Transportation http://kut.org en Get Ready for This Red River Street Closure That Lasts Into 2015 http://kut.org/post/get-ready-red-river-street-closure-lasts-2015 <p>You may want to take a drive along Red River Street this weekend: it’s your last chance before the street is realigned to make way for UT-Austin's <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-central-health-seton-uts-medical-school-want-change-health-care-forever">new Dell Medical School</a>.</p><p>Starting Monday, Red River Street will be closed from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 15<sup>th</sup> Street – and it’s not scheduled to re-open until January.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:58:42 +0000 KUT Staff 10203 at http://kut.org Get Ready for This Red River Street Closure That Lasts Into 2015 Water Main Break Causes Continued Closures http://kut.org/post/water-main-break-causes-continued-closures <p><strong>Update: </strong>Some lanes remain closed on 2222 Thursday morning after a water main break Wednesday caused part of the roadway to collapse.</p><p>Eastbound 2222 is closed between Parkcrest Drive and Balcones. The westbound lanes are open – and traffic on Balcones is open.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update </strong>(April 9, 12:13 p.m.): Austin Water crews are still working to determine the cause and location of the break. Once that is done they can determine some sort of timeline for when repairs will take place, says Austin Water's Jason Hill.</span></p><p>"We brought the water pressure down, so there are a number of customers with low pressure or without water – not a lot at this particular point," Hill says. "Once we get to where the break is we’ll have a better idea of what needs to happen and how many people will actually be shut out during the repair."</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:40:59 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 10175 at http://kut.org Water Main Break Causes Continued Closures Why Austin Taxi Drivers Can't Refuse a Ride Based on Destination http://kut.org/post/why-austin-taxi-drivers-cant-refuse-ride-based-destination <p>Have you ever been denied a cab ride in Austin?</p><p>After last week's deadly crash on Red River Street, there's been calls for more and better public transportation and taxi service.</p><p>But during special events like South by Southwest, it seems like more and more Austin taxis refuse to take riders for a variety of reasons. Carlton Thomas with the City of Austin’s Parking Enterprise says the most common reason is that "drivers are not interested in taking the short trips." &nbsp;</p><p>He should know, because all complaints about cab drivers come to his department.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140186225&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:59:49 +0000 Joy Diaz 9984 at http://kut.org Why Austin Taxi Drivers Can't Refuse a Ride Based on Destination Why Austin's Restricting Uber Over SXSW http://kut.org/post/why-austins-restricting-uber-over-sxsw <p>South By Southwest brings a lot of things to Austin: film premieres, start-ups, newsmakers, bands, traffic and tech savvy out-of-towners.</p><p>It's that last group that might take umbrage with the city's ride-sharing policy, which outlaws apps like <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lyft.me/">Lyft</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.side.cr/">SideCar&nbsp;</a>and <a href="http://kut.org/post/heyride-bought-out-san-francisco-rival">since-shuttered</a> Austin-based&nbsp;Hey Ride.&nbsp;</p><p>The city contends these services have unregulated – and potentially unsafe – drivers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139222016&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:46:14 +0000 Andrew Weber 9951 at http://kut.org Why Austin's Restricting Uber Over SXSW SXSW Traffic is Terrible. This Street Closure Map Might Help. http://kut.org/post/sxsw-traffic-terrible-street-closure-map-might-help <p><strong>Update: </strong>Starting today, it’s going to get even tougher to get around downtown. That’s because the music portion of South by Southwest is now underway.</p><p>The City of Austin is closing off several exits from I-35 to downtown. Starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday:</p><ul><li>The I-35 NB and SB exits at&nbsp; Cesar Chavez will be closed.</li><li>The I-35 SB exit at 8<sup>th</sup> Street will be closed.</li><li>The I-35 NB exit at 6<sup>th</sup> Street will be closed.</li></ul><p><strong>Original Story (March 6, 2014):</strong><a href="http://sxsw.com/" target="_blank"> SXSW</a> provides a great opportunity for people to see bands, films and hobnob with bigwigs in the tech industry.</p><p>But&nbsp;<a href="https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d719d4beb4ea452f8ee4a2dca9ef7c01" target="_blank">road closures</a>&nbsp;in downtown Austin may pose a problem for some travelers. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:15 +0000 Larissa Liska & Laura Rice 9901 at http://kut.org SXSW Traffic is Terrible. This Street Closure Map Might Help. Cutting Down on Traffic With an App: Austin Introduces Carma Carpooling http://kut.org/post/cutting-down-traffic-app-austin-introduces-carma-carpooling <p><em>Disclosure: Carma is a sponsor of KUT.&nbsp;</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mobilityauthority.com/">Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority</a>&nbsp;cut the ribbon today on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mobilityauthority.com/monkeewrench/files/resources/Carma_Austin_Press_Release_Feb__27_2014.pdf">new project</a> that could reduce traffic congestion while saving drivers money.</p><p>The project is a public-private partnership between the city and state transportation officials, the CTRMA, Texas A&amp;M and a ride-sharing app: <a href="https://car.ma/index.html">Carma.</a></p><p>Carma is based on the concept of "casual carpooling." Paul Steinberg, vice president of business operations for Carma, calls it a mutually beneficial model that affords people rides and grants drivers access to cheaper toll roads and high occupancy vehicle lanes.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:35:02 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9867 at http://kut.org Cutting Down on Traffic With an App: Austin Introduces Carma Carpooling How Bad Is It For Fliers Today? Latest 'Misery Map' Shows http://kut.org/post/how-bad-it-fliers-today-latest-misery-map-shows With more than 5,000 flights into or out of the nation canceled today and hundreds more delayed because of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/13/276282790/northeast-new-england-brace-as-ice-and-snow-move-up-coast" target="_blank">snow and ice storm</a> moving up the East Coast, it's time once again to point to <a href="http://flightaware.com/miserymap/" target="_blank">FlightAware.com's "Misery Map."</a><p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/26/247396311/the-misery-of-holiday-travel-in-one-real-time-map" target="_blank">All Tech Considered has e Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9780 at http://kut.org How Bad Is It For Fliers Today? Latest 'Misery Map' Shows Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind? http://kut.org/post/capital-metros-new-metrorapid-service-leaving-bus-riders-behind <p><em>Disclaimer: Capital Metro is a sponsor of KUT.</em></p><p>Capital Metro's new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid2.aspx">MetroRapid</a> bus service launched on Sunday. And with the new route came additional service changes some say give short-shrift to existing riders on Cap Metro's most popular lines.</p><p>MetroRapid line 801 travels from Southpark Meadows to the Tech Ridge area in North Austin. Its route through the urban core – along South Congress Avenue and Guadalupe Street – parallels Cap Metro's 1L and 1M bus lines, the routes with the highest ridership in Austin. And another route – the 101 Express – traveled largely along the same line. (<a href="http://www.capmetro.org/news-item.aspx?id=3107">Read more about service changes</a>.)</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:04:10 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9693 at http://kut.org Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind? How to Rid Roads of Ice? City and State Differ on Methods http://kut.org/post/how-rid-roads-ice-city-and-state-differ-methods <p>The city and the state cooperated to make icy roads safer for drivers today, sending out a combined 135 trucks to treat some of the 2,000 miles of roads and bridges in Austin. But when it comes to choosing how to treat the ice, Austin Public Works and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) take very different approaches.&nbsp;</p><p>The city employs a reusable sand called dolomite, according to Public Works spokesperson Carolyn Perez. &nbsp;She says it's better for the environment than some chemical de-icing agents.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:56:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9664 at http://kut.org How to Rid Roads of Ice? City and State Differ on Methods Blocking One of Austin's New Bus Lanes Could Cost You $500 http://kut.org/post/blocking-one-austins-new-bus-lanes-could-cost-you-500 <p>The Austin City Council is considering an ordinance that would set rules for the city’s new transit lanes.</p><p>Bus-only lanes for Capital Metro’s new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid/" target="_blank">MetroRapid service </a>are on Guadalupe and Lavaca streets between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Street. Other vehicles are only allowed to use the lanes to make right turns.</p><p>The new ordinance would make it against the law to stop or park in the lanes. Currently that could be punished with a $25 dollar parking ticket – but the city wants to up that fine to as much as $500 dollars.