Bates Recital Hall
"...We must awaken from the nightmare of the symbols, images, and perceptions creating the myth that commuter rail is a panacea of pleasant experiences. This is being foisted on us by the dedicated but unwitting folks at Cap Metro, who have swallowed and regurgitated their consultants' sales pitches..."
"...Dear Editor, We must awaken from the nightmare of the symbols, images, and perceptions creating the myth that commuter rail is a panacea of pleasant experiences. This is being foisted on us by the dedicated but unwitting folks at Cap Metro, who have swallowed and regurgitated their consultants' sales pitches..."
"...The UT Shuttle service is quite a bit busier, on a per capita basis, than Capital Metro's fixed-route service, and its drivers handle a comparable workload to their Cap Met peers. Yet the UT Shuttle drivers employed by ATC/Vancom earn substantially less money and benefits than the fixed-route drivers employed by Cap Metro's subsidiary StarTran...."
"...The article missed an opportunity to point out that these same taxpayers have overpaid approximately $150 million in unused taxes into Cap Metro for its trolley car slush fund -- a fund that grows through this overtaxation by about $50 million a year...."
"...3. Increase Cap Metro van pools, for which demand apparently exceeds supply...."
"...Thomas was vexed by the site's lack of bus routes to accommodate residents, who will earn below 50% of the city's median income. However, Cap Metro spokesman Ted Burton said the agency has agreed to help Community Partnership develop alternative transportation programs for the site, such as vanpools and special services for the development's projected 20% disabled population..."
"...Wyatt and Zack Phillips' location was easy to nail down: They simply boarded a Cap Metro bus. Their short, "Carlos," is a virtually real-time observation of a man riding across town on a slow bus headed toward his destiny..."
"... We have made free markets in mass transit a crime, and we suffer from congestion as a result. Imagine if Southwest Airlines ran our transit system instead of Cap Metro..."
"...It's time for drivers to start paying for their own parking. Furthermore, this same location is served by four different Capital Metro routes, but the transit company can't be expected to compete with "free" parking..."
"...If that's too much talk, and not enough action, come see "the future of public transportation in Austin (and beyond)," as Capital Metro and the UT Austin Center for Transportation Research demonstrate a 12-passenger electric Mini-Bus Shuttle, running in parking lot 37 of Sid Richardson Hall, 2300 Red River on the UT campus. (UT was selected in January to be a USDOT-approved Autonomous Vehicle Proving Ground partner.) The demo is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, March 16-17, 1-5pm Thursday, and 9am-5pm Friday...."
"...In a blow to neighborhood and grassroots activists, the Capital Metro board on Monday selected Endeavor Real Estate Group/Columbus Realty to develop the 11-acre Plaza Saltillo property the transit agency owns in central East Austin...."
"...Property owner Capital Metro is expected to announce the winning team June 23. The 11-acre tract runs from I-35 to Comal, between East Fourth and Fifth streets, and encompasses Plaza Saltillo and the Metro Red Line station, both of which will remain intact..."
"...“[T]hey really don’t care about transportation,” writes O’Toole. “For the city of Austin and Capital Metro, a major reason to push light rail is to get ‘free’ federal dollars.” (Apparently for O’Toole, federal highway dollars are untainted by such mercenary motives.)..."
"...Could Capital Metro's MetroRail Red Line, the new Leander-to-Austin commuter rail that begins passenger service Monday, actually make traffic congestion worse? In my personal experience, it already has – at least for one intersection near the train's route...."
"...First off, no one is calling it a "streetcar" anymore. Or "light rail" or "ultra-light rail." The proposed new transit system to serve Downtown and Central Austin has been rebranded "urban rail." (That's because it's a hybrid of technologies.) Second, every transit advocate in town wants to be sure you know the project is no longer in the hands of can't-get-the-Red-Line-running Capital Metro..."
"...Currently, no passenger rail service exists between Elgin and the capital city. But it's long been a "someday" project, along the existing Llano-Giddings line owned by Capital Metro..."
"...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..."
"...COMMUNITY MEETINGS: CAPITAL METRO RAPID BUS PROPOSAL Let the Cap Metro folks know what you think of their proposal, to be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration for federal funding. Two new routes are included: North Lamar/South Congress and Burnet Road/South Lamar..."
