"...If people in Austin quit screwing around and actually drove their cars, there wouldn't be the problem we face now. Cap/Metro is still working on implementing Light Rail..."
"...While I agree with Prentiss Riddle's criticism of Cap Metro for having a "double standard" when it comes to the affiliations of their advertisers ["Postmarks," Jan. 28], it misses the more fundamental issue that seems to have escaped public debate entirely: the presence of advertising on our public transportation system..."
"...Schafer's pick-and-choose philosophy, which insists upon government goodies but resists the financial burden of metropolitan services not directly beneficial to the immediate community, is typical of homegrown attitudes that are reasserting themselves with renewed vigor in local Republican politics...."
"...For Austin why not consider an alternative "Network" transportation system? You will not find a "Network" transportation plan for Austin on the mayor's desktop, just plans that serve downtown Austin. You will not find a "Network" transportation plan for Austin at Cap Metro either..."
"...As an example, he cites the Statesman's coverage of the BFI Recyclery in East Austin, and of the beleaguered Cap Metro. "There's a problem with BFI and noise and filth and rubbish around their plant..."
"...A recent series of stories in the Austin American Statesman on Capital Metro shows how missing history warps understanding. Last Sunday's installment, "Cap Metro paid temp agencies thousands without bids," was typical..."
"...While light rail is being touted in some circles as the best solution to relieve traffic congestion, curb pollution, and rein in urban sprawl, several East Austin residents fear that they'll find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks if Capital Metro is allowed to go ahead with its plans to run a train through their neighborhoods...."
"...It was not quite a full dais last week (May 4), with District 2 Council Member Delia Garza out of town on Capital Metro board member business, but there were no items that came down to a swing vote. The agenda was sufficiently brief and uncontentious that it enabled a 7pm adjournment – although even that was misleading, as the meeting was elongated by a lengthy “executive session” intermission and a delay on a single item that carried beyond the evening’s music and proclamations...."
"...Height was also at issue in the evening, when the Plaza Saltillo zoning case returned to the floor, for a second reading to consider whether 1) a tract at the western edge of the site, bordering I-35, should be granted a variance to allow an eight-story (instead of a four-story) commercial tower; and 2) landowner Capital Metro and the developer (Endeavor Real Estate Group) had been misleading in 2014 when they promised a 25% quotient of affordable housing. The former is a request from Cap Metro to stimulate ridership and increase agency (and city) revenue; the latter a dispute over whether it was made publicly clear that 25% affordability (promised by both competing development teams) was only possible with 10% city participation (the estimated difference would be 141 units vs..."
"...Thanks to a new partnership between Capital Metro and the Austin Poetry Society, that could soon change. The transit authority is giving over unused ad space inside its fleet to signage featuring poems...."
"...7) "Access Denied: Cap Metro saving money means hardship for neediest riders"..."
"...Capital Metro announced last week that it will receive $24.2 million in federal funds for its planned Bus Rapid Transit service. The grant comes from the Federal Transit Administration's Small Starts program, which helps with capital costs for mass transit programs..."
"...About that rail election, proposed by Mayor Lee Leffingwell for fall 2012: Tovo and Shade both support the urban rail proposal in principle, though both have plenty of questions. Nofziger, however, played a prominent role in opposing Capital Metro's initial 2000 urban rail referendum, and he remains opposed to the latest version of the project...."
"...If you're a bus rider, you know how annoying it can be sitting at a stop and wondering how long until the next bus arrives. But if you have a smartphone, Capital Metro will ease your pain a bit through the use of quick-response codes at bus stops and rail stations..."
"...Talk about your bad timing. Only two days after celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of the MetroRail Red Line – a year, Capital Metro noted, with "zero vehicle or passenger accidents" – the train had its first crash..."
"...MetroRail, One Year Later..."
"...Dear Editor, Capital Metro has one job and has yet to do it right: transporting the public. A significant percentage of the public which requires transportation is comprised of elderly, frail, and/or other-abled people..."
