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OKAY, SO

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ED, WE GOT THE GO-AHEAD TO GO.

THANK YOU.

THANKS ED.

ONE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS REMOTE MEETING OF THE ASA TRENDS AND PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

AND WE'LL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20TH, AND THE TIME IS 2:18 PM.

THIS HAS BEEN AN HISTORIC DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY.

IT IS ALSO A HISTORIC DAY FOR US FISH.

WE HAVE COME TO OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE HPP BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

UH, THANKS TO YEARS OF HARD WORK BY STAFF MAKERS AND THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY DIRECTLY WITH GP.

I'M EXCITED TO BEGIN THIS JOURNEY WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM IS MOVING INTO IMPLEMENTATION AND THE ATP IS READY TO GROW AND GET TO WORK.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED A COUPLE OF LOGISTICAL ITEMS. I KNOW WE HAVE HAD PLENTY OF PRACTICE WITH ONLINE MEETINGS RECENTLY, BUT I'D LIKE TO JUST REMIND EVERYONE OF OUR MEETING ROOM TODAY, BEST PRACTICES, WHICH ARE TO KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE ON MUTE, UNLESS YOU'RE SPEAKING.

AND THEN PLEASE REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR, UH, MUTE OFF AGAIN.

WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED.

I'VE ALSO BEEN REMINDED BY OUR GENERAL COUNSEL WITH TEXAS LAW FOR REMOTE MEETINGS, PLEASE STAY VISIBLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, UH, ON CAMERA.

AND IN PARTICULAR, WHEN WE GO TO DO CASTING OF VOTES, IT NEEDS TO BE VISUAL FOR RECORDING OF THE BOAT.

FINALLY, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE GINA ATHENA DACA.

SHE'S THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER OF MOBILITY WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SHE HAS BEEN AN INVALUABLE PART OF THE PROJECT AND THEIR PROCESS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS.

AND SHE WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THESE MONTHLY MEETINGS AS THE EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE ATP BOARD, DESIGNATED BY THE CITY MANAGER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ATP ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION.

WITH THAT, LET'S MOVE TO OUR FIRST TWO ACTION

[I.1. Adoption of the Austin Transit Partnership bylaws.]

ITEMS BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO THE BOARD FOR INTRODUCTIONS AND OUR FINAL ACCIDENT ACTION ITEMS ONE AND TWO WILL BE THE APPROVAL OF THE ACP BOARD, BYLAWS AND ELECTION OF ATP BOARD OFFICERS FOR 2021 KC BUREAU.

UH, THE ATP GENERAL COUNCIL AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER WILL PRESENT THESE TWO ITEMS WITH THAT.

CASEY, COULD YOU PLEASE TAKE IT FROM HERE? THANK YOU.

YEAH, THANK YOU.

UM, ACTION ITEM NUMBER ONE IS APPROVAL OF THE ATP BOARD BYLAWS, WHICH WERE APPROVED AT THE JOINT AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL CAP, METRO BOARD MEETING ON DECEMBER 18TH OF LAST YEAR.

ADOPTION OF BYLAWS IS REQUIRED BY STATUTE AND THE FULL TEXT IS IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIALS.

SO ACTION ITEM.

ONE IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE BYLAWS OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ATP BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

DO YOU WANT TO REQUEST THE NO WORRIES.

I PUT MYSELF ON MUTE.

I DID FIND THEM AGAIN FOR PEOPLE WE ALL DID IN 2020.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

UM, BUT THAT I WORKED QUEST EMOTION AND A SECOND ON ACTION ITEM NUMBER ONES, AND THEN WE CAN HAVE A, AND THEN WE CAN HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE.

AND BECAUSE WE'RE ON VIDEO, IF YOU COULD PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND SAY, I OWN A I'LL START WITH, UH, MAYOR APPS.

SO YOU NEED THE MOTION TO BE ABLE TO APPROVE IT.

SO I MAKE THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE BYLAWS.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS THAT THESE HAVE BEEN SET KIND OF BY THE, UH, BY ALL THE DIFFERENT, THE CITY IN CAP METRO.

SO, UH, IF WE WANT TO AMEND BY-LAWS IN THE FUTURE, WE CERTAINLY CAN BY FOLLOWING PROCESS, BUT THESE ARE THE BYLAWS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY EVERYBODY.

SO I MOVED TO, TO DO IT.

OR DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE THE VIEW? MY, MY YES.

VOTE NOW BECAUSE I VOTE.

YES, NO, THAT'S PERFECT.

I JUST NEED A MOTION IF I CAN GET A SECOND.

I HEAR A DOCTOR DR.

BURNETT, THIS I CAN THINK BACK TO THE VISUAL.

WE SEE THE WHOLE COUNCIL OF THE WHOLE BOARD AGAIN.

RIGHT.

SO NOW I'LL JUST, UH, I'LL GO THROUGH THE ROLL CALL AND WE'LL START WITH, UH, MAYOR ADLER'S.

I HEARD HIM, I HEARD COLETTE TRY TO SAY SOMETHING BEFORE, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO DISCUSS THIS BEFORE WE TAKE THE VOTE.

I THINK TONY AND I WERE CHIMING IN AT THE SAME TIME, SO SECONDING.

OKAY, GOOD.

I VOTE, YES.

OKAY.

UH, FOUR MEMBERS STRATTON'S YES.

THANK YOU.

UH, BOARD MEMBER, UH, DR.

BURNETT.

YES.

THANK YOU.

OR A MEMBER OF CASTRO.

DEBARROS THANK YOU.

OR A MEMBER OFFICE.

YES.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

UH, WITH THAT,

[I.2. Election of Austin Transit Partnership board officers.]

UH, CASEY, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ACTION ITEM NUMBER TWO.

THANK YOU.

ACTION ITEM.

NUMBER TWO IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION ELECTING OFFICERS OF THE ATP BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2020.

ONE'S A MOTION AND SECOND WILL BE MADE TO NOMINATE AND ELECT ATP OFFICERS.

WE NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ELECT A CHAIR, VICE CHAIR,

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SECRETARY AND TREASURER.

A REMINDER THAT THE RESOLUTION IN TODAY'S BACKUP LISTS ACTUALLY MYSELF AS THE SECRETARY AND GREG ANALLY, THE INCOMING CFO OF ATP IS TREASURER.

THE MESH, THE MOTION MAY INCLUDE THE NAMES OF ALL FOUR OFFICERS.

THANK YOU, CASEY.

SO WITH THAT, UH, OPEN UP TO THE FLOOR FOR EMOTION, RANDY, I COULD MAYBE INTRODUCE SOMETHING.

YEAH, WE'VE UM, WE HAVE, I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING WITH YOU GUYS ON THIS, AND IT'S A PRETTY INCREDIBLE COLLECTION OF PEOPLE.

UH, I'M ALSO ANXIOUS FOR US TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER ENOUGH, SO THAT EVEN THE FORMALITY THAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH SUCH FAR BECOMES LESS FORMAL AND MORE OF THE SMALL GROUP AND A CONVERSATION THAT, THAT I THINK THAT WE CAN GET TO, I THINK PICKING THE OFFICERS ARE GOING TO BE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT ON THIS.

UH, EVEN IT DOESN'T REALLY CHANGE ANYBODY'S WORK ASSIGNMENT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE WORKING.

WE EACH BRING DIFFERENT KINDS OF, UH, EXPERTISE TO, TO, TO, TO WHAT WE HAVE.

UM, BUT MY RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE THAT, UH, UH, ERIC AND I NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR IT, THAT WE COME FROM MULTIPLE GROUPS.

UH, AND, AND JUST TO REALLY EMPHASIZE THAT THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL THING AND IT'S NOT REALLY A POLICY THING AND IT'S KIND OF THE, THE NUTS AND BOLTS THING, UH, SO THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT.

AND THAT LEAVES THREE, ALL OF WHICH WOULD MAKE GREAT CHAIRS AND GREAT VICE CHAIRS.

UM, I THINK GIVEN THE MOMENT THAT WE HAVE, AND IF I FRANKLY, THE, THE REAL KEEN INTEREST THAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW, UH, OVER THAT PART OF WHAT WE DO, THAT THERE REALLY DOES REPRESENT, UH, THE, KIND OF THE, THE, THE, UH, CONCERN ABOUT THE LOCATION AND HOW THIS IS GOING TO IMPACT COMMUNITY.

MY RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE THAT THE CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR, UH, WITHOUT DESIGNATING A PERSON FOR ONE OR THE OTHER, UH, BE, UH, COLETTE AND, UH, AND VERONICA.

UH, AND, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, BE WILLING TO DEFER TO THEM, TO FIGURE OUT WHO WAS CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR, UH, BETWEEN THAT, UH, BUT MY RECORD DATE.

CAUSE I THINK WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE DOING THIS TOGETHER.

WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER.

THESE MEETINGS ARE GOING TO BE REALLY INFORMAL.

IT DOESN'T REALLY CHANGE THE WORKLOAD.

I THINK THAT THAT WOULD JUST BE A REAL IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO KIND OF SEND TO THE COMMUNITY.

SO, I MEAN, THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT I THAT'S, THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, SO WE COULD GO, BUT I THINK AS YOU'RE SAYING, WE COULD MAYBE MAKE IT LESS FORMAL.

MAYBE I'LL JUST ASK OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TO COMMENT ON THAT SECOND.

WE CAN HEAR YOU BOARD MEMBER FAT.

OKAY.

UM, I WILL ECHO WHAT, UH, MAYOR ADLER HAS SAID ABOUT THE ROLE OF MYSELF AND HIMSELF AS THE APPOINTEES AND DESIGNEES OF CAP METRO AND CITY COUNCIL.

UM, I DO BELIEVE THAT WE EACH FOLD THE RESPONSIBILITY HAVING BEEN ASSIGNED IN THE CREATION OF EVENTS COMING FROM THE POLICY MAKING BODIES TOO.

WE HAVE THE, THE UNIQUE POSITION OF BEING, UH, OF BRINGING TO THE TABLE, THE EXPERTISE AND THE, UH, THE VOICES OF THE POLICY-MAKING BODY SIDE OF THINGS.

BUT, UM, WITH THAT SAID THE CREATION OF THIS, OF THIS ENTITY THAT WAS INHERENTLY ABOUT CREATING SOMETHING THAT WAS INDEPENDENT AND SEPARATE AND A BIT ACCOUNTABLE, A LEVEL OF LIKE A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND WITH THAT, THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A MAJORITY OF INDEPENDENTLY APPOINTED MEMBERS FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE, UH, VERONICA AND KALA AND TONY HERE.

SO I WOULD JUST ECHO THE MAYOR'S POINT IN THAT, THAT, UM, JUST, I DON'T THINK THAT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AND WOULD, YOU KNOW, RE POLITELY DECLINED ANY, UH, REFERENCES IF SOMEBODY WERE GOING TO DRIVE A NOMINATION, RIGHT.

OPPOSITE AS JARED VICE CHAIR AS HELL.

I'M LOSING HIS, UH, I CAN'T REMEMBER HER HAVING A HARD TIME WITH YOUR AUDIO.

YOU KNOW WHAT, I, I JUST REALIZED THIS THIS WHOLE TIME, I DIDN'T PUT ON MY EARS.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME BETTER NOW? YEAH.

OKAY.

UH, I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER SERVED FOR, UM, FOR IT TO COME FROM A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND IN BOTH CASES,

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BOTH THE CHAIR AND THE VICE CHAIR, WE HAVE THREE VERY AMAZING INDIVIDUALS THAT SERVING HERE.

I THINK ULTIMATELY TO THE MAYOR'S POINT, WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE SERVING.

AND, AND, AND, AND THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT, UM, WHEN IT COMES TO THE, THE CAPACITY AS TO THE ACTUAL CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR OF THIS ORGANIZATION, THIS, UH, THIS, UH, IMPLEMENTATION BODY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING WHAT THE COMMUNITY, WHAT OUR CITY HAS ALREADY SAID, THEY WANT DONE.

I, I THINK THAT, THAT, THAT, THAT MAINTAINING THAT LEVEL OF EXTRA NEUTRALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WOULD BE BEST SAID COMING FROM ONE OF THE THREE OF Y'ALL.

SO I'LL DO WHATEVER YOU GUYS SAY, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR MYSELF, EITHER AGREEING WITH THE MAYOR, UH, TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE CHAIR, VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER, ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS COMMENT? AND I APOLOGIZE.

I CAN'T, I'M HAVING A SCREEN TROUBLE.

I CAN'T SEE EVERYONE.

SO IF YOU COULD JUST LET ME KNOW, AND I CAN, I THINK THOSE ARE GREAT CHOICES, UH, MAYOR ADLER, AND, UM, I GUESS IT COMES DOWN TO DR.

BURNETT AND VERONICA AND THEIR TIME AND AVAILABILITY, YOU KNOW, TO STEP UP FOR THAT POSITION BEFORE IT REQUIRED A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME.

UM, SO I THINK, UM, UH, THAT, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING FOR THE TWO OF THEM TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME THEY WOULD HAVE TO COMMIT TO IT AND WHETHER ONE WOULD PREFER TO BE IN THE BOARD AND THE OTHER BOARD CHAIR AND THE OTHER ONE BE THE VICE.

WELL, THANK YOU, TONY.

UM, I APPRECIATE THAT, THAT THOUGHT THAT COMMENT AND I, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SERVE AS THE VICE CHAIR AND WOULD HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ROBOTIC MACHINE WHO, UM, CONSIDERED THE CHAIR RECOGNIZING LIKE, UM, EVERYONE HAS SAID WE'RE TEAM WORKING TOGETHER AND I CAN'T SEE VERONICA ON MY SCREEN.

SO HER NON-VERBALS, I CAN'T READ THEM.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN, IF YOU CAN SEE ME OR HEAR ME NOW, BUT, UM, OKAY.

OKAY.

I THINK I NEED TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, LIKE AS, UM, IT IS, IT IS DEFINITELY A HISTORIC MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY OF THE CITY.

UM, AND, UM, I'M VERY EMOTIONAL BECAUSE I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY, MANY OF US, UM, DR.

COLETTE, I WOULD, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS SPEAKING YESTERDAY WITH MAYOR ADLER, UM, IT IS COMPLETE TO BE THOUGHT OF, IS THIS CAPACITY NOT JUST TO JOIN YOU ALL AS A TEAM CONCEPTING, YOU ALL ARE AN AMAZING GROUP OF HUMANS AND LEADERS OF THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, BUT AS A LIFELONG LEARNER, I LOVE TO LEARN.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS GIVEN ME FALSE, OR REALLY TAKING SERIOUSLY THIS, UM, OKAY, I'M GLAD I PUT SOMETHING IT'S, UM, JUST THE ABILITY TO BE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME IS, UM, IT'S HUMBLING.

AND I THINK I'D TAKE THIS, UH, JUST THE NOMINATION VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND WITH THE KINDNESS THAT I KNOW EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR THE BEST FOR THE CITY FOR THE BEST FOR THE PUBLIC.

UM, I JOKINGLY TOLD ME YOUR ADLER YESTERDAY, IF HE KNEW THAT ENGLISH WAS MY SECOND LANGUAGE, BECAUSE, UM, THIS IS QUITE INTIMIDATING IN SOME WAYS, UM, AS I, YOU KNOW, CHAIRING, UH, A BOARD, I HAVE SERVED IN THE CAPACITY OF CHAIRING COMMITTEES ON DIFFERENT BOARDS, BUT NEVER HAVE CHAIRED A BOARD OF THIS CAPACITY, UM, AND EXPOSURE AND RESPONSIBILITY.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT IN A WAY REALLY SCARES ME.

AND IN A WAY IT'S JUST, UM, SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY GRATEFUL AND HONORED TO BE CONSIDERED.

UM, AND, UM, AND WITH THAT, UH, I AM PULLED TO SERVE.

SO THAT'S WHERE DO YOU GUYS WANT ME TO SERVE AND BE, AND DO, UM, I'M HERE TO MAKE THIS PROJECT SUCCESSFUL.

SO, UM, I WOULD LOVE THE CAT HOLDING, UH, VICE CHAIR.

CO-LEAD IF YOU CAN HELP ME GUIDE ME THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

AND, UM, AND, UH, I, I WOULD ACCEPT THE NOMINATION WITH, UH, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT I'M GOING TO NEED SOME, A LOT OF HELP FROM EVERYONE.

THAT'S EXCITED THAT WE'RE ON A JOURNEY TOGETHER, AND YOU'RE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY, AND YOUR

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PASSION IS CONTAGIOUS.

AND THAT SHOWS A COMMITMENT TO THE WORK, EVEN JUST A PREREQUISITE, TO BEING A PHENOMENAL CHAIR, HAVING THE PASSION FOR THE MISSION OF WHAT WE'RE DOING.

SO, UM, IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT CHOICE, YOU JUST RESOLVE THAT, OR THE LAST TWO MINUTES, I MAKE THE MOTION THAT WE ELECT OR CHOOSE, UH, UH, VERONICA AS THE CHAIR, UH, DR.

BURNETT IS VICE CHAIR, UH, AND, UH, UM, UH, CASEY AS GENERAL COUNSEL AND, UM, UH, GREG, AS THE TREASURER CAN HELP YOU MEET WHATEVER IT'S, WHATEVER WITHIN, UH, IN THE BACKUP FOR THOSE TICKETS, CASEY, CASEY, A SECRETARY OF GREG FINALE AS A TREASURE.

