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Climate, Meet Mobility
Copenhagen is all about green transport – and Austin should be, too
News Story  November 6, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...(Matthews said this week that her group will work on transportation demand managementover the coming year. She joined Capital Metro and Texas Department of Transportation staff recently at a Chicago conference on the topic.) What the 2009 report did say is that transportation produced about 40% of Travis County's 2007 total greenhouse-gas emissions – 6,305,748 metric tons out of our overall 14,953,558 (1 metric ton = 1.1023 U.S..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  October 3, 2008
"...Houston comes in second at 5,307 riders per mile per day. (Wikipedia's information for Houston is based on a daily ridership of 39,800 on a starter system of 7.5 miles; more recent ridership has approached 45,000.) Meanwhile, Metro Magazine ranks Houston's ridership at No..."

Res Publica
This week's civic agenda, Aug. 28-Sept. 4
News Story  August 29, 2008
"...... THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The Capital Area Metro­politan Planning Organization wants your input on proposed changes to various transportation projects around the region..."

Should Austin Sack Plastic Bags?
Local effort to get rid of plastic bags growing
News Story  December 28, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...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...."

Austin Climate Protection Plan
The five components
News Story  March 9, 2007
"...(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...."

Naked City
News Story  January 19, 2007
"...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..."

Fare Fight
The pending sale of Roy's Taxi company raises a host of Austin memories
News Story  June 9, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...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)..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  June 2, 2006
"...• 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..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  October 1, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Hospital District Campaign Ready to Roll
Backers and opponents gear up for a May 15 vote on a Travis Co. health care taxing district
News Story  March 12, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...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..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  May 16, 2003
"...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..."

Between Round Rock and a Hard Place
Northridge Acres can't find water, water anywhere.
News Story  November 15, 2002, by Walter Howerton Jr
"...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...."

Dancing About Architecture
Mars Music store goes the way of Halley's Comet.
Music Column  November 1, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"..."[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!?!..."

Naked City
News Story  February 22, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...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..."

Naked City
News Story  September 14, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...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...."

Austin Confessions
Chris Gray gets laid.
Music Story  March 9, 2001, by Christopher Gray
"..."Take us to a new club," she insisted. I steered her toward the Metro...."

Private History of a Campaign that Failed
Stand-up comic Eddie Gossling is not your president today, and he has a lot of people to blame for it. Here is his first-hand account of his weeklong campaign for the White House.
Arts Story  November 10, 2000, by Eddie Gossling
"...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!!)..."

Naked City
Action Items
News Story  May 26, 2000
"...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...."

Naked City
A New Activist Group Forms To Stop Hyde Park Baptist ChurchÕs Development Plans.
News Story  October 8, 1999, by Amy Smith
"...in Northeast Austin. Cheatham pointed the finger of blame squarely at Capital Metro, which owns the tracks..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  August 26, 1999
"...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..."

Heavy Mettle
Fact of Life
News Story  March 25, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

The Lay of the Land
Timing Is Everything
News Story  February 4, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Boom and Gloom
Austin's Budget Struggles to Keep Up
News Story  August 22, 1997, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

BloodSport
Place 6 Goes for the Jugular
News Story  May 30, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...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...."

TV News Revealed
K-EYE's Smoke and Mirrors Approach
News Column  May 2, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Poetry Festival Continues
Books Story  April 4, 1997
"...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..."

311 Story in Error
Columns  October 25, 1996
"...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..."

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