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Past articles by Ben:

Appellate court ends fight over Texas 45 Southwest, MoPac

A several-year legal fight to stop construction of two highway projects in Southwest Austin came to... → Read More

Austin deregulates taxi fares, fleet sizes, cab colors

Cab fares in Austin will no longer be set by the city government, the Austin City Council decided Th... → Read More

Toll agency board approves possible loan for MetroRail station move

Capital Metro’s effort to relocate the lightly used Kramer Lane station in North Austin got a... → Read More

Toll agency could help Cap Metro relocate Kramer rail station

Capital Metro’s effort to relocate the lightly-used Kramer Lane station in North Austin could... → Read More

Cap Metro ponders running driverless shuttles in downtown Austin

Downtown Austin could see pod-like, driverless shuttles by the end of the year under a pilot program... → Read More

Austin council hikes homestead exemption by 2 percent for 2019

The Austin City Council Thursday approved a 2 percent increase in the city’s homestead exempti... → Read More

Austin council reject bids over contractor’s use of slur

The Austin City Council, reacting to reports of a racial slur uttered by a construction contractor,... → Read More

Austin City Council postpones vote on taxi reform ordinance to June 28

Leaders of Austin Cab and Yellow Cab on Wednesday had come out against all or parts of the ordinance. → Read More

MetroRail will see two-week halt between Leander and Lakeline

MetroRail service from Leander to the Lakeline station will cease from Friday through June 29, Capit... → Read More

MetroRail to see temporary halt between Leander and Lakeline

MetroRail service from Leander to the Lakeline station will cease from June 15 through June 29, Capi... → Read More

Project to add flyovers to Texas 130-U.S. 290 junction moves ahead

Local toll officials revived the Texas 130/U.S. → Read More

Bird gets city OK to restart scooter rental, joining Pace bikes

Bird will be the early bird once again, it appears. → Read More

Austin releases ‘impossible’ rules for rental bikes, scooters

The city of Austin late Tuesday put out emergency rules for dockless scooter and bikes, and at least... → Read More

Paxton gives mixed opinion on toll road spending

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, asked about using restricted state money to help build toll proje... → Read More

Tolls removed, the Oak Hill ‘Y’ expansion project gets new life

The Oak Hill tollway project, delayed for a generation, has been rejuvenated — and with the to... → Read More

Cap Metro to extend MetroRail hours, waive student fares this summer

Capital Metro, looking to build ridership and community goodwill, will make fares free for all prima... → Read More

Motorized scooters pulled from Austin after City Council crackdown

Two companies that rent motorized scooters have apparently pulled them from Austin roadsides in resp... → Read More

Texas 130 expansion gets TxDOT nod as toll freeze thaws

The Texas Department of Transportation freeze on toll projects thawed somewhat Thursday, as the boar... → Read More

Council beefs up law on scooters, dockless bikes

The Austin City Council early Friday morning gave its regulators a hammer to brandish on electric re... → Read More

TxDOT to forgive $1.3 billion in unpaid toll fees and fines

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in late fines and fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007. → Read More