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Special Transit Users Fear Cap Metro Cutbacks
Transportation agency wants to tighten eligibility; advocates for disabled worry that vital services will be slashed
News Story  June 2, 2006, by Kimberly Reeves
"...Capital Metro is tightening its belt on Special Transit Services, a move that is drawing a firestorm of protests from disability advocates and the ire of the Urban Transportation Commission, which has taken up the issue in at least two recent meetings...."

Cap Metro Cancels Shuttle Services
Transit agency bows to new federal rule on shuttles
News Story  July 25, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...The decision slashes shuttles to more than a dozen popular community events; in future months, those will include the Austin City Limits Festival, Halloween on Sixth Street, UT football games, and the Trail of Lights. Unless private charter companies seamlessly step in to replace all of the free shuttle services with new pay-to-ride shuttle service – a dubious prospect – everyone on Austin roads will suffer from increased traffic congestion during big events...."

Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...House Calls for the HousebrokenMobile Vet Services..."

Can't Get There From Here
While suburban rail spends and stumbles, Cap Metro's transit-dependent riders wait at the end of the line
News Story  January 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The Capital Metro board is composed of either elected officials or people appointed by elected officials. But lately, the board has voted to raise fares, trim bus routes, change policies regarding services for the handicapped, and halve the yearly funding to upgrade the accessibility of bus stops – all while pouring more than $100 million into a new commuter train, the opening of which is two years behind schedule..."

Cap Metro Disability-Service Cuts on Hold
The Texas Civil Rights Project has been given more time to fight Cap Metro's changes to services for the disabled
News Story  July 4, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...TCRP argued that without subscription taxi rides – vouchers for regular trips such as work, doctor appointments, and dialysis – Cap Metro's Special Transit Services aren't efficient and flexible enough to meet the comparability requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA requires that a federally funded transit agency provide services for people with disabilities that are parallel to the fixed-route service in terms of wait times and service area...."

Yoga and Starbucks. Karaoke and republicans. Squirrel rifles and Al Gore. Together for the first time in this week's letters to the editor!
Columns  September 8, 2000
"...This network would not block street access, injure or cause pain to the frail elderly or the disabled in Austin. EMS and AFD, Cap Metro Special Transit services and AISD Sp..."

Changes for Cap Metro's Disabled Riders?
Cap Metro announces more cost-cutting proposals
News Story  August 21, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro's attempts to cut costs and streamline services are leaving no customers untouched, including those with disabilities. The agency has announced proposed policy changes for MetroAccess (formerly known as Special Transit Services), its service that caters to customers with special needs..."

Point Austin: Double or Nothing
Cap Metro fumbles the ball ... again
News Column  September 21, 2007, by Michael King
"...The latest fiasco surrounds the proposed "fare adjustment," which would double the basic bus fare from 50 cents to a dollar and, even more radically, double or triple (or more) ancillary fares that directly affect the transit system's most vulnerable and dependent customers, often on Special Transit Services: the elderly, the disabled, and those without any other affordable means of transportation...."

Don't Dissolve District
Columns  May 1, 1998
"...For better or worse, this means we depend on local media to focus and keep attention on significant community issues. I believe the prospect of kids going hungry simply because AISD finds it easier to eliminate services than to work out prickly details deserves attention, for reasons both of policy-making substance and style..."

Walk a Mile, Save a Tire
Pedestrian Coordinator
News Story  June 14, 1996
"...Pedestrians note that they are often forced to walk in the street because the city lacks a comprehensive sidewalk system. Capital Metro Board member Audley Blackburn, who is blind and uses a seeing eye dog to get around, says that for four years he was dependent on special transit services, until the city finally constructed sidewalks on the four blocks between his home and the nearest bus stop..."

Bus service ending early again tonight
Bus service will end at 8pm tonight (Wednesday).
DAILY News  January 17, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"... Night Owl routes include: • 481-North Night Owl • 482-East Night Owl • 483-Southeast Night Owl • 484-Lamar/S. First Night Owl • 485-Cameron Night Owl • 486-Dove Springs Night Owl Special Transit Services (STS) hours will mirror the regular bus operation with most service ending at 8:00 p.m..."

Capital Metro Shutting Down Early Tonight
Capital Metro buses will stop running at 8pm tonight.
DAILY News  January 16, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...until midnight: 481-North Night Owl 482-East Night Owl 483-Southeast Night Owl 484-Lamar/S. First Night Owl 485-Cameron Night Owl 486-Dove Springs Night Owl Special Transit Services (STS) hours will mirror the regular bus operation with most service ending at 8:00 p.m..."

Access Denied
Cap Metro saving money means hardship for neediest riders
News Story  July 8, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...The trips used to be fairly uncomplicated. Because the Chandlers are qualified for Capital Metro's MetroAccess paratransit services, they could call a cab – usually driven by Yellow Cab driver Hannah Riddering – and Cap Metro would give them a voucher to cover the first six miles of the trip, up to $16.50..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  May 12, 2006
"...Tim Finton of the State Department said the United States' position always has been to keep a neutral stance on telecommunications regulation – frequently letting the market regulate itself – but the increasing use of cross-platforms and new gadgets may force the feds to rethink how they move forward. Cable, telephone, and even power line providers now are offering a combination of video, phone, and Internet services..."

Rolling Rebellion at Capital Metro
Budget cuts threaten transit services for the disabled
News Story  April 4, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...The motivation behind the uprising? Many with disabilities are outraged over Cap Metro's planned cuts to STS, also known as paratransit services. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Cap Metro must provide service to riders with disabilities that is "parallel" to regular service..."

Chronicle Endorsements
Vote no on Prop. 1
News Story  April 21, 2016
"...For all their claims of “innovation,” the “transportation network companies” – i.e., Uber and Lyft – are following a script that dates back at least to the era of the Robber Barons, most familiar in Texas as the pattern established by the owners of the hydrocarbon industries. At bottom, it is employing overwhelming economic power to force elected officials and communities into submission, the strategy now used by the TNCs – amateur taxi-for-hire services craftily rebranded as “ridesharers” – against local governments across Texas and the country...."

Naked City
News Story  February 16, 2007
"...• The city of Austin has put a price tag on the snow days from the ice storm earlier this year – $1.6 million in official city costs. The breakdown goes like this: More than $1 million went to personnel costs, $272,000-plus went to contractors like tree-trimmers and tow-truck operators; de-icing supplies ate up $174,000, while $72,000 in sundry and various other services make up the rest..."

Show Us the Money
City and Capital Metro closing deal on Quarter Cent money owed
News Story  April 16, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...• Since Cap Metro must retain sufficient funds to keep transit services running, a sales tax threshold must be met before payments to the city can resume. Cap Metro wanted to set that threshold at the fiscal year 2009 receipts of $140 million but agreed to the city's demand of FY 2010's $134 million...."

News Story  December 25, 2009
"...• Capital Metro and Veolia Transportation have entered an ugly war of press releases after the local transit authority canceled the firm's contract to run the new MetroRail Red Line. Veolia claimed the termination was illegal; Cap Metro replied by touting the safety record of new contractor Herzog Transit Services...."

ACL Festival Transportation Guide
Minimize the hassle of getting to and from the fest
DAILY Music  October 3, 2017, by James Renovitch, Tucker Whatley and Bailey Shelden
"...If you’re not into walking long distances or paying for services, ACL provides free shuttle service for festivalgoers. From 10:30am to 11pm, shuttles run from their Downtown station at Republic Square (Fourth and Guadalupe) to the festival entrance near Barton Springs Road and back again..."

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