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by: Karl-Thomas Musselman on Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 19:12:32 PM CDT

  • Could streetcars finally be coming to Austin connection downtown, UT, and development sites around the city? Maybe so with the help of potential funding from the University of Texas.

    Officials said last spring that the proposed plan could enhance commuting options for UT students, easing the burden on the UT Shuttle System.

    The transit option could also provide an easy commute for students between various campuses in the city, provide a way to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium without parking hassles, and provide a safe alternative to driving to downtown clubs and music venues.

    The proposed rail system will run in both directions across six-and-a-half miles that stretch from the Seaholm Power Plant on the north shore of Town Lake, alongside the Texas Capitol and the University on San Jacinto Boulevard and end at the development area at the former Mueller Airport.

  • A Travis County Judge is hearing a lawsuit filed by NAACP, Nelson Linder, Sonia Santana and David Van Os about local electronic voting machines. They are pushing to require a paper ballot of some sort or revert back to the optical scanners of yesteryear.

  • Summer Daily Texan columnist Brad Gray writes an interesting piece on Ken Lay and what his death may mean.

    God apparently was in control Wednesday when He summoned Lay to the highest possible court of appeals with an apparent major heart attack.

    Lay, the son of a Baptist minister and founder of Enron, frequently invoked religion when talking to reporters during his four-month trial. But he seemed to have conveniently forgotten the verses that mention repentance and humility. According to the Christian faith that he professed to believe in, if he truly repented his misdeeds before the Lord, he is forgiven and is spending the rest of eternity in a blissful state of reconciliation with the Lord.

    If not, he's on Day Two of the longest prison sentence imaginable.

Tags: Around Campus, Austin City Limits, (All Tags)

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Up here in Dallas, Laura Miller announced she won't run for mayor again - meaning a crazy, crowded campaign to replace her is headed our way. Also, any ideas on whether she or her husband (Steve Wolens) have their eyes on statewide office? Maybe taking on Cornyn in 2008?
by: abby @ Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 22:18:30 PM CDT
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Keep in mind that the streetcar circulator is still stuck in traffic - just like the shuttle buses which will be the circulator for the commuter rail line when it opens in '08.

A prospective student travelling between the PRC and the main campus faces:

1. A LONG walk (or a shuttle bus ride) to the commuter rail station between Burnet and Metric in roughly the IBM/Tivoli area

2. Wait for the train. A LONG wait; it will only run every half-hour during peak hours; and only once or twice in the middle of the day.

3. Ride the train to the MLK station (this part, at least, is likely to be fairly quick and fairly reliable)

4. Transfer to a shuttle bus

5. Ride the shuttle bus to the main campus.

Compare/contrast to 2000's light rail system (still not ideal for UT's purposes, but a lot closer):

1. Walk/shuttle to light rail station, probably in same place.

2. Wait a short time for the light rail train (would have run all day at frequent intervals).

3. Ride train on same route as commuter rail route until Lamar/Airpot; then down Lamar and Guadalupe right to UT.

Don't get fooled by the fact that this 'downtown circulator' may eventually run on rails - it's not going to have a reserved guideway, and thus, is no better on speed or reliability than will be the bus it replaces.

by: m1ek @ Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 10:27:36 AM CDT
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