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[Austin City Council and Capital Metro Board of Directors Joint Meeting]

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AND I'VE TEXTED HER, JUST HAVE NOT HEARD BACK.

WAIT.

I'M OKAY WITH US STARTING VERY WELL.

I AM AS WELL.

OKAY.

ADD OR FROM EVER, I GUESS IT'S THE CITY THAT'S RUNNING THIS BE A GOOD, THEY NEED TO TRANSITION IS TO LIVE.

WE ARE GOOD TO GO.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

I THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR OUR JOINT MEETING OF THE CAP, METRO IMPORTANT OF DIRECTORS AND ALL THE CITY COUNCILS.

THIS IS OUR FIRST JOINT MEETING SINCE OUR CITY GAVE AN IMPACT AS TO PROJECT CONNECT.

SO, UH, IT'S, UH, UH, A FUN TIME TO BE TOGETHER AND, UH, TO CELEBRATE THAT.

UM, AND, UH, I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO HELPED GET US TO THIS POINT NOW, HOWEVER, UH, THE REAL WORK BEGINS.

AND SO TODAY, UH, WE'RE GATHERED TO START THE WORK.

UH, WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE.

WHO'S JOINED US HERE IN OUR VIRTUAL MEETING ROOM TODAY.

AND ALSO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WATCHING US ON THE LIVE STREAM, I'D LIKE TO CALL THE ORDER OF THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD MEETING.

THE TIME IS ONE 10 AND MAYOR ADLER.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE SAME FOR YOUR COUNCIL MEETING? YES.

ON 10 AS WELL.

UH, AND, UM, UM, WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE CITY COUNCIL HERE.

UH, SO I'VE CONVENED THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING AS PART OF THIS JOINT MEETING HERE ON FRIDAY, UH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2020 IN A MEETING THAT IS HAPPENING VIA A WEBEX CAN THERE, UM, BEFORE WE GET STARTED EVERYONE, THE USUAL, UH, LOGISTICAL REMINDERS, UM, FIRST BEST PRACTICE, OF COURSE, KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE ON MUTE UNLESS YOU'RE SPEAKING.

AND THEN ONCE YOU'RE DONE SPEAKING, UH, TRY TO MUTE YOURSELF AGAIN ALSO BOTH FOR CITY COUNCIL AND FOR CAP METRO, WE'LL BE ASKING FOR VERBAL VOTES, YAY, OR NAY ON EACH INDIVIDUAL ITEM.

AND WE'D LIKE TO HAVE YOUR CAMERA'S ON AND YOU VISIBLE WHEN WE HAVE THOSE VOTES, UH, BEFORE WE, UH, MOVE ON TO PUBLIC COMMENTS, UH, CITY MANAGER, KROC, ANY OPENING REMARKS FROM YOU, JUST, THIS IS REALLY A HISTORIC DAY AND REALLY WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL THAT THEY VOTED ON TO ALLOW US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROJECT THAT WILL REALLY BENEFIT GENERATIONS OF AUSTINITES TO COME.

I AGAIN, WANT TO JUST THANK OUR CITY STAFF AND CAP METRO STAFF, UH, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THANK OUR BOARDS AND THE COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTIVENESS LOOKING FORWARD TO TODAY.

IT'S A HISTORIC MOMENT.

I'LL PASS THE ACMP FIA DACA.

SHE WANTS TO SAY A FEW WORDS AS WELL, YOU KNOW, UM, YES, OF COURSE.

I WANT TO THANK MAYOR ADLER, OUR COUNCIL, THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD.

UM, OF COURSE THE, UM, THE TEAM AT CAPITAL METRO AND THE TEAM AT THE CITY OF BOSS AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO REALLY RECOGNIZE THE SUPPORT AND THE LEADERSHIP FROM THE COO TEAM AND THE EXECUTIVE TEAM.

UM, THE MOBILITY OUTCOME GROUP IS CERTAINLY POINT ON THIS, BUT THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE ENTERPRISE.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK OUR CITY MANAGERS, SPENCER CRONK, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, FOR HIS GUIDANCE, FOR HIS DIRECTION THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS.

AND FOR THE TRUST THAT HE PLACED IN THE, THE CITY TEAM, WE ARE EXCITED TO, UM, HAVE GOTTEN TO THIS POINT AND THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR, WE'RE INCREDIBLY PROUD TO HAVE DELIVERED THIS TO YOU.

UM, BUT WE KNOW THAT AS A CHAIR, COOPER SAID, THE WORK IS JUST BEGINNING, SO WE'RE EXCITED FOR THE NEXT STEPS.

AND WE THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, GINA.

UH, RANDY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE SOME OPENING REMARKS? YES.

THANKS CHAIR.

UH, JUST QUICKLY.

I WANT TO KIND OF REALLY REITERATE, I THINK, A LOT WHAT SPENCER AND GINA SAID.

I THINK WE DO THIS AT MOST MEETINGS THAT WAY, BUT I REALLY WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT, UH, SIX WEEKS AFTER THE HISTORIC ELECTION TO, AGAIN, THANK THE BOARD CHAIR, YOU AND THE BOARD, UH, YOUR LEADERSHIP MAYOR AND COUNSEL, YOUR LEADERSHIP GUIDANCE SUPPORT.

IT'S BEEN AMAZING TO WATCH TWO ORGANIZATIONS BE THIS UNIFIED TOGETHER.

IT'S OUR 10TH JOINT MEETING.

AND IT REALLY SAYS A LOT ABOUT, I THINK THE CULTURE OF OUR CITY, ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE REALLY DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. SO REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE AND ALL THE SWEAT EQUITY THAT YOU'VE PUT INTO THIS PROGRAM.

CAN'T THANK THE CITY STAFF AND THE CAP, METRO STAFF ENOUGH, EVERYONE FROM SPENCER, GINA, GREG, ASHLEY, ALL THE OTHER LEADERSHIP AND JUST STAFF MEMBERS WORKING TO IN OUR TEAM, STAFF CONSULTANTS, PEOPLE LIKE DAVE AND JACKIE AND OTHERS THAT HAVE JUST WORKED, UH, AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT HUNDREDS,

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IF NOT THOUSANDS OF HOURS ON THIS PROGRAM OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THANK YOU STAKEHOLDERS THAT CAN ATTRIBUTED WHETHER IT'S THE PECAN OR THE BEFORE THAT.

AND ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND IT'S LIKE SPENCER MENTIONED, I REALLY JUST WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY, UH, FOR, FOR THIS COMMUNITY TO HAVE THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN US, UH, IN SUCH A CHALLENGING YEAR TO REALLY BE FUTURE-FOCUSED TO REALLY BUILD A TRANSFORMATIONAL SYSTEM.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR TRUST AND CONFIDENCE.

I DO NOT.

AND I DO NOT TAKE THAT LIGHTLY.

I KNOW WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF RESPONSIBILITY AND YOU HAVE MY PERSONAL COMMITMENT, BUT ALSO THE COMMITMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MEET THAT SCHEDULE, WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY DURING L ALL MOMENTS OF THIS PROCESS.

SO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, AND REALLY DELIVER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS GOING TO FUNDAMENTALLY REALLY HELP US BECOME A MUCH MORE LIVABLE, EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE CITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

TODAY'S AN EXCITING DAY.

UH, IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGING YEAR, BUT AN EXCITING KIND OF REALLY POSITIVE WAY TO END THE YEAR ON THIS PROGRAM.

AND I REALLY WELCOME, UH, THE, UH, HAVING SOME, UH, NEW BOARD FORUM TODAY.

I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING SOME MORE BOARD MEMBERS TO, UH, WORK WITH AND REPORT TO.

AND, UH, I, AND I JUST THANK THEM FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE A LOT.

I THINK THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE TO PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO THAT AND ALSO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT FORMATION OF A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE GUIDANCE TO GET THAT CREATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO, BUT, UH, THE ORGANIZATION'S WORKING WELL TOGETHER AND I'M EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE.

SO THANK YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THIS MEETING TODAY.

THANK YOU, RANDY.

AND, UH, I WOULD JUST ECHO ALL THE, UH, TANKS THAT HAVE GONE BEEN SAID HERE AND, UH, NON DESERVED MORE THAN THOSE TO YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK, YOU WORK AS HARD AS ANYBODY COULD WORK FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS TO GET US HERE.

AND WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL.

WELL, LET'S ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK.

OUR FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY WILL BE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK AND SOME WHO HAVE JOINED US BY PHONE.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ON THE LINE, WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, WE'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

UM, AND BECAUSE OF THE FORMAT WE'RE IN, WE'RE NOT ALLOWING DONATIONS OF TIME OR EXTRA TIME IN SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF A GROUP, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FOLKS TO GET THROUGH TODAY.

A REMINDER THAT WILL NOT BE TAKING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT, THAT TODAY'S MEETING ONLY COMMENTS ON TOPICS THAT ARE POSTED ON OUR AGENDA.

