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GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

AND WELCOME TO THE JUNE MEETING OF THE CAP.

METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I'LL APOLOGIZE FOR OUR LATE START.

WE NEED SOME BUS DRIVERS IN HERE TO COUNSEL US AT ON-TIME PERFORMANCE.

UH, OUR TIME IS 1218, AND I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER

[I. Public Comment]

OUR FIRST AGENDA ITEM.

TODAY IS PUBLIC COMMENT.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO, UH, BOTH OF WHOM HAVE ELECTED TO JOIN US VIA TELEPHONE.

SO, UM, ADD, UH, WILL, UH, HELP US HERE WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, PLEASE UNMUTE YOURSELF AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK AS USUAL.

THANKS ED.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER, I THINK IS CHRISTOPH DREWNIAK IF I PRONOUNCED THAT CORRECTLY.

UH, YES, SIR.

I AM READY.

JUST HOLD ON BECAUSE THERE'S SOME PRETTY BIG, I GO, OKAY, LET ME, UH, I GUESS ISN'T GOING TO DO MY, THAT WOMEN AT ONE TIME STARTS.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. CHAIRMAN AND THE BOARD I'M CALLING I'M CALLING BECAUSE I HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR HOW TO IMPROVE THE USABILITY AND THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE BUS SERVICE AND IT'S THAT WE USE THOSE LED PANELS THAT ARE AT THE FRONT OF THE BUS CABIN AND THE ONES THAT AT THIS POINT REALLY ONLY JUST SAY STOP REQUESTED WHEN SOMEONE PULLED THE CORD AND TO HAVE THOSE DISPLAY THE NAME OF THE NEXT STOP, INSTEAD OF JUST SITTING THERE AND NOT DISPLAYING ANYTHING SINCE, UH, ANNOUNCING DIFFERENT STOP POSES, LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES, AND THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY WORTH IT, BUT WE CAN AT LEAST HAVE THE PANELS OF THE FRONT OF THE BUS.

SO STOP NAMES ISN'T WILL BE HELPFUL.

BOTH FOR FOLKS WHO ARE NEW TO TOWN OR TRYING TO GET SOMEONE IN THERE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ACTUALLY KNOW WHERE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GET OFF, ESPECIALLY IF THEY CAN'T QUITE TELL FROM THE LANDMARKS, YOU KNOW, WHERE THEIR STOP IS AND ALSO CAN SERVE USEFUL ACCESSIBILITY PURPOSES.

CAUSE YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, LOOK AT THAT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO, IF YOU'RE GOING TO SO MUCH, WES, YOU STOP IT AFTER KIND OF RELY ON MAYBE ASKING THE BUS DRIVER TO STOP THERE OR LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE STOP ACTUALLY HE HAS.

AND FUNDAMENTALLY THAT'S JUST, MY SUGGESTION IS HAVE THE DISPLAYS OF THE FRONT OF THE BUS SHOW.

WHAT THE NEXT STOP IS WHENEVER THEY'RE NOT DOING SOMETHING ELSE.

AND I JUST FIGURED I'D SUGGEST THAT HERE, SINCE THIS IS THE BOARD AND THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TIME.

THANK YOU MR. JUNI.

I THOUGHT WE WERE DOING THAT.

IF NOT, THAT'S A GOOD SUGGESTION AND WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME AND ENERGY TO, UH, UH, BE IN TOUCH WITH US ON THAT AT OUR NEXT, UH, UH, THAT'S THAT'S ALL THE TIME I NEED.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, MR. DREWNIAK.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. ZENOBIA JOSEPH ED.

UH, YES.

UH, THANK YOU, MR CHAIR.

THANK YOU MR. EASTON AND MEMBERS, UM, AS AN OPIATE JOSEPH, MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE ORANGE LINE EXTENSION NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER TO TECH RIDGE PARK AND RIDE, BUT PRIMARILY NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER HISTORY MATTERS.

AND I JUST WANT TO CALL IT TO YOUR ATTENTION.

THE APRIL 5TH, 2017, TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION.

OH OUR 2 0 1 7 DASH 0 7 1 66 WITH SPECIFIED IN PART THE CAPITOL METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY.

THE AUTHORITY RECEIVED A REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER REDEVELOPMENT PLANS DURING A SPECIFIED TIME PERIOD, THAT DOCUMENTS MAINTAINED BY THREE NAMED INDIVIDUALS RELATED TO THE DISMANTLING OF THE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER AND RELOCATING OF EIGHT BUSES DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO SPECIFIED EXCEL UPDATE AND SPECIFIED DOCUMENTS CONTAINING THE DATE AND NAME OF STAFF WHO POSTED THE LOOP.

ONE DELAY.

I JUST CALLED THAT TO YOUR ATTENTION SO THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTUALLY REQUIRED COMPELLED CAPITOL METRO TO RELEASE THAT INFORMATION TO ME, EXCEPT FOR THE ATTORNEY OPINION, PART OF IT, IT SAYS YOU STATE, YOU WILL RELEASE SOME INFORMATION.

YOU CLAIM THE SUBMITTED INFORMATION IS ACCEPTED FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTION 5, 5, 2 0.111.

HOWEVER THEY RULED AGAINST, UH, CARRIE BUTCHER AT THE TIME.

MY POINT IN TELLING YOU THAT MR. CHAIR IS BECAUSE THE DECEMBER 14TH, 2020

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TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLAN SPECIFIES ANTI-DISPLACEMENT AND ON PAGE 38 OF YOUR BOARD PACKET, IT SPECIFIES THAT NORTH MAR IS THE BEGINNING AND END OF PROJECT CONNECT.

I WANT YOU TO RECALL THAT ON DECEMBER 17TH, 2018, THE PROJECT CONNECT LONG RANGE PLAN ACTUALLY EXCLUDED NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

IT CUT THE WORDS OFF BECAUSE YOU DO NOT OWN THE RIGHT OF WAY NORTH OF US, 180 3 ON LOOP 2 75 NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD.

I WOULD JUST CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION AS WELL AS YOU ARE AWARE, HOUSE BILL 3 8, 9, 3, DIED ON INTENT CALENDAR DURING THE 87TH LEGISLATURE.

AND I THINK THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS FOR UNDERSTANDING MY EXPLANATION OF TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, JUST AS YOU NEED IT, THE STATE'S APPROVAL TO BUILD THE TUNNEL DOWNTOWN.

YOU NEED THE STATE'S APPROVAL IN COORDINATION WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AS WELL TO DO ANYTHING IN THE RIGHT OF WAY THERE, THEREFORE IT IS DISINGENUOUS AND IT GOES AGAINST YOUR CODE OF ETHICS AND THE OATH OF OFFICE THAT EACH OF YOU TOOK AS IT RELATES TO HONESTY AND INTEGRITY AND COMPLYING WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AS WELL THAT THOSE SLIDES WERE PRESENTED APRIL 15TH, 2021 TO THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE, AND I'VE SUBSEQUENTLY TESTIFIED AGAINST THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLAN AS IT RELATES TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

LASTLY, I'LL JUST CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT THE SYSTEM IS AN EQUITABLE AND BACK ON NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016, WHEN LINDA ANTHONY, THE WESTLAKE HILLS MAYOR TESTIFIED, YOU ACKNOWLEDGED THAT QUOTE.

WE'D BE GLAD TO HAVE THE CITY OF WESTLAKE HILLS JOIN THE CAP METRO.

AND YOU MENTIONED THE TAXES WHEN THE MAYOR TESTIFIED.

SHE ACTUALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT, UH, WESTLAKE HILLS WITHDREW FROM CAPITAL METRO IN 1988.

AND I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE PROHIBITS CAPITAL METRO FROM PROVIDING SERVICE FOR FREE ON 30 WALSH TARLETON AS TEXAS, UH, TRANSPORTATION COATS, FOUR OR FIVE, 1.609, THE EFFECTIVE WITHDRAWAL.

SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO COMPLY WITH STATE LAW.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT MARTHA MARA TRANSIT CENTER ACTUALLY USES MINORITY DATA TO JUSTIFY THE RAIL DOWNTOWN.

IT IS 24 TO 30 YEARS, ACCORDING TO YOUR MARCH 9TH, 2020 BOARD PACKET, PAGE 29.

AND LASTLY, I'LL JUST QUOTE RUBEN BROOKS, WHO SAID ON DECEMBER 17TH, 2018, PARAPHRASE THAT IF YOU DIDN'T INCLUDE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER UP TO THE, HE CALLED IT TECH LINE, HE WASN'T SURE IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO PERSUADE THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION TO FUND THE REST OF THE SYSTEM.

AND THEREFORE I WILL TELL YOU IT IS DISINGENUOUS.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND TO MAKE THE SYSTEM EQUITABLE AS BLACK STEEL, WAIT 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS 10 TIMES LONGER THAN WHITES IN SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL AUSTIN, INCLUDING THE SPRINGS.

HISPANICS.

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

AND WE'LL COMMENT ON YOUR TITLE SIX ITEM, WHICH IS NUMBER FOUR LATER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. JOSEPH'S.

WELL, NEXT TECH

[II. Advisory Committee Updates]

UP OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATES.

MR. BANKS IS THERE.

ALL RIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON.

