Cap Metro to increase security guard presence at transit centers, Republic Square "The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors’ operations, planning and safety committee at its Wednesday meeting heard an update on the system’s Public Safety Program. The program, approved by the board in 2021, is based on a three-prong approach that includes public safety ambassadors, intervention specialists and transit police." (Nina Hernandez, Austin Monitor)

North Austin Radisson hotel nears redevelopment; hundreds of new apartments to flank it "At the vacant Radisson Hotel Austin - University, developers plan to renovate the existing 298-room hotel and aim to raise as many as 1,000 new apartments and add 40,000 square feet of commercial space to the site." (Mike Christen, Austin Business Journal)

Tenants at apartments bought by city last year get notice that rents may go down "People living at seven apartment complexes purchased by the City of Austin and a nonprofit partner last year may have their rents lowered as part of a promise to make these homes affordable." (Audrey McGlinchy, KUT 90.5)

New program will have formerly unhoused people help current downtown homeless population "The Downtown Austin Alliance is launching a new pilot program in collaboration with the nonprofit Urban Alchemy to assist people experiencing homelessness downtown. The collaboration seeks to find the root of homelessness in the city, with a plan of recruiting trained practitioners with Urban Alchemy who have experienced homelessness in the past to help the current homeless population." (Melia Masumoto, KVUE-CBS)

Could ERCOT Connect to the Southeastern U.S. Grids? "The approximately 320-mile transmission line would start at the Texas-Louisiana border and run through Louisiana and into Mississippi, where it would connect with grids in the Southeast." (Lina Fisher, Austin Chronicle)