AND MR. CHAIRMAN, IF I COULD SAY JUST A WORD OR TWO AS WELL SINCE THAT'S OKAY.

UH, I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE, AND THAT'S THE, THE HISTORIC DAY, UH, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH NOW FOR, FOR DECADES, UH, AND IT HAPPENED, AND IT HAPPENED EVEN IN SUCH A TIME OF, OF DIFFICULTY AND STRESS THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT JUST EXTRAORDINARY, UH, ALIGNMENT.

UH, AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS.

UH, I WANT TO THANK THE CITY MANAGER, UH, AND, UH, AND RANDY CLARK, UH, FOR, FOR SO EFFECTIVELY ALIGNING, UH, THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS AND BODIES THAT REALLY NEEDED TO OPERATE SEAMLESSLY AS, AS ONE IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO, TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, UH, YOUR STAFFS, UH, DID JUST A PHENOMENAL JOB OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY THE WAY THAT IT HAPPENED.

UM, UH, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER IN DACA, UM, UH, POINT, UH, FOR, FOR US ON SO MUCH OF THIS, IT, THE ALIGNMENT OF THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WAS, WAS, JUST, WAS, WAS, WAS GREAT.

I MEAN, THE FACT THAT WE HAD SOMETHING IN A DIFFICULT TIME THAT HAD ALMOST 60% APPROVAL OF THE PUBLIC IS INDICATION THAT THE PLAN WAS RIGHT.

UH, AND, AND IT WAS, AND THAT WAS BECAUSE OF THE TIME THAT WAS SPENT AND INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY AT ALL STAGES OF THIS PROCESS.

UH, SO I APPRECIATE THAT THE PUBLIC BEING INVOLVED AND WORKING ON THIS, ROLLING UP THEIR SLEEVES, AND THEN TURNING OUT TO, UH, TO, TO, TO BE ABLE TO VOTE, TO DO THIS, THIS PROJECT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE COULD BE DOING IN ORDER TO HELP US WITH MODE SHIFT IN OUR CITY, UH, WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY WE REALLY TRULY IMPACT TRAFFIC.

IT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE COULD BE DOING AS A COMMUNITY TO MEET OUR CLIMATE CHANGE, UH, MITIGATION GOALS.

AND IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE COULD BE DOING, NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON MOBILITY EQUITY IN OUR CITY, UH, AND THE EMPHASIS ON EQUITY, THE, THE, THE, THE SPECIAL DEDICATED FUNDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS IS SOMETHING NOW THAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS TALKING ABOUT.

UH, I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COUNCIL.

UH, I WANT TO THANK, UH, UH, AND KITCHEN CHAIR OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE, UH, ALSO DOING SERVICE ON BOTH THE CAP METRO BOARD AND ON CAMPO.

UH, THE OTHER, THE COLLEAGUES THAT SERVED ON DODD CAP, METRO, UH, FOR US, THE MAYOR PRO TURBAN, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, RENTER RHEA, HE

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HAS SERVED ON, UH, ON, ON CAMPO, UH, IN INVOLVED IN TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, ALTAR, UH, COUNCIL.

HOWEVER LS IS INVOLVED IN OUR REPRESENTATION ON, ON CAMPO.

I WANT TO THANK COUNCIL MEMBER FLANAGAN.

UH, AND I WANNA NOTE, UH, AS, AS WE RECOGNIZE ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE IN MOBILITY, I WANNA THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITY, UH, OVER THIS PERIOD OF TIME, BUT THIS IS, UH, A REAL TRIBUTE AND A LEGACY TO, TO, TO YOUR WORK AND THE HARD WORK TO, TO GET TO, TO GET TO THIS DAY, UM, ALL OF US ALIGNED IN, IN WAYS THAT, THAT JUST YOU FIND AT EVERY STAGE OF THIS PROCESS.

I THINK THIS IS PHENOMENAL THAT WE ARE GETTING TO THIS PLACE TODAY WITH YET ANOTHER JOINT MEETING OF THE CAP METRO BOARD AND THE CITY COUNCIL, UH, BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUE OF THE ALIGNMENT IN THIS PROJECT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

THIS IS AN EXCITING MOMENT, AND I, AND I'M, I'M, I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF THAT GOOD SHARON WITH, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, UH, UH, THAT, THAT WAS A DIFFERENCE MAKER.

AND, UH, WE APPRECIATE YOU GETTING THIS TO THIS POINT.

AGAIN, IT'S QUITE A LEGACY, UH, WITH THAT, UH, WE'LL START OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS, AND I THINK CHEYENNE IS GOING TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPEAKERS FOR US.

TARA COOPER CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME? YES.

GREAT.

MONICA GOOSMANN.

YOU'RE UP.

AND YOU HAVE, UH, THREE MINUTES.

YES, GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN POLICY DIRECTOR FOR GABA GO AUSTIN, VAMOS AUSTIN, SPEAKING ON PROJECT CONNECT, SPECIFICALLY UPCOMING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CREATION OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IN ORDER FOR PROJECT TO BRING EQUITY AND NOT DO HARM, THE COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED HAVE TO BE ENGAGED BEFORE KEY DECISIONS ARE MADE.

THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD PROCESS WAS RUSHED.

THERE WAS LITTLE TO NO CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AUSTIN'S EASTERN CRESCENT, TRANSIT DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WERE NOT PART OF THE ATB BOARD PROCESS.

THERE'VE BEEN MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ATP BOARD, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, FOR WHICH THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING WHO APPLIED OR OF THE COMMUNITY, OR DO THEY HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY? WILL THEY BE PARTICIPATING IN UNDOING RACISM AND OTHER ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOPS? WILL THEY ENGAGE THE TRANSIT DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FOR NOMINEES FOR THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD? THESE ARE ABOUT A FEW OF THE QUESTIONS AS A PRIVATE NORTH AUSTIN RESIDENT.

I SUPPORT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPPORTUNITIES TO SAFELY RIDE BIKES, USE BUSES INSTEAD OF MY CAR.

UNFORTUNATELY, BUS ROUTES.

DON'T ALWAYS GO WHERE I NEED TO BE.

I HAVE WALKED FROM MY HOME TO A DESTINATION WALKING PATHS.

MULTIPLE LOADS STOPS, ALWAYS A STEP AHEAD OF THE BUSES SINCE THE FALL OF 2014, I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN MEETINGS WITH CAPITAL METRO REPRESENTATIVES EVEN DONE A FIELD VISIT IN A CAPITAL METRO VAN DISCUSSING A PILOT PROJECT FOR COMMUNITY CARE PATIENTS, WHICH NEVER HAPPENED SINCE THEN.

COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE REPEATEDLY ADDRESSED CITY COUNCIL ASKING URGING DEMANDING NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS FOR THE RUNDBERG COMMUNITY.

WE ATTENDED MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS AND ENGAGED IN DISCUSSIONS WITH CAPITAL METRO ABOUT THE NEED TO PRIORITIZE THE RUNDBERG AND OF SPRINGS NEAR BOTH, BOTH OFTEN EASTERN CRESCENT AND STILL WHEN HEARING OR READING OF PILOT PICKUP ZONE.

IT IS NOT THE RESIDENTS MOST IN NEED.

IT IS NOT FOR THE COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BEEN SPEAKING FOR THE PAST FIVE TO SIX YEARS.

LOTS OF BUS ROUTES HAVE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED RESIDENTS AND THEIR ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT.

THEIR CONSPIRACIES AND COMPLAINTS CONTINUE TO FALL ON DEAF EARS.

EVEN NOW WHEN HEARING ELECTED OFFICIALS LIST PRIORITIZATION OF COMMUNITIES, RUNDBERG AND DOVE SPRINGS, COMMUNITIES ARE LAST IN LINE.

WE URGE YOU TO EXTEND THE TIMELINE TO THE DEGREE.

YOU CAN INCREASE ENGAGEMENT, CHOOSE BOARD MEMBERS AND CREATE A GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE THAT CENTERS AND ENGAGES THE MOST IMPACTED RESIDENTS IN AUSTIN AS EASTERN CRESCENT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS W UH, JOE, OR WHILE CONNOLLY SPEAKER.

HE MIGHT BE ON MUTE.

HELLO.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

I'M HERE ONLINE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, SO AND CAP METRO BOARD,

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I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS A FEW THINGS THAT ARE, UM, I THINK VERY IMPORTANT AND IT CANNOT BE MISSED AND IT'S PROCESSED.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TIMELINES AND THE WAY THAT TIMELINES HAVE BEEN USED SO FAR, THIS PROJECT, AND IT'S VERY EARLY STAGES ALREADY TO EXCLUDE ANY KIND OF, UH, REAL COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION TRUST-BUILDING OR TRANSPARENCY TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, THIS MEETING, RIGHT? WHEN WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, JUST LITERALLY THE CREATION OF THE ATP BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

WE CAN'T POST THE AGENDA FOR THE MEETING 72 HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING AND THE BACKUP 72 HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING, WE NEED TO POST THE BACKUP TO THE AGENDA AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE TO GIVE THE COMMUNITY TIME FOR MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION.

