Lower Bus Fares

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.

Driverless Vehicles

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.

US 183 South Expressway

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.

For More Information:
E-mail: www.183south.com/contact
Twitter: @183South
24/7 bilingual telephone hotline: 512-640-0060 or toll-free at 1-855-245-4272

City of Austin Invites Input on Code Next

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.

MoPac Intersection Improvements Studied for Southwest Austin

If you travel MoPac for work or play in southwest Austin, you know bad traffic congestion first-hand, especially at the Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue intersections.

Help may be soon on the way! Officials with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are working with local partners to study mobility and safety improvements at those intersections.  In light of public input received last fall and continuing engineering analysis, the Mobility Authority and TxDOT are designing underpasses at Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue. A “do nothing” or No-Build option is also still under consideration.

Additional community meetings are planned, so please watch your inbox for times/dates! Visit www.MoPacSouth.com for information and to sign up for updates.

Neighborhood Appreciation Goes a Long Way

We are so lucky to work with the folks at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority who understand the value of public involvement! This summer, the CTRMA and project contractor Central Texas Mobility Constructors (CTMC) made sure neighbors along the Manor Expressway corridor knew how much their patience and cooperation was appreciated during project construction. The fun began in June with a barbecue for residents of the Rosemont at Hidden Creek apartment community. CTRMA and CTMC hosted a barbecue dinner for over 300 people with an appearance of the Round Rock Express’s mascot Spike and his promotion team, who gave out Express items and raffled off prizes. On July 4, the lucky neighborhood was Walnut Place. CTRMA and CTMC hosted a barbecue lunch at the annual neighborhood parade and gave a way treat bags with Round Rock Express tickets, car wash coupons and noise reduction ear buds. To top off the summer, neighbors were given free tickets to a Round Rock Express game at the end of August. While living in a construction zone can be messy, noisy and inconvenient, a little friendly neighborhood outreach sure makes it feel better!

CTRMA Opens New Northern Extension of 183A to Traffic

Traffic is now flowing on the new northern extension of the Highway 183A Tollroad after a celebratory grand opening that included a Capital Metro bus rolling through a banner and swirls of confetti.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) hosted the grand opening for community leaders, which included Congressman John Carter (R-Texas).

Carter lauded local officials for the speedy construction work that finished the project seven years early and for using local money to fund the extension.

CTRMA Chairman Ray Wilkerson said the extension would serve millions of drivers in the Central Texas area. Others who spoke to the festive crowd were Leander Mayor John Cowman and Willliamson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long.

The extension has three lanes in each direction, and the existing frontage roads will remain without a toll.

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Travis County Redistricting Plan for Commissioners and Voting Precincts Pre-Cleared by DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted pre-clearance for the recently completed redistricting plans for Travis County Commissioners and voting districts. Group Solutions RJW had the privilege of coordinating public involvement efforts for the redistricting plan in June and July of 2011. A series of five public hearings were held in each Commissioner’s district and at Commissioner’s Court. Input gathered at these hearings was used by consultants Rolando Rios and George Korbel to craft a redistricting plan that would best represent populations shifts in the districts over the last decade. Pre-clearance by the DOJ means the new plans accurately reflect these changes and are in accordance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Downtown Wastewater Tunnel Trail Detour

Due to construction of the Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project near Shoal Creek, the portion of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway along the Shoal Creek Trail from Cesar Chavez Street to Third Street will be closed from October 3, 2011 to July, 2012.  The City of Austin is aware of the high usage of this route by cyclists and pedestrians and therefore recommends using the newly improved Lamar sidewalks from the Pfluger Bridge Extension/ West  Second Street to West Fifth Street or the Trail at Lady Bird Lake from Cesar Chavez Street to San Antonio Street as detours. Please e-mail  Jon.Thompson@austintexas.gov and carbon copy (cc)  PWDUrbanTrails@ci.austin.tx.us to submit any questions or comments about the detour.