Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...The moment provided an amusing snapshot of plenty of transportation discussions in Austin. When it comes to considering what to do about Austin's explosive growth and the distressing traffic it has spawned, we're all armed and ready to fight the last war, and we all seem to know more than the professionals we employ to address the problems..."
"...But for the sake of the holidays, let's not go down that road! For a $2 donation, Hooters will post a Christmas stocking in your name with all proceeds going to Any Baby Can, which tends to the needs of families of children with chronic or terminal illness or disability. The organization provides crisis assistance, food, medicine, transportation, and other basics. 454-3743. La Paz Verde La Zona Rosa hosts a benefit for Greenpeace featuring D.R.U.M..."
"..."One of my strongest values is making sure we can all take care of each other, our health, and our families," she said. She was inspired to run by the Trump era's political climate, after being fed up with "insider politics," and wants to see more Cap Metro bus routes, increased density along transit corridors, and greater mass transportation options in general...."
"...With the November transportation bond election right around the corner, mobility boosters and bond blasters are huddling to get their message out...."
"...Independent groups publicly supporting the city of Austin urban rail proposal include: Alliance for Public Transportation Real Estate Council of Austin Downtown Austin Alliance Austin Sierra Club Austin Gets Around Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Congress for a New Urbanism (Central Texas) ATX Safer Streets Brazos Tech District Let's Go Austin PAC University of Texas-Austin..."
"...There is a lot more to come, and, if we do it right, we'll have that political capital to do more. We are confident that we are well-positioned to do well." – Scott Gross, Austin Transportation Department..."
"...At its meeting today (Thursday, Aug. 7), City Council is expected to discuss, and likely vote to approve, a transportation bond package, with specific bond language for the Nov..."
"...The first salvo came from the Coalition on Sustainable Transportation, a conservative group of local highway advocates who have traditionally opposed all mass transit projects except those aimed only (in theory, at least) at the “transit dependent” – i.e., folks who can’t afford or otherwise use automobiles. Jim Skaggs, former Tracor CEO and a longtime Road Warrior, helped distribute via email a June 1 Statesman op-ed by favorite COST ally, CATO Institute anti-transit polemicist Randal O’Toole..."
"...Meanwhile from the left, a small but fervent group of hardcore transit advocates has steadily opposed the specific proposal emerging from the Project Connect planners – the so-called "Highland Corridor" plan (along the east side of the UT campus toward the Highland/ACC mall), insisting instead that the only viable initial route is along Guadalupe/Lamar. Most recently, a letter from the Central Austin Community Development Corporation (a fledgling community organizing group), co-signed by reps of several neighborhood associations and UT student government, all of which have voted resolutions opposing the Project Connect routing, informed planners that while they "strongly support light rail, Project Connect's East Riverside to Highland Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) would result in a broken system, an ineffective transportation investment for our city and region, and a politically non-viable ballot measure." Known Unknowns..."
"...There is a limit to tax dollars and dollars spent unwisely cannot be spent to serve the community’s greater good. Cap Metro’s 10-year trends of decreasing ridership and increasing costs are not sustainable and will lead taxpayers, transit riders, and transportation to further suffering...."
"...As early voting starts, groups opposed to the city's $90 million transportation bond have been popping up quicker than potholes on Guadalupe. The Hustle has your crib sheet below the fold...."
"...What will it buy? Roughly 45 projects (the precise number will eventually depend on budget variations) in all parts of town, from the Y at Oak Hill to the far Eastside's FM 969, from Kramer Lane in the north to Slaughter and Brodie lanes in the south. It's called a "mobility" bond instead of simply "transportation" since it includes pedestrian and bicycle elements and some mass transit features, as well as traditional roadway work..."
"...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..."
"...Commissioner Gerald Daugherty. Already agitated, Cameron was asked by UT student Greg Anderson, who had helped organize the event, to desist from distributing outside materials (promoting a different transportation approach), in accordance with university policy..."
"...Thus state Senator Kirk Watson, representative for District 14 and Travis County, assessed the bust that was the 81st legislative session and its results for bills "allowing local communities to make decisions on their own" regarding land use and transportation authority. "I misjudged it," admitted Watson, recounting his pre-session optimism at an Aug..."
"..."Balanced," "balanced," "balanced." That was the mantra repeated by city officials last week to characterize the proposed list of transportation projects for a likely $85 million November bond referendum. Unveiling an initial project list June 14, City Manager Marc Ott said, "This bond package represents a balanced approach to improving mobility and connectivity – via roads, bicycle paths, trails, sidewalks, and transit infrastructure." Mayor Lee Leffingwell echoed Ott the next day, saying, "I think overall it's a well-balanced package." Council members used similar language..."
"...Session topics helpful to small businesses include things like weathering a recession and preventing a foreclosure. Others focus on health, public transportation, development, and affordable homes..."
"...Is it that time already? Yesterday, Lee Leffingwell and business, development and community leaders kicked off the campaign to “Get Austin Moving,” rallying support for the $90 million transportation bond election coming to voters this November...."
"...It is very interesting to me that Amy Babich has been very selective in the facts she uses to support her position on public transportation ("Postmarks," Vol.17, No.25). The total lack of accuracy in her remarks on the subject is typical of the car-bashers of Austin...."
"...A Fayette County power plant, owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority, is seventh on the list. -- A.M. `Burbs Flex Muscle It's a whole new ball game at the Austin Transportation Study..."