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Chris Riley for Council
Downtown advocate announces run in '09
DAILY News  December 17, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...In his press release, Riley puts out a platform of "protecting Austin's environmental resources, improving public transportation, and increasing citizen engagement in city decision-making." He'll be launching his campaign website,, later this week...."

CAMPO Committee Nominates Three for Cap Met Board
Fernandez, Langmore, and Martinez likely for transit agency slots
DAILY News  October 30, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...The CAMPO nominations committee today recommended that community activist Frank Fernandez, transportation and land use consultant John H. Langmore, and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez fill the three slots that organization gets on the Capital Metro Board of Directors...."

Slew of Candidates Vying for Pct. 2 Appointment
List includes political knowns and unknowns seeking interim position
DAILY News  May 21, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...2 commissioner, former Pct. 2 Commissioner Karen Sonleitner, former Council Member Brigid Shea, who has also filed initial paperwork to run for the seat; former City Council candidate Margot Clarke, attorney and city Water and Wastewater Commissioner Sarah Faust, accountability watchdog Richard Viktorin, and attorney Jeb Boyt, who serves on the board of Alliance for Public Transportation...."

Council on Transportation: Pondering the Bond
On Aug. 7, Council will discuss putting a $1 billion bond proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot
News Story  July 31, 2014, by Mac McCann
"...• $30 million: The Regional Transportation Management and I-35 Integrated Corridor Management, including, among other things, "a new regional transportation management center, with improved and expanded technologies" aimed at improving the city's ability to manage the entire regional transportation system and improve traffic flow...."

State Facilities Head Leaves for Consulting Gig
Former city employee steps in as interim director
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Johnson said the break between legislative sessions offered an opportune moment to go into private practice. He's now exploring opportunities in partnership with John Trube, a development consultant and former Buda mayor who's on the board of directors of the Alliance for Public Transportation..."

Public Notice: Transit, Then and Now
A lingering desire for streetcars
News Column  December 6, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Transportation Planning: This month sees the end of the public outreach periods for long-range plans for both of our major local transportation organizations: the Austin Transportation Department and the Capital Metro transit agency. Cap Metro holds the last of their Community Conversations – public outreach on their Project Connect long-range transit plan – Monday, Dec..."

Public Notice: Mobility and the Devil
Only Uber and Lyft can bring back Uber and Lyft
News Column  May 12, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...But the remarkable thing about how Uber and Lyft chose to go was that after storming out and slamming the door behind them, they have continued to insist that their hands are tied, that they've been forced to leave by a city council – and now presumably an entire electorate – that won't let them do business here. (But others will, and already do, and we'll see how quickly any of them can scale up to become a truly useful transportation option; see "Filling the Gap," May 13.)..."

Public Notice: A Tale of Two PUDs
It's not too soon to aim for green space
News Column  August 27, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...28, the Austin Steam Train Association and the Travis County Historical Commission will celebrate the installation of a new historical marker at the southwest corner of Third and Congress, site of the International & Great Northern Railroad depot built in 1888. With the Houston & Texas Central Railroad depot on the opposite corner, this intersection became the center of transportation in and out of Austin for decades...."

Candidate Forums for the Creative Sector
ACA, ATC, and AMP partner to quiz City Council contenders
DAILY Arts  September 23, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Eight separate events will allow the candidates in each of the 10 new districts, as well as the candidates for mayor, to address issues of concern to the music, film, and digital industries; the nonprofit arts communities; and other areas of creative activity (fashion, design, culinary arts, books and literature, et al.) in Austin. Many of the hot topics in that sector align with those in the larger community – affordability, particularly in regard to health and housing; transportation; support for and regulation of small businesses; community infrastructure – but because the contributions of creatives have historically been tied to the city's affordability, rising rents and and other costs, along with shrinking numbers of properties in the central city that can be used for creative purposes, threaten to have a disproportionate impact on local artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, and their fellow creatives..."