"...The ACLU of Texas' Central Texas chapter is actively opposing the elimination of the Capital Metro transfer center on 11th Street in front of the State Capitol. Although it is one of the busiest stops in the Cap Metro system, Gov..."
"...Taking the Capitol Out Of Capital Metro..."
"...The engine of the 20-car train jackknifed and came to rest at a sharp angle to the tracks. Workers who had been riding the train gave a different story than the report provided by Capital Metro, which owns the tracks..."
"...In his first campaign finance report, Wynn shows over $40,000 in contributions, nicely supplemented by a 10-grand loan to himself. The challenger, Mayor Pro Tem and Cap Metro board member Danny Thomas out of the hospital just in time for the likely bus strike (see p.20) has thus far raised only $300...."
"...Baker now fills Bojorquez's role as special counsel. Amy SmithHappenings Capital Metro is holding three public comment meetings regarding implementation of its proposed rapid bus service, which, according to Cap Metro, will be operating along North Lamar and South Congress by 2007 and will be 15% to 20% faster than traditional bus service..."
"...It could open as early as 2009 at a cost of $300 million, which the district estimates could rise to $600 million by the time the system reaches full implementation. The district's application will go to the Federal Transportation Commission in August, the same time as the Capital Metro application for the Leander line..."
"...Elfant says his goal before leaving office is that his deputies can do their jobs in real time with real-time information. We have no doubt he can do it.Capital Metro Referendum: For How do we put this nicely? If you don't vote for this rail plan, Capital Metro is doomed..."
"...Mueller backers were thrown for a loop last week when Capital Metro announced its plan for a rail system to be voted on in November that doesn't serve the old airport or even include a station in its vicinity. As Cap Metro's All Systems Go! project stands now, Mueller will be the object of further study, and any extension of rail service to the project would have to go before voters in a future referendum..."
"...Beginning 4pm Friday, no parking will be allowed on Congress or any cross streets between Seventh and 10th, under penalty of being towed. For Capital Metro detours, call 474-1200..."
"...An ongoing labor dispute between UT shuttle bus drivers and employer ATC/Vancom took a nasty turn on April 9 when the transit company fired two drivers who participated in a student-organized event to raise awareness on behalf of the workers. The shuttle drivers, represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1549, have been locked in a two-year battle with the for-profit ATC/Vancom (a subcontractor to Capital Metro, which provides the shuttle service by agreement with the university)..."
"...UT shuttle bus drivers, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1549 held a rally Monday in the East Mall in response to what they call "persistent mistreatment of the shuttle bus drivers and staff who run the shuttle system." "Capital Metro, ATC, and the University have all played a major part in creating the problems that the drivers now face," said UT student Courtney Morris in a statement released by the union. "Concerned students can be a part of the solution." Capital Metro is the shuttle bus contractor for UT, and the union charges that subcontractor ATC/Vancom "has steadily eroded employee benefits within the last three years [including] no pay raises for senior drivers for three years, healthcare benefit and sick day cuts, and cutbacks on bathroom and lunch breaks." ATU President Norm Couture said the workers are pressing Cap Metro and UT to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement..."
"...On Monday night, something will happen that should be critical and momentous. A new, official, long-range transportation plan for Metro Austin! Wow! That's our No..."
"...Now that they have thrown their money away on this dilapidated building, it's going to be very difficult to get them to change their plans about taking over Palmer. It seems the green Mayor has his eyes on the parkland on Town Lake, as well as Cap Metro as they finish putting their finishing touches on their new bus terminal illegally in the middle of parkland..."
"...ACC students ride free! An interlocal agreement between Capital Metro and Austin Community College will let students, faculty, and staff use Capital Metro services at no charge, including bus, train, and paratransit. (ACC is paying Cap Metro a flat annual fee of $429,000 to provide the service.) It's called a Green Pass; see www.austincc.edu for info about getting yours...."
"...Last June, the Capital Metro Board voted to award the Plaza Saltillo development contract to the Endeavor Real Estate Group, best known in Austin for developing the Domain, among other projects. That decision came as a blow to neighborhood advocates, including members of the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team, who had been working for some time on a proposal with a competing group, the Saltillo Collaborative...."
"...By contrast, Cole and Martinez retain both the advantages and disadvantages of actual records on the dais. Martinez has campaigned strongly on his specific record of reshaping the city's economic incentive policies, on focusing on labor and safety standards both for incentive programs and in city contracts, and on the successful turnaround under his chairmanship of Capital Metro from near bankruptcy..."
