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Tied to the Tracks
"...the tracks, as a congested city and its beleaguered transit authority inch toward an apparently final decision on light..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Streetcar Desires
The Austin streetcar has a consensus – it still needs champions
"...among multiple entities. Intergovernmental and public-private collaboration on regional transit requires everyone to join hands, sing the Envision Central..."

July 20, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

On the Rails
Bungling Bureaucrats, or Best Hope?
"...began a recent editorial in the Austin American-Statesman. Local transit advocate David Dobbs would change that to "The Statesman..."

June 14, 1996 News Feature

FTA 'New Start' Funds MetroRapid Buses
Federal grant covers 80% of $47.6 million bus rapid transit program
"...United States." That was the bleak diagnosis from Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff when he visited Austin last week...."

April 20, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Take the A-Train
Mike Clark-Madison discusses 10 years covering light rail, and urges voters to support it.
"...of stories, probably close to 50,000 words about public transit in Austin and elsewhere, I hope my coverage has..."

Oct. 13, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Gone and Quartered
Stiffed on Capital Metro money, the city scrambles to fund another $51 million in transportation projects
"...have been engaged in a politically sticky negotiation. The transit authority owes the city more than $50 million, but..."

April 16, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

A New Council With New Energy Aims to Get City Hall Unstuck
Change is coming, but how much?
"...Feb. 23, Council is set to adopt an Equitable Transit-Oriented Development framework to guide the expected burst of infill..."

Jan. 20, 2023 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Cap Metro Wants Its Pre-Pandemic Groove Back
Everything’s in flux with new ridership, new leadership, new routes
"...Metro, including reliability and finding ways to streamline public transit routes. The pandemic has made improving experiences like Hill's..."

Nov. 18, 2022 News Feature by Benton Graham

From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
Diving into the plan
"...ballot – are much larger in scope than the transit plans put to voters in 2000 (lost narrowly), 2004..."

Sept. 25, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Here Come the Transporters
In the endless Central Texas transportation wars, the lions and the lambs look for ways to make peace
"...the roads and rails – in which highways and transit have been the poles on a left-right political axis..."

June 4, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Road to Rail
Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?
"...anyone outside of southeastern Williamson County.) Even the most transit-friendly cities are still crowded and soiled. Metro areas of..."

July 21, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Off the Beaten Track
Can Light Rail Build Livable Communities?
"...the end of October, about 800 planners, community activists, transit system officials, engineers, academics, and occasional nosey reporters like..."

Nov. 21, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

A Battle on the Shuttle
For aggrieved UT drivers, the buck stops at Capital Metro
" onetime UT Shuttle bus driver and former Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1549 President Cordie Ray, the basis for..."

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cap Metro Hangs Hopes on “Connections 2025”
High frequency bus lines attempt to increase commuter freedom
"...That's how Jarrett Walker, a widely read transit evangelist, describes the basis for a sound system of..."

Nov. 3, 2017 News Feature by Jack Craver

Tracking Cap Metro's Eastward Proposal
The Green Line takes conceptual shape
"...whether the tracks can become lined with dense new transit villages developed around passenger stations...."

Sept. 12, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

10 Reasons to Love a Streetcar
The 'streetcar effect' – offering Austinites far more than a free ride
"...more time than most at the busy intersection of transit, land use, money, and local politics...."

July 20, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Seeing the Light
Capital Metro unveils plans for light rail, a bus-rapid-transit system, and HOV lanes for Austin.
" to do the deed? On October 25, the transit authority's board of directors will decide whether to accept..."

Oct. 22, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Don't Cry for Rainey
"...stimulate vitality, diversity, and economic equity and make mass transit economically viable. Your newspaper can be a catalyst in..."

July 23, 1999 Column

All Roads Lead to Bergstrom
Light Rail Ignored as City Airport Planners Encourage Vehicle Use
" encourage automobile use, while pooh-poohing the potential for transit use as unimportant and impractical. For instance, though the..."

March 7, 1997 News Feature

Union Charges Cap Metro Subcontract Conflicts
Was cronyism involved in picking those new subcontractors?
"...late April approval of two contracts for fixed-route and paratransit bus service would bring a long-awaited end to the..."

May 11, 2012 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Developing Stories: The Promise of Planning
Can the city deliver on East Riverside?
"...draft master plan hinges on the premise that rail transit will run down River­side Drive, between I-35 and Ben..."

Feb. 12, 2010 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Union Bristles at Cap Metro Shuffle
Are the wheels coming off the bus?
"...Three months after leading Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 drivers and mechanics on a brief..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Which Way Do We Go?
Rae Takes the Wheel
" already in the funding pipeline with the Federal Transit Administration for a rail system, and is moving forward..."

April 9, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
"...Metro's Board of Directors voted Monday to increase the transit authority's sales tax share from 3/4cents to 1cents on..."

June 16, 1995 News Feature

Welcome to Capital Metro
Whoever the new CEO turns out to be – she'll have her hands full
"...when most Central Texans think of our metro area's transit authority is most likely to be "sinking ship."..."

June 18, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Riding to the End of the Line
Can Cap Metro weather the recession, balance its books ... and run the buses and trains on time?
" That won't be a fun sell to the transit agency's constituents – over the past couple of years,..."

Sept. 18, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Developing Stories: Wynn Calls for 2008 Rail Vote
Will Austin get a streetcar at last?
"...November 2008 voter referendum for a new local rail transit system – a call-to-action to be issued Thursday at..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Magical Mystery Tour
"...months now, apparently without any firsthand knowledge of Austin's public-transit status quo. According to the most recent numbers, released..."

Aug. 15, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Light Rail on the Web
"...Mass transit is building up a fairly prominent presence on the..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature

Austin at Large: This Train Will Leave on Time
But Project Connect's power structure bends a bit to help everyone get on board
" rate earmarked for) the major overhaul of Austin's transit system was tantamout to creating a new local government..."

Oct. 29, 2021 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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