On the Media

Have you ever been stuck in traffic and instead of getting frustrated you think, “Hey, I should read about how bad traffic is and how much money is being spent on transportation infrastructure?” Probably not; so why is most of the transportation-related news coverage about money and traffic?

Well, now you have a choice. The Austin Monitor and Editor Michael Kanin have focused on a wide array of important transportation stories lately. It is worth following, liking, bookmarking, subscribing or signing up for their email list if you want to keep up to date with pretty solid report reporting. Membership is only $0.18 a day.

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Here are just a few highlights:

In Kanin’s interview with Linda Watson, Capital Metro’s CEO, residents hear for the first time that we have a clear answer to “what’s next for rail.” The answer: “Based on that election and the plan that was presented, I don’t think the community of Austin is ready for that [rail] at this point,” Watson said. “And we aren’t, either. We don’t have another option to offer.”

The Monitor has had weekly stories covering Austin’s struggle to define a relationship with TNCs (transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft) and they do an artful job of explaining the compromise between differing opinions in their article on the latest council action, “Council stalls mandatory fingerprinting for TNCs, adopts voluntary program instead.”

Just click the Austin Monitor’s top bar “Transportation” for more salient coverage.

We applaud the Monitor’s timely and helpful coverage of important transportation issues, which goes much beyond only focusing on money for roads, as if that is all the mobility people care about or need.

Photo by RideScout. Michael (pictured here with a classic saint’s halo it seems) happily participates in and hosts transportation panel discussions with recent appearances at RideScout, CommuteATX, and the Young Austin Chamber of Commerce. He is also leading the Monitor to premier reporting on Austin’s most salient issues.

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