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WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD MEETING.

THE TIME IS TWO, A SEVEN, AND I LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER WELCOME EVERYONE.

UM, NOW THAT WE'RE HERE IN PERSON, I LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU ANY ONE OF YOU WHO WANTS TO WEAR YOUR MASK TO PLEASE DO SO WE HAVE JUST NOW MOVED TO STATE, UM, OF THE PANDEMIC.

WE, UM, WE'RE GRATEFUL THAT YOU'RE HERE IN PERSON.

SO PLEASE USE PRECAUTIOUS AS YOU SEE FIT THE, UM, WE HAVE A BIT OF TECHNICAL, UH, LOGISTICS TO ADDRESS AS WE HAVE ONE OF OUR, UH, BOARD MEMBERS EX-OFFICIAL MEMBER, GINA WILL BE JOINING US REMOTELY.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO GET ALL OF OUR DEVICES TO COORDINATE WITH HER.

SO BEAR WITH US AS WE DEAL WITH THIS NEW ERA OF, OF TECHNOLOGY AND, AND PANDEMIC AND IN PERSON AND DOING THE BEST WE CAN.

SO THANK YOU EVERYONE.

UM, AT OUR LAST BOARD MEETING, WE HAD SOMEONE ADDRESS THE BOARD REGARDING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.

SO I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT IF YOU DO NEED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SIGN LANGUAGE, PLEASE LET CHLOE KNOW HER EMAIL IS POSTED ON THE AGENDA AND SHE WILL MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD IN SIGN LANGUAGE.

WE WILL HAVE AN INTERPRETER, BUT WE NEED 24 HOUR NOTICE.

SO PLEASE DO SO.

UM, AND JUST A REMINDER THAT OUR MEETINGS ARE CLOSE CAPTIONED.

AND SO WE'RE TRYING OUR BEST TO NOT ONLY FOLLOW, UH, THE FEDERAL LAW, BUT ALSO BEST PRACTICES AS WE ADAPT TO NEW TOOLS THAT WE HAVE AT OUR DISPOSAL.

UM, SO TODAY FOR CUB FOR PUBLIC COMMENT,

[I. Public Comment (please see instructions at the bottom to participate)]

WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, MS. SYNOVIA, JOSEPH, IF YOU ARE HERE WITH US TODAY, WOULD YOU PLEASE, UH, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, UM, AS AN OVERVIEW, JOSEPH, IT'S SILENT ON MY END.

SO I APOLOGIZE IF THERE'S A DELAY.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE COMMENTS SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE ORANGE LINE IN YOUR BOARD PACKET ON PAGE NINE OF 1 21.

WHEN YOU GET YOUR UPDATE, IT'S THE DISCUSSION ITEMS ITEM, AS IT RELATES TO PROJECT CONNECT.

I JUST WANTED TO STATE MY CONCERNS AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE INCLUSION OF NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

I JUST WANT TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT ON DECEMBER 17TH, 2018, THE LONGTERM VISION PLAN FOR PROJECT CONNECT EXCLUDED NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

THE FIRST THOUGHT WAS SOUTH OF US, 180 3 AT WEST ANDERSON AND NARCAN LAMAR.

I ALSO WANT TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT ON JULY 27TH, 2020, WHEN THERE WAS A CHANGE IN THE COST FROM $10 BILLION TO $7 BILLION, THE ORANGE LINE REMAINED THE SAME 2.5 BILLION FOR THE ORANGE LINE.

THE ORANGE LINE EXTENSION IS 24 TO 30 YEARS NORTH OF US, 180 3 IN TECH STOCKS RIGHT AWAY.

AND THAT'S IN THE MARCH 9TH, 2020 BOARD PACKET ON PAGE 29.

AND SO MADAM CHAIR, I KNOW THAT THAT ONE MARCH 17TH, 2021, DURING YOUR THIRD AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP MEETING, YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WANTED TO LEARN THROUGH THESE MEETINGS AND YOU TALKED ABOUT BEING REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE TUNNEL, AND YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EXCAVATION AND MOTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS.

I WOULD JUST ASK YOU WHEN YOU GET TO THE DISCUSSION ITEM TO PLEASE BE TRANSPARENT AND TO GET MR. MULLEN TO ACTUALLY EXPLAIN WHAT HAS CHANGED AS IT RELATES TO THE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL.

AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, HOUSE BILL 3 8, 9, 3, FAILED TO PASS.