THIS KIND OF TIMELINE IS DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE REAL DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION FROM THE PROCESS, AND IT DOESN'T BUILD TRUST, WHICH IS THE SECOND THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT.

THE COMMUNITY VOTED FOR PROP A, BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR BETTER PUBLIC TRANSIT.

AND WE ALSO VOTED FOR PROP A BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WERE REAL, UH, EQUITY MECHANISMS BUILT IN THIS TIME.

THE COMMUNITY DID NOT VOTE FOR PROP A BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY TRUSTS PAT METRO.

IN FACT, IF YOU WERE TO TALK TO THE AVERAGE TRANSIT RIDER, I WOULD SAY RANDY CLARK RIGHT NOW IS ABOUT NON-EXISTENT RIGHT? SO, UM, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A LOT MORE TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST BUILDING AROUND THIS PROCESS THAN WHAT THERE IS AT THIS MOMENT.

AND WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO GET THERE.

AND SO WE NEED TO START SLOWING THINGS DOWN.

WE NEED TO FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, LIKE FOR INSTANCE, THE AMOUNT OF TIME IN WHICH WE RUSHED THE SELECTION OF ATP BOARD MEMBERS, IT REALLY, AS MONICA WAS MINDSET, IT MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE OR VERY DIFFICULT FOR THERE TO BE MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

SO WHEN YOU FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN BEING EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT AND MOVING QUICKLY, AND ALSO NOT MOVING THINGS SO QUICKLY, THAT IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE ACTIVELY TRYING TO EXCLUDE ANY KIND OF, UH, YOU KNOW, COLLABORATION OR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FROM THE PROCESS.

SO I THINK THIS IS OF GREAT CONCERN TO US BECAUSE MOVING FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO, BUT IF WE DON'T START BUILDING THAT TRUST NOW WITH THE COMMUNITY, THEN THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOXIC POLITICAL LEGACY FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

SO THERE'S A REAL, THERE'S A REAL MANDATE HERE FROM THE MOVE SLOWER, CONSIDER CAREFULLY WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND, AND THINK THROUGH THESE PROCESSES, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMISSION.

UM, I LIKE A LOT OF WHAT IS IN THE PROPOSED, UH, ILM AND MEN, BUT AGAIN, YOU KNOW, UM, KNEE JERK, UH, KIND OF LAST MINUTE CHANGES, QUICK EDITS THE NIGHT BEFORE THINGS GET POSTED TO THE AGENDA, ALL OF THIS STUFF, IT, IT, IT DOES NOT BUILD TRUST.

IT DOES NOT FEEL LIKE TRANSPARENCY AND TRANSPARENCY IS SO BADLY NEEDED RIGHT NOW IN THIS PROCESS.

SO WE HAVE TO HAVE CLEAR COMMUNICATION MOVING FORWARD, CLEAR TIMELINES.

LET'S DO THINGS LIKE WHAT'S POSTED AGENDA A WEEK BEFORE, RIGHT.

SO THAT EVERYONE CAN PARTICIPATE.

MEANINGFULLY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, MR. YASMEEN SMITH.

YEAH, I I'M SORRY.

AM I GOOD? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

GO AHEAD.

AWESOME.

THIS IS YEAH.

CO-CHAIR OF PUMA, UM, AMONGST OTHER HATS AND ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE ATS MOBILITY COALITION.

YOU'VE HEARD A LOT FROM US.

THE THEME OF MY, UM, TALK WITH YOU TODAY IS IN ORDER FOR ME TO TRUST YOU, YOU MUST DO THE THINGS YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO.

SO LET'S PULL OVER.

LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT I THOUGHT WE AGREED THAT WE WERE GOING TO DO.

I THOUGHT YOU, THE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF ME RIGHT NOW THAT I'M SEEING WE HAVE AS COMMUNITY LEADERS, WE AS AN ENTIRE CITY, WHEN WE PRAY, WHEN WE PASS PROP EIGHT, I THOUGHT, WELL, WE WERE GOING TO DO WAS WHEN INFATUATE EFFECTUATING PROJECT CONNECT, WE WILL DO SO IN THE MOST EQUITABLE MANNER POSSIBLE IMAGINED, OR YET TO BE SEEN THAT WE WOULD WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS THE BEST AND MOST ETHICAL PROJECT.

IT COULD BE THAT WE IN AUSTIN WOULD CREATE THE MOST EQUITABLE EVOLUTION AND MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THIS NATION HAS EVER SEEN.

HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT WHAT HAS MANIFESTED SINCE PROBABLY JUST PASSING THIS SHEER SPEED AND VOLUME OF WHICH THIS GOAL HAS BEEN USURPED IS ASTONISHING WITH THE ATP SELECTION ALONE.

THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERALL LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE PROCESS FOR PRE-SCREENING CANDIDATES.

UM, AND THE SELECTION PROCESS ITSELF, ESPECIALLY CONSIDER THE, CONSIDERING THE ARTICULATION OF THE ABILITY AND OUR LEGAL BODY DOCUMENTS AND THE ABILITY FOR THERE TO BE A WAIVER OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR EQUALLY WORTHY CANDIDATES.

THIS IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER, NOT SO TRANSPARENT ACTIONS BEING TAKEN IN

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REGARDS TO THE, TO THE EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL, TELLING THE COMMUNITY AFTER THE FACT OF DECISIONS MADE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IS NOT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Y'ALL AND IT'S NOT EQUITY.

AND I FEAR THAT THIS IS THIS CIRCUMSTANCE IS, BUT A FORESHADOW OF WHAT WE CAN HOPE TO EXPECT FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

SO HOW DO YOU REGAIN TRUST FROM THIS MOMENT ON, WITH EVERY STEP, WITH EVERY BREATH YOU ENGAGE AND FOLLOW THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY PRIORITIZING PEOPLE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

YOU DO NOT MAKE A MOVE WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY TO QUOTE MAYOR FROM EARLIER IN THIS CONVERSATION.

EVERY STAGE OF THIS PROCESS NEEDS THE COMMUNITY.

THAT IS HOW WE EFFECTUATE PROJECT CONNECT IN THE MOST EQUITABLE MANNER.

THAT IS HOW YOU WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE IT'S EQUITABLE.

THAT IS HOW WE IN AUSTIN CREATE THE MOST EQUITABLE EVOLUTION AND MOBILITY THAT THIS NATION HAS EVER SEEN.

HOWEVER, THAT ASSUME THAT YOU GOING TO DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU WERE GOING TO DO, LASTLY, BECAUSE I WOULD NOT BE THE BEST ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITY.

IF I DID NOT OFFER THIS FOR THE GREATER GOOD AND FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER FOR STAFF OR WHOMEVER MAKES OR HAS THIS POWER, I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST THAT ANY MODIFY MATERIALS TO BE VOTED ON, ESPECIALLY THAT WOULD COME THE DAY OF VOTE SHALL ALSO HAVE AS BACKUP OR OTHER SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTATION, A RED LINE VERSION CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CSR ACOSTA.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS .

I LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR, I'M THE PRESIDENT OF DEVORAH, AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ECHO WHAT THE SPEAKERS BEFORE ME HAVE SAID ON THE TIMELINE AND ABILITY TO REACT AND RESPOND TO CHANGES AND DECISIONS THAT HAVE COME UP SO FAR.

UH, AURA MEMBERS HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORTED PROP A.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS AND GET OTHERS INVOLVED, BUT WE HAD A VERY LITTLE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE DEADLINE FOR THE ADP BOARD AND WHO WAS INVOLVED AND WHO ALL WAS ABLE TO APPLY IT, LET ALONE, WHAT ARE THE OTHER CANDIDATES WERE AND HOW THE DECISION TO SELECT THOSE PEOPLE CAME ABOUT, UM, FOR THIS, UH, FOR THIS MEETING.

W I HADN'T, I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT, EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE WELL MORE WELL, MORE ENGAGED THAN I WAS.

AND, UM, I WAS TRYING DESPERATELY FOR MOST OF LAST NIGHT, JUST TRYING TO TRY AND GET OTHER PEOPLE TO SIGN UP, TO SPEAK, BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A CRITICAL ISSUE AND SUCH AN IMPORTANT THING, IMPORTANT DISCUSSION TO BE INVOLVED WITH THAT BEING SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROJECT THAT WE'LL BE WORKING TOGETHER WITH OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S TRULY EQUITABLE FOR ALL, UH, ALL OFF MY HANDS.

