Capital Metro board member resigns, Travis County searches for new voting system and more for Southwest Austinites to know

Multiple northbound and southbound lanes  on MoPac will close after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Multiple northbound and southbound lanes on MoPac will close after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Drivers heading northbound on MoPac can now use the toll lane from Cesar Chavez Street to Parmer Lane following its opening Oct. 7. Here are few more things to keep in mind as you head into the week:

Capital Metro board member resigns amid racial comment controversy

Beverly Silas, vice chair of the Capital Metro Board of Directors, resigned Oct. 3 following comments she made about hiring an African-American as the agency’s chief executive officer and president at an Aug. 9 Capital Metro workshop.

Austin City Council scheduled to hire new city manager by end of 2017

Austin will have a city manager by the end of this year if all goes according to plan. The city manager search consulting team laid out a timeline for the hiring process during Tuesday’s City Council work session.

Travis County begins search for a new voting system following rejection of STAR-Vote bid proposals
Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir announced Oct. 3 the county would drop the plan to implement STAR-Vote as the new voting system. Moving forward, the county will send out requests for proposals for the new system by the end of October.

GEICO opens local office in South Austin

GEICO opened a local store on South Congress Ave. on Oct. 3. The office, led by agent Xzavier Haywood, will serve customers living in the Austin metro area as well as Caldwell and Bastrop Counties.

Full northbound Mopac toll lane opened Oct. 7

As of 8 a.m. Oct. 7, drivers are now able to use the entire northbound toll lane from Cesar Chavez Street to Parmer Lane. Last October, part of the northbound lane opened between RM 2222 and Parmer.

Sound on Sound Fest 2017 canceled

Sound on Sound Fest organizers announced Oct. 6 that the 2017 music festival is canceled. According to an official statement, all ticket holders will be issued full refunds through the official ticketing partner, Eventbrite, within five to seven days.


Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Tacodeli co-owners Roberto Espinosa and Eric Wilkerson opened their first location in 1999. The seventh location for the local chain in Austin will open this summer in Circle C. (Courtesy Tacodeli)
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COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
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Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

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