AND IN PART I WANT TO THANK KUT TRANSPORTATION REPORTER NATHAN BERNIER FOR INCLUDING MY COMMENTS, AS IT RELATED TO TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN.

AND I THINK THE MEMBERS WHO WERE THE TEXAS SENATORS, WHO LISTENED TO ME WHEN I EXPLAINED TITLE SIX, HOWEVER, THE STORIES THAT HAVE COME OUT JULY 14TH, 2021, AS IT RELATES TO THE TUNNEL, UH, THERE'S A KSA INSTALLER THAT ACTUALLY SAYS THAT IT WASN'T FEASIBLE.

AND SO I WOULD JUST ASK THE REPORTERS TO BE ACCURATE IN THEIR REPORTING.

THAT'S BIASED.

AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO NATHAN

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BURNEY.

AND THERE WAS ALSO A JUNE, UH, JULY 14TH, 2021 ARTICLE BY COMMUNITY IMPACT THAT BOTH RECOGNIZED HOUSE BILL 3 8, 9, 3 FAILED, BUT IN THE UPDATES FROM CAPITOL METRO, JUST THIS PAST MONDAY, THEY'VE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED ANY CHANGES.

AND SO IT'S LIKE LISTENING TO TWO DIFFERENT SCENARIOS.

THERE'S THE ONE IN THE MEDIA.

THERE'S THE ONE THAT'S BEFORE THE BOARD.

AND THEN THERE'S WHAT CAPITAL METRO SIS, I GUESS THAT'S THREE DIFFERENT STORIES, BUT I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO GET THE NARRATIVE, RIGHT.

AND SO LOOK AT THE HISTORY I CAN'T HEAR.

AND SO I'M JUST GOING TO CLOSE BY SAYING THE ONLY THING THAT CHANGED IS ENHANCED METRO RAPIDS NORTH OF US, 180 3.

AND I WOULD JUST TELL YOU THAT THERE'S A JANUARY, 2018, UH, CAMPO, UH, APPLICATION THAT SHOWS THAT ENHANCED METRO RAPID STARTS AT METRO RAIL CRESTVIEW AS WELL.

AND SO PLEASE STOP THE FALSE NARRATIVE ABOUT NORTH MEMORIAL TRANSIT CENTER BECAUSE THE MINORITIES ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE A RAIL FOR 24 TO 30 YEARS.

I THANK YOU FOR A LONG THEY'RE MAKING A COMMENT.

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

AND WE'LL JUST ASK YOU TO UPDATE THE BOARD AS IT RELATED TO THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND THE DEAF COMMUNITY.

UM, YOU SAID YOU'D GET AN UPDATE THIS MEETING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. JOSEPH.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK NO MORE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO, UM, OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT.

UM, RANDY CLARK.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

APPRECIATE IT.

AND THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

AND WE, IT LOOKS LIKE WE GOT A GOOD CROWD, UH, ATTENDING, SO THAT'S GREAT.

GREAT FOR SO MUCH INTEREST IN, UH, THE, THE PROGRAM AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANT TO START OFF WITH.

ONE IS RELATED TO OUR KIND OF THIS, THE FEDERAL PART OF THE PROGRAM.

AND SO WE SHOULD HAVE A SLIDE.

THERE WE GO.

THANKS ONE MORE.

THERE WE GO.

THANK YOU.

SO JUST TO HIGHLIGHT, UH, HOW WE'RE, HOW WE'RE MOVING THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

AND I KNOW DAVE COUCHES HAS UPDATED THE BOARD, UH, AND, AND HE'LL TALK ABOUT THROUGH THE TECHNICAL UPDATE, BUT I WANT TO PUT A LITTLE FINER POINT ON HOW WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

SO, UH, FROM TIME TO TIME, YOU MAY SEE COMMENTS PUBLICLY OR EVEN ARTICLES.

AND I WANT TO ALWAYS JUST GROUND EVERYONE IN THE PROCESS.

AND I THINK WE'LL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY TO EXPLAIN THE PROCESS.

THESE ARE ALL NEW IN OUR COMMUNITY, SO I'M NOT SURE EVERYONE, YOU KNOW, TH TH IT'S IT'S COMPLICATED AND, AND WE'RE GOING TO DO THE BEST WEEKEND AND CONTINUE TO REINFORCE THAT THERE IS A PROCESS.

UH, WE ARE DOING THE PROCESS AS INTENDED.

WE'RE FEELING VERY GOOD WHERE WE ARE IN THAT PROCESS.