WE NEED TO BUILD THE INSTITUTIONS AND MECHANISMS IN PLACE SO THAT THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES ON THE GROWTH DECISION MAKING PROCESS, THE CAC IS A STEP IN, IS ASSAULTS STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

AND I SUPPORT A LOT OF WHAT THE, UM, AMENDMENT SUGGEST.

AND I LIKE THAT IT HAS LANGUAGE THAT FOCUSES ON THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY USE CENSUS AND PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT, DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, UH, WHO WILL BE USING THAT.

UM, AS SOMEONE WHO WAS ON THE CODE ADVISORY GROUP OR AFRICA NEXT, I DO WANT TO SUGGEST THAT IT HAS MORE TEETH THAN JUST BEING ABLE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE H TO ATP OR TO CITY COUNCIL.

UM, RECOMMENDATIONS IS JUST FINE, BUT WITHOUT, BUT, YOU KNOW, FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE FRUSTRATION OF DOING ALL THE WORK AND RESEARCH TO PROVIDE, UH, PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS AND SEE THEM, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT'S MORE, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST A SUGGESTION IS NOT, IT'S NOT THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD AND REALLY DOES NOT GO WELL TO GENDER PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE.

I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SELECTION OF PEOPLE IN THE ATB IS THE FEBRUARY 28TH.

UH, AND THAT DOESN'T GIVE A LOT OF TIME AFTER THE HOLIDAYS FOR PEOPLE TO APPLY AND FIND OUT ABOUT IT AND TO TRY AND GET OTHER FOLKS INVOLVED, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS.

SO I'D RECOMMEND MOVING THAT DATE BACK.

LASTLY, I WOULD SAY THAT FOR THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE, WE INCLUDE SOMEONE FROM EITHER THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT TASK FORCE OR FROM THE EQUITY OFFICE WHO DOING, BE INCLUDED IN THAT NOMINATION COMMITTEE, SINCE THE WORK IS HEAVILY FOCUSED ON EQUITY AND EQUITY, DISPLACEMENT WORK AND STRATEGIES THERE.

UM, AGAIN, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROCESS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INTENTIONAL ABOUT HOW WE GET PEOPLE ENGAGED AND INVOLVED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR FEEDBACK IS CONSIDERED NOT JUST AS SOMETHING THAT'S PUT INTO THE RECORD, BUT IS SEEN AS PART OF THE IMPLEMENTING PROCESS THAT THEIR FEEDBACK CYCLES TO SHOW THAT HOW THAT THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS FRANCIS AKUNA.

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UH, HELLO.

MY NAME IS FRANCIS .

I AM THE CLIMATE RESILIENCE ORGANIZER WITH GABA, AND I'M HERE JUST TO SAY THAT IT'S VERY HARD TO ORGANIZE RESIDENTS WITH A CITY AND CAPITAL METRO POINT OF DECISION MAKERS AT BOTH ARE NOT ENGAGED WITH RESIDENTS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

RESIDENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN IMPACTED NEGATIVELY WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION, FOOD, ACCESS, FLOODING INFRASTRUCTURE, AND SYSTEMIC.

YOU MUST CENTER OFFICE, WORKING CLASS AND DIVERSE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS AND PRIORITIZE THEIR NEEDS.

PRIORITIZE LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS, BOTH IMPACTED BY TAXING PLEASE.

AND THE RECENT LOSS OF ROUTES AND BUS STOPS OR TRANSIT DEPENDENT NEIGHBORHOODS, DESPITE THE INCREASED RATES BEING FAIR AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF THE 300 BILLION ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUND.

NOW I SAY LONG TIME THAT'S SPRINT'S PRECEDENT.

HOW CAN WE TRUST IN THE PROCESS OR PROJECT CONNECT? WHEN IN THE PAST, WE HAVE BEEN LET DOWN SO MANY TIMES, AND IN SO MANY WAYS, I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED AND ANGRY.

WITH THE MANY TIMES WE HAVE BEEN IGNORED.

WHEN ALL WE ASK IS FOR OUR BASIC NEEDS TO BE DEAD AND NOTHING MORE.

I AM TIRED OF BEING IN THE LANE OF ENGAGEMENT WHEN ALL IT IS BASICALLY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CHECK MARK.

SO YOU COULD SAY THAT YOU DID SPRING ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

I EXPECTED DEMAND EQUITABLE.

DECISION-MAKING FROM CITY COUNCIL AND THE TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP TO LISTEN TO ME AND MY COMMUNITY TO FOLLOW OUR RECOMMENDATION IN THIS AND IN YOUR DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ANNA A GIDDY MAYOR.

I'M SORRY.

REAL QUICK.

I DON'T KNOW.

THERE'S LIKE SOME WEIRD FEEDBACK AND I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS MAYBE, BUT IT'S BEEN EVERY SPEAKER.

I JUST HEARD IT.

I JUST PUT IT.

IF SOMEONE'S NOT ON MUTE, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO HEAR THE SPEAKERS WITH THAT BACKGROUND NOISE.

AM I THE ONLY ONE HEARING THAT IT'S LIKE, SOMEBODY'S MOVING AROUND OR SOMETHING? IT JUST GOT FIXED.

SO FOR SOME, FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME SORT OF FEEDBACK.

UM, WE HAVE EVERY MIC OFF AT CITY HALL, BUT WE'RE STILL EXPERIENCING IT.

SO WE'LL JUST MUTE OURSELVES FROM GOING FORWARD.

SOUNDS BETTER ALREADY.

THIS IS DONNA.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND KEPT ON MY BOARD.

MY NAME IS SANDRA IT'S.

THE BOOK IS CLOSED.

I NEED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I CURRENTLY SERVE ON ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION, BUT I'M NOT SPEAKING FOR OR REPRESENTING STAFF IN ANY MANNER.

I MOVED TO AUSTIN ONE MORE AND MORE SPECIFICALLY SOUTHEAST AUSTIN IN 1992, MAINLY BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY AREA THAT I COULD AFFORD AS A SINGLE PARENT OF THREE CHILDREN.

I HAVE SINCE PURCHASED THE HOME AND PURPOSELY CHOSE TO REMAIN IN THE DEAF SPRINGS AREA.

MY QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS THAT I HAVE REGARDING THE AGENDA ARE REGARDING THE AGENDA PACKET, UM, WHICH WAS PROVIDED, WHICH I AM STILL DIGESTING TO DATE.

I HAVE, AND I HAVE BEEN INQUIRING.

I HAVE NOT FOUND ANYONE THAT CAN PROVIDE ME THE DEFINITION FOR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION? THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS THE LATINA AND LONG-TERM RESIDENT OF DEPT SPRINGS.

ANY HOMEOWNER I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY INTERPRETATION USES THAT YES, I CURRENTLY LIVE HERE AND WE'RE TO BE IMPACTED BY PROJECT CONNECT.

I WILL NOT BE REMOVED PERMANENTLY.

AND IF I AM ASKED TO LEAVE, I WILL ONLY BE ASKED TO LEAVE TEMPORARILY PICKING MY PERMIT, RETURNED TO MY HOME WITH DADDY TEVIN, ANY IMPACT ON THE LEVEL OF MY HOME OWNERSHIP.

I HAVE CONCERNS REGARDING THE TENANT IN VERSUS, UM, THE TENANT IN HOMEOWNER LANGUAGE.

FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE FOUND LANGUAGE IN THE AGENDA PACKET ADDRESSING ONLY THE RIGHT TO RETURN FOR TENANTS, BUT NOT FOR HOMEOWNERS ON PAGE 17 REGARDING PLEASE CONSIDER THE OVERALL CUMULATIVE IMPACT.

THE PRACTICE WILL HAVE CITYWIDE ON FLOODING IN ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT MAY OCCUR, NOT JUST THE IMPACT ON EACH SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD, BY EACH INDIVIDUAL PROJECT.

AS YOU ARE AWARE, SOUTHEAST AUSTIN HAS BEEN CATASTROPHIC IMPACTED BY FLOODING

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ON PAGE 31, ITEM NUMBER TWO, I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT WITH YOU REGARDING MY CONCERNS.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ON THIS ITEM AND HOW THIS PROCESS WILL WORK SPECIFICALLY TO, AS IT APPLIES TO ANTI-DISPLACEMENT ON PIG 67 AND 68 OF THE AGENDA PACKET, IT REFERS TO EXHIBIT C THE INITIAL INVESTMENT MAP, BUT IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA PACKET, OR AT LEAST IT WAS NOT AS THAT YESTERDAY.

WHEN I DOWNLOADED THE PACKET, PLEASE PROVIDE THAT DOCUMENT TO US SO THAT WE CAN REVIEW IT AND PROVIDE COMMENTS ON IT IN THE FUTURE.

OTHERWISE, HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY PROVIDE INPUT OR COMMENT ON ANY ITEMS THAT YOU'RE ADDRESSING? ADDITIONALLY, THE COMMUNITY ADVISOR COMMITTEE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION AS THE ATP BOARD.

THAT IS CORRECT.

