"...At the Aug. 13 meeting his sole target was Mayor Steve Adler, whom he accused of crypto-homosexual "assault." According to León, at the July 27 Cap Metro meeting, the mayor had apparently touched León when politely opening the door for him, or as León described it: "Adler put his hand on my lower back, an unnecessary, uninvited, physical contact against me..."
"...The recent arrivals of Uber and Lyft (and, soon, the discount shared-ride service UberPool) have revolutionized the transit landscape in Austin. Combine the flexibility of Uber/Lyft with impressive mobile app-driven improvements in Cap Metro's user experience, Car2Go, and a growing bike-share program, and Austin could, accidentally, be turning into a city where car payments, insurance, and gas are optional expenses..."
"...• … Don’t Let Me Get Too Deep: Before they get to all that decision-making, Monday’s meetings will continue the “Policy-Workshops-Formerly-Known-as-Deep-Dives.” Today’s morning discussion (9-11am) will consider “Water: supply and business model over the next 10 to 20 years”; the afternoon session (3-5pm) will address “Transportation and Mobility” (including Cap Metro). What happened to the “Deep Dives”? Last week Mayor Steve Adler explained that his was a “bad choice of words” because “it created an expectation that we were actually going to have a ‘deep dive’ and learn everything there was to know about an issue.” Instead, the latest version (scheduled for one or two a week through March, see the Council Message Board) features a plan to consider “three or four policy questions” in a given area..."
"...Cap Metro The ol' bus, $1.25. Day passes available for $2.50..."
"...It would be nice to have some real conversation among the various taxing entities and see if we can come together on: Are we duplicating services? Are we considering the impact of all bond measures that are put up? ... I really want to be a part of the conversation improving our mass transit [by being on the Cap Metro board]..."
"...6) PINE STREET STATION closes after good faith negotiations with Cap Metro turn out to be not so good...."
"...Meanwhile Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, is promoting SB 119, turning the Cap Metro board into a purely elected body, and SB 120, increasing the penalty for interfering with a mail-in ballot from a state jail felony to a third-degree felony..."
"...A hot contender to become Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick's successor on the Senate Education Committee, she's pushing SB 199, turning the Cap Metro board into a purely elected body; and SB 120, upping the penalty for interfering with a mail-in ballot from a state jail felony to a third degree felony...."
"...Tuesday night, mayoral candidate and Cap Metro Board Chair Mike Martinez, considering the vote, said, "The voters have made a choice," and the agency is ready to go back to work, with more bus rapid transit, additional routes, whatever it takes for a more effective system. As for the future of rail – as MCM might say, that's a "big city" idea whose Austin time remains in Never-Never Land...."
"...So near and yet so far: Mary Pustejovsky (@mpusto) sent us this pic of the gap between the Crestview Red Line station and the actual apartment. Cap Metro explained via Twitter that the offending stretch is actually owned by the private developer, not them, so there's little they can do...."
"...Construction, congestion, drunk driving, and Cap Metro's early curfews; getting Downtown for live music is a process now. If you don't live within walking distance and want to go out, you drive, you wait, you park, you pay...."
"...Martinez also recited specific local progressive policies – economic incentives reform, Cap Metro reorganization (as board chair) – in which he had a central hand. Adler cited his own work as an attorney defending property rights and civil rights, his legislative work (with former Sen..."
"...› Only one more regularly scheduled Council meeting (June 26) before the annual July break, although Tuesday (June 17) features a joint "discussion" meeting with the Cap Metro board with one item on the agenda: Project Connect's urban rail proposal, with decision meetings to follow (June 23 and 26)...."
"...› Cap Metro riders: Don't forget, in two weeks, all buses will move off Congress, and start traveling on Guadalupe (southbound) and Lavaca (northbound) instead. Detours begin June 3 for the X Games, and become permanent on June 8...."
"...South Congress and Monroe, Saturday, 1pm. We were lined up against the building behind Cap Metro's sleek new bus stop, watching four black-clad performers: one folded at the waist over the railing, one crouching behind it, one raising one crutch toward the sky, one staring at an imaginary watch..."
"...Well, now I am doing a happy dance because they are going to be selling at the Tuesday SFC East Market. This market runs from 3 PM-7 PM at the Cap Metro M Station at MLK and Miriam Avenue..."
"...Current market trends point to an apartment development as a more likely use for the site; the description of one online sales listing said the property could accommodate 200 units. It's comprised of three parcels in the 1500 block of East Sixth, covering just under 1.4 acres near Plaza Saltillo and the Cap Metro rail station..."
