Move over, cars. The Drag might become a space for transit riders and pedestrians only.
Project Connect officials announced plans to move forward with a new design proposal that would eliminate car traffic from a stretch of Guadalupe Street along the University of Texas at Austin known as The Drag. It would be part of the Orange Line, a 20-mile light rail corridor that’d travel from Lamar Boulevard and Congress Avenue from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride south to Slaughter Lane.
- One version of a design for The Drag would have buses drive on the light rail guideway and another would have a lane for buses and cyclists to share.
- The light rail platform would be stationed in the center of the roadway and an emergency vehicle lane could be used as necessary.
Peter Mullan, chief of architecture and urban design with the Austin Transit Partnership described The Drag as an iconic place in Austin that gives the city character and vibrancy. But design plans would require some changes to the beloved area. Much of the public feedback involved Dirty Martin’s, a restaurant facing the expectation to relocate under current plans for the Orange Line.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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