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Thursday, August 11th, 2016

CAMPO vote signals the end for Lone Star Rail

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization gave the Lone Star Rail District an all but fatal kick in the caboose on Monday night.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Isaac asks Federal Trade Commission to investigate Austin’s Uber, Lyft rules

Republican state Rep. Jason Isaac has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Austin's rules for ride-hailing companies, raising concerns that the city's "burdensome regulations" are anti-competitive.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lawmakers seek roadmap for ride-hailing regulation

State lawmakers are poised to discuss ride-hailing for the second time in two weeks on Thursday, attention many expect to carry into the upcoming legislative session as some legislators attempt to wrest regulatory power from cities.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Austin voters reject proposition backed by Uber, Lyft

Austin's Proposition 1, a ride-hailing ordinance supported by Uber and Lyft was defeated Saturday. With all precincts reporting late Saturday night, 48,673 (about 56 percent) voted against the ordinance and 38,539 voted for it.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Petition may force vote on Austin regulations for Uber, Lyft

With less than two weeks to go before Austin’s stricter vehicle-for-hire ordinance goes into effect, a group backed by Uber and Lyft says it has collected enough signatures to overturn or force a public vote on the...

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Commentary: It’s time for an Austin-San Antonio regional airport

San Antonio City Council member JOE KRIER writes that Interstate 35 corridor leaders should ‘seriously discuss the creation of a regional airport — a DFW for Central Texas.’

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Austin sues Texas over ‘imbalance’ in property appraisal system

The city of Austin filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Texas charging that the current property appraisal system is unconstitutional and creates “an imbalance in the tax burdens between residential and commercial property owners.”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ridership on the upswing for Austin-Bergstrom’s first daily transatlantic flight

With the success of a new Austin-London nonstop route, city officials seem to have their sights set on Tokoyo.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

San Marcos police probe P&Z meetings with developer

Writing a new chapter in the ongoing tale of Darren Casey’s miscarried Sessom Drive dream, the San Marcos Police Department is investigating whether planning and zoning commissioners violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they met individually...

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Mark Jones: Austin leaders are wrong. Build SH 45 SW

Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner MARK JONES takes the Austin City Council to task for scrubbing SH 45 SW from its comprehensive master plan. The proposed road would connect Mopac in Austin with FM 1626 in Hays...

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