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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