Kristen Smith

City transit system partners with consultants for new five-year plan

The San Marcos Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) is expected to revamp its structure in the near future to better accommodate bus riders and residents.

CARTS staff members held multiple meetings open to the public this week to discuss potential changes for the public transit system. The San Marcos transit department is working with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates to create a new five-year plan and a solid course of action that may be more sustainable for future growth.

Delays prompt extended Old Main construction

Students, faculty and staff are continuing to feel the effects of construction on Old Main after rain, harsh weather conditions and the discovery of unanticipated repairs pushed back the original completion date.

Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities, said construction on Old Main was originally scheduled to be complete by November, but is now estimated to extend through mid-December. According to the planning, space management and real estate webpage on the Texas State website, roof repairs had been scheduled to be finished by the end of October. The replacement of windows and doors was set for completion this month, but construction is now estimated to extend through December, according to the webpage.

City, county elections see anticipated low voter turnout

Pablo Palmonio standing at a voters booth

While less than 10 percent of registered voters in Hays County cast ballots in this year’s local elections, officials say the low turnout was expected.

According to polling results, 8,490 Hays County voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose city councilmembers and approve charter amendments and statewide policies. Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator, said the county has 98,000 registered voters. About 3,100 voters in Hays County cast ballots during early voting and by “personal appearance,” and 3,000 more had voted on Election Day as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cowan said.

Roundabout plan receives mixed community feedback

City officials anticipate a roundabout proposed to begin construction next year will ease traffic, but some local business and homeowners are worried about the effects of the addition.

A roundabout near San Antonio Street and Hunter Road is expected to break ground March 2014, according to the project proposal on the city’s website. The project will add a left turn lane in the center of the two-way Hunter Road from Wonder World Drive to Bishop Street, according to the proposal. Dixon Street will be moved to align with San Antonio Street and the roundabout will be built where the streets intersect with Hunter Road, also known as FM 2439.

Texas State ranked fourth in statewide college applications

The numbers are in, and it’s official—Texas State was the fourth most-applied-to public university in the state this fall.

The university received a total of 23,865 applications for fall 2013, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Texas State fell behind only University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University and University of Houston in number of applications. Stephanie Anderson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Undergraduate Admissions, said via email that Texas State is a good fit for students looking for quality in the curriculum.

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