A LOT OF LIGHT BOARD AND CHAIRMAN COOPER, PRESIDENT CLARK BOARD MEMBERS, YANAS BANKS, UH, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, COMMUNITY OUTREACH MANAGER FOR THE METRO RAPID AND THE GREEN LINE.

UH, WE'LL GIVE YOU YOUR UPDATE FOR ACCESS TODAY.

THE ACCESS COMMITTEE TWO WEEKS AGO, UH, THEY HAD A PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE.

THEY WERE GIVEN THE UPDATE, KEVIN CARLIN ON THE BUDGET, OR I GUESS YOU COULD SAY A BUDGET PREVIEW OF WHAT WE'LL BE LOOKING TO DO.

UM, THEY HAD A BRANDING UPDATE, WHICH IS THE PRESENTATION YOU ALL RECEIVED AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, AND THEN THEY HAD THEIR OWN WORKING SESSION.

AND WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT A FEW THINGS THAT THEY WANTED TO DISCUSS FOR C-SAT, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME MEETING FOR THE MOST PART.

UM, I PUT UP THE WRONG AGENDA, UH, FOR SEASICK.

IT WAS THE MAIN, THE SIMILAR MEETING FOR THE MOST PART, THEY DID GET A VEHICLE UPDATE.

UH, WE ALSO GET THE PROJECT CONNECT, UPDATE A BUDGET UPDATE, AND ONCE AGAIN, A VEHICLE UPDATE STATUS FOR OUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE FLEET.

AND THAT WAS IT FOR ACCESS.

AND C-SAT, I AM OPEN TO ANY QUESTIONS IF ANYBODY HAS ANY, ANY QUESTIONS, BE HONEST, REMEMBER KITCHEN? UM, I JUST HAVE A QUICK QUESTION AND, AND, UH, I'M NOT SURE WHO THE RIGHT PERSON IS TO ASK.

I'M JUST WONDERING IF BOTH OF THOSE COMMITTEES, UM, ARE THERE ANY, ANY VACANCIES ON THEM NOW OR ARE THEY, ARE THEY FULL ACCESS? IS I BELIEVE

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FULLY STAFF.

THERE ARE FOUR CURRENT VACANCIES ON C-SAT WE'RE THREE APPLICATIONS, UM, BEING PRESENTED TO THE BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE THOSE VACANCIES.

I KNOW, I BELIEVE COUNCIL MEMBER POOL IS ONE OF THEM.

UM, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE OTHER TWO OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT WE HAVE, THANK YOU, SIR.

THERE WE GO.

BOARD MEMBER, MITCHELL AND CHAIR COOPER ARE THE OTHER TWO THAT HAVE, UH, APPLICATIONS BEFORE THEM AND THEN WE'LL HAVE THEM.

I SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THE BOARD.

WE'LL HAVE ONE PICKUP SPOT ON, UH, SACK AFTER THOSE THREE OF YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT, THANKS.

I'LL HANG UP BECAUSE IF PEOPLE WERE RESPONDING TO MY COMMENTS, YOU DIDN'T HEAR THEM.

THANK YOU AT, ARE WE GOOD? GOT IT.

THANKS.

OTHER QUESTIONS FOR JOHN IS VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU ALL.

AND WE'LL MOVE

[III. Board Committee Updates]

ON TO A BOARD COMMITTEE UPDATES.

UH, MEMBER MITCHELL IS, UH, AS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO JOIN US.

SO WE'LL DEFER ON THE CAMPO UPDATE.

I'M HOPING THAT HE'LL BE ABLE TO JOIN US LATER IN THE MEETING.

UM, DO WE HAVE A OPERATIONS COMMITTEE UPDATE? NO OPERATIONS COMMITTEE UPDATE THAT MEET THIS MONTH? NO, WE DID NOT MEET.

OKAY.

AND REMEMBER STRATTON WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD UPDATE.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, UH, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, UH, BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAD THEIR JUNE MEETING ON THE 16TH OF THIS MONTH.

UH, JUST AS A QUICK REVIEW PROGRAM.

THE EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY, METRO RAPID LINES HAVE NOW ENTERED THE FTA SMALL GRANT, SMALL STARTS GRANT PROCESS RECEIVING CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION APPROVAL.

AND IF NOW BEEN INCLUDED IN THE, UH, PRESIDENT'S FYI 22 BUDGET, WHICH IS A MAJOR MILESTONE, THE GOLD LINE MACHACA SOUTH LAMAR AND OAK HILL METRO RAPID LINES ARE NOW AT 30%, UH, DESIGN SCOPE, OR THAT IS NOW IN DEVELOPMENT.

AND THE BLUE AND ORANGE LINE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS ARE AT 15% DRAFT DESIGN PACKAGES ARE NOW COMPLETED AND BOTH LINES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED INTO THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PHASE, UH, OF MTA NEW STARTS.

UH, ADDITIONALLY AT OUR, UM, LAST BOARD MEETING, WE APPROVED OUR TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, UH, MEMBERS FOR OUR ALL THREE ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, FINANCE ADVISORY, AND PLANNING, SUSTAINABILITY EQUITY AND DBE.

UH, FINALLY WE HAVE, UH, AT THE LAST MEETING WE APPROVED THE, UM, THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR THE, UH, THE TA IT'S A TECHNICAL AGREEMENT THAT WILL, UH, THAT WILL DEFINE THE TRANSFER OF THE PROP, A PROPERTY TAX REVENUES, UH, FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO THE, UH, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP FOR FUNDING MOVING FORWARD.

UH, LASTLY, UH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT UPDATES, THERE'S BEEN CONTINUED ACTIVITY ON THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FRONT FROM THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM.

UH, THEY CONTINUE TO DO, UH, A LOT OF ACTIVITIES WITH THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE, AS WELL AS, UH, LET'S TALK STATION ALIGNMENT, VIRTUAL MEETINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HELD, UH, BETWEEN APRIL 26TH AND MAY 21ST, UH, 1,235 DIFFERENT UNIQUE VISITORS PARTICIPATING IN THE SELF-GUIDED VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ALONG WITH 293 DURING A LIVE MEETING IS, UH, DURING DIFFERENT LIFE MEETINGS AS WELL.

SO, UH, PROGRESS CONTINUES TO MOVE ALONG.

IT'S IT'S JUST TO PAUSE FOR A MINUTE.

IT'S PRETTY AMAZING TO THINK THAT IT WAS JUST ONE YEAR AGO THAT, UH, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL AND CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS SAT TOGETHER AND APPROVED THE PLAN FOR A PROJECT CONNECT MAP.

AND LOOK HOW FAR WE'VE COME NOW.

SO THAT IS MY REPORT AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

THANK YOU.

VERY GOOD.

I REMEMBER KITCHEN QUICK QUESTION.

I THINK, I THINK YOU SAID THIS, BUT JUST TO VERIFY ON THE, UM, UH, THE NEXT BRT THEM IN CHAKA, THE OAK HILL BRT, THEY'RE BEGINNING THE PROCESS, RIGHT? FOR THE 30% DESIGN.

DID I GET THAT RIGHT? UM, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE, UM, THE LAST I HEARD WAS THAT THE, UM, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, UH, FOR THOSE LINES WAS SUPPOSED TO START LATER THIS SUMMER.

YES, IT'S IN DEVELOPMENT THEN DEVELOPMENT.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE A DATE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO START THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FOR THOSE LINES? I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW, OR MAYBE THE UPDATE LATER.

YEAH.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

MEMBER STRATTON, UH, BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE STILL LACKING A QUORUM, SO RATHER THAN TAKE UP ACTION ITEMS, WE'LL MOVE THROUGH OUR

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DISCUSSION ITEMS. AND BECAUSE, UH, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING A QUORUM IN, UH, AFTER TWO O'CLOCK, IF WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF OUR LENGTHY DISCUSSION ITEMS, I MIGHT INTERRUPT THAT TO GET TO OUR ACTION ITEMS. SO A FIRST

[V.1. Initial Review and Discussion of FY2022 Budget]

STEP, OUR INITIAL REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF THE FISCAL YEAR, 2022 BUDGET, UH, MR. CONLIN, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN IN PERSON.

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK IN PERSON CHAIRMAN SO GOOD AFTERNOON.

CHAIR, COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CLARK.

MY NAME IS KEVIN CONLON.

I'M THE DEPUTY CFO FOR CAPITAL METRO.

AND TODAY I'M GOING TO BE PRESENTING OUR FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT UPDATES.

SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A HIGH-LEVEL INITIAL DISCUSSION OF THE BUDGET.

ACTUALLY OUR FISCAL YEAR 2022, JUST TO GIVE REFERENCE BEGINS IN OCTOBER OF 2021 IN SPANS THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

SO GOING THROUGH THE BUDGET DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR, WE STARTED THE PROCESS BACK ON FEBRUARY 4TH, UM, WITH OUR KICKOFF MEETING AND OUR DEPARTMENTS, WE RECEIVED ALL OF OUR DEPARTMENTAL REQUESTS FOR CAPITAL AND OPERATING.

AND IN THE MIDDLE OF APRIL, WE'VE GONE THROUGH EXTENSIVE REVIEW MEETINGS WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT, CAME BACK TO THE BOARD COMMITTEES AND MADE TO GO OVER THE, THE BUDGET CALENDAR.

