Google Fiber expands South Austin service, opportunities to provide input on Capital Metro bus route changes and more for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Sept. 25-29

More residents in South Austin can now sign up for Google Fiber service.

More residents in South Austin can now sign up for Google Fiber service.

More South Austin residents can now sign up for Google Fiber, and soon many will also have increased access to Capital Metro service. Here's a few more things to keep in mind this week.

1. Capital Metro proposes changes to more than half of its bus routes starting next June
June 3 will kick off Capital Metro's largest service change in the transit entity's history, with a slew of bus route shifts occurring as a result of its 10-year service plan known as Connections 2025. The change is intended to increase bus frequency and transit access for current and future riders. Twice next week, Southwest Austinites can give feedback on the plan:

  • Sept. 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Pleasant Hill Branch Library, 211 E. William Cannon Drive, Austin

  • Sept. 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Road, Austin

2. Travis County judge, commissioner condemn DACA termination
During an interview with Community Impact Newspaper, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt defended former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump announced in early September he would rescind. Eckhardt, along with Commissioner Jeff Travillion of Precinct 1, said immigrants protected under DACA have acted as anchors of the community and should be ensured protection from deportation.

3. Google Fiber expands signups to thousands of South Austin residents
Google Fiber expanded its service area to 16,000 more South Austin residents last week. Signups are now open to homes in those areas, which include neighborhoods along Brodie Lane, Manchaca Road and I-35 south of Slaughter Lane. Residents who sign up prior to Oct. 13 will be prioritized for installation, according to a recent Google Fiber press release.

4. Environment Texas finds some Austin ISD schools, facilities have lead in drinking water
Nonprofit Environment Texas announced during a press conference last week that five Austin ISD schools and facilities—Ridgetop, Sanchez, Widen and Barrington elementary schools as well as the Toney Burger Activity Center and Noack Sports Complex—were found to have lead in their drinking water. In a letter posted on the district's website, Superintendent Paul Cruz said the Lower Colorado River Authority found that all 130 schools in the district have safe, acceptable levels of lead in the water.

5. Check your mailbox Wednesday for hyperlocal news
Mailboxes across South and Southwest Austin will receive the September edition of Community Impact Newspaper on Wednesday. Be on the lookout for news about public education trends, Austin's recycling culture, a list of regional campsites and more.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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