A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT WOULD BE OUR EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY, METRO RAPID LINES.

SO TWO BOARD MEETINGS AGO, WE MENTIONED TO YOU, WE WERE IN PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PROPOSED BUDGET, UH, JUST LAST WEEK, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, FY 22 BUDGET PROPOSAL HAD US LISTED AS WELL.

SO BOTH REALLY GREAT SIGNS THAT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE AND THE CONGRESSIONAL SIDE, THAT OUR PROJECTS ARE LISTED IN BUDGET.

NOW, WE'RE, WE'RE STILL OBVIOUSLY WATCHING DC RELATIVELY CLOSELY.

THEY HAVE TO ACTUALLY APPROVE A BUDGET AT SOME POINT VERSUS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION YET ALONE INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS.

BUT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT BECAUSE, UM, THERE ARE, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND MAYBE NECESSARILY, UH, THE MECHANISMS I'M FUNDING, FEDERAL FUNDING.

AND I WANT TO REEMPHASIZE THAT EACH PROJECT INSIDE THE PROGRAM IS ITS OWN PROJECT, AND THEREFORE HAS ITS OWN PROJECT FUNDING SCHEME AND MAYBE DIFFERENT FEDERAL OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO THEM.

SO NOTHING IS MONOLITHIC IN THE PROGRAM AND IT'S NOT ONE, AND IT'S NOT ONE ACTUAL PROJECT.

WE LITERALLY HAVE DOZENS OF PROJECTS AND THEY'RE ALL GOING TO GO THROUGH DIFFERENT FUNDING PROCESSES.

SO IN THIS, AS THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS, SMALL STARTS PRO FUNDING SOURCE.

SO WE ARE LISTED WE'RE FEELING VERY GOOD.

DAVE MIGHT TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT SOME TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THAT, BUT I WANT TO REASSURE EVERYONE.

WE ARE, WE ARE FEELING VERY CONFIDENT THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS ON OUR FIRST PROJECTS OUT OF THE GATE, UH, CAP METRO, UH, WANTED TO MAKE SURE THIS BOARD WAS AWARE.

CAP METRO ALSO RECEIVED AN AWARD THE OTHER DAY, $2.8 MILLION FROM THE FDA ON THE LOW AND NO NO EMISSIONS VEHICLE PROGRAM, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.

THIS IS TO HELP US REPLACE OUR VEHICLE FLEET TO GO TO ELECTRIFICATION, ALSO CHARGING EQUIPMENT AND WORKFORCE TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE RELATED TO THAT.

SO THAT'S ACTUALLY THREE YEARS STRAIGHT CAP.

METRO HAS WON, UH, FDA LOWER, NO, NO EMISSIONS PROGRAM.

AND WE ARE, UH, PLUS SOME FUNDING FROM THE STATE MALARIA IN THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. SO WE ARE AGGRESSIVELY

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GOING TOWARDS A ZERO EMISSION PROGRAM.

AND I WAS ALSO A PART OF THE PROJECT CONNECT LONG-TERM VISION WHILE, WHILE NOT FUNDED THROUGH AN ATP MECHANISM, BUT CERTAINLY PART OF THE OVERALL VALUE AND GOAL SYSTEM THAT WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH PROJECT CONNECT.

LASTLY, RELATED TO D UM, EXCUSE ME, JUST ON THE FEDERAL SIDE, JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, UH, CAP METRO BOARD CHAIR AND I, AND THEN, UH, AND, AND, UH, MAYOR ADLER WAS IN DC AS WELL AND JOINED US FOR SOME OF OUR MEETINGS.

WE, WE MET WITH OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION EMPHASIZING AGAIN, THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSIT TRANSIT FUNDING WHILE THEY ARE KIND OF DOING THE SAUSAGE MAKING IN DC RIGHT NOW.

I THINK IT IS LITERALLY CHANGING BY WE'RE AT THE POINT WHERE IT'S NOT CHANGING BY THE HOUR, IT'S CHANGING BY THE TWEET.

AND SO WE'RE ALL KIND OF WITH BETA BREATH WATCHING WHAT WILL HAPPEN, BUT WE, WE ARE, WE'RE THERE, UH, EXPLAINING THE VALUE OF PROJECT CONNECT, GETTING THEM UPDATED ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROGRAM AND ASKING FOR AS MUCH FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDING AS POSSIBLE FOR THESE PROGRAMS. WE ALSO HAD SOME REALLY GOOD MEETINGS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AS WELL.