Kitchen's Menu for a Better Austin
Former state rep kicks off District 5 campaign
DAILY News  June 20, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Like other City Council candidates, Kitchen is shaping her campaign theme around the city’s growing number of challenges like affordability and transportation, along with the other growing pains that come with being the 11th largest city in the nation...."

The Battle for the Springs: A Chronology
News Story  August 9, 2002
"...Three environmental groups and the conservation district sue the Texas Department of Transportation to halt construction of the southern extension of MoPac Boulevard in the recharge zone. The settlement between the conservation district and the highway department includes an agreement for additional environmental safeguards..."

Public Notice: Clowns to the Left of Us, Jokers to the Right
The overwhelming hubris and audacity of Uber continues
News Column  June 9, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...Mobility Talks (and does show-and-tell). The city of Austin is hosting an informational get-together of local transportation agencies to provide information about the various agencies' services and projects in the Austin region, 1-4pm Tuesday, June 14, in the City Hall atrium..."

TxDOT Scuttles SH 45 South -- For Now
For the time being, SH 45 South is off the table.
News Story  July 12, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...The western end of SH 45 South, which some environmentalists feared would increase demand to build in the Barton Springs Watershed, isn't completely disappearing from the state Department of Transportation's map -- it just won't be built as soon as everyone thought...."

Public Notice: One Ring to Rule Them All
There's much to dislike about the greater MoPac tollway plan
News Column  November 5, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...The ugliness of that particular element caught a lot of folks' attention, there was a lot of negative feedback to CTRMA and the Texas Dept. of Transportation, and, well, the plan remains pretty much the same..."

Public Notice: Think Globally, Vote Locally
Why your country is depending on you to vote no on Prop 1
News Column  May 5, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Guadalupe Street Corridor Improvement Program is an Austin Transportation Department initiative to identify and recommend transportation improvements along the Guadalupe Street Corridor, from MLK up to 29th Street, between Rio Grande Street to the west and a block into the UT-Austin campus to the east. They're holding a two-part meeting on Wed., May 11 – Business Open House, 3:30-5:30pm; Public Meeting, 6-8pm – at University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio St..."

Public Notice: Get Your Meeting On
A roundup of civic events to start the year off right
News Column  January 8, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...6, in order to accommodate college students who are still away on winter break. This Austin Transportation Department project is intended to "identify and recommend short- to long-term transportation improvements to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life along the Guadalupe Street Corridor," between MLK and 29th..."

Votes Pending: The Case for Connect
Cap Metro board endorses initial rail route
News Story  June 26, 2014, by Mac McCann
"...Most Austinites recognize the city's traffic crisis, said Leffingwell, and that if nothing is done, it will only get worse. For only $10 or $15 more a month in taxes, voters could get a system that could offer additional transportation options and alleviate some of the city's congestion even for those that won't use the system..."

Developing Stories: Wynn Calls for 2008 Rail Vote
Will Austin get a streetcar at last?
News Column  October 26, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...In addition to the economic, quality-of-life, clean air and other reasons to reduce traffic congestion and auto/oil dependency, said Wynn, the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars is a key motivation. According to Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Develop­ment and Climate Change, transportation accounts for one-third of CO2 emissions in the United States – the globe's largest emitter of greenhouse gases that cause global warming..."

Safety for Some
The mayor tries to find a way to placate Uber and Lyft
News Story  January 21, 2016, by Katie Matlack
"...Here in Austin, citizens are caught in the middle of major relationship drama. It's playing out between the city of Austin and transportation network companies (and the political action campaigns they fund)..."

Public Notice: Endorsements (Ouch)
How could we be so stupid?
News Column  October 23, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...• TNCs are not supposed to operate at Bergstrom Air­port, until airport administration figures out how to charge them the same sorts of fees all other ground transportation services pay to operate there. But with no such system in the works, and no enforcement mechanism available, expect drivers to ignore this provision, if they're even aware of it...."