"...Current market trends point to an apartment development as a more likely future for the site; the description of one online sales listing said the property could accommodate 200 units. The property is comprised of three parcels in the 1500 block of East Sixth, covering just under 1.4 acres near Plaza Saltillo and the Cap Metro rail station..."
"...The trade-off is that, unlike Alamo South Lamar, Lake Creek is way out in the 'burbs. Good news for users of public transport: There is a Cap Metro bus that goes out the far, the 383..."
"...It's not always to the benefit of Austin's reputation. One of the Chronicle's correspondents castigated a demographic at the annual Austin Music Awards as "AARP-eligible drunks talking way too loudly and looking to hook up." I suspect I may have shared the Cap Metro Red Line with some of them..."
"...Cesar Chavez. $15; ages 12 and under, free; $5 discount with any Cap Metro pass..."
"...Why? Our elected officials – local, state, and federal – have been bought by the highway lobby (real estate, construction, oil, and autos). Maybe Cap Metro fares should include a political surcharge to raise money to buy some politicians who would provide the funding that public transit deserves...."
"...To support her viewpoint, Panoff points to the nontraditional concert that So Percussion – the resident ensemble during the initiative's first season – performed on a Cap Metro MetroRail car last fall. And she's particularly gratified by the success of The Planets: An HD Odyssey, which filled more than 2,000 seats in Bass Concert Hall last October..."
"...STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE Fill a Cap Metro bus with 10 tons of food to help hungry families during the holidays. Through Dec..."
"...› The Cap Metro board this week adopted a $274.5 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which includes nearly $20 million in grant funding for the agency's new MetroRapid routes between North Lamar and South Congress, and Burnet and South Lamar...."
"..."And that spiraled into us doing five shows in one week at weird places: the No. 8 Cap Metro bus, atop a parking garage, in Barton Creek, on Hancock Golf Course, and on the steps of the Capitol..."
"...The party will include characters in period dress sharing Emancipation Proclamation-era stories, performances by the Carver African Drum Class and Frenesi. The Theater Action Project will offer a self-portrait art instruction class and Cap Metro will be providing a bus for the public to decorate...."
"...You catch any of that incredible stuff this past weekend? You, flitting around like a bird from venue to venue, dealing with the traffic, still a bit sweaty from having spent some patchouli-scented afternoon time at Eeyore's Birthday Party on Saturday? If you missed Moontower Comedy Festival's flood of stand-ups, or maybe even especially if you caught a few of the best shows, these Inside Joke video interviews by Kerri Lendo and John Merriman will amplify your comic experience. If you caught Fusebox Festival's "Sweet Betrayal" event, with Kaci Beeler painting desserts created by Foreign & Domestic's Jodi Elliott from original descriptions by David Moses Fruchter, you can understand the tasty depths of it better with this appreciation by Hyperliterature's Mark Gifford. If you missed Phil Soltanoff's An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, fear not: You can still catch the brilliant, evocative, and at times hilarious piece on Friday, May 4th. But, until then, here's Soltanoff's website. If you're mildly (or more) unhappy to be referred to as "flitting around like a bird," be glad that at least you're 1) not actually a bird and 2) didn't drive athwart some Cap Metro train and wind up like the grackle in this beautifully morbid photo by Stella Alesi. We all die eventually, of course, for any number of reasons..."
"...Dear Editor, I’m delighted that Cap Metro is using federal funds to improve bus service [“FTA 'New Start' Funds MetroRapid Buses,” News, April 20]. Using larger buses and having bus-only lanes Downtown is a smart move..."
"...› South by Southwest provided a bumper ridership for Cap Metro's Red Line: The agency reports 34,734 boardings during the nine days of the Festival – while average monthly ridership is only 35,000. However, some riders experienced ticketing woes with out-of-service machines...."
"...6) "Access Denied: Cap Metro saving money means hardship for neediest riders"..."
"...• City Council got a tantalizing glimpse at urban rail Tuesday, as staff presented four routes with price tags ranging from $250 million to $680 million. That most expensive route combines the three others, connecting at a MetroRail stop, heading Downtown, and crossing Lady Bird Lake before turning onto Riverside and Pleasant Valley..."
"...Your elected representatives in the City Council convene today. Among the people's business: Changes to the city's tax abatements for historic properties, rapid bus for Cap Metro, cell-phone waiting at Austin Bergstrom..."
