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Smart City Challenge Press Conference
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Using Tech to Build a Better Transportation System

In other transportation news, Mayor Steve Adler has been busy lately, advocating for Austin in the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Austin is currently one of seven finalists. The winner will receive $50 million to leverage technology in building out a better transportation

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Metro Bus
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Mobility Talks

Hate Austin traffic? Now’s your chance to do something about it. Mayor Steve Adler has named 2016 the Year of Mobility, and City Council is serious about doing something to fix Austin’s transportation woes. But first, they want your input. Last week, the City of

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Obama at SXSW
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

SXSW Recap: What Happened?

“The most important office in a democracy is the office of citizen.” That’s what President Obama said to a packed house at the Long Center earlier this month as he delivered the keynote address at SXSW. Throughout his speech, Obama focused on this issue of community

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Paris Reunion
Big Picture
Jaclyn Kachelmeyer

A Global Climate Agreement & Austin: What it Means for Us

On February 24th, nearly 100 Austinites joined Rainforest Partnership Executive Director Niyanta Spelman, Texas Interfaith Associate Director Yaira Robinson, and Huston-Tillotson student Brittany Foley, as well as Austin Mayor Steve Adler, to discuss what the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement means for Austin at a local

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Google Fiber Space
Big Picture
Amy Stansbury

The Paris Climate Agreement, An Austin Perspective

Last night, Austin came together to discuss a very important topic – climate change. At “The Paris Climate Agreement, An Austin Perspective” event, cohosted by the Austin EcoNetwork and the Rainforest Partnership,  nearly 100 people came together to learn more about Austin’s role in the global

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Austin Skyline Capitol
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Uber/Lyft Issue Heads to an Election

In case you missed it, the Uber/Lyft issue is officially headed to an election on May 7th. Despite some last minute maneuvering by Mayor Steve Adler to pass a compromise agreement that would make fingerprint-based background checks voluntary and avoid an election, in the end, this

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Traffic Austin
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Transportation Bond Update

Earlier this month, Austin City Council continued to contemplate the possibility of putting a transportation bond on the ballot in 2016. The idea of paying for upgrades and/or expansions toI-35 have already been tossed around, as well as possible pedestrian and bike infrastructure upgrades. At a

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Austin Skyline Capitol
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

An Uber/Lyft Update

Here’s an update on the ongoing Uber/Lyft debate in Austin – Last week, City Council passed an ordinance essentially in support of the Mayor’s new Thumbs Up plan. Developed with help from a team of techies across Austin, Thumbs Up was designed to be a

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Mayor Steve Alder
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Thumbs Up Austin

Amid the fiery debate and intense back-and-forth about ride-hailing apps in Austin, Mayor Steve Adler has stepped in with what he sees as a solution. On Monday, he released the details of a new plan called, Thumbs Up Austin, a compromise between those calling for

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Uber Lyft
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

What’s going on with Uber and Lyft?

There has been a lot going on with ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft lately. After months of debate, Austin City Council approved an ordinance in December that requires all drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo fingerprint-based criminal background checks.   This has long been a sticking

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