A Great Big Bundle of Rail and Roads
Council moves transportation bonds toward a November vote
News Story  August 7, 2014, by Mac McCann
"...At its meeting today (Thursday, Aug. 7), City Council is expected to discuss, and likely vote to approve, a transportation bond package, with specific bond language for the Nov..."

The Daily Hustle: 8/31/10
Get Austin Moving - to the ballot box
DAILY News  August 31, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...Is it that time already? Yesterday, Lee Leffingwell and business, development and community leaders kicked off the campaign to “Get Austin Moving,” rallying support for the $90 million transportation bond election coming to voters this November...."

Imagining Austin
Austinites begin a new comprehensive plan for the city's future
News Story  January 29, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...(According to Planning Commissioner Dave Anderson, little Pfluger­ville had 300 people show up for its comprehensive plan meetings.) A number of close observers are critical and concerned, including Jeb Boyt and Glenn Gadbois of the Austin Urban Coalition. That group is advancing a New Urbanist, or "town centers," model for sustainable growth; its participants include the Alliance for Public Transportation, Congress for the New Urbanism – Central Texas, the Downtown Austin Alliance, League of Bicycling Voters, and others..."

Why Rail?
The city is pushing for a 2012 vote to build urban rail. The critics are asking, 'Who needs it?'
News Story  April 8, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...They cost too much money and deliver too few positive results, he says. He doesn't necessarily argue against mass transit – indeed, he recognizes its necessity in providing transportation options for those who, for whatever reason, cannot drive themselves..."

Developing Stories: Compact & Connected
All aboard for Transit-Oriented Development
News Column  June 22, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Reconnecting America argues that a household's housing and transportation costs should be weighed as a "budget bundle." Research studies they quoted show that many working-class households could gain discretionary income by living close-in, within walking distance of transit. While housing may cost more, total annual transportation costs can drop more than enough to compensate, if one less car is required..."

Martinez Endorses Mobility Bond
Mayoral adversaries join on transportation proposition
DAILY News  August 5, 2016, by Michael King
"...Among the groups endorsing the proposal were members of pro-bond coalition Get Austin Moving: Austin Technology Council, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Hill Country Conservancy, Shoal Creek Conservancy, the Trail Foundation, and the Alliance for Public Transportation...."

AURA Begs to Differ
Rail advocates insist they don’t advocate ‘Guadalupe/Lamar’ Only
DAILY News  May 6, 2014, by Michael King
"...The post in question – “Can Project Connect Connect?” (read it here) – summarized the Project Connect “Locally Preferred Option” recommendations to last Friday’s Central Corridor Advisory Group meeting, followed by reactions from the Alliance for Public Transportation (middling supportive) and the Our Rail PAC (adamantly opposed). At issue was a parenthetical reference to AURA as akin to Our Rail in the position that “the only acceptable northern corridor is Lamar/Guadalupe.”..."

Can Project Connect Connect?
Advisory group receives preferred corridor recommendation
DAILY News  May 6, 2014, by Michael King
"...Initial reaction to the proposal by local transit advocates was mixed. Over the weekend, Lonny Stern of the Alliance for Public Transportation posted a lengthy analysis of the Team’s proposal, suggesting that most local media – settling on the total price tag for their headlines – had “buried the lede.” Stern continued: “The real news from CCAG’s May 2 report is that the team selected an alignment from Grove Blvd to Highland Mall that includes: 1) a new bridge over Lady Bird Lake, 2) a tunnel at the Hancock Center, and 3) a price tag of $1.38 billion 4) to be funded 50% by federal funds and 50% by a November bond election..."

Live-Blogging the City Budget Adoption
Continuously updated blog of the budget adoption.
DAILY News  September 10, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Leffingwell, $37K for Deep Eddy pool during the Springs' renovation. Kim, $25K for the Alliance for Public Transportation..."

The Odds on Mayor Adler’s $720 Million Mobility Bond
Is the plan just daring enough to work?
News Story  October 27, 2016, by Michael King
"...The moment provided an amusing snapshot of plenty of transportation discussions in Austin. When it comes to considering what to do about Austin's explosive growth and the distressing traffic it has spawned, we're all armed and ready to fight the last war, and we all seem to know more than the professionals we employ to address the problems..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  September 22, 2006
"...• Mayors Will Wynn of Austin and John Cowman of Leander, joined by a variety of local neighborhood and business leaders, kicked off the Alliance for Public Transportation Wednesday morning. While carefully skirting the subject of endorsements – like possibly endorsing the upcoming Capital Metro bond issue – Wynn says the group's broad purpose is to raise awareness of how public transit can improve the quality of life in the region..."

Streetcar Desires
The Austin streetcar has a consensus – it still needs champions
News Story  July 20, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Both are bigger than the streetcar project itself. As Central Texas slouches toward a regional vision to be born – for transportation, land-use planning, and the environment – big-picture solutions increasingly will demand complex partnering and financial co-investments among multiple entities..."

Project Connect Accelerates
As decisions near, controversy dogs urban rail plan
News Story  June 12, 2014, by Mac McCann and Michael King
"...There is a lot more to come, and, if we do it right, we'll have that political capital to do more. We are confident that we are well-positioned to do well." – Scott Gross, Austin Transportation Department..."

HD 50 Special Election Candidate Snapshot
News Story  September 6, 2013
"...* Active in Alliance for Public Transportation, Stonewall Democrats, Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Robert Mueller Redevelopment Committee..."

All Aboard: Shake-Up on the Cap Metro Board
Changes required by the Lege will put more than just new faces on the board
News Story  October 30, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...The board currently has seven members: two appointed by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (a body of Central Texas elected officials that drives transportation policy in the region), two Austin City Council members, a Travis County commissioner, a Williamson County elected official, and a city council member of a Travis County city other than Austin (appointed by peers)...."

Rep. Celia Israel on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Pandering to 3% of the electorate is not in anyone's best interest”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...Celia Israel, a former staffer for Gov. Ann Richards and chair of Austin’s Alliance for Public Transportation, prevailed in a January 2014 special election for the northern Travis County district..."

Both Sides of the Tracks
Pro and Con on Rail
News Story  August 7, 2014
"...Independent groups publicly supporting the city of Austin urban rail proposal include: Alliance for Public Transportation Real Estate Council of Austin Downtown Austin Alliance Austin Sierra Club Austin Gets Around Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Congress for a New Urbanism (Central Texas) ATX Safer Streets Brazos Tech District Let's Go Austin PAC University of Texas-Austin..."

Bond Brouhaha
Council Reenacts for Public What It Did in Private
News Story  August 14, 1998, by Jenny Staff
"...The G.O. portion of the bond ballot would allow voters to decide on five propositions, representing the following categories of projects: Public Safety; Parks and Recreation; Libraries, Museums, and Cultural Centers; Public Works and Transportation; and Flood Erosion and Control (see chart )...."

Walker Steps Down as Cap Metro Board Chair
After 11 years, says time for "someone else" to take on "exciting challenges"
DAILY News  March 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Dear Senator Watson: Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve as chairman of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors for more than 10 years. When I became chair in 1997, the authority was in great turmoil, facing indictments, and on the edge of imploding. Many in the community openly questioned Capital Metro's value to Central Texas and its trustworthiness as a public service organization..."

What's Wrong With Cap Metro ... and What's Right
The transit agency is good at a few things – like digging itself into a public relations ditch
News Story  April 24, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...And Cap Metro's problems reached full boil when it was announced that the FRA had filed even more allegations against the labor contractor, Veolia Transportation, which was responsible – maybe – for yet another MetroRail launch delay, this time indefinitely. (Cap Metro is now scheduled to give a progress report to the community on May 15 – we'll see.)..."