"...10:12am: Enviro Scott Johnson speaking on (already passed) Item 16, partnering with Cap Metro to build ADA-approved bus stops - concerned about environmental impact of concrete production. Now, cabbie advocate D'Ann Johnson, speaking in favor of Item 8, building a climate controlled rest space at the airport for taxi drivers..."
"...A quick note from Cap Metro:..."
"...The Urban Transportation Commission meets in the B&C room at City Hall at 6pm. Briefing and possible action is penciled in on the Downtown Bicycle Boulevard, Cap Metro's proposed service changes, and more...."
"...Every year, the ITI asks a notable theatre artist to share some thoughts on the art form with the international theatre community. This year, that artist is Dame Judi Dench, and her message will be read publicly in Austin that day, but not before more than 50 actors present some guerrilla-style performances in public places across the city – around City Hall, at Auditorium Shores, inside Whole Foods Market, on the Pfluger Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, and on buses (with permission from Cap Metro)..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Cap Metro Botches Another Big Event” [Newsdesk blog, March 18]: Wow. Complaining about a service that is meant for low-income people and because you barely got a ride after a night of partying? Stay classy, Lee...."
"...Single-family housing comprises less than 10%. A minimal amount of research clearly shows how few single-family properties are left in Riverside and Pleasant Valley. Cap Metro's Feb..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Cap Metro Turns Toward a 2020 Vision” [News, Feb. 19]: I was disappointed to see that the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization had failed to come up with anything approaching state-of-the-art technology along Lamar..."
"...CAP METRO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Friday. Don't bother to call and complain, because the offices are closed as well..."
"...The study calls for "identification of right-of-way, engineering analysis, project costs and staging plan for construction," and is but one of 10 components of the due-diligence requirements related to rail. (Here's an 11th point: Thanks to Cap Metro's commuter conundrums, don't call it "rail.") Rounding out the train triptych, Monday, Dec..."
"...A chart that accompanied "Cap Metro Board Taking Shape," News, Nov. 6, incorrectly stated that a Travis County commissioner would fill one of the board's open seats..."
"...In "Watching Jay Like a Hawk," News, Oct. 2, we mistakenly printed that a "request for comment from Cap Metro and/or StarTran was not returned as of press time." The passage was not updated to reflect the fact that reporter Lee Nichols' call was indeed returned, though he and StarTran General Manager Terry Garcia Crews were unable to speak until after deadline..."
"...Fred Gilliam retired from Cap Metro last week, and no one seems to be shedding any tears over it. We'll take that as a good sign and raise the arm just a notch – but at the same time, we're going to mothball "MetroRail Watch" for a while, since transit officials said we shouldn't expect to see any MetroRail movement until the first quarter of 2010, at best..."
"...21, the ACC board of trustees met with members of the seven newly revamped campus advisory committees to explain their expanded role in future planning. Place 1 trustee Tim Mahoney, who spearheaded the initiative, explained that previously their involvement had been "ad hoc and not very systemic." Now, he said, "Cap Metro is doing a master plan, the city is doing a master plan, but we're building the structure first." The committees will bring a campus-by-campus voice to the development of a three-year institutional master plan, balancing the districtwide approach of the "at-large" trustees..."
"...Cap Metro is working on its FY 2010 budget and has moved some federal stimulus cash away from MetroRail to regular operations, but since the arm was hanging all the way down anyway ......."
"...SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS MEETING Learn more about the Cap Metro MetroRapid project and other transportation issues in North Central Austin. Also on the agenda: open space projects..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “A New Transportation Funding Strategy: CNU” [Newsdesk blog, June 13]: Yes, myself and the Gateway Planning team, including PlaceMakers, were involved on the "Red Line." Working for a public-private partnership of the city, major landowners, and Cap Metro, our Gateway Planning team planned and rezoned (through a form-based code) a 2,000-acre, transit-oriented, development- and traditional-neighbor development for Leander, creating a cosmopolitan village environment to harness the promise of commuter rail connecting to Downtown Austin. Leander's future is now walkable urbanism...."
"...Transportation: As a carless bike rider and a founder of Austin CarShare, Riley virtually owns the transportation issue and for years has been promoting mass transit, rail transit, and related ways of discouraging automobile dependency, as projects both for increasing mobility and protecting the environment. On the other hand, from personal experience, Cavazos has pointed out that even the traditional mainstay, Cap Metro's bus system, is inadequate for many working-class residents who most heavily rely on it, and she argues that the city should focus on efficiency and affordability before it underwrites cost-intensive solutions...."