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UH,

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GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THIS REMOTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I'LL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

TODAY IS MONDAY, JANUARY THE 25TH, AND THE TIME IS ONE OH THREE.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED THE USUAL LOGISTICAL ITEMS, UH, JUST TO REMIND EVERYONE IN THE MEETING ROOM TODAY, BEST PRACTICE, KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE MUTED WHEN, UH, YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING.

AND THEN, UH, IF YOU DO SPEAK TO REMEMBER TO MUTE YOURSELF AGAIN, WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED ALSO WHEN VOTING ITEMS COME UP, I'LL BE ASKING BOARD MEMBERS, UH, AS PER OUR USUAL PROCESS FOR A VERBAL VOTE OF YAY OR NAY ON EACH ITEM INDIVIDUALLY.

UM, I, UH, BOARD MEMBERS, ONCE AGAIN, I'M REMINDING YOU THAT IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH TEXAS LAWS, WHICH WE ENDEAVOR TO DO, UH, ON REMOTE MEETINGS, WE'LL NEED YOU TO STAY VISIBLE, UH, BY LEAVING YOUR CAMERA ON, IF POSSIBLE AT ALL TIMES, UH, IN PARTICULAR, WE NEED TO SEE YOU, OF COURSE, WHEN WE'RE DOING VOTES.

UH, I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE A DISTINGUISHED GUEST WITH HER, UH, WITH US HERE IN THE MEETING TODAY, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL WITH US AS A GUEST ONLY TO OBSERVE, BUT, UH, WE'RE ANTICIPATING THAT CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE ACTION LATER THIS WEEK SO THAT SHE WILL BECOME OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER.

SO WELCOME TO HER.

AND, UH, WE'LL, UH, WE'RE GLAD SHE'S, UH, UH, STUDYING AHEAD AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO, UH, UH, WORKING WITH HER, UH, AS WE, UH, GO DOWN THE ROAD.

UH, THE FIRST ITEMS ON OUR AGENDA TODAY WILL BE TO RECOGNITIONS, BUT BEFORE WE DO, UH, AS WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST, UH, I'D LIKE FOR US TO TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE, UH, TO HONOR A MEMBER OF THE CAP METRO FAMILY, UH, WHO WE HAVE RECENTLY LOST.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE, UM, WHO WE'VE LOST PREVIOUSLY ON DECEMBER THE 21ST, WE LOST BUS OPERATOR, JOSE BARAGON.

WE JOINED CAP METRO ON NOVEMBER 15, 20, 19 JOSE'S COWORKERS.

REMEMBER HIM AS A GREAT TEAM MEMBER AND A TEAM MEMBER WHO WAS ALWAYS VERY RELIABLE.

AND THIS IS REALLY A TRAGIC LOSS FOR OUR CAT METRO FAMILY.

AND SO, UH, LET US ALL JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER JOSE AND HIS FAMILY, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH HIS LOVED ONES, UH, AS WELL AS ALL THOSE THAT KNEW HIM HERE AT CAMP METRO.

SO PLEASE LET'S HONOR JOSE WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AGAIN, OUR, OUR, UH, THOUGHTS AND CONDOLENCES ARE WITH, UH, UH, HIS LOVED ONES AND HIS FAMILY, AND, AND, UH, WE'RE SO PROUD OF OUR OPERATORS AND ALL OF OUR FRONTLINE PEOPLE WHO DAY IN DAY OUT ARE RAVEN, THE COVID TO PROVIDE THIS NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION.

AND, UM, AND, UH, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY AS THEY'RE OUT THERE ON THE JOB.

SO TO

[I. Recognition]

A HAPPIER, UH, BEER TASK HERE, UH, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF RECOGNITIONS, UH, OUR VERY FIRST RECOGNITION.

I THINK ED HAS A SLIDE FOR THIS.

I WANT TO OFFER THE BOARD'S VERY BEST WISHES TO MR. JOELLE MASON, WHO IS RETIRING AS A BUS OPERATOR, GET THIS AFTER DEVOTING 44.

LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN.

44 YEARS OF RELIABLE AND CHEERFUL TRANSIT SERVICES BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND EAST AUSTIN.

SO WHILE DROVE THE ROUTE TO ROSEWOOD FOR ALL OF THOSE JUNIORS AND NEVER, NEVER, NOT ONCE AT A PREVENTABLE ACCIDENT, THAT WAS A REMARKABLE, REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

WHEN INTERVIEWED BY THE TEXAS STANDARD A FEW YEARS AGO, JOELLE SAID, ONCE I GET TO WORK, I HAD MY BLOOD RUNNING AND I'M READY TO WORK.

HE ARRIVED EVERY DAY FOR 44 YEARS WITH AN ATTITUDE OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE, TO ALL WHO BOARDED THE ROUTE TO HIS CUSTOMERS WILL SURELY MISS HIM AS WE WILL.

A WORD IS THAT WE MAY STILL BE ABLE TO FIND MR. MASON FOR THE TIME BEING ANYWAY AT THE BARBERSHOP THAT HE OWNS ON SOUTH FIRST STREET.

UH, AND SO, UH, WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY FOR ALL THOSE YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL, UH, SERVICE AND BEST WISHES.

AND WE WISH YOU WELL.

SO HOW ABOUT A CAT MITCHELL ROUND OF APPLAUSE? WE DON'T GET TO HAVE OUR PICTURE MADE WITH YOU TODAY, BUT BOY, ARE WE PROUD OF YOU? AND, UH, ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU DID OUR STUFF GET RECOGNITION IS FOR A, UH, A VERY LONG TIME FRIEND AND PARTNER OF CAP METRO WHO'S WITH US TODAY, BUT WE'LL SOON BE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE AS WELL.

WE HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT I LIKE TO READ ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD, IN WHICH I HOPE WE CAN PASS BY ACCLAMATION.

AND THEN WE'LL ASK HIM TO SAY A FEW

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WORDS, UH, AFTERWARDS, UH, OUR HONOREE NOW IS MIKE HELOC STEIN, AND, UH, HERE'S OUR RESOLUTION THAT READS AS FOLLOWS.

WHEREAS MY KELLOGG STEIN ENTERED PUBLIC SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF ROUND ROCK CITY COUNCIL WAY BACK IN 1980 AND WENT ON TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL TEXAS FOR FOUR DECADES AND MULTIPLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ROLES.

AND WHEREAS HE WAS ALSO ELECTED TO THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT AND SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE CAPITAL AREA, METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION FOR EIGHT YEARS.

AND WHEREAS, UH, ALEX STEIN WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE FORMATION OF CAPITAL METRO AS A MEMBER OF THE AUSTIN PUBLIC TRANSIT TASK FORCE.

AND WHEREAS MIKE HAS BEEN THE ONLY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL MOBILITY AUTHORITY AND HAS BEEN WITH CTR SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2003.

AND WHEREAS CTR MAY HAS BEEN A VERY VALUABLE PARTNER FOR CAPITAL METRO OVER THOSE YEARS, WORKING WITH THE AGENCY TO ENSURE TOLL FREE, UH, TRANSIT ACCESS TO THE MOPAC EXPRESS LINES.

AND WHEREAS MY COLLEAGUE STEIN AND THE STAFF, HE LEADS THE CTR MAY HAVE COLLABORATED WITH OUR AGENCY TO PLAN FUTURE PARKING LOT PARKING RIDE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION, INVEST IN BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIONS AND ENSURE THAT RAIL CROSSINGS ARE SAFE AND GIVE PRIORITY TO TRANSIT.

AND WHEREAS MY COLLEAGUE STEIN IS RETIRING FROM CTR MAY AFTER ALMOST TWO DECADES.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CAPITAL METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOGNIZES MY COLLEAGUE STEIN ON HIS RETIREMENT FOR AS MANY YEARS AS A STALWART SUPPORTER OF THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL TEXAS AND OF IMPROVING THEIR MOBILITY OPTIONS.

AND I'VE SEEN EVIDENCE THAT BACK IN 2000, UH, HELOC STEIN, UH, MADE A MOTION AND I THINK GOT IT PASSED.

UH, AND THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY SUPPORTING THE RAIL ELECTION IN 2000.

SO HE WAS A MAN.

WELL, AHEAD OF HIS TIME, I HAVE IT ON INFORMATION AND BELIEF AS WELL THAT HE MIGHT'VE CAUGHT A LITTLE, UH, HECK FROM, UH, OUR FAVORITE FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, GERALD DOHERTY FOR THAT, UH, VOTE.

AND THAT SUPPORT WAY BACK IN 2000.

BUT ALEX, STEIN'S BEEN A, UH, A PILLAR OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR A LONG, LONG TIME HAS DONE AN AWFUL LOT OF GOOD.