UM, WE'VE ACTUALLY THE FIRST AND SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, WE WENT TO SEE SACK AND ACCESS ADVISORY TO GIVE THIS INITIAL REVIEW OF THE BUDGET WITH THOSE COMMITTEES.

WE'RE GOING TO ENGAGE THEM AGAIN IN AUGUST.

UM, WE'RE OF COURSE, HERE TODAY TO GIVE THE INITIAL REVIEW, JULY IS GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT, UM, MEETING AS WELL.

IF WE DON'T HAVE COMMITTEE, WE'LL PRESENT THE FULL BUDGET PROPOSAL TO THE BOARD ON JULY 19TH AND AUGUST, WE BEGAN OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH AND FEEDBACK PROCESS.

LIKE I SAID, WE'RE GOING TO SEE SACK AND ACCESS ADVISORY IN AUGUST TO GIVE THE BUDGET PROPOSAL TO THOSE TWO SUB COMMITTEES.

WE'LL DO PUBLIC OUTREACH.

THE LAST WEEK OF AUGUST.

WE'RE MEETING WITH OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM LATER ON NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS IF WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT VIRTUALLY THROUGH ONLINE MEETINGS OR AT THE BUSY TRANSIT CENTERS AND RAIL STATIONS AS WELL, WE MAY ACTUALLY GO A HYBRID AND DO BOTH METHODS.

WE'LL HAVE OUR BUDGET DOCUMENT ONLINE BY AUGUST 24TH.

WE'LL UPDATE COMMITTEES IN SEPTEMBER, IF NECESSARY ON ANY BUDGET CHANGES.

AND THEN ON SEPTEMBER 15TH, WE'LL HOLD OUR PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN.

AND THEN SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING WILL BE IMPORTANT AS WELL AS THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF OUR BUDGET PROPOSAL, SIR, DISCUSSION OUTLINED TODAY, WE'LL GO THROUGH OUR KEY BUDGET ASSUMPTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR OR MAJOR OPERATING REVENUE AND COST DRIVERS, SERVICE PRIORITIES, AND FUNDING.

JUST GIVE A BRIEF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN UPDATE, AND THEN JUST TO REMIND THE BOARD AS WELL.

WE DO USE A LONG RANGE FINANCIAL MODEL, WHICH WE'LL PRESENT TO THE BOARD IN OCTOBER AS WELL.

IT'S USED TO BALANCE ALL OF OUR OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET REQUESTS AGAINST OUR ESTIMATED AVAILABLE FUNDS, PRIMARILY OVER A FIVE-YEAR LOOK, BUT WE ALSO DO A 10 AND A 20 YEAR LOOK AS WELL FOR THE, AND SEE, THIS IS A GRAPH OF OUR SALES TAX GROWTH.

THE ENCOURAGING THING IS THAT THE LINE IS ACTUALLY STARTED TO MOVE UP WITH OUR MARCH AND APRIL SALES TAX RECEIPTS.

THIS IS A SIX MONTH ROLLING AVERAGE WE'LL PRESENT NEXT MONTH.

WHAT OUR PROJECTED SALES TAX WILL BE FOR THIS CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AND THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR IN JULY.

OUR YEAR TO DATE SALES TAX IN APRIL HAVE ACTUALLY INCREASED 5% COMPARED TO THE LAST FISCAL PERIOD IN 2020.

IT'S PRIMARILY DUE TO THE SHARP DECLINE LAST YEAR IN MARCH AND APRIL.

AND THEN HERE'S AN INTERESTING GRAPH.

IF WE TAKE THAT SAME SALES TAX GROWTH AND OVERLAY THE AUSTIN ROUNDROCK MSA FOR JOB GROWTH, IT'S REALLY INTERESTING HOW IT CORRELATES BETWEEN JOB GROWTH AND SALES TAX.

ANOTHER ENCOURAGING THING IS THAT AUSTIN BROWN ROCK MSA ANNUAL GROWTH RATE IN APRIL, WHICH WAS OUR LATEST, UM, DATA POINT, DID IMPROVE 11.8% GOING ON TO OPERATING REVENUE, UM, OR FARE REVENUE.

WE'LL BRING TO THE BOARD NEXT MONTH IN JULY WITH A PROPOSAL THAT'S BEING DEVELOPED WITH OUR UPDATED RIDERSHIP PROJECTIONS.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A FAIR INCREASE FOR NEXT YEAR ON THE FAIR SIDE, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS FOR FEDERAL GRANTS, WHERE WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY $33.7 MILLION IN OUR FORMULA FUNDS FOR SECTION 53 0 7.

WE DID RECEIVE ACTUALLY BACK IN JANUARY, A CHRISSA FUNDING,

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UM, FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF $66.2 MILLION.

THAT'S BEEN AWARDED BUT NOT DRAWN.

AND THEN IN MARCH OF 2021, WE'VE BEEN AWARDED $128.2 MILLION THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT AS WELL.

UM, OUR FREIGHT RAILROAD REVENUE, WE'RE ON TARGET WITH OUR, UM, FYI 21 BUDGET.

AND THEN FOR NEXT YEAR, WE DO HAVE IN TAX CODE, OUR SECTION 45 G RAILROAD TAX MAINTENANCE CREDIT OF ABOUT $545,000 AS WELL.

MOVING ON TO OPERATING EXPENSES OR SERVICE LEVELS WILL BE BASED ON THE AUGUST SERVICE PLAN CHANGES THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE BOARD LATER TODAY.

UM, ANOTHER GOOD, GOOD NEWS IS THAT FUEL PRICES FOR NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET ARE GOING TO REMAIN STABLE OVER THE NEXT YEAR WITH OUR HEDGING PROGRAM IN PLACE.

WE'RE ESTIMATING A DOLLAR 90 PER GALLON, INCLUSIVE OF TAXES, NET OF HEDGING ACTIVITIES FOR THAT MARK.

AND THEN WE DO HAVE A 3% AVERAGE ANNUALIZED PAY INCREASE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES TO, UM, NEW POSITION REQUESTS ARE BEING FINALIZED BY SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM JUST TO PREPARE THE BOARD.

UM, THERE WILL BE A LARGE INCREASE IN THE FTE COUNT FOR CAPITAL METRO WITH THE, YOU KNOW, WITH THE POSITIVE VOTE IN NOVEMBER, AND OF COURSE, NEW ACTIVITY FOR THE AGENCY AS WELL.

AND OF COURSE WE INCLUDE OUR STRATEGIC PLAN WHEN WE CONSIDER OUR BUDGET PREP PREPARATION AS WELL.

SOME OF OUR CAPITAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE UPCOMING FIVE YEARS, OF COURSE, OUR ELECTRIC BUS PURCHASES AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION WILL CONSUME A LARGE PART OF OUR CAPITAL BUDGET.

WE HAVE OUR BROADMORE RAIL DEVELOPMENT.

WE CONTINUE TO ENHANCE OUR BUS STOPS THROUGH SHADING, SOLAR, LIGHTING, SHADE, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL THE AMENITIES OUT THERE AS WELL.

UM, WHEREVER AT STATE OF GOOD REPAIR FOR BRIDGE TRACK SIGNALS, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ERP SYSTEM REPLACEMENT ON THE FINANCIAL SIDE AND THE AGENCY SIDE, OF COURSE WE HAVE MANY CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENTS GOING ON AT THE MOMENT.

AND THEN WE DO HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF DEMAND RESPONSE BAND REPLACEMENTS, AND A SMALL FLEET EXPANSION IN THAT AREA AS WELL, MOVING ONTO SOME OF THE PROJECT CONNECT HIGHLIGHTS.

OF COURSE, PROJECT CONNECT WILL BE BUDGETED, UM, ON THE ATP SIDE, BUT WE THOUGHT WE'D GO OVER SOME OF THE PROJECTS IN THE PROGRAM THAT CAPITAL METRO IS, UM, SUPPORTING AS WELL.

OF COURSE, WE HAVE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IN ALERT IN HER LOCAL AGREEMENT FOR STAFFING AND SUPPORT SERVICES, WHEREVER METRO RAPID LINES AS WELL WITH STATIONS, ELECTRIC CHARGING AND VEHICLES OR METRICS, PRESS PARKING RIDES, OUR NEW PICKUPS ON OPERATIONS, AND THEN OUR RED LINE IMPROVEMENTS, WHICH INCLUDE BROADMORE STATION, MCCALLA, MLS, AND THEN THE SIDING BETWEEN LAKELINE AND LANDER, AND THEN THE BEGINNING OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONAL READINESS AS WELL TO GET PROJECT CONNECTED REVENUE SERVICE GEARING UP.

AND THAT'S GOING TO CONCLUDE MY PRESENTATION, BUT IT'D BE HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL.

OKAY.

QUESTIONS FOR MR. CONLON NONE VERY WELL.

THANKS, KEVIN.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO, UH, SEEING THE NEXT STEPS.

UH, ALL RIGHT.

BOARD MEMBERS, WE'LL GO BACK TO OUR

[IV.1. Approval of minutes from the April 26, 2021 board meeting and May 12, 2021 public hearing.]

ACTION ITEM AGENDA.

UH, FIRST ITEM IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 26 21 BOARD MEETING IN THE MAY 12TH, 2021 PUBLIC HEARING.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? I HAVE A MOTION FROM COUNCIL MEMBER POOLS OR A SECOND, SECOND, A SECOND FROM THE VICE CHAIR.

ANY DISCUSSION OR QUESTIONS HEARING NONE, THEN I'LL ASK FOR A VOTE.

UM, ARE WE DOING THIS ROLL CALL? ARE WE BACK TO NORMAL? VERY WELL ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

[IV.2. Approval of a resolution authorizing the President & CEO, or his designee, to finalize and execute a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc for environmental review services pursuant to Section 139(j) of title 23, U.S. Code in an amount not to exceed $1,226,502.]

NEXT ACTION.

ITEM NUMBER TWO IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AN EXECUTED CONTRACT WITH KIMLEY-HORN AND ASSOCIATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW SERVICES PURSUANT TO SECTION 1 39 J OF TITLE 23 OF THE U S CODE AND AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED 1,226,500, $2 AND SHARMILA G WILL, UH, MAKE THE PRESENTATION WELCOME.

GOOD TO SEE YOU IN PERSON.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR COOPER.

UH, PRESIDENT CLARK AND UM, BOARD MEMBERS, UM, TO THE SUBJECT OF THE RESOLUTION AS CHAIR COOPER MENTIONED, IT'S APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PRESIDENT AND CEO AND HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACT WITH KIMLEY-HORN AND ASSOCIATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW SERVICES PURSUANT TO 1 39 J OF A TOTAL VALUE OF $1,226,502

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FISCAL IMPACT OF THAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR CAPITAL BUDGET.

AND I WANT IF Y 2021 CAPITAL BUDGET AND A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE CONTRACT IS A 1 39 J CONSULTANT WILL BE PERFORMING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR ORANGE AND BLUE LINE.

AS KEVIN MENTIONED, IT'S A SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH CAPITAL METRO AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT PURSUANT OF THE SAME 1 39 J WHICH HAS SET FORTH UNNECESSARILY FRAMEWORK TO PERMIT FTA TO RECEIVE CONTRACTORS SUPPORT, TO EXPEDITE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECTS, SPECIFICALLY ORANGE AND BLUE LINE, AND, UM, TAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COMPLIANCE AND DOCUMENTATION IN SUPPORT OF ORANGE AND BLUE LINE DIS N E I S.

BUSINESS CASE FOR THAT IS LISTED IN THE MEMO.

UM, WANTED TO MENTION A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROCUREMENT ON MAY 21ST, 2020, 2021 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS SOLICITED.

WE RECEIVED ONE PROPOSAL KIMLEY-HORN AND ASSOCIATES WAS FOUND IN DEEMED MOST QUALIFIED, UM, BASED ON THE CRITERIA SET FORTH, UH, OFFERS EXPERIENCE ADVISING FT ON NEPA RELATED TRANSIT PLANNING PROJECTS FOR WHERE FTA IS A LEAD AGENCY IS SUFFICIENT AND, UM, EXHAUSTIVE OFFERS EXPERIENCE LEADING SIMILAR TRANSIT PLANNING PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE MORE THAN ADEQUATE AND, UM, OVERALL, UH, DEMONSTRATED FTE BY EXPERIENCE IN RE RAIL PROJECTS.

THE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS ARE AS FOLLOWS.

IT'S ALSO IN YOUR MEMO MEMO BASED PERIOD YEAR ONE, IT'S 601,000 2 23 YEAR TO 6 25 TO 79 WITH A GRAND TOTAL OF 1000, UH, ONE SORRY, 1 MILLION TO $26,502.

AND, UH, IT, THE PERIOD OF, UH, PERFORMANCES TWO YEARS SINCE NOTICE TO PROCEED WITH THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE MAX AS LISTED WITH THAT, I REQUEST, UH, BRING IT BACK TO YOU FOR EXECUTION.

THANK YOU.

CHARMELLA QUESTIONS FOR SHARMILA.

NONE VERY WELL.

REMEMBER STRATTON.

YES.

IF YOU, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND, I I'M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PROCESS WORKS BECAUSE I WENT, I, AS I WAS READING THROUGH IT, THIS IS SECTION 1 39 WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT BASICALLY WE HIRE SOMEBODY AND EMBED THEM IN FTA AND FTA BASICALLY SAYS, SURE, NO PROBLEM.

YOU GUYS CAN PICK UP THE TAB TO HIRE SOMEBODY TO HELP US DO OUR JOB.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE NUANCED THAN THAT.

A 1 39 J IT'S.

UM, IT'S, UH, IT IS THE 1969 AS YOU KNOW, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT THAT, UM, ACT REQUIRES LARGE PROJECTS, LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS TO GO THROUGH DETAILED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS.

GET A GORGOL EXCLUSION EA ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN EIS ORANGE AND BLUE LINE ARE INCREDIBLY EXHAUST WOULD REQUIRE INCREDIBLY EXHAUSTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THAT WOULD, UM, IT WOULD REQUIRE AN UNDER THIS HIGHLY EXPEDITED PROGRAM OF PROJECTS.

IT IS VERY COMMON.

IT'S A COMMON PRACTICE.

OTHER AGENCIES HAVE AN OTHER REGIONS OF FTA HAVE EMPLOYED SUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO HAVE IT'S MORE THAN EMBEDDED, UH, STAFF.

I WOULD SAY THAT IT'S KIND OF EXTENSION OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE IN SUPPORT OF FTAS TECHNICAL TEAM TO HELP REVIEW AND REVIEW THE DOCUMENTATION AND COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES.

THE DECISION MAKING AND DECISION ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION STILL REMAINS WITH FTA.

THIS IS IN SUPPORT OF ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL REVIEW IN THAT HIGHLY SPECIALIZED TECHNICAL TECHNICAL FIELDS.

AND THE STAFF THAT WE ARE BETTER ARE RECOMMENDED THROUGH KIMBERLY HORN CONTRACT MEET THAT I SAW THAT THEY WERE EXTREMELY QUALIFIED JUST TO FOLLOW UP WITH THIS.

ARE WE ELIGIBLE? IT IS, ARE THE FUNDS BEING EXPENDED IN THIS ULTIMATELY ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT AS PART OF THE, THE, THE FEDERAL FUNDS LATER DOWN THE ROAD? OR IS THIS, IS THIS GOING TO END UP, IS THIS GOING TO END UP BEING THE EXPENSE THAT COMES OUT OF A LOCAL, THE LOCAL SHARE IN THE LONG RUN? I WOULD TABLE THAT, BUT I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT IS, I THINK IT'S A REIMBURSABLE EXPENSE UNDER 1 39 J BECAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION IN ITSELF IS AN ELIGIBLE EXPENSE IN ANY ACTIVITIES UNDERNEATH IT ALSO BECOMES ELIGIBLE.

SO I WOULD SAY WE CAN COME BACK AND GIVE YOU A CLARIFICATION ON THAT, BUT I WOULD, I WOULD SAY THIS IS REIMBURSABLE EXPENSE UNDER PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, BUT THE, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS IS GOING, THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO BE ABLE TO MOVE THIS PROJECT ALONG EVEN FASTER AND MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN IF WE WEREN'T EXTENDING THESE FUNDS.

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ABSOLUTELY.

THIS IS CRITICAL TO, TO THE, TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BEBOP TOO, TO MAKE SURE THAT FTA HAS REGION HAS ENOUGH TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

I APPRECIATE YOURS.

THANK YOU.

SO VICE CHAIR TREVELYAN SO IF I UNDERSTAND THIS PROPERLY, IT IS AN INTERNAL VERIFICATION PROCESS.

WE ARE GUARANTEEING COMPLIANCE BEFORE WE SUBMIT IT SAYS SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNICAL COMPLIANCE IN A VERY RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SUBJECTS LIKE NOISE AND VIBRATION AIR QUALITY THAT REQUIRES VERY SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE.

AND FTA REGIONS HAVE ONLY SO MUCH CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO DELIVER, UH, AND PUT DEDICATED RESOURCES.

THIS IS A VERY COMMON PRACTICE THAT OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES HAVE EMPLOYED LIKE SOUND TRANSIT, OTHER AGENCIES IN CALIFORNIA FOR SIMILAR PROJECTS, AND HERE IT REALLY WOULD HELP US TO IT'S AN ALLOWABLE ACTIVITY AND IT WILL HELP US DELIVER THAT EXPEDITED PROGRAM OF PROJECTS.

IT, IT, IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE A, UH, WHAT WE USED TO CALL A CROSSWALK FUNCTION AT THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW.

UH, WE WOULD LAY OUT OUR DELIVERABLES ONE BY ONE AND THEN ASSESS WHETHER THE WORK ADDRESSED EVERY DELIVERABLE THAT WAS EXPECTED AND FULLY COMPLIED AND, AND MET OUR EXPECTATIONS UNDER THE FULL GUIDANCE OF MTA AND REVIEW OF T OTHER QUESTIONS REMEMBER POOL.

OKAY.

I WAS JUST GOING TO COMMENT THAT IT SEEMS LIKE, UM, UH, A SMART MOVE ON FTAS PART BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD STAFF UP TO UNDERSTAND AT THE REALLY INTIMATE LEVEL, ALL OF THE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT MIGHT BE GOING ON ACROSS THE NATION.

SO IT MAKES SENSE TO ME TO HAVE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE FAMILIAR, NOT JUST WITH WHAT HAPPENS IN AUSTIN, BUT WHO, YOU KNOW, ARE, ARE ALSO HAVE THE CONNECTIONS WITH CAP METRO AND PROJECT CONNECT TO, TO REALLY RAMP UP THE LEVEL OF EXPERTISE AND THE PROFESSIONALISM AND WHAT A GREAT PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR WHOMEVER THOSE STAFFERS ARE, WHO W WITH KIMBERLY HORN, HE'LL BE GOING UP THERE AND DOING THAT WORK AND WORKING THAT CLOSELY WITH, UH, WITH THE FEDS.

IT SOUNDS IF I WAS IN THAT, IF I WAS IN THAT CAPACITY MYSELF, I WOULD REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THAT KIND OF AN ASSIGNMENT THAT IS ACCURATE.

THANK YOU.

OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS HEARING NONE THEN, UH, CHERYL ENTERTAIN A MOTION MOVE APPROVAL OF ITEM.

NUMBER TWO, THERE'S A MOTION BY THE VICE CHAIRS OR A SECOND SECOND BY MEMBER STRATTON.

ANY DISCUSSION HEARING NONE, THEN ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING, AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

SHERMILLA UH, ITEM

[IV.3. Approval of a resolution authorizing the President & CEO, or his designee, to finalize and execute a contract with Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc. to replace network infrastructure technology in an amount not to exceed $234,059.]

NUMBER THREE THEN IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AN EXECUTED CONTRACT WITH SIRIUS COMPUTER SOLUTIONS, INC, TO REPLACE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY, AND AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $234,059.

MR. SALINAS.

WELCOME.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

CHAIRMAN COOPER COMMITTEE MEMBERS, PRESIDENT CLARK ON STEPHEN SALINAS, DIRECTOR OF THE NETWORK SERVICES.

UH, FOR THIS RESOLUTION, I'M ASKING FOR APPROVAL TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH SIRIUS COMPUTER SOLUTIONS TO REPLACE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $234,059.

UM, THIS CONTRACT WILL REPLACE NETWORK EQUIPMENT AND INCLUDES IMPLEMENTATION SERVICES, MAINTENANCE, AND SUPPORT.

UH, THIS NETWORK EQUIPMENT PROVIDES SECURITY ACCESS FOR DEVICES ON OUR NETWORK SWITCHES THAT ENABLE COMMUNICATIONS WIRELESS ACCESS POINTS TO PROVIDE CONNECTIVITY FOR MOBILE USERS AT OUR FACILITIES.

UH, THE EQUIPMENT HAS EXCEEDED ITS USEFUL LIFE AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED SO THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN EQUIPMENT IN A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR AND IT STIRS ENSURE STABILITY AND RELIABILITY ACROSS OUR NETWORK.

UH, THIS TYPE OF NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN SET UP WITH ROTATING LAST CYCLES SO THAT WE, THAT ONLY A PORTION OF OUR NETWORK EQUIPMENT IS REPLACED EACH YEAR, WHICH REDUCES THE RISK AND CREATES A MORE MANAGEABLE, UM, DEPLOYMENT.

UM, SBE PARTICIPATION WAS SET AT 8% AND SERIOUS.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE 8.35%.

AND WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MR. SALINAS QUESTIONS, THE QUESTIONS VERY WELL.

UH, CHAIR, WE'LL LOOK FOR A MOTION THEN WITH RESPECT TO ACTION ITEM, NUMBER THREE, MEMBER STRATTON WITH THE MOTION MOVED SECOND BY, UH, A MEMBER POOL IN THE DISCUSSION, SEEING NONE ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

THIS WAS THIS YOUR FIRST MOTION BEFORE US.

I CAN'T REMEMBER.

I HAVEN'T DONE ONE FOR QUITE A WHILE, BUT I USED TO DO IN MO MORE FREQUENTLY, RIGHT.

OH, CONGRATULATIONS.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

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ALL RIGHT.

YOU SHOULD DO A WHOLE BUNCH OF IF HE DOESN'T THAT EFFICIENTLY.

WE'LL WELCOME HIM.

[IV.4. Approval of a resolution adopting the Revised Title VI Policies and approving the Title VI Service Monitoring Results, and approval of submission of the Triennial Title VI Program Update to the Federal Transit Administration.]

UH, ITEM NUMBER FOUR, APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE REVISED TITLE SIX POLICIES AND APPROVING THE TITLE SIX SERVICE MONITORING RESULTS AND APPROVAL SUBMISSION OF THE TRIENNIAL TITLE SIX PROGRAM UPDATE TO THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION.

WELCOME BACK MS. MUKERJEE.

THANK YOU.

UM, THIS TIME I WILL NOT FORGET TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.

UM, I'M MUKHERJEE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AT CAP METRO.

AND THE TOPIC OF THE PRESENTATION IS OUR, UH, TRIENNIAL PROGRAM UPDATE ON TITLE SIX AND ED'S JUST PULLING UP THE PRESENTATION.

OKAY, GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

SO WE'LL START WITH THE CONTEXT AND THE OVERARCHING GUIDANCE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964.

I'M SURE ALL OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT, BUT, UM, IT'S SPEAKS TO, UM, THE F THE OVERARCHING GUIDANCE IS THAT NO PERSON IN UNITED STATES SHALL ON THE GROUND OF RACE, COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN BE EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATION IN, BE DENIED OFF THE BENEFITS AND BE SUBJECTED TO DISCRIMINATION UNDER ANY PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

AND UNDER THAT, UH, UNDER THAT OVERARCHING GUIDANCE TITLE, SIX APPLIES TO CAP METRO AND OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES IN VERY SPECIFIC WAYS.

YES, WE RECEIVED FEDERAL FUNDING AND EIGHT IS, UM, AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF WHY WE USE TITLE SIX PROGRAM UPDATE, BUT THERE ARE SORT OF BASIC FUNDAMENTAL WAYS THAT WE APPLY IN OUR, IN HOUSE, IN OUR OPERATIONS, IN HOW WE DO PLANNING AND IN OUR SERVICE CHANGES.

I'LL GO OVER THAT IN, IN THIS PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM, UPDATE IS, UM, IT'S GUIDED BY THE FACT THAT OUR PROGRAM IS DUE ON AUGUST 1ST, 2021 AND EVERY THREE YEARS, ALL TRANSIT AGENCIES, UM, INCLUDING CAPITAL METRO PROVIDES UPDATE TO THEIR PROGRAM.

SO THERE ARE VERY MANY DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF TITLE SIX PROGRAM, AS IT APPLIES TO TRANSIT AGENCIES.

AND THERE ARE VERY MANY OTHER TITLE, SIX IMPLICATIONS THAT ARE IN THE, UH, IN THAT AFFECTS US IN OTHER WAYS.

SO I WILL NOT BE GOING THROUGH EACH ONE OF THEM.

I'M HIGHLIGHTING THE ONES IN OUR PRESENTATION TODAY THAT WOULD EITHER REQUIRE BOARD ACTION OR APPROVAL OR AN ESSENTIAL BRIEFING.

UH, MOST OF YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH A TITLE SIX BRIEFING, WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT EACH OF THESE ELEMENTS AND TODAY'S PROGRAM CENTERS ON THE HIGHLIGHTED ONES THAT ARE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PLAN, WHICH IS THE INITIAL BRIEFING ITEM, AND THEN REVISE TITLE SIX POLICY SUMMARY AND SERVICE MONITORING RESULTS, LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PLAN.

WHY WE DO SAFETY REQUIRES A LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PLAN TO GUIDE THE CAPITAL METRO, UM, ON HOW WE REACH OUT TO OUR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY POPULATIONS AND HOW, UH, LEP IS DEFINED AS IMPORTANT TO THAT LEP INDIVIDUALS ARE THOSE THAT RESPOND WITH, UM, LESS THAN VERY WELL ON US CENSUS ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUESTION.

IT'S A SELF IDENTIFICATION, COMMON THAT ORGANIZES LEP POPULATION, SAFE HARBOR PROVISION, AND ALSO IMPORTANT TO THIS.

AND IT'S IT STATES THAT IF ANY LANGUAGE GROUP CONSISTS OF 5% OR 1000 PERSONS, WHICHEVER IS LESS THAN THE TRANSLATION OF VITAL DOCUMENTS WOULD NEED TO BE IN THOSE LANGUAGES.

LAP UP DATA, AS I MENTIONED, IS ALSO CONDUCTED EVERY THREE YEARS WITH THE TITLE SIX OVERALL PROGRAM UPDATE.

AND THIS GUIDES HOW WE CON HOW WE DO OUR TARGETED OUTREACH TO NON ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES, FOUR FACTOR ANALYSIS IS REQUIRED BY FTA TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PLAN IS DEVELOPED.

THE FIRST ONE IS ABOUT NUMBER AND PROPORTION OF LEP POPULATIONS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY AND WITH THE, AND THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH LEP INDIVIDUALS COME IN CONTACT WITH OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, THE NATURE AND IMPORTANT SIZE, THE QUALITY QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT THAT'S TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

AND THIS WORK WAS DONE BY OUR CONSULTANT AND THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO CM, CAPITAL METRO, AND THE COST OF TRANSLATION SERVICES AS WELL.

A REVIEW OF THAT IS ALSO TAKE UP, TAKES PLACE AS PART OF THE LAP AND LEP A PLAN.

SO HERE'S OUR LEP

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UPDATE.

OKAY.

WE FORMULATED THE PLAN BASED ON OUR OUTREACH AND ANALYSIS RESULTS AND DEMOGRAPHICS OF THIS FOUR-FACTOR ANALYSIS.

WE INCLUDED OUR COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION, OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS AND CAP, METRO MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, STAFF, AND ANALYSIS OF THIS PRACTICES TELLS US HOW WE NEED TO ADDRESS ANY CHANGES DUE TO THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND IN THE SERVICE AREA, CURRENT TRANSLATIONS ARE AUTOMATICALLY DONE IN SPANISH.

OTHER TRANSLATION THAT ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST ARE THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES, THE 10, 10 LANGUAGES.

AND THESE ARE THE UPDATED LANGUAGES, VIETNAMESE MANDARIN, KOREAN ARABIC, TELEGU PUNJABI, BURMESE, FRENCH AND PASHTO HINDI FELL OFF.

AND AS DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES HAPPEN, NEW LANGUAGES COME INTO PLAY.

AND THEN WE UPDATE THAT EVERY THREE YEARS.

THESE ARE OUR EARLY ACTION ITEMS FOR LAP, THAT WE ARE GOING TO ADD ALL OF THESE LANGUAGES TO GOOGLE TRANSLATE.

WE WILL UPDATE OUR WEBSITE TO ENSURE ACCESS TO LOP POPULATIONS AND PROVIDE NOTICE OF FREE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE IN THOSE SAFE HARBOR LANGUAGES THAT I MENTIONED AS WELL.

AND THEN WE TRANSLATE OUR COMPLAINTS ALSO IN THE SAME LANGUAGE.

SO THESE ARE KIND OF A LONGER LEAD ACTION ITEMS FOR LAB.

AND WE, IN ADDITION TO OUR WEBSITE AND MOBILE APP, WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSLATIONS INTO THIS, OUR INFRASTRUCTURE WILL ALSO REFLECT OUR STOPS AND STATIONS.

WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT TRANSLATION OF THIS AUDIBLE OR OTHERWISE WOULD BE AVAILABLE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, LEP, UM, SUMMARIES, AND OUR SORT OF TAKEAWAYS FROM THAT WILL GUIDE OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HOW WE DO OUR OUTREACH.

AND WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT TOPIC.

THAT'S OUR SERVICE MONITORING PLAN.

SO P WAS, UH, WAS A TOPIC THAT I, WE JUST WANTED TO BRIEF YOU ON SERVICE MONITORING PLAN.

WE DO THAT AS PART OF EVERY THREE-YEAR TITLE SIX UPDATE.

WE ALSO, AS OUR INTERNAL GUT-CHECK, WE DO SERVICE MONITORING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SEEING CONSISTENT AND ON A PATH FORWARD FOR EVERY THREE YEARS.

SO WE DO INNER IMPLANT IS, UM, IT AS WELL IN ADDITION TO THE, UM, TITLE SIX PROGRAM UPDATE.

SO IT ANALYZES OUR PERFORMANCE OF MINORITY ROUTES AS IT COMPARED TO NONMINORITY ROUTES.

AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE FACTORS WE LOOK AT LOAD FREQUENCY AVAILABILITY.

THE TOP THREE ARE LOOKED AT, UM, ON A ROUTE LEVEL AND SERVICE AVAILABILITY, TRANSIT AMENITIES AND VEHICLE ASSIGNMENTS ARE LOOKED AT AT A SYSTEM LEVEL.

MINORITY ROUTES ARE DEFINED IN A VERY SPECIFIC WAY BY FTA TITLE SIX.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? MINORITY ROUTES THAT HAVE AT LEAST ONE THIRD OF REVENUE MILES LOCATED IN MINORITY CENSUS TRACK THAT IS CENSUS BLOCK GROUPS, RATHER WHERE THE THRESHOLD FOR MINORITY BLOCK GROUPS HAVE TO BE 50% OR HIGHER.

SO BY THAT STANDARD, 48% OF ALL CAPITAL METRO ROUTES OR 70 ROUTES ARE DEFINED AS MINORITY 30 ROUTES.

HERE'S OUR SUMMARY.

SO WE LOOKED AT ALL SIX CATEGORIES, THREE AT ROUTE LEVEL, OTHER THE NEXT THREE AT SYSTEM LEVEL.

AND THESE ARE OUR RESULTS.

SO BOTH MINORITY AND NON-MINORITY ROUTES MET ALL SERVICE STANDARDS UNDER VEHICLE LOAD, SAME GOES FOR FREQUENCY, BOTH MINORITY AND NON-MINORITY ROUTES FAIL TO MEET OUR OTP STANDARD.

AND I WILL TALK ABOUT WHY THAT IS.

IT IS ESSENTIALLY THE DATA THAT WE USED FOR SERVICE MONITORING PLAN WAS FROM FEBRUARY, 2020.

AND IF YOU RECALL, BEFORE COVID HIT, WE HAD 19 MONTHS OF CONSISTENT WRITERS TO GROWTH IN OUR SYSTEM.

AND WE HAD TRAFFIC CONGESTION THAT CONTRIBUTED TO TRAVEL TIME ISSUES THAT WE ROUTINELY MONITOR.

WE HAVE WEEKLY STAFF MEETINGS WHERE WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN IMPROVE AS, UM, ANY ISSUES ARE IDENTIFIED, SERVICE AVAILABILITY, TRANSIT AMENITIES, AND VEHICLE ASSIGNMENTS.

AGAIN ARE REVIEWED AT A SYSTEM LEVEL.

WELL, 82% OF ALL OF OUR AREA MED SERVICE, UH, THE GUIDELINE BOSS STOPS AT MINORITY BLOG GROUPS.

AND I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, THAT MID, THAT MET THE GUIDELINES FOR SHELTERS MORE FREQUENTLY THAN IT IN NON MINORITY AREAS.

SO IT, IT SHOWS GIVEN BASED ON THE DEFINITION FOR FTA, UM, FOR MINORITY ROUTES, 48 OUT OF, OUT OF OUR 70 ROUTES ARE MINORITY ROUTES.

AND THOSE ROUTES ARE AWARE OF SHELTER AND AMENITIES, CONSIDERATION AND STANDARDS ARE MET MORE FREQUENTLY.

AGAIN, ANALYSIS USE FEBRUARY 20, 20 PRE COVID DATA SINCE THEN USING OUR, UM, COVID RIDERSHIP.

WE HAVE DONE EVEN MORE IMPROVEMENT TO OUR SHELTERS, AS YOU RECALL WITH, UH, PLEASANT VALLEY.

SUPERSTOP WHERE WE REALLY FOCUSED ON EQUITY AND MADE

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SURE THAT OUR COVID RIDERSHIP ACTUALLY, WHERE WE ARE CATERING TO OUR, OUR CUSTOMERS THAT ARE MOST FREQUENTLY USING OUR SERVICE AND HAVE THE GREATEST NEED FOR THAT.

THESE ARE NEXT STEPS.

SO OUR OPERATIONS AND PLANNING STAFF, THEY MEET WEEKLY TO MONITOR OUR OUTPERFORMANCE.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

WE FOCUS ON PASSENGER LOADS AND ON-TIME PERFORMANCE.

WE ACTUALLY HAD SOME INTERMEDIATE SOLUTIONS, UM, TO, TO TEST BEFORE FEBRUARY, 2020, THAT THEN COVID HIT.

AND WE HAD TO PIVOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDE A SERVICE TO ADJUST FOR COVID SERVICE LEVELS.

UM, WE WILL CONDUCT SERVICE MONITORING AGAIN WHEN OUR RIDERSHIP IS AT 80% OF PRE COVID LEVELS, AND THIS IS NOT REQUIRED BY FTA.

THIS IS STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO EVALUATE, ADOPT AND TAKE ANY EARLY ACTIONS THAT WE NEED TO TAKE BEFORE WE GET TO THE NEXT UPDATE.

SO HERE'S OUR REVISED TITLE, SIX POLICIES THAT ARE SHARMILA.

LET'S JUST PAUSE FOR A SECOND.

ASK FOR QUESTIONS ON THAT LAST SECTION.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER KITCHEN, UM, JUST TO CONFIRM, I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT JUST TO CONFIRM, SO THE, THE THREE STANDARDS THAT ARE LOOKED AT ON A SYSTEM LEVEL, YOU'RE STILL GATHERING DATA BY ROUTE, RIGHT? OH, OF COURSE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

BUT, SO I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT YOU MEAN BY ANALYZING THEM ON SYSTEM LEVEL BECAUSE YOU DO HAVE THE DATA BY ROUTE.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO I CAN, I CAN, UM, TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT.

OKAY.

THIS IS FTA GUIDELINES, SO VERY SORT OF PRESCRIPTIVE TITLE SIX COMPLIANCE PROCESS, AND BASED ON FTA TITLE SIX GUIDELINES, THE TOP THREE, THE VEHICLE, UM, UH, LOAD FREQUENCY AND PERFORMANCE ARE ASSESSED ON ROUTE LEVEL AND THE OTHER THREE.

AND THAT IS IF TIER REQUIREMENT, WE COLLECT DATA BY ALL, ALL OF THOSE CATEGORIES, BUT THEN WE AGGREGATE THEM AS NEEDED FOR THE FTA PRODUCT.

THAT IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR FTA.

OKAY.

I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SO, BUT YOU KNOW, FOR OUR OWN PURPOSES, WE HAVE THE DATA BY ROUTE AND IF WE CHOSE, IF WE CHOSE TO OR NEEDED TO, OR FOR WHATEVER REASON NEEDED TO COMPARE THE MINORITY ROUTES AND THE NON MINORITY ROUTES, WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

JUST REMEMBER TREVELYAN ONE QUICK COUPLE QUESTIONS.

UM, HAVE WE GATHERED COMMENTS BY ROUTE OR COMPLAINTS BY ROUTE? I KNOW THAT, UH, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS WHERE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THE NUMBER 10 ROUTE, UH, ABOUT THE NUMBER 3 92 ROUTE.

UM, I WANT TO KNOW WHETHER WE HAVE A DOCUMENTED THE QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS AND B, UH, DEVELOP SOME TYPE OF ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK TO DETERMINE, UH, THE VERACITY OF THOSE CLAIMS. ABSOLUTELY.

AND THAT IS WHERE, UM, OUR, OTHER THAN OUR, SO IT'S A TWO-STEP PROCESS.

THE WAY I WOULD VIEW IT THAT MORE ON AN OPERATIONAL BASIS, OUR PLANNING AND OPERATION STAFF, THEY MEET WEEKLY TO ASSESS ALL, ALL COMPLAINTS.

UM, WE ALSO GO ON, UM, SITE VISITS AND FOR, FOR AMENITIES AND ON, WE DO FIELD REVIEW AS WELL.

SO ONCE THOSE COMPLAINTS ARE RECEIVED, WE, THERE ARE FIELD CHECKS THAT ARE DONE AS WELL.

AND IN CASES WHERE WE INITIALLY HAVE TO DO SOME SIMULATION ON SWIFTLY OR REMIX, THE SOFTWARE WE USE TO SEE IF IT'S DUE TO BUNCHING BECAUSE OF THEIR MULTIPLE DRIVEWAY STACK TOGETHER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND THEN WE GO OUT THERE TO FIELD VERIFY OUR FINDINGS.

SO YES, THERE'S A PROCESS IN PLACE.

AS COMMENTS COME IN THROUGH OUR CUSTOMER CARE, WE ORGANIZE THEM.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE A PROCESS OF REACHING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE CUSTOMERS THAT ARE, UM, SENDING THEIR TAKING TIME AND SENDING THEIR COMMENTS TO US.

UM, WE, I WANT, I'M VERY PROUD TO REPORT THAT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY ON TARGET.

WE HAD SOME BACKLOG, UH, PRE COVID, UH, BUT WE ARE NOW ABSOLUTELY BACK ON TARGET IN RESPONDING TO CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS AND WE GET FEW COMPLIMENTS TOO.

SO TO THOSE, I, I, I APPRECIATE THAT.

I'D LIKE TO SEE A PARKING LOT OF, YOU KNOW, W WHEN QUESTIONS ARE ASKED, HOW THEY'VE BEEN RESOLVED, I KNOW THAT WE'VE MADE A NUMBER OF SYSTEMS CHANGES THAT HAVE HELPED DEAL OVERALL SYSTEM EFFICIENCY, AND SOME COMMUNITIES HAVE COMPLAINED THAT MIGHT'VE HELPED THE SYSTEM DIDN'T NECESSARILY HELP US WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CAPTURING THOSE.

AND THERE ARE PARTICULAR AREAS LIKE, UH, THE, UH, THE, UM, 7 34 AREA PALMER, PARTICULARLY ON THE EAST SIDE OF DESKTOP, UH, WHERE WE DON'T HAVE SIDEWALKS AS WE IMPLEMENT A PICKUP.

DOES THAT IMPACT THOSE AREAS? UM, UH, I HAVE, WE ADDRESS THOSE AREAS OF, UH, IN, UM, OTHER PLACES WHERE ROUTES MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHANGED

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JUST TO IDENTIFY, UH, PLACES WHERE WE KNOW THAT WE'VE RECEIVED QUESTIONS, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE DOUBLE BACK AND PROVIDE ANSWERS PARTICULARLY ON PUBLIC MEDIA AND MINORITY MEDIA AS WELL.

NO, I, I TAKE THAT COMMENT REALLY WELL, THAT WE ARE MAKING, UM, MORE NUANCED CHANGES TO HOW WE REVIEW THEM.

I'VE DESCRIBED THE PROCESS TO YOU, BUT AS THE DESAL IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE.

AND AS WE INTRODUCE CHANGES TO OUR NETWORK, UH, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHICH MODE, WHETHER IT'S BUS OR, UH, PICKUP ZONE, ANY ASSOCIATED CHANGES AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT SPECIALLY OUR LOW INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES.

AND IN CASES, YOU BROUGHT UP A VERY GOOD POINT ABOUT LACK OF SIDEWALKS AND SOMETIMES ACCESS TO THE TRANSIT STOP IS THAT ISSUE.

AND I THINK TAKING A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT WHAT'S CAUSING THOSE CONNECTIVITY ISSUES AND ACCESS ISSUES THAT ARE WITHIN OUR CONTROL AND THE ONES THAT ARE NOT IN OUR CONTROL, HOW WE SYNTHESIZE THEM AND TAKE IT TO THE RIGHT LEVEL OF DISCUSSION WHERE THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED.

AND THEN SOMETIMES THAT REQUIRES PARTNERING WITH CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND WE HAVE THAT IN OUR TRANSIT SPEED AND RELIABILITY PROGRAM.

IT'S GETTING EXPANDED WHERE WE WOULD WORK WITH PROP B PROJECTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE COULD KIND OF HAVE THOSE ALIGNED A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

OTHER QUESTIONS, ALL RIGHT, SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

BUT I THOUGHT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO TAKE THESE SECTION BY SECTION.

NO, THIS IS GREAT.

AND I, UM, I'M GLAD YOU ASKED ME TO PAUSE, UM, CAUSE THIS IS EASIER TO ADDRESS IT BY SECTION.

SO WITH THAT, I AM GOING TO GO TO THAT.

I HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THE NEXT STEP.

HERE WE ARE WITH THE REVISED TITLE SIX POLICIES.

SO OUR POLICY UPDATE APPROACH HAS IT'S IT'S, UM, IT'S AN ART OF MEETING ARTS AND SCIENCES TOGETHER, AND THE PROCESS IS VERY TECHNICAL, BUT THEN WE TAKE A LOT OF QUALITATIVE INFORMATION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE BLENDING THE TWO APPROACHES AS WELL.

SO IT, IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLIANT, BUT HAVE TA GUIDANCE.

WE HAVE CONDUCTED EXHAUSTIVE PEER REVIEW ON OTHER PERIODS AND SEE METRICS THRESHOLDS AND DEMOGRAPHICS PER PERSPECTIVE.

IF TIA REQUIRES US TO DO THAT.

SO WE ARE COMPLIANT COMPETITIVE AND TECHNICALLY SOUND.

AS WE APPROACH THOSE ANALYSIS, MAJOR SERVICE CHANGE CONSIDERATIONS.

WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT'S MORE NEUTRAL AS WE ARE GROWING INTO, UM, A BIGGER AGENCY.

UH, WE HAVE PICKUP AND OTHER, OTHER, UM, GETTING READY FOR PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM OF PROJECTS THAT WE ARE MORE CLEAR AND CONSISTENT IN HOW WE PLAN OUR SERVICES.

AND THEN D I D B POLICY CONSIDERATIONS THAT DISPARATE IMPACT AND DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN ONE RELATES TO RACE.

THAT'S THE DISPARATE IMPACT AND DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN RELATES TO INCOME.

THAT'S THE LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, HOW THRESHOLDS AND POLICIES SPECIFICALLY WORK FOR ALL FEAR AND SERVICE CHANGES.

AND THEN WE REVIEWED, IF THE THRESHOLD WE CURRENTLY HAVE IS THAT APPROPRIATE FOR THE AGENCY THAT WE ARE IN THE CHANGING CONDITIONS AND DEMOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW WE USE THEM.

AND WE SOUGHT INPUT.

UM, AND THEN WE CONDUCTED OUTREACH AND HERE WE ARE TODAY, UH, WITH, WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO MAJOR SERVICE CHANGE POLICY, IT'S A THRESHOLD FOR WHEN MAJOR SERVICE CHANGES REQUIRED.

IF A ROUTE CHANGES BY MORE THAN 25%, EITHER IN ANNUAL MILES OR HOURS, THEN IT TRIGGERS AND ANALYSIS FOR MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS.

AND IN CASE OF FEAR, CHANGE, ALL FEAR CHANGE, IRRESPECTIVE OF, UM, ANY VARIATION OR PERCENTAGE.

IT REQUIRES A TITLE, SIX ANALYSIS, DISPARATE IMPACT POLICY MINORITY.

THAT'S THE THAT'S THE RACE COMPONENT AND DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN IS THE LOW INCOME WE HAVE CURRENT THRESHOLD.

UM, FOR THAT, I'M GOING TO COME TO THAT NEXT IS THAT THRESHOLD WAS TO, UH, UNDERSTAND IF A GIVEN SERVICE OR FAIR CHANGE WOULD HAVE FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF EFFORT, UH, EFFECTS ON MINORITY OR LOW INCOME POPULATIONS, AND THEN EVALUATE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE IMPACT.

SO IT'S NOT THE IMPACT ITSELF.

IT'S THE DISTRIBUTION OF IMPACT BETWEEN MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS.

AND IF A THRESHOLD IS EXCEEDED AND THINK OF THAT THRESHOLD AS A TRIGGER, AND THEN IT REQUIRES FURTHER ANALYSIS OF ROUTES THAT CAPITAL METRO IS THEN OBLIGATED TO AVOID MINIMIZE AND MITIGATE HERE'S OUR DEVICE, TITLE SIX POLICIES.

WE ARE MAKING THE THREE SEPARATE DISPARATE POLICIES ARE CONSTANTLY DATED INTO ONE.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS MORE OF A NARRATIVE DISCUSSION THAN OF SUBSTANCE

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MAJOR SERVICE CHANGE POLICY.

WE ARE REMOVING SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO MODES TO MAKE THIS POLICY UNIVERSAL.

AND YOU HAVE THAT IN THE BACKUP.

WE ARE ADDING EXCEPTIONS FOR ITEMS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF CAPITOL METRO'S CONTROL, UM, LIKE PROMOTIONAL EVENTS, GAMES, AND OTHER THINGS THAT WE ARE REALLY NOT RELATED TO, UH, A CONSISTENT SERVICE CHANGE STATE, ALL FAIR CHANGES THAT RESULT IN AN EQUITY ANALYSIS.

SO THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ANY, AND ALL FEAR CHANGES WILL RESULT IN AN EQUITY ANALYSIS AND TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF ALL ANNUAL REVENUE MILES AND HOURS.

THAT'S OUR CURRENT POLICY IT'S REMAINING IN EFFECT THE DIDP POLICY TWO TO 2% THRESHOLD IS OUR CURRENT POLICY.

UH, AND POVERTY THRESHOLD IS 25% HIGHER THAN FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL.

AND WE'RE NOT CHANGING THAT.

SO THE ONLY RECOMMENDATION THAT WE HAVE A DIVISION TODAY FROM WHAT YOU HEARD IN THE PAST IS THE DISPARATE IMPACT AND DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN.

OUR CURRENT POLICY IS 2% BASED ON THE PEER REVIEW AND AGENCIES OF SIMILAR SIZE AND HOW THEY APPROACH SYSTEM EXPANSION AND CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS.

AS FAST AS AUSTIN IS EXPERIENCING, WE ARE TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS AND OUR AGENCY INITIALLY CONSIDERED A 10% THRESHOLD.

OUR FINAL RECOMMENDATION FOR THAT IS ALSO OFF NO CHANGE.

WE ARE RETAINING AT 2% AND HERE WE ARE GOING TO COME BACK IN THREE YEARS AND REVIEW OUR THRESHOLDS TO SEE IF THEY'RE CORRECT AT THE MOMENT.

IF THEY REQUIRED ANY CHANGES OR DISCUSSION, THEN WE WILL BRING THAT IN THREE YEARS.

WE BELIEVE AT THIS POINT, AS WE ARE COMING OUT OF COVID AND UNDERSTANDING OUR RIDERSHIP, THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE ONE TO MAKE.

SO WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO CONCLUDE THE PRESENTATION.

THESE ARE THE ITEMS THAT ARE EITHER, HAVE YOU HAVE BEEN UPDATED ON AS PART OF OUR BRIEFING, OR IT REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL AND THE TRIENNIAL TITLE SIX PROGRAM UPDATE.

YOU HAVE EXHAUSTIVE A 300 SOME PAGE DOCUMENT IN YOUR PACKET.

SO, UM, YOU MAY HAVE ENJOYED READING IT.

AND ALL OF IT IS ALSO REQUIRES BOARD APPROVAL.

AND ALONG WITH THIS SPECIFIC REVISED TITLE, SIX POLICY HIGHLIGHTS THAT I SHARED TODAY WITH THAT, UH, PAUSE FOR ANY QUESTIONS, ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR CHARMELLA VICE CHAIR.

UM, WHAT TYPE OF RESPONSE HAVE WE GOTTEN FROM THE PUBLIC AS A HAVE, UH, ARE, HAVE THEY HAD A CHANCE TO, UH, GO THROUGH THIS IN ANY PUBLIC FORUMS TO GIVE YOU FEEDBACK, PUBLIC OUTREACH PROCESS FOR TITLE SIX REMAINS CONSISTENT WITH OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH PROCESS FOR ALL OTHER PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN DURING COVID.

UM, AND IT WAS A NUMBER OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS THAT WE HAVE HELD.

UM, INITIALLY WE ALSO HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR PARTNER AGENCIES, UM, BUT WE, AND WE'D RECEIVED QUITE THE LOAD.

THERE WERE A LOT OF INTEREST ON THE DISPARATE IMPACT AND DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN POLICY SPECIFICALLY.

AND WE HAD, THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT RAISING THE THRESHOLD TO 10%.

AND I THINK THAT IS TO A GREAT EXTENT, A FUNCTION OF, UM, DISCONNECT BETWEEN HOW THE THRESHOLDS ARE USED IN OUR SERVICE CHANGE AND IN OUR ROUTE ANALYSIS, BUT GIVEN WHERE WE ARE AND GIVEN WHERE OUR RIDERSHIP STANDS RIGHT NOW, AND AS WE ARE SHOWING STRONG SIGNS OF RECOVERY, WE FELT AT THIS TIME AS WE ARE GIVING THIS, UM, AND WE'LL UPDATE TRIENNIAL UPDATE TO, UH, FTA THAT 2% THRESHOLD IS FINE TO RETAIN AT THE MOMENT.

AND WE CAN REVIEW THAT AT A LATER TIME.

SO, UM, AND, AND, AND I DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE THE LABOR IT'S CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, COVID HAS MADE EVERYTHING CHANGE.

I GET THAT.

OKAY.

UM, I'M JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD, UH, AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF OUTREACH, UM, AMONG, AMONG OUR WRITERS.

THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE.

AND, UM, SO, UM, I, I GUESS I'M JUST TRYING TO DETERMINE THAT, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY OUTBURSTS EVERY MAY, WHAT NUMBER OF OUTREACHES HAVE WE MADE AND WHAT KIND OF, I'M REALLY JUST TRYING TO GET AN IDEA OF, YOU KNOW, D DID WE REACH OUT TO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS THAT WE WORK THROUGH THE MEDIA? WHAT WAS OUR METHOD? AND, AND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WE'VE, WE HAVE, UH, WE DID A FAIRLY EXTENSIVE PROCESS FOR EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE CHANGES IN SERVICE AND, AND THE, AND THE CHANGES THAT WE WANT TO SEE OCCUR OVER THE NEXT DECADE,

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TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD AN EFFORT THAT WAS SIMILAR TO THAT, BECAUSE, BECAUSE IF WE DIDN'T, THE COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LET US KNOW THAT NO, I UNDERSTAND.

I THINK WE HAD ALTOGETHER, UM, WE'D REACHED OUT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, THERE WAS A WHOLE LIST OF, UM, ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, UM, ALSO SHARED WITH US AS PART OF YOUR, UM, INDIVIDUAL BRIEFINGS.

SO WE HAVE, UM, HAD CONTACTED THEM.

WE HAD RECEIVED RESPONSES FROM SOME OF THEM.

UM, WE HAD SIX VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS ALTOGETHER THAT EITHER ADDRESS TITLE SIX SPECIFICALLY, OR ADDRESS TITLE SIX UP PROGRAM UPDATE AS PART OF OTHER AGENDA ITEMS. UM, AND THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE, UM, THREE YEARS AGO, BUT WE BELIEVE, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASON WE, UH, OUR RECOMMENDATION STAND WHERE THEY ARE IS THAT THERE MAY BE GREATER NEED TO HAVE ADDITIONAL DISCUSSIONS, UH, AROUND THOSE AND MOSTLY AROUND COMMUNICATING HOW THIS THRESHOLDS ARE USED AND HOW THIS POLICY ACTUALLY RELATE TO THE SERVICE WE PUT OUT THERE.

AND THAT IS ONE OF THE REASON WE FELT THAT, UM, IT, IF WE ARE RECOMMENDING ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, THEY SHOULD REALLY COME AT A TIME WOULD THEIR IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE DISCUSSION.

UM, AND EXPLAIN HOW THESE THRESHOLDS ARE YOU ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

REMEMBER STRATTON.

UH, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

SO SHARMILA, AS I UNDERSTAND THIS, THEN ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IS A COUPLE OF THINGS.

ONE, WE, AS A BOARD HAVE TO TAKE ACTION PRETTY MUCH AT THIS MEETING IN ORDER FOR STAFF TO FINISH UP.

THE LAST PIECE IS YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SUBMIT THIS BY THE DEADLINE SO THAT WE CAN BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE SIX AND FEDERAL POLICIES.

THAT'S THE FIRST PART OF IT, CORRECT? THAT IS CORRECT.

OKAY.

UH, THE SECOND PART OF IT, IT, AND, AND CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG HERE, BUT BASED ON WHAT I'M SEEING HERE, IT SOUNDS LIKE FOR THE MOST PART, SINCE THE STAFF Y'ALL HAVE NOW BROUGHT BACK TO US, NO CHANGES IN THE DB AND D I, THAT DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT IS, DID BE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN.

SINCE YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT CHANGING