportation Category
Getting your kids back and forth to school safely is a very important task. The chaotic lives of millennial parents can translate to stressful mornings and afternoons, worrying about drop offs, pickups and making it to each house on time. When you’re not the carpool driver, worry sets in when kids are even a couple of minutes late. Technology can definitely improve the carpool experience.
March 13, 2018

A New Approach to Easing Traffic Jams Starts with CEOs
When people talk the power of CEOs, they generally mean over their businesses, their workforces, political lobbying, or the economy. It’s time to add traffic to the list. That’s right: It might sound strange, or unrelated to business objectives, but CEOs could be the key to eliminating traffic jams.
March 09, 2018

ATX Detour Day
Friday, March 9, 2018, will be one of the most congested days of the year for Austin commuters as students leave for spring break and visitors arrive for the Spring Festival Season/SXSW. Given this historically busy day, the City recognizes March 9, 2018, as ATX Detour Day to encourage employers and employees, especially downtown, to think about alternative commute options for this day and the week after.
March 05, 2018

Cedar Park working on bike-friendly lanes, traffic lights
Cedar Park has been pedaling forward with projects that may make it easier for cyclists to move about the city. Two of the city’s projects include identifying routes for dedicated bike lanes and testing out bike-friendly traffic signals.
February 23, 2018

Capital Metro unveils downtown MetroRail designs, as Austin rail conversation heats up again
During an open houseCapital Metro showed off their nearly-done designs for the new downtown MetroRail station coming in 2021.
February 22, 2018

City of Buda New ADA Accessible Senior Transportation Van
The City of Buda’s Senior Transportation program has a new van and a new name. Buda’s STAR (Seniors Taking a Ride) Program is a new ADA accessible van that provides seniors transportation to enhance the quality of life and promote independence of
persons 60 years or older residing within the Buda city limits.
February 21, 2018

Free electric cab service expands into downtown Austin, sees success at Domain Northside
After successfully launching its free first-mile, last-mile service at Domain Northside in November, Electric Cab of North America has expanded the service to the downtown Austin area.
February 16, 2018

San Marcos, Texas State University partnering to offer dockless bike sharing
The city of San Marcos and Texas State University will issue a joint request for proposals to get at least one station-free bike sharing company to operate in the area.
February 07, 2018

Austin City Council approves pilot program to test dockless bicycles 
Austin is joining the ranks of cities testing out dockless bicycles. City Council approved a pilot program for the bike-share program. The idea is to have bicycles that can be located and unlocked with a smartphone application
February 02, 2018

Want more bikes in Austin? So does Katie Smith Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new executive director
Look for Katie Smith Deolloz riding a bike, walking or taking a bus, but don’t expect to see her driving a car. And now, look for her at the helm of Bike Austin.The non-profit organization, which promotes cycling for transportation and recreation, has selected Deolloz as its new executive director.
January 18, 2018

Cap Metro Ramps Up Commuter Service
On Jan. 7, Austin’s public transit provider will roll out new and improved changes to its commuter services for both MetroRail and MetroExpress. In an effort to alleviate train car overcrowding, rail service will expand service with six additional trips.
January 03, 2018 

Austin bike routes peddled as best in U.S. for 2017
Two Austin bikeways have been named best in the U.S. On December 19, People for Bikes, an organization that lobbies for government funding and infrastructure for cyclists, release their picks for the top 10 bikeways in the country.
December 20, 2017 

Red Line Trail project aims to connect Northwest Austin-area commuters
The city of Austin is proposing a new trail in North Austin that would run along Capital Metro’s MetroRail line and connect to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail.
December 14, 2017 

Austin City Council greenlights new hybrid traffic signals for needed areas
The Austin City Council has approved a $2.85 million contract to build 10 new traffic signals across the city in locations with identified safety needs. The signals, called pedestrian hybrid beacons, are pedestrian-activated traffic control devices that help pedestrians safely cross major roadways where traffic signals are not present.
December 12, 2017 

Leander City Council approves testing bike lane barrier system
Bike lane separators to be installed at Vista Ridge/Municipal Drive and Bagdad Road intersection.
September 08, 2017 

Austin Invests in Rider Safety by Adding New Bike Signals to its Traffic Lights
Austin’s Transportation Department is adding 12 new bicycle-specific signals to traffic lights around the city in hopes of creating a safer commute for cyclists.
August 02, 2017

Capital Metro blames cheap parking for one sector of ridership declines
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors learned that a partnership with Austin Community College has seen dwindling fortunes since its launch at the beginning of the decade.
August 01, 2017