THAT IS CREATED.

I ALSO RECOMMEND THAT ALL BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN AND COMPLETE THE UNDOING RACISM TRAINING THAT WILL HELP US BE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

ALL YOU ALSO RECOMMEND THE BOARD AND COMMITTEE THAT THE BOARD CREATE A COMMITTEE, A COMMITTEE EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL IN FOR BOTH THE BOARD IN THE COMMITTEE, AND TO EVALUATE THE PROGRESS THAT YOU HAVE MADE REGROW REGARDING THE PROMISES THAT YOU HAVE MADE TO THEM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS A WASTE AZHAR MAYOR BOARD CHAIR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS INVESTORS HEART, AND I'M ON THE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF PLANNING OR COMMUNITIES OR VOC IS HE'S A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE AUSTIN MOBILITY COALITION, AND WHICH IS MADE UP OF EQUITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS.

I ASKED THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH SETTING UP THE ADP BOARD AND DETERMINING ADVISORS TO THE BOARD, THE SETTING UP OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND MOVING FORWARD WITH AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN A TRANSPARENT MANNER FOR US IN SETTING UP THE ADP BOARD COMMUNITY MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE HAD ACCESS TO ALL NOMINATIONS INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE LIST OF ALL INDIVIDUALS THAT APPLIED TO SERVE ON THE ADP BOARD.

WHILE I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE OF DYING AND WE NEED TO MOVE IN A TIMELY MANNER, WE CANNOT DO SO IN A MANNER THAT IS NOT PUBLIC AND TRANSPARENT.

THIS LACK OF TRANSPARENCY NEGATED THE ABILITY FOR, TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROCESS.

SECOND, IN THE CASE OF SETTING UP AN ADVISORY BODY FOR THE ADP BOARD, AS OUTLINED IN ITEM THREE, THERE SHOULD BE CLARITY ON HOW INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED TO SERVE IN THIS CAPACITY, AND WHETHER THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS DO JOIN THEM.

ANY SUCH INFORMATION SHOULD BE SHARED IN A TIMELY MANNER TO A PROCESS THAT ALLOWS FOR THE COMMUNITY TO ENGAGE THIRD.

IN THE CASE OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ANY INFORMATION OF APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY PUBLIC.

WE NEED TO MAKE A SPACE FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO APPLY AND ENGAGE IN THIS PROCESS IN ALL WAYS POSSIBLE.

AND WE MUST ENSURE THAT THIS COMMITTEE REPRESENTS AUSTIN'S TRANSIT USERS AND COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF GRADUATE INFRASTRUCTURE.

FINALLY, TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WILL BE CRITICAL IN HIRING AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE EDB.

THE COMMUNITY MUST BE AWARE HOW LONG THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CAPITAL METRO WILL SERVE AS THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

AND THEY MUST BE INFORMED WHEN, AND TO WHAT PROCESSES EVERY DIRECTOR OF THE EDB WILL BE HIRED.

IF WE ARE TO BUILD COMMUNITY TRUST IN THE ABB AND IN PROJECT CONNECT, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HIRE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ADB AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND THROUGH AS TRANSPARENT OR PROCESS AS POSSIBLE.

MOVING FORWARD, WE HOPE THE BOARD IS COMMITTED TO TRANSPARENCY AND REAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

IF WE ARE TO CREATE AN EQUITABLE TRANSIT SYSTEM, WE WILL NEED TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INPUT.

AND DECISION-MAKING, I KNOW A LOT OF THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED BY SPEAKERS BEFORE ME, BUT I THINK I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE TO FOCUS ON TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND ENSURING THAT THE COMMUNITIES INVOLVED IN DECISION-MAKING.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SYNOVIA JOSEPH.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR, AND CAPITOL METRO'S BOARD I'M ZENOBIA JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO PROJECT CONNECT IN GENERAL, AND ALSO ITEM FOUR SPECIFICALLY, I AM REFERRING SPECIFICALLY TO THE LANGUAGE THAT'S UNDER RECITALS AND THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT, AS IT RELATES TO SAFE, RELIABLE, AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION, AND BETTER CONNECTS PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

I JUST WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, UH, SPECIFICALLY THERE'S LANGUAGE IN THE FURTHER CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2020 THAT PROHIBITS USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PROPAGANDA.

AND SO, WHILE I CERTAINLY RESPECT THE MAYOR SAYING ALMOST 60% OF THE COMMUNITY VOTED FOR PROJECT CONNECT, I WOULD JUST CALL TO YOUR

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ATTENTION THAT IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, SPECIFICALLY ON K Z, I, WE WERE BOMBARDED WITH PROPAGANDA SPECIFICALLY.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE LANGUAGE IN THE INFORMATION THAT WAS PUT OUT IN THE COMMUNITY SPECIFIED PROJECT CONNECT IS A TRANSIT PLAN WITH MORE WAYS TO MOVE US ALL.

AND IF ALL MEANS ALL, I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS NO TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS ON DESA TO HOWARD.

NEITHER IS THERE TRANSPORTATION EAST WEST ON PARMER LANE, FM SEVEN THREE, FOUR.

SO SPECIFICALLY, WHAT I WANT YOU TO RE RECOGNIZE IS SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964.

I'M JUST GOING TO READ INTO THE RECORD INFORMATION.

UH, THAT'S SPECIFICALLY STATED IN THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION CIRCULAR FOR SEVEN OH 2.1 B THE CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORATION ACT OF 1987.

CLARIFY THE BROAD INSTITUTION WIDE APPLICATION OF TITLE SIX, TITLE SIX COVERS ALL OF THE OPERATIONS OF COVERED ENTITIES WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER SPECIFIC PORTIONS OF THE COVERED PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY ARE FEDERALLY FUNDED.

THE TERM PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY MEANS ALL OF THE OPERATIONS OF A DEPARTMENT AGENCY, SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT, OUR GOVERNMENT, OR THE ENTITY OF SUCH STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT DISTRIBUTES SUCH ASSISTANCE IN EACH SUCH DEPARTMENT, OUR AGENCY, TO WHICH THE ASSISTANCE IS EXTENDED IN THE CASE OF ASSISTANCE TO A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THE THREE METRO RAPID LINES THAT SERVE NORTHEAST AUSTIN WERE ELIMINATED, ALTHOUGH THEY SCORED HIGHER ON THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION CHARTS.

AND SO IT IS PECULIAR THAT THE ROUTES THAT WERE PAID FOR BY PROJECT CONNECT WILL SERVE SOUTHWEST AUSTIN, CONVICT HILL AND OAK HILL, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE STATE $633 MILLION HILL PROJECT.

AND SO WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT IS MY OBLIGATION TO CONTINUE TO ASK THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, THE U S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SUSPEND CAPITOL METRO'S FEDERAL FUNDING UNTIL YOU RECOGNIZE THE INEQUITIES IN THE SYSTEM.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY IS ELIMINATED.

AND SO I WOULD ASK NATASHA HARPER, MADISON, AND ALSO COUNCIL MEMBER POOL TO WAKE UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING BY YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

WE CANNOT GET TO THE ARBORETUM JOBS BECAUSE IT TAKES 45 MINUTES ON THE BUS, PLUS A 30 MINUTE TRANSFER.

AND THERE IS NO WAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRANSIT DEPENDENT TO WORK AT THE DOMAIN, DESPITE ALL OF THE TAX BREAKS THAT THEY GET.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THAT.

UH, LASTLY, I WOULD JUST SAY TO YOU THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS SPECIFIED WAY BACK IN JUNE OF 2017 AT, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT RELATED TO THE GREEN LINE SPECIFIED THAT IT WOULD LIKELY HAVE TO BE FUNDED WITH LOCAL FUNDS BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR DENSITY LEVELS.

TODD HEMINGSON ALSO REITERATED THAT ON APRIL 3RD, 2018, BUT YOU DID NOT TRANSPARENTLY TELL THE PUBLIC THAT THE GREEN LINE WOULD ONLY BE BUILT.

IF IN FACT IT WAS FUNDED BY PROPERTY TAXES, 264 MILLION THRESHOLD.

I THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY COMMENTS.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS NANCY CRAUTHER.

THANK YOU.

HI EVERYBODY.

I JUST WANT TO JUMP UP AND DOWN AND GIVE YOU ALL A GROUP HARD.

WE, ONE OF THE, UH, THE VOTE TO GET PROJECT CONNECT OFF THE GROUND, I GUESS, AS A TRANSIT GEEK FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS HAVE, UH, JUST SO MUCH EXCITEMENT ABOUT THIS.

UH, I KNOW PEOPLE ARE ANGRY PEOPLE THAT POSSIBLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.

I HAVE BEEN IN THE TRENCHES WITH THE PROCESS FOR OVER 25 YEARS SPECIAL.

I WANTED TO JUST SAY THANK YOU.

