The Capital Metro Board of Directors has voted unanimously to eliminate the premium category of the agency’s fare structure, which will take effect January 8, 2017. With this change, all Local, MetroRapid and Flyer service will cost $1.25 for a single ride, $2.50 for a day pass, $11.25 for a 7-day pass and $41.25 for a 31-day pass.
The fare reduction will be the first service initiative implemented as part of Connections 2025, a year-long comprehensive planning study that involved a top to bottom review of the agency’s entire bus system. For more information, visit capmetro.org/farechange.
Austin has been chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute to join an “Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles,” which is the first global initiative for leading cities to work together to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles.
The program will tap experts across a wide range of practice areas and concerns, from technologists and urban planners to experts in the areas of inequality and mobility. In addition to Austin, the inaugural cities include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Angeles, California.; Paris, France; and Nashville, Tennessee.
As drivers and neighbors have noticed, construction is underway on US 183 South. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and TxDOT are building a new expressway with three lanes in each direction on an eight-mile section of US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The $743 million project will also reconstruct the US 183 general purpose lanes and add $25 million worth of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities.
Construction activities began in April 2016. A proactive community outreach program to communicate with adjacent residents, businesses and property owners accompanies the project. It includes a Good Neighbor Program that addresses construction-related issues and participates with neighborhoods and groups along the corridor on community events and initiatives.
The project will open in phases between 2019 and 2020, offering greater mobility for users of the corridor.
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The initiative to revise Austin’s land development code is underway and the public is invited to join the discussion on Speak Up Austin, the city’s online discussion portal, http://speakupaustin.org/discussions. Speak Up Austin allows residents to instantly share comments and suggestions related to local government and quality of life.
CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.
This initiative to revise the Land Development Code is a priority program out of Imagine Austin, our community’s plan for the future adopted by City Council in 2012. For more about CodeNEXT, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/department/what-codenext.