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By Michelle Adams | Agent in Austin, TX

Getting around Austin, Scott Bricker, of America Walks, and the City of Austin invite the public to join them on May 2

First MetroRapid stations nearly complete

MetroRapid stop 

The first of 40 stations are wrapping constructed in phase one of the MetroRapid project serving North Lamar and South Congress. Phase one construction began last fall and will be completed this year.

 

With 76 stops along two planned lines, theMetroRapid project connects major business, medical, education and entertainment hubs with neighborhoods across the city.

 

MetroRapid North Lamar/South Congress (Route 801) will begin service in early 2014, and MetroRapid Burnet/South Lamar (Route 803) will begin in late summer 2014, according to Capital Metro

 

metrorapid rendering  

 

MetroRapid will have convenient, frequent service. Service on Route 801 will operate at the following times:

  • Weekday service from 5 a.m.-1 a.m.
  • Saturday service from 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Sunday service from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

During rush hours, catch MetroRapid every 10 minutes-, according to Capital Metro. At other times on weekdays, MetroRapid will run between 12-20 minutes. On weekends, the frequency will be between 20-30 minutes. 

May 2 speaker to focus on Austin walkability

Imagine Austin 

Scott Bricker, of America Walks, and the City of Austin invite the public to join them on May 2 to learn about innovative ways to make neighborhoods safe, attractive and walkable.

 

The event lasts from 6 to 8 p.m., May 2, at Austin City Hall, in Council Chambers.

 

The event is part of the Imagine Austin Compact & Connected Speaker Series, which features experts in the fields of land use, development, and policy focused on Austin growing as a compact and connected city.

Residents can help shape air pollution plan

 

Local elected officials need your input on which strategies the region should pursue to reduce ozone as part of its Ozone Advance Plan, including whether new measures should be adopted, whether existing measures should be modified or whether some measures should be ended.


Everyone is encouraged to lend a moment to complete a survey that will be used to help the elected officials select the best strategies for the region. The survey will end on June 30.

Car ownership and maintenance costs rising

Moving to Austin 

About $10,000 is spent owning and operating the average sedan annually, according to a new AAA report.

 

The report shows that on average, the cost of driving 15,000 miles a year rose 1.17 cents to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year. Overall, that's a about 2 percent increase on the cost of operating a car last year.

 

Owning and operating a car -- in addition to any debt service -- includes gas, tires, maintenance, insurance and depreciation.


Transportation is the second largest expense for American households, costing more than food, clothing, and health care, but few consider these costs when choosing a place to live, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology. 

Michelle Adams, 
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