"...Restricting an ex-employee's access to the workplace premises might normally seem like standard procedure, but in the case of Jay Wyatt, there's a catch: He's still the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, which represents most of Capital Metro's drivers and mechanics...."
"...• SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT? Hundreds of revelers were left in the cold New Year's Eve when Capital Metro put its late-night service on detour with little warning. The transit authority encouraged Austinites to use the six Night Owl routes but put less effort into announcing that the buses weren't going to be where they normally are..."
"...Dear Editor, Let me get this straight: Sue Spencer, who lives in Pflugerville, a community which absolved itself from paying the Capital Metro sales tax a few years ago, is upset that bus fares are about to increase, calling the fare increase "price gouging" [“Postmarks,” Aug. 29]..."
"...CAP METRO LUNCHEON: METRORAIL The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents a discussion on the future MetroRail. 11:30am..."
"... The Bus Riders Union of Austin, formed last year to advocate for mass-transit users, called on Capital Metro Tuesday to return to a free-fare system. Such a move would be a complete turnaround for the agency, which declared last fall that it intended to double fares – a plan put on hold after widespread protests..."
"... In other transportation news, just in time to help mitigate this week's widespread whining over rising gas prices, Capital Metro revealed on Monday a new, easier-to-use system map, which includes route and frequency information as well as a "how-to-ride" guide, all packaged in a more portable alternative to the previous Destinations schedule book. The new maps are now available free on all buses and at Cap Metro ticket locations..."
"...Quote of the Week "I never once doubted that if people stayed at the table and continued to negotiate in good faith there would be an outcome that met the needs of this community. If I did only one thing in this process, it was to make sure that we left no stone unturned in the final hours of these negotiations." Mayor Will Wynn, following his successful intervention in the contract negotiations between Capital Metro, StarTran, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091.Headlines Early voting in the House District 48 run-off special election runs this Monday through Friday, Feb..."
"... In yet another low-water mark for Austin's institutional politics, Capital Metro threatened to fire any bus drivers who participate in additional strike action, following the one-day strike by the drivers' union last week. On Tuesday, the union fired back with a lawsuit accusing Cap Metro of illegally interfering in negotiations between the workers and the contractor that employs them..."
"...Updates from the waning days of the summer budget season: Capital Metro has proposed a 5% spending increase in its fiscal 2005 plan, thanks to healthier-than-expected sales-tax collections and projected increases in fare and freight-rail revenue. Much of that money will be eaten up by higher fuel prices, along with employee raises and health benefits, but Cap Metro is also bringing new facilities online and, you may have heard, will be holding an election in November (price tag: $1.3 million) on its commuter rail plans..."
"...as a whole gained a whopping 4,858 residents, mostly in the unincorporated county or in Pflugerville. The other four counties in what is now the "Austin-Round Rock" metro area (sorry, San Marcos), and their principal cities, all saw population gains in the 4-5% range..."
"...As coordinator of the El Concilio association of Mexican-American neighborhoods, he had been participating in preparations for the Feria de la Calle Cinco celebration planned for this Saturday, June 7 at Plaza Saltillo. Featuring music, food, artists, information booths, and a tribute to outgoing Mayor Gus Garcia, the Feria represents just one attempt by the city and Capital Metro to spur economic development and tourist traffic at Saltillo, the inviting but underutilized public square between East Fourth, East Fifth, Comal, and Onion streets...."
"...Capital Metro has released a request for proposals for what is now called the Saltillo District Redevelopment Master Plan -- an effort to transform the transit authority's long-vacant rail yard property on East Fifth into a hub of Eastside revitalization. The project had been troubled last fall by charges that Cap Metro was favoring certain East Austin constituencies over others in its community outreach efforts and by fears from the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood that the agency's plans would conflict with the goals of its adopted neighborhood plan..."
"...Move over Lance Armstrong! Capital Metro now has another star lobbying for light rail: Former governor Ann Richards has been hired to work for the local transportation agency. On Jan..."
"...5) The Red Line. Folks who own vacant land along Capital Metro's proposed light-rail line think it's a great amenity; folks who already live along the tracks think it's a dreadful menace..."
