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Crews work on the MoPac Improvement Project near the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp, which will be closed for at least 30 days beginning April 26.

Courtesy Steve Pustelnyk/Mobility Authority

Lake Austin Blvd. exit on MoPac to close for 30 days starting April 26

Starting the evening of April 26, the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp on southbound MoPac will close for at least 30 days to allow crews to reconstruct it as part of the MoPac Improvement Project. more »

Apr 23, 2015 3:57 PM Austin Metro

Small and aging retail centers find success in Northwest Austin

For the past five years Austin’s retail real estate occupancy has hovered well above 90 percent. It is a trend Karen Judson, vice president of marketing and research for commercial real estate firm Transwestern, does not see relenting any time soon. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Hispanic population on the rise

The Hispanic population has been the largest-growing segment of the population in Austin for the past few years, and Southwest Austin is seeing that growth in action, city of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson said. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:15 AM Southwest Austin

Community compromise helps shape development

Construction could start on one of the largest undeveloped plots of Central Austin land by the end of the year. more »

Apr 22, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Building on W. Hwy. 71

The Hwy. 71 corridor from Hwy. 290 to the city of Bee Cave is home to several projects that are under construction or almost finished. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:15 AM Southwest Austin

Local movie premiere aims to spark movement for kindness

On April 23, OnBuzz, a local film distribution and marketing firm, will host the red carpet premiere of “Little Boy,” a full-length feature film depicting a young boy determined to bring his father home alive from World War II. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:17 PM Austin Metro

Randomly selected Austin Water Utility customers will participate in a new program that allows users to better track and manage water use.

Courtesy Austin Water Utility

New Austin Water mobile app tracks usage

A new mobile phone application called Dropcountr could soon help Austin Water Utility customers track and manage their water usage, potentially resulting in less water usage and more money saved. more »

Apr 21, 2015 8:57 AM Central Austin

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson and RideScout CEO and founder Joseph Kopser are both involved in the launch of MobilityATX, which is an initiative designed to encourage residents to submit solutions to traffic congestion.

Amy Denney

Austin traffic initiative encourages residents to submit solutions

The newest initiative to find solutions to Austin’s traffic congestion, MobilityATX, launched April 13 and asks residents to come up with creative ideas on how to fix the problem. more »

Apr 13, 2015 2:21 PM Northwest Austin 2 Comments

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt thanks her staff for their hard work. Shown (l-r) are Loretta Farb, Peter Einhorn, Eckhardt, Maya Reisman and Joe Hon.

Kara Nuzback

Travis County judge describes busy first 100 days

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt discussed her first 100 days in office on April 9 in the Travis County Commissioners Courtroom. more »

Apr 9, 2015 2:15 PM Northwest Austin

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spoke April 1 during a Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Jennifer Curington

Mayor outlines first three months in office during Austin chamber luncheon

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spoke to Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce members April 1. more »

Apr 1, 2015 1:55 PM Central Austin

Capital Metro set another record-breaking year for South by Southwest ridership on its MetroRail and MetroRapid bus service with more than 100,000 boardings on both.

Courtesy Capital Metro

Capital Metro sees 15 percent spike in MetroRapid, rail ridership during SXSW

Capital Metro set another record-breaking year in 2015 for South by Southwest ridership on its MetroRail and MetroRapid bus service. more »

Mar 31, 2015 9:33 AM Austin Metro 6 Comments

Texas DMV fixes programming glitch affecting registration bills under new sticker system

​The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has fixed a programming glitch that affected 320,000 registration renewal notices sent out to drivers under the new one-sticker system. more »

Mar 25, 2015 11:03 AM Austin Metro 1 Comments

As part of its June service changes, Capital Metro will implement a high-frequency network on five bus routes—7, 20, 300, 325 and 331—that connect to its MetroRapid bus service.

Courtesy Capital Metro

Capital Metro to increase frequency on five high-ridership bus routes

As part of its June service changes, Capital Metro will implement a high-frequency network on five bus routes that connect to its MetroRapid bus service. more »

Mar 24, 2015 2:12 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

At the Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park, a human plastinate from the Body Worlds traveling exhibit strikes a pose familiar to rodeo fans.

Stephen Burnett

First science and technology museum in Central Texas opens in Cedar Park

Nonprofit Texas Museum of Science & Technology, or TXMOST, opens its doors as Central Texas’ first science and technology museum March 20 at a temporary location at 1220 Toro Grande Drive in Cedar Park. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Leander | Cedar Park 4 Comments

In-N-Out Burger opened Dec. 12 in Austin.

Joe Lanane

In-N-Out Burger coming to South Lamar Boulevard

In-N-Out Burger will open a second city of Austin location on South Lamar Boulevard, a company spokesman confirmed March 19. more »

Mar 19, 2015 12:23 PM Central Austin

Austin city officials detail safety precautions for SXSW

Nearly one year after a rogue vehicle drove into a crowd of South by Southwest attendees, Austin city officials have announced new safety precautions in place during this year's Music and Media Conference. more »

Mar 11, 2015 11:37 AM Central Austin

2040 plan revenue sources

Courtesy CAMPO

CAMPO 2040 transportation plan includes $4.25B to improve I-35

Area transportation planners acknowledge Central Texas’s continued growth and limited funding means congestion may never be eliminated even with pumping $4.25 billion in improving I-35. more »

Mar 11, 2015 10:03 AM Austin Metro

Courtesy Brio Photography

SXSW Roundup: Transportation groups plan for SXSW service

Several transportation organizations are rolling out new or extended services in time for the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals on March 13–22. more »

Mar 9, 2015 7:01 AM Austin Metro

Austin Community College's newest campus at the former Highland Mall will open this fall.

Courtesy Austin Community College

ACC board sorts through bond construction projects

The wheels are already turning on multiple Austin Community College construction projects funded by a successful bond election last November. more »

Mar 6, 2015 10:42 AM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Courtesy city of Austin

UPDATE: Proposed pro golf venue sent to council committees

A proposed professional-quality golf course facility will be considered for the first time by the new 11-member Austin City Council during its March 5 meeting. more »

Mar 3, 2015 8:46 AM Central Austin

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