AND SO I HOPE NOW THAT, UH, BY ACCLAMATION, UH, WE CAN, UH, PASS THIS RESOLUTION AND WISH HIM WELL, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO THAT EFFECT? NEVER MENTIONED WITH THE MOTION A SECOND.

I'LL SECOND, THE MOTION, ANY, UH, DISCUSSION CARRIE, DO WE NEED TO HAVE A ROLL CALL AND A VOTE BY ACCLIMATION? OR CAN I JUST ASK IF ANYBODY OBJECTS YOU ARE WELCOME TO JUST ASK, RIGHT.

ANY OBJECTION? ALRIGHT.

NO OBJECTION.

THE MOTION PASSES BY RELATION, UH, MIKE, UH, COULD WE GET YOU TO SAY A FEW WORDS AND REFLECT ON YOUR HISTORY AS A TRANSPORTATION GURU FOR OUR REGION? UH, WELL, THANK YOU.

UM, UM, I'M CONFIDENT YOU CAN HEAR ME.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RESOLUTION IS VERY APPRECIATED.

AND, UH, THE PARTNERSHIP THAT HAS DEVELOPED BETWEEN THE RMA AND CAPTAIN METRO OVER THESE MANY YEARS HAS BEEN VERY, VERY POSITIVE FOR THE COMMUNITY, EVERYTHING FROM THE, THE CARTS TRANSFER STATION THAT, THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP WITH ON THE EAST SIDE TO, UH, THE, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, HAVING NO, UH, TOLL CHARGES TO ANY CAPITAL METRO, UH, EVEN A BUS BUS, AN, UH, VAN POOLS, UM, THAT WAS UNIQUE IN THE INDUSTRY HERE, UM, AS WELL AS PARK AND RIDE, UH, WORK WORKFORCE THAT WE PARTNERED WITH, UH, UH, CAP METRO, THE WORKFORCE PROGRAM.

UH, SO YEAH, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF THINGS THAT, UH, UH, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PARTNER ON AND I REALLY APPRECIATED, UH, RANDY SUPPORT AND THE SUPPORT OF, UH, CAP METRO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE MUCH BETTER TOGETHER, UH, AS A TEAM.

AND, UH, THIS, THIS CITY IS FAR FROM, FROM OVER THE CHALLENGES IT'S GOING TO FIND IN TERMS OF CONGESTION, AS THINGS RETURN NORMAL AND GROWTH RETURNS, UH, UM, UH, IF IT EVER DID SLOW DOWN.

BUT AGAIN, UM, WHAT WE DO IS IN THE INTEREST OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL TEXAS AS AN AGENCY THAT STRETCHES ACROSS TWO ENTIRE COUNTIES THAT I, UH, I ENJOY MY YEARS THERE AND, UH, SERVICE, UH, TO PUBLIC, TO THE PUBLIC OF CENTRAL TEXAS.

SO AGAIN, UH, CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU, UH, I KNOW EVERY, ALMOST EVERY ONE OF YOU ON THIS, ON THIS PANEL, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE.

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MIKE, THANKS SO MUCH.

UH, I REMEMBER, UH, UH, IT WAS NOT AN ESPECIALLY, UH, EASY TIME TO BE IN THE TOLL ROAD BUSINESS.

CTR MAY GOT STARTED IN THE BLACK HELICOPTER CROWD, UH, WAS OUT IN FULL FORCE, UH, EVEN BACK THEN.

SO YOU'VE BEEN A GUY WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AHEAD, EVEN WHEN IT WASN'T, UH, EASY TO DO THAT.

AND, UH, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

IT'S PRETTY HARD TO IMAGINE WHERE WE WOULD BE WITHOUT CTR MAY AND ALL THE GOOD PRODUCT THEY'VE, UH, PUT ON THE, PUT ON THE GROUND OUT HERE.

SO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST GOING FORWARD.

UH, APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR MR. HELEN'S.

THANK YOU, MIKE, YOU WITH US TODAY.

UH, NEXT,

[II. Public Comment]

UH, WE'LL TAKE UP TODAY'S PUBLIC COMMENTS.

WE HAVE THREE SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO JOIN US.

UH, WHEN I READ YOUR NAMES, PLEASE MUTE AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

UM, OR ED, WELL, I'LL CUT YOU OFF OR SOMETHING.

MR. SMITH, UH, ARE YOU WITH US AND READY TO GO? UH, YES, I AM.

YOU HAVE ONE SEMESTER, RIGHT? I BEG YOUR PARDON? YES.

YOU HAVE ONE SMITH SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, CORRECT? CORRECT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

YES, THAT IS ME JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH THE SAME COMMON NAME, BUT ANYWAY, UM, I WANTED TO DATE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR MEETING HERE TODAY.

I PLAN ON ATTENDING OTHER BOARD MEETINGS.

I DO APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION.

WELL, I HAVE A POSITIVE THING AND A NEGATIVE THING BECAUSE TO START OFF WITH THE NEGATIVE THING, UM, WE HAVE SOME BUILD OF ROAD SUPERVISORS.

I'VE BEEN TALKING TO PEOPLE, BUT HAVE BEEN TOTALLY DISRESPECTING OF THE OPERATORS ON THE UNITS.

UM, THE SILVER ROAD SUPERVISORS ARE THE ONES THAT OPERATORS WOULD HAVE TO CALL FROM RADIO CONTROL AND RADIO CONTROL DISPATCHERS, THE SILK ROAD SUPERVISORS OUT TO MEET THE BUS OPERATORS, UM, ABOUT ARE OUT ON THE ROAD, BUT WE'VE BEEN GETTING, UM, REPORTS THAT SOME THE FIELD ROAD SUPERVISORS HAVE BEEN DIRECTING PROFANITY AT SOME OF THE OPERATORS AND SOME OF THE PASSENGERS.

AND I'VE RECENTLY HAD THAT EXPERIENCE HAPPENED TO ME WITH A SUPERVISOR THAT GOES BY KEY FIVE, SEVEN AS IDENTIFICATION AS T POD SOUTHERN, EXTREMELY RUDE, VERY UNPROFESSIONAL.

AND I HAVE TO REPORT THAT TO RADIO CONTROL.

AND THERE ARE TWO VERY RUDE PEOPLE, T FIVE SEVEN AND T FIVE, FOUR, TWO ROAD SUPERVISORS THAT I DO BELIEVE MEET THE, HAVE SOME TYPE OF GO-TO SOME TYPE OF CLASSES ON HOW TO TALK TO PEOPLE, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT BORN WITH THAT SAME TYPE OF COURTESY AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT PEOPLE LIKE THE CEO OR, UM, OTHER PEOPLE IN MANAGEMENT, HOW, AND THAT'S A HUGE ISSUE THAT I HAVE NOTICED.

AND I HOPE THAT CAP METRO DOES SOMETHING ABOUT SUPERVISORS THAT DO USE PROFANITY TOWARDS OPERATORS IN FRONT OF PASSENGERS, OR THAT JUST GET MAD AT OPERATORS AND THEY'RE EXTRA FANCY TOWARDS THEM BECAUSE I PERSONALLY THINK SOUP FIELD SUPERVISORS AFTER THEY REMAIN PROFESSIONAL, WHEN THEY'RE IN THEIR UNIFORM ON THE CLOCK AND THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE WORKING FOR CAT METRO, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO REMAIN PROFESSIONAL.

LASTLY, UM, I AM, I HAVE APPLIED TO BE A CONGRESSIONAL INTERN AND I WAS APPROVED.

SO I'M GOING TO BE A CONGRESSIONAL INTERN WITH A CONGRESSWOMAN, UM, IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS, THANKFULLY AS A COLLEGE STUDENT.

SO I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

UM, I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH, BUT I AM HOPING SINCE CAP METRO.

WHEN I KNOW I HAVE A, PROBABLY A COUPLE OF SECONDS LEFT CAP, METRO, UM, NEEDS ITS OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I WANTED TO MAKE YOU GUYS AWARE THAT THERE'S A LOT OF FUN USED FEDERAL FUNDS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS THAT I'M HOPING METRO WILL LOOK UP AND, AND, UM, WE'LL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

HELPED CAP METRO GET ITS OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT, HOPEFULLY WITHIN A YEAR OR SOME TYPE OF PROJECT CONNECT EXPANSION.

BUT, UM, BECAUSE RELYING ON METRO SECURITY, IT TAKES SECURITY A REALLY LONG TIME TO RESPOND TO PRIORITY INCIDENCES.

UM, SOMETIMES IT TAKES THEM 30 MINUTES.

SOMETIMES IT TAKES THEM IN AN HOUR TO RESPOND TO FIVE CALLS OR OTHER THINGS.

