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Thousands of intoxicated bar patrons spill onto the roads every night at 2am.  One way to alleviate this glaring safety issue is to provide adequate bus service after 10:30PM outside of central Austin.  The four "night owl" routes and the UT campus "entertainment bus" have a small service area that are simply insufficient and there will never be enough highly expensive private cabs to make up for it.

Add on top of this the fact that the council recently approved extended late night and weekend parking meter charges, APDs federally funded grant program to mandate blood-draws for DWI enforcement, the possibility of future DWI roadblocks.  With all these factors there’s never been more incentive to avoid driving a vehicle into downtown at night yet there’s not a peep from Capital Metro as to whether they’re ever going to extending bus service beyond 10:30PM in this lifetime.

For a city this size it's not only embarrassing and unacceptable, it shows a blatant disregard for driver safety and creates the perception that this city does not care about the DWI problem enough to do anything proactive about it.  COA cannot continue to endlessly tout its massive bar and entertainment scene, proceed to cash in on all the tax & tourism revenue and then turn around and short longtime residents in something as simple and non-controversial as night-time bus service.

28 Votes Referred

Create city ordinances, codes and laws to regulate boarding homes. This can be done by requiring individuals who open, manager, or staff  "boarding homes" to submit a criminal history/finger print, copy of soc. security card, birth certificate and drivers or i.d.card. The boarding home manager/workers/staff should also be required to get the neighborhood association permission before renting or buying the property; also provide the name and contact information of the owner/s of the house they are renting or using for a boarding home. They also must get training in CPR/First Aid, must get a fire code certificate, and be visited by health department at an unexpected time every quarter. This will also create jobs for those doing the oversite! 

6 Votes Acknowledged

Bus turnouts (also known as pull-offs, pull-outs, bus bays, etc.) are meant to decrease the disruption of traffic. 

In several areas along Cesar Chavez and other heavily used narrow downtown streets, there is a need to have bus turnouts installed rather than allowing buses to double park in an entire lane of traffic (sometimes for several minutes at a time).  Allowing buses to even temporarily reduce traffic down to a single lane is unacceptable and extremely disruptive to traffic flow. 

19 Votes Referred

There is currently zero lighting beneath I-35 at the Holly St. crossing.  Adding lighting would increase safety, security and visibility in an area that is experiencing a major increase in pedestrian and cyclist traffic between downtown and East Austin.

9 Votes Under Review

The pedestrian hike and bike trail and parking area beneath I-35 at Town Lake is sketchy after dark.  Adding lighting would help increase security and decrease prostitution and car break-ins.

13 Votes Under Review

Katie Friedman about 6 years ago

My husband made the brilliant point that while 90% of our trash could be recycled, the recycling is only picked up every other week, while our regular trash, barely full, is picked up every week. wouldn't it be more efficient (not to mention, intice those who are not avid recyclers) to do it the other way around? especially if this city is really committed to environmental concerns.

31 Votes Under Review
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Many cities across the world have began to fill in their bike lanes with bright colored paint; usually blue or green. This would be used to increase drivers awareness of bicycle lanes. In cities such as Portland, these lanes have been proven to reduce the amount of bicycle-car collisions; specifically at intersections.

Please see link that shows this enacted in Portland. (http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?a=58842&c=34772)

R.I.P Andrew Runciman

102 Votes Under Review

Andr Suissa about 6 years ago

I'm a local commercial real estate appraiser that is well acquainted with real estate, construction, and financing.  I’m also active in the neighborhood. 

 Four groups are being dragged into the parking problem:  the city, the Rainey residents, outside visitors, and the MACC.  The city has arranged for the MACC to do a parking study.  We have been told that in order for them to build a parking lot on their surface lot, it will cost at least $600,000 to raise the existing electrical poles that are above their surface lot (or millions if they are buried).  Further, parking structures are rarely economically feasible without another use attached to it.  A MACC official stated while they are happy to provide a valuable community service, they would prefer not to have to get involved with parking as it will detract from their primary activities and goals.  Residents are in fury about the MACC building a concrete garage on that site given it’s proximity to the lake and the number of residents that will have their condo values effected by ugly views of a parking garage.  Finally, outside visitors would have to walk through an alleyway and around homes to get to the bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.

I propose the city do a public/private venture with the developer who owns the 25,000 SF site off of Rainey across from the MACC.  The idea would be to allocate funds to build a structured parking facility with ground floor commercial space with the developer leasing and/or selling the parking area back to the city.  The developer would end up putting in good commercial product (office/retail space hopefully anchored by a nice sized grocery store).  Since public money is involved, the city will work with the neighborhood to provide input on architectural control items such as noise, landscaping, design, etc. to make an improvement that blends in with the neighborhood and will not deteriorate the future tax base.  I strongly feel this developer would be open to working with the city on some agreement.  This city would save money when it’s in the $9.8 million budget shortfall, the residents would have more commercial services in the neighborhood, a significant parking demand would be met for outside visitors and residents’ guests, the MACC doesn’t have to manage a garage and go on planning events, and the surrounding tax base/values could potentially increase from added neighborhood support services.

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16 Votes Acknowledged

It would be neat to take the Town Lake trail and run an extra 3-4 miles as a loop into downtown.  Allow the trail to run by cafes and restaurants that are runner/walker friendly for refreshments and hangouts.

12 Votes Under Review

There are sections of S. 1st, S. Congress, and S. Lamar between Riverside and 290 where there are no options to cross the street for several blocks. I constantly see pedestrians (some even in wheelchairs) jay walking on these major streets because there is no option within a reasonable distance for them to cross. This is dangerous for EVERYONE. Also, making these areas more walkable will improve accessibility to businesses in the area. I realize that naysayers will comment on the potential impact on traffic, but if it saves someone from being killed, it's worth it. Plus, residents and tourists alike have already proven that they want these areas to be pedestrian-friendly. 

26 Votes In Progress