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Austin allocates $22.9 million to transportation safety improvements

Austin’s Safe Streets and Roads for All program received an additional $22.9 million in funding after City Council voted to appropriate a federal grant and required local match on Sept. 14. The money will go towards implementing safety improvements in over 60 locations. The grant comes from the $5 billion allocated to Safe Streets for All programs nationwide, established under the Bipartisan...

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Essential tips for mastering the Austin bus system

For freshmen and seniors alike, riding the bus for the first time can be a daunting experience, but there are ways to make it smoother. Whether trying to find the best route to take or figuring out how to get off the bus, The Daily Texan compiled a list of step-by-step tips to help students get around Austin stress-free. Download the CapMetro or Transit app Before embarking on an adventure, the...

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‘Prepare our city for a sustainable future’: City leaders approve Project Connect light rail plan

On June 6, Austin city leaders officially approved Project Connect, the city’s estimated $4.5 to $4.8 billion project. Project Connect would create nearly 10 miles of light rail network and serve an estimated 28,500 riders per day. The Austin City Council, Austin Transit Partnership and Capital Metro Board voted to adopt phase one of the project. History of Project Connect In 2020, Austin...

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New partnership aims to investigate, solve issues with affordable housing around university campuses

Last Thursday, the Austin City Council announced a working plan to cooperate with local universities to examine possible solutions to the lack of affordable student housing near campuses, like UT’s West Campus. Proposed by District 5 Council Member Ryan Alter, the study aims to build a guide for future student housing development that is part of Austin’s Strategic Housing Blueprint. The blueprint...

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Vehicle traffic to be eliminated from Guadalupe Street under new Project Connect plan

An updated plan calls for The Drag to lose all vehicle traffic as a part of Project Connect, the city’s multibillion-dollar transit initiative. The plan is part of Project Connect’s Orange Line and will allow for only pedestrians, bikes, city buses and a light rail system on Guadalupe Street between 22nd and 29th streets, according to a town hall meeting Tuesday. Austin Transit Partnership, which...

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UT funds affordable housing research

The UT President’s office gave out four $25,000 grants this semester to faculty members studying affordable housing in the Austin community. The University awarded the Faculty Innovation Grants to staff members Jake Wegmann, Elizabeth “Becky” Pettit, Ming Zhang and Elizabeth Mueller. Each grant recipient is partnering with organizations outside of UT to study a specific aspect of affordable...

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Real estate professionals weigh in on when to sign apartment leases for next school year

As the pandemic obscures how classes will operate in the next school year, students may be conflicted on when the best time to sign apartment leases is, not knowing whether their classes will be primarily in-person or online. Almost half of the undergraduates at UT are attending classes fully online this semester, according to a UT news release from Aug. 11. UT President Jay Hartzell said the spring...

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Austin City Council approves redevelopment of student apartments in Riverside

The Austin City Council tentatively approved Thursday the redevelopment of student apartment complexes in Riverside. In a 9-2 vote, the council gave initial approval to the so-called “4700 Riverside” project, which will convert 97 acres of housing into a mixed-used development and replace 1,300 apartment units in five student apartment complexes: Ballpark North, Town Lake, and the Quad East,...

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MoveOutATX makes moving out easier for students in West Campus

Students moving out can leave their unwanted furniture and houseware at donation stations across West Campus with the help of an organization working toward zero waste. MoveOutATX is implementing donation stations across West Campus for the second year to limit the number of items left on curbs or near dumpsters when students move out. The organization is a collaboration between many local groups,...

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New buildings in West Campus to double in height, add more affordable housing

New housing units in West Campus could soon rival the UT Tower and the State Capitol in terms of height, as long as developers add more affordable housing. Allie Runas, electrical and computer engineering senior, is a member of the The Central Austin Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee. The Central Austin Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee unanimously approved a plan to nearly double the...

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