BUT I THINK THAT IT WOULD FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PURPOSES, THAT CAP METRO HAD ITS OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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WE COULD, UM, IT WOULD BE BETTER VERSUS RELYING ON, UM, AUSTIN PD OR, UM, SLOW SECURITY RESPONSE, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF FEDERAL FUNDS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT I'VE DONE RESEARCH ON THAT.

I HOPE THAT CAP METRO WILL LOOK AT IT AND WE'LL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME AND I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE A VERY GOOD DAY.

THANK YOU, MR. SMITH.

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR INTERNSHIP.

THANK YOU.

THAT NEXT STEP WE HAVE LISA AND I'M GOING TO MISPRONOUNCE THIS, SO I WILL APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE, UH, SWAN KNOWN AND AS, UH, MY BEST SHOT, UH, LISA, IF YOU'RE WITH US AND YOU CAN UNMUTE AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES AS WELL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, MAKE SENSE GOING IN AND HELLO.

UM, WELL, I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE.

UM, I'VE LIVED OUT IN TEXAS HERE FOR AWHILE.

I'M IN MAYNARD, TEXAS AT THE MOMENT, AND THERE'S BEEN SEVERAL ISSUES WITH, UH, TRANSPORTATION.

UH, I'VE LOST A JOB OVER IT BECAUSE I COULDN'T MAKE IT IN TIME.

IT WAS LATE AND THE BUS DRIVER WAS LATE IN AUSTIN, NOT IN MANNER, BUT ANOTHER INCIDENT HAPPENED WHERE I TOOK A BUS, UM, FROM THE MAINER NINE, NINE 90, UH, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY IN THE MORNING, IT LEAVES MAYNOR TEXAS, UH, THREE DIFFERENT TIMES LIKE SIX, SEVEN, 8:00 AM, UM, MADE IT INTO MY AUSTIN, BUT THE AUSTIN BUS, I AT THREE 33, THERE'S AN INCIDENT I REPORTED MADE ME LATE, BUT IT TAKES ABOUT TWO HOURS TO GET THERE.

AND I'M BEING RESPONSIBLE.

THAT'S ONE THING, BUT WE NEED MORE TRANSPORTATION, UM, FROM MAINER AND MORE STREETLIGHTS, UH, BY THE, BY THE, UM, THE BUS STOP IN.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

IF YOU GET THE, UM, THE SCHEDULE WHEN THE BUSES ARE COMING, IF YOU GOT TO GET MORE ROUTES AND THE TIMING MAKES SURE IT'S ON TIME, THIS IS THAT, UM, I HAD AN INCIDENT WHERE I GOT, UM, YOU KNOW, I DRESS, I DRESS IN LIKE SWEAT PANTS AND A JACKET, REALLY NOT, NOT, YOU KNOW, NOTHING FANCY, YOU KNOW, HOODING TO THIS, TO THAT.

AND I GOT PROPOSITIONED.

UM, I DID REPORT THAT, UM, THAT HAPPENED IN AUSTIN AND, UM, UM, ARBOR TRAIL, ARBOR TRAILS, CANYON, ARBOR CANYON ROAD, ROCHELLE RAINY, MORE STREETLIGHTS THERE, THERE'S A BUNCH OF BLISTERS AROUND THERE.

AND I BASICALLY HAD TO BE STANDING ON MY GUARD, LIKE A BULL DOG FOR MY OWN SAKE.

NOW THAT WAS JUST ONE INCIDENT.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS VERY DARK HERE, WE GET THREE LIGHTS, PLEASE GET MORE BUS ROUTES FROM MAINER BECAUSE I'M COMING FROM MAYNARD TO WORK AUSTIN.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE WORK IS.

THERE'S NO WORK IN MAYNOR.

UM, I ACTUALLY CALLED A COUPLE OF FRIENDS FROM MAINER PEOPLE TO, TO TRY TO CALL IN.

MAYBE THEY DID NOT GET IN TIME TO, TO TALK LIKE I'M TALKING NOW, UH, FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PART.

UM, OH GOD, WE'RE TAKING IT OUT BECAUSE I'LL DISCOUNT BUS PASSES.

CAUSE IT'S DAY PASSES $7.

AND OVER IN AUSTIN, IT'S ONLY $3 AND 50 CENTS.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, LOOKING FOR WORK IS IT'S, IT'S EXPENSIVE, YOU KNOW, UM, I, UM, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE THE BUS DRIVERS.

THEY'RE BEING POLITE.

THEY UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, UM, OKAY.

UH, WAIT, UH, WHAT CAN I SAY? THANK YOU.

AND HOPEFULLY, UM, WE'LL GET SOME MORE, UH, TRANSPORTATION, UM, UH, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, UM, OH, THAT A BETTER CONNECTION TO THE PICKUP BECAUSE THE PICKUP STOPPED BEFORE THE, UM, THE NINE 90 COMES BACK TO AUSTIN TO MAINER.

SO THAT'S ANOTHER PROBLEM IF THEY CAN GET LONGER HOURS OR, OR WHAT PLEASE PRETTY PLEASED GOD'S SAKES.

THANK YOU, MS. SULLIVAN.

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. TOM WALD.

UM, CHAIR, COULD I ASK, UH, ASK, UH, MR. CLARK, VERY QUICK QUESTION.

SURE.

UH, MR. CLARK, COULD I, COULD I WORK WITH YOU AFTER THIS? UM, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY ISSUES THAT OUR PREVIOUS SPEAKER JUST BROUGHT UP, UM, PARTICULARLY FOR WOMEN AND I, ALTHOUGH THE STREETLIGHTS THAT I NEED TO LET HER KNOW THAT KEPT METRO DOESN'T, UM, DOESN'T BUILD A STREETLIGHTS, PERHAPS WE COULD WORK ON SOME SYNERGIES TO ADDRESS SOME SAFETY ISSUES.

SO I JUST WANTED TO MARK THAT AND, UM, MR. CLARK, IF WE COULD TALK ABOUT THAT AFTERWARDS, I'M NOT EXACTLY CERTAIN WHERE SHE'S TALKING ABOUT, BUT YOU MIGHT BE FAMILIAR.

YES.

HAPPY, HAPPY TO.

AND, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY OBVIOUSLY IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST TOPICS THAT WE WANT TO ADVANCE THIS YEAR.

AND I, THE PREVIOUS CALLER TALKED ABOUT, UH, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY POLICING.

UH, WE'LL LOOK INTO THE LIGHTING, YOU KNOW, THE, YOU KNOW, THE STOPS,

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UH, AND WE ALSO HAVE OUR NEW, UH, SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING APP, UH, THAT PEOPLE CAN REPORT, UH, SECURITY INCIDENTS AS WELL.

SO, UH, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, WE'LL DIVE INTO BASED ON THOSE COMMENTS.

MR. CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

REMEMBER STRAIGHTENED, GO AHEAD.

UH, IF I MAY, TO, UM, MR. PRESIDENT, UH, I SEEM TO REMEMBER THAT WE, UH, HAVE IN THE WORKS, AN ITEM THAT, THAT WE'RE LOOKING INTO ABOUT, UM, LOOKING AT THE PICKUP ZONES AND AS, AND I CAN'T REMEMBER NOW, WHICH HAT I'M WEARING IS AT THE ATP ATP BOARD MEMBER HAT, OR CAP METRO HAT THAT WE'RE, WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT STUDYING SOME, SOME POLICIES ASSOCIATED WITH AND PROCEDURES ASSOCIATED WITH THE, UH, THE PICKUP ZONES.

AND I'M WONDERING IF, IF, UH, TO THE, TO OUR, UH, PUBLIC COMMENTERS POINT, IF, UH, THAT, THAT HER CONCERNS ABOUT BETTER LINKING UP THE TIMING BETWEEN, UH, WITH THINGS GOING ON IN MAINE OR BETWEEN THE TIMING OF THAT NINE 90 ROUTE AND THE, THE PICKUP ZONES THERE SO THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE CAN ACTUALLY GET ON THE NINE 90 BACK TO MAINER AND THEN STILL BE ABLE TO GET HOME CONNECTED IF, IF MAYBE THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING FOR US TO, TO REVISIT AS WELL AS WE'RE LOOKING INTO THE, THE OVERALL, UH, STANDARDS AND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE PICKUP ROUTES.

GENERALLY SPEAKING, AS WE LOOK AT ALL THESE THINGS WITH THEM, WAS THAT YES, BUT IF WE COULD, I THINK THAT THOSE ARE, ARE REALLY IMPORTANT POINTS.

I THINK THAT, UH, WE, WE ARE, AND I, AND I HAVE TALKED TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT, UH, YOU KNOW, SITTING DOWN AND THINKING THROUGH AND PUTTING TOGETHER, UH, EFFECTIVE STANDARDS REALLY, TO THINK ABOUT, UH, THINK ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, NOT, NOT THE SCENARIOS THAT WE ARE ENCOUNTERING AND THEN THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT, THAT COULD BE PUT IN PLACE THAT EVERYONE WOULD AGREE, UH, WOULD LEAD TO MORE SAFETY.

I THINK THAT AS WE, AS WE TALK ABOUT, UM, AS WE, AS WE TALK ABOUT NOT ONLY OUR PICKUP ROUTES, BUT A LOT OF OUR ROUTES THAT ARE IN MORE RURAL AREAS AND THAT SOMETIMES, UM, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PARTS OF THE CITY THAT HAVE BUSES THAT COME HOURLY, IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT THAT, THAT WE REALLY GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND KIND OF LOOK AT EVERYTHING, UH, TO, UH, TO LOOK AT LIGHTING, TO LOOK AT, UH, THE, THE OTHER, UM, THE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO MAKE, UH, AREAS, UH, SAFER.

I KNOW THAT WE HAVE LOOKED ON NEO STARTING.

UH, WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU LOOK AT, UH, STARTING AT WALMART OVERHEAD ONE 83 AND ONE 30, THE NORWOOD AREA, WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF THINGS, UH, TO MAKE PLACES LIKE THAT MORE SAFE AND THERE MORE PLACES THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SAFE.

BUT WHAT I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN IS, IS KIND OF, UH, SETTING UP AN ASSET MAP, IDENTIFYING WHAT IS, WHERE, WHAT VULNERABILITIES ARE THERE AND HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS, UH, THOSE VULNERABILITIES, UH, INCREMENTALLY WHERE NECESSARY, BUT IMMEDIATELY WHEN THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES.

SO I THINK THAT THOSE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ONLY HAVE BUSES AVAILABLE.

AND I CAN RESPOND THAT.

UM, YES, I, WE, WE PLAN ON, I BELIEVE FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING, WE'LL BE BRINGING TO THE BOARD, UH, PICKUP PICKUP STANDARDS, STANDARDS SLASH GUIDELINES.

I IS THE BEST WAY TO PROBABLY FRAME THAT.

AND, UH, ULTIMATELY WE'LL NEED BOARD GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MANAGE, UH, ACCESS HOURS OF SERVICE RIDERSHIP COSTS.

THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A SIMILAR AMOUNT OF TIME.

SO BOARD MEMBERS STRATTON, THAT IS DEFINITELY YOUR CAP, METRO HAT.

THAT'S NOT THE ATP HAT.

AND, UH, WE, WE OBVIOUSLY CAN'T PUT NEW ZONES INTO SERVICE UNTIL WE CREATE A STANDARDS BECAUSE THESE WERE ALL DONE AS PILOTS.

AND NOW WE HAVE TO HAVE A TOOL TO ANALYZE THE PILOTS THAT WE PUT OUT THERE TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE MEETING OUR GOALS, UH, TO CONTINUE THEM.

AND THAT'S EVERYTHING FROM, AGAIN, DAYS A WEEK, OUR HOURS IN THE DAY, UH, WAIT TIMES IN BETWEEN VEHICLES, HOW MANY PEOPLE PER VEHICLE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

SO, UH, THE TEAM IS WORKING HEAVILY ON THAT.

AND, UH, I THINK YOU SHOULD BE ANTICIPATING, UH, UH, PRESENTATION AND, UH, LOOKING FOR INPUT IN FEBRUARY, UH, TO HELP MOVE THAT PART OF THE PROGRAM FORWARD.

THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, AND THANK YOU TO OUR, TO OUR COLOR OR TO CALL IT THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I BELIEVE, UH, MS. LISA, FOR HER FEEDBACK, THAT'S, THAT'S VERY VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT AS WE GO FORWARD WITH THIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL.

YEAH, IT, UH, IT JUST UNDERSCORES THAT THERE'S MORE FOR US TO WORK ON BESIDES PROJECT CONNECT AND, UH, WE'VE GOT

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PLENTY TO DO.

OUR NEXT PUBLIC COMMENT IS FROM MR. TOM WALL, MR. WALDO, IF YOU'RE READY, UH, UNMUTE YOURSELF AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THIS IS TOM WALL, THANKFUL TRANSIT USER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RED LINE PARKWAY INITIATIVE, UH, WHICH SUPPORTS THE 32 MILE TRAIL ALONG THE CAPITOL METRO RED LINE.

OUR WORK IS FOCUSED INTO FOUR PROGRAMS PLAN, THE PARKWAY FUND THE PARKWAY, BUILD THE PARKWAY AND ACTIVATE THE PARKWAY.

UH, SOME BRIEFLY, SOME FURTHER BACKGROUND ON THE REDLINE PARKWAY AND THE TRAIL CAPITAL METRO AREA VOTERS APPROVE THE RED LINE METRO RAIL IN 2004, IN ADDITION TO APPROVING RIGHT AWAY FOR THE REDLINE TRAIL CAPITOL, METRO HAD HOPED TO COMPLETE THE TRAIL BY 2019, BUT THAT WASN'T ON TRACK.

SO WE FOUNDED THE INITIATIVE IN 2017 TO ACCELERATE COMPLETION.

AND IN SUMMER 2019, I BEGAN AS FULL-TIME STAFF WITH THE INITIATIVE, THERE ARE ALSO NUMEROUS OTHER MILESTONES AND THE TIMELINE OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES.

AND I'VE BEEN COMPILING THESE INTO A DOCUMENT OF THE COMMITMENTS ACTIONS AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES, AND I'D BE HAPPY TO SHARE A SNAPSHOT OF THAT DOCUMENT UPON REQUESTS AND EARLY STEP FOR OUR STAFF ORGANIZATION WAS TO FORMALIZE OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE TWO PRIMARY AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE RED LINE TRIAL.

AND THOSE ARE CAPITAL METRO AND CITY OF AUSTIN IN NOVEMBER, 2019.

THE GOVERNING BODIES FOR BOTH AGENCIES DIRECTED THEIR STAFF TO PURSUE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE INITIATIVE.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN AGREEMENT IS NEAR COMPLETION.

UH, THE CAPITAL METRO AGREEMENT IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT.

THE ORIGINAL, THE BOARD'S ORIGINAL TARGET FOR CAPITAL METRO STAFF TO REPORT THE BOARD REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD WAS NO LATER THAN MARCH, 2020 AT THIS STAGE, THE INITIATIVE AMY FOR FINALIZING THE AGREEMENT BY THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR.

AND I'M HOPING I CAN STICK TO THAT TIMELINE, OUR CONVERSATION ON THIS AND OTHER ISSUES WITH CAPITAL METRO STAFF HAS BEEN VERY SLOW GOING OVER THE LAST 17 MONTHS.

BY LAST SUMMER, WE HAD AIMED TO RESOLVE SOME LONGSTANDING, UH, RAILS WITH TRAILS ISSUES AND TO AGREE ON A COURSE OF ACTION FOR CAPITAL METRO'S ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE PARKWAY PLAN, INCLUDING FUNDING AND ENGINEERING COOPERATION.

UH, AT THIS TIME WE ARE COMING UP ON SOME DEADLINES FOR DEVELOPING A PARKWAY PLAN.

SO WE ARE AIMING TO HAVE THESE OUTSTANDING ISSUES RESOLVED NO LATER THAN THE END OF MAY.

THIS YEAR IN GENERAL, WE WOULD LIKE CAPITOL METRO TO MOVE INTO ALIGNMENT WITH NATIONAL RAILS, WITH TRAILS, BEST PRACTICES, INCLUDING FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRAINED AREAS.

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE CAPITAL METRO TO WORK TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE RED LINE TRAIL WITH AT LEAST THE SAME LEVEL OF INTEREST AS IT HAD WHEN IT WAS EDUCATING VOTERS ON THE TRAIL IN PREPARATION FOR THE 2004 RED LINE RAIL AND RAILS WITH TRAILS ELECTION.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE RED LINE TRAIL WILL NOT BE COMPLETED UNLESS WE HAVE CAPITAL METRO FIRMLY ON BOARD WITH ITS COMPLETION.

FOR THESE REASONS WE WILL BE REPORTING REGULARLY LIKELY MONTHLY TO THE OPERATIONS AND PLANNING COMMITTEE TO ENSURE PROGRESS AND GOOD COMMUNICATION.

ALL OF THESE ISSUES.

I'M PUTTING TOGETHER A LIST OF THE MOST URGENT AND CRITICAL NEEDS IN TIME FOR THE FEBRUARY 10TH COMMITTEE MEETING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SERVICE.

AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MR. WALL, MR. CHAIR, MR. TRAN.

YES, IT IS.

