SH 130 http://kut.org en Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://kut.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:16:03 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 9386 at http://kut.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers http://kut.org/post/how-sh-130s-credit-downgrade-could-actually-help-austin-drivers <p>The 85 mile-per-hour toll road that connects Austin with San Antonio is getting less traffic than planners hoped for.</p><p>In turn, Moody’s Investor Service lowered the credit rating of Cintra, the company that operates SH 130 toll road, by four grades. Moody’s says unless traffic increases significantly, the credit rating will continue to fall.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:23:28 +0000 Laura Rice 7934 at http://kut.org How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers One Big Way to Cut Austin Traffic: Have I-35, SH 130 Trade Places http://kut.org/post/one-big-way-cut-austin-traffic-have-i-35-sh-130-trade-places <p>It’s no secret Interstate 35 congestion takes a toll on Austinites.</p><p>Out of a list of Texas’ <a href="http://www.dot.state.tx.us/news/042-2012.htm">100 most congested roadways</a>, the portion of I-35 running through central Austin is the fourth most congested in the state. Meanwhile, State Highway 130, out east of I-35, is open for business.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:05:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar 7184 at http://kut.org One Big Way to Cut Austin Traffic: Have I-35, SH 130 Trade Places Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? http://kut.org/post/toll-break-pull-big-rigs-i-35 <p>If you drive on I-35, state transportation officials hope you’ll see fewer big trucks next month than you do today.</p><p>The state <a href="https://www.txdot.gov/about_us/commission/">Transportation Commission</a> approved a substantial toll reduction for 18-wheelers that circumnavigate the city on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/sh-130">Texas 130</a> and Texas 45 toll roads. Instead of paying $33 to bypass Austin, trucks will pay $11 or less.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:23:24 +0000 Mark Dewey 6428 at http://kut.org Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? After Weeks of Free Rides, Texas’ 85 mph Tollway Now Charging http://kut.org/post/after-weeks-free-rides-texas-85-mph-tollway-now-charging <p>It's been almost three weeks since <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/054-2012.html" target="_blank">the new stretch of State Highway 130 opened on Oct. 24</a>. Now the temporary freeway is officially a tollway. And that's how it's going to stay, for the next 50 years or so.</p><p>The new segments of SH-130, which run just south of the Austin-Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport to Seguin, were free to motorists until Nov. 11. Now the the toll rate has been set at $0.15 per mile for passenger vehicles with <a href="http://www.txtag.org/">TxTag service</a>. Vehicles without a TxTag can also use the tollway, and will be billed through a pay-by-mail service.</p><p>"With this new road, motorists can travel 90 miles of toll road and bypass I-35 congestion between Seguin and Georgetown for about $12," the Texas Department of Transportation says in a press release.</p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:19:06 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5608 at http://kut.org After Weeks of Free Rides, Texas’ 85 mph Tollway Now Charging The Lead: Veterans Day News, Armstrong Out at Livestrong http://kut.org/post/lead-veterans-day-news-armstrong-out-livestrong <p>Good morning. This morning's chilly temperatures &nbsp;aren't going anywhere; the <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> the season’s first freeze is expected in the Hill Country tonight. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/veterans-day-celebrations-and-closures">Veterans Day Celebrations and Closures</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>On Monday, state officials and business leaders will also gather at the Capitol to show gratitude. The event is part of Operation Enduring Opportunity, which encourages businesses nationwide to hire and recruit veterans and their spouses.</p></blockquote><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/11/trials-and-traditions-of-military-life">Trials and Traditions of Military Life</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>On Veterans Day, Americans salute those who have served this country in the armed forces. But service takes many forms: and this year, KUT followed one family dealing with military service. From the soldier whose family has served for generations dating back to World War I, to the family who had to learn how to live without him.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:39:17 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Wells Dunbar 5610 at http://kut.org Little Piggies + 85 MPH = Wee Bit of a Problem http://kut.org/post/little-piggies-85-mph-wee-bit-problem <p><strong>Update: Oct. 31, 5:36 a.m.:&nbsp;</strong>The Central Texas toll road with the nation's highest speed limit will get signs warning drivers about wildlife. The move comes after at least three incidents of vehicles hitting animals in the first few days of the new 85 mph zone.</p><p><a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Toll-road-to-get-wildlife-warning-signs-3993421.php" target="_blank">According to the</a><em><a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Toll-road-to-get-wildlife-warning-signs-3993421.php" target="_blank"> San Antonio Express-News</a></em>, the private company that runs the 41-mile portion of State Highway 130 says temporary electronic message boards will be used until permanent signs can be installed.</p><p><strong>Original Story: Oct. 26, 1:57 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong>A new section of State Highway 130 opened Wednesday. It runs from Mustang Ridge to Seguin and <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/fastest-road-country-now-open-central-texas" target="_blank">allows drivers to go 85 mph</a>. But the same night the highway opened, there were a handful of crashes involving local wildlife.