AND WITH THAT MOTION, CAN I GET A SECOND? I'LL SECOND THAT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND NOW I'M GOING TO JUST REQUEST A ROLL CALL, VOTE AGAIN, IF THE CAMERA AND I THINK EVERYONE IS MAYOR RATLIFFS.

YES.

THANK YOU.

BOARD MEMBER STRATTON.

HECK YEAH.

OKAY.

UH, BOARD MEMBER, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO GET YOUR PROPER BOARD MEMBER BURNETT OR DOC FOUR MEMBER DR.

BURNETT.

UH, YOU'LL HAVE TO TELL ME, BUT EITHER WAY I'LL ASK YOU TO VOTE.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, OR A MEMBER OF .

YES.

THANK YOU.

YES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SO, UM, WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO NOW TURN OUR INAUGURAL MEETING OVER TO OUR INAUGURAL CHAIR OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT, UH, PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTOR, UH, DIRECTORS, VERONICA COSTA BOROUGH, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU.

AND NOW THE NEXT THING ON THE SCRIPT, AS WE HANDED OVER TO YOU, I THINK, UH, WE WOULD GO IS GIVE A PASS FOR EVERY BOARD MEMBER TO JUST DO A QUICK INTRODUCTION AND GINA, UH, YOU KNOW, DACA AS WELL AS THE EX-OFFICIO.

AND THEN WE WOULD TRANSITION QUICKLY TO, UH, PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THANK YOU, UH, BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, I THINK, UH, NOW WE GO OVER, I HAVE A SKIRT HERE NEXT TO ME.

DO WE GO NOW TO PUBLIC COMMENTS? WE CAN DO THAT.

WE WERE, IF EVERY BOARD MEMBER WAS ELECTED, WE WERE GOING TO GIVE EVERY BOARD MEMBER A CHANCE TO JUST MAKE AN OPENING COMMENT ABOUT THE ATP BOARD AND THEIR ROLE ON IT.

AND THEN FROM THERE TO PUBLIC COMMENT, GREAT.

I LIKE TO, UM, START BY SAYING, I MEAN, I THINK ALL OF US WERE WANTING INTRODUCE OURSELVES AFTER I LISTENED TO THE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE MEETING ON THE 18TH.

I THINK THE, THE PUBLIC WAS, UH, YOU KNOW, EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN OF WHO WE WERE, HOW QUICKLY THIS PROCESS MOVES.

AND I THINK IT'S DEFINITELY AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH OF US TO TELL A BIT OF OUR STORY AND WHY WE'RE INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM.

SO WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO, UM, START WITH A BOARD MEMBER, ERIC KRATOS TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF AND TELL US A BIT MORE OF WHY YOU'RE HERE WITH ATP, ERIC, YOU'RE ON MUTE GUM.

IT, YOU THINK I'D GET THAT BY NOW? UM, THANK YOU.

UH, MADAM CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU.

I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CITY COUNCIL FOR PLACING THEIR FAITH IN ME TO SERVE ON THIS INAUGURAL, UH, ATP, UH, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AS SOMEBODY RECENTLY SAID, THIS IS, THIS IS AN AMAZING UNDERTAKING.

WE ARE BASICALLY CREATING A, UH, GOVERNMENTAL STARTUP AND, UM, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE COME TO ME AND SAID, NOW, WHY THE HECK WOULD YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS? AND TO ME, IT'S BECAUSE THIS IS, THIS IS IMPORTANT.

THIS IS, THIS IS GENERATIONAL CHANGE FOR THE GOOD, AND AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT.

AND FOR, AS I'VE SAID TO OTHER PEOPLE, EVEN THE FIRST TIME WHEN, WHEN FOLKS AND I I'D BE REMISS, IF I DIDN'T ALSO MENTION, UH, THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT, THAT, THAT PLACED THEIR FAITH IN ME TO SERVE ON THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN THE FIRST PLACE, UM, AND ALLOWED ME TO GET TO THIS POINT, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'VE BEEN TIMES IN MY PAST AS A LIFELONG, MOSTLY LIFELONG AUSTIN RESIDENT, I GREW UP IN NORTHWEST BILLS, UH, THAT GOT ME TO THIS, UH, ULTIMATELY TO THIS POINT THAT, UH, I'VE, I'VE HAD SKEPTICISM ABOUT SOME OF THE TRANSIT PLANS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE US.

BUT, UH, THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THIS WAS RIGHT, THAT THIS WAS DONE, RIGHT? THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

I'VE BEEN A VERY STRONG SUPPORTER OF IT, EVEN THOUGH I'VE OPPOSED OTHERS IN THE PAST.

SO THIS IS IMPORTANT IN THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

UM, I AM A

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REGISTERED NURSE BY TRADE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT NURSING AND THEY SAY, OH, WELL, IT'S JUST ABOUT BEDSIDE NURSING.

AND I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF FOCUS ON NURSING RIGHT NOW, AS A MATTER OF FACT, BECAUSE OF THE COVID PANDEMIC, BUT THERE'S MORE TO NURSING THAN, UM, YOU KNOW, THAN JUST, UH, YOU KNOW, BEDSIDE CARE.

AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, BUT ALSO THERE'S PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING, WHICH IS ALSO GET A LOT OF FOCUS WITH THE PANDEMIC.

BUT PART OF THAT INCLUDES THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY AND LOOKS AT THE BIG PICTURE.

AND TO ME, THIS IS, THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO HELP IMPROVE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES.

UM, TO ME, THIS IS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY, AND THIS IS PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY TO OUR COMMUNITIES, TO OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS, TO OUR CENTRAL WORKERS, THE PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COMMUNITY.

IT CONNECTS EAST, SOUTH, NORTH, EAST, WEST, NORTH, AND SOUTH IN WAYS WE'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE.

BUT, UM, MOST IMPORTANTLY, UM, THIS IS THIS, THIS, THIS IS GOING TO MAKE, UH, I THINK BRING AUSTIN CLOSER TOGETHER AND MAKE AUSTIN MORE HELPFULLY, HELP STAKE STEP, TAKE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO MAKE AUSTIN A MORE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.

AND I AM VERY HONORED TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THAT.

AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT THIS BODY WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE JOB DONE PROPERLY.

POLICY'S BEEN SET FOLKS BY, BY, UH, THE WORK OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE WORK OF THE CAP METRO BOARD, AND THEN THE FAITH THAT THE VOTERS PLACED IN US, THE POLICY WAS SET.

IT IS THE JOB IN MY MIND OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP TO ENSURE THAT WE IMPLEMENT THIS RIGHT.

IT IS OUR JOB TO ENSURE THAT WE BUILD THIS TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT THIS $7.1 BILLION PLAN THAT WAS PUT IN OUR HANDS, THAT WE DO IT AND WE DO IT RIGHT, THAT'S IT POLICIES THERE.

SO BASICALLY LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE.

AND I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY ONCE AGAIN, TO BE PUT HERE AND, AND THE FAITH THAT PEOPLE HAVE PLACED IN ME AND, UH, TO MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS, I'M A RESOURCE, YOU KNOW, I'M HERE FOR YOU.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING PART OF THIS TEAM.

I THINK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US BRING AMAZING TALENTS AND SKILLS AND BACKGROUND AND HISTORY TO THE TABLE.

AND I THINK ALL OF US ARE GREAT REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO GO FORWARD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE TO GET THIS THING BUILT AND BUILD RIGHTS.

AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A PART OF THAT.

AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND TO BE A PART OF THIS WITH ALL OF YOU.

THANK YOU, MEMBER STRATTON, UM, MAYOR ADLER, PLEASE TELL US A FEW WORDS HOW WE GOT HERE.

STEVE ADLER, PROUD TO BE HERE, CITY EMPLOYEE.

UH, I'M, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS ROLE AND THIS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

UH, THERE'S NOTHING THAT OUR COMMUNITY COULD DO THAT IS GOING TO HAVE A GREATER IMPACT ON, ON, ON TRAFFIC AND HOW WE MOVE AROUND.

AND, UH, UP UNTIL WE HIT THE PANDEMIC YEAR.

AND IN RECENT TIMES, THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE.

IF YOU WERE PULLING PEOPLE IN CENTRAL TEXAS AS TO WHAT THEY WERE, WHAT THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, THERE'S NOTHING THAT WE COULD BE DOING TO, TO, TO BETTER MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION.

THEN, THEN, THEN THIS PROJECT CONNECT.

AND THERE'S NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO, UH, THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO SUCH VALUE FOR, FOR EQUITY AND PRESERVING NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITY AND THE DIVERSITY AND THE CHARACTER OF OUR CITY, BUT ALSO THE POTENTIAL TO DO SUCH GRAVE HARM.