"...While opponents of the urban rail plan have relentlessly voiced that opposition for months, official agencies such as Capital Metro and Project Connect "are in a strict 'education only, no advocacy' position," says Cap Metro's John Julitz – as is required by Texas state law regulating the use of public funds for political advertising (Texas Election Code § 255.003). Nevertheless, not everyone agrees on what constitutes "political advocacy."..."
"...COST board member Jim Skaggs distributed a longer version of a June 2 anti-rail Statesman op-ed by Randal O'Toole – a CATO Institute researcher known nationwide for his longtime opposition to any and all urban rail projects – which argued that Capital Metro should shelve rail plans in favor of more bus service. That and other materials were sent to the Central Corridor Advisory Group, to which Skaggs wrote, "The transportation evaluation process has been spearheaded, for several years, by Project Connect; an organization supported and funded by Cap Metro, Lone Star Rail, and the City of Austin..."
"...As his primary response to that crisis, Leffingwell declared this the year of "Rail or Fail." He effectively kicked off the campaign for November's yet to be precisely defined urban rail bond vote, while acknowledging that Austin is way behind other cities in this project because of the unsuccessful Capital Metro light rail vote in 2000. He reiterated in several different ways: "It's crystal clear to me that the price of failing at the ballot box this time would be enormous."..."
"...Capital Metro's MetroRail line – which heads east from the Convention Center and then cruises up Airport Boulevard to North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander – is a cheap, safe, and clean option for those it can service, but timing is a real issue. Bars close at 2am; service out of Downtown shuts down Friday at 12:30 and midnight on Saturday..."
"...• The city of Buda is considering adding Capital Metro commuter service to Austin. We're glad the old "misery loves company" truism still has some currency...."
"...Hemby said TCSO has worked with other county agencies and with DPS to stage public safety "assets" at key locations so that they can be ready to help with traffic management and respond rapidly to emergencies. Capital Metro is also on-board to help ease race weekend congestion, transpo agency President and CEO Linda Watson said..."
"...CAP METRO PUBLIC HEARING: FY 2013 Budget and January Service Changes Capital Metro's proposed budget for FY 2013 is $274.4 million. Find out what it's all about before the board of directors meets Sept..."
"...CAP METRO BUDGET ON THE GO Capital Metro's budget process is under way, and the agency is soliciting public input. Have any suggestions? Go to www.capmetro.org/insidemetro/ci-budget.asp or www.capmetro.icanmakeitbetter.com for details...."
"...Cap Metro Board Member Grounded..."
"..."We must avoid the temptation to siphon $1,000,000,000 from our community coffers to build fad transportation trends like Downtown Light Rail," he writes, in direct reference to the city's proposed urban rail plan. "Not only can [bus rapid transit] serve more people in more areas of town, it is a far cheaper investment for the community than CapMetro's $1,000,000,000 Downtown Light Rail Plan." (Let's overlook the fact that it's a city of Austin plan, not Capital Metro's, just so we can move on.)..."
"...At the beginning of 2010, the Chronicle reported that about two-thirds of Capital Metro’s approximately 3,000 bus stops were not fully accessible to people with mobility impairments (see “Can’t Get There From Here,” Jan. 22, 2010)..."
"...The shooting woke Smith, who was then also shot by Quintana as he fled from the car. According to Smith's new lawsuit, Quintana acted recklessly in firing at Smith, who "posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury to Quintana." – Jordan Smith Cap Metro Chiefs Say Ciao..."
"...CAP METRO WELCOME PARTY in honor of new CEO Linda Watson. 5:30-7:30pm..."
"...In their quest to bump up MetroRail Red Line ridership – which is lagging well behind projections made before it launched in March – Capital Metro staff pitched four schedule-change scenarios to the Cap Metro board's Rail Committee on Monday. The most conservative would merely adjust the Red Line's current rush-hour-only schedule..."
"...Today (Thursday) is national Dump the Pump Day, and the ozone season has started – the first few ozone watch days of the year were issued by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization last week...."
"...Those projects are currently in differing stages, ranging from planning to actual construction (see map, below). The Walnut Creek Trail will pick up in East Austin at Govalle Park (giving it easy access down Shady Lane to the Lance Armstrong Bikeway) and run in a broad arc east of Highway 183, through Northeast Park, into north Austin through Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, and ending west of MoPac...."