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:36:57 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5463 at http://kut.org Little Piggies + 85 MPH = Wee Bit of a Problem The Lead: Austin Preps for F1, Hogs on SH130, Texas Wants More Medicaid Control http://kut.org/post/lead-austin-preps-f1-hogs-sh130-texas-wants-more-medicaid-control <p>Good morning! It may be in the chilly this morning, but we'll see a high of around 70 this afternoon, according to <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">the National Weather Service</a>. Here are some stories KUT News has been working on:</p><p><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/revving-f1-austin-preps-300000-visitors" target="_blank">Austin Is Revving Up For F1 Weekend</a></strong></p><blockquote><p>Formula 1 is only three weeks away. The City of Austin is making some big preparations as race weekend approaches.</p></blockquote><h1 class="title"><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/eye-in-the-sky-on-texas-water-supply-2/" target="_blank">Satellite Monitors Texas’s Water Supply</a></strong></h1><blockquote><p>A satellite called GRACE, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, is monitoring the water situation in Texas. And there’s a couple of disturbing trends in the data: a Southeastern drought trend and a lot of a lot of groundwater depletion in the Panhandle.</p></blockquote><p><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/little-piggies-85-mph-wee-bit-problem">Crashes on New Stretch of SH130</a></strong></p><blockquote><p>The new, high-speed section of State Highway 130 opened last Wednesday. That first night, wildlife caused a handful of accidents. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:09:22 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5466 at http://kut.org Fastest Road in the Country Now Open in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/fastest-road-country-now-open-central-texas <p>The fastest road in the country is now open to drivers in Central Texas. The 85 mile per hour portion of <a href="http://mysh130.com/" target="_blank">State Highway 130</a> opened this morning.</p><p>The toll road stretches across about 41 miles from Mustang Ridge to Seguin. It will soon cost drivers 15 cents per mile—or $6.17 to drive the length of the road—but it’s free through Nov. 10<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Eighteen-wheelers will be charged 60 cents per mile. But, <a href="http://While he acknowledged that some truck drivers drive faster than 65 mph, most trucking companies try to keep drivers from traveling faster than that speed, both out of concerns for safety and because it reduces a truck's gas mileage, Esparza said." target="_blank">as reported last month</a>, truckers may avoid the toll road altogether because driving over 65 mph reduces fuel efficiency and also raises safety concerns. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:21:18 +0000 Laura Rice & Kelli Ainsworth 5439 at http://kut.org Fastest Road in the Country Now Open in Central Texas The Lead: Historic Tax Exemptions, SXSW Takes Vegas, Oil Boom Creates Jobs Across Texas http://kut.org/post/lead-historic-tax-exemptions-sxsw-takes-vegas-oil-boom-creates-jobs-across-texas <p>Good Morning. Once the clouds dissipate, Austin can expect warm weather with a high of 86, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some stories KUT News has been working on:</p><ul><li><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/local-tax-exemptions-center-new-lawsuit" target="_blank">Local Tax Exemptions at Center of New Lawsuit</a></li></ul><blockquote><p>Three Austinites are suing the City of Austin, Travis County, the Austin Independent School District and Central Health for allowing tax breaks on what the plaintiffs refer to as “allegedly” historic properties.</p></blockquote><ul><li><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/mueller-development-keeps-developing" target="_blank">The Mueller Development Keeps on Developing...</a></li></ul><blockquote><p>AMLI Residential, builder of several high profile apartment communities in Austin, has announced it is going to build a mid-rise project in Mueller town center.</p></blockquote><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/south-by-southwest-expands-to-vegas/" target="_blank">South by Southwest Expands to Vegas</a></li></ul><blockquote><p>The popular Austin film, music and interactive festival is rolling out the SXSW V2 festival in Las Vegas in August. Rather than merely being an extension of the music and film events that take place in Austin, SXSW V2 is geared toward tech startups.</p></blockquote><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/gop-decade-costs-shifting-to-cities/" target="_blank">GOP Decade: Costs Shifting to Cities</a></li></ul><blockquote><p>Texas Republicans have made limiting trimming the state budget an integral part of their mission over the last decade, but many worry the state has simply shifted the burden to local governments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:00:47 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5437 at http://kut.org With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road http://kut.org/post/85-mph-speed-limit-trucks-may-avoid-new-toll-road <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In a matter of weeks, a 41-mile stretch of toll road with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">the fastest speed limit in the country</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">will open in Central Texas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">But truck drivers may steer clear of the new high-speed road, said John Esparza, president of the Texas Motor Transportation Association, which represents the trucking industry in Texas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">“It’s going to be a deterrent, yes,” Esparza said of the road’s 85 mph speed limit.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Texas Department of Transportation</a>&nbsp;has said it pursued a higher speed limit for the new portion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">State Highway 130</a>&nbsp;from Austin to Seguin in part to entice drivers away from more congested highways. Agency officials have said engineering tests demonstrated that an 85-mph speed limit is safe for the new toll road.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">While he acknowledged that some truck drivers drive faster than 65 mph, most trucking companies try to keep drivers from traveling faster than that speed, both out of concerns for safety and because it reduces a truck's gas mileage, Esparza said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:14:33 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5181 at http://kut.org With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road