UM, JUST, JUST GENERALLY, WE'RE TRYING TO GET INTO EITHER EVERY OTHER MONTH OR QUARTERLY UPDATES WITH FTA LEADERSHIP, PRETTY STANDARD IN OUR INDUSTRY, JUST AS CHE HERE'S WHERE WE ARE AT THE PROGRAM.

KIND OF SEEING IF THERE'S ANY KIND OF RED FLAGS EARLIER, THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER ON, UH, BUT VERY GOOD POSITIVE MEETINGS, UH, THAT PEOPLE, AND I WILL TELL YOU OVERALL PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND IN DC ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT OUR PROGRAM, THE NEXUS BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT HAS PEOPLE EXCITED.

THE ZERO EMISSION PIECE HAS PEOPLE EXCITED.

THE TECHNOLOGY PIECE, THE INNOVATION OF AN ATP BOARD THAT IS SEPARATELY DESIGNED JUST FOR THIS.

SO ALL OF THOSE LAYERS ARE, ARE GETTING A GREAT RECEPTION WHEN WE TALK TO PEOPLE.

SO THAT'S GOOD.

UH, THE OTHER TOPIC I WANTED TO BRING UP TODAY, UH, IN A REALLY POSITIVE WAY WE GO, THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE IS RELATED TO, AND THE TITLE IS CELEBRATING THE TRANS TRANS PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW.

AND SO I USED THE PHRASE A LOT, CRAWL, WALK, AND RUN, AND WE, WE, WE WANT TO DIP OUR TOE EARLY INTO KIND OF WORKING, UH, WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THINKING THROUGH INTERN AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, WE HAVE A LOT OF THESE KINDS OF IDEAS PERCOLATING, AND WE HAVE, UH, A LOT OF WORK TO, TO BUILD A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT LARGE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, ESPECIALLY FOR EITHER CONSTRUCTION, LABOR WORKFORCE, OR SOME ENGINEERING WORKFORCE, UH, THAT WILL HAPPEN OVER MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD.

BUT THE FIRST, UH, DIP IN THE WATER, IF YOU WILL, WAS HAVING 10 HIGH SCHOOL, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS PARTICIPATING IN AN ORANGE LINE, SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.

AND WE DID THIS WITH, UH, PARTNERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP BY AECOM WHO IS RUNNING THE ORANGE LINE DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR US.

AND SO WE HAVE OUR STUDENTS, I THINK MOST OF THEM, IF NOT ALL HAVE JOINED US TODAY, I'VE HAD SOME CHANCE TO, TO MEET WITH THEM.

THEY DID A, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'LL GO INTO OUR BUS GARAGES AND RAIL FACILITIES AND DIFFERENT THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY DID WAS WORK ON KIND OF THE TRADE-OFFS OF IF YOU WILL, URBAN PLANNING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING, TRENT, AND KIND OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING ON CORRIDORS.

AND THE TEAM WAS KIND OF GIVEN CELL CONGRESS AND THE DRAG.

SO THE TWO MOST COMPLICATED PLACES THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SOLVE FOR 20 YEARS, WE SAID, HEY STUDENTS.

AND WHAT I LOVED THE CONVERSATION WITH THEM WAS ABOUT, WAS THERE WAS A LOT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT, WELL, WHY CAN'T WE DO THIS? AND, AND THAT'S WHAT I ALSO ENCOURAGE THEM, WHICH IS THE FREEDOM OF VISIONING AND THE FREEDOM OF NOT BEING CONSTRAINED BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE THE CITY WAY MORE THAN I'LL EXPERIENCE THE CITY JUST BASED ON AGE.

AND SO I THINK IT'S SO EXCITING TO HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE HELPING GET INVOLVED IN A PROGRAM THAT WILL BE SO IMPACTFUL FOR THEIR FUTURE.

UM, SO WITH THAT, IF, UH, BOTH, UM, KIMMY AND JACKIE, IF YOU DON'T MIND BOTH COMING UP, MAYBE YOU'D MAKE A COUPLE REMARKS ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND JUST YOUR THOUGHTS.

AND THEN AFTER THAT A CHAIR, WE HAVE A CAKE, UH, AND WE THOUGHT WE COULD DO A LITTLE CELEBRATION, A COUPLE OF PICTURES WITH THE BOARD AND SEE A LITTLE CAKE BREAK JUST TO CELEBRATE THE GRADUATION OF THE STUDENTS FROM THEIR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL HAND IT OFF TO JACKIE AND KIMMY.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, MADAM CHAIR, I'M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOSTING US TODAY.