UM, I JUST WANT TO SAY MR. WALD, THANK YOU FOR, UH, FOR COMING BEFORE THE BOARD ABOUT THIS AND, UH, YOU AND I HAVE SPOKEN OFFLINE ABOUT, UH, ABOUT, UH, SOME OF THESE THINGS.

UM, I, I THINK THIS IS GOOD.

WE'RE KIND OF GETTING THIS WELL, UNINTENDED BACK ON TRACK.

UH, I KNOW THAT WE, AS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAD MADE THE POINT AND, AND PASSED A RESOLUTION BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 19, SPECIFICALLY STATING OUR R IT WAS THAT IT WAS THE BOARD POLICY AND OUR STATED GOAL TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONNECTION.

UH, AND, AND, UM, AND, UH, MOVING FORWARD WITH AN AGREEMENT WITH, AND WORKING WITH THE RED LINE RED LINE TRAILS INITIATIVE.

AND, UM, I REALIZED THAT, THAT, YOU KNOW, COVID KIND OF DERAILED A LOT OF THESE THINGS FOR A LOT OF STUFF, AND WE HAD A LOT OF THINGS COME UP WITH BECAUSE OF COVID AND THEN WE HAD A PROJECT CONNECT MOVING FORWARD.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS, GETTING BACK ON TRACK AS PART OF THE POLICY COMMITMENT AND, AND, AND MY CONCERN IS, AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T LEAVE THIS BEHIND ONE BECAUSE THE BOARD HAS ACTUALLY ACTED TO SAY TO THAT WE WANTED TO BE ON BOARD WITH THIS.

UH, BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, UH, DON'T WANT TO LOSE ANY OPPORTUNITIES AS WE MOVE FURTHER DOWN THE LINE HERE, AS WE ARE ADVANCING PROJECT CONNECT AND WITH, UH, OPPORTUNITIES AS THINGS ARE MOVING DOWN THE, UH, WITH THE FUNDS THAT WE ARE EXPENDING FOR UPGRADES FOR THE RED LINE CURRENTLY, THAT WE DON'T LOSE OUT AND MISS OUT ON THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THIS, WHICH AGAIN, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS COME ALONGSIDE AND SAID, EVEN RECENTLY THAT WE WANT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, UH, TO, UH, MR. WALDER CONTINUED, UM, UH, BRINGING THIS BACK TO US AND,

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UH, YOU KNOW, ANYTHING THAT, THAT, THAT, UH, STAFF CAN DO.

I, I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO STAFF'S CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT IN WORKING WITH YOU AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAD STATED, UH, THAT, THAT WE WANTED TO CONTINUE TO DO AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH US.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE NEED TO ACTUALLY HAVE A, MAYBE AN UPDATE FROM THE CAP METRO SIDE, FROM CAP METRO STAFF, PERHAPS, MAYBE AT THE NEXT MEETING.

I DON'T KNOW IF STAFF WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO DO THAT, MAYBE AT THE, THE OPS COMMITTEE, UH, OR PERHAPS THE FULL BOARD IN FEBRUARY.

UM, I, I I'VE JUST PUT THAT TO YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, DO YOU THINK THAT, THAT, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD HAVE AS A, AS AN UPDATE HERE, PERHAPS EITHER AT THE COMMITTEE MEETING OR AT THE, UH, AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, PERHAPS? MAYBE.

YEAH.

UH, THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER.

UH, LET ME CHECK IN WITH STAFF.

I KNOW AGAIN, THEY ARE WORKING WITH, UH, THE CITY.

UH, WE CERTAINLY GOT A SUMMATION FROM THE BOARD.

I THINK, UH, ALL THE S THE STAFF WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP FACILITATE.

I GUESS I WOULD JUST REITERATE THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, STAFF STAFF WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FACILITATE THE RED LINE PARKWAY GETTING BUILT AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T IMPACT SAFELY OPERATING THE RED LINE MAINTENANCE ACCESS AND POTENTIAL NEEDS, WHERE WE NEED TRACK FOR EXPANSION OF SERVICE, SO EVERYWHERE ELSE.

AND THAT'S THE SAME COMMITMENT WE MADE FROM THE FRONT END.

SO THOSE ARE THE PRIMARY FACTORS THAT WILL BE THERE TODAY.

AND WE'LL ALWAYS BE THERE FROM A STAFF POINT OF VIEW BECAUSE SAFETY SAFELY OPERATING A LONG-TERM RED LINE IS THE PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE, BUT WE HAVE A DEEP COMMITMENT THAT ANYWHERE WE CAN, OUTSIDE OF THAT COMMITMENT, WE WILL WORK THE BEST WE CAN TO MAKE THIS PARKWAY, UH, OCCUR.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU, SIR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU, MEMBER STRATTON'S.

THANK YOU, PRESIDENT CLARK, THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENT.

UH, THANK YOU, SPEAKERS.

UH, NEXT

[III. Advisory Committee Updates]

STEP.

WE'LL HAVE OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATES, MR. BANKS.

FLOOR'S YOURS.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, SO I HAVE THAT BACKGROUND, UH, GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD MEMBERS, UH, CHAIRMAN, UH, COOPER PRESIDENT CLARK YON HAS BANKS, UM, CAP METRO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM DO GIVE THE UPDATES.

I THINK I HAD A BACKGROUND UP FROM ANOTHER MEETING IN DETROIT, FORGET THAT IS THERE, BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S THERE NOW.

YOU'RE GOING TO DO THE ROLL WITH IT, AND I HAVE TO CHANGE THAT LATER.

I'M HAVING A LITTLE FUN TODAY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT C SAC, THE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UM, THEY GET THEIR MONTHLY PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE, UH, BACK ON JANUARY 13TH, UM, NADIA BARRERA, RAMIREZ PRESENTED TO THEM ABOUT THE ZIEGLER PROJECT.

THAT'S THE NEW, UM, HOW DO YOU WANT TO DESCRIBE IT? BURST UP? DOES IT BEING DONE OVER ON DEAN KEETON AND WATERLOO BAY? UH, WE MOVED A BUST UP FROM THAT CORNER, A BLOCK UP OR SO, AND THERE'S A NEW KIND OF RAMP AND SYSTEM.

THEY'RE TRYING THAT OUT WITH SOME LEVEL OF BOARDING, AS WELL AS AN EASIER WAY FOR BIKES TO COME BY RIGHT BY IT.

SO YOU DON'T INTERACT WITH, UH, THE BUSES.

UH, AND SO THEN YOU'VE GOT AN UPDATE ON THAT THAT JUST STARTED, I BELIEVE, LAST WEEK OR MAYBE TWO WEEKS AGO.

UM, THEY GOT A, UH, UPDATE ON THE RIVERSIDE STOP, ACC RIVERSIDE STOP THAT JUST OPENED UP THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH.

THAT'S LOOKING BEAUTIFUL.

UH, AND MARCUS GAVE THEM AN UPDATE ON THE DOWNTOWN STATION BECAUSE THEY HADN'T BEEN BRIEFED ABOUT IT SINCE, UM, IT OPENED UP IN NOVEMBER.

SO JUST WANTING TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKED LIKE AND WHAT WAS GOING ON AND FOR ACCESS COMMITTEE, UM, THEY ALSO GET A PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE.

THEY ASKED TO START HAVING MONTHLY UPDATES ON THAT.

SO I UPDATED THEM JUST ON WHAT WAS NEXT AT THAT TIME.

THAT WAS THE FIRST ATP BOARD MEETING, UH, AS WELL AS WHO THE BOARD MEMBERS WERE SELECTED TO BE ON THE ATP.

UH, AND THEN THE UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS WE'LL BE HAVING ON PROJECT OR ORDINANCE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE, UH, STARTING THIS WEEK AND THE, UH, RAPID LINES THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY.

UH, THEY GOT AN UPDATE FROM SEAN BROWN AND THE ONBOARD DIGITAL, DIGITAL DISPLAY SCREEN.

IF Y'ALL REMEMBER, I BELIEVE HE DID A PRESENTATION PROBABLY WAS ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

IT MIGHT'VE BEEN RIGHT BEFORE COVID, UH, WE'RE TIME IS FLYING OF THESE NEW BOARDS WHERE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO PUT UP ON, UH, SOME OF OUR VEHICLES, SOME OF OUR BUSES.

AND SO THEY HADN'T HAD A CHANCE TO BE BRIEFING THAT YET BECAUSE THAT PROJECT HAD GOTTEN PAUSE DUE TO COVID AND, UM, SOME OF THE FUNDING THAT WE WERE GOING TO NEED TO REARRANGE.

AND SO THEY WERE UPDATED ON THAT, UH, WHICH WENT PRETTY WELL.

I THINK THEY HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT HOW IT'S NOT AUDIBLE, BUT, UH, SEAN AND MARTIN DID A GREAT JOB WITH, WITH CLEARING THAT UP

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AND EXPLAIN IT TO THEM WITH SOME OF THE OPTIONS THAT THEY WILL HAVE, OR THAT WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS FAIR AND EQUAL.

UM, THEY ALSO GOT AN UPDATE ON THE RIVERSIDE STOP AS WELL, AND THE DOWNTOWN STATION ALSO, UH, AND ZILCH, THAT'S WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE.

THANK YOU, MR. BANKS, REMEMBER KITCHEN.

I JUST WANT TO MR. BANKS TO KNOW THAT, UM, THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCREENSHOTS, AND SO I APPRECIATE GETTING TO SEE IT AGAIN.

UH, I'M GLAD I PICKED THIS ONE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT

[IV. Board Committee Update]

WE HAVE, UH, BOARD COMMITTEE UPDATES.

UH, I THINK, UH, NEITHER COMMITTEE WAS ABLE TO MEET THIS LAST MONTH.

SO THE ONLY THING WE HAVE IS A CAMPO UPDATE FROM REMEMBER MITCHELL.

THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

UH, CAMPO MET ON, UH, JAMIE, SORRY, ON JANUARY 11TH, 2021, UM, BASIC ACTIONS WHERE IT HIRED A RENEWED, UH, UH, CONTRACT WITH LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE YEAR.

UH, IT ALSO, UH, TOOK ACTION ON, UH, FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, 60 50 SECTION 53, UH, UH, FUNDING, WHICH IS ABOUT 1.2 MILLION TO ENHANCE THEIR BUILDINGS FOR SENIORS AND FOLKS WITH DISABILITY.

AND THEY BASICALLY UPDATED THE CRITERIA WITH WHICH TO MEASURE PROGRAMS, PROGRAMS FOR SELECTION.

UH, IT ALSO TOOK ACTION ON, UH, 2021 TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES SET ASIDE PROGRAMS AND, UH, FUNDED, UH, THE BLAKE MAINER SHARED USE PATH THAT HAD BEEN DEFUNDED EARLIER IN 2020.

UH, IT POSTPONED ANY ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION POLICY BOARD, BYLAWS, THREE PRESENTATIONS ON VARIOUS MATTERS QUESTIONS FOR A MEMBER MITCHELL.

ALL RIGHT, VERY WELL.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN MEMBER STRATTON.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

UH, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS NECESSARILY THE RIGHT PLACE TO PUT IT INTO, TO MAKE THIS A QUESTION OR REQUEST, BUT IT IS UNDER A BOARD COMMITTEES.

UM, IF I MAY MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION AND FUTURE MEETINGS GOING FORWARD, UH, PERHAPS JUST AS WE DO, UH, THE OTHER FAA AND THE OPS COMMITTEE AND CAMPO, WE CONSIDER ADDING, UH, ATP, UH, BOARD UPDATE TO THE LIST OF COMMITTEES.

I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS FROM ACTIVITIES THAT OCCUR AT THE, UH, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AS THE DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ATP TO, OR FROM CAP METRO TO THE ATP AT FUTURE MEETINGS.

UNLESS, UNLESS THERE'S ANY OBJECTION, I THINK THAT'D BE FINE GOING FORWARD.

ANY OBJECTION WE'LL ADD.

AND IF YOU DON'T MIND, JUST INCLUDING THAT ON THE AGENDA, GO FORWARD.

WE CAN GET A REPORT FROM MEMBER STRATTON ON THEIR PROGRESS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT

[V.2. Approval of minutes from the December 14, 2020 Capital Metro board meeting and December 18, 2020 joint meeting with Austin City Council.]

NEXT STEP.

UH, WE HAVE, UH, EIGHT, UH, ACTION ITEMS. UH, FIRST IS, UH, APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE DECEMBER 14, 2020, UH, BOARD MEETING AND THE DECEMBER 18, UH, JOINT MEETING 2020 JOINT MEETING WITH AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES? BOTH SETS MOTION BY MITCHELL A SECOND.

SECOND, WAS THAT AN IMPROVEMENT MOVE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES? SORRY.

REMEMBER TREVELYAN I THINK YOU WERE FROZEN, UH, WAS TO BE CLEAR, WAS THAT TREVELYAN A RENTAL RIO ON THE SECOND.

I COULDN'T CATCH IT.

UH, UM, I MOVED APPROVAL, BUT, UH, I HAVE TWO MOTIONS TO APPROVE THAT WE HAVE A SECOND, SECOND, SECOND BY MEMBER RENTER, RAY.

ANY DISCUSSION, NO DISCUSSION THEN, UH, I'LL CALL ROLL FOR THE VOTE.

UH, UH, MEMBER HILL.

REMEMBER HIM? YES.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

REMEMBER A RENTERIA? YES, I REMEMBER STRATTON.

HI, UH, MEMBER, UH, KITCHEN.

YES, MEMBER.

UH TREVELYAN YES, A MEMBER MITCHELL.

YES.

AND COOPER IS AN I AS WELL.

THE MOTION CARRIES SEVEN TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

[V.3. Election of Capital Metro board officers for 2021.]

UH, NEXT UP, UH, MEMBERS, WE HAVE, UH, ELECTION OF CAPITAL METRO BOARD OFFICERS, UH, FOR THIS YEAR.

AND, UH, LET ME JUST MAKE A COMMENT OR TWO, AND THEN, UH, WE'LL PROCEED.

UH, ONE IS, UH, YOU MAY, UM,

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UH, UH, RIGHTFULLY, UH, WONDER, UH, UH, WHAT MY VIEW OF THIS IS AS, AS RELATES TO MY OWN, UH, CHAIRMANSHIP AND, UH, FIRST IT'S AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE IN THE POSTURE OF CHAIR AND TO REPRESENT YOU AND TO HAVE REPRESENTED YOU, UH, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

AND WE'VE DONE SOME GREAT THINGS.

UM, MY OWN VIEW OF THIS IS THAT, UH, I RECOGNIZE THAT I SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF MY COLLEAGUES.

AND, UH, AND SO I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I RESPECT THAT, UH, AND, UH, DON'T HAVE ANY SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT TO THIS JOB, UH, AND, UH, UH, HOPE THAT I HAVE FULFILLED YOUR EXPECTATIONS, UH, IN THIS ROLE.

UM, I HAVE FELT A LITTLE BIT OF A SENSE OF DUTY, UH, UH, MIGHT HAVE, UH, GONE ON TO TAKING CARE OF GRANDKIDS EARLIER, BUT FOR THE, UH, MY VIEW THAT WE NEEDED TO GET A NEW, UH, PRESIDENT IN.

AND, UH, AND THEN, UH, HE HAD THIS, UH, INTERESTING IDEA ABOUT TRYING TO GET PROJECT CONNECT PAST AND THE NEXT TWO YEARS, AND, UH, DIDN'T WANT TO BAIL OUT THEN.

UH, AND, UH, AND, UH, THANKFULLY WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL.

THERE IS IN MY MIND, ONE FINAL ACT, UH, TO THAT, UH, TO THAT PLAY, WHICH IS GETTING THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT, UH, PASSED BETWEEN OUR RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS, THE CITY, UH, ATP, WHICH HAS NOW FORMED UP AND LOOKS TO BE A GALLOPING FORWARD IN OUR ORGANIZATION.

AND HOPEFULLY THAT'LL HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE TO A LOT OF PART OF THIS YEAR.

AND SO, UH, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, UM, UH, SOME HAVE ASKED THAT I STEPPED DOWN, SOME HAVE ASKED THAT I STAY ON, UH, MY OWN, UH, GOAL WOULD BE THE C THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT, UM, UH, EXECUTED AND THEN, UH, PERHAPS, UH, RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET, UH, AFTER THAT.

BUT THAT, THAT'S WHERE I AM.

I, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT ACCOMPLISHED, UH, BUT, UH, TO BEGIN MY THOUGHT ON THAT AS I, AS I STARTED TO END AS I STARTED, UM, UH, RESPECT, UH, THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE A, UH, UH, AN OPPORTUNITY TO, TO, UH, UH, UH, SUPPORT THAT OR NOT SUPPORT THAT.

AND SO THAT IF MY COLLEAGUES ARE WILLING, I WOULD, UH, BE WILLING TO SERVE ANOTHER YEAR.

UM, THAT SAID, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AS WELL, THAT, UH, THOUGH VARIETY OF FOLKS HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE VICE CHAIR JOB.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE, UM, INCLUDE REPRESENTATION AS WE HAVE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD, UH, FROM, UH, DIVERSE POPULATIONS.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR US.

AND SO, UM, I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, AT THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY IS, UH, IS, UH, UM, SOMETHING WE NEED TO REFLECT ON AND TRY TO PUT INTO PLACE.

UM, IF COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN IS READY TO SERVE IN THAT ROLE, UM, THEN I WOULD SUPPORT AND NOMINATE COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN, UM, TO BE THE VICE CHAIR.

I UNDERSTAND OTHERS, UH, ARE INTERESTED IN THAT JOB AS WELL.

AND THIS MAY, I'M HOPING THIS WON'T BE, UH, A DIVISIVE OF VOTE, BUT, UH, I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT, UM, WE HAVE REPRESENTATION HAVE DIVERSE REPRESENTATION AND LEADERSHIP.

SO THAT'S, UM, THAT'S WHERE I STAND AT THE MOMENT.

AND, UH, UM, JUST WANTED TO PUT ALL MY CARDS ON THE TABLE, UH, BEFORE WE, UH, MOVED ALONG.

SO I REMEMBER KITCHEN, I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

THAT HELPS US UNDERSTAND.

UH, AND I, I KNOW THAT ALL OF US HAVE APPRECIATED YOUR, YOUR LEADERSHIP OVER THE YEARS AND, UM, THE, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT.

AND SO THIS HELPS ME UNDERSTAND, UM, I AM INTERESTED IN BEING VICE-CHAIR AND I'M ALSO NOT INTERESTED IN, UM, CREATING DIVISION.

I ALSO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY.

UM, I THINK, UM, DIVERSITY MIGHT CALL FOR, UM, SOME MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP AS CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR, UM, AND MIGHT CALL FOR SOME MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP WITHIN THIS YEAR.

SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE SUGGEST THAT WE DO, BECAUSE I'M, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THERE'S MORE CONVERSATION AND, AND THINKING THAT NEEDS TO OCCUR AMONGST US, UM, IS I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT WE POSTPONE THIS CONVERSATION FOR ONE MONTH AND AT OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING, WE, UM, WE VOTE THAT WILL GIVE US TWO OPPORTUNITIES.

IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER WHEN WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT CONVERSATION.

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UM, AND ALSO, UM, AND CHART A PATH FORWARD FOR, UH, DIVERSITY IN LEADERSHIP, UM, AND DIVERSITY ACROSS THE BOARD, INCLUDING, UM, DIVERSITY FOR WOMEN.

AND SO, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO, UH, PROPOSE THAT WE DO THAT, THAT WILL ALSO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HAVING A FULL COMPLIMENT.

WE ARE NOT A FULL BOARD TODAY.

WE ONLY HAVE EIGHT MEMBERS AND OUR, UM, WE ONLY HAVE SEVEN MEMBERS TODAY, AND I THINK IT IS ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT WE PROVIDE SOME TIME BECAUSE WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR, UH, WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT, THAT, UH, THAT WORKS WELL, UM, FOR THIS BOARD AND FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO THAT WOULD BE MY SUGGESTION.

UM, AND THAT WOULD GIVE ME TIME TO TALK WITH YOU, UM, CHAIR, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE THINKING ABOUT THE YEAR.

UM, I CAN HEAR YOU, I HEAR YOUR INTEREST IN STAYING THROUGH THE JPA.

I'M INTERESTED IN THAT.

I ALSO, UM, HAVE AM INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP, AND I'M ALSO THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT, UH, THAT, UM, THAT BOARD MEMBER TREVELYAN BE IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION.

SO THAT'S MY REQUEST OF YOU AND OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE WAIT A MONTH TO HAVE FURTHER CONVERSATION AND TO ALLOW OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE TAKING MEMBER KITCHEN.

UH, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO WAIT A MONTH.

I THINK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A NEW MEMBER POOL, WE'VE ALL BEEN TOGETHER FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

UH, SOME OF US AS MANY AS 10 YEARS, OR AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD, UH, A GOOD CHUNK OF US HAD BEEN TOGETHER THAT LONG.

AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF US HAVE BEEN TOGETHER LESS THAN A COUPLE OF YEARS.

UM, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A MOTION, I'M GLAD TO ENTERTAIN THAT MOTION.

OKAY, I'LL MAKE THAT MOTION UNLESS OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION FIRST.

I DON'T WANT TO PUT ANYBODY ON THE SPOT.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE WORKED WELL TOGETHER, BUT I HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE SAID, CHAIR COOPER.

I ALSO FEEL THAT I HAVE CONTRIBUTED, UM, TO PROJECT CONNECT, UM, AND WOULD LIKE TO BE IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BODY.

SO I'M SIMPLY ASKING, UM, AS A COURTESY TO ALLOW TIME FOR THAT CONVERSATION.

AND SO I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE POSTPONE, UH, THIS ITEM UNTIL, UH, NEXT MONTH TO ALLOW TIME FOR CONVERSATION AND TO ALLOW FOR OUR, A FULL COMPLIMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE.

MR. CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAIRMAN, HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

REMEMBER STRATTON.

I WAS JUST, I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, I, I, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU COULD SEE THIS IN AN, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU COULD, I'VE SEEN PO STAND UP FOR A REALLY LONG TIME IF HE WANTED TO GET AN AN AND IF YOU WANT TO WAIT THAT MOTION UNTIL PO HAD A CHANCE TO SAY ANYTHING, IF THEY ARE IN CASE HIS, IN CASE HIS CONVERSATION MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR MOTION.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF WE WANTED TO PERHAPS WAIT THAT, UH, THANK YOU.

UM, REMEMBER STRATTON, I DIDN'T, I COULDN'T SEE THAT.

SO I'M, I'M HAPPY TO WAIT.

CAUSE I DID OFFER FOR PEOPLE TO, IF THEY WANTED TO WEIGH IN FIRST WHILE THE TECHNOLOGY.

YEAH.

I'M SORRY.

A MEMBER RICHARD RE I COULDN'T SEE IT STILL.

CAN'T SEE.

UM, SO YOU MAY HAVE TO SHOUT OUT IT WELL, IF YOU HAVE SOME THOUGHTS, GO AHEAD, PLEASE.

I, I ALSO BELIEVE IN DIVERSITY, BUT ALSO THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE ALSO LIKE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WE, WE HAVE A POSITION FOR A FEMALE AND, UM, AND THEN A MALE AND WE ALTERNATE AND, YOU KNOW, ANNE HAS BEEN WITH US LONGER THAN I WOULD'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD AND SHE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB.

I'M REALLY JUST AMAZED AT THE ENERGY THAT SHE HAD PUT BEHIND ALL OUR ISSUES FROM PROJECT CONNECT TO, TO, UH, WHEN WE REDID, WE RAMPED ALL OF OUR ROUTES AND I REALLY FEEL LIKE, UH, THAT SHE HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING JOB.

AND, UH, I, I, I REALLY, YOU KNOW, REALLY FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD WAIT A MONTH SO THAT WE COULD GET A FULL BOARD.

AND THAT'S MY RECOMMENDATION.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'LL TAKE THAT AS A SECOND THEN IF THAT'S APPROPRIATE, UM, OTHER DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION TO TABLE THIS ELECTION FOR A MONTH, MR. CHAIR, IF I MAY JUST MAKE A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, AND THIS MAY INVOLVE,

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UM, OUR GENERAL COUNSEL, UH, IF WE WERE TO NOT HOLD OFFICER ELECTIONS AT THIS MOMENT, UM, AS I'VE READ THE BYLAWS, AS OF RIGHT NOW, YOUR TERM, WELL, UH, MS. GARS OUR BAR, OUR PREVIOUS VICE-CHAIR SHE'S GONE ANYWAY.

SO DELI GARZA IS OUT OF THE PICTURE.

UM, BUT AS OF TODAY, MY, OF SECRETARY AND YOUR TERM AS CHAIRMAN ARE DONE.

SO AS OF RIGHT NOW, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CAP, METRO HAS NO OFFICERS AT THIS TIME.

IS THAT, IS THAT A FAIR DAY? I WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND THIS.

IS THAT A FAIR STATEMENT THAT RIGHT NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN OR, OR, OR CARRIE AS OUR GENERAL COUNSEL, IT SAYS THE WAY IT IS WRITTEN, IT SAYS THAT THE ELECTIONS ARE GENERALLY HELD IN JANUARY OF EACH YEAR.

WE ALSO HAVE PROVISIONS THAT SAY, YOU WOULD, YOU WOULD HOLD OVER UNTIL NEW ONES ARE ELECTED.

SO IT WOULD NOT MEAN IF WE WAITED UNTIL NEXT MONTH THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY OFFICERS.

ALL OF THE OFFICERS WOULD HOLD OVER UNTIL AN ELECTION WAS HELD.

OKAY.