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:22:57 +0000 Laura Rice 9604 at http://kut.org Blocking One of Austin's New Bus Lanes Could Cost You $500 Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line http://kut.org/post/officials-discussing-texas-mexico-high-speed-rail-line <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">A high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, could be less than a decade away from welcoming its first passengers, according to federal and Texas officials who met with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss the project.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:09:36 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9570 at http://kut.org Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line Despite Student Protests, Cap Metro to Discontinue North Campus Bus Lines http://kut.org/post/despite-student-protests-cap-metro-discontinue-north-campus-bus-lines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tight budgets could leave some UT Austin commuters without a bus line in the upcoming semester, according to Cap Metro.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">The Wickersham Lane (Route WL) shuttle will be eliminated this semester and the Cameron Road route (Route CR) will be shortened this semester, renamed Route Camino La Costa (Route CLC) and then eliminated after the spring semester. &nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The transit authority attributes the cutbacks to a persistent lack of funds from UT's Student Services Budget Committee.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:45:39 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9458 at http://kut.org Despite Student Protests, Cap Metro to Discontinue North Campus Bus Lines Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road http://kut.org/post/highways-are-talking-point-candidates-take-road <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">In a speech last month kicking off her campaign to be Texas' first Democratic lieutenant governor in 15 years, state Sen.<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Leticia Van de Putte</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;San Antonio&nbsp;offered examples of what she considere Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:53 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9463 at http://kut.org Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road B-cycle, Austin's Bike Share Program, Rolls Out Saturday http://kut.org/post/b-cycle-austins-bike-share-program-rolls-out-saturday <p><strong><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em>:&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;is one of 13 founding sponsors of the Austin B-cycle program.</em></p><p>Austin's long-awaited bike share program kicks off tomorrow.</p><p>It's called <a href="https://austin.bcycle.com/home/">B-cycle</a>, and its inauguration will be small. Only 11 kiosks will be open around the downtown area when the program starts Saturday. That number is expected to grow to 40 by the spring.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:06:38 +0000 Joy Diaz 9414 at http://kut.org B-cycle, Austin's Bike Share Program, Rolls Out Saturday Why Highland? Urban Rail Advocates Question Project Connect Process http://kut.org/post/why-highland-urban-rail-advocates-question-project-connect-process <p><em>Disclaimer: Project Connect is a KUT sponsor.</em></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: The Austin City Council unanimously endorsed two locations for urban rail last night: the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/highland-and-east-riverside-austins-best-spots-urban-rail">Highland Mall region and East Riverside</a>. You can <a href="http://austintx.swagit.com/play/12122013-683/#27">watch citizen testimony and council action</a> on the recommendation.</p><p>As KUT reported, investment in those corridors was proposed by&nbsp;<a href="http://projectconnect.com/">Project Connect</a>&nbsp;– a working group of City of Austin, Capital Metro, and other regional transportation officials.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Project Connect named Highland and East Riverside after what it said was a robust, data-driven public input process – but many rail advocates present at the vote last night questioned the process and the decision.</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Dec. 12): To hear Project Connect tell it, they’re practically drowning in data. Project lead Kyle Keahey cited some 45 different measures of information and 11 indices when the group announced its recommendation. (You can <a href="http://www.projectconnect.com/connect/resources">look at lots of that data here</a>.)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124494381&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:12:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9353 at http://kut.org Why Highland? Urban Rail Advocates Question Project Connect Process