"...... THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization wants your input on proposed changes to various transportation projects around the region..."
"...First came the local Bag the Bags Coalition push for a City Council-enacted ban on plastic bags at large grocery stores and pharmacies. Then last week, Austin-based Whole Foods Market made headlines by announcing the elimination of plastic bags at its two metro stores as part of a new educational outreach campaign – led by local nonprofit Keep Austin Beautiful in association with the city's Solid Waste Services Department and the Texas Retailers Association – intended to popularize reusable bags and raise awareness about plastic-bag recycling...."
"...(For example, Austin currently has six new garbage trucks that run on compressed natural gas.) As alternative fuels do produce some carbon emissions, those will be offset through mitigation efforts to achieve greenhouse-gas neutrality. While vehicles operated by outside contractors and Capital Metro cannot be directly controlled, the city will strive to get them on the carbon-neutral bus...."
"...Attorney Steve Drenner, representing Endeavor Real Estate Group, won the support of the Environmental Board for a number of variances last week with some conditions, including a commitment to impervious cover of 80% for multifamily buildings on the property. That's higher than the 60% preferred in the city's urban watersheds, but Drenner argued that the site's location especially its proximity to the Capital Metro commuter rail line stop at the J.J..."
"...The old saw about spending money to make money is more than doubly true for cabbies. Drivers who lease from Roy's pay up to $400 a week; owning her own ride, Nwoko pays $220 weekly in terminal fees, plus maintenance, bonding costs, and additional surcharges (Roy's takes 10% of credit card purchases, voucher fares, and Capital Metro-financed Special Transit Service fees for disabled passengers)..."
"... The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's just-released Texas Metropolitan Mobility Plan may get a bit more scrutiny this year, given the opposition of a number of local groups to toll projects. The plan, a long-range, needs-based assessment for the region, suggests that a failure to build roads could lengthen today's 30-minute commute to one hour and 21 minutes by 2030..."
"...Hospital District, whose budget and tax rate were also green-lit by the Commissioners Court. Like the city before it, the county is offering its first across-the-board pay raises in three years; other highlights include new prosecution teams for environmental enforcement and family violence, cold-case sheriff's detectives, legal counsel for the hospital district, and opening the county's new East Metro Park..."
"...Daugherty suggests he won't be a leader of the opposition in this fight unlike his role in shooting down Capital Metro's light rail plans in 2000. "I'm not overly happy about this [hospital district], but am I as crazy about it as I was about light rail? Probably not," he said..."
"...This time it's Forbes: The business mag has placed Austin on the top of its list of "Best Places for Business and Careers." The Forbes survey pointed to Austin's highly educated labor pool and relatively low costs (especially of, ahem, office space), while noting that the metro area's net migration rate of 2.7% (down substantially from the peak of the boom, but never mind that) illustrates how attractive we are. The "Best Places" Top 5 is rounded out by other metros that, like Austin, are choking on boomtown growth that goes unmentioned by Forbes -- Boise, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, and Madison..."
"...Their nearby Austin neighbors pay, on average, only $16.72 per month, according to the city. People in Round Rock pay an average of $26.88; in Cedar Park, which has the metro area's highest municipal water rates, customers pay $33.54 on average...."
"..."[He's] mainly just an investor and I will continue to do the booking." At press time, the agreement wasn't yet finalized; Oveisi thought it was a done deal, but as of Tuesday afternoon, he still wasn't sure "if it's gonna happen or not -- I'll know by Friday or Saturday." In the course of the sale, the venue "may close down for a few days and finally fix our sprinkler system," he adds. That wouldn't be the same sprinkler system that Josh Cisneros spoke of fixing for so many years back when the place was still the Metro!?!..."
"...If you didn't send goodbye balloons to Capital Metro General Manager Karen Rae, whose last day at her job was Feb. 15, don't fret..."
"...In recent months, cooperation between the city and Capital Metro on shuttle service hasn't been all that it could be, but the transit authority did its part to respond to the shutdown at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Cap Met says it shuttled more than 300 stranded passengers to area hotels, with specially trained Austin police officers behind the wheel -- lest the unthinkable happen here as it did in New York and D.C...."
"..."Take us to a new club," she insisted. I steered her toward the Metro...."
"...But I was later informed by people close to me (on the bus) that I looked "stupidly." After telling that cheap tramp to pipe down and then trying to hold a forum of open discussion on the issue of whether I looked "stupidly" or not, I was forcibly removed from the bus. (Thanks a heap, Capital Metro! See if I ever vote any more big buckolas for you!!)..."
"...The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's Capital Metro Light Rail Task Force will meet from 9am-noon Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road. Cap Met Executive Director Karen Rae will speak...."
"...in Northeast Austin. Cheatham pointed the finger of blame squarely at Capital Metro, which owns the tracks..."
"...Not to be outdone by the city's chunky budget, Capital Metro will offer up its financial tome for public review beginning Monday, Aug. 30..."
"...This poses its own quandary because, like it or not, the preponderance of industrial development in el barrio, as much if not more than the East Austin same-old, has kept the area from being gentrified any more than it has. It is to avoid gentrification, they say, that neighborhood leaders like El Concilio's Gavino Fernandez oppose Capital Metro's light-rail plans, which would use the old tracks and railyard (which Cap Met owns) as its terminus and would rather quickly clear out marginal industrial uses from the trackside..."
"...Demand management naturally involves transit. The DAA has already taken the lead in sponsoring Capital Metro's new DilloDASH, a lunchtime circulator service that stops more often than the regular Dillos and runs every five minutes..."
"...The last time Austin voters approved bonds for transportation infrastructure was in 1984, and we're still building streets from that package. Obvious sources of at least some additional funds are the county (though its own infrastructure needs are pretty steep) and Capital Metro, which is who former City Manager Camille Barnett wanted to pay for the street-maintenance backlog..."
"...Mitchell contends that "the majority of the missed votes were on... parliamentary procedures" and not "critical city matters." In fact, however, as the article accompanying the study of his voting record in the American-Statesman (which endorses Mitchell) points out, he also missed votes on issues such as Capital Metro and the city budget...."
"...It's not that K-EYE doesn't know how to report. After all, it devoted more than two minutes to investigating Capital Metro, telling us that the transit agency has gone against the advice of its own lawyers and is pursuing the purchase of the Southern Pacific Mainline rail tracks...."
"...In years past, the Festival, now in its fifth year, has had a reputation for filling every possible minute of every available stage with words. This is, after all, the event that gave us the Day of 100 Poets and last year's all-night open mike stage at Cafe Metro..."
"...I think Capital Metro is being kicked in the head and does not deserve the dissing. Sure there's always room for improvement but at least you don't have to buy insurance, pull into stinking gas stations or worry about falling asleep at the wheel or getting pulled over by flashing red lights..."