Capital Metro reducing services for holiday
Capital Metro will reduce its services next week in observance of the Christmas holiday.
On Monday , Capital Metro will operate using its regular bus schedule, with no UT Shuttle or E-Bus services.
On Tuesday it will operate using its Sunday bus schedule, with no MetroRail, UT Shuttle, Night Owl or E-Bus services. Normal schedules resume Wednesday, according to a news release.
MetroAccess subscription trips are canceled for Tuesday. Customers who need to make their trips Tuesday must call 478-9647.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing driving while intoxicated patrols from Saturday to Jan. 1, spanning both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
During a similar effort last year, state troopers made more than 1,100 DWI arrests, with about 350 resulting from the increased patrols, a department news release said. State troopers will focus on patrolling high risk areas at times when alcohol related crashes are most frequent, the release said. The increased patrols are funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
“The public must also do their part to help make sure all travelers on our roads have a safe and happy holiday season. Plan ahead. Designate a non-drinking driver or find alternative transportation if you plan to drink, and never get in a car with an intoxicated driver,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in the release.
The Austin Animal Center is holding special adoption events throughout Austin on Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fees at some of the shelter’s offsite location have been waived and at the shelter adoption fees have been reduced to $20.
The off-site locations offering the adoption special include Sunset Valley Petsmart, 5207 Brodie Lane, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lakeline Petco, 14010 U.S. 183, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tomlinson’s, 4211 South Lamar Blvd., on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
The special applies to all animals at the center’s overflow facility, Town Lake Animal Center, at 1156 West Cesar Chavez St.
All pets adopted from the center and at the off-site locations will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and will go home with a collar, tag and microchip.
For a list of more locations, go to www.austinanimalcenter.org.
The city of Lakeway is warning its residents to vaccinate their dogs against distemper after an increase in reports of raccoons and foxes displaying distemper symptoms within the city over the past month, according to a news release.
The virus is easily spread between raccoons and dogs, but owners can protect their pets with routine distemper vaccinations and by keeping them away from wild animals, the release said.
Infected raccoons or foxes could appear disoriented, have crusted eyes and runny noses and have shortness of breath. Animals with the virus could also become abruptly aggressive and dangerous. Residents that notice a wild animal that is displaying signs of distemper should call the Lakeway Police Department at 314-7590.
Austin Police Assistant Chief Sean Mannix is headed north after being named chief of the Cedar Park Police Department Friday. He will take over the top spot Jan. 22.
Mannix said in a news release that he is looking forward to his new role. “I am excited and honored by the opportunity to lead the fine men and women of the Cedar Park Police Department as we forge partnerships with the city’s residents and businesses to keep Cedar Park one of the safest cities in Texas through community engaged policing.”
Mannix began his career with the Alameda (Calif.) Police Department in 1983 as a police officer, according to the release. After nine years