CARTS

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System, known as CARTS, provides rural transportation services in nine counties including Travis County. Courtesy Dana Platt

The Travis County Commissioners Court heard July 28 from a local transportation group that wants increased funding for fiscal year 2016.

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System, known as CARTS, provides rural transportation services in nine counties including Travis County. Indigent and other qualified residents of rural Travis County can access transportation to and from health clinics, doctor appointments, community and senior centers and CARTS Neighborhood Centers in locations such as Pflugerville and Oak Hill.

CARTS General Manager David Marsh told commissioners service has been provided to Travis County since the late ’70s, but it needs more funding and has been working with partners at Capital Metro, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Lone Star Rail District and community members to determine solutions. Its funding comes from TxDOT’s rural transit grant program, he said, noting areas that are considered “urbanized” do not receive federal funds to support CARTS.

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Travis County Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 700 Lavaca St. in Central Austin. Travis County Commissioners Court

During its July 28 meeting, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to approve banning outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county.

The ban is set to expire Aug. 26 unless it is extended.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said the area has seen significant rains and lakes have been somewhat replenished, but some greenery has begun to dry out because of a lack of recent rains.

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