IF WE DON'T DO THAT PIECE WELL, UH, NO WONDER THAT THIS HAS BEEN A PROJECT THAT THIS COMMUNITY HAS, HAS TALKED ABOUT AND, AND, AND ENGAGED IN FOR DECADES NOW.

AND TO BE PART OF A MOMENT WHEN, UH, THE, THE, THE RESIDENTS CAME FORWARD AND SAID, LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH IT.

AND IT'S JUST REAL EXCITING.

AND IT'S REAL EXCITING TO BE PART OF, PART OF THAT.

I WANT TO, TO, TO ALSO REEMPHASIZE WHAT, UH, UM, MY COLLEAGUE, UM, UH, BOARD MEMBER STRATTON SAID, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT DOING THE POLICY SIDE OF THIS, YOU KNOW, TO A LARGE DEGREE, OUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT IT HAPPENS ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.

UH, AND, AND A LOT OF THE POLICY STUFF, AS I READ THE DOCUMENTS HAS BEEN KIND OF REFERRED OVER TO THE CITY TO THEY ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY ON THE ISSUES THAT REALLY DIRECT, UH, DISPLACEMENT AND THE STATION, UH, AREAS PLANNING, AND YEAH, LIKE, UM, AND I THINK WE NEED TO DO OUR PART OF THAT FUNCTION, UH, UH, WELL EXCITED TO SERVE WITH, UH, WITH, UH, BOARD MEMBER STRATTON.

I'VE WATCHED HIM NOW, UH, IN A YEAR, UH, IN OUR JOINT MEETINGS.

UH, HE WAS REAL IMPORTANT IN THE ELECTION TO, TO HELP ENSURE THAT IT WAS A REALLY

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BIG TENT, UH, OF PEOPLE THAT JOINED IN THIS, THIS WAS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE.

THIS WAS AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY ISSUE, AND IT, IT TAKES, UH, UH, UH, PEOPLE LIKE, UM, UH, MR. STRATTON TO, TO, TO HELP US NEGOTIATE THEM.

WE'RE GOING TO NEED THAT AS WE GO FORWARD.

UM, UM, I'M EXCITED TO BE WORKING ON THIS WITH MR. ELKINS.

UH, IT'S REALLY NICE TO HAVE SOMEBODY ON THE BOARD.

THAT'S ACTUALLY BUILT A BIG PROJECT LIKE THIS BEFORE, UH, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO WANT TO TAP INTO AND TIE INTO.

AND I'M EXCITED THAT THAT, THAT HE IS, IS WITH US.

UM, I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN A, A GROUP BEING A FAN OF DR.

BURNETT FOR, FOR DECADES.

UH, ALTHOUGH IT'S JUST BEEN, UH, SINCE SHE ARRIVED, BUT, UM, HAS, HAS TAUGHT ME SO MUCH AND, UH, IS, IS SUCH AN ADVOCATE, UH, FOR, FOR HER COMMUNITY AND FOR HER SCHOOL, UH, BUT HAS STEPPED UP TO, TO REALLY PUT HOUSTON UNTIL IT'S IN SERVICE OF THE ENTIRE CITY IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

AND, AND I KNOW THIS ONE CAN TAKE YOU A LITTLE BIT FARTHER A FIELD, OBVIOUSLY TRANSIT'S KEY TO YOUR STUDENTS, BUT, BUT THE FACT THAT HOUSTON TILLOTSON IS, IS, IS STANDING UP IN, IN YET ANOTHER BIG WAY.

THIS COMMUNITY JUST MEANS SO MUCH.

AND, UH, MADAM CHAIR, UH, THIS IS IN YOUR WHEELHOUSE FOR THE FINANCING.

AND SO MUCH OF THIS IS GOING TO INVOLVE THOSE ISSUES IF WE'RE, IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL.

UH, AND, YOU KNOW, AS I WATCHED THE INAUGURATION TODAY, THE MESSAGE OF HAVING THE, THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE JUST ELECTED IS, IS IMPORTANT AND SENDS A MESSAGE.

NOT ONLY THAT, THE DECISIONS THAT WE MADE WILL BE MADE WITH THE, WITH THE LEARNED EXPERIENCE OF, OF OUR COMMUNITY GENERALLY.

UM, UM, BUT, BUT, BUT WE'RE MANIFESTING THAT IN, IN EVEN THE FIRST DECISION THAT WE MAKE AND PROMISE TO, TO MAINTAIN THAT AS WE GO THROUGH, THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY, I'M EXCITED TO BE PART OF IT.

UH, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY, MY COLLEAGUES, NOT TO MENTION RANDY AND GINA, THAT, THAT I HAVE SUCH FAITH IN THAT THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS JOB INCREDIBLY EASY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR THERE, VICE CHAIR, DR.

BURNETT.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

UM, IT'S VERY SIMPLE FOR ME.

UH, LIKE MAYOR ADLER SAID, UM, UM, THE POPULATION THAT I SERVE TO INCLUDE MYSELF, IT WAS ONCE VERY DEPENDENT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND THE POPULATION THAT I SERVE ON A DAILY BASIS IS, AND IT'S A PASSION OF MINE FOR THEM TO REMOVE, FOR ME TO REMOVE AS MANY BARRIERS TO THEM AND MY ENTIRE COMMUNITY, UM, POSSIBLE.

SO THE THREE THINGS ARE MY NORTH STAR.

I'M GREAT.

I'M VERY FORTUNATE SERVING AS THE PRESIDENCY OF HOUSTON TILLOTSON THAT MY PERSONAL AND MY PROFESSIONAL PASSIONS HAVE INTERSECTED AND ARE ON THE SAME PATHWAY.

I CONSIDER THAT A GIFT AND THE THREE THINGS ARE THREE OF MY, MY ARE MY NORTH STAR ON THIS EQUITY, UM, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN OUR PLANNING.

SO IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE FOR ME THAT AS WE BUILD THIS THING THAT YOU KNOW, IS PHENOMENAL FOR THE ENTIRE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, THAT WE KEEP THOSE THINGS FRONT OF MIND, TOP OF MIND.

AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING WITH EACH OF YOU AND, UM, TO DO THIS AS A TEAMWORK.

AND AS, UM, AS WE'VE ALL SAID, THIS IS GOING TO BE A JOURNEY, AND IT'S A JOURNEY I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO.

THANK YOU, MS. CHAIR.

UM, MR. ELKINS, UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MADAM CHAIR.

I THINK IT'S ONLY APPROPRIATE.

WE HAVE OUR FIRST MEETING TODAY ON THIS HISTORICAL DAY WHERE WE ELECT THE TRANSIT PRESIDENT, AS WE ALL KNOW, UH, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS A BIG USER OF AMTRAK AND, UH, HOPEFULLY HE'LL BE A FAN OF WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN AUSTIN, UM, WHO I GREW UP IN BOSTON.

UH, I LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, AND I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT A WONDERFUL REALLY, UH, COMPREHENSIVE TRANSIT NETWORK CAN DO FOR A CITY IN TERMS OF BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND EQUITY.

AND, UH, I'M, I'M REALLY EXCITED TO WORK WITH, UH, ALL THESE TERRIFIC BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF TO MAKE THAT A REALITY HERE IN AUSTIN.

UM, I'VE BEEN DEVELOPING TRANSPORTATION AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS NOW.

AND, UM, I'M EXCITED TO TAKE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED, SOME OF THE THINGS AND SOME OF THE NOT SO GOOD THINGS AND HOPEFULLY, UM, UH, SEE THAT, UH, THIS PROGRAM HERE IN AUSTIN BECOMES A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS.

AND, UM, THAT WE MAKE AUSTIN A UMBER LIVABLE AND EQUITABLE CITY.

UM, I

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WANT TO END BY WILLY SAYING THAT I PLEDGE TO THE BOARD AND I PLEDGE TO, UM, THE CITIZENS OF, OF AUSTIN THAT I WILL KEEP THROUGH WORDS IN MY MIND AS WE GO THROUGHOUT OUR WORK ON THE BOARD AND MAKE SURE THAT I EARN THE TRUST AND WE EARN THE TRUST OF THE CITIZENS THROUGH INDEPENDENCE, TRANSPARENCY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND THAT'S MY PLEDGE.

AND I THINK IF WE, AS A BIRD CAN KEEP THOSE WORDS IN MIND AND ACT UPON THEM THAT WE WILL LEARN TO TRUST AND WE WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL DOOR.

UM, AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AND CHAIR.

THANK YOU, MR. ELKINS, BOARD MEMBER ELKINS.

UM, I KNOW, UH, MR. CLARK, RANDY CLARK, YOU KNOW, EVER SINCE YOU JOINED CAPITAL METRO AND, AND, UH, YOU ARE LEADING NOW THIS AGENCY AND THE CEO OF ATP.

UM, I KNOW IT DID NOT.

THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW YOU MORE AND MORE, AND YOU KNOW, YOUR ENERGY AND KNOW THAT YOU RIDE THE BUS, UM, THAT YOU RIDE TRANSIT, THAT YOU, YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

UM, I THINK IT'S, UM, I LIKE TO, FOR YOU TO ADDRESS THIS NEW BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY YOU'RE MUTED CONTENT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU A CHAIR FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

UH, I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT, BUT I SAID, I APPRECIATE IT.

AND OBVIOUSLY I, I WELCOME, UH, OBVIOUSLY, UH, MY PARTNER, GINA TO DACA.

SO FOR HER COMMENT, I GUESS I'LL MAKE MY VERY SHORT I ON BEHALF OF ALL THE STAFFS, BOTH THE CURRENTLY CAP METRO, AND NOW WE'RE ACTUALLY STARTING TO HIRE 18 FEE.

I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL PERSONALLY, FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE AND ALL THOSE THAT PUT THEIR NAME FORWARD TO SERVE.

AND I THINK WHAT'S SO EXCITING IS HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WANT TO BE INVOLVED.

AND I KNOW JACKIE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT LATER, IF YOU WANT OUT OF THIS TO DEVELOP A LOT OF, UH, YOU KNOW, OTHER COMMUNITY COMMITTEES AND WORK GROUPS THAT ARE GONNA BE PART OF THIS PROCESS.

UH, EVERYONE, UH, REALLY HAS TO REMEMBER, THIS IS A LONG PROCESS.

SOME PROJECTS WILL GO QUICKER THAN OTHERS, BUT, UH, I APPRECIATE ALL THE COMMENTS BECAUSE THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT AND WE'VE GOT ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.

UH, CAUSE IT'S THE END OF THE DAY.

THIS IS THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. IF YOU HAVE THE PRIVILEGE AND YOU, YOU HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF OVERSEEING AND WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF IMPLEMENTING A STAFF, UH, IN BEHALF OF THIS COMMUNITY.

AND I KIND OF LOOK AT THIS AS YOU KNOW, UM, I REMEMBER I WAS GETTING MENTION HE USED FROM BOSTON AND, UH, I THINK MOST PEOPLE KNOW I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN BOSTON AFTER YOU STARTED.

SO DID THE HYGIENE, UH, FOREVER.

AND WHAT STRIKES ME IS THE BEST PARTS OF BOSTON ON THE TRANSIT, URBAN ENVIRONMENT, WALKABILITY ACCESS, UH, CALL IT IS THE STUFF LIKE THE WE'RE GOING TO BUILD.

AND WHAT IT DOES IS YOU TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.

WHEN YOU WALK ACROSS A BRIDGE OR YOU GET OUT OF A SUBWAY STATION OR A GREAT BUS STOP, AND THERE'S GREAT SIDEWALKS AND THERE'S TREE COVER AND YOU INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE GETTING ON AND OFF TRANSIT, AND YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER OR SPORTS YOU GET ON A TRAIN, YOU JUST SEE DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, DIFFERENT RACES, DIFFERENT INCOME LEVELS THAT CREATES A CITY BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE WANT TO BE IN A CITY FOR, FOR INCLUSIVENESS, FOR IDEAS, FOR INTERACTING WITH, UH, UH, PEOPLE AND CREATIVITY.

AND I, AND I THAT'S WHAT EXCITES ME TRANSIT IS THE BLOOD THAT KIND OF FLOWS THROUGH THE VEINS, BUT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY BUILD THE CITY OF THE FUTURE IN SO MANY WAYS HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND THERE'S MANY MEMBERS SAID CREATE A MORE EQUITABLE, LIVABLE AND SUSTAINABLE CITY.

SO I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS AMAZING PROGRAM.

AND I WANT TO THANK THE VOTERS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THEIR, UH, SUPPORT AND THANK, UH, THE CITY COUNCIL AND CAP METRO FOR ALL THE WORK THEY PUT INTO THIS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.

AND WE'RE READY TO GET GOING AND GET IMPLEMENTED.

SO THANK THANK YOU CHAIR.

THANK YOU, MR. CLARK.

AND DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE DACA, WHICH I JUST HAVE A FEW WORDS? YES.

THANK THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR.

UM, UH, UH, AS RANDY SAID, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD FOR GETTING US TO THIS POINT.

UM, AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, UM, LIKE TONY ELKINS AND LIKE RANDY, UM, I WAS BROUGHT HERE FROM BOSTON AND, UH, SPENCER CRON CITY MANAGER RECRUITED ME, BROUGHT ME HERE.

AND, UH, WHEN I ARRIVED, THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN HAD BEEN APPROVED STRATEGIC DIRECTION.

23 WAS WELL UNDERWAY.

UM, BUT, BUT INHERENT IN THE STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN WAS REALLY A TRANSIT SYSTEM.

HOW DO WE GET TO THAT 50 50 MODE SPLIT? HOW DO WE ADDRESS OUR CLIMATE GOALS AND HOW DO WE SUPPORT THE SORT OF, UH, TRANSIT JUSTICE IN OUR COMMUNITY? I MET RANDY CLARK AND HE INTRODUCED ME TO PROJECT CONNECT.

AND THAT WAS REALLY

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ABOUT BUILDING CONNECTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY IN BOSTON.

WE HAD THE BENEFIT OF THE OLDEST TRANSIT SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE'RE NO STRANGERS TO LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.

SO HOPEFULLY I CAN BRING SOME OF THAT EXPERIENCE HERE TO AUSTIN.

UH, BUT, UH, MY ROLE IS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THIS BOARD.

UM, AND AS ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER FOR THE MOBILITY OUTCOME IS TO SUPPORT YOU.

WE HAVE ALREADY ESTABLISHED A PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OFFICE WITHIN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE.

AND SOME OF YOU HAVE ALREADY MET OUR PROGRAM OFFICER AND ECO DAY.

SHE BE YOUR PRIMARY POINT OF CONTACT, AS WELL AS WITH, UH, WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION OF ATP.

WE'RE SO PROUD TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THIS EFFORT.

UM, IT WILL RE A TRANSFORMATIVE, UM, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT IN, IN OUR CITY.

AND, UH, WE ARE HONORED TO BE PART OF THIS EFFORT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

UM, I'D LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT, UH, WHO I AM AND HOW I CAME TO BE IN THIS, UH, APPLIED FOR THIS POSITION FOR, TO BE ON THIS BOARD.

UM, MY STORY BEGINS IN MEXICO.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MEXICO AND IT'S A COUNTRY I LOVE DEARLY AND WHO HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT WALKABILITY AND ABOUT, UM, I OFTEN SAY THAT, UM, MY PARENTS TRUSTED THE CITY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR YOUNG BECAUSE I'M THE YOUNGEST OF FIVE SIBLINGS OF FIVE CHILDREN.

I HAVE FOUR SIBLINGS AND WE, WE HAD, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING A FREE-RANGE CHILDHOOD AND WHEN A PARENT CAN TRUST THE CITY TO LET THEIR CHILDREN EXPLORE AND BE AND THRIVE, IT TELLS ME A LOT THAT HOW A CITY CAN BE, UM, LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT IN SAN ANTONIO, WHEN I IMMIGRATED, I'M AN IMMIGRANT, UM, UH, I IMMIGRATED TO SAN ANTONIO THE AGE OF 13, UM, THAT THE CITY WOULD OFFER ME A DIFFERENT VIEW OF, OF ISOLATION AND DISCONNECTED, UH, NOT A VERY WALKABLE CITY THAT WAS VERY HARD TO GET TO TRANSIT.

AND I HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, AND, AND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OPPORTUNITY, JOBS, HEALTH, THE CONNECTION TO, YOU KNOW, HOW IT IMPACTED MY OWN FAMILY, TAUGHT ME A HUGE LESSON THAT I, I WANT TO SHARE THIS STORY WITH THE PUBLIC.

THAT A LOT OF YOU MAY KNOW ME.

A LOT OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW ME BECAUSE I FOCUS MY, MY CAREER IN ARCHITECTURE TOWARDS THE ARCHITECTURE OF MOBILITY.

AND THAT WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN ARCHITECTURE BECAUSE IT'S THAT PIECE OF, OF DESIGN THAT SHELTERS, A HUMAN.

AND FOR ME, ANYTHING THAT IT HAS TO DO WITH MOBILITY AND TRANSIT IS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE AND THAT HOW WE BEST PROTECT PEOPLE WITH OUR CITY, WITH THE, WITH OUR STREETS, WITH OUR TRANSIT, AND TO TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER WHEN WE THINK OF THE CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY OR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS, THAT WHEN WE TAKE GOOD CARE OF ANYBODY, THAT'S VULNERABLE, WE TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE IN BETWEEN.

SO, UH, MY JOURNEY IN TRANSIT HAS BEEN FROM THE BEAUTY OF A SINGLE BUS STOP AND RIDE SOME TRANSIT STATIONS TO TRAIN STATIONS.