"...Actually, the most glaring examples of this haven't come from the usual suspects. Rather than suburb-loving Senior Editor Tom Barry or Eric Mitchell-booster editorial writer Susan Smith-Richardson, it is now the daily's former Music Man, Don McLeese, who is taking the most frequent potshots at progressives in his Metro & State section column...."
"...Construction should also begin around that time on a $6.75 million urban trail to run along Country Club Creek between Elmont and East Oltorf. Another $5 million has been set aside to build a trail along Cap Metro's Red Line at the end of 2021..."
"...• Parallel planning efforts in transit corridors – between the city transportation department, Capital Metro, and CodeNEXT planners – have lacked coordination throughout. Only now, as the "final" code draft is readying for release Feb..."
"...Amid the PR farce that was the Austin city manager search process, another major CEO search has gone relatively unnoticed. The Capital Metro CEO – like the city manager, an autonomous head of a massive public enterprise, hired by public officials but otherwise independent of their control – will be chosen this coming Tuesday, with few seemingly knowing or caring, even though transit woes rank way up there on most lists of Austin's problems..."
"...While I wasn't in love with the proposed light rail route, it's hugely disappointing to me that Austin just can't seem to get anywhere when it comes to public transportation. The affection people feel for Uber and Lyft surely stems in part from the frustration of trying to use Cap Metro...."
"...Buses The Cap Metro system is going out of its way to help out SXSW-goers. Buses between the airport and Downtown will be running more frequently to keep up with demand..."
"...Capital Metro held a dedication service for its new 803 MetroRapid Bus Service on Aug. 25 – even though the new express route, connecting the Domain to Westgate Mall via Burnet Rd., UT, and Downtown, started running the day before..."
"...Dear Editor, Capital Metro's new 801 bus is a more high-tech and 50% more expensive version of the 101 bus that it replaces [“Here Comes MetroRapid,” News, Jan. 24]..."
"...CAP METRO SERVICE INPUT MEETING The last set of thrice-yearly service changes just went into effect, but Cap Met already wants your input on the proposals for January, including extensions in South Austin, Domain connections, and more. See full meeting schedule online..."
"...Thanks to a new partnership between Capital Metro and the Austin Poetry Society, though, that could soon change. The transit authority is giving over unused ad space inside its fleet to signage featuring poems...."
"...• The rail would connect with Capital Metro's Red Line at the Martin Luther King Station and the Downtown Station. If other proposed mass-transit plans materialize, it could connect at Downtown with Cap Metro's Elgin Green Line, the Georgetown-to-San Antonio Lone Star Rail, and Cap Metro's Bus Rapid Transit...."
"...CAP METRO MEETING Stop by one of two meetings Monday night to discuss proposed changes to Cap Metro's policies regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act. 6-7:30pm..."
"...CAP METRO PUBLIC HEARING Weigh in on the proposed fare hikes. 5pm..."
"...As we reported last week, MetroRail was supposed to begin testing its evening schedule Nov. 16, but not all of its vehicles were ready for action, so train runs were not on the planned timetable..."
"...Where have all the 'Dillos gone? Downtown Austinites said goodbye to the familiar trolley cars and their distinctive wood and brass fittings on Oct. 2 as Capital Metro officially terminated the Downtown 'Dillo routes..."
"...Warnings have sounded about the mall's flagging fortunes for years. A 2008 analysis commissioned by Capital Metro regarding its planned Highland Mall commuter rail station – the linchpin to any future redevelopment of the area – politely noted the mall "has shown some signs of decline," facing competition from newer retailers..."
"...Capital Metro’s new MetroRail commuter train will be delayed yet again...."
"...162; Entire mileage of existing Cap Metro-owned rail line, Giddings-Llano..."
"...On Wednesday, members of the Capital Metro bus drivers union – Amalgamated Transit Union 1091 – voted by a wide margin to reject Cap Metro's proposed contract and to authorize a strike. Over 400 of the roughly 600 or so union members who work for Cap Metro labor contractor StarTran voted to strike, while around 40 voted against..."