Archives for March 2009

Austin Community College Purchases Two Downtown Properties

Thanks to DANA board member Roger Cauvin for the heads up!

ACC has purchased 800 and 812 w 12th Street (Gmap).  Combined, these properties take up a chunk of the Northwest corner of 12th @ West Ave.  This isn’t surprising as ACC’s enrollment has surged in recent years.

From the article:

“The ACC District approved the purchase of two downtown properties this week.  ACC paid $1 million for the sites at 800 and 812 W. 12th Street in Downtown Austin….General obligation bonds paid for the purchase.”

Waller Creek Tunnel – council approves budget for engineering review

Waller Creek Tunnel project inches forward.  According to the ABJ, “Austin City Council approved an agreement with Austin-based H.R. Gray to provide engineering services for the Waller Creek Tunnel project.  The contract amount is up to $300,000.  H.R. Gray will conduct an engineering review of the Waller Creek Tunnel project’s design and construction plans.”

Baby steps.

City Parking Meters

City Parking Meters

City of Austin getting new parking meters

City of Austin getting new parking meters

Rob Spillar stopped by the DANA board meeting this past Tuesday to share his recommendation to replace the existing parking meters.  Quite simply, the recommended system is VASTLY superior (ppt) to the old meters.

1) potential to partner with CapMetro to purchase bus/rail tickets
2) potential for city to compete with parking garages on weekend nights
3) time purchased is transferable to other parking locations
4) free parking for motorcycles and scooters

Today, Austin City Council approved the new parking meters on consent.


No more weekend Dillo

No more weekend service for the Dillo

No more weekend service for the Dillo

According to CapMetro, weekend Dillo service isn’t getting enough ridership to support its continued operation.  My question is, at $0.50 per two hour pass, were they ever expecting it to?

This would be especially frustrating news for commuters if the Commuter Rail was running weekends… but it’s not.