AND I'M HERE REALLY AS A, YOU KNOW, GRATEFUL FOR MY MOTHER, MY AUNT, WHO, YOU KNOW, TAUGHT ME THAT I COULD GO AND RIDE ACROSS THE BRIDGE IN LAREDO FOR OUR SUMMERS TO GO GET BREAKFAST ON OUR BICYCLES.

YOU KNOW, WHEN THE BORDER WAS MORE POOREST AND WE COULD EASILY GO BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES FOR BREAKFAST ON A BIKE, YOU KNOW, THOSE MEMORIES ARE VERY WELL EMBEDDED IN MY HEART.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANT TO SHARE, UM, MY LIFE, MY, MY FAMILY, I AM A MOTHER.

I HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND RANTS ABOUT STAN.

I'M MARRIED TO A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL HUSBAND, MARTIN, AND, YOU KNOW, TOGETHER, I KNOW THAT WE'VE RAISED OUR CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY.

AND TO ME, AUSTIN HAS BEEN A NURTURING COMMUNITY, AND I FEEL A GREAT SENSE OF BELONGING HERE AND WHERE I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE AND GIVE BACK TO THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY.

UM, THE, WHAT THEY, YOU KNOW, WE CALL EACH OTHER EXPERTS IN OUR FIELDS, WHETHER IT'S FINANCE AND COMMUNITY AND SUSTAINABILITY.

UH, BUT YOU KNOW, MY EXPERTISE REALLY IS IN THE ARCHITECTURE, YOU KNOW, THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT OF, OF TRYING TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE BASICS OF LIFE OF JOBS AND GOING TO BE OUT IN NATURE AND JUST EARNING A LIVING.

AND I HAVE, I'M REALLY GRATEFUL TO BE HERE BECAUSE I'VE HAD GREAT EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TAUGHT ME A LOT IN, IN THE CITY, IN AUSTIN WITH MWM BESIDE GROUP AND MY PREVIOUS EMPLOYER, I, THEY, THEY WERE MENTORS.

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THEY WERE WONDERFUL, UH, INDIVIDUALS WITHIN EACH OF THOSE FIRMS WHO HAVE GUIDED ME AND TAUGHT ME SO MUCH.

AND LIKE, UH, DR.

BURNETT HAS SAID, YOU KNOW, EDUCATION HAS OPENED SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES.

AND I REALLY HOPE THAT AS A BOARD, THAT WE CAN MAKE, UM, AN IMPACT FOR A CITY THAT IS LASTING, THAT WILL OUTLIVE ALL OF US THAT, UM, NOBODY WILL REMEMBER WHO WE ARE, BUT THAT THEY REMEMBER THAT THERE'S A GOOD SYSTEM IN PLACE TO HELP THEM THRIVE.

AND, UM, I HOPE THAT, YOU KNOW, TOGETHER, WE ARE GONNA FACE SOME INCREDIBLE CHALLENGES.

I KNOW THAT NO TRANSIT PROJECT HAS EVER BEEN EASY OR SEAMLESS.

AND I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO ENCOUNTER SOME VERY, VERY DIFFICULT CHALLENGES AHEAD THAT I HOPE IT TAKES EVERYONE AN ENORMOUS CREATIVITY AND ALL HANDS ON DECK TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE IT CREATIVELY AND TOGETHER.

BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS THAT AS WE FACE THESE CHALLENGES, THAT WE'RE, WE DON'T, I THINK WE, AS WE FACE THE CHALLENGES, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THEM QUICKLY, BECAUSE WE, WE ARE IN A VERY TIGHT DEADLINES AND MY MOST STRESSFUL DEADLINES HAVE BEEN WITH TRANSIT PROJECTS.

AND I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I KNOW OUR FAMILIES DEPEND ON THEM.

AND SO I I'M REALLY HONORED AND GRATEFUL TO BE HERE.

UM, AND, UM, TO, YOU KNOW, ALL THE, UM, JUST, UM, JUST GRATITUDE, REALLY GRATEFUL THAT, THAT THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN HAVE TRUSTED US WITH THIS ENORMOUS CHALLENGE.

AND FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NO LONGER IS WITH US.

AND I KNOW CAPITOL METRO WHO SERVES THE COMMUNITY DIRECTLY HAS LOST A LOT OF, UM, UH, OUR BUS DRIVERS AND STAFF THAT WORK AT CAPITOL METROS WITH, WITH THIS PANDEMIC THAT I, I REALLY, YOU KNOW, OUR HEART GOES OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYONE IS, IS TRYING TO HELP IN THEIR BEST WAY POSSIBLE TO KEEP US GOING.

SO, UM, THANK YOU EVERYONE.

UM, SO, UH,

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I THINK NOW I'M GONNA INTRODUCE, IN FACT THAT I, AS THE EX OFFICIAL ROLE TO TRANSITION TO PUBLIC COMMENT, CHERISH EASTON HEALTH INTER UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GOOD TO GO ON IT.

HOW DO I SEE THEIR NAMES? ED, MAYBE YOU COULD JUST CALL THEM OUT IN THE ORDER, UH, TO BE HELPFUL FOR THE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

HI.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD MEMBERS CHAIR.

THIS IS IN A SUSPICIOUS DAY, UH, IN A MATTER OF YEARS OFTEN, WE'LL HAVE A TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT RIVALS THAT OF ITS PEERS AND I, FOR ONE WISH FOR AN ON-TIME ON-BUDGET AND WELL-BUILT TRANSIT SYSTEM.

AND I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE AGAIN, MY NAME'S TOM WALL, I'M WITH, UH, THE RED LINE PARKWAY INITIATIVE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FIVE OH ONE C NONPROFIT SUPPORTING THE 32 MILE REDLINE TRAIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITAL METRO AND OTHER LOCAL JURISDICTIONS.

OUR ORGANIZATION IS NAMED AFTER THE METRO RAIL RED LINE, WHICH WAS APPROVED BY CAPITAL METRO AREA VOTERS IN 2004, ALONG WITH VOTER APPROVAL OF THE USE OF THE RED LINE RIGHT AWAY TO COMPLETE THE RED LINE TRAIL.

AND JUST AS BRIEF BACKGROUND CAPITAL METRO HAD INTENDED TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER LOCAL AGENCIES BY 2019, UH, THOUGH TO DATE ONLY ABOUT 10 TO 15% OF THE TRIALS HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

AND SO FOR THIS REASON IN 2019, THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD DIRECTED THEIR STAFF TO PARTNER WITH THE INITIATIVE TO ACCELERATE COMPLETION OF THE RED LINE TRAIL.

UH, WE ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ATP TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL AND TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALONG THE CORRIDOR.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM FUNDAMENTALLY INCLUDES PROVIDING ACCESS AT THOSE STATIONS TO PASSENGERS ARRIVING ON FOOT WHEELCHAIR, BIKE, AND SCOOTER FOR THE ATP IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM ALSO INCLUDES SUBSTANTIAL RECONSTRUCTION OF MANY OF OUR CITY STREETS, SUCH AS NORTH LAMAR, RIVERSIDE, AND EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING METRO RAIL RED LINE AND THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS ALONG THOSE ROUTES.

IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT ACP EVALUATE ITS OWN SUCCESS AND THE SUCCESS OF ITS CONTRACTORS, NOT JUST ON COMPLETION OF THE TRANSIT COMPONENTS THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO ON THOSE THREE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COMPONENTS THAT ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED TO THE TRANSIT PROJECTS THAT

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ARE, THAT IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR.

AND THOSE THREE, AGAIN, OUR STATIONS, THE STREETS AND RAILS WITH TRAILS, THERE'S SIMPLY NO WAY THAT ACPS AGENCY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS CAN BE FULLY SUCCESSFUL IN PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES.

IF THE ATP IS NOT ALSO FULLY ON BOARD WITH THAT SAME MISSION, I'VE APPRECIATED THAT MY CONVERSATIONS WITH ATB BOARD MEMBERS THAT USING TRANSIT IS A LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR THEM.

THEY KNOW THAT THE TRANSIT USER EXPERIENCE DOESN'T STOP WHEN THEY STEP OFF THE BUS.

I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO KEEP IN MIND THAT FULL TRANSIT USER EXPERIENCE, URBAN AND SUBURBAN AS YOU DO YOUR WORK ON ATB BOARD.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR YOUR SERVICE.

HI, UM, MY NAME IS YASMINE SMITH.

I WEAR A COUPLE OF HATS AROUND TOWN, UH, CO-CHAIR OF PROMO PEOPLE, UNITED PROBABILITY ACTION DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE OFF YEAR URBAN LEAGUE.

UH, ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS FOR THE BLACK LEADERS COLLECTIVE SO ON AND SO FORTH.

