The Austin Monitor reports that the Austin City Council was given a presentation on the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan for long-term service.
The new plan, called Connections 2025, is designed to increase the frequency of service as well as where it is offered, with the goal of increasing the number of residents who live within a 10 minute walk of a bus or train that comes every quarter hour or less
Some council members, including Ora Houston and Leslie Pool, both expressed concern that there were not more park and ride options, particularly in Houston’s district at the MLK Station and Pool’s district at the Crestview Station.
The Cap Metro representative responded that best practices nationally are focused on development that is transit-oriented so people live near public transportation, rather than having to drive and park to take it. Also, building parking is the most expensive part of public transportation infrastructure.
Both Houston and Pool said that they could not take the train to City Hall because there was no where to park near it in their neighborhoods.
The discussion turned to how to attract employers out of downtown to the periphery of the city, where workers are already living. 28.8 percent of jobs in the Austin metro area are located within 3 miles of the central business district, while over 50% of homes are being built more than 20 miles from downtown.
If you are interested in being near transit, there are lots of apartment communities within walking or biking distance in east Austin near MLK Station and in North Central Austin near Crestview Station.
Eleven by Windsor has studio, one and two bedroom apartments with ten foot ceilings, espresso or white custom cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, granite countertops, oversized energy efficient windows, and wood or polished concrete floors. The community has a Sky Lounge with indoor/outdoor areas and downtown and Capitol views, a fully equipped bicycle repair workshop and bike storage, a shaded dog park and pet grooming station, and so much more!
The studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments at Amli Eastside are stocked with gourmet kitchens with granite counters, deluxe cabinets, and under cabinet lighting, full size washers and dryers, tile entries and faux wood floors, large walk-in closets, nine foot ceilings, and spa-like bathrooms with marble countertops. There is a resort-style pool with cascading waterfall, a gourmet coffee bar, garage parking with direct access at every level and reserved parking available, and an outdoor deck with poolside bar.
Corazon is located just a short walk from eastside restaurants and bars, with retail and dining on the ground floor. There is also a rootop deck with downtown views, valet trash service, and Corazon is a LEED Certified Gold building. There are studio, one and two bedroom floorplans with concrete or wood style flooring, granite counters, tile backsplashes, butcher block kitchen islands, and washer and dryers are included. There are also green touches like oversized energy efficient windows, and all paint and finishes are low VOC.
Eastside Station is close to the Plaza Saltillo Capital Metro Train Stop and has studio, one, and two bedroom apartments featuring nine foot ceilings, hardwood style flooring, 42” cabinets, deep kitchen sinks with gooseneck faucets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, included washers and dryers, large walk-in closets and live/work units are available. The community has a fitness center with spin room, a parking garage, bike storage, a fire pit, a rooftop lounge, elevator access and is a gated community.
On the north end of town, close to Crestview Station, Central Park I and II has one and two bedroom apartments from 450 to 920 square feet. Units have wood floors, built-in bookcases, vaulted ceilings, huge patios and the community has refreshing swimming pools, barbecue grills, and relaxing courtyards.
Midtown Commons at Crestview Station is adjacent to the metro rail and Capitol Metro bus stop. Its new construction has garage parking, courtyards, and retail and restaurants on the property. The ultra-modern apartments have subway tile backsplashes, kitchens with islands, track lighting, stainless steel and black appliances and stained concrete floors.
Argosy at Crestview is within walking distance of Crestview MetroRail station and several major bus lines. Newly renovated, amenities include a dog park, pet washing station, and 24-hour fitness center. The one and two bedroom apartments have nine foot ceilings, washer and dryer connections, and patios and balconies with storage.
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