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[00:00:03]

OKAY, LET'S SEE HERE.

UM,

[CALL TO ORDER]

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT, IT IS 3:05 PM.

AND IS THIS, UH, THIS IS A REGULAR MEETING, I THINK, UH, OR IS IT SPECIAL CALLED SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE, UM, CITY OF AUSTIN, URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

WE'LL GET UNDERWAY.

OKAY.

UM, SO DO WE HAVE ANY, UH, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION THERE'S DIFFERENT? UH, NO.

MA'AM WE DO NOT.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE MINUTES IF YOU LIKE.

OKAY.

SO THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA, THEN ITEM

[1. APPROVAL OF June 17th, 2021 MINUTES]

ONE IS THE APPROVAL OF OUR MINUTES FROM JUNE 17TH, 2021.

IS THAT, UH, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES? ANY DISCUSSION? I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE DIANA WHEELER.

THANK YOU, DIANA.

SECOND.

I'LL GO AHEAD AND SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, IF I COULD, UM, WE'LL, WE'LL TAKE A VOTE UNLESS THERE'S ANY DISCUSSION OF THE MINUTES, ANY DISCUSSION CORRECTIONS.

ALL RIGHT, THEN LET'S TAKE A VOTE.

IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

OR RAISE YOUR HAND C SO C UH, CYNTHIA, DANIEL, ALLIE.

I'M A FAVOR, RUBEN.

OKAY.

CHRISTINA.

I'M FROM ATHENA, BUT I THINK WE'RE THERE.

COOL.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, SO THAT MOTION PASSES.

WE HAVE APPROVED OUR MINUTES, SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO OUR NEW BUSINESS, WHICH IS, UM, UM, ITEM TWO.

UM, WE HAVE THREE ITEMS TODAY.

WE HAVE THE LIVING STREETS, PRESENTATION, UH, PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE, AND A CTRM UPDATE.

SO I'M CHRISTOPHER, UNLESS YOU GUIDE ME OTHERWISE, SHOULD I GO IN ORDER DOWN THESE ITEMS? ARE THERE ANY THAT HAVE A SPECIAL NEED FOR THE PRESENTER TIME OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? NO, MA'AM, YOU'RE DOING, UM, JUST FINE.

SO, UM, CHRIS RILEY,

[2.A. Living Streets Presentation: Discussion and Possible Action Presenters: Chris Riley (Part 1 of 2)]

YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND PRESENT.

WE'LL PUT THE PRESENTATION UP FOR YOU AND WHENEVER YOU'RE READY TO MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE JUST SAY NEXT SLIDE.

AND WE'LL GO AHEAD AND DO THAT FOR YARD.

OKAY.

SOUNDS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

HEY, THERE, I'M CHRIS RILEY.

I'M WITH BIKE AUSTIN, AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO SEE EVERYBODY THIS AFTERNOON.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT THIS OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO.

BIKE AUSTIN HAS BEEN HIDING THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON, BEEN GOING ON ON THE STREETS IN AUSTIN AND AROUND THE WORLD.

AND, UM, AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT, UH, THE RENEWED INTEREST THAT WE'RE SEEING AMONG THE WATER PEOPLE AND IN GETTING OUT AND EXPERIENCING HEALTHY ACTIVITY ON STREETS.

AND SO WE'VE BEEN TALKING WITH A LOT OF FOLKS ABOUT WAYS THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN COULD IN BOOKLETS THAT, THAT MOMENTUM AND, UM, AND ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS THAT WOULD ENABLE RESIDENTS TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE PART IN RESHAPING THEIR STREETS, UH, IN ORDER TO CREATE PLACES THAT ARE SAFE AND INVITING AND THE, AND THE BUILD COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE ALONG THE STREETS.

AND SO THEN ALL THOSE DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN, UM, UM, AND HAVE BEEN INFORMED IN PART BY WHAT WE'VE SEEN AROUND THE COUNTRY.

A LOT OF OTHER CITIES HAVE BEEN DOING HAVE HAD SIMILAR PROGRAMS OF, UH, INVOLVING ENABLING PEOPLE TO DO CREATIVE THINGS WITH THEIR STREETS.

AND SO WE, UH, MIKE AUSTIN AND, AND, UH, WALK AUSTIN HAVE JOINTLY DEVELOPED PROPOSAL FOR COUNCIL TO CONSIDER THAT WOULD ESTABLISH BUSH.

I FORMAL PROGRAM WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO, UH, TO ENABLE MORE ACTIVITY LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE.

UM, AND THERE ARE REALLY FOUR PILLARS, FOUR PILLARS TO THE PROGRAM THAT, THAT WE'RE SUGGESTING, UH, AND YOU SEE THEM RIGHT HERE IN THIS INITIAL SLIDE.

THERE, THERE, UH, NEIGHBOR LED TRAFFIC CALMING, AND PLACEMAKING HEALTHY STREETS PERMITS FOR RESONANCE PLACE PRIESTS AND BLOCK PARTIES.

AND I JUST WANT TO TOUCH ON, ON EACH OF THOSE AND HOW THEY WOULD WORK STARTING OFF IN F UM, CRISPR, IF YOU COULD MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, A LOT OF THIS DISCUSSION, UM, WAS SPURRED BY, BY, UH, UH, THE PANDEMIC AND PEOPLE WANTING TO GET OUT AND EXPERIENCE THE STREETS.

AND HERE IN AUSTIN, AS Y'ALL KNOW, WE DID, UM, UH, JOIN OTHER CITIES IN ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM TO TRY TO, UH, ENABLE, UH, MORE OF THAT, THAT ACTIVITY IN THE STREETS.

WE CALLED IT HERE IN AUSTIN, AND IT WAS CALLED THE HEALTHY STREETS PROGRAM.

UM, AND AT ITS PEAK, WE HAD ABOUT 10 MILES OF CITY STREETS THAT WERE SET UP USING BARRICADES LIKE THIS, UH, TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND ENJOY THE STREETS, UM, UH, IN WAYS THAT THEY MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE FEEL SAFE DOING.

SO IF YOU COULD JUST GO, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE,

[00:05:01]

JUST TO GIVE YOU A, UH, A BIG PICTURE OF HOW THIS LOOKED IN AUSTIN.

THERE WERE A SCATTERING OF THESE INSTALLATIONS, EACH, EACH JOB WITH A PRETTY GOOD DISTANCE.

THESE WERE PLACES THAT WERE CHOSEN BY THE CITY WITH, WITH, UH, UM, WITH INPUT FROM, UH, FROM AUSTIN RESIDENTS.

UM, SOME WERE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN OTHERS, UH, SOME MANY IN PLACE AND NOT MOST DO NOT.

UM, REALLY THE ONE THAT HAS STOOD OUT AS BEING THE MOST EXCITING IS THE ONE YOU SEE RIGHT THERE AT THE TOP CENTER, WHICH IS ALONG AVENUE G FROM 38TH, UP TO 51ST.

UM, THE ONE ALONG, UH, UM, BOLDEN IN THE RIGHT THERE IN THE CENTER OF THE SLIDE IS ALSO STILL IN PLACE.

UM, OTHERS HAVE, HAVE FADED AWAY, BUT, UH, WHAT WE SAW, UM, AT, AT, AT, AT ITS BEST, WE SAW SOME REALLY EXCITING THINGS COMING OUT OF THIS PROGRAM.

AND IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE HAVE A FEW IMAGES TO, TO CAPTURE SOME OF THAT.

UM, IT SEEMS LIKE THIS WORD BECAME JUST AN EVERYDAY THING ALONG THOSE STREETS, WHERE YOU HAD PEOPLE EITHER, UM, ROLLING OR WALKING, OR JUST ARE WALKING THEIR DOGS, OR JUST STOP IN AND CHAT WITH NEIGHBORS, UM, AND ENJOY THE STREETS, UM, WITHOUT FEAR OF GETTING RUN OVER BY CARS.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK, SHOWS SOME, SOME SIMILAR STUFF.

WE'VE GOT A FEW SLIDES HERE JUST TO KIND OF GIVE YOU, REMIND YOU OF, OF WHAT THIS HAS BEEN LIKE.

UM, IF, IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, UH, A LOT OF, UM, I THINK THIS ONE WAS PROBABLY FROM AVENUE G.

THERE WERE ACTUALLY, I'M NOT SURE WHERE THIS WAS, BUT WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY GETTING OUT AND, AND DOING AND SUPPLEMENTING THE CITY'S INSTALLATION BY DOING THEIR OWN LITTLE DRAWINGS ON THE STREETS SINCE THEY HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW WITHOUT, UH, BEING OUT THERE WITHOUT FEAR OF GETTING RUN OVER, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET OUT AND DO FUN THINGS THAT THEY, THAT THEY ORDINARILY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO.

UH, AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN AREAS THAT LACK ADEQUATE ACCESS TO PARKLAND, AS YOU, AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE HAVEN'T MET OUR GOALS AS A CITY OF HAVING ADEQUATE PARK MAN WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OF ALL HOMES.

AND SO THIS SORT OF THING MAKES USE OF THE PUBLIC SPACE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR STREETS IN ORDER TO CREATE THOSE SAFE SPACES FOR PEOPLE THAT TO EXPERIENCE HEALTHY AND FUN ACTIVITY.

THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK, SHOWS MORE OF THE SAME, UM, JUST, UH, ALONG AVENUE G I THINK THIS WAS A LONG AVENUE G THAT THERE WAS, UH, UH, UH, UH, PEOPLE GOT SO ENAMORED WITH THIS PROGRAM.

THEY REALLY WANTED TO SAVE IT.

THERE WERE THE HEALTHY STREETS PROGRAM, UH, UNFORTUNATELY WITH, UH, WAS HANDICAPPED A LITTLE BIT BY NOT HAVING ADEQUATE FUNDING AT ANY POINT, THERE WAS A LOT OF STAFF WERE DOING AN AMAZING JOB OF KEEPING THIS THING GOING.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE PUTTING IN THEIR OWN VOLUNTEER TIME, DOING THEIR BEST TO KEEP IT GOING IN SPITE AND DESPITE ITS, UH, UH, DESPITE FACT THAT IT WASN'T REALLY FUNDED AS, AS, AS MUCH AS WE WOULD'VE LIKED.

UH, SO IT ALWAYS SEEMED LIKE IT WAS KIND OF UNDER THREAT, BUT THE RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY ALONG AVENUE G REALLY LOVED IT AND WANTED TO, AND WANTED TO SAVE IT.

AND THEN THERE WERE SOME, A LOT OF VERY POSITIVE INPUT LIKE THIS.

CAN WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE? UM, JUST, AND IN EVERY INTERSECT, IF EVEN TODAY, IF YOU GO ALONG AVENUE G AND I'M ON THAT STRETCH, YOU'LL SEE EVERY INTERSECTION HAS A COOL INSTILL, UH, CREATION AND LIKE THIS, THIS IS NOT, UH, THIS IS NOT PAID FOR OR DONE BY THE CITY.

THIS WAS RESONANCE GETTING OUT THERE TO ACTUALLY MIKE AUSTIN AND WALK AUSTIN HELPED RAISE A LITTLE MONEY AMONG THE NEIGHBORS TO, TO PAY THE EXPENSES OF, OF A RESIDENT ALONG AVENUE, GE WHO WAS GETTING AT AND, AND BEAUTIFYING INTERSECTIONS LIKE THIS.

SO THIS WAS PURELY A, UH, A, A PRIVATE SECTOR DRIVEN EFFORT TO SUPPLEMENT THOSE HEALTHY STREETS WITH, UH, BUT JUST COOL FUN THINGS LIKE THIS THAT MADE THE, MADE THE STREET FEEL, UM, LIKE THEIR OWN PLACE AND WHAT, LIKE MORE OF A SPECIAL PLACE, AS OPPOSED TO JUST THE UTILITARIAN INFRASTRUCTURE.

CAN WE GO TO THE NEXT, UM, UM, I THINK THIS MIGHT BE THEN AVENUE G OR SWEPT AVENUE G OR WILLOW, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE JOINING TOGETHER TO DO SOMETHING COOL IN THE STREET, WHICH NOT ONLY BEAUTIFIED THE STREET, BUT ALSO BROUGHT THE RESIDENTS TOGETHER TO IMPROVE IT.

AND SO BUILD COMMUNITY AND MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY HAD MORE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR STREET AND THAT THEY CAN ENJOY IT WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, I THINK, UH, YEAH, YEAH, THIS, THIS, UH, THIS IS ANOTHER SCENE FROM AVENUE G WHEN WE GOT THE, THE, UM, ONE OF THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING ALL THIS COOL STUFF OUT THERE ENJOYING IT REALLY BEAUTIFUL.

AND SO I REALLY ENCOURAGE, IF Y'ALL, HAVEN'T BEEN OUT TO AVENUE G OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET OUT THERE AND SEE IT.

IT'S REAL.

THAT'S REALLY A COOL THING.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

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UM, JUST, YOU SEE, I THINK THESE ARE ALL FROM AVENUE G THEY REALLY DID AMAZING WORK OUT THERE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, I THINK THIS ONE WAS ACTUALLY, UH, YOU COULD SEE THE STREET SIDE OF NAVASOTA AND CANTERBURY.

THIS WASN'T EVEN ACTUALLY AN OFFICIAL HEALTHY STREET, OR, UH, TH THIS WAS REALLY JUST NEIGHBORS WHO WERE INSPIRED BY WHAT WAS GOING ON ELSEWHERE, WHO GOT TOGETHER TO DO SOMETHING ON THEIR OWN.

UH, THIS IS NOT BY WAY OF ANY AUTHORITY.

THIS IS KIND OF, THIS WAS KIND OF A, THIS IS KIND OF A BOOTLEG, UM, A GORILLA SORT OF ACTIVITY.

THAT'S NOT OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED BY THE CITY.

UM, BUT THESE NEIGHBORS HAD A GREAT TIME GETTING OUT THERE AND BEAUTIFYING THE STREAK THEMSELVES.

UH, THANKS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, UH, THIS, UH, THIS IS AVENUE G SAID A LOT OF, A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE, UH, JUST ENJOYING THE STREET AND, UM, AND, AND, AND MAKING USE OF THE SCREED FOR, FOR SOCIALIZING IN WAYS THAT THEY, YOU, YOU DIDN'T REALLY SEE BEFORE THIS PROGRAM STARTED.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, UM, JUST MORE AND MORE OF THE SAME, AND THEN THE NEXT ONE, UM, WE'RE JUST GETTING IN HERE.

WE REALLY JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT IT'S A L A LOT OF THIS IS INSPIRES CREATIVITY AND ARTISTRY AND BUILD UPON THOSE, THOSE CREATIVE TALENTS, ALL THE CREATIVE TALENTS THAT WE HAVE HERE IN AUSTIN, PEOPLE WHO JUST, UM, BUT ARE WILLING TO APPLY THEIR TALENTS AND HAVE, HAVE FUN CREATING, UH, A COOL PLACE ON THEIR STREET.

AND THIS IS, THIS IS THIS SORT OF THING THAT MENTALLY IS MENTALLY HAS MATERIALS ARE EXPENSIVE.

UM, THAT WAY PEOPLE MANAGE TO FIND THINGS FAIRLY CHEAPLY AND JUST DO THEM, BUT THEY WERE, UM, AT, AT, AT NO EXPENSE TO THE CITY LI THIS SORT OF EFFORT RESULTED IN MORE BEAUTIFUL, MORE AND MORE ENJOYABLE STREETS WHERE NEIGHBORS COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE INTERACTING WITH OTHERS.

AND SO WE THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY OUGHT TO BUILD UPON AND TRY TO TRY TO, UM, WE REALLY WANT TO KEEP THIS SORT OF MOMENTUM GOING AND SEE, SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WITH IT IN THE FUTURE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, YEAH, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO CONVEY THAT KIND OF, KIND OF ENERGY THAT WE SAW THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

PEOPLE ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME GETTING OUT THERE, JUST DOING FUN, CREATIVE THINGS IN THE STREET.

AND NEXT, NEXT SLIDE, THIS WAY, I THINK THIS IS, UH, ALONG, I THINK THIS ONE IS ALL ALONG WILLOW STREET, AGAIN, NOT AN OFFICIAL HEALTHY STREET.

UM, AND THIS, THIS, UH, I HAVE TO ADD THAT THIS INSTALLATION YOU SEE HERE WAS REALLY, UH, QUITE ILLEGAL.

UM, AND THEN AS SOON AS, AS SOON AS SOMEBODY CALLS 3, 1, 1, THIS SORT OF THING, WOULDN'T BE REMOVED BY THE CITY, BECAUSE IF THERE IS NO THERE'S CURRENTLY NO OFFICIAL SANCTIONED THE BASIS FOR IT, THIS WAS VERY MUCH AN EXPERIMENTAL SORT OF THING IN THE SPIRIT OF, OF A TACTICAL URBANISM.

IT WAS THAT IT WAS A TEMPORARY INSTALLATION THAT IS DONE, UH, IN AN ITERATIVE WAY, IN AN EFFORT TO DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL FOR CREATING, UM, BETTER PUBLIC SPACES, UH, NEXT LINE.

UM, BUT, UH, ALL OF THAT IS TO SAY THAT, BUT, UM, WE THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON HERE THAT WE SHOULD LEARN FROM AND BUILD UPON.

AND WE THINK WE CAN DO THAT BY FORMALIZING A CITY PROGRAM TO ENABLE, UH, THE FORCE, THE FORCE SORTS OF PERMITS THAT YOU SEE HERE.

UH, THE FIRST THING NEVER LEAD TRAFFIC CALMING.

AND PLACE-MAKING, I THINK WE'VE GOT ONE THAT I THINK IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK WE'VE GOT, UH, A SLIDE TO, TO SHOW THAT, YEAH, MAYBE A NUMBER OF OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH THIS SORT OF THING.

NEIGHBOR LED TRAFFIC CALMING, AND PLACEMAKING, IT'S OFTEN CATEGORIZED AS, OR AS TACTICAL URBANISM.

I'D SAY IT'S A TEMPORARY INSTALLATION THAT, THAT, THAT IS DONE TO DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL FOR THESE, THESE, UM, THESE PUBLIC SPACES IN AUSTIN.

WE HAVE HAD SOME GREAT TACTICAL URBANISM DONE IN THE PAST, BUT OFTEN IT WAS ACTUALLY DONE BY THE CITY.

UH, WE HAD SOME POLKA DOTTED INTERSECTIONS AND ZEBRA CROSSWALKS, AND OTHER COOL THINGS, WHICH ARE, WHICH ARE GREAT.

UM, AND, AND THEY REALLY POINT OUT THE FACT THAT THERE'S A HUGE POTENTIAL FOR THAT SORT OF THING.

IF WE COULD ENLIST HELP FROM ALL THE CREATIVE TALENTS THAT WE HAVE HERE IN AUSTIN, JUST AMONG REGULAR FOLKS WHO ARE WILLING TO GET OUT AND DO SORT OF THING, THIS SORT OF THING.

AND SO WE HAVE, UH, EXAMPLES YOU SEE HERE FROM THE ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE, AND EVEN HERE IN FORT WORTH WHERE THE, WHERE THE CITY WOULD ALLOW PROGRAMS LIKE THIS FOR, FOR NEIGHBORS TO GET OUT THERE AND DO INSTALLATIONS LIKE THIS,

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THERE, YOU REALLY NEED, UH, UH, UH, SOME WAY OF FORMALIZING A PROGRAM, I GUESS, BECAUSE AS I, AS I MENTIONED, IT'S CURRENTLY NOT CONSIDERED LEGAL.

WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE BUY-IN FROM ALL OF THE RELEVANT CITY DEPARTMENTS, SO THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL NOT ONLY TOLERATE, BUT EMBRACE THIS SORT OF THING, BECAUSE IT OFFERS SO MANY BENEFITS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED.

SO I THINK THAT THERE'S A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR A SIMILAR PROGRAM HERE IN AUSTIN.

UH, THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, IT GOES BACK TO, UH, THE OTHER, THE OTHER THING WE WERE SUGGESTING THAT SIMILAR, THIS IS, UM, WE CAN GET TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

WE ARE SUGGESTING, UH, UM, AT VARIATION AND ON THE HEALTHY STREETS THEME.

THIS IS, WE'RE VERY EXCITED THAT THE CITY IS CONTINUING ITS OWN HEALTHY STREETS PROGRAM AND IS PLANNING ON DOING 10 INSTALLATIONS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT IN, IN, IN VARIOUS PLACES.

UM, AND THERE'S, THERE'S A REAL VALUE TO THAT.

WE THINK THERE'S ALSO A REAL VALUE TO AN EMPOWERING RESIDENTS TO UNDERTAKE THEIR OWN HEALTHY STREETS EFFORTS.

UH, THERE WAS, THERE WAS SOME UNHAPPINESS ABOUT SOME OF THE INSTALLATIONS, SOME OF THE, SOME OF THE INSTALLATIONS, THE CITY DID THIS OVER THE PAST YEAR, DREW SOME NEGATIVE COMMENTS.

AND OFTEN IN LOOKING OVER THOSE COMMENTS, YOU GET THE IMPRESSION THAT IT'S, UH, THERE'S A SENSE THAT THESE, IN SOME CASES, THESE THINGS ARE FOISTED ON THEM, NEIGHBORS BY THE CITY THAT IT SAID THAT IT'S LARGELY A CITY DRIVEN PROCESS.

AS I MENTIONED, THERE, THERE WAS COMMUNITY INPUT, BUT I THINK IT IN GENERAL, THE, THE CITY PROCESS IS THIS IS, UH, SOMEWHAT TOP DOWN IMPOSED BY THE CITY.

AND THE CONCEPT THAT WE'RE SUGGESTING IT IS A MORE OF A BOTTOM UP APPROACH WHERE, WHERE YOU ENABLE CITIZENS TO INITIATE THEIR OWN EFFORTS.

JUST NOT, NO, WE'RE NOT SUGGESTING THAT ONE PERSON COULD INITIATE IT THE WHOLE LONG, HEALTHY STREET ON THEIR OWN.

BUT IF A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON ONE BLOCK SAY THAT THEY REALLY WOULD LIKE THAT BLOCK TO BE A HEALTHY STREET, THEN WE OUGHT TO HAVE A PROCESS THAT ALLOWS FOR THAT.

AND THE CITY SHOULD HAVE SOME BARRICADES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE FOR THAT SORT OF THING.

IT'S, THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE, THE FIRST PROGRAM THAT, UH, THAT, THAT WE DISCUSSED.

BUT, BUT IN THIS CASE, THIS WOULD ACTUALLY BE SIMPLER FOR, FOR RESIDENTS BECAUSE THEY WOULD MAKE USE OF THE CITY'S OWN BARRICADES.

AND IT WOULD JUST REQUIRE THE CITY TO MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF THESE THINGS SO THAT RESIDENTS COULD HAVE ACCESS TO THEM AS NEEDED, UM, TO, TO ESTABLISH THESE PROGRAMS. AND THERE ARE, AS YOU SEE HERE, THERE ARE OTHER CITIES THAT HAVE MADE, HAVE HAD PROGRAMS LIKE THE SPC FROM SEATTLE, DALLAS, AND KANSAS HAVE HAD SIMILAR PROGRAMS THAT ARE, THAT ARE, UM, AIMED AT ENABLING RESIDENTS TO DO IT INSTEAD OF JUST RELYING ON THE CITY TO COME AND IMPOSE THESE INSTALLATIONS.

UH, THE NEXT, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, WE WERE ALSO SUGGESTING, UM, A COUPLE OF THINGS WE HAVEN'T SEEN SO MUCH OF HERE.

UM, THIS ONE IS, IS PLAY STREETS.

UM, THERE HAVE BEEN VERY, UH, FUN EXAMPLES OF PLAY STREETS IN, IN, IN OTHER CITIES.

AND WE THINK THERE'S A REAL, UM, OPPORTUNITY FOR, FOR, UM, HAVING A SIMILAR EFFORT HERE.

THIS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL IN PLACES WHERE KIDS DON'T HAVE EASY ACCESS TO ADEQUATE PARKS AND OTHER OPEN SPACE WHERE THEY CAN PLAY THE PUBLIC SPACE IN FRONT OF PEOPLE'S HOMES THAT THE STREETS IN FRONT OF PEOPLE'S HOMES IS PUBLIC SPACE, AND IT OUGHT TO BE A, UH, UH, A WELCOMING AND SAFE PLACE WHERE KIDS, WHERE PARENTS COULD KNOW THAT THEIR KIDS CAN PLAY WITHOUT WORRYING THAT THE KIDS, UH, ARE, ARE CONTINUALLY AT RISK OF GETTING RUN OVER BY CARS.

AND SO THIS IS JUST AN EFFORT TO, UH, ABOUT INSTANCES OF, OF, UH, UH, WHERE, WHERE PEOPLE WILL MAKE USE OF THE STREETS, GET PERMITS TO ESTABLISHED PLAY STREETS IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSES.

IT WOULD BE, YOU COULD SET PARAMETERS ON HOW OFTEN THEY WOULD ACTUALLY BE WHERE TRAFFIC COULD BE RESTRICTED, BUT, UM, WE THINK THERE'S A LOT TO BE LEARNED FROM THE PROGRAMS, PROGRAMS LIKE THESE FROM OTHER CITIES.

AND WE REALLY, UM, COULD BENEFIT FROM OFFERING SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND THIS WOULD REALLY BE KIND OF IN LINE WITH THE OTHER PROGRAMS, BUT DIFFERENT.

SO WE THINK IT MAKES SENSE TO THINK OF THIS ALL AS ONE BUNDLE OF PROGRAMS. UM, BUT THIS ONE IS, UH, DOES HAVE ITS OWN INDEPENDENT, UH, USEFUL ASSETS.

AND THE LAST CATEGORY, IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, ACTUALLY I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE ONE MORE EXAMPLE.

YEAH, THERE'S ONE MORE PHOTO OF, OF PLACE STREET.

SO YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH FUN KIDS CAN HAVE WITH THESE TREATS, GETTING OUT TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY, UH, HANGING OUT WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND, AND, AND ENJOYING THE STREETS, UM, UH, IN, UH, IN WAYS THAT THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO, IF, IF, UH,

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IF THEY WERE, IF THEY HAD TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING RUN OVER, I THINK WE'VE GOT ONE MORE SLIDE AFTER THAT.

THAT GETS TO THE LAST ONE, THE LAST CLIMB.

AND THIS IS THE, THIS IS THE LAST PROGRAM THAT WE WERE SUGGESTING AS A, A BLOCK PARTY PROGRAM.

THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS A BLOCK PARTY.

THIS ONE, I'M PRETTY SURE THIS WAS OVER ON WILLOW STREET AND, AND EAST AUSTIN, UH, AUSTIN DOES HAVE A BLOCK PARTY PROGRAM, BUT, UM, AND LOOKING AT THE PARTICULAR RULES THAT, THAT, THAT AUSTIN HAS AND COMPARING WITH THOSE, THOSE WITH RULES FROM OTHER CITIES, WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT AUSTIN SURPRISINGLY HAS REALLY THE MOST RESTRICTIVE RULES THAT WE FOUND OF ANY CITY IN THE COUNTRY.