I WAS SPEAKING TODAY AS AN INDIVIDUAL, UH, BORN AND RAISED OFF TONIGHT.

AND AGAIN, MY NAME IS YASMINE, BUT MOST PEOPLE KNOW ME AS YEAH, I WAS REALLY INVOLVED IN THE, UM, EFFECTUATION OF THIS HAS TO, YOU KNOW, PROJECT CONNECT, UM, UM, IN THE EQUITY NUANCES WE SAW, UM, IN PROJECT CONNECT, BUT I WANT TO KIND OF GIVE YOU A VANTAGE POINT OF WHAT I'VE SEEN THUS FAR.

WHAT I'VE SEEN THIS FAR IS THIS MEETING COMPANY AND WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THIS MEETING HAPPENING, THERE WAS NO POSTED AGENDA PUBLICLY, NOR THE TIME.

WHAT I'VE SEEN IS THAT YOU'VE TAKEN TWO ACTION ITEMS PRIOR TO ANY PUBLIC COMMENT.

WHAT I'VE SEEN IS A MEETING THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WHEN SOME VULNERABLE POPULATIONS CAN'T MAKE IT.

WHAT I'M SAYING IS, IS THAT THIS PROCESS SO FAR DOESN'T GIVE MUCH ROOM FOR TRUE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, THE COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION IS USUALLY CONFUSING, APPARENTLY CONFLICTING AND PROVIDED UNDER VERY SHORT NOTICE, WHICH LEAVES THE AVERAGE PERSON WEARY AT BEST.

THIS FEELING IS COMPOUNDED WHEN PARTNERED WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS COMMUNICATED FROM A HISTORICALLY OPPRESSIVE SYSTEM, SOME CONCRETE THINGS I THINK WE SHOULD WORK ON IS ONE CLEAR TIMELINES, LIKE CLEAR TIMELINES OF WHEN DECISIONS WILL BE MADE, WHO THEY WILL BE MADE BY HOW TO ENGAGE IN THOSE, IN A PLATFORM THAT IS UPDATED DAY BY DAY, SO THAT THE COMMUNITY AT ANY TIME AT ANY MOMENT, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE, CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOW I CAN ENGAGE.

SO NUMBER ONE, CLEAR TIMELINES AND HOW THE COMMUNITY CAN INTERJECT NUMBER TWO, MEETING AGENDAS, GUYS THAT GOTTA BE POSTED MORE THAN 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING, OKAY, THIS HAS TO HAPPEN.

UM, AND I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST THAT ANY, UM, ANY MATERIAL THAT'S POSTED WITHIN 48 TO 72 HOURS THAT DIFFERS FROM THE ORIGINAL POSTING IS RED LINES.

SO WE CAN SEE THE EXACT DIFFERENCE IN THE MATERIALS.

LASTLY, WITH YOUR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUNDING STRATEGIES, I REALLY HYPER FOCUS ON SOMETHING, ESPECIALLY IN YEAR ONE THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN FEEL SO PRESERVATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THAT'S COMMUNICATED.

I WANT TO SAY, THIS IS NOT ME YELLING OR ME EVEN SAYING, I'M DISAPPOINTED.

THIS IS ME SAYING, HEY GUYS, THIS IS BETTER ISH, BUT NOT THE BEST.

AND I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO.

SOMETHING THAT THE NATION HAS SEEN BEFORE A TEMPLATE BEING THE OFFENSE THAT OFTEN DESERVES BATTLE.

THAT MEANS YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO MATH.

THANK Y'ALL.

THANK YOU, MS. SMITH.

UM, I FOUND THAT, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE HAVE THE INDESCRIPT THE NEXT SPEAKER.

SO THANK YOU FOR, FOR GETTING ME THROUGH THAT.

UH, FIRST, UM, WE NOW HAVE MS. RACHEL STONE AND STONE.

ARE YOU ON THE LINE? OKAY, GREAT.

I'M HERE.

HI, GOOD AFTERNOON.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, SO I'LL JUST JUMP RIGHT INTO IT.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE, UH, VANESSA AND DR.

BARNETT'S AS CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR OF THIS, UH, THIS NEW OF THIS NEW BOARD.

I WANT TO COMMEND ALL OF YOU, UM, ON THE TREMENDOUS TASK AT HAND.

THIS IS A VERY BIG AND IMPORTANT UNDERTAKING THAT IS BEGINNING.

I AM A MEMBER OF, UH, I I'M THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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FOR THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION.

AND I'M A MEMBER OF THE MOBILITY JUSTICE COALITION, ALONG WITH YASMIN SMITH AND OTHERS WHO SPOKE TODAY ON THE CALL.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO BASICALLY STRONGLY SECOND, SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT YASMINE RAISED, UM, WHILE ALSO, UM, YOU KNOW, COMMENDING YOU ON, ON WHAT IS AHEAD, I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT WE NEED TO HAVE VERY STRONG AND CLEAR, UH, ATTENTION PAID TO PROVIDING, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC TIMELINES BEFOREHAND FOR ALL OF OUR PROJECTS, SO THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN BE INFORMED ABOUT DATES OF UPCOMING MEETINGS, PROJECT DEADLINES.

I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT OUR MEETING AGENDA BE MADE PUBLIC WELL IN ADVANCE OF OUR MEETINGS.

UM, THESE SORT OF BASIC, UH, COMPONENTS TO CREATE COMMUNITY TRUST, WHICH, UM, SO FAR IN THE PROJECT HAVE BEEN, UH, LACKING.

AND WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS COME FORWARD TO US AND SAY THINGS OF THE SORT LIKE, WHY DID WE VOTE FOR THIS? WHY DO WE SIGN THIS BLANK CHECK WHEN EVERYTHING IS SO MESSY? SO THERE'S THIS COMMUNITY PERCEPTION THAT THINGS ARE REALLY DISORDERLY RIGHT NOW THAT NO ONE REALLY QUITE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND SO IF WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY, THEN I THINK WE NEED TO DO MUCH BETTER AT ADDRESSING THAT COMMUNITY PERCEPTION ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

AND THE LAST THING I WANT TO SAY IS THAT WE WILL BE PAYING VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ANTI-DISPLACEMENT POLICY CONNECTED TO THIS PROJECT.

UM, WE HOPE TO SEE, UH, CAREFUL AND JUDICIOUS USE OF THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUNDS PROVIDED.

AND WE ALSO HOPE THAT, UH, UH, DECISIONS MADE WHEN THE EQUITY TOOL, WHICH IS CURRENTLY STILL, UH, BEING DEVELOPED WHEN THE EQUITY TOOL IS READY.

WE HOPE THAT THE ADP BOARD WILL BE, UM, PARTICULARLY ATTENTIVE TO, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS BEING PROVIDED ABOUT THE EQUITY IMPACTS OF THE PROJECT MOVING FORWARD.

SO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME AND I COMMEND YOU ALL ON THE WORK AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. CONNOLLY.

UM, DO WE HAVE ON THE LINE, MR. MESSIAH RAMOS? THANK YOU.

SO NOW

[III.1. Approval of the FY2021 Austin Transit Partnership Budget.]

MOVING ON TO ITEM FOUR, THE ACTION ITEMS CONTINUATION SO FAR ACTION ITEMS THREE AND FOUR.

IF THEY RELATE TO THE ATP BUDGET FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 AND ONGOING ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES AND PROJECT CONNECT CAPITAL PROJECT SUPPORT FROM CAPITOL METRO, GREG FINALE, INCOMING ATP, CFO, AND CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AND RAID THAT MARNER WHACK CAPITAL METRO CFO WILL PRESENT THIS ITEMS. GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR AND ATP BOARD MEMBERS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLOCK.

I'M RENEE , I'M THE CFO OF CAPITAL METRO.

AND I WILL START THIS INITIAL BUDGET TODAY AND THEN HANDED OVER TO GREG CANALY, WHO IS THE INCOMING CFO FOR ATP.

SO IT IS A TRULY MOMENTOUS DAY TODAY.

TODAY, I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN INVOLVED IN THE FUNDING OF PROJECT CONNECT FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS.

SO IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE TO NOT ONLY SEE ATP CREATED LAST MONTH, BUT TO ALSO WELCOME THE FIRST BOARD AND ALSO TO PRESENT TO YOU FOR YOUR APPROVAL, THE VERY FIRST BUDGET FOR ATP.

IF I'M SAM, IF WE CAN HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS PART OF THE BUDGET PRESENTATION, I WILL BRIEFLY GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM.

TALK ABOUT THE PHASING OF THE PROGRAM AND THE ROLES OF THE PARTNERS.

AND THEN I WILL HAND IT OVER TO GREG THAT WE'LL GO INTO MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 NEXT PAGE.

