UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Modular bus stop
coming to Guadalupe
Capital Metro, in partnership with Austin Transportation, will test a curb extension device in the hopes of improving customer experience at the University of Texas.
Austin Transportation will place a curb extension, made by ZICLA and spanning approximately 120 feet, on Guadalupe Street in the bike lane north of Dean Keeton Street. The new platform will enable Capital Metro buses to meet the sidewalk and curb without pulling out of a travel lane, as well as provide separation from the road for people walking, biking, and boarding transit at the intersection.
Green and white striping on the platform will guide people biking past the stop to yield to people boarding buses. The modular curb extension’s nonslip base of recycled rubber will be anchored to the street surface, allowing for easy installation and removal.
Capital Metro also will consolidate the MetroBus stop and MetroRapid station on the southeast corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton streets to improve efficiency, reliability and safety of service. Both stops will be combined as a single stop on the northeast side of the intersection, removing the delay for northbound vehicles turning right onto Dean Keeton Street.
The bus stops and new technology installations are planned for this month, construction should take about a week to complete and the pilot is expected to last for six months.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office will host an online mindfulness series from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 19.
“Stress Less with Mindfulness” is a five-class series that introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness to reduce stress. The five sessions will be “Begin with the Breath,” “Mindful Eating,” “Mindful Walking/Thought Surfing,” “Be Kind to Your Mind” and “Laughter is Good Medicine.”
To register: bit.ly/2Kfyjob.
Taylor mayor named
vice chair at CAPCOG
Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell was elected to be the new first vice chair of the executive committee for the Capital Area Council of Governments.
CAPCOG operates in the 10-county Capital area with more than 90-member governments and organizations, including cities, counties, school and appraisal districts, utilities, chambers of commerce and more. The 29-member executive committee, CAPCOG’s governing body, comprises city and county elected officials and four nonvoting state legislator seats nominated and selected annually to serve from January through December.