AND WHEN IT COMES TO, TO, UH, ENABLING PEOPLE DO HAVE BLOCKED THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SOME OTHER CITIES THAT, UM, AND, AND LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES WITH REGARD TO ALL THE DIFFERENT RULES THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE AND FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE EVENTS LIKE THESE, BECAUSE THEY SERVE SO MANY GOOD PURPOSES THAT THEY BUILT BUILDING COMMUNITY AMONG NEIGHBORS, AND, UH, JUST ENABLING PEOPLE TO HAVE FUN IN THE STREETS.

AND SO THAT SORT OF THING WOULD BE, UH, UH, THAT'D BE GREAT TO BE ABLE TO REV UP THE AUSTIN VERSION OF, UH, OF A BLOCK PARTY PROGRAM.

AND THAT WOULD FIT NICELY WITH ALL THE OTHER THREE COMPONENTS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

SO THOSE ARE THE, THOSE ARE THE FOUR PROGRAMS THAT WE THINK COULD BE REALLY HELPFUL.

WE HAVE, UM, PRESENTED A, A, UH, A DRAFT RESOLUTION WITH THE COUNCIL, AND WE ARE HOPING THAT COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO CONSIDER THIS SOON AFTER THEY COME BACK AT THE END OF THE SUMMER BREAK.

UH, THE TIMING OF IT IS AS CRITICAL BECAUSE WE RE WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THE MOMENTUM OF ALL THE ACTIVITY WE SAW OVER THE PAST YEAR BY ENABLING STUFF LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN IN THE COMING YEAR.

AND FOR THAT TO HAPPEN IN, IN, UH, IN A VIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE WAY, WE REALLY NEED TO IDENTIFY ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM.

AND THAT WILL MEAN ADDRESSING THIS IN THE UPCOMING BUDGET DISCUSSIONS.

SO WE'RE HOPING TO TALK WITH COUNCIL AND STAFF ABOUT GETTING SOME BUDGET ALLOCATION AND COUNCIL APPROVAL OF A, OF A RESOLUTION TO, UH, TO SUPPORT, TO ESTABLISH THIS SORT OF PROGRAM, UM, HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND, UM, AND SO WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING IT WITH A LOT OF FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED BY COSTUME AND WALK AUSTIN, AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS FROM THE BEGINNING, UH, BOTH THE, UH, PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL AND THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL HAVE LOOKED AT THIS AND BOTH HAVE UNANIMOUSLY EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT, UM, IN RESOLUTIONS THAT LARGELY TRACK THE LANGUAGE OF THE RESOLUTION WE'RE PROPOSING PRESENTING TO COUNCIL.

SO, UM, UH, WE, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE'S, WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW ALL OF THIS WOULD WORK, OR WE ARE SUGGESTING THAT, THAT, THAT THE COUNCIL DIRECT STAFF TO COME UP WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR, FOR, UM, A PROGRAM LIKE THIS.

UH, AND SO THERE WOULD BE OPPORTUNITIES TO FIGURE OUT SOME OF THE DETAILS DOWN THE ROAD, BUT WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT COUNCIL ACT ON THIS QUICKLY TO GET THAT PROCESS GOING AND ALLOCATE ADEQUATE FUNDING SO THAT IT CAN GET SOME TRACTION NOW AND, AND COULD MATERIALIZE AND BECOMING MONTHS.

UM, AND SO WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION FIRM, LIKE AS WE THINK THIS, UM, REALLY IT GETS TO THE HEART OF THE DIRECTION THAT WE NEED TO BE GOING IN TERMS OF RETHINKING OUR STREETS IN GENERAL IN AUSTIN.

AND I KNOW THAT UTC HAS THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT, ABOUT THIS SORT OF THING.

AND, AND WE HOPE THAT, THAT, UH, Y'ALL Y'ALL WOULD BE Y'ALL WOULD SEE SOME VALUE OF HAVING PROGRAMS LIKE THIS.

BE VERY INTERESTED IN HEARING ANY CONCERNS OR FEEDBACK THAT YOU ALL HAVE ABOUT, ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

UM, AND AS WE, UM, AS WE PREPARE TO DISCUSS IT WITH COUNCIL AND OTHERS, SO I'LL STOP THERE AND SEE IF Y'ALL HAVE ANY INPUT.

THAT'S, THAT'S THE PROGRAM THAT WE'RE SUGGESTING YOU CAN, WE WOULD LOVE TO SORT OF HAVE THE SUPPORT OF, OF THE UTC AS WE HAVE, AS WE CONTINUE THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I GUESS, UM, IF FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS FOR CHRIS, OR IF ANYONE HAS A MOTION, UM, I GUESS WE COULD START WITH QUESTIONS.

IF ANYONE HAS QUESTIONS FOR ME, DID WE HEAR YOU MY TURN AND ACTUAL BUDGET NUMBER? I HEARD THE QUESTION ABOUT A BUDGET NUMBER NOW, AND THE ANSWER IS NO, WE DON'T HAVE A BUDGET NUMBER YET.

WE, WE HAVE, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH SOME STAFF WHO ARE, WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN ON SUMMER VACATION.

WE'VE, THERE'S BEEN AN ISSUE WITH, UH, UM, OVERLAPPING VACATIONS.

AND SO WE'VE HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE CONNECTING ON EXACTLY WHAT INAPPROPRIATE NUMBER WOULD BE.

WE DON'T KNOW RIGHT NOW, WE ARE HOPING TO SOME SAID THAT DISCUSSION WITH STAFF IN THE NEXT COUPLE

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OF WEEKS IN TIME FOR COUNCIL TO ACT ON IT.

I WOULD NOT THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE NUMBER BECAUSE THIS, THIS, UM, UH, AT THE HEART, THE HEART OF THIS PROGRAM INVOLVES, UM, RELYING ON, UM, REGULAR AUSTIN RESIDENTS AS A, INSTEAD OF THE CITY.

IT'S LARGELY EMPOWERING RESIDENTS TO DO, TO DO ALL KINDS OF COOL THINGS INSTEAD OF JUST EXPECTING THE CITY TO DO IT ALL.

SO, I, MY SENSE IS THAT THE COST WOULD BE, UM, UH, VERY REASONABLE IN CONSIDERING WHAT WE'RE GETTING OUT OF IT.

BUT NO, I CAN'T GIVE YOU A BUDGET NUMBER RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL BE, WE'LL BE TALKING TO STAFF TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT THAT NUMBER OUGHT TO BE.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

WELL, FIRST THE STATEMENT I, A HUGE FAN OF THE WHOLE PROJECT I REALLY USED THROUGHOUT ALL OF LAST YEAR, USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

MY QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU PURSUED ANY PRIVATE FUNDING OR LOOKED INTO THAT AT ALL? IT SEEMS LIKE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, THERE ARE SOME ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION GRANTS THROUGH BLOOMBERG, ONE OF HIS CHARITIES OR SOMEONE ELSE I CAN'T REALLY, AND USUALLY WE, WE DID THAT WALK AUSTIN AND ACTUALLY DID GET A GRANT, UM, FROM THE, UM, UM, THE SR SAYS FROM THE ARP ARP.

YEAH.

THANKS.

THANKS.

I'M ON THE BOARD.

SO I'M NOT SURE IF I'M ABLE TO VOTE ON THIS, BUT, UH, I'VE BEEN INVOLVED AS WELL.

SO WALK AUSTIN HAS, UM, HAS BEEN A REAL CHAMPION OF THIS AND, AND, UH, AND THAT ADAM GREENFIELD IN PARTICULAR THAT, UH, WITH, WITH BLOCK HUSTON HAS PUT IN HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK ON IT.

HE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY, BUT HE'S TRAVELING RIGHT NOW.

UM, BUT SO THERE HAS BEEN, THERE WAS A GRANT FROM ARP TO LOOK AT PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

UM, FOR SO FAR WE REALLY, EVERYTHING YOU SAW ON THOSE SLIDES, APART FROM THE CITY BARRICADES, ALL OF THE, ALL OF THE CREATIVE STUFF YOU SAW ON THOSE SLIDES WAS, HAS BEEN EITHER PRIVATELY FUNDED, UM, WITH THE BIKE COSTUME CHIPPED IN A LITTLE BIT AND HELPED ORGANIZE, UM, UH, SOME FUNDRAISING WITHIN, WITHIN HYDE PARK TO SUPPORT AVENUE, THE AVENUE G INSTALLATION, BUT REALLY JUST TRY TO HIT THE EXPENSES OF, OF ALL THAT PAINT.

UM, AND WE EXPECT TO BE DOING SIMILAR THINGS IN THE FUTURE.

WE EXPECT THAT THAT, THAT A LOT OF THE PRIVATE EFFORTS WOULD BE, UH, PRIVATELY FUNDED.

REALLY.

I THINK THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CITY EXPENSES FOR THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE, UM, HAVING, UM, BEING ABLE TO PAY STAFF TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM.

UM, AND THEN THERE WOULD BE, WE, WE WOULD, WE DO THINK THE CITY OUGHT TO HAVE HAD SOMETHING OF A BETTER STOCK OF BARRICADES AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THESE SORTS OF THINGS.

AND SO THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME EXPENSE INVOLVED IN THAT, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE CITY WAS ACTUALLY RENTING SOME OR ALL OF THE BARRICADES USED IN HEALTHY STREETS AND THAT BOOK AND THAT WHAT, THAT HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT EXPENSE.

SO IT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD BE A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT TO HAVE JUST A STOCK OF THESE BARRICADES THAT COULD BE USED, SHARED AMONG THESE SORTS OF INSTALLATIONS.

SO THOSE ARE, I THINK THOSE PROBABLY WOULD BE PUBLIC EXPENSE SUPPLEMENTED OF COURSE, BUT TO WHATEVER EXTENT WE CAN WITH PRIVATE FUNDING.

BUT, UM, UM, BUT, BUT I THINK MOST OF THE, MOST OF THE WORK INEXPENSE WOULD BE, WOULD BE, WOULD BE PRIVATE, PRIVATELY SUPPORTED RATHER THAN PUBLICLY PUBLIC WAY.

SO I DON'T, I DON'T THINK THAT BEDROOM NUMBERS SHOULD BE THAT BIG.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT EVEN IF THERE WAS A STORM OR WINDS BLEW OVER THE BARRICADES, PEOPLE WERE OUT THERE PUTTING THEM BACK UP THEMSELVES TOO.

SO THERE WAS JUST A LOT OF SUPPORT IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

NOT THAT ALREADY.

THAT WAS GREAT TO SEE.

UM, I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS, CHRIS.

DANIEL.

YEAH.

SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE THIS PROJECT MOVE FORWARD COURSE.

AND, UM, I GET TO HEAR YOU TALK ABOUT IT.

A COUPLE OF THINGS, UM, IN GENERAL, ARE, ARE WE HOPING THAT THIS, UM, THERE, THESE, THESE STREET PROJECTS ARE OUR ELDEST RATES ARE GOING TO BE LIKE PILOT PROJECTS WHERE THEN THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD TO BECOMING PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS DOWN THE LINE AT AN ITEM THAT YOU'RE ASKING FOR IN THE RESOLUTION.

UM, CAUSE THAT'S KIND OF HOW I'VE ENVISIONED THIS.

IT'S LIKE WE GET, UM, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD BUY-IN AND THEN, YOU KNOW, ONCE PEOPLE SEE, HEY, THIS IS GREAT.

LET'S JUST MAKE THIS PERMANENT.

THEN WE CAN REALLY GET SOME, YOU KNOW, SOME CONFERENCE BOARD ON THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT THAT, THAT, UM, THAT TACKLE OR TACTICAL URBANISM BY DEFINITION IS AN ITERATIVE PROCESS WHERE WE REACH TIME.

WE, WE, WE LEARN EVERY TIME WE DO AN INSTALLATION LIKE THIS AND WE SEE WHAT IT CAN DO FOR PUBLIC SPACE.

AND FROM ALL OF THAT ITERATION, WE CAN, UM, UH, WE CAN DEVELOP A BODY OF KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL HELP US CREATE BETTER PUBLIC SPACES ACROSS THE CITY.

THIS, UH, UH, IN, UH, YOU KNOW, NEW YORK CITY IS KNOWN FOR HAVING MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON PUBLIC SPACES OVER THE PAST

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10 OR 15 YEARS.

AND IN EVERY CASE THAT WAS DONE WITH, UH, IT WAS THAT INITIALLY YOU HAD A, AN EXPERIMENTAL PILOT INSTALLATION AND THEN EVENTUALLY IT BECAME PERMANENT.

I THINK, UM, IN, IN AUSTIN WE HAVE A GREAT NEED FOR HAVING SLOWER TRAFFIC ON OUR STREETS.

UM, AND THE CITY IS TRYING VARIOUS THINGS TO ACHIEVE THAT.

UM, BUT THERE MAY BE, I DON'T THINK WE'VE QUITE LANDED ON THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR THAT, THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, THE LATEST THING IS, UM, SOME, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF SPEED HUMPS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, WHICH NOBODY'S REALLY THAT CRAZY ABOUT, WHEREAS IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO, TO, TO ACHIEVE THOSE SAME GOALS IN A WAY THAT ACTUALLY BEAUTIFIES US CREATE AND MAKES IT A MORE APPEALING PLACE.

UH, IN THAT I KNOW IN THE NORTHWEST THEY'VE, THEY'VE HAD BEEN USING A LOT OF, UH, PLANTED CHICANES WHERE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE, UM, UM, UH, BUMP LIKE AREAS IN THE STREET WHERE THE CURB BUMPS OUT AND YOU HAVE PLANTED THINGS ON THE STREET, YOU CAN USE LANDSCAPING AND ALL SORTS OF THINGS TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF CALMING THE TRAFFIC WHILE AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE, YOU'RE BEAUTIFYING THE STREET.

AND SO I THINK TO ME, THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT THIS WHOLE EFFORT IS THAT IT CAN POINT THE WAY TOWARDS THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR STREETS INTO WHAT THEY REALLY OUGHT TO BE.

THEY OUGHT TO BE WELCOMING, SAFE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER, ONE ANOTHER AND, UH, MOVE AROUND AND SAFELY AND, AND, AND, AND ENJOY THESE SPACES WITHOUT FEAR OF GETTING RUN OVER.

AND SO EVERYTHING WE DO EVERY TIME WE DO AN INSTALLATION LIKE THIS, IT POINTS TO HOW WE CAN DO BETTER AT MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION THAT WE WANT TO GO.

GOOD.

GOOD.

THAT'S YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

UM, AND THEN I HAD ONE OF THE, UM, QUESTIONS SLASH KIND OF SUGGESTION.

UM, IT'S KIND OF FROM AN EQUITY STANDPOINT ON WHAT IS SORT OF THE PLAN TO HELP THESE PROJECTS HAPPEN IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT AREN'T HYDE PARK, FRANKLY, THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE DON'T HAVE THE, UH, PRIVATE FUNDING JUST AMONG THE NEIGHBORS TO, UM, GET, YOU KNOW, GET THAT OUT THERE OR GET INTERESTED IN THOSE PLACES.

UM, AND IF I MIGHT OFFER A SUGGESTION, MAYBE THERE'S LIKE A GRANT PROGRAM WHERE, UM, YOU KNOW, CERTAIN, UH, CERTAIN AREAS ARE, ARE, UM, ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING FOR THE, FOR THESE TYPES OF SOLUTIONS WHERE THEY COULD APPLY AND POTENTIALLY GET FUNDING FROM THE CITY OR ELSEWHERE.

I KNOW THAT OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT AS DEPENDENT ON BUDGET, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

YEAH, IT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

CITI IS CONTINUING ITS OWN PROGRAM OF HEALTH, THESE PERIODS.

AND I THINK THAT THIS NEXT STAGE OF THAT THE CITY LAND HEALTHY STREETS PROGRAM IS GOING TO MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO REACH OUT TO COMMUNITIES THAT MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE ACCESSING THIS SORT OF PROGRAM.

UM, AND SO THAT, THAT PROGRAM, AS I UNDERSTAND IT IS GONNA HAVE A REAL EMPHASIS ON EQUITY AND WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO DO HAVE A, HAVE A SIMILAR EMPHASIS ON EQUITY WITH THIS SORT OF PROGRAM.

MY SENSE IS THAT, THAT, UM, A LOT OF THAT IS GOING TO ENTAIL DOCUMENTING THE, THE, THE INSTANCES THAT, THAT DO HAPPEN AND THEN SHARING IMAGES ELSEWHERE TO SEE WHAT RESONATES, UM, I THINK, UH, THE WHOLE IDEA OF, UM, BLOCK PARTIES COULD BE HUGELY VALUABLE, ESPECIALLY IN SOME AREAS THAT ARE, SAY AN AREA THAT'S GENTRIFYING.

WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMUNITY THAT'S FEELING THREATENED OR AT RISK OF DISPLACEMENT AND BLOCK PARTY COULD BE A GREAT WAY FOR PEOPLE TO DEVELOP STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR NEIGHBORS, UM, AND TO, UH, TO TALK THROUGH ISSUES.

AND, UM, AND, AND TO JUST BUILD THOSE COMMUNITY BONDS THAT OTHERWISE MIGHT SEEM AT RISK.

AND SO THERE, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR IT, AND WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS RIGHT NOW, BUT IT ABSOLUTELY IS AN ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO, UH, AND TH THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS AS, AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

UM, WE HAVE, WE DID TRY TO ADDRESS IT IN THE LANGUAGE, ACTUALLY, BOTH THE BAC AND THE PAC TRIED TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR ENGAGEMENT AS PART OF THIS PROGRAM.

UM, AND I'M GLAD YOU RAISED IT HERE BECAUSE WE, WE ALWAYS NEED TO BE MINDFUL THAT THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON.

UH, I DO APOLOGIZE, DO HATE TO INTERRUPT, BUT I, UH, WE WILL NEED TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM AND WE DO HAVE OTHER PRESENTERS, AND I'M SURE THEY'RE EAGER TO PRESENT THEIR ITEMS AS WELL.

AND SO IF IT'S OKAY WITH SUSAN, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO ITEM TWO, UM, UNTIL ABOUT FOUR 10, AND THEN GIVE ABOUT 10 MINUTES DISCUSSION FOR THAT.

AND IF UTC WANTED TO PASS A MOTION, UH, PERHAPS WE COULD DO THAT AFTER THE LAST PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

THAT'S FINE.

UM, DOES ANYONE HAVE A MOTION OR A RECOMMENDATION DRAFTED FOR THIS ITEM? I JUST WAS

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KIND OF CURIOUS ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE

[2.B. Project Connect Update: Discussion and Possible Action Presenters: Conte Liane and Annick Beaudet]

ON THEN TO, UM, ITEM TWO B, WHICH IS, IS THAT THE ONE THAT YOU'RE HIGHLIGHTING CHRISTOPHER, THAT WE WANT TO MOVE TO NEXT? THE PROJECT CONNECT UPDATE? YES, MA'AM.

AND WE'LL MOVE TO THAT UNTIL ABOUT FOUR 10.

OKAY.

AND WE CAN COME BACK.

UM, I'LL ASK AT THE END OF THE OTHER ITEMS, IF, IF SOMEONE DOES HAVE SOMETHING THEY WANT TO BRING FORWARD A MOTION FOR ITEM TWO WAY, UM, WE CAN BRING THAT BACK FORWARD AT THAT TIME.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE OUR PRESENTERS HERE.

I THINK WE HAVE A NIQUE AND LEANN IS THAT, HI, THIS IS LEANNE CONTI WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN PROJECT CONNECT OFFICE.

UM, I'M ALSO JOINED BY JACOB CALCINE WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

UM, AND SO I'LL BE TAKING LEAD ON THE PRESENTATION TODAY AS, UM, YOU ALL MAY KNOW THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IS CURRENTLY HAVING THEIR BOARD MEETING FOR THE MONTH.

SO MOST OF THEIR STAFF ARE TIED UP, UM, AT THAT MEETING.

UM, BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU THIS UPDATE AND, UM, JACOB CAN HELP ME ANSWER ANY OF THOSE, UM, YOU KNOW, SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU ALL MIGHT HAVE ABOUT, UH, THE NEPA PROCESS OR ANY OF THE KIND OF LIKE TECHNICAL COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM.

UM, BUT I, WOULD IT BE BEST IF I SHARED MY SCREEN, UM, FOR THAT IDEAL, I CAN DO THAT.

I DON'T THINK I HAVE THE CAPABILITY AT THE MOMENT, BUT LIKE FLOATING.

OH, PERFECT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, SO AGAIN, YES.

UM, I'M WITH THE CITY'S PROJECT CONNECTS OFFICE.

SO THIS IS THE NEW OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGERS CREATED TO HELP, UH, IMPLEMENT PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, SO WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND CAPITAL METRO STAFF.

UM, WE'RE ACTUALLY CO LOCATED I'M, I'M IN, I'M IN THE OFFICE HERE, UM, AT, UH, AT, UM, AT THE OFFICES SO THAT WE ARE, UM, WORKING IN CLOSE COLLABORATION.

SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE I'LL GIVE SOME, SOME RECENT UPDATES, UM, WHICH, UH, I'LL JUST READ THROUGH HERE ARE, UM, THE, UM, ATP RECEIVED, RIGHT? I BELIEVE IT WAS CAPITAL METRO RECEIVED, UM, A $2.8 MILLION GRANT FROM THE FTA FOR 40 FOOT ELECTRIC BUSES, UM, AND SOME TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

SO THAT'S AN EXCITING UPDATE.

UM, WE ALSO ARE WORKING TOWARD THE, UM, THE MCAULIFFE STATION AT THE Q2 STADIUMS. SO CAPITAL METRO AND THE AUSTIN, UM, FC HAVE APPROVED A FUNDING PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR THAT STATION.

AND WE ARE WORKING ON THE DESIGN.

UM, NOW, UM, ALSO CAPITAL METRO HAS LAUNCHED ITS NINTH PICKUP ZONE IN, UM, NORTH DESKTOP IN JUNE.

AND THERE ARE MORE ZONES, UH, THAT WE'LL BE LAUNCHING WELL, ONE NEXT WEEK, JULY 27TH, AND SOUNDS MEN SHAKA AND NORTH OAK HILL, UM, COMING THIS FALL.

SO THAT'S, UM, A GREAT PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN EXPANDING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND, UM, WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON, I THINK THE THING THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO PROJECT CONNECT IS THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE LINES, UM, WITH COMPLETED THE 15% DESIGN DRAWINGS FOR THE LINES AND, UM, LETTERS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO FTA REQUESTING ENTRY INTO THE NEW START CAPITAL GRANTS PROGRAM.

AND THEN, UM, ALSO, UH, 36 MILLION IN FTA, SMALL STARTUP GRANT FUNDING WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT, UM, PRESIDENT BIDEN'S FYI 22 BUDGET, UH, FOR THE METRO RAPID PLEASANT VALLEY AND EXPO LINE, WHICH IS IN ANOTHER EXCITING, UM, UM, EVOLUTION.

SO, UM, GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UH, THIS IS ONE THAT I THINK YOU ALL HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES BEFORE, BUT IT'S A GOOD ORIENTATION FOR EVERYONE, UM, OF THE PROJECT CONNECTS PROGRAM COMPONENTS, WHICH INCLUDES THE, YOU'LL SEE ON THE MAP ON THE RIGHT, THE SYSTEM PLAN THAT WAS ADOPTED AND THE INITIAL INVESTMENT THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING PER THE APPROVAL OF THE VOTERS IN NOVEMBER.

AND THAT INCLUDES THE ORANGE AND BLUE LIGHT RAIL LINES, UH, THE GOLD LINE, WHICH IS GOING TO BE A METRO RAPID LINE IN THIS INITIAL INVESTMENT, BUT WE ARE COMPLETING THE NEPA PROCESS, UM, FOR THE LIGHT RAIL LINE.

SO THAT WILL GO THROUGH NEPA, UM, THE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL, WHICH, UM, YOU MIGHT'VE SEEN IN THE NEWS LAST WEEK, THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT, UM, ABOUT THAT TUNNEL AND THEN THOSE, UM, METRO RAPID LINES.

I MENTIONED GREEN LINE, UM, DESIGN, UH, PLANNING, AND THEN, UM, SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RED LINE, AS WELL AS METRO EXPRESS PARK AND RIDE NEW TRANSIT CENTERS, THE DOWN THE NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS.

SO THOSE ARE THOSE PICKUP ZONES, UM, AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FACILITIES AND SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT THE OVERALL NETWORK.

AND THEN ALSO

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VERY IMPORTANTLY INCLUDED THE 300 MILLION OF THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS, UM, TO SUPPORT, UH, FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN AND WORKING NEAR TRANSIT.

SO, UM, MOVING TOWARDS THE NEXT SLIDE WE'VE AS THE, IS THE PROGRAM SEQUENCE PLAN AND OTHER SIDE THAT YOU'VE SEEN A LOT.

AND I THINK YOU WILL CONTINUE TO SEE ON SLIDE FOUR, UM, THE TIMELINES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH, UH, THESE PROJECTS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S VERY CLEAR TO THE COMMUNITY THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS ALL GOING TO HAPPEN OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS.

AND SO WE'LL BE IN CERTAIN, CERTAIN PARTS OF THE PROCESS OVER, UM, A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE PRELIMINARY, UM, AND NEPA PHASES.

UH, AND WHILE, WHILE YOU MAY NOT SEE CONSTRUCTION RIGHT AWAY ON, UM, THE LIGHT RAIL LINES, THOSE METRO RAPID LINES WILL BE STARTING TO GO INTO CONSTRUCTION EVEN LATER THIS YEAR.

SO THOSE MIGHT BE THE FIRST THING THAT, UM, THAT ARE BREAKING GROUND AND ALSO, UM, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RED LINE.

SO LOTS WILL BE GOING ON OVER, OVER THE NEXT 10 PLUS YEARS IN DELIVERING THE INITIAL INVESTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A, A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT THE TIMELINE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE LINE PROJECTS.

UM, AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER SCOPING MEETINGS WERE COMPLETED IN JANUARY.

UM, AND NOW WE'RE IN THE DRAFTS.

UM, E I S CASA.

UM, MY APOLOGIES, MY SCREEN IS SOMETHING AROUND HERE.

UM, UH, AND, AND WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON EVERYTHING WE'LL BE GOING INTO THAT DRAFT EIS, WHICH WE'LL BE ANTICIPATING COMPLETING IN THE SPRING OF 2022.

SO GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS DIVES IN MORE SPECIFICALLY ON WHAT IS HAPPENING DURING THIS, UM, DURING THIS PERIOD OF, OF THE NEPA AND E I S N EIF IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, UM, PROCESS.

AND SO, UM, AGAIN COMPLETED THE 15% DESIGN AND WE'VE REQUESTED ENTRY INTO, UM, ATP HAS REQUESTED ENTRY INTO THE FTA PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

WE'RE CURRENTLY AWAITING RESPONSE FROM THE, FROM THE FTA, BUT IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE BLOWING US OFF.

WE'RE IN THE WE'RE IN THEIR 45 DAY WINDOW OF RESPONSE.

SO IT'S TOTALLY NORMAL THAT WE HAVEN'T HEARD BACK.

UH, AND WE ANTICIPATE BEING APPROVED TO MOVE THROUGH THAT PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

UM, AND ATP IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH ALL OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS, OUR UTILITIES, UM, TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TOWARDS THAT 30% DESIGN, UM, TO, TO BE ACHIEVED NEXT, UM, BRING, UM, SUMMER AND THEN HOPING TO GET TO A FINAL EIS AND THAT FTA, UM, RECORD OF DECISION IN THE, IN LATE 20, 22.

SO THAT'LL BE A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE.

UM, MOVING TO THE NEXT SLIDE SPECIFICALLY TO THE METRO RAPID LINES OF FIRST TO EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY, COMPLETED 30% DESIGN AND RECEIVED, UM, AS A CATEGORY AT A GORUCK SKULL EXCLUSION, SAY THAT A FEW TIMES FAST, UM, FROM THE FTA FOR THOSE PROJECTS, UM, AND CONSTRUCTION ISN'T DISSIPATED TO BEGIN, UH, LATER THIS YEAR.

NOW THOSE ARE THE KIND OF BIG, UM, PROJECT DESIGN, UM, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, PROJECT SPECIFIC UPDATES.

NOW I HAVE KIND OF A POLICY UPDATE IF WE'RE GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE THREE AGENCIES, THE CITY CAPITOL METRO AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ARE WORKING ON IS A JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, AND THIS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT IS GRANT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE IS GOING TO, UM, THE REALLY DEFINE WHAT THE, UM, THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE OF THE THREE AGENCIES IN DELIVERING PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WAS CALLED FOR, YOU KNOW, UM, BY, BY THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS, YOU KNOW, CAPITOL METRO AND THE CITY CREATED THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION.

UM, AND SO AS AN INDEPENDENT BODY, WE, WE NEED TO, UH, ESTABLISH, UM, WHO'S DOING WHAT AND WHAT OUR ROLES ARE IN, IN DELIVERY OVER THE NEXT NUMBER OF YEARS.

SO NEXT SLIDE, GETTING INTO SHOWING A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ABOUT, ABOUT THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES.

YOU KNOW, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, WE'LL BE DELIVERING THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINES, THE TUNNEL, UM, BOTH OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NEW TO THE TRANSIT SYSTEM IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND THEN CAPITAL METRO IS TAKING THE LEAD ON, UM, THE METRO RAPID EXPANSIONS, THE METRO EXPRESS EXPANSION, REALLY THE EXPANSIONS OF OUR EXISTING SYSTEM.

UM, AND THEN THE CITY IS WORKING TO SUPPORT ALL OF THIS, UM, WORK WITH MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE MOVING UTILITIES AS NEEDED,

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UM, GETTING THROUGH PERMITTING PROCESSES, WORKING OUT RIGHT OF WAY ISSUES.

AND THEN AGAIN, THOSE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS, UM, AS PART OF THE 300 MILLION.

SO IT'S, IT'S A PROGRAM, UM, DELIVERY OF, OF ALL ENTITIES WORKING IN CONCERT.

SO THE CONTRACT OF THE VOTERS CALLED FOR ATP TO WORK WITH THE CITY AND CAPITAL METRO TO EXECUTE A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT TO, UM, DELINEATE THOSE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

SO GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE, HERE'S SOME CONTENT THAT WE ANTICIPATE TO BE INCLUDED THAT THE CONTRACTOR WAS, THE VOTERS CALLED OUT SOME THINGS.

UM, AND THEN WE PUT A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILED TO THAT WHAT'S THE ITEMS THAT NEEDED TO BE INCLUDED.

SO, UM, WE'LL BE INCORPORATING ASK DIRECTIONS ON INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENTS OR REFERENCING THOSE AGREEMENTS.

UM, AND THEN, UM, COVERING, UH, TOPICS SUCH AS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WHERE, UM, THE, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL BE DEFINED.

UM, WE'LL BE INCLUDING GUIDANCE FOR, FOR THE AGENCIES ON COMMUNITY AND ENGAGEMENT.

UM, THERE WILL BE LOTS ON DESIGN PERMITTING, UTILITIES, CONSTRUCTION.

I THINK THAT WILL BE ULTIMATELY THE BULK OF THE DOCUMENT.

UH, THERE'S A LOT OF DETAIL THERE ABOUT HOW, UM, HOW WE WILL BE GOING THROUGH THOSE PROCESSES AND ANY CHANGES TO WHAT WAS THE STANDARD, UM, THAT THE CITY WOULD, WOULD GO THROUGH FOR A CYP PROJECT.

UM, THE WORKFORCE ITEMS WERE INCLUDED WITH DIRECTION AND THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS, UM, FINANCE BUDGET AND PROCUREMENT.

SO OVER OVERVIEWING, THE FINANCIAL MODEL, HOW WE ARE, UM, GOING TO UPDATE THE SYSTEM AND SEQUENCING PLANS IT'S NEEDED, UM, AS WE DELIVER THE PROGRAM, WHAT ARE THE AUDIT PROCESSES, UM, AND THE ATPS DBE PROGRAM, UM, REAL ESTATE.

SO HOW ARE WE, UH, HOW IS ATP AND CAPITAL METRO ACQUIRING OR SELLING PROPERTY? UM, WHAT ABOUT THE CITY CITY OWNED PROPERTIES SUCH AS PARKLAND OR RIGHT OF WAY, UM, AND THEN INTERACTING WITH, UH, PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABILITY, SO DEVELOPING SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM, UM, SAFETY SPECIFICALLY, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, TESTING AND TRAINING AND A SAFETY PROGRAM OVERSIGHT CERTIFICATION, BUT, UM, I'M SURE JACOB CONDUCTS MORE, MORE ABOUT, I'M NOT THAT FAMILIAR WITH IT AT THIS POINT AND THEN, UM, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, SO THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF THE TRANSIT SYSTEM ITSELF, BUT THEN ALSO, HOW DO THE UTILITIES, UM, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, OTHER DEPARTMENTS, CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT WORK IN THE RIGHT OF WAY IN OR NEAR, UM, THE TRANSIT SYSTEM, HOW WILL WE KIND OF LIKE THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, UM, FOR, FOR, UM, DOING ALL THE WORK THAT, THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, UM, EITHER IN MAINTENANCE OR IMPROVEMENTS.

SO THAT IS THE OVERVIEW OF THE JOINT POWERS, AND WE ARE CALLING IT THE JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BECAUSE, UM, THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT IS.

IT IS A PARTNERSHIP.

UM, SO, SO THAT'S WHAT WE WE'VE BEEN SAYING WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE APA, UH, THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE, THE STEPS IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS TO GET TO THE, TO THE, UM, THE JPA THIS YEAR.

SO, UM, WE, THIS SUMMER WE'VE BEEN DRAFTING, UM, CONCURRENTLY TO ARE WORKING TOGETHER REALLY THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRICS TO HAVE ON THOSE VARIOUS SECTIONS.

WE'LL BE, UM, TAKING THOSE TOPICS TO POLICYMAKERS AND HAVING STAKEHOLDER BRIEFINGS, UM, IN SEPTEMBER AND DOING COMMUNITY EDUCATION ABOUT WHAT THE, WHAT THE JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT IS AND IS NOT, I THINK THERE'S MAYBE SOME, UM, YOU KNOW, SOME INTEREST IN IT.

UM, BUT IT, BUT MAYBE BETTER, BETTER DIRECTED AT, UM, AT OTHER PARTS OF THE PROCESS.

AND IF WE WANT TO CLEARLY DEFINE WHAT THE DOCUMENT IS, UM, WORKING TOWARD AN OCTOBER 4TH COUNCIL WORK SESSION, UM, WHERE, WELL, NOT JUST CITY COUNCIL, EXCUSE ME, AT ACP CAPITOL MATTER AND CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

SO WE TRY PARTY WORK SESSION, UM, AND THEN A MEETING TO APPROVE THE JPA WOULD BE PLANNED FOR, UM, THE END OF OCTOBER FOR OCTOBER 29TH.

SO THAT GETS US TO AT LEAST THIS VERY, UM, YOU KNOW, INITIAL, UH, G DAY PA I THINK THAT ALL, ALL THREE AGENCIES AGREE THAT THERE'S, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW YET, SO IT'S HARD TO MAKE AN AGREEMENT FOR THOSE THINGS.

UM, AND SO WE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THERE WOULD BE FUTURE AMENDMENTS TO THE, TO THE JPA, UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I WANT TO JUST TOUCH ON SOME IMPORTANT UPCOMING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT, UM, YOU

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ARE LIKELY AWARE OF, BUT WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU AND YOUR, UM, YOUR AUDIENCE, UM, ON SLIDE, THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS UPCOMING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS THAT ARE STARTING NEXT WEEK.

SO, UM, JULY 27TH, THE FIRST, UH, VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE TAKING PLACE.

UM, AND THEN OVER THE NEXT, I GUESS IT'S TWO WEEKS, THERE'LL BE, UM, SIX MEETINGS, TWO ON THE BLUE LINE AND FOUR ON THE ORANGE LINE, UM, THAT WE'LL HAVE A BREAKOUT GROUP FOR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE LINES TO DISCUSS THE 15 PRESENT DESIGN.

SO YOU CAN GET REALLY GET MORE INTO THE DETAILS OF THOSE SPECIFIC STATION LOCATIONS, UM, AND ALIGNMENTS.

UM, SO THOSE WILL BE REALLY EXCITING MEETINGS.

AND, UM, THERE'S ALSO AN ONLINE, UM, IF YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO MAKE ONE OF THOSE TIMES@PROJECTCONNECT.COM, YOU CAN GO THROUGH A SELF GUIDED MEETING, UM, FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, END OF JULY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST.

UM, AND YOU CAN ALSO REGISTER FOR THOSE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS@PROJECTCONNECT.COM.

YOU GO TO THE GET INVOLVED TAB.

UM, YOU CAN FIND THE LINKS TO REGISTER FOR ALL OF THESE MEETINGS.

UH, I DO HAVE ONE HERE, A BULLET FOR AN OPEN HOUSE MEETING ON JULY 31ST.

HOWEVER, I WAS INFORMED JUST BEFORE I GOT ON THIS CALL THAT, UM, THAT MEETING IS GOING TO BE CANCELED, UM, DUE TO THE UPTAKE IN, UM, COVID CASES THAT WE ARE SEEING, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY SO THAT, UM, IN-PERSON OPPORTUNITY WILL BE, UM, WILL BE CANCELED.

SO WE WILL BE STAYING ONLINE FOR THE TIME BEING, BUT I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO CHECK OUT AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS, UM, IN THE NEXT WEEK.

UM, AND THEN THE NEXT SLIDE IS SOME PREVIEW OF ENGAGEMENT THAT WILL BE COMING IN THE FALL.

UM, SO THE METRO RAPID GOLD LINE AND THE DOMAIN AND SOUTH FROM OUR ROUTES, WE'LL BE DOING COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON STATION DESIGN, UM, IN THE FALL, AND THEN ALSO A NEW PICKUP ZONE FOR SOUTH AUSTIN.

WE'LL BE DOING ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL AS WELL AS, UM, NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH ON THE NEW METRO RAIL STATIONS, UM, FOR RED LINES.

SO, UH, LAST SIDE JUST LEAVES SOME, I CAN BE HERE, UH, RENDERING OF, UM, UH, POSSIBLE WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE AT THE AIRPORT TO HAVE A BLUE LINE, UM, STATION WHERE YOU COULD ACCESS, UM, ACCESS TO THE TERMINALS, UH, RIGHT OFF OF, UM, RIGHT OFF OF THE TRAIN.

SO THAT WOULD BE A REALLY EXCITING FUTURE THAT I THINK WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO.

UM, AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE.

I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS AND I WILL, UM, ALSO, UH, DIRECT ANY OF THE JACOBS IF I, UM, IF I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, ANY QUESTIONS FOR LEANNE AND JACOB? WELL, WE'LL COMMENT ON MY SIDE.

IT IS STILL A FACT THAT WHEN ALL PROJECTS ARE COMPLETE OR PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO RIDE THE BUS EVERY DAY AND ALL THE LIGHT RAIL LINES.

AND IF WONDERING IF ALL THE ATTENTION BEING PAID TO THE FANCY LIGHT RAIL, HOPE, I BELIEVE THERE WAS SOMEBODY AT HOME WITH LOOKING AFTER THE BUSES.

THAT IS TRUE.

YEAH, JACOB, YOU CAN SPEAK TO THAT, BUT THE UNDERLYING BUS ROUTES YET THERE IS PLANNING GOING ON FOR, UM, FOR THOSE UNDERLYING ROUTES AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO INTEGRATE WITH THE NEW NEW SERVICES.

I THINK OF ANNUALLY, WE WILL SEE THIS AS A SYSTEM, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

IT'S NOT JUST A COLLECTION OF PROJECTS.

THIS IS REALLY BUILDING OUT A SYSTEM, UH, INTO THE OVERALL AUSTIN AREA.

AND CERTAINLY WITH THE AMOUNT OF BUS ROUTES THAT, UH, CAP METRO IS RUNNING RIGHT NOW AND TYING IN ALL THE ADDITIONAL METRO RAPID AND METRO EXPRESS AND OTHER VARIOUS SERVICES THAT WE'LL BE PROVIDING, UM, THE AMOUNT OF COVERAGE WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AND KIND OF THE FREQUENCY AND SERVICE LEVEL OF SERVICE WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED IN THE FUTURE.

ACTUALLY, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE METRO RAPID.

SO, UM, I ACTUALLY, AS CLOSE AS I FEEL LIKE I'VE PAID ATTENTION TO THIS PROCESS, I ACTUALLY WASN'T REALLY, OH, I I'VE PROBABLY BEEN IN MEETINGS WHERE IT'S BEEN SAID, BUT, UM, IT'S REALLY EXCITING TO HEAR THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO CONSTRUCTION OVER THE WINTER ON SOME OF THESE OTHER FIRST TWO METRO RAPID LINES.

THAT'S REALLY EXCITING, BUT, UM, I THINK THIS KIND OF ELABORATES ON, UM, WHAT RUBEN RUBEN COMMENTED OR QUESTIONED AS WELL.

BUT ONE OF MY QUESTIONS WAS, UM, WITH THE METRO LAP RAPID LINE SPECIFICALLY, OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF, UM, YOU KNOW, UM, UH, WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE

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GOOD, BUT THEY DON'T MEET YET MEET THE STANDARDS OF LIKE, UH, YOU KNOW, BRT GOLD STANDARDS, CERTAINLY NOT, AND MAYBE NOT EVEN SOME OF THE OTHER STANDARDS FOR VRT.

UM, SO I GUESS MY QUESTION IS WITH THE METRO RAPIDS, AS YOU KNOW, OVER THE NEXT 10 AND 10 YEARS IN THE PROJECT CONNECT PERIOD, PEOPLE REALLY STARTING TO UNDERSTAND A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR CLIMATE IN OUR WORLD.

AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE MORE AND MORE OPEN TO REBUILDING OUR STREETS.

AND SOME OF THE WAYS THAT, YOU KNOW, CHRIS RILEY WAS ALSO DISCUSSING.

SO I WAS THINKING TOO, UM, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE Y'ALL LOOKING FOR AND HOW ARE YOU LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IS FOR THESE BUS LINES THAT ARE GETTING FUNDED THROUGH PROJECT CONNECT, TO BE UPGRADED AT EVERY POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY, AND TO LOOK AT THOSE PARTNERING OPPORTUNITIES, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES, UH, POLITICAL OPPORTUNITIES WHERE WE CAN TAKE THEM AND AN INCH THEM TOWARDS MORE OF A TRUE BRT STANDARD.

COULD YOU SPEAK TO THAT AND HOW THE TEAM IS LOOKING AT THAT AND WORKING WITH THAT SURE THING.

UM, SO OF COURSE WE'RE TRYING TO BUILD A BEST MATCH RAPID SYSTEMS AND EVERYTHING WE CAN, UH, CERTAINLY THESE PROJECTS RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE DESIGNED IN A WAY THAT'S VERY SIMILAR TO OUR EXISTING 8 0 1 803 SERVICES, BUT THERE'S DEFINITELY OPPORTUNITIES.

WE'LL BE LOOKING AT KIND OF EITHER PRIORITY TREATMENTS OR EVEN LOOKING AT POTENTIAL FOR FULLY DEDICATED, UH, LANES OR TREATMENTS FOR THE BUSES.

SO WE'RE DEFINITELY KEEPING AN EYE ON DEFINITELY KEEPING AN EYE ON THOSE CERTAIN AREAS WILL BE MORE RIGHT FOR THAT TYPE OF TREATMENT THAN OTHERS, SPECIFICALLY KIND OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

UM, BUT ANY WAY WE CAN TRY AND IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE FOR THESE, UH, METRO RAPIDS, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK TO TRY AND MAXIMIZE THAT POTENTIAL TO GET MORE BENEFITS TO THE RIDERS.

AND, AND THAT'S RIGHT, JACOB IN THE CITY, UM, YOU KNOW, THE OFTEN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS A TRANSIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM THAT IS, UH, A COLLABORATION WITH CAPITAL METRO AND THEY ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT THOSE, UM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF THOUGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR, UM, ENHANCEMENTS TO, TO SERVICE, UM, AND EFFICIENCY.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF THOSE PROJECTS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND, AND THOSE WILL BE CONTINUING AS WE, UM, WORK ON AND DEVELOP THOSE LONGER TERM PROJECTS.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I THINK YOU GUYS ARE JUST SO INFORMED, THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION OF THIS, UM, THIS PROGRAM AND, UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORKING WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT MANY YEARS.

YES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND PLEASE INFORM EVERYBODY ABOUT OUR UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS, JUST TO MAKE SURE WE GET LOTS OF COMMUNITY INPUT INTO THAT.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK, UM, I GUESS I DIDN'T ASK IF THERE WAS A MOTION THIS WAS POSTED FOR ACTION.

IF ANYONE, UH, ON ANY COMMISSIONER DID HAVE A POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION OR ACTION, LET US KNOW.

UM, BUT IF NOT, THEN WE

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WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM TWO C, WHICH IS THE CTRL UPDATE, UH,