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Downtown Austin’s Parking Crunch Can Be Solved Without Adding Tons of Parking

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Cities and towns are constantly fretting about downtown parking. But what they often perceive as a "parking shortage" isn't caused by a lack of parking -- it's the result of poor management of the parking they already have. The upshot is that many cities, seeking cheap and plentiful car storage, pursue policies that make their parking and traffic problems worse, not better. Now a downtown Austin business coalition aims to chart a better course.

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Glissette Rides Public Transit: Part 5 – Family Matters

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When I came up with the idea for this series, I knew I needed a real challenge. Thousands of people ride public transit every day in Houston; average weekday ridership in May 2017, according to Metro data, was 278,428. Some folks are on transit for just a couple of minutes, some for a few hours. If I was really going to experience public transit, I needed to experience how people who don’t live inside the 610 loop feel about the system that often works against them.
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Dallas Confronts the Dilemma: Build Transit for the Burbs, or Build Transit People Will Use

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In America, decisions about how to expand transit are often plagued by the same tension: The highest ridership potential is in walkable neighborhoods in the city, where more people and jobs are clustered closer together. But regional politics often lead agencies to build transit in suburban areas where ridership will be more sparse. Right now a classic confrontation of this type is playing out in Dallas.

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  • DART Looks Like One of the Worst Transit Agencies in the Nation By Various Metrics (Observer)
  • Hispanics Made Up Half of Texas Population Growth Since 2010 (KUT)
  • New Downtown Austin Alliance Study: There’s Plenty of Parking Downtown (KUT)
  • San Antonio Area Folks: Alamo Area MPO Available to Do Walk Audits for Schools and Parks
  • Dallas City Council Wants the Next Bond to Be Over a Billion Dollars (Morning News)
  • Dallas Morning News: The Cotton Belt Fight Has Gone Off the Rails
  • El Paso to Las Cruces Commuter Rail Study to Be Released (Las Cruces Sun-News, Executive Summary)
  • Deadly Williamson County Intersection to Get Safety Upgrades (KXAN)

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Glissette Rides Public Transit: Part 4 – Caffeine Fix

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I need caffeine to survive most days. I’m Puerto Rican and was taught from a very early age that it’s the life blood of my people. Whenever I need to relax and take some time for myself, I head out and grab a cup of coffee. A lot of Houston’s coffee shops are on some of the bus routes I had already used and I wanted to change it up.

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  • Houston Spending $36 Million on Smart Streets Tech Stuff (Houston Chron)
  • Hallelujah! Work Has Begun to Smooth Guadalupe, Austin’s Most-Traveled, Bumpy Street to Ride a Bike or Bus On (KXAN)
  • Austin Is Saying All the Right Things About Its New Street Design Guide (KUT)
  • Speeding Driver Knocks Other Car Off Road, Killing All Four Passengers (Click2Houston)
  • Metro Bus Driver Trainer and Trainee Injured When Trainee Crashes Into a Pole (ABC13)
  • Urban Developer Set to Redevelop 23-Acre Site Next to Pearl in San Antonio (Express News)
  • Dallas City Council Kicks the DART Board Member Vote Down the Road to June 28 (Tribune)
  • Time for Input: Houston Metro Launching MetroNext, a Regional Transit Plan, Next Tuesday (Kinder)
  • Uber Experimenting With Allowing Tipping in Houston (Houston Chron)

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