Increased MetroRail capacity, faster MetroRapid bus service funded in Capital Metro’s proposed 2017-18 budget
The city of Austin’s transit agency, Capital Metro, is planning for significant service increases, according to its proposed fiscal-year 2017-18 budget.
July 31, 2017

B-cycle is expanding. So why are all the new stations near downtown?
B-cycle, Austin’s bike-share system, recently added three new stations as part of an 18-station build up over the next 18 months. All of these new stations will be close to or in downtown, adding to the company’s existing 51 docks. An expansion might seem like an opportunity to finally build a station outside of B-cycle’s limited coverage – once you cross I-35, bike-share stations do not exist north of East 11th Street.
July 20, 2017

Work Starts on Plaza Saltillo Development
The roughly 10-acre development, between Fifth and Fourth streets and stretching east from I-35 to the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail station, will turn six blocks into roughly 800 apartments (with 141 units, or roughly 18 percent, reserved for low-income renters), 140,000 square feet of office space (mostly in an eight-story tower next to the interstate), 110,000 square feet of retail space with restaurants and 1.4 acres of public space.
June 30, 2017

Capital Metro Moving Forward with Studying use of Buses on I-35
The reignited Project Connect regional transit study moved forward Monday after Capital Metro’s board of directors approved a list of corridors to analyze, including I-35. The goal of Project Connect is to propose high-capacity transit in Central Texas, and efforts restarted in March 2016 with public input on potential corridors.
June 27, 2017

Travis County looks to get into the Transit Game
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could soon expand its transit operations into unincorporated parts of Travis County. Commissioners Court voted unanimously to begin crafting a transit development plan to expand Capital Metro Service into more of Travis County.
June 26, 2017

Austin’s new street design guide aims to make roads less automobile-focused
Austin transportation officials rolled out a draft version of its updated Austin Street Design Guide that shows new designs for streets with travel lanes, bicycle facilities, and sidewalks, including raised bike lanes that would put those facilities at the same height as sidewalks.
June 23, 2017

Shoal Creek Trail may triple in length, from downtown to Domain
From outdoor enthusiasts to history lovers, Austinites on Wednesday night met to plan the possible tripling of the length of the Shoal Creek Trail, which runs 3.25 miles from Lady Bird Lake to 38th Street.
June 22, 2017

Capital Metro is Bringing Ride-Hailing to Public Transportation
Capital Metro is testing out a new service called The Pickup! The Pickup service will replace Capital Metro’s MetroFlex Upper Eastside pilot route.
June 06, 2017

Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards
I was going to skip my daily swim the other morning. I had already walked three miles with a friend and taken my dog to the park for his exercise.
July 20, 2015

The Clearest Explanation Yet For Why Millennials Are Driving Less
The ongoing discussion about Millennial driving trends is not about whether they’re declining, but why.
July 13, 2015

Transportation Officials Planning a Bike Lane for SPI Causeway
Pete Sepulveda, Jr., executive director of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, says it is “extremely doable” to build a dedicated bike lane on the South Padre Island Causeway.
June 19, 2015

Here’s How Much Americans Spend on Their Daily Commute
Take your annual take-home pay and subtract $2,600 from it — that’s how much you’re really making after you factor in how much it costs you to get to and from your job all year.
June 9, 2015

A Comeback for the Carpool
For decades after World War II, the carpool to work was a daily ritual for millions of Americans, mostly suburban (and, in those days, mostly male).
June 8, 2015

Four Cities Race to Finish the Country’s First Protected Intersection
Sometimes, change builds up for years. And sometimes, it bursts.
May 28, 2015

Why Salt Lake City Chose to Build the First Protected Intersection for Bicycling in the U.S.
The latest innovation in bicycle infrastructure isn’t happening in Portland, Oregon, or New York City, or even Minneapolis.
May 8, 2015

Why Great Transit is Worth Loads of Money to Local Businesses
Jobs are moving back into city centers, but there’s still an awful lot of them in the urban fringes and the suburbs—places typically hard for public transportation to serve.
May 5, 2015

Bike Month: It’s for EVERYONE.
Did you know that May is Bike Month? You better believe it! And regardless of your level of expertise on a bicycle, Bike Month still has something for everyone.
April 27, 2015

7 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walking Move Us to a Brighter Future
According to the nation’s pundits and prophets, the future of transportation is all figured out for us.
April 27, 2015

How Washington State Convinced Big Companies to Dramatically Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes
The state’s Commute Trip Reduction program is a model for the nation.
April 6, 2015

Survey: 100 Million Americans Bike Each Year, But Few Make It a Habit
Many Americans have bikes at their disposal and go for a spin at least once a year, though few bike regularly for transportation…
March 4, 2015