UM, LIKE JACKIE SAID, MY NAME IS KIMMIE FELD BAUER.

UM, I SERVE AS THE DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE ORANGE LINE DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL TO REVIEW, UM, AND SPENT THE SUMMER, UM, DOING A REAL FUN PART OF MY JOB AND, UH, HOSTING, UH, THIS IS SIX OF OUR 10 BRILLIANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT WE RECRUITED FROM, UH, ALONG THE ORANGE LINE CORRIDOR.

WE WORKED WITH AISD TO IDENTIFY SCHOOLS WITHIN A ONE MILE BUFFER OF THE ORANGE LINE CORRIDOR SO THAT WE COULD IDENTIFY YOUTH THAT COULD THE PROJECT, UM, AND INFLUENCE THE OUTCOMES IN A WAY THAT MYSELF AND OTHER TECHNICAL EXPERTS ON THE PROGRAM MAY NOT HAVE, UM, UH, THE SAME VANTAGE

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POINTS.

AND SO ALSO WITH THAT, OUR HOPE IS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO, UM, ADVANCE STEM CAREERS, UM, IN OUR COMMUNITY, UM, AND REALLY CREATE THAT, UH, THAT, THAT PIPELINE FOR, UH, TO TAKE OUR JOBS ESSENTIALLY.

SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING US AND REALLY THIS IS ABOUT THEM.

SO WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THEM.

UM, THEY DID, LIKE RANDY SAID, SPENT SIX, SIX WEEKS WITH US.

UM, THEY CAME IN EVERY THURSDAY FOR REALLY LONG DAYS.

UM, WE DID EVERYTHING FROM VISITING DOTTIE WATKINS AND HER TEAM UP AT THE NORTH OPERATION CENTER.

UM, WE WORKED ON, UH, UH, WENT TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UH, HOSTED US WHERE WE MET WITH CITY MANAGER CRUNK AND UNDERSTANDING THE, UM, THE, THE CRITICAL, UH, PARTNERSHIP THAT IT TAKES FOR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS.

UM, AND THEN ALSO TAUGHT THEM MICROSTATION AND OTHER WAYS TO, UH, UNDERSTAND HOW WE DESIGN PROJECTS LIKE THIS.

AND LIKE RANDY SAID, UH, THEY SOLVED ALL THE PROBLEMS ON THE DRAG AND, UH, SOUTH CONGRESS.

SO NO WORRIES ABOUT THAT.

UM, AND YEAH, SO I'M, I'M REALLY SAD IT'S OVER, BUT REALLY EXCITED THAT THIS WAS OUR, OUR KICKOFF, UM, FOR HOPEFULLY MANY SUMMERS MORE TO COME, UH, PROJECT CONNECT INTERNSHIPS.

SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

AND, UH, IF THE STUDENTS WANT TO COME UP AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE BOARD, PLEASE JOIN US UP HERE.

INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND WHAT SCHOOL YOU DO.

OKAY.

HELLO.

I AM JOLLY AND JOEL KIZZIAH, IF ANYONE WANTS MY FUEL NOTE ANYWAY, UM, I AM FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOLS AND YEAH, I'M GOING INTO MY JUNIOR YEAR.

HELLO.

I AM HANNAH OLSON.

I GO TO ANNE RICHARDS HIGH SCHOOL, AND I'M GOING INTO MY JUNIOR YEAR.

HI, MY NAME IS MIRANDA, AND I'M ALSO GOING TO ANN RICHARDS INTO MY JUNIOR YEAR.

HI, MY NAME IS ELLA MARIA OR ALLIE, AND I'M GOING TO MY SOPHOMORE YEAR AT WAYSIDE SCHOOLS.

HELLO EVERYONE.

I'M JAMIE.

I'M GOING TO BE GOING TO MY SENIOR YEAR AT WAYSIDE SCHOOLS.

HI, MY NAME'S AUGUST.

I'M GOING INTO MY SENIOR YEAR AT AUSTIN HIGH, AND I'M REALLY GLAD I DID THIS PROGRAM AND I HOPE I CAN COME MORE.

WELCOME EVERYONE.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENERGY IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS NEW ERA OF BOSTON, WHERE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE WRITING ON THE SYSTEM AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND YOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

SO, AND I KNOW DR.

BURNETT, YOU HAD A QUESTION.

THANK MADAM CHAIR, WOMAN.