SO THIS IS A VERY FAMILIAR PAGE FROM LAST YEAR'S MANY JOINT SESSION MEETINGS THAT OCCURRED BETWEEN THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CITY'S CITY COUNCIL.

THIS PAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT THOUGH, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO REFER BACK TO IT AS IT SHOWS, NOT ONLY THE SEQUENCE OF THE VARIOUS PROJECTS THAT'S IN THE PROGRAM, BUT IT ALSO SHOWS THE SCHEDULE OF THE PLAN THAT WAS THE BASIS FOR THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS.

AND YOU CAN

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SEE FROM THE COLOR CODING THAT IN GRAY IS THE PHASE FOR THE NEPA OR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS AND THE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING IN ENLITE BLUE AS THE FINAL DESIGN AND THE PROCUREMENT, AND IN DARK BLUE, THE CONSTRUCTION.

SO YOU CAN SEE THAT ON THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ASPECT OF THE PROJECTS, WHICH IS THE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS, BUT IT WILL BE A FEW YEARS BEFORE WE ARE IN THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE PAGE.

THE WORK OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY CAPITOL, METRO AND ATP WILL WORK AS FOLLOWS THE FUNDING FROM PROP A WILL FLOW FROM THE CITY TO AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, AND THEN CAPITAL METRO HAS COMMITTED FUNDING TO, UM, PROJECT CONNECT AND WILL ALSO BE THE GRANTEE FOR THE HTA GRANTS.

AND WE'LL FLOW THROUGH THAT FUNDING TO ATP ATP WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNANCE, THE FINANCING AND THE PLANNING AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM.

ONCE THE PROJECTS ARE UP AND RUNNING CAPITAL, METRO WILL DO THE OPERATIONS OF THE MINES.

SO FOR THIS NEW BOARD, THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD IS PROVIDE FINANCIAL OWNERSHIP AND TRANSPARENCY TO APPROVE THE BUDGET.

YOU WILL ALSO BE APPROVING VARIOUS PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS FOR THE LINES, AND THEN ALSO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT OF THE EXTERNAL AND THE INTERNAL AUDIT FUNCTION.

AND THEN THE BOARD WILL ALSO SOON BE CONSIDERING AND APPROVING A RESERVE POLICY ON THE NEXT PAGE.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE PROGRAM FINANCING IS COMING FROM THE CITY CAPITOL METRO AND THE FTA, AND THEN ATP WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINANCING THE PROGRAM THROUGH A COMBINATION OF AVENUES.

FIRST, IT CAN PARTIALLY FUND THE PROJECTS WITH THE INCOMING FUNDS ON A PAY AS YOU GO BASIS.

IT WILL ALSO SOON BE ISSUING ISSUING REVENUE BONDS, AND THEN ALSO PURSUING VARIOUS FEDERAL LOAN PROGRAMS. FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE TIFIA THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSIT PROJECTS AND OFFER VERY FAVORABLE TERMS AND INTEREST RATES FOR TRANSIT RELATED PROJECTS.

NEXT PAGE.

SO THE THREE PARTNERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM.

ATP WILL BE FOCUSED ON THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND THE BIGGEST PROJECTS.

THAT'S THE ORANGE LINE, THE BLUE LINE, THE TUNNEL, THE GREEN LINE PHASE ONE.

AND THEN ALSO THE FACILITIES CAPITAL METRO HAS THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE EXPERIENCE, BUT IMPLEMENTING BUS RELATED PROJECTS AND WE'LL IMPLEMENT THE METRO RAPID LINES.

THE METRO EXPRESS LINES, THE NEIGHBORHOODS CIRCULATORS THAT ARE ALSO CALLED PICK UP THE CUSTOMER TECHNOLOGY, AND THEN THE RED LINE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE COMMUTER LINE TO IMPROVE THE FREQUENCY.

MANY OF THESE PROJECTS HAVE ALREADY STARTED WITH OUR PLANNING PHASE AND THEN THE CITY HAS THE EXPERTISE TO IMPLEMENT THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS.

THERE IS A TEAM ASSEMBLED AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WORKING ON CREATING AN EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL, WHICH WILL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE COMMUNITY.

AND ONCE THIS TOOL IS CREATED, THE CITY WILL WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO IDENTIFY AND PRIORITIZE THE INITIATIVES, THE PROJECTS, AND THE ALLOCATION OF THE FUNDS IN THE BUDGET.

TODAY, WE ARE APPROVING THE FUNDING, BUT THE ALLOCATION OF THE FUNDING, I STILL NEED TO BE DETERMINED.

SO IF WE LOOK AT THE NEXT PAGE, THIS IS A DEPICTION OF THE INTEGRATED FINANCIAL PLAN AND THE FUNDING MODEL THAT WAS DEVELOPED LAST YEAR WHEN WE EVALUATED THE VARIOUS LONG-TERM FINANCING ALTERNATIVES FOR PROJECT CONNECT.

THIS MODEL WAS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE CITY CAPITAL METRO, OUR SHARED MUNICIPAL ADVISORY FIRM PFM, AND IN ALSO THE LEAD ENGINEERING FIRM FOR PROJECT CONNECTS HDR, THE FINANCIAL MODEL MODEL EVALUATED THE CASHFLOW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENTIRE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE COST, THE FINANCING COST AND ASSET REPLACEMENT CYCLES.

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AND THE MODEL WAS RUN FOR MULTIPLE SCENARIOS IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE THE PLAN, TO BE ABLE TO DO THE MOST OF THE PLAN.

THIS FIRST GRAPH, A LONGER TERM LOOK OF THE CAPITAL COST OF THE PROGRAM BY PROJECT OVER TIME.

AND YOU CAN SEE HOW COSTS WILL RAMP UP IN 2024 TO 2028 WHEN THE LIGHT RAIL LINES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NEXT PAGE, THIS IS DEPICTING THE EXPENDITURES FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE, AND IT'S DEPICTED AS A GREEN LINE AND ALSO INCLUDES OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

THE REVENUE IS TO SPEAK TO IT AS A BAR, SHOWING THE FUNDING FROM PEP PROP, A CAPITAL MAITRE, AND ALSO FEDERAL GRANTS AND THE TIMING THERE OFF.

SO YOU CAN SEE IN THE PERIOD 2022, THROUGH 2028, THE EXPENDITURES WILL EXCEED THE FUNDING AND DEBTS WILL BE REQUIRED, WHICH ON THE NEXT PAGE, UM, THAT DELTA OR THAT GAP IS FILLED IN WITH GRAY FOR THE DATE PROCEEDS.

SO THIS YEAR FISCAL YEAR 2021 IS THE START-UP YEAR FOR ATP AND IS A VERY SMALL FINANCIAL YEAR COMPARED TO WHAT IS COMING SOON.

THE FINANCIAL YEAR WILL END IN SEPTEMBER, WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE CITIES AND CAPITAL METRO'S FINANCIAL YEAR.

SO THIS BUDGET IS THERE FOR, FOR THE NINE MONTHS, FROM JANUARY THROUGH SEPTEMBER, 2021, THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE COST OF BEING ABSORBED BY CAPITOL MATRON.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE IN THIS GRAPH THAT IN 2021, THE FUNDING WILL EXCEED THE EXPENDITURES AND SHOULD BE PLACED IN RESERVE FOR NEXT YEAR.

THEN THE SITUATION IS REVERSED AND DATE FUNDING WILL BE REQUIRED WITH THIS.

I'M GOING TO HAND IT OVER TO GREG FINALE AND WELCOME HIM AS THE FIRST CFO OF ATP THAT WE'LL GO INTO GREATER DETAIL OF THE BUDGET.

THANK YOU, GREG.

THANK YOU, ANNETTE.

THANKS FOR THAT INTRODUCTION.

UM, JUST WANT TO KIND OF ECHO WHAT RYNETTE SAID AND OTHERS HAVE SAID FIRST AND FOREMOST, UM, IT'S OBVIOUSLY AN INCREDIBLY EXCITING TIME FOR US IN AUSTIN TO BE ENDEAVORING ON, ON THIS WORK NOW THAT WE'VE, WE'VE WORKED ON IT FOR A FEW YEARS AND LIKE, RYNETTE, I'VE REALLY SPENT THE LAST 12 TO 14 MONTHS, UM, THINKING ABOUT THE FINANCING OF THIS, UH, THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM, UH, GOVERNANCE OF IT, UM, SO THAT WE CAN GET TO THIS POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

SO IT'S REALLY EXCITED AND I, AND I JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, MADAM CHAIR, AND EACH OF YOU FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE THAT YOU'RE DOING, UM, FOR THIS EFFORT.

AND, UH, I'M PERSONALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AND REALLY YEARS AHEAD, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THOSE PREVIOUS SLIDES, WE HAVE YEARS AHEAD OF US, UM, TO WORKING WITH YOU, UH, HAND-IN-HAND ON THIS JOURNEY THAT WE HA