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Old May 7th, 2016, 08:41 AM   #141
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Hopefully increasing frequency will improve ridership. Right now its terrible. I still don't think this service should have been started at all.
Ridership is not terrible. The reason for the double tracking and four new cars is because the system is at or near capacity much of the time.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:23 PM   #142
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How much would it cost to have grade separated track, say underground downtown and elevated elsewhere?
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Old May 18th, 2016, 06:10 AM   #143
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Also the landmark downtown stop is drawing criticism for justified reasons; its a lot of money to spend yet integration with bus routes is desired more. Spend the money to build tracks in the street a few more blocks to a better spot where they could create a kind of transit hub out of a section of street. Like the Rosa Parks station in Detroit. Which also looks damn good architecturally speaking, form follows function.
I agree that the line should extend at least to the bus lines. However, the capital costs to do this could require a ballot measure for a bond, and i don't think there is much faith in that being successful. There is a connectivity problem since the last station is so far from the bus lines (and any likely future light rail lines), but they will need to increase capacity at the downtown station, and if this station is built in a way that doesn't preclude extension further west, then it could be of benefit.
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Old May 18th, 2016, 06:36 AM   #144
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Light rail is back under consideration:
http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories...-rail-efforts/
http://keyetv.com/news/local/austin-...ight-rail-bond
The route seems pretty straightforward north of MLK. However, south of MLK seems to present some potential issues. One feasible solution may be to continue both directions of the rail line down the middle of Guadalupe, with a bus only lane on each side, then a bike lane to the side of that if space permits. Guadalupe south of MLK would be closed to personal vehicles. Lavaca would then be converted to a two way street with parking removed. A two way bike lane would be necessary on Lavaca if it doesn't fit on Guadalupe. Another option may be to run light rail on San Antonio Street (closed to vehicles in all or most places), with a bike lane next to it if there is room. Either option could run on an expanded South 1st Street bridge when extended into south Austin. Just my ideas, so hopefully they can come up with an effective idea that doesn't hinder bus or bike traffic.

Also, since east-west travel options in the downtown/central Austin area are limited, I think a streetcar should be considered. 12th and 15th streets both have medians on wide right-of-ways. I think the model that New Orleans uses of running on the median would do well here (though more modern streetcars could be used. It would stay mostly out of the congestion of the street, and would not hinder vehicular traffic. 12th Street would likely be preferable (wider medians, better location, more potential to extend beyond downtown area), though this would require a streetcar either running across or tunneling underneath the capital grounds.
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Old July 10th, 2016, 04:39 AM   #145
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APTA 1st 2016 Ridership numbers for Austin

Commuter Rail
Austin / Capmetro - 3,100 (2015) : 5.32%+
Bus Ridership
Austin / Capmetro - 107,100 (2015) : -2.66%
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 10:29 AM   #146
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PAC’s poll shows big support for light rail

A grassroots effort to put a light rail referendum on the November ballot is adding one more curve to the course as City Council members sprint to decide whether to send Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million mobility bond proposal to voters[...]
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Old August 5th, 2016, 01:32 AM   #147
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New Poll Says Light Rail Would Pass on November Ballot

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Old August 10th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #148
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"Austin's Commuter Rail Is A Monument To Government Waste"

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Old August 12th, 2016, 03:06 PM   #149
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Austin Mayor: Light Rail Won’t Make November Ballot



AUSTIN, Texas—The mayor of Austin has said light rail is not ready for this November's election, but it could be a choice in the next two years. The City Council took the first step Thursday to create a Bond Election Advisory Task Force[...]
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Old August 12th, 2016, 09:03 PM   #150
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A city like Austin should have a LR/tram system years ago.
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Old August 13th, 2016, 08:38 PM   #151
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I absolutely agree with you. Matter of fact, most United States cities should been had LRT system. This country needs to get on track like for real.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #152
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Austin is behind, and it's sad because the city has terrible traffic. The Red line DMU commuter line is nice, but a true light rail system is needed.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 07:11 PM   #153
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Looks cool and futuristic, cept that stupid horn thing on top of the train. I wish BART would get some new trains...
Yea right looks cool. Can also take the bike along with you inside the standing section.
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Austin is behind, and it's sad because the city has terrible traffic. The Red line DMU commuter line is nice, but a true light rail system is needed.
As much as Austin pretends it's not, it's actually in Texas, and progressive things like transit will be difficult to achieve.
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Old August 18th, 2016, 01:58 AM   #155
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Except Dallas and Houston have elaborate transit infrastructure. It's noy a Texas thing. Austin itself is the problem. It's city politics are silly and counterproductive, and not so much in a right vs left way either. More like small minded vs ambitious. The people who don't like change tend to win.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 08:20 PM   #156
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Cap Metro considers bus system overhaul offered by consultant

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Capital Metro, beset by ebbing ridership in an evolving Austin, is considering a significant overhaul of its bus system.

That makeover, presented in draft form Monday by a consultant to the Capital Metro board, would include nearly tripling the agency’s “frequent” bus network, with 17 routes showing up at stops every 15 minutes or less. That roster would include four MetroRapid routes, doubling the current number.

The consultant, San Diego-based Transportation Management & Design, also recommends that the agency have two fare levels, rather than the current three, eliminating the higher, “premium” fare charged for MetroRapid. That would allow riders to transfer more easily from local routes to MetroRapid buses.

The consultant in its Connections 2025 report said Capital Metro should add more east-west service, make its routes straighter and thus more comprehensible, and work with the city to create more “transit priority” lanes, which are largely reserved for buses. There are only two such lanes in Austin, on Lavaca and Guadalupe streets downtown. Dedicating lanes for bus use generally means a loss of lanes for cars and trucks, other than for right turns.

“It’s more frequent, it’s more reliable, and it is more connected,” consultant Russ Chisholm said of what his company is recommending.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #157
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Austin's public transit agency will experiment with double-decker buses on their suburban express route (bus 935).



http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news...n-loan-/nsygw/
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Old October 29th, 2016, 06:02 AM   #158
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This would be great! If the buses came more frequently more people would use it. Waiting 30 minutes for the next bus on a 100F day is not fun for anyone. At least improve the bus system then implement some type of rapid light rail.
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This is the last week of the burnt-orange buses.



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Old December 15th, 2016, 04:10 AM   #160
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Intercity coach operator Megabus is expected to move its stop to 15th and San Jacinto by end of month.

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