Guadalupe St.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Austin Mobility & City of Austin Transportation Department | Daily Texan Staff

Anyone who has ever glanced at the Drag knows that trying to get anywhere along it — no matter the time — is likely to be the most stressful part of their day. Cramped lanes, poor road conditions, few crosswalks and bike lanes that only go a few blocks make navigating the street almost as hard as trying to put together a class schedule.

To solve this headache, the city released recommendations this morning for the Guadalupe Street corridor to improve accessibility and reduce traffic in the area.

Called the Corridor Mobility Plan, the report also recommends several changes to streets near Guadalupe Street in West Campus.

Here’s a list of the major recommendations:

1. Reduction in the number of car lanes from two in each direction to one from MLK Boulevard to 29th Street

2. Adding lanes dedicated to buses in each direction and removing all on-street parking for that stretch

3. Conversion of Nueces into a two-way street

4. Creation of a two-way bike path along 24th Street

5. 24th Street would also be reduced to one lane going each direction and a center-left turn lane would be added.

The recommendations come as part of a preliminary report for the Guadalupe Street Corridor Improvement Program and will be considered for funding from the voter-approved 2016 Mobility Bond. The bond includes $485 million for “corridor improvement,” which are primary roadways that affect the city’s overall transportation network.

In the spring, officials will provide the City Council with a Corridor Construction Program which must then be approved before any funding can be appropriated. According to a press release included with the report, the program proposed to the Council will also go into more detailed design work to improve community engagement in the area.

The report also says Capital Metro expects the changes will save up to three minutes per trip and possibly attract hundreds of thousands of new riders.

As the program still needs approval from the city, there is no date set for when construction will begin.

The UT Police Department is continuing to search for a suspect involved in an indecent exposure incident that occurred near campus on Saturday night.

A man is reported to have flashed female subjects in front of the restaurant Thai, How Are You? at the intersection of 21st and Guadalupe Streets. UTPD describes the suspect as a Caucasian male in his 20s with either very short or shaved hair. He was last seen dressed in a dark gray button-up shirt and blue jeans, according to UTPD.

Anyone with relevant information on the whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact UTPD at 512-471-4441. UTPD was not available for further comment.

Economics sophomore Samir Punjwany always walks past Thai, How Are You? to get home and said he is not surprised by the oddity of the incident.

“There are always sketchy people walking on Guadalupe Street,” Punjwany said. “I can totally see something like this happening, but I’m glad that it happened over Thanksgiving break so not as many students were here to witness the event.”

Although indecent exposures don’t physically hurt anyone, the incident still reflects badly on campus safety, Punjwany said.

“I imagine this would be a frightening and disturbing experience for the female victims,” Punjwany said. “It looks bad on UT. No one wants to see publicly exposed people on campus. I really hope the cops catch the suspect because there might be potential for him to cause more disturbance.”

Biochemistry sophomore Jacquelyn Chan said there needs to be more police presence on Guadalupe Street.

“I would always get scared by people who act oddly when I’m walking by myself at night on Guadalupe Street,” Chan said. “I wish there were more patrols by UTPD in that location because it’s such a common area to cross for students who live in West Campus.”

Chan said females tend to be more often targeted by indecent exposures.

“I know it’s not a crime where someone gets physically hurt,” Chan said. “But it’s still public disturbance, and I would personally be offended and disturbed if someone flashed me in front of a restaurant.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rise Biscuits and Donuts

After months of vacancy, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, a North Carolina-based chain, will replace the now-closed Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Guadalupe in early 2018.

Rise will offer a variety of breakfast and lunch options and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We loved the location, we loved where it was, and we definitely think this is a good food concept for students as well as others,” store co-owner Shashin Desai said.

Desai said that Rise is known for their creative donut flavors.

“We have some funky donuts like our maple bacon bar, which is really popular, and a pineapple basil donut,” Desai said. “We also have the traditional glazed, chocolate glazed and sprinkled, and the donuts are made fresh every day in the store.”

Nursing freshman Kristen Tucker said she plans on going to Rise once it opens because there currently are no donut shops as close to campus.

“If I do go out and get anything for breakfast, I usually get something from the Starbucks in Jester,” Tucker said. “On the weekends I go to Kerbey Lane, but there’s not a good donut place around here so I’ve just been getting Krispy Kreme from Jester like twice a week, but they’re not fresh.”

Rise will offer items from both the breakfast and lunch menus all day, and Desai said this variety will attract students wanting different options.

“We can do biscuit sandwiches, and for lunch we also offer sandwiches on large potato roll,” Desai said. “We have quite a wide variety, but our most popular is definitely the chicken biscuit.”

There are currently 14 Rise locations across the south, one of which is outside of Dallas.

“Rise is growing down here in Texas, but it’s not at the point where we need it to be yet,” Nolan Ferguson, assistant manager of the Allen, Texas, location, said. “They typically do well in college towns. In North Carolina, there’s a line out the door at 7:30 a.m. and it pretty much stays that way until the doors close.”

Ferguson said he believes because of the shop’s proximity to campus, Rise will be popular with UT students.

“I think it’s in a really good area because kids are waking up and going to their classes early in the morning and even the afternoon classes it’ll still be open,” Ferguson said. “So it’s gonna be readily available for everyone.”