Committee Approves Bus Fare Hike
Raises approved for all except elderly and disabled passengers
News Story  August 8, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...There were a few dissenters at the meeting who spoke in favor of the increase, including Glenn Gadbois of the Alliance for Public Transportation, who said, "We cannot continue to starve the system of money if we expect it to grow."*..."

Can Project Connect Connect?
Advisory group receives preferred corridor recommendation
News Story  May 8, 2014, by Michael King
"...Initial reaction to the proposal by local transit advocates was mixed. Over the weekend, Lonny Stern of the Alliance for Public Transportation posted a lengthy analysis of the team's proposal, suggesting that most local media – settling on the total price tag for their headlines – had "buried the lede." Stern continued: "The real news from CCAG's May 2 report is that the team selected an alignment from Grove Boulevard to Highland Mall that includes:..."

Developing Stories
Plans unveiled for rail transit
News Column  August 1, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Under the current political mandate, via the Transit Working Group of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization: Items 1 and 2 above must be fully vetted before proceeding to: 3) a financing analysis and plan and 4) a voter referendum. Thus, key goals defined in the CAMPO Transportation Investment Decision Tree informed the ROMA recommendations: Connect existing destinations, link jobs and housing, serve low-income and transit-dependent populations, maximize ridership, support and catalyze transit-oriented development, and be cost-effective..."

Developing Stories: The State Eyes an Eastern Campus
And about that regional plan …?
News Column  May 15, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Johnson said he's shopped the basic concept around to multiple local stakeholders and that it's received "overwhelming" positive support. What it hasn't received is a thorough regional vetting for its impact on land-use and transportation planning; Johnson and his staff have been focused on the logistics, fiscal issues, and the politics of simply getting the basic consolidation concept to fly..."

Cap Metro Hangs Hopes on “Connections 2025”
High frequency bus lines attempt to increase commuter freedom
News Story  November 2, 2017, by Jack Craver
"...That's how Jarrett Walker, a widely read transit evangelist, describes the basis for a sound system of public transportation. "High frequency means transit is coming soon, which means that it approximates the feeling of liberty you have with your private vehicle – that you can go any time."..."

September 20-26
News Story  September 21, 2007
"...KEEP AUSTIN BLUE MEET-UP Hear from a panel of experts on transportation – Capital Metro's Todd Hemingson and Matt Curtis and the Alliance for Public Transportation's Glenn Gadbois. 6:30pm..."

Students Weigh In on Streetcar
Don't let Austin be shown up by Dallas and Houston, say students who advocate rail
News Story  July 25, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Will UT students organize as vocal Austin streetcar advocates? At a campus meeting recently, the UT student group Urban Devel­op­ment Society asked Capital Metro representative Matt Curtis about immediate plans to expand regional public transportation and rail transit options. The meeting generated a front-page story in The Daily Texan and an offer from UT student government leaders to help organize broader pro-transit advocacy on campus...."

Tired Of Nichols' Diatribes Against Rail
Postmarks  April 12, 2011

Point Austin: Of Caps and Handcuffs
At budget time, there's no substitute for wrestling the numbers
News Column  September 13, 2013, by Michael King
"...Soon we'll be asked to go to the well once again for affordable housing, and likely as not, next year we'll consider whether to do the same for public transportation. Yes, these are real financial burdens to be seriously weighed in the public balance; but they are also the prices we pay for a livable and sustainable community..."

Beside the Point
The budget passes, and the feathers fly
News Column  September 14, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...And $125,000 was transferred to the Austin Technology Incubator to fund McCracken's goal/campaign promise of biotech research and development but only after Lee Leffingwell offered an amendment making further funding contingent on a full report to council – and the gray goo not becoming sentient and enslaving humanity. (Well, maybe not the last part.) Deep Eddy got $37,000 to keep it open year round while Barton Springs is closed for construction (i.e., Phase 1 of the swimming hole's master plan; see Capital Budget below), $26,650 went to bilingual bonuses for Asian-language speakers, and $25,000 to the new Alliance for Public Transportation..."

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