UM, AND HIS CREW, TINA, WITH THE, UH, TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN, WHAT GREAT TEAM I FELT THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB AND BRINGING US ALL TOGETHER.

THEY WERE CHEERLEADERS.

AND NOW WHERE ARE THEY? WE NEED THEM.

UM, I'M, I'M FEELING A LITTLE BIT OF, UH, UH, UH, DELAY AND IN EXCITEMENT, UH, BECAUSE OF, UH COVID AND THE OTHER RELATED ISSUES, BUT TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN SHOULD BE LIKE THE BIG UMBRELLA

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FOR ALL THESE GROUPS AND GET THEM ALL TOGETHER TO GET WITH THE GAME.

UM, AND TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN WAS REALLY WONDERFUL.

AND NOW I'M LIKE, WHERE'S THE ACTION.

UM, WE, OUR TEAMWORK WAS VERY VALUABLE AND I THINK A LOT OF THE TEAM'S WORK IS VERY VALUABLE FOR THESE PROJECTS.

I JUST WANT TO LIVE THE PUBLIC, KNOW THAT NOT TO GIVE UP, UH, DON'T GET ANGRY YET.

UM, THERE'S SO MUCH TO BE DONE AND, AND RANDY, I UNDERSTAND YOUR POSITION AND STEVE, I, I UNDERSTAND, UH, UH, I REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS, THE POOL A COMMUNITY TOGETHER, BUT, UM, I LIKED IT ONCE YOU DID WITH THE, UM, TRANSIT TO PARTNERSHIP.

I READ THROUGH ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS, MY ONLY HESITATION ONCE I DIDN'T READ ANYTHING RELATED TO, UH, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES OR SENIOR CITIZEN MOBILITY, UM, I WASN'T AWARE IF ANY OF THEM HAD ANY FOCUS ON THOSE COMMUNITIES, IF THEY WERE EVEN A PRIORITY, UH, WE'RE ALL USED TO, UM, BUT IT'S GOTTA BE A PRIORITY AND RELATED TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, OH MY LORD, WE CAN HAVE A MILLION COMMITTEES.

WILL EVERYONE AGREE? NO, I'M BEING HONEST, BUT IT'S WONDERFUL THAT WE HAVE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND I HOPE PEOPLE DO BECOME A GAUGE AND NOT ENRAGE.

UM, I JUST, AGAIN, I'M EXCITED.

I'LL GIVE YOU ALL MY HUGS AND I KNOW THIS IS A TOUGH TIME AND TRUST IS OF THE UTMOST, BUT HAVING READ THROUGH THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE ALREADY, I WISH YOU THE BEST.

AND I HOPE THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO VOTE ON EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BECAUSE WE HAVE A TRAIN SPEAKER.

YOUR TIME IS UP.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JESSICA WOLF.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, UH, METRO BOARD CHAIR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND CAP METRO BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS JEFF, THE WOLF STEP YOUTH POLICY DIRECTOR FOR WORKERS DEFENSE AND I'M TESTIFYING ON ITEMS TWO, THREE AND FOUR.

TODAY WORKER'S DEFENSE IS A MEMBERSHIP-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS TEXAS AS LOW-INCOME CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND IMPROVING THEIR LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

WE'RE ALSO A PROUD MEMBER OF THE ATX MOBILITY COALITION, WHICH IS NATIVE OF EQUITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS COMING TOGETHER TO ENGAGE IN THE PROJECT CONNECT PROCESS.

OUR MEMBERS WERE HAPPY TO ENDORSE PROJECT CONNECTS TRANSIT PLAN.

WE BELIEVE RIGHT NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO MAKE THIS INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE.

AND IN DOING SO STIMULATES OUR LOCAL ECONOMY BY CREATING THOUSANDS OF DIGNIFIED JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT BUILD OUR CITY.

WE ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IT'S CRITICAL FOR THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP TO HAVE FAIR REPRESENTATION OF WORKING PEOPLE AND IMMIGRANTS ON HIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, IMMIGRANTS, AND WORKING PEOPLE RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO NOT ONLY GET TO WORK, EARN A LIVING AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY, BUT TO NAVIGATE A RAPIDLY EXPANDING AND GENTRIFYING CITY AS SUCH DESERVE A VOICE AT THE TABLE AND HOW PROJECT CONNECTS PLANS WILL BE MANAGED AND IMPLEMENTED.

ALTHOUGH WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED DR.

COLETTE BURNETT AND VERONICA CASTRO, DAVE ODETTA, WHO THE ATS MOBILITY COALITION SUPPORTED.

WE BELIEVE THERE'S BEEN A GENERAL LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND THE SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS USED BY THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE TO SELECT THE APP BOARD CANDIDATES.

WE ASK THAT THERE'LL BE MORE, A MORE TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE SELECTION PROCESS, WHICH ALLOWS FOR COMMUNITY VOICES TO BE PRIORITIZED.

WE APPRECIATE CURRENT LANGUAGE IN THE AMENDMENT TO THE INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT, WHICH INCLUDES THE CITY, WORKING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS TO ENSURE HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, MOST IMPACTED BY MASS TRANSIT ARE ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE SELECTION.

WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS CRITICAL THAT INDIVIDUALS MOST IMPACTED BY MASS TRANSIT WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSERVED AND UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES ARE STRONGLY CONSIDERED FOR COMMUNITY ADVISORY POSITIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS NEXT YEAR.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SARAH .

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SARAH.

YOU MIGHT BE ON MUTE.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CYNTHIA VASQUEZ.

YEAH.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

ALL RIGHT.

HI.

HI, I'M CYNTHIA VASQUEZ.

I'M AN OTU AUSTIN NATIVE CHICANA GENTRIFIED OUT TWO SEVEN EIGHT SEVEN FOUR FOUR.

I'M HERE REPPING GABA TODAY GO AUSTIN VAMOS AUSTIN, AND MY CITIZEN CAPACITY.

I'M SPEAKING TO THE UPCOMING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES, UM, AND CREATION OF AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD PROCESS WAS RUSHED.

IT FEELS LIKE THAT CODE NEXT CONDOR RUSH NO TIME FOR US COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO CATCH YOUR BREATH QUICK ENOUGH TO EVEN MAKE IT TO A PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY ONLINE.

AND THEN THE LESS DURING THE PANDEMIC WHERE THERE ARE STILL THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS.

SO HOW ARE WE ENGAGING AUTHENTICALLY WITH OUR CONSUMERS? I REQUESTED A MEETING.

I REQUESTED MEETING TIME WITH THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM AT CAPITAL METRO.

AND PART OF THE RESPONSE I RECEIVED WAS HOW DIFFICULT IT WOULD BE TO WRANGLE EVERYONE'S WORK SCHEDULE.

AND MY SPOT, MY RESPONSE WAS IT'S HARDER TO GET PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PAID TO DO THIS WORK INTO THESE MEETINGS AS ANY SAUCE TO KNOW.

GEE, I'VE SEEN THE EVOLUTION OF CAPITAL METRO CONTINUOUSLY SERVING A GROWING POPULATION THAT DIDN'T INCLUDE MYSELF OR MY NEIGHBORS.

I USED TO BE ABLE TO GET TO FROM EAST TO WEST ON A DOLLAR 50, I'VE SEEN THE FREE DILLOW STRIP FROM OUR COMMUNITY.

YOU KNOW, THE ONES THAT COULD TAKE US OUT FROM MY HOOD TO OTHER BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF THE CITY THAT COULDN'T TYPICALLY GET TO WITHOUT A CAR.

AND I DID CATCH THAT PROJECT.

Y'ALL DID THAT PILOT PROGRAM FOR COMMUTERS, BUT IT WASN'T IN MY HOOD AND IT WASN'T IN THE TWO OR FOUR, FOUR.

I'M GOING TO STAND FOR OUR COMMUNITY WHO KEEPS GETTING OVERLOOKED.

I'M GOING TO STAND WITH OUR AUSTINITES AND THE EASTERN CRESCENT WHO CATCH HER UP AT 6:00 AM TO GET TO WORK OR HOP ON A RIDE AT 11:00 PM AND MAKE IT HOME, SLOW DOWN THIS PROCESS AND ENGAGE WITH MY NEIGHBORS.

SHE MAINLY BUILD TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AND SUSTAIN THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITHIN CAPITAL METRO.

I'M TIRED.

YEAH.

AND SO ARE MY NEIGHBORS, BUT WE'RE HANGING IN THERE.

WE'RE HERE.

YOU STILL KEEP PASSING US BY AND I'M IN A SECOND WITH ANA ADIDAS SAID AND HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU MAKE IT TO AN UNDOING RACISM TWO AND A HALF DAY WORKSHOP VERY SOON.

UM, AS I SIT HERE AND I RECALL PRETTY QUICKLY, ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES I ATTENDED SOMEONE WHO WORKED IN CITY ZONING COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHY SHE WAS THERE.