UM, I COMMEND YOU FOR SPENDING YOUR TIME IN THE SUMMER DOING THIS.

I'M CURIOUS.

DID ANYONE CHANGE THEIR CAREER GOALS AS A RESULT OF THE EXPERIENCE? I THINK SOMEONE HAS AN ANSWER.

UM, I DIDN'T REALLY CHANGE.

I JUST KIND OF GOT A WIDER SPECT ON THE IDEA OF TAKING WHAT YOU LEARN FROM DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES IN LIFE AND USING THAT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE AND WHAT EXACTLY YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE.

SO IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE KNOWING THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN THAT EVEN BEING IN, BE IN TRANSIT IN WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE, YOU COULD ALWAYS TAKE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT LIFE, THOSE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET AND USE THEM TO ADVANCE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE OR TO THE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PURPOSE.

SO THAT WAS NICE, VERY WELL SAID.

I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU STARTING YOUR RESUME NOW.

SO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE THIS AND PUT IT ON YOUR RESUME BECAUSE INTERN EXPERIENCES ARE NOTHING.

AND WE WANT TO GIVE JOHN A. LITTLE BIT OF COMPETITION, SO NO FUTURE.

SO CONGRATULATIONS.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

AND AS DR.

BURNETT SAID, YOU KNOW, IF I WAS YOUR AGE, I PROBABLY WANT TO BE PLAYING X-BOX OR, YOU KNOW, HANGING OUT WITH MY FRIENDS, NOT SITTING AROUND DOING BORING TRANSIT, BUT, UH, I THINK IT'S REALLY EXCITING THAT, THAT, UH, WE'RE ABLE TO GET, UH, STUDENTS LIKE YOURSELF THAT LIVE ON THE CORRIDOR TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE.

I'VE DONE A LOT OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS OF THE COUNTRY.

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

I ONLY WISH THAT WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, I HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY.

AND, UH, AS DR. BURNETT SAID, I HOPE SOME OF YOU THINK THAT TRANSPORTATION COULD BE INTERESTING.

AND, AND WHEN YOU COME TIME TO PICK A CAREER, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO THANKS AGAIN.

, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME PHOTOS AND TAKE A QUICK

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BREAK 4K.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

LET'S MAKE A COUPLE OF .

EXCELLENT.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL WRAP UP MY, UH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT.

SO THE WAY WE KIND OF RESTRUCTURED YOUR DIRECT REPORT A LITTLE BIT WAS WE HAD THESE TECHNICAL UPDATES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT UPDATES AT THE FRONT END AND EDX AT THE BACK.

UM, GOOD SUGGESTION BY BOARD MEMBER ELKINS, WHICH IS KIND OF COMBINED THEM ALL TOGETHER.

SO, UH, NOW WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS CALL UP JUST WITH INSIDE THE FRAME OF THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE.

AND, YOU KNOW, THIS GIVES US A GOOD CHANCE TO DIFFERENT, UH, STAFF MEMBERS TO, TO, TO BRING TOPICS TO THE BOARD IS WE'LL ASK JACKIE

[II.a. Community Engagement and Involvement Monthly Update]

TO COME UP AND DO THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT UPDATE.

THERE'S BEEN AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF ACTIVITY, UH, AND JACKIE AND ALL OF HER TEAM CONTINUE TO DO GREAT WORK IN THIS AREA.

IT'S NOT ADVANCING OKAY.

THERE WE GO.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

UH, MY NAME IS JACKIE NIERENBERG.

I'M DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

AND WE'VE BEEN QUITE BUSY THIS MONTH.

SO I'LL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE AND TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE WE'RE HEADED.

SO THIS PAST MONTH WE HAD A NUMBER OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

WE'VE BEEN AMASSING THESE ADVISORY COMMITTEES, WHICH IS REALLY GREAT, AND IT'S A WONDERFUL WAY TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

SO ON JULY 22ND, WE HAD OUR PROJECT CONNECT AMBASSADOR NETWORK MEETING, UH, THE PKN AND WE HAD A, AN ORANGE LINE NORTH AND SOUTH ALIGNMENT WALKTHROUGH.

THEN ON JULY 30TH, WE HAD THE PROJECT CONNECT, A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE CAC, UM, AND WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT INTERNAL GOVERNANCE.

UM, AND THEN WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER SPECIAL CALLED MEETING TODAY OF THE CAC SO THAT THEY CAN ADOPT THEIR BYLAWS AND ELECT OFFICERS ON, UH, JