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Update: water supply dropping even faster

As of this morning, there are 728,000 acre-feet left in Austin’s water supply (or more accurately, 691,000 acre-feet after allowing for the 37,000 acre-feet that are likely unreachable).  Based on data over the most recent 14 days, that supply is now dropping at more than 75,000 acre-feet per month.  That depletion rate will slow down […]

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Water Supply Getting Dangerously Low

As of this morning, there is 741,000 acre-feet of water left in Lakes Travis and Buchanan (remember that up to 37,000 acre feet of that is probably unreachable and therefore unusable, so effectively we’ve got 700,000 acre feet left.)  That supply is currently dropping at 50,000 acre feet per month.  And still no solution is […]

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We Need a Subway – Part 3

We Need a Subway Part 3 To place the central part of Austin’s system below grade would Allow us to permanently increase our ridership capacity to almost whatever we need it to be, without competing with cars, bikes, motorcycles and pedestrians for street and sidewalk space. Significantly decrease impacts on neighborhoods both during construction and […]

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We Need a Subway – Part 2

We Need a Subway Part 2 Here in Austin, we’ve talked a lot about horizontal alignment of our proposed rail system for a very long time, and there is still no consensus because, at a gut level, perhaps a subconscious level, I think we have a bad feeling that this project, as currently designed, could […]

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We Need a Subway – Part 1

We Need a Subway Part 1 We’ve been struggling with urban rail for a very long time; and so far we’ve had very little success.  The Red Line, after being approved by the voters, became (and remains to this day) a financial and logistical failure; there’s no consensus on whether we should build more rail, […]

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