SHE WAS SURE.

AND ROTATION WAS A MISTAKE BECAUSE SHE SAID SHE DID NOT WORK IN THE COMMUNITY.

IF WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DISCUSS EQUITY, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO STUDY THE INEQUITIES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, DAVID EDMUNDSON.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR ADLER, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CHAIRPERSON COOPER, AND THE CABINETRY BOARD.

UH, MY NAME IS DAVID EDMONDSON.

I AM TECHNICAL VICE PRESIDENT FOR STATE POLICY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AT TECHNET THE NATIONAL BI-PARTISAN NETWORK OF TECHNOLOGY CEOS AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES THAT PROMOTES THE GROWTH OF THE INNOVATION ECONOMY.

I'M ALSO A LONG TIME AUSTINITE AND AUSTIN TECH SECTOR IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PASSAGE OF PROJECT CONNECT AND PROP A, UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND THANK YOU FOR MOVING SO QUICKLY, UH, TO GET THE OVERSIGHT BOARD ESTABLISHED.

I WAS EXCITED TO SEE THE DIVERSITY OF VOICES AND THE EXTRA KEYS THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE.

UH, NO, CERTAINLY DONE YOUR HOMEWORK.

UH, THE OVERSIGHT BOARD WILL PROVIDE BOTH TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS AND THAT ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES IN GOOD HANDS, AS WE IMPLEMENT THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN, THIS IS TRULY A GENERATIONAL INVESTMENT THAT WILL CREATE A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT IS SAFER, CLEANER, MORE EFFICIENT, AND MORE EQUITABLE.

AND IT'S ESSENTIAL TO OUR COMMUNITIES, ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CONSUELO AMEZ QUITA.

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HELLO? YES, PLEASE.

GO AHEAD.

I AM CONSUELO.

MESQUITA A SOUTH EAST AUSTIN RESIDENTS.

YOU HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE COMMUNITY BY RUSHING THIS PROCESS DURING A PANDEMIC RESIDENTS HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED EDUCATIONAL PROCESS OTHER THAN A GLORIFIED WEBSITE, WHEN SHARING INFORMATION AND GIVING PRESENTATIONS, YOU HAVE TO MEET RESIDENTS WHERE THEY ARE AT ONLINE OR OFF IN THEIR LANGUAGE AND USING NON TECHNICAL TERM.

HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL INPUT? WHEN THERE HASN'T BEEN EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT, I AM FAMILIAR WITH YOUR PREVIOUS ATTEMPT AND I EXPECT YOUR FUTURE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE MORE CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY INCLUSIVE.

AS FOR BUS ROUTES, WE DEMAND THE RETURN OF LOST ROUTES, CRITICAL TO EAST CRITICAL TO AUSTIN'S EASTERN CRESCENT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FOR ACCESS TO FOOD, HEALTHCARE, AND JOBS.

ALSO THE RUNDBERG AND SOUTHEAST AUSTIN COMMUNITIES NEED FREE NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS WITH ESTABLISHED ROUTES, NOT ON-DEMAND PICKUPS, WHICH ARE A CONVENIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH SMARTPHONES WHO ARE DIGITALLY LITERATE.

FINALLY, WHILE I DID NOT SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT IN THE VOTING BOOTH AS A TAX PAYER, I'M STILL PAYING FOR IT.

SO I DEMAND TO BE HEARD, EXPECT EQUITY AND TRANSPARENCY, AND WE'LL BE HOLDING YOU ACCOUNTABLE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CINDY REED, CINDY REED.

HELLO.

THANK YOU.

HELLO? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

GO AHEAD.

HI.

UM, YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE PROCESS.

I THINK PEOPLE HAVE REITERATED THAT POINT TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

I JUST WANT TO SAY AS A NATIVE AUSTINITE AND SOMEONE OF COLOR, WELL, WE USE THE WORD EQUITY.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE TRULY EMBRACING AND OUR ACTIONS PERSONIFY THAT.

AND SO, UM, I NOTICED THAT THE OUTREACH TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, PARTICULARLY THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR THIS PROJECT WAS GREAT, YOU KNOW, UM, ADVERTISING TO ALL THE DIFFERENT AVENUES, NAACP, UM, AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION, UM, BLACK CHURCHES, BLACK LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IF WE CAN GET EVEN 10% OF THAT IN TERMS OF THE TRANSPARENCY AND ENGAGEMENT THAT YOU GOT TO GET PEOPLE OUT TO VOTE FOR THIS PROJECT, I THINK WE'LL BE IN A GOOD PLACE.

AND THERE'S STILL A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR CAPITAL METRO, THE CITY COUNCIL TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT.

AND NOT JUST SAY IT, BUT ACTUALLY DO IT.

AND IT'S VERY HARD TO KEEP EVERYONE ENGAGED AND COMMUNICATE, BUT YEAH, BUT AN EXAMPLE OF THE CITY COUNCIL DOING THAT WELL, AND GRANTED, THIS IS MORE OF A MEETING FOR CAPITAL METRO, BUT THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS, I SAW IT ON THE NEWS.

I SAW MANY, MANY ADS ON NPR.

I SAW ADS ON THE FREEWAY IN TERMS OF BILLBOARDS ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED.

AND THAT WAS VERY GREAT.

WHAT THE CITY DID.

I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MEETING.

I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT IT UNTIL YESTERDAY.

SO IF WE REALLY WANT TO USE THAT WORD EQUITY IN AUSTIN, WE NEED TO REALLY LIVE IT.

IF WE WANT TO WRITE THE WRONGS OF THE PAST, WE NEED TO REALLY TRULY ENGAGE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND FAMILIES BECAUSE FAMILIES USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HAVE A DIFFERENT LENS WHEN YOU HAVE A STROLLER AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND AUSTIN CONTINUES BANGKOK METRO TO FORGET ABOUT FAMILIES.

WE WANT A CITY THAT HAS ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE, NOT JUST A BACKGROUND THAT AGE, EVERYTHING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SANDY GUZMAN.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR COUNCIL, CHAIR, AND BOARD MEMBERS ON SANDY HAS THIS GUZMAN I'M CTO FOR THE AUSTIN AREA RESEARCH ORGANIZATION.

WE'RE A SIX COUNTY REGIONAL CIVIC ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON LONGTERM, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING OF CENTRAL TEXANS.

WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HERE WHO AND THE MANY STAFF AND OTHERS WHO'VE BEEN SUPPORTING US TO THIS

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IN THE PROCESS TO THIS POINT, IT'S SUPER EXCITING.

I WORKED IN LIGHT RAIL CAMPAIGN IN 2000, SO IT'S NICE TO SEE THE PROGRESS.

AND I WANT TO REITERATE ONE OF THE COMMENTS EARLIER ABOUT THIS BEING A HISTORIC DAY AND POINT SPECIFICALLY TO THE PARTNERSHIP THAT'S BEEN GOING ON BETWEEN THE CITY AND CAPITAL METRO TO MAKE US MAKE THIS SUCCESSFUL, BUT ALSO THE CREATION OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

I THINK THAT'S REALLY GOING TO BE KEY TO THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT'S NECESSARY FOR THIS PROGRAM OF PROJECTS TO REALLY GET DONE THE RIGHT WAY AS WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

EQUITY IS SUCH A KEY PIECE OF THIS AND TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND I THINK THE, UM, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IS A WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN IN A VERY TARGETED AND THOUGHTFUL MANNER, GIVEN THAT THE CAPITAL METRO AND THE CITY HAVE SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT ARE ALSO DRAWING THEIR ATTENTION, THIS IS A WINDOW OR AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FOCUS THAT CAN HELP US THERE.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED FOR WHAT PROJECT CONNECT MEANS FOR AUSTIN, BUT ALSO FOR THE REGION AND THE ARROW'S COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH YOU AND WITH OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS IN PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF CONNECTING THOSE OTHER PARTS INTO PROJECT CONNECT IN THE FUTURE.

THANKS SO MUCH AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYBODY, MAYOR AND CHAIR, THAT IS ALL OF THE SPEAKERS THAT, UM, ANSWERED THE CALL TODAY.

THANK YOU, CHEYENNE.

I THINK YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

SURE.

COOPER.

IT LOOKS, ARE WE HEARING THEIR PRESENTATION FIRST? THE FIRST ITEM, MY DISTRICT FROZEN ON THIS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU THERE.

OKAY.

SO THAT CONCLUDES PUBLIC COMMENT, UH, AS, UH, THE MAYOR PRO TEM, I THINK POINTED OUT, WE'RE GOING TO NOW BEGIN WITH OUR FIRST DISCUSSION ITEM TODAY.

UH, FIRST, UH, AN UPDATE ON THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM SEQUENCE AND UPCOMING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOLLOWED BY AN UPDATE FROM THE CITY ON THE EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL PROCESS, AND THEN A RECAP OF OUR EARLIER JOINT MEETINGS AND APPROVED, UH, DOCUMENT.