BUT, SO, SO GIVEN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE RIGHT NOW, SO, SO CHAIR, COOPER STAYS AS CHAIR.

I STAY AS SECRETARY AT THIS TIME, BUT WE DON'T HAVE A VICE CHAIR AT THIS PARTICULAR JUNCTURE BECAUSE BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT DAHLIA GARZA HAS ROLLED OFF THE BOARD, CORRECT.

NO ONE HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THAT POSITION YET.

AND THEN WE HAVE NOBODY CURRENTLY SERVING IN THAT POSITION.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

BUT, BUT IT IS, THERE IS A PROVISION IN THE BYLAWS THAT ALLOWS FOR THE HOLDOVER OF THE OFFICERS IT'S INHERENT, IT'S NOT WRITTEN IN THE BYLAWS, BUT IT'S INHERENT THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE OFFICER'S STAFF.

RIGHT.

AND SO THEY WOULD HOLD OVER IT UNTIL AN ELECTION IS HELD.

OKAY.

JUST LIKE IT IS FOR OUR BOARD MEMBERSHIP.

OKAY.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.

OKAY.

SO, SO THE CHAIR MEMBER TREVELYAN, UM, JUST BY WAY OF COMMENT, UM, I HAVE A, UM, I FEEL A VERY COLLEGIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH, WITH, UH, WITH ALL OF, ALL OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS.

AND, UH, AND, AND I, UM, CERTAINLY AM NOT INTERESTED OR WAS NOT INTERESTED IN CREATING CONTENTION.

UM, THE, THE THING THAT STRUCK ME IN THE, UM, THE THING THAT I'VE BEEN THINKING MOST ABOUT IS, UM, THE ROLE OF TRANSPORTATION IN, UM, MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND OFTENTIMES LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES.

AND, UM, OFTENTIMES I, I APPROACH EACH OF YOU TO SAY, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE, WE'VE GOT TO WORK ON PROJECT A, OR WE'VE GOT TO WORK ON PROJECT B, OR WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT EQUITY AND, AND WE'VE GOT TO, AND WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AND SEE HOW COMMUNITIES THAT HISTORICALLY HAVEN'T BEEN WELL SERVED WILL BE WELL-SERVED.

AND, UM, AND, AND I THINK THAT TOGETHER, UH, WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOGETHER.

WE HAVE GONE INTO COMMUNITIES THAT WE HADN'T GONE AS THOROUGHLY INTO BEFORE, AND WE HAVE ADDRESSED ISSUES OF HEALTH AND SAFETY TOGETHER.

AND, AND, UH, AND PART OF MY SOUL SEARCHING WAS IF, IF, UM, IF I AM WILLING TO PUSH AND ASK AND, AND, AND, UH, AND, AND WORK HARD AND PUSHING OTHERS TO DO SIGNIFICANT THINGS, HOW WOULD I NOT BE WILLING TO ACCEPT MORE RESPONSIBILITY MYSELF? AND THAT, AND THAT IS THE SPACE THAT, THAT, THAT MY INTEREST CAME FROM.

AND IT IS NOT, I JUST WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO KNOW THAT, THAT IT CAME FROM A, IT COMES FROM A PLACE OF TALKING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND TALKING TO A NUMBER OF YOU AND, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT IF, IF I AM GOING TO ASK MORE OF YOU, I'VE GOT TO ASK MORE OF MYSELF AS WELL.

AND TH AND THAT'S WHERE THE SCAM PROBLEM.

IT WASN'T, IT WAS NOT AN INTEREST TO, UH, TO BE, UH, TO BE HURTFUL OR PUSHY.

I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT REMEMBER KITCHEN, UH, YES, I'M A BOARD MEMBER TO REBELLION.

I RECOGNIZE THAT.

I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

UM, I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT THEN.

AND, UM, AND THAT'S WHY I WOULD LIKE US TO HAVE SOME MORE TIME FOR SOME CONVERSATION, UH,

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FRANKLY I WOULD LIKE TO, TO CONSIDER AND THINK ABOUT WHETHER YOU WOULD SERVE AS CHAIR.

AND I THINK THAT WE COULD PROBABLY WORK SOMETHING OUT WITH CHAIR COOPER, UH, GIVEN HIS, UM, INTEREST, BUT, UH, IN THE INTEREST OF DIVERSITY AND ALSO IN THE INTEREST OF THINKING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY, I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE, UM, FOR MEMBERS CIVILIAN, AND I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SEEING YOU AS CHAIR.

I AM, I'M GO AHEAD.

I AM HONORED THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER THAT AND HONOR THAT YOU WOULD SEE ME THAT WAY.

UH, HOWEVER, I AM CONCERNED FOR ME ABOUT, ABOUT BANDWIDTH AND MAKING SURE THAT I'M ABLE TO, TO DO THE, TO DO THE THINGS THAT ARE, UH, THAT ARE FRONT AND CENTER AND REQUIRED, AND THAT I HAVE THE TIME, UH, UH, THAT I HAVE THE TIME TO DO THEM.

AND THEN THAT, THEN I HAVE THE PREPARATION TO DO THEM AS WELL.

I REALIZED THAT A NUMBER OF YOU HAVE SERVED ON THE BOARD LONGER THAN I, AND I'VE HAD A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES THAT I HAVE NOT HAD.

I AM, I AM COMFORTABLE, UM, IN, IN A POSITION THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE TO LEARN, UH, AT, AT, UH, AT THIS POINT, UH, AM, UH, I'M NOT INTERESTED IN THE BOARD CHAIR.

I'D THINK THAT GIVEN WHAT IS GOING ON IN TERMS OF A WHOLE NEW PROJECT THAT IS GOING TO SPEND $7 BILLION OVER A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, THAT IT REALLY DOES BENEFIT US, THAT WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND THE EXPERIENCES OF SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE SERVED UP SOME LONGER THAN ME, OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS AND EMOTION IN FRONT OF US IS WHETHER TO TABLE THIS ELECTION TILL THE NEXT MONTH, UM, MEMBER A HILL, A MEMBER OF RENTERIA.

ALRIGHT, REMEMBER STRATTON, REMEMBER KITCHEN? I REMEMBER TREVELYAN.

I REMEMBER MITCHELL.

I'M SORRY.

REMEMBER MITCHELL, WE DIDN'T, UH, UH, AND COOPER IS A NAY.

THE MOTION CARRIES, UM, FOUR TO THREE, SO WE'LL, UH, POSTPONE FIVE, TWO, I'M SORRY.

NEXT ON THE AGENDA THEN IS, UH, WE'RE GOING TO, I THINK, A DIFFER AS WELL, THE APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENTS TO THE FINANCE AUDIT AND ADMINISTRATION, UH, COMMITTEES THE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS, BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS THE PRIVILEGE OF THE CHAIR ELECTED FOR 2021.

NEXT UP IS OUR, UH, MR. MR. CHAIR, QUICK, QUICK QUESTION AGAIN.

FOLLOW UP TO THAT.

DOES THAT MEAN THAT, THAT INTO NEXT MONTH? WE'LL WE WILL BE PREVIOUS COMMITTEES BEING PANELED.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WELL, DO THOSE ASSIGNMENTS, UH, NEXT MONTH, THAT, AND TO THAT END, UH, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL IS INDICATED AN INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

AND, UM, UH, SO IF SOMEBODY IS INTERESTED IN MOVING OFF OF FINANCE TO OPERATIONS, UH, VICE CHAIR GARZA WAS SERVING ON OPERATIONS.

SO THE VACANCY THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS ON, UH, OPERATIONS, BUT IF SOMEBODY IS INTERESTED IN MOVING, UH, TO OPERATIONS COMMITTEE, THEN, UH, WE CAN ACCOMMODATE IN THAT RESPECT.

OKAY.

UH,

[V.5. Approval of a contract with Unity Contractor Services, Inc. for Landscaping Maintenance Services.]

NEXT IS ITEM FIVE APPROVAL OF A CONTRACT WITH UNITY CONTRACTOR SERVICES FOR LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE SERVICES.

MR. CARTWRIGHT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR, COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS, PRESIDENCY, YO CLARK, I'M, KEN CARTWRIGHT, VICE PRESIDENT OF FACILITIES AND CONSTRUCTION.

AND AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS AGENDA ITEM IS REQUESTING APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AN EXECUTED CONTRACT WITH UNITY CONTRACTOR SERVICES, TO PROVIDE LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT NOT

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TO EXCEED 700, 5,000 FOR A BASE PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, WITH THREE, ONE YEAR OPTIONS FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT, NOT TO EXCEED $1,770,660.

THIS, UH, LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, UM, THAT THE AGENCY MAINTAINS FOR ALL OF OUR FACILITIES, INCLUDING OUR PARKING RIDES AND TRANSIT CENTERS,