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[00:00:01]

OKAY, WELL, IT'S FIVE 30, TWO LET'S.

UM, LET'S DO THIS THING.

THERE'S A LOT OF, A LOT OF CONTENT ON THIS AGENDA.

ALL RIGHT.

IT IS, UM, FIVE 32 ON DECEMBER THE EIGHTH.

I'M

[Call to Order]

CALLING TO ORDER THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING FOR DECEMBER BREAK.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

OKAY.

UM, OUR FIRST ITEM IS THE, UM, OH YEAH.

OH YEAH.

SO SINCE WE CASES BEFORE, UM, THE, UH, APPROVAL OF MINUTES, THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE LISTED FOR CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

AND LET ME CHECK MY MESSAGES TO SEE WHO THEY ARE AGAIN.

UM, WALTER HARISSA, IS THIS PERSON IN THE ROOM? CAN CITY STAFF HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

I'M LOOKING FOR DAVE ANDERSON.

OKAY.

I DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS DAVID ANDERSON.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT, UH, ONLY HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON YOUR AGENDA, JUST TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

UM, OH, YOU'RE NOT EVEN OPEN TO COMMUNICATION.

NO, SIR.

OKAY.

OH, RIGHT.

YOU'RE AN ITEM TO A ACTUALLY.

OKAY.

I TAKE THAT BACK.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THERE, IS THERE ANYONE HERE EVER CITIZENS' COMMUNICATION FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

STAFF WOULD KNOW THAT I HAVE A QUESTION.

HOW DOES CITIZENS KNOW WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA? I MEAN, WHEN WAS THIS POSTED? I SAW IT, UH, A COUPLE OF DAYS, MAYBE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY OR YESTERDAY.

UM, CASEY WOULD BUILD INTO THAT BETTER.

THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE, I THINK 72 HOURS AHEAD OF THIS MEETING, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND WAS IT, I DIDN'T CHECK THAT MATERIALS AHEAD OF TIME.

YEAH.

OKAY.

[1. APPROVAL OF October 13, 2020 MEETING MINUTES]

OKAY.

WELL, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM ONE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM OCTOBER 13TH, 2020.

UM, IF YOU HAVE THOSE MINUTES IN FRONT OF YOU OR WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES TO APPROVE LAST MEETING'S MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAY, UH, IS FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T SEE, IS THERE A SECOND? I WILL SECOND.

IT IT'S ME, MARIO CHAMPION.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THOSE AMENDMENTS, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

I SEE SEVERAL HANDS, UM, SAMWELL AND DAN HENNESSY.

I CAN'T SEE YOUR CAMERAS.

DO YOU WANT TO SAY HI, IT COMES UP, UH, AND SEMI ALL FRANCO STAY THERE.

OKAY.

ANY NAYS? ANY ABSTENTIONS? ALL RIGHT, CASEY.

I'LL HAVE YOU GOT THAT? BECAUSE THAT WAS UNANIMOUS AS ALL THE COMMISSIONERS PRESENT.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S

[2.A. Relocation of Samsung Blvd and associated right of way Vacation-Discussion and action required]

MOVE ON TO THE FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS ITEM, A RELOCATION OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD AND ASSOCIATED RIGHT OF WAY.

UM, MR. FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

UH, CITY HALL.

I THINK YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW COMING UP, CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

THINK THIS IS WHAT WE NEED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, LET'S SEE, WHO'S PRESENTING THIS, UH, DIRECTOR, ROB SQUARELY.

TAKE IT AWAY.

IT IS YOUR SHOW JUST MADE ROB SPILLER PANELISTS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YES, THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME?

[00:05:01]

OKAY, GREAT.

THERE'S NOTHING MORE HELPLESS THAN FEELING THAN SITTING THERE WAITING TO BE UN-MUTED AND YOU CAN'T GET THROUGH.

UH, THANK YOU.

IF YOU COULD GO AHEAD AND PULL UP THE POWERPOINT AND I'LL SPEAK TO THAT PRESENTATION.

UH, AVI, IF YOU COULD HELP THERE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UH, I'M JOINED TODAY.

I BELIEVE BY RICHARD MENDOZA.

HE MAY ALSO BEYOND, YOU MAY NEED TO BRING HIM IN AND, UH, SHOULD YOU HAVE A QUESTION? UH, BUT THEN ALSO DAVE ANDERSON, WHO WAS INTRODUCED PREVIOUSLY AS A, UH, PUBLIC SPEAKER, UH, IS HERE TO REPRESENT SAMSUNG.

SHOULD THERE BE A QUESTION THAT, UH, I CAN'T ANSWER, UM, COMMISSIONERS, I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT A REQUEST FROM SAMSUNG, UH, TO, UH, ABANDON THE RIGHT OF WAY OF EXISTING SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, UH, A VACATION, UH, THAT, UH, IS ADJACENT TO THEIR CURRENT PROPERTY.

UH, THEY RECENTLY BOUGHT PROPERTY THE ENTIRE PROPERTY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PIECE OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD THAT YOU SEE THERE IN RED, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO ASSEMBLE THEIR PROPERTY AND, UH, IN DOING SO MOVE EXISTING SAMSUNG BOULEVARD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, JUST AS AN OVERVIEW, UH, CITY OF AUSTIN DEPARTMENTS HAVE ALL REVIEWED THIS REQUEST, THE TWO APPLICATIONS TO VACATE THE STREET RIGHT AWAY OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, UH, AND HAVE APPROVED THAT, UH, WE'RE ASKING UTC TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL AS WELL.

AND WE'RE TAKING THIS REQUEST TO COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL IN JANUARY, BUT SIMPLY STATED IT AS A MOVING OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD TO A NEW ALIGNMENT SLIGHTLY TO THE EAST.

IT IS WITHIN THE MOBILITY SERVICE RANGE OF THIS, UH, LARGE GENERATOR OR PRIMARY GENERATOR, UM, WHICH IS THE ONLY GENERATOR THAT THIS PART OF, UH, SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, UH, SERVES.

UH, IT WILL LINE UP WITH, UH, THE FUTURE REGIONAL ARTERIAL, A FACILITY THAT, UH, BOTH THE COUNTY AND THE CITY ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TO DELIVER.

AND SO IN THE FUTURE, THIS PIECE OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, THE NEW PIECE THAT I'LL SHOW YOU HERE SHORTLY WE'LL AS SENSE BE ARTERIAL A, BUT IT WILL BE SAMSUNG BOULEVARD UNTIL THAT OCCURS.

UM, THE APPROVALS OF COURSE ARE CONTINGENT.

THERE ARE PUBLIC UTILITIES IN SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, AND SAMSUNG IS MORE THAN WILLING TO ALLOW US TO RETAIN THOSE EASEMENTS UNTIL THE NEW CORRIDOR IS BUILT AND THAT WE CAN MOVE THOSE UTILITIES OVER THERE.

UH, MANY OF THOSE UTILITIES SERVE SAMSUNG ITSELF.

SO, UH, IT MAKES SENSE THAT THEY WOULD ALLOW THEM TO STAY IN PLACE UNTIL THEY GOT A REPLACEMENT CORRIDOR.

UH, WE SUPPORT THIS REQUEST.

ALL THE DEPARTMENTS HAVE SIGNED OFF ON IT, AND WE ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE PROPOSER ON, UH, THE MOVE.

IF HE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, WE ARE CURRENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTING AN EXTENSION OF BREAKER LANE.

I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU A PICTURE OF THIS HERE SHORTLY.

SO IF YOU'RE MADLY LOOKING ON GOOGLE MAPS FOR A MAP, I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU A MAP.

UH, WE ARE, UH, EXTENDING BREAKER LANE OR DESIGNING IT TO EXTEND, TO, UH, CONNECT WITH THE FUTURE ARTERIAL A AND SAMSUNG BOULEVARD.

UM, THE PROJECTS IN THE SAMSUNG AREA WILL EXPAND THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK CONSISTENT WITH THE ADOPTED FSMP.

SO WE'RE NOT CONCERNED THERE.

AND THE PROJECT WILL BENEFIT SAMSUNG AS THE MAJOR TRIP GENERATOR.

AGAIN, THEY'RE REALLY THE ONLY TRIP GENERATOR ON THAT PART OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD AS IT APPROACHES PARMER LANE.

UH, SO THE PROJECTS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE WILL REALLY COMPLETE THAT GRID OF THE NETWORK IN AN AREA THAT HAS NO GRID REALLY TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NUMBER FOUR.

AND THIS GIVES YOU AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE OVERALL, UH, GRID NETWORK THAT'S OCCURRING.

UH, YOU'LL SEE THE, UH, UH, VERY NARROW YELLOW LINE REPRESENTS THE LAND ASSEMBLAGE BY, UH, SAMSUNG, UH, THE GREEN LINE THAT IS SOLID THERE AS THE BREAKER LANE EXTENSION THAT THE CITY IS, UH, NOW, UH, WORKING ON TO DESIGN AND BUILD PUBLIC WORKS IS DOING THE DESIGN OF THE SOLID LINE.

UH, THE COUNTY IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE DASHED GREEN LINE.

UH, AND SO THAT GOES ON TO THE EAST, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE.

UH, THE RED LINE IS THE, THE, THE, UH, PIECE OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD THAT WE ARE RELOCATING TO THE ORANGE CORRIDOR.

UH, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT SAMSUNG WILL BUILD THE PIECE OF BREAKER LANE FROM THE EXISTING INTERSECTION WITH SAMSUNG BOULEVARD TO THE NEW INTERSECTION, WITH SAMSUNG BOULEVARD, AND THEN NORTH UP TO HARMER.

UH, AND AGAIN, THAT ORANGE LINE,

[00:10:01]

THE NEW SAMSUNG BOULEVARD WILL ALL BE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF BOSTON.

AND WE'LL ALL BE WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE PROPERTY NOW OWNED BY SAMSUNG.

UM, SO THAT IS, UH, THE RELOCATION.

UH, I WOULD OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS.

NOW, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AGAIN, WE BELIEVE THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE NETWORK PLANS IN THIS AREA, UH, AND WILL MAINTAIN THE, UH, ACCESSIBILITY TO THIS PRIMARY LAND USE HERE, UM, NORTH OF THE FUTURE BREAKER IN SOUTH APARTMENT LANE.

OKAY.

I WAS JUST REARRANGING SO I COULD SEE ALL THE COMMUNICATORS.

ARE THERE QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T SEE ANY HANDS, BUT DAN AND SAMWELL AND MENDOZA, I DON'T, I DON'T SEE VIDEOS.

SO IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR VOICE ALL GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

IS THERE A MOTION TO, UM, THIS IS LISTED FOR A DISCUSSION AND AN ACTION.

IS THERE A MOTION, DAN? I WOULD MOVE TO APPROVE THE REQUEST.

OKAY.

IS THERE A SECOND FOR THE MOTION? OH, NEVERMIND.

THERE'S CHRISTIAN OR WHETHER IT BE ALL RIGHT.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL MOVE TO A VOTE ALL IN FAVOR.

RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

SAY NAY ABSTENTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, I BELIEVE THAT WAS UNANIMOUS.

WAS THERE ANYONE WHO DID NOT VOTE? IF THERE'S TWO PEOPLE? I CAN'T SEE.

OH, THE ONLY ONE THAT I CAN'T SEE NOW.

OKAY.

SO THAT IS PASSED A UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK COMMISSIONERS.

APPRECIATE THAT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UH, QUICK TO GET THESE THINGS OFF THE AGENDA, RIGHT? UM, NEXT UP COMMISSIONERS OR DIRECTORS FILLER AGAIN, ERIC, WE'LL LOOK IN MY TREMBLE FOR EITHER TO FIVE.

OH, WAIT, DID WE HAVE A SPEAKER? I'M SORRY.

DID WE HAVE A SPEAKERS? WALTER POSA HERE, CITY HALL CHAIR.

GIVE ME ONE MINUTE TO FIND THEM, UM, SAY IT ONE MORE TIME.

THE NAME WALTER, AND THEN CHECK MY TEXT AGAIN.

HERE WE GO.

I THINK THAT'S ALL.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE FROM OVER HERE? UM, THE LICENSING, WELL, I'LL BRING UP THE PRESENTATION IF YOU DON'T MIND UNMUTING WALTER PERSON.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WERE HERE JUST AS A CITIZEN OR IF YOU'RE HERE ON AS THE PLAINTIFFS.

ARE WE A, I MISSED YOU JUST NOW.

UM, HEAR ME.

WE CAN .

UM, GREAT.

NO, SIR.

I'M HERE AS A PUBLIC CITIZEN.

OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING THAT PICTURE BACK UP.

IT WAS THERE FOR A MINUTE.

YES,

[2.B. I-35 Capital Express Central Project- Briefing and Possible Action]

SIR.

SO, SO I REPRESENT, UH, ACTUALLY I HAVE TWO CLIENTS THAT ARE IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT.

I'M WORKING ON THE CIVIL ENGINEERING FOR THE PROJECT TO THE NORTH, JUST ACROSS PARMER LANE FROM THIS, AND THEN A SINGLE FAMILY SUBDIVISION AT THE SOUTH WHERE EAST BREAKER LANE AND THE NEW SAMSUNG BOULEVARD COME TOGETHER.

UM, WE THINK THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA.

UM, I WOULD ASK THOUGH THAT YOU ALL ASK OR, OR HELP US TO GET SAMSUNG TO COMMIT TO MATCHING THE WORK THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE AT EACH END OF THEIR PROJECT ON THE NORTH THAT'S THE EAST VILLAGE PROJECT.

UM, WE HAVE THE, THE SUBDIVISION PLAT HAS BEEN FINALIZED AND RECORDED.

THE CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON A ROAD, WHICH OUGHT TO BE, BECOME A FOUR WAY INTERSECTION WITH PARMER LANE WITH THE NORTH NORTH END OF SAMSUNG BOULEVARD.

UM, AT THE SOUTH END, SIMILARLY, THERE'S, THERE'S A RECORDED PLAT, UH, SHOWING RIGHT OF WAY THAT, THAT LOOKS TO BE JUST A FEW FEET OFF FROM WHERE SAMSUNG'S THE NEW SAMSUNG BOULEVARD OF TYING TO EAST BREAKER.

AND WE'D RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THEY LINED THAT ONE UP AS WELL.

OKAY.

UM, I SEE, UH, DREXEL, I KNOW WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN A VOTE ON THIS, BUT, UM, DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT ON THOSE, UM, THIS QUESTIONS OR REQUESTS? UM, YES.

UM, SO THE REQUEST, UH, I WOULD REQUEST THAT YOU CONTACT, UH, ME OR MY STAFF, ERIC BOLLOCK HERE AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU, UH, COLLABORATIVELY, COLLABORATIVELY ATD.

THAT IS, UM, THE AMOUNT OF DESIGN THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS JUST WHAT YOU'VE SEEN A CRAYON MARKER ON A POWERPOINT SLIDE.

SO, UH,

[00:15:01]

UH, THERE'S PLENTY TIME TO COORDINATE AND, UH, THE NORTH END FOR SURE.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE SOUTH END, WE PROBABLY HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE WORK BETWEEN THE TWO OF US, UH, TO DO, UH, UH, MR. HOYT, I BELIEVE WAS THE NAME AND WE'D BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU.

FANTASTIC.

WE'LL GET AN EMAIL OUT TO YOU AND ERICA THIS EVENING DIRECTLY.

GREAT.

THAT'S GREAT.

AND YOU CAN FIND PRETTY EASY.

YES, SIR.

WE KNOW HOW TO GET AHOLD OF YOU.

SORRY.

HE'S AFRAID.

WE'RE GOOD.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

UNLESS YOU ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME, COMMISSIONER OR CHAIRMAN.

I'M GOOD.

THANKS FOR COMING TO GIVE YOUR OPINION AND TO ASK QUESTIONS.

FANTASTIC.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HOLDING THIS PUBLIC FORUM INTERVIEW.

Y'ALL HAVE A GOOD EVENING.

HI EVERYONE.

UM, BEFORE WE MOVE ON, UH, WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WORKED AT MEET THE TEXAS OPENS MEETINGS ACT REQUIREMENT AND POSTED BY 10:00 AM ON FRIDAY.

SO WE JUST WANTED TO GO ON RECORD FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, ALL RIGHT, MOVING ON NOW TO THE NEXT AND THE ITEM, WHICH IS ALREADY ON THE STREET.

UM, RIGHT.

I BELIEVE IT IS THE SAME SPEAKERS.

TAKE IT AWAY.

I BELIEVE IT IS.

UH, SO, UM, NO NEED TO GO BACK.

WE'RE READY TO GO ONTO THE SLIDE.

SO STAY RIGHT HERE.

THIS IS SLIDE NUMBER TWO.

UM, YOU HAD ASKED, UH, UH, THE COMMISSION HAD ASKED, UH, FOR US TO BRIEF YOU ON I 35 AND STAFF'S INTENT WITH REGARDS TO THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.

I KNOW THAT YOU ALSO HAVE A PROPOSED MOTION AND ACTION TODAY, AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT THAT AT THE END.

UH, BUT I WANTED TO JUST GIVE YOU A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT CAPITOL EXPRESS PROJECT AND HOW STAFF IS APPROACHING, UH, THE NEPA PROCESS, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.

UM, I'M GOING TO PROVIDE TO YOU JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HERE AT THE CITY UNDERSTANDS THE TIMELINES, UH, THE DESIGN ALTERNATIVES, UM, WHAT OUR CURRENT GOALS ARE AS A PARTICIPATING AGENCY.

I WANT TO EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS, UH, AND THEN TIMELINE AND NEEDS FOR SCOPING DELIVERABLES AND TRY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT I CAN, STEVE AUSTIN IS A PARTICIPATING AGENCY.

UH, THAT MEANS THAT, THAT WE ARE A JURISDICTION THROUGH WHICH THE PROJECT, UH, PASSES, UH, TXDOT BY LAW IS REQUIRED TO COORDINATE WITH US.

UH, IT DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE VETO OR ANY KIND OF, UH, SUPER, UH, NATURAL AUTHORITY OVER, UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.

BUT WE CERTAINLY ARE, I THINK, UH, AS AN ENTITY, AN IMPORTANT ENTITY TO COMMUNICATE, UM, UH, THROUGH THE PROCESS, UH, THEY'VE BEEN, UH, PARTICIPATING WITH US AND WE WITH THEM, UH, VERY COLLABORATIVELY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

MANY OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT THIS ACTUALLY GOES BACK AS FAR BACK AS 2010 AND 2012, WHEN THE CITY INITIATED A, A PLANNING SCOPING STUDY, IF YOU WILL, TO DEVELOP A CONCEPT AND MAKE THE COMMUNITY AWARE THAT THE CORRIDOR WAS ONE THAT NEEDED ATTENTION.

UH, AND SO, UH, THE CITY HAS BEEN AT THE TABLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH, AND I WILL COMMUNICATE TO YOU THAT I THINK TEXTILE HAS BEEN A, A EXCELLENT PARTNER THUS FAR, BUT AT THIS POINT, THIS IS WHERE THE CITY DOES HAVE TO REPRESENT OUR, UH, IMMUNITY AS WELL AS OUR JURISDICTION AND COMMUNICATE OUR NEEDS CLEARLY AND ARTICULATE OUR, UH, WISHES WITH REGARDS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, THE CONCERNS THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS.

AND, AND WE HAVE AS STAFF ON BEHALF OF THE ENTITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, THROUGHOUT HERE, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME THINGS THAT ARE HIGHLIGHTED BLUE, UH, AND THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM A TECH STOCK WEBSITE.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THAT'S THE SOURCE OF ANYTHING YOU SEE HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE.

SO IF I COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UM, A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND MOBILITY, 35, UH, ACTUALLY STEMS FROM A CONCEPT CALLED MY 35 THAT STRETCHES THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF TEXAS, IF YOU WILL.

BUT MY 35 MOBILITY 35 PROGRAM HERE IN WILLIAMSON, TRAVIS, AND REACHING DOWN INTO HAYES COUNTY EVEN, OR THE EDGE OF HAYES COUNTY, UH, REALLY STANDS FOR THREE STANDALONE PROJECTS REACHING FROM STATE HIGHWAY 45 IN THE NORTH TO STOP, UH, TO STATE HIGHWAY 45 IN THE SOUTHEAST, UH, UH, COLLOQUIAL.

WE CALL IT LOCALLY.

WE CALLED IN NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH, UH, THE NORTH AND SOUTH PROJECTS, UH, WE'LL START CONSTRUCTION IN 2022.

UH, THE REGION COMMITTED, UH, ROUGHLY A BILLION DOLLARS OF LOCAL FUNDING TO GET THOSE PROJECTS ACCELERATED.

UH, THE CAPITAL EXPRESS OR CENTRAL PROJECT CONSTRUCTION, UH, IS SCHEDULED TO START SOMETIME AROUND 20, 25 AND 17.

SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WITH ALL THE OTHER REGIONAL PROJECTS GOING ON IN THE REGION,

[00:20:01]

ONE OF THE FOCUS THAT WE HAVE IN AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH ALL THE REGIONAL PARTNERS TO MAKE SURE THE TIMING OF THE DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTION, UH, ALLOWS US TO STILL MOVE AROUND, UH, WHEN THINGS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, BECAUSE THIS OF COURSE IS NOT THE ONLY PROJECT IN THE REGION, UH, UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

FORTUNATELY ONE 83 WILL BE WELL COMPLETED.

UH, MOPAC SOUTH WILL PROBABLY BE, UH, GOING TO CONSTRUCTION OR, OR, UH, FACTOR INTO THIS DISCUSSION AS WELL.

UH, AND THERE'S OTHER PROJECTS IN THE REGION.

OF COURSE, OUR QUARTER PROGRAMS, THERE'LL BE UNDER CONSTRUCTION DURING THIS SAME KIND OF TIMEFRAME, HOPEFULLY COMING TO COMPLETION ABOUT THE TIME, UH, THE CENTRAL GOES UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PLANS FOR THE , YOU'LL SEE, UM, NOMINALLY ADD TO NON TOLL MANAGED LANES, HOV IN EACH DIRECTION, ALONG THE CORRIDOR FROM US.

, UH, 71 OR BEN WHITE BOULEVARD.

UM, IT DOES INCLUDE THE FLYOVERS TO CONNECT TO , UH, AND VARIOUS OPERATIONAL AND SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS, UH, ENHANCING BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYS AS WELL.

THAT IS WHAT, UH, TXDOT DEFINES IT AS, UH, THE LIMITS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE, AS YOU CAN SEE, U S TWO 90 TO 71, IT'S APPROXIMATELY EIGHT MILES THAT THIS GOES THROUGH THE HEART OF OUR CITY.

AND SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN COORDINATED, THE GENERAL CONCEPT WITH THE PIECES TO THE NORTH AND THE PIECES TO THE SOUTH.

SO FOR INSTANCE, UM, IN THE CENTRAL SECTION, THERE ARE TWO HOV LANES OR TWO MANAGED LANES IN EACH DIRECTION, BUT AT TWO 90 THOSE SPLIT.

AND SO ONE OF THOSE LANES IN EACH DIRECTION GO TO THE FLYOVER AND ONE CONTINUE ON NORTH, UH, ON INTO THE NORTH SECTION, UH, FOR SOME DISTANCE, THE PROJECT COST IS APPROXIMATELY 4.9, ALMOST $5 BILLION.

SO PRETTY EXTENSIVE.

AND THE SCOPING TIMEFRAME STARTED NOVEMBER 12TH AND ORIGINALLY WAS TO END ON DECEMBER 12TH, 2020, UH, THE CITY ALONG WITH MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS REQUESTED AN EXTENSION OF THAT SCOPING PERIOD.

AND SO THAT'S NOW BEEN EXTENDED TILL THE END OF DECEMBER, UH, THE LAST DAY OF DECEMBER.

UM, WHEN I WANT TO POINT OUT IS THAT WHAT THEY ARE SCOPING RIGHT NOW IS THE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND NEED, AND THE RANGE OF ALTERNATIVES THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT, UH, THIS IS THE START OF THE NEPA PROCESS.

AND SO THERE'LL BE ADDITIONAL SCOPING OPPORTUNITIES, UH, EARLY NEXT YEAR, AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PUBLIC TO BE INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

UH, TXDOT WILL ALWAYS ACCEPT COMMENTS, UH, BUT THEY HAVE TO HAVE DEADLINES SO THAT THEY CAN PUBLISH, UH, VARIOUS DOCUMENTS, MID MIDWAY DOCUMENTS.

AND THEN THE FIRST DOCUMENT THAT THEY WILL PUBLISH IS THEIR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND NEED AND RANGE OF ALTERNATIVES.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT IN THIS SECTION OR PORTIONS OF THIS SECTION ABOUT FREEWAY LIDS IN TXDOT HAS INDICATED THAT LIDDING OR COVERING WITH A SOLID SURFACE.

SOME PEOPLE WILL THINK OF PARKS OR OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT GO ON TOP OF IT.

UH, BUT THEY'VE INDICATED THAT LIDDING IS A PROJECT BETTERMENT OR A SEPARATE PROJECT THAT COULD BE FUNDED LOCALLY.

SO THEY'RE NOT AGAINST IT.

THEY'RE JUST SAYING IT'S A SEPARATE PROJECT FROM THE MAIN PURPOSE AND NEED AND PROJECT THAT IS UNDERWAY HERE.

UM, THEY'VE INDICATED THAT, THAT THE STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS OR THE ABILITY TO ADD THE LID, THAT THEY CAN PREPLAN AND PREDESIGN INTO THE PROJECT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR US TO DO, UH, WITH A SEPARATE PROJECT LOCALLY.

UH, SO WHAT THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE IS MAKING SURE THAT IF THEY'RE DEPRESSING THE FREEWAY, THAT THE EDGE WALLS ARE SUFFICIENT TO HOLD UP STRUCTURE TO ALLOW LIFTING LIDS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE CURRENT NEPA PROCESS.

AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT, UH, EVEN IF THE PROJECT DEVELOPS MITIGATION CONCEPTS, IF IT'S NOT, IF THAT WOULD BUILD LIGHTER BRIDGES OR LIDS, IF THAT IS NOT PART OF THE NEPA PROCESS, UH, AT THE BEGINNING, UH, IT WOULD EXTEND THE PROJECT UNTIL THAT COULD BE ADDED.

AND SO RIGHT NOW THAT'S AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION THAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON AS STAFF IS TRYING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT, UH, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER POTENTIALLY MITIGATE SOME OF THE UNAVOIDABLE IMPACTS, UH, WITHIN THE CORRIDOR OR POSSIBLY ON A LID IN THE FUTURE.

IF I COULD HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, SCOPING PROCESS WILL EVALUATE, UH, A RANGE OF IMPACTS TO THE HUMAN AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

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SOME PEOPLE SORT OF SOMETIMES MISUNDERSTAND BECAUSE IT SAYS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.

THEY ONLY THINK OF THE, UM, UH, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, BUT IT'S ALSO TO THE COMMUNITY.

AND WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A MAJOR, UH, COMMUNITY ISSUES THROUGH THIS CENTRAL CORRIDOR THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON NOT ONLY BE IMPACTS TO EXISTING DEVELOPMENT, BUT CERTAINLY THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THIS CORRIDOR IS IMPORTANT.

WE KNOW THAT THIS CORRIDOR, UH, RUNS A LONG WAY, UH, WAS PART OF THE CITY'S, UM, UH, STATUTORY ESTABLISHED RED LINE.

AND SO WE THINK THAT, UH, THIS ROADWAY NEEDS TO, UH, RESPOND TO THOSE ISSUES AND CONTEXTUALIZE THE IMPACT THAT IT HAD IN TERMS OF DIVIDING PORTIONS OF AUSTIN, UH, FROM EMPLOYMENT AND CENTRAL AUSTIN, UH, DESTINATIONS.

AND SO WE THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT AND PART OF THIS, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, IF YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, GUY 35 EIS PROJECT TIMEFRAME, UH, THIS SORT OF GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHERE THEY'RE HEADED THE SCOPING PROCESS, REALLY DEFINING, UM, WHAT THE ALTERNATIVES ARE, WHAT THE PURPOSE AND NEED IS AND WHAT THE RANGE OF, OF POSSIBLE, UM, AREAS OF FOCUS SHOULD BE, ARE REALLY FROM FALL TO SPRING.

UH, RIGHT NOW, IF YOU WILL, UH, THE ANALYSIS PROCESS, YOU CAN THINK OF THAT AS SORT OF THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS THAT GOES ON TO QUANTIFY WHAT HAPPENS WILL BE SPRING 2021 THROUGH FALL OF 2022.

I THINK WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT AN ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT IS AS MUCH A DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT AS IT IS ANYTHING ELSE.

UH, IT IS TO DISCLOSE WHAT THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS ARE.

CERTAINLY, UH, THE CITY STAFF.

AND I KNOW TXDOT STAFF ARE VERY INTERESTED IN AVOIDING IMPACTS WHEREVER THEY OCCUR.

UH, BUT WE KNOW WE'RE GOING THROUGH A MAJOR URBAN AREA.

AND SO IT'S PROBABLY, THEY'RE GOING TO BE SOME IMPACTS.

THEIR NEXT GOAL WILL BE TO MINIMIZE THOSE IMPACTS.

AND SO THAT WILL BE QUANTIFIED HERE IN DISCLOSING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND THEN MITIGATE.

AND SO THAT'S THE OTHER PIECE OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS IS TO DOCUMENT HOW YOU'RE GOING TO MITIGATE THOSE UNAVOIDABLE IMPACTS.

A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IS EXPECTED IN FALL 2022, WHERE THERE WILL BE FORMAL PUBLIC HEARINGS.

AND THEN SOMETIMES IN SUMMER 2023, UH, THERE WILL BE ACTUALLY A RECORD OF DECISION, UH, THAT WILL, UH, BIND IF YOU WILL, THE REGION AND THE STATE AS TO HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MITIGATE AND WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD AND THE ALTERNATIVE, ET CETERA, THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR STAKEHOLDER AND PUBLIC OUTREACH.

I REALLY ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY INCLUDING THIS COMMISSION TO BE INVOLVED AND STAY INVOLVED.

I REALLY DO BELIEVE THE TECHSTOP WANTS OUR INVOLVEMENT, UH, JUST BASED ON MY INTERACTIONS WITH THEM THUS FAR.

AND CERTAINLY THE CITY DOES.

UM, THERE, THERE IS NO WAY TO GET AROUND IT.

THIS FREEWAY IS AT THE END OF ITS ITS USEFUL LIFETIME, IF YOU WILL.

AND SO WE REALLY NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE REPLACE IT AND WHAT FORM THAT REPLACEMENT TAKES.

AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PROCESS IS GEARED TO DO IS TO HELP US AS A COMMUNITY, DEFINE THAT ALTERNATIVE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THE IMPACTS ARE AND HOW WE CAN MITIGATE THAT.

WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO THIS IS ACTUALLY STRAIGHT OUT OF THE, UH, DOCUMENTS THAT TXDOT SENT IT IS THE PURPOSE AND NEED.

SO YOU'LL SEE WORDS LIKE THE PROJECT IS NEEDED BECAUSE, UH, TO MEET CURRENT DESIGN STANDARDS AND CURRENT AND FUTURE TRAVEL DEMAND TO IMPROVE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHS WITHIN THE PROJECT LIMITS, UM, THE PURPOSE IS TO RECOGNIZE THE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHFARE THAT IS, UH, ENHANCE THE SAFETY MANAGED CONGESTION, IMPROVE OPERATIONAL FIST EFFICIENCIES, UH, MAKE SURE THAT IT'S DEPENDABLE AND CONSISTENT ROUTE FOR THE TRAVELING PUBLIC, UH, INCLUDING BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND TRANSIT.

THAT IS THEIR STATEMENT.

UH, IF I CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND I AM NOT INTENTIONALLY RUSHING THROUGH, BUT THERE'S A FEW MORE SLIDES I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE AWARE OF, UH, SOME OF THE EARLY INFORMATION.

AND WE'VE KNOWN THIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, UH, THAT THE TRAVEL DEMAND AND OPERATIONAL DEFICIENCIES, THIS ROADWAY, UM, UM, ARE NOT, UH, THROUGH ROUTES.

UH, YEAH, MOST OF THE TRAVEL ON IS GENERATED LOCALLY WITHIN THE REGION.

NOW WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT DOESN'T MEAN LOCALLY TO DOWNTOWN.

IT MEANS LOCALLY TO THE REGION.

SO THE PROBLEM IS US, UH, AND, UH, UH,

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THIS IS SORT OF THE, THIS IS THE TRIP CHARACTERISTICS.

AND SO THE ALTERNATIVES REALLY NEED TO RESPOND TO THIS KIND OF TRAVEL.

AND SO I THINK THAT'S WHY YOU SEE STOCK FOCUSED ON MANAGED LANES AS THE PRIMARY, UH, CAPACITY, UH, RESPONSE IN THIS CORRIDOR, UH, AND HOPEFULLY SOMETHING THAT RESPONDS TO, UH, TRAVEL TOWARDS THE MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CENTERS, UH, THAT CAN BE USED TO ENHANCE TRANSIT AND CAN CARPOOLS AND FREIGHT MOVEMENT, UH, THROUGH THESE CORRIDOR.

I KNOW WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS CORRIDOR, WE OFTEN THINK, OH MY GOSH, IF WE COULD JUST GET RID OF THE TRUCKS, BUT AS YOU'LL SEE, IT'S ACTUALLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRIPS MOVING THROUGH THIS CORRIDOR OR TRUCKS.

AND SO AGAIN, IT COMES BACK TO, WE'VE SEEN THE PROBLEM AND THE PROBLEM IS US HERE IN THE REGION.

WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, AS PART OF THE PROJECT NEED, UH, WE NEED NO THAT THERE IS DRAMATIC NEED FOR BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS CORRIDOR.

UM, I WOULD TELL YOU THAT I BELIEVE THAT THE IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO BE MORE THAN JUST ACCOMMODATE BIKES, THAT WE NEED TO ACTUALLY TREAT BIKES AND PEDESTRIANS AS AN IMPORTANT MODE.

UH, ONE OF THE TENANTS THAT THE CITY HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED IN AND, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO COMMUNICATE THAT IS THAT EAST-WEST TRAVEL ACROSS THIS CORRIDOR IS AS IMPORTANT AS NORTH SOUTH TRAVEL IN THIS CORRIDOR AND THAT THIS CORRIDOR HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO, UH, ADDRESS BOTH OF THESE, BOTH FOR PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE AND, UH, OTHER TRANSPORTATION MODES.

IF WE COULD GO ONE MORE SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THEY'VE PRESENTED A RANGE OF ALTERNATIVES, A NO BUILD.

UH, THIS IS A STANDARD ROUTINE.

MAINTENANCES IS WHAT THEY'RE USING TO DEFINE THE NOBEL.

UH, WE ALWAYS, ALL OF THE ALTERNATIVES WILL BE COMPARED BACK TO THE NO BUILD.

I DON'T THINK THAT THEY ARE SUGGESTING THAT THE NO BUILD IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE, BUT THEY'RE USING THAT AS THE MEASURING STICK AGAINST WHICH ALL THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES WILL BE EVALUATED.

UM, THEY'VE PRESENTED THREE DIFFERENT BUILD ALTERNATIVES, AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY ALL HAVE MANAGED LANES.

UH, ALL OF THEM WILL ADDRESS THE, UH, UPPER DECKS FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING, NORTH TO AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

UH, UH, REALLY WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS, IS A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THEY STACK OR CONFIGURE, UH, THE VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR PROVIDING, UM, THE HOV LANES.

UM, ONE THING THAT, UH, IS OFTEN A FRUSTRATION, I WILL TELL YOU FOR CITIZENS AS WELL AS FOR, UH, PROFESSIONALS, IS THAT RAMPS, ALTHOUGH THEY SEEM VERY IMPORTANT OR OFTEN, UH, SORT OF DESIGN OPTIONS.

UM, BUT WE THINK FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN RAMPING IS VERY IMPORTANT IF WE CAN'T IMPROVE, UH, THE ACCESS TO, AND FROM OUR MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CENTERS.

AND IT'S NOT JUST DOWNTOWN AS THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, IT'S THE UNIVERSITY TO REALLY EVERYTHING BETWEEN THE RIVER, IF YOU WILL.

AND SOMEWHERE AROUND OUR PORT BOULEVARD, IF WE CAN IMPROVE THE ACCESS, WE REALLY CANNOT, UM, ADDRESS THE CONGESTION THAT OCCURS IN THAT CENTRAL AREA.

UM, YOU KNOW, BEING A PRACTITIONER AND SOME OF YOU I KNOW, OR OUR TRAFFIC PRACTITIONERS, OR HAVE BEEN AROUND TRANSPORTATION LONG ENOUGH THAT, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF OUR CONGESTION THAT WE HAVE IN THAT CENTRAL AREA IS DRIVEN BY THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OPERATIONS OF .

AND SO I'M REALLY HOPEFUL THAT THROUGH THIS PROCESS THAT THE RAMPING CONFIGURATION ACTUALLY BECOMES PART OF THE ALTERNATIVES, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVING OUR OVERALL GOALS OF, OF IMPROVING MOBILITY WITHIN THIS AREA, UH, AND QUALITY OF LIFE, QUITE HONESTLY, AS WELL.

IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THE RANGE ALTERNATIVES, ALL THE BUILD ALTERNATIVES WITH, AS I SAID, REMOVE THE UPPER DECKS, UH, RECONSTRUCT THE BRIDGE ACROSS LADY BIRD LAKE THAT IS REQUIRED, UH, UH, AN NECESSITY AGAIN, THAT FACILITY'S REACHED THE END OF ITS LIFE.

UH, AND SO THERE'S A POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR, FOR A STATEMENT TYPE BRIDGE THERE.

IF THE COMMUNITY DEMANDS IT, UH, IT WILL IMPROVE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATIONS.

UH, IT WILL ACCOMMODATE CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP.

METRO ROUTES, UH, ONSITE AND OFFSITE DRAINAGE FACILITIES WILL BE AN ISSUE AND POTENTIALLY ACCOMMODATE A DECK PLAZA IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, UH, FUNDED BY HEATHER'S, UM, WITH REGARDS TO THE DOWNTOWN, UH, DECK OR, UM, LID AS WE LIKE TO CALL IT.

I CAN'T REMEMBER IF IT'S ON THE NEXT SLIDE OR NOT.

UH, THE CITY IS PARTNERING WITH THE DAA TO EXAMINE AND DEFINE POSSIBLE, UM,

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DESIGN PARAMETERS, UH, THAT WERE NEEDED TO DEFINE WHAT THAT WOULD BE IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

IT IS ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND MIKE TREMBLE IS LEADING THE CITY'S COORDINATION EFFORT ALONG WITH ERIC.

AND THEY'RE BOTH ON HERE, UH, WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

UM, WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT, UH, TO UNDERSTAND AGAIN, IS THE CURRENT CAPITAL EXPRESS PROJECT, UH, PROPOSES IN TO, UH, IMPROVE THE CTI 35, BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ADAC PLAZA.

AND SO I THINK IT'LL BE IMPORTANT THAT WE AS STAFF ON THAT ELEMENT, THAT WITHOUT THAT DECK PLAZA OR THE LIDDING OR WIDE BRIDGES INCLUDED IN THE CONCEPT, UH, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THOSE STRUCTURES FOR POSSIBLE MITIGATION.

UM, YOU KNOW, FOR INSTANCE, WITH REPLACING THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE COLLAR OF A RIVER, BECAUSE THE RIVER ITSELF IS PART OF THE PARK SYSTEM, THEY WILL BE IMPACTING PARKS, UH, AND NORMALLY WITH A FOUR F PROCESS, UH, THEY WOULD NEED TO MITIGATE THAT BY PURCHASING OTHER PARKLAND TO REPLACE THE IMPACT OF PARKLAND.

UM, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT INSTEAD OF DOING THAT, THAT THEY FIND A WAY TO ESSENTIALLY BUILD A NEW PARK ADJACENT TO THE ROAD CROSSINGS THAT WILL OCCUR THROUGH .

I THINK WE WOULD GET MORE PARKLAND OUT OF THE SAME VALUE, UH, BY BUILDING NEW PARKLAND, IF YOU WILL BUILDING THE LAND, UM, THE INDEPENDENT SEPARATELY FUNDED OUR FUTURE 35 INITIATIVES BEING PROPOSED BY THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

MANY OF YOU ARE I'M SURE AWARE IN COORDINATED WITH THAT.

UM, YOU KNOW, DOWNTOWN D THE DA HAS BEEN COORDINATING WITH TXDOT, UH, SINCE THE FALL OF 2019.

UH, AND THEY'RE DOING A LOT TO DO THAT.

AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT HAS FUNDED A $500,000 CONTRACT WITH A CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP THE ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, UH, WE HAVE A WILLING PARTNER THAT'S WILLING TO BUILD IN THE STRUCTURAL CAPABILITY, BUT WE HAVE TO TELL THEM HOW HEAVY THIS THING IS, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE TO HAVE A PRELIMINARY DESIGN CONCEPT FOR WHAT THIS MIGHT WAY SO THAT THEY CAN BUILD THAT IN.

UH, AND WE ARE COORDINATING WITH THE DA TO DEVELOP US DESIGN PARAMETERS.

UM, IF MIKE, IS THERE, MIKE, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THAT? ALL RIGHT.

WHY DON'T WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE THEN? I DIDN'T KNOW IF HE'S ON OR NOT, BUT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

WE JUST ADDED HIM OVER.

OH, GREAT.

HEY ROBIN, HERE, CAN I GIVE THEM TO EVERYONE? UH, MY TRIMBLE, UH, WITH QUARTER PROGRAM OFFICE, BUT PROJECT LEAD ON, UM, THE CAPTAIN STITCH PROJECT, WHICH IS THE LID THAT ROB IS REFERRING TO.

AND ROB'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

I'LL JUST KIND OF SUPPORT WHAT ROB IS SAYING.

AND THE REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR US IS TO GET SOME PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING WORK DONE ON THE CAP.

STITCH IMPROVEMENTS.

TXDOT HAS AGREED TO CARRY THAT INTO THE NEPA PROCESS IF WE CAN GET THEM THAT INFORMATION.

AND SO WE ANTICIPATE GETTING THAT WORK DONE BY THE SUMMER OF 2021, WHICH IS THE TIMEFRAME THEY'RE LOOKING TO DO THAT.

SO OBVIOUSLY THAT'S NOT THE END OF THE ANALYSIS WE'LL BE DOING.

THERE'S A LOT MORE WORK AFTER THAT TO REFINE CONCEPTS WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE SCOPING WORKING GROUP AND THE DA TO DO THAT.

UH, BUT THAT'S REALLY JUST KIND OF THE FIRST STEP IS TO GET SOME INITIAL ENGINEERING, JUST LIKE ROB SAID, I'M DONE AND GET THAT OVER TO TEXTILE.

YEP.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THANKS MIKE.

SO, UM, THIS IS SORT OF, THEY'RE GIVING YOU A PEEK AT HOW WE ARE ANTICIPATING THE COMMENTS THAT WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS HERE AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS COORDINATING THOSE COMMENTS SO THAT WE CAN SPEAK AS ONE AGENCY.

I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT GIVEN WE'RE A PARTICIPATING AGENCY, UH, I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE.

UM, WE'VE HEARD FROM OUR POLICYMAKERS AND WE KNOW FROM THE COMMUNITY FROM, UH, ENGAGEMENT IN THIS PROJECT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THAT PROJECT IS ONE OF THOSE PROJECTS WE REALLY NEED TO DO IN SOME FORM OR FASHION.

OUR GOAL AS STAFF, UH, AND REPRESENTING THE CITY IS TO TRY TO MAKE THE THE PROJECT, THE BEST POSSIBLE PROJECT, UH, FOR ACCESSIBILITY AND MULTIMODAL, UH, MOBILITY THROUGHOUT THIS CORRIDOR.

AND THAT IS OUR GOAL.

UM, UH, AND TO BE CLEAR, WE ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE CONCEPT OF A PROJECT.

UH, WE ARE FOCUSED ON MOVING PEOPLE, GOODS AND SERVICES VERSUS VEHICLE PRIORITIZATION.

AND SO, UH, YOU WILL LIKELY SEE IN OUR FORMAL COMMENTS TO TEXTILE, UH, FROM THE CITY, UH, A REQUEST TO, TO THAT THE GOAL SHOULD BE ABOUT MOVING THE MOST PEOPLE, UH, AND FREIGHT AND GOODS

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AS OPPOSED TO REDUCING CONGESTION.

UH, WE HAPPEN TO THINK THAT REDUCING CONGESTION TENDS TO FOLLOW GOOD DESIGN FOR MOVING THE MOST PEOPLE.

IT ALSO PRIORITIZES, UH, MODES SUCH AS TRANSIT AND CARPOOLS AND BICYCLES AND SO FORTH.

THAT HELPS US GET CLOSER TO OUR 50 50 GOAL THAT WE'VE SAT THROUGH THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE IMPROVING ACCESS TO THE CENTRAL CORE DOWNTOWN, UH, IMPROVING TRANSIT ACCESS TO THE FACILITY AND THROUGH THE FACILITY, UH, OBVIOUSLY IMPROVING PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE AND OTHER TRAVEL ACROSS THE FACILITY AND FOCUS ON BOTH THAT NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST WEST MOBILITY.

AND I THINK THAT'S KEY.

AND, UM, WE'VE BEEN COMMUNICATING THAT SINCE THE FIRST PROJECT THAT WE PARTICIPATED IN.

SO THAT WILL NOT BE A SURPRISE BECAUSE X, Y UH, WE WANT THEM TO AVOID AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO THE COMMUNITY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

AND SO WE WANT THEM TO USE CONTEXT-SENSITIVE DESIGN STANDARDS, UM, UH, AS THEY'RE DEVELOPING THIS, THEY'RE ALLOWED TO, BY THEIR OWN POLICIES TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND WE WANT THEM TO POP UP FRONT, AS PART OF THE PROCESS IS TO COMMIT TO USING, UH, CONTEXT-SENSITIVE DESIGN STRATEGIES.

UM, WE WANT TO MITIGATE UNAVOIDABLE IMPACTS, PARKS, TRAININGS, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, NOISE, ET CETERA.

AND WE WOULD LIKE THAT MITIGATED WITHIN THE CORRIDOR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AS OPPOSED TO, UH, SOMEWHERE MORE DISTANCE OR NORTH OR SOUTH OF THE CENTRAL PART OF THE CORRIDOR.

UH, WE WANT THEM TO ADDRESS THE HISTORICAL IMPACTS CREATED BY THIS.

WE THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

YOU KNOW, PROJECTS ARE PRODUCTS OF THE TIMES THEY'RE LAUNCHED, AND WE ARE IN A TIME WHERE I THINK OUR COMMUNITY AND THE NATION, UH, IT HAS A HEIGHTENED AWARENESS THAT, THAT WE NEED TO CONTEXTUALIZE, UH, THE IMPACT THAT THESE FACILITIES HAVE MADE IN THE PAST ON OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO RECONNECT EAST, WEST AND CENTRAL AUSTIN.

UH, WE SUPPORT THE DEPRESSED HIGHWAY OPTIONS OF WIDE BRIDGES AND LIDDING, UM, WHERE POSSIBLE, UH, YOU KNOW, WE UNDERSTAND THAT, UH, TECHSTOP MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE THIS COMPLETELY.

UH, BUT WE CERTAINLY LIKE TO MAKE GUYS THE AMOUNT OF LIVING THAT'S NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE OUR VISION AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE BY MAKING SURE THOSE BRIDGES ARE AS WIDE AS THEY'RE WILLING TO MAKE THEM.

UH, AND THAT COULD BE A PLACE WHERE THEY WOULD ACHIEVE SOME OF THEIR MITIGATION, BUT WE DO WANT TO CONSIDER FUTURE LID AND OTHER STRUCTURES IN THE OPTION TO MITIGATE, AS I'VE SAID, UH, THAT MEANS INCLUDING THEM AS PART OF THE BASE CONSTRUCTION IN NEPA PROCESS AND THOSE PORTIONS OF THE PROPOSED EAST-WEST CONNECTIVITY STRUCTURE THAT ALLOWS DIRECT IN QUARTER MITIGATION.

AND SO I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED THE PARKS IMPACT FOR INSTANCE, BUT WE KNOW DOWNTOWN HAS A LOT OF RESIDENTIAL AS DOES EAST AUSTIN.

AND SO THOSE ARE SENSITIVE RECEPTORS FOR NOISE.

WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A CHURCH IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE NORTHBOUND FRONTAGE ROAD.

AND SO THAT'S IMPORTANT ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT NOISE IN AND AROUND THOSE FACILITIES ARE TAKEN CARE OF.

UM, I'M NOT PROPOSING SOUND LAWS, BUT I'M CERTAINLY SUGGESTING THERE ARE METHODS TO NEGOTIATE OR TO, UH, MITIGATE THOSE.

AND THEN THE HISTORICAL CONTEXTUALIZATION, UH, OUR COMMITMENT TO TXDOT AND TO THE CITY IS TO TRY TO ANSWER WITH ONE VOICE FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO PUT IN PLACE NOW IS TO DEVELOP GODS FOR A ONE SYSTEM RESPONSE.

UH, AND SO YOU'LL SEE A, UH, COORDINATED RESPONSE FROM THE CITY, UH, AND ALL DEPARTMENTS ARE REALLY, UH, JOINED IN COMMUNICATING, UH, THROUGH THAT ONE VOICE AS THEY ARE ON HELPING US DEVELOP THE CONCEPTS FOR THE LIDS, SO THAT IT REALLY IS A TEAM EFFORT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO JUST TO REITERATE NEPA DEADLINES, SO YOU ALL HAVE THE RIGHT AS CITIZENS TO COMMENT, YOU ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT AS A COMMISSION TO COMMENT.

I KNOW YOU HAVE A, UM, ITEM TO CONSIDER TODAY WHERE YOU MAY PASS A RESOLUTION.

UH, I WOULD PROPOSE THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT OF COURSE IS A RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL, BUT, UM, IN THE SPIRIT OF ONE VOICE, WE WILL INCORPORATE YOUR COMMENTS AS AN ATTACHMENT TO OUR STAFF COMMENTS.

AND SO WE WILL MAKE SURE THEY'RE AWARE THAT A, THAT A CITIZEN BOARD HAS TAKEN ACTION.

AND I'M ASSUMING YOU DO TAKE ACTION.

WE WILL THAT AS PART OF OUR COMMENTS, BUT I WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO INDIVIDUALLY, UH, COMMENT AND COMMUNICATE WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU WORK WITH A COMMENT AS WELL.

UM, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PROJECT AT THE WEBSITE THERE.

UM, AND AGAIN, INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS, UH, SHOULD COMMUNICATE BY DECEMBER 31ST.

UM, AND TEXTILE HAS COMMITTED TO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS IN EARLY 2021 WHEN THERE'LL

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BE REALLY TALKING TO US ABOUT, WELL, WHAT ARE THE AREAS OF CONCERN THAT WE SHOULD BE EVALUATING IN TERMS OF IMPACTS AT THAT POINT? I THINK THAT MIGHT BE THE NEXT, LAST SLIDE, BUT CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, CLICK THAT THOUGHT ANOTHER SLIDE, SIR.

VERY GOOD.

JUST LEAVE IT THERE THEN.

THAT'S FANTASTIC.

SO I'LL JUST OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS, UH, YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY THAT GIVES YOU A BASIS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION TONIGHT.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONERS.

UM, I CAN SEE A FEW OF YOUR SCREENS.

UH, YOU WILL HAVE TO RAISE YOUR VOICE.

UH, YEAH, THERE'S A, THERE'S A LOT THERE IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG.

UM, THERE'S ALSO AN ATTACHMENT, UH, THAT YOU SHOULD RECEIVE FROM THE BAC PDC.

WHO'S, IT'S A PRETTY DEEP ANALYSIS ON IT IS, UH, OTHER DIGITAL CITIZEN GROUPS, BUT, UM, LET'S OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.

OKAY.

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR ROB IF I COULD.

UM, SO, SO TWO, I GUESS, TWO SETS OF QUESTIONS.

SO, UM, AND I KNOW YOU'RE AWARE, CAUSE YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THEM, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF ALTERNATIVE, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY CROWDSOURCED, UH, EXPERT ADVOCATES, PROPOSALS, YOU KNOW, OVER THE YEARS SUCH AS RECONNECT AUSTIN.

UM, SO, AND EVEN PROPOSALS TO JUST TEAR OUT AND, UH, MAYBE RESIGN STATE HIGHWAY ONE 30 AS, AS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND TURN FROM THIS BACK INTO A CITY STREET OR BOULEVARD.

UM, I'D LIKE YOU TO COMMENT ON THE CITY, THE CITY'S POSITION ON THOSE TYPES OF PROPOSALS, IF ANY, VERSUS THE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE'VE SO FAR SEEN FROM TECHSTOP.

THE SECOND LINE, THE SECOND QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU IS RELATING TO RIGHT NOW, AND THIS IS RELATED TO SOME PRETTY RECENT CHANGES, I GUESS, WITH THE TEXAS, UM, STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE POLITICS IS THAT I'M TOLD LANES ARE NOT INVOKED RIGHT NOW WITH A LOT OF LEADERSHIP AT THE STATE LEVEL.

AND SO SORT OF TEXT ON HIS SORT OF ELIMINATED THE IDEA OF TOLD LANES, UM, THAT WE WERE PURSUING PRETTY AGGRESSIVELY HERE IN AUSTIN FOR AWHILE.

UM, SO TALKING ABOUT THESE NEW MANAGED LANES AS BEING HOV LANES, I'VE HAD SOME PRETTY HIGH LEVEL CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS.

WHO'VE SAID OUR COMMUNITY CAN'T SUPPORT THIS.

IF IT'S NOT TOLD LANES, WE, YOU, WE REALLY, UM, WE JUST FEEL LIKE THE HOV MANAGED LANES WILL, UM, NOT BE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, THAT'S REALLY GONNA WORK FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, SO I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT, SO, SO THOSE TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE.

WHAT ABOUT THESE ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS THAT ARE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE TEXT DOT? UM, IS THERE ANY CHANCE WHAT'S THE CITY STAFF POSITION, CITY GOVERNMENT POSITION ON THOSE? AND THEN SECOND SET.

SECOND QUESTION IS WHAT'S THE STATUS OF TOLL LANES WITH TXDOT RIGHT NOW AND ALSO WITH CITY STAFF AS FAR AS POLICY, IS THAT, UM, A LINE IN THE SAND FOR US, OR IS THAT SOMETHING WHERE, YOU KNOW, BODIES LIKE THIS AND CITY COUNCIL NEED TO PUSH FOR THAT? UM, IF WE WANT THAT.

SO YEAH, THERE'S A LOT PACKED INTO THOSE TWO QUESTIONS.

LET'S TAKE THE ALTERNATIVES PIECES.

SO, UH, AS SEA STAFF, WE WILL NOT BE RECOMMENDING THOSE, UM, NON FREEWAY ALTERNATIVES, UH, AS CONCEPTS, UH, W YOU KNOW, UM, AS HIS STAFF WHERE WE HAVE TO USE OUR PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT AND REPORT ON, UH, AND SO DOING AWAY WITH THIS FACILITY, OR SIMPLY REASSIGNING IT, UH, TO A DIFFERENT, YOU KNOW, TO DIFFERENT ORDER, DOESN'T SOLVE THE ISSUE, I BELIEVE.

AND I THINK THAT'S PROVEN UP BY 85% OF THE TRAFFIC BEING LOCAL TO THE REGION.

THAT REGION IS A FIVE COUNTY REGION.

AND SO IT'S NOT JUST DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BE AWARE.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF IMAGINATION TO SAY, MORE PEOPLE GO BY DOWNTOWN, THEN YOU GET OFF AND DOWNTOWN, THAT'S TRUE.

BUT AS YOU TAKE THAT CONGLOMERATE OF NEIGHBORHOODS BETWEEN SOMEWHERE BEEN WHITE AND SOMEWHERE NORTH OF AIRPORT, A LOT OF THOSE TRIPS COME AND GO.

AND SO IT REALLY IS OUR LIFELINE.

SO, UM, STAFF WILL, WILL COMMENT ON THE QUALITY OF THE ALTERNATIVES AND THE EXTENT OF THE CURRENT ALTERNATIVES, UH, AND THE DESIGN OF THOSE ALTERNATIVES GOING FORWARD.

AND SO, UM, THAT IS, THAT IS OUR BEST PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATION.

UM, I CAN'T STATE POLICY, I DON'T MAKE POLICY, BUT I CAN GIVE YOU MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION.

AND, AND THAT'S WHAT IT, THAT'S MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION, UM, YOU KNOW, FOR BETTER FOR WORSE, UH, UH, AUSTIN IS, IS ACCUSTOMED TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THROUGHPUT THROUGH THIS CORRIDOR.

AND THAT'S HARD TO REPLACE WITH A NINE FREEWAY TYPE CORRIDOR.

I KNOW OTHER OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE,

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HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DONE THAT.

UH, BUT TYPICALLY MY EXPERIENCE IS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DETAILS, UH, IT IS NOT THE SAME AS A NAME THREE WAY THAT GOES THROUGH THE CENTER OF TOWN.

UH, AND SO, UM, THAT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, UM, BUT CERTAINLY WE'RE, WE'RE.

WE WANT TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACTS THAT THIS ALTERNATIVE CAUSES AND TRY TO PUT THE COMMUNITY BACK TOGETHER AS BEST AS POSSIBLE, UM, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS THIS OUR MAIN STREET, IT'S THE MAIN STREET IN TEXAS IN TERMS OF TOLL IS THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT.

UH, SO AGAIN, PROFESSIONALLY, I BELIEVE THAT THE CHOICE TO NOT USE TOLLS AND SPECIFICALLY VARIABLE TOLLS USER FEES AS A MECHANISM TO MANAGE THIS, UH, DRIVES A DIFFERENT FOOTPRINT FOR THE FACILITY AND THEREFORE, UH, CHANGES THE IMPACT PROFILE OF THIS ALTERNATIVE.

WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT? WELL, IF YOU HAVE HOV LANES, IF YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO PRIORITIZE TRANSIT IN AND OUT OF THIS CORRIDOR, YOU PROBABLY HAVE TO HAVE SEPARATE TRANSIT RAMPS THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE OTHER VEHICLES USE.

IF THAT'S THE CASE, THAT'S ANOTHER FOOTPRINT THAT YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH, WHEREAS IF IT WERE OLD, UM, YOU CAN MANAGE THAT RELATIONSHIP BY TOLL MEANING YOU COULD MAKE IT REALLY EXPENSIVE IF YOU'RE NOT A TRANSIT USER TO USE THAT, UH, AND SLIM UP IN A SENSE, THE CORRIDOR I'M ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, THAT IF WE HAVE HOV, DO WE NEED TO HOV LANES ALL THE WAY THROUGH DOWNTOWN, MOST HOVS CARPOOLS ARE HEADED FOR YOUR MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CENTERS, NOT THROUGH THE REGION.

AND SO RIGHT NOW, IF WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S DESIGNED THAT LOOKS MORE LIKE A THROUGH CORRIDOR, IF YOU WILL, UM, I'M SCRATCHING MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND HOW THAT FOCUSES ON THE HOV TYPE SYSTEM.

SO THAT MIGHT SUGGEST A DIFFERENT, UH, LANE CONFIGURATION AS YOU COME INTO YOUR MAJOR EMPLOYMENT FACILITIES.

AND SO STAFF WILL BE COMMENTING ON THAT AS WELL.

UH, SO, UM, I ALSO AM CONCERNED THAT, THAT, UM, THE STATE HAS, IT STARTS TO FACE, UH, FINANCIAL CHALLENGES WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE FUNDING TO SPEND THAT, YOU KNOW, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN ONE REGION AS IT DOES.

UH, YOU MAY BE AWARE THAT HOUSTON IS REBUILDING MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE, DALLAS AND SAN ANTONIO AS WELL.

AND SO THERE'S CERTAINLY A LOT OF DEMAND FOR THE SCARCE RESOURCES AND, UM, A TOLL REGIME COULD PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SCENARIO WITHOUT GETTING INTO THE POLITICS OF WHETHER TOOLS ARE GOOD OR BAD.

UH, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THEY COULD HAVE A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL IT'S LIKE IF, IF I COULD EXTEND THAT FOR A QUESTION WITHOUT GETTING INTO THE POLITICS, IT'S A GOOD OR BAD GIVEN THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP IN THE STATE IS KIND OF AGAINST IT.

IS, IS IT A IT'S, IS IT A VIABLE STRATEGY FOR THE CITY TO, UH, MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE CENTRAL PORTION IF THE NORTH AND SOUTH PORTIONS GO A DIFFERENT WAY, BECAUSE WHICH REALLY LEADS INTO MY, MY CORE QUESTION.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A RUSE IN MY MIND THAT THERE'S A, THAT THERE'S THREE SEGMENTS OF INDEPENDENT UTILITY TO KIND OF USE THAT LANGUAGE, THOSE LANES THAT AREN'T GOING TO STOP IT, THEN WHITE.

IT COULD SEEM SUPER UNLIKELY, AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PICK UP AGAIN NORTH WHEN THOSE OTHER SEGMENTS GET STARTED FIRST IT'S, IT'S, IT'S JUST A SHELL GAME THAT NOW CENTRAL HAS TO GO THIS WAY.

SO I HAVE THE CITY FEEL ABOUT THAT AND ARE THEY ADDRESSING THAT IN SOME WAY? SO ACTUALLY, UM, UH, THE STATE DID, AND IN, UH, EARLIER ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, ENVIRONMENTAL LINKAGES STUDIES WHERE THEY, UM, UH, ESTABLISHED THAT THESE ARE INDEPENDENT PROJECTS, UH, INDEPENDENT PROJECTS DOESN'T MEAN THAT, THAT A, YOU KNOW, ELAINE, PAT DOESN'T PASS FROM ONE SECTION TO ANOTHER SECTION, BUT THAT YOU COULD BUILD THE OUTER TWO SECTIONS AND, AND LIVE WITHOUT THE CENTRAL SECTION.

RIGHT.

SO, UH, AND VICE VERSA.

AND SO, UM, IT IS A, A VERY PARTICULAR TERM.

SO, UM, WE THINK THAT, THAT THAT'S ACTUALLY, THAT, THAT DOESN'T BOTHER ME, I GUESS, FROM THE TECHNICAL PERSPECTIVE, BUT IN TERMS OF MAKING THOSE LANES, WHETHER THEY'RE MANAGED OR TOLD THE ABILITY TO HAVE SOME SWAY ON THAT, IF, IF THEY THE, TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH END UP IN ONE CHARACTER, THE CENTRAL PART WILL INDEPENDENCE AND CHARACTER.

RIGHT.

UH, NO, I DON'T THINK THAT'S THAT'S, I DON'T THINK THAT'S NECESSITY.

YEAH.

UM, OKAY.

YEAH, YEAH.

UH, THERE ARE PLACES WHERE, YEAH, YEAH.

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I, I DON'T THINK THAT'S A NECESSITY.

I THINK THAT YOU CAN CHANGE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE AS LONG AS PEOPLE HAVE A WAY TO GET IN AND OUT OF THOSE, UM, I WOULD SAY, I BELIEVE THIS IS A NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT NEPA STUDY.

AND SO I THINK IF THERE'S A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE, UH, THAT HAS DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS, UH, THAT THEY'RE AT LEAST OBLIGATED TO SAY WHY THEY'RE NOT ANALYZING IT.

AND SO THAT WOULD BE OUR, OUR GOAL IS TO COMMUNICATE THAT, UH, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY, OKAY.

I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS, BUT I WANTED TO OPEN IT UP TO OTHER COMMISSIONERS.

TWO WOMEN RAISE A HAND, OR RAISE A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE CAMERAS ON.

WELL, I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH IT WITH AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION THEN OF THAT, ABOUT THE PROCESS FOR THE CITY.

SO THE CITY OF HOUSTON AS TAKING SOME PRETTY BOLD STANCES, IN MY OPINION, ESPECIALLY FOR A CITY THAT, YOU KNOW, HAS ALLEGEDLY THE WIDEST FREEWAY IN THE WORLD.

AND, UM, THEY'VE BEEN, UM, TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO NOT HAVE VEHICLE PRIMACY IN THE KIND OF TXDOT PROJECTS THAT ARE HAPPENING THERE.

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AUSTIN STAFF OR AUSTIN LEADERSHIP AND HOUSTON STAFF AND HOUSTON LEADERSHIP ABOUT HOW THEY DEAL WITH A TEXTILE AND COMMUNITY IMPACT TO GET TO POSITIONS THAT AREN'T THE, YOU KNOW, WHAT PEOPLE ASSUME IS GOING TO BE OBVIOUS OUTCOME THAT WAS GOING TO BE A FREEWAY OF THIS SIZE AND THIS SCALE CAUSE THAT'S THE TEXTILE WANTS.

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO CITIES? UH, WELL, SO HOUSTON'S INFORMATION IS PUBLIC INFORMATION, SO WE'VE BEEN ABSORBING IT.

YES.

UM, YOU KNOW, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT THE CURRENT ALTERNATIVES AS DEFINED ARE THE PRODUCT OF ABOUT 10 YEARS WORTH OF STUDY THAT'S PART.

SO IT'S NOT THAT THEY WERE JUST PULLED OUT OF THE HAT IF YOU WILL.

SO THEY'VE EVOLVED THROUGH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO GET HERE.

UH, AND SO IN DEFENSE OF THE OVERALL PROJECT, I THINK THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF INPUT ALREADY.

UM, BUT WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS AND MOVING FORWARD.

SO, UM, YES, WE'RE READING EVERYTHING WE CAN OUT OF HOUSTON.

YES.

WE TALKED TO OUR PEERS IN HOUSTON.

HOW ARE WE COLLABORATING? I'M NOT SURE THAT I WOULD USE THAT WORD.

OKAY.

CAN I ASK A FOLLOW UP QUESTION ABOUT THE TOLLS? SO ARE, WOULD YOU SAY THAT CITY STAFF IS, IS ADVOCATING FOR THAT TO BE, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE IT? YOUR ANSWER IS A VERY CLEAR, THANK YOU.

UM, WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU WOULD CITY STAFF WOULD ADVOCATE FOR THE TOLL OPTION TO BE STUDIED JUST TO SORT OF MINIMIZE THAT FOOTPRINT AND IMPACT? UM, AS FAR AS THE EAST-WEST AND CONDUCTIVITY, I THINK WE ARE RAISING THE ISSUE THAT WE THINK THAT, THAT, UH, A TOLL REGIME WOULD REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOOTPRINT OF THE ALTERNATIVE AND BASED ON THAT WOULD LIKE THAT AND UNDERSTANDING FROM THE STUDY TEAM ON THAT.

YEAH.

I'M SORRY.

I'M PARSING WORDS, BUT PARSE WORDS.

THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.

I KNOW THE, UM, KRISHA SUMMERS HAS A PROPOSAL.

ARE THERE OTHER DISCUSSION ELEMENTS BEFORE WE, WE MOVE INTO POTENTIAL ACTIONS? YEAH.

REAL QUICK.

I HAVE A QUESTION, SORRY.

I HAD MY HAND UP IN THE, IN THE, IN THE CHAT BOX, BUT I GUESS, UH, YEAH, I'M SORRY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY VIDEO TODAY WILL COME UP, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE, I JUST HAVE A GENERAL QUESTION AS FAR AS, UM, SO YOU MENTIONED, UM, THE POTENTIAL FOR, FOR REPLACING PARKS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY IF WE REBUILD WITH THE, THE DECK OPTION.

IS THAT, THAT BEING KIND OF A ONE FOR ONE SWAP? AND I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SAY ONE FOR ONE SWAP, BUT JUST FOR, YOU KNOW, FOR, FOR EASINESS, UM, YOU KNOW, ASSUMING THOSE A ONE FOR ONE SWAP THERE AND WE CAN BUILD PARK AS OPPOSED TO BUYING MORE LAND FOR PARK.

COULD YOU GO A LITTLE, THIS IS A TWO PART QUESTION, BUT COULD YOU GO A LITTLE BIT MORE IN A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILED AS FAR AS WHO WOULD ULTIMATELY OWN AND OPERATE THAT PARK BECAUSE THAT, THAT WOULD STILL BE TECHSTOP RIGHT OF WAY.

CORRECT.

UM, YOU KNOW, I DON'T EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT.

I MEAN, WE DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT'S POSSIBLE, BUT THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED THROUGH.

WHAT'S CALLED THE FOUR F UH, FEDERAL PARKS IMPACT PROCESS, UH, AND COULD CERTAINLY BE DEFINED.

AND I WILL POINT TO DALLAS WHERE, UH, A LID WAS BUILT OVER A REGIONAL FREEWAY THERE, AND THERE WAS A, UH, UH, KLYDE WARREN FREEWAY, UH, STATE FREEWAY.

AND, UH, THERE'S A LOCAL CONSORTIUM THAT OPERATES AND PROGRAMS AND MAINTAINS THAT FACILITY AS A PARK.

UM, NO ONE UNDERSTOOD IT.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I'M GOING WITH THE ANSWER, I GUESS IS MY POINT.

I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY WITH THAT, WITH THAT, OR FOR THAT QUESTION, BUT THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I WAS GOING WITH THIS QUESTION IS THAT, UM, SO ULTIMATELY, YOU KNOW, THEY'VE USED THE NAME, THE TERM CAP AND STITCH, AND THAT CAPTAIN'S DITCH, YOU KNOW, WHAT, HOW,

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HOW THEY, THEY MEAN THAT THE STITCH PORTION, WHETHER IT'S A PHYSICAL STITCH OR AN EMOTIONAL STITCH, BUT I NOTICED IN YOUR, IN YOUR PRESENTATION, YOU DID, YOU DID MENTION A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORICAL IMPACTS OF I 35.

AND, UM, I'M GLAD YOU MENTIONED THAT IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT TO TAKE NOTE OF, BUT THAT LEADS TO MY NEXT QUESTION OF, UH, YOU KNOW, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, NOT SURE WHAT ALL, UM, WHAT ALL OUTREACH.

I KNOW THEY'VE BEEN DOING OUTREACH, BUT I'M JUST CURIOUS TWO THINGS.

ONE, WHAT ARE SOME OF, IF YOU CAN SHARE WITH US SOME OF THE, UH, SOME OF THE FINDINGS OF THAT OUTREACH YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN, HAVE BEEN PERFORMING OR THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE HAS BEEN PERFORMING AND TO, FOR THE STITCH TO BE POSSIBLE, THERE'S GOTTA BE TWO PLACES TO STITCH AND THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IS ONLY OVER DOWNTOWN.

SO WHAT ARE WE DOING ON THESE HISTORICAL COMMUNITIES ON THE EAST SIDE THAT ARE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STITCH AND, AND GUARANTEEING THAT A, THEIR INPUT IS BEING HURT AND B ULTIMATELY, WHATEVER, WHATEVER GETS BUILT THERE, IF THERE IS A POTENTIAL PARK BUILT THERE, UM, HOW THE OPERATIONS OF THAT PARK BENEFIT BOTH SIDES OF .

RIGHT.

YEAH.

ALSO, I'LL TRY TO ANSWER THAT, ROB, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

YEAH.

SO, UM, ON THE, THE CABIN STITCH, SO WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE STITCH COMPONENT, UM, THAT REALLY IS A WIDENED BRIDGE THAT ALLOWS FOR A BETTER CONNECTIVITY, UH, BETTER COMBINATIONS OF BY CONDITION FACILITIES, UH, POSSIBLY GREEN SPACE, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL, THAT WOULD GO, UH, GO, UH, COMPLIMENT THE LIDS, UH, IMPROVEMENTS.

AND SO, UM, AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, THERE WAS A STUDY THAT WAS DONE BY ULI IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DAA AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS.

UM, AND THAT LED TO, TO RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT SOME INITIAL CONCEPTS ABOUT THE PLACEMENT OF THOSE WHERE THOSE LIDS WOULD, WOULD GO, UH, WHERE THE STITCHES WOULD GO AS WELL, AND THEN SOME KIND OF NEXT STEPS TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND SO WE'RE WORKING IN THE CONTEXT OF, OF THE NEXT STEPS OF THAT STUDY.

SO WE ARE INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY AND REALLY IN A PARTNERSHIP ROLE, NOT JUST THE STAKEHOLDER ROLE, BUT REALLY