SO AFTER THE PRESENTATION WITH THE IN DISCUSSION WITH THE BOARD AND THEN THE COUNCIL CAP, METRO BOARD IS GOING TO CONSIDER SOME ACTION ON APPROVAL OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, WHICH INCLUDE BYLAWS AND NAMES OF THE INITIAL ATP BOARD MEMBERS.

CITY COUNCIL WOULD CONSIDER SIMILAR ACTION ON THE ATP ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AS WELL.

UH, SO, UH, I'M GOING TO RECOGNIZE, UH, MR. COUCH TO START US OFF ON THE DISCUSSION ITEM, UH, AND CHAIRMAN WAIT, I'M GOING TO EXIT AND COME BACK IN AND SEE IF I CAN UNFREEZE MY SCREEN.

THANK YOU, MARIANNE, BUT IT'S PLEASURE TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE YOU AN UPDATE TODAY, UH, ON THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE BEEN MAKING ON PROJECT CONNECT, UH, AS WE GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD, UH, SINCE THE APPROVAL OF THE REFERENDUM, UH, ON THE 3RD OF NOVEMBER, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO AS WE GO AHEAD AND GO FORWARD, WE WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THE FIRST PORTIONS OF THE AGENDA, UH, THE PUBLIC COMMENT, AND NOW WE'RE AT THE POINT OF GOING THROUGH, UH, THE PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, SO THIS WILL GIVE US WHERE WE'VE BEEN.

HI, WE'RE DOING THINGS BASICALLY HOW WE PROGRESSED, UH, SINCE THE POINT THAT THINGS WERE READY TO GO AHEAD AND GO FORWARD IN JUNE OF THIS PAST YEAR, NEXT TIME WE DEVELOPED THIS OVERALL SEQUENCE PLAN, UH, IT TIES TO WHAT WAS DEVELOPED FOR THE INITIAL INVESTMENT, INCLUDES THE LIGHT RAIL LINES FOR BOTH THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE, UH, THAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF GOING THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS RIGHT NOW.

UH, THAT'S A REQUIREMENT FROM THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, UH, IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD AND GET MONEY UNDER THE NEW STARTS PROGRAM ON THE RED LINE.

UH, WE'RE ALREADY MOVING FORWARD, UH, ON TWO STATIONS.

UH, THERE HAS BEEN AT BROADMORE, UH, THERE'S AN AGREEMENT THAT IS IN PLACE, UH, AND THEY'RE GETTING READY TO START CONSTRUCTION, UH, AT THE NEW SOCCER STADIUM.

UH, THAT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS TO BE ABLE TO START ON THE DESIGN.

AND THE THIRD PIECE OF THAT PROGRAM WILL BE GOING FORWARD WITH A SECOND, A SECOND TRACK, UH, BETWEEN LAKELAND AND LEANDER TO GO AHEAD AND BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD AND INCREASE THE FREQUENCY DOWN TO 15 MINUTES.

GREENLINE IS OUT INTO THE FUTURE.

AS WE START TO LOOK AT THE METRO RAPID LINES, THERE'S FOUR OF THEM.

NOW THE GOLD LINE WILL INITIALLY BE A SECTION THAT WILL BE METRO RAPID.

WE'VE MOVED FORWARD WITH THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION.

UH, AND THE FIRST TWO LINES FOR

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EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY ARE ALREADY ACCEPTED INTO THE FIRST PHASE OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

UH, AND THEN BEYOND THAT, WE GO AHEAD AND ARE IN THE PROCESS OF HAVING A RATING FOR BOTH EXPO AND PLEASANT VALLEY.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK, UH, WITH THE FTA, UH, THE EXTENSION OF SOUTH LAMAR DOWN TO OAK HILL AND DOWN MAN CHECKUP.

AND THE GOAL LINE IS ONE THAT WILL TAKE UP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THAT, UH, METRO EXPRESS AND PARKING RIGHTS.

THOSE ARE IN THE PLANNING PHASE WITH EXPECTATIONS THAT WE'LL BE DOING SOMETHING LATER THIS YEAR, UH, METRO BACKS, BUS AND METRO ACCESS.

THOSE ARE ONGOING PROGRAMS THAT WE'LL BUILD AS TIMES GO ON.

WE'VE ALREADY STARTED THE FIRST PORTION OF THE CUSTOMER TECH SYSTEMS, AND THAT WILL BE ROLLED OUT INTO NEXT YEAR.

THE OTHER ITEM THAT'S HERE IS THE ANTIDOTE PLACEMENT INTACCT DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENT PROGRAM.

UH, THAT'S THE $300 MILLION PROGRAM, UH, THAT WILL BE DONE OVER THE LENGTH OF THE OVERALL SEQUENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE INITIAL INVESTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS LAYS OUT WHAT OUR PROGRESS WILL BE AND HOW WE'RE LOOKING AT BASICALLY THE NEXT FOUR QUARTERS OF THE PROGRAM AND IT GIVING YOU THAT CONDENSED VERSION OF WHAT OUR DELIVERABLES WILL BE ON A QUARTER BY QUARTER BASIS.

UH, WE'VE INITIATED WORK WITH THE CONSULTING FIRM, BCG ON LOOKING AT WHAT THE PROGRAM DELIVERY METHODOLOGY WOULD BE LOOKING AT THE SETUP OF WHAT'S THERE AND A ROADMAP FOR ATP.

AS I SAID, A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO, WE'VE STARTED WORK ON THE RED LINE PORTIONS OF THE PROJECT, AND WE'VE ALSO STARTED TO GO FORWARD WITH A PORTION OF THE FARE ADVANCEMENT.

UH, THIS MEETING TODAY, UH, IS SHOWN IN THE LOWER LEFT-HAND PART IN THE 18TH WITH THE ACTION ITEMS THAT WE HAVE AS PART OF THE MEETING.

AND THEN THE INAUGURAL MEETING, IF YOU WILL, WITH THE ATP BOARD, UH, IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 20TH OF NEXT MONTH AS WE GO INTO THE NEXT QUARTERS, WHETHER IT'S FROM FEBRUARY, JUNE, AND OUT THROUGH OCTOBER, WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON CONTINUATION OF THE NEPA PROCESS FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE LINE.

WE'LL CONTINUE WITH THE ATP BOARD MEETINGS ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING TO INITIATE AND START SOME OF THE WORK THAT IS THERE, UH, ON BOTH OF THE INITIAL METRO RAPID LINES, STARTING IN THE FEBRUARY THROUGH MAY, UH, WE'LL GO FORWARD WITH MORE LOCATIONS FOR PICKUP SERVICE, UH, AND THEN CONTINUE AND ERNST THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING TO THIS POINT, UH, THAT JACKIE WHO WILL BE FOLLOWING ME IN THE PRESENTATION REALLY HAS LED THE FOREFRONT AS WE GO INTO JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

UH, IT'S THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT PROGRAM TAKING FRONT AND CENTER, UH WE'LL THEN GO FORWARD AND CONTINUE WITH WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING ON THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE LINE, STICKING TO WHAT WE HAVE REALLY FOR, UH, THE NEPA PROCESS IN THAT SAME TIMEFRAME, WE'LL HAVE APPROVAL OF THE TRIBE PARTY, A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

IT'S REALLY A FOLLOW ON TO THE AGREEMENTS THAT WILL BE APPROVED AT THE, AT THE LATER IN THIS MEETING, UH, WITH THE ILS WILL INITIATE WORK ON THE RED LINE, DOUBLE TRACKING, UH, FROM LEANDER TO LAKELINE.

AND THEN GO AHEAD AND LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES FOR MAKING SOME SITE VISITS TO OTHER PROPERTIES, UH, THAT ARE ALSO MOVING ALONG AND PROGRESSING INTO THE FUTURE, UH, ON DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS, OCTOBER THROUGH JANUARY.

UH, WE EXPECT TO START THE CONSTRUCTION EFFORT ON THE FIRST TWO OF THE METRO RAPID LINES.

AND AT THAT POINT WE'LL ALSO LAUNCH THE FULL ACCOUNT-BASED FARE SYSTEM WITH FARE CAPPING SMART CARDS, UH, THE VIRTUAL CARD PROGRAM, AND CONTINUE AS WE GO FORWARD ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, JUST LIKE WE ARE, UH, THIS MONTH, UH, WITH HAVING A JOINT MEETING BETWEEN THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD AND THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, UH, AND ALL THROUGH THE YEAR, ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS, IT WILL BE EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT, UH, IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR THE, FOR THE ORANGE LINE, THE BLUE LINE FOR METRO RAPID, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGED AS WE TAKE EACH STEP THROUGH THE PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND TURN IT OVER TO JACKIE AND ASK HER TO TAKE THE NEXT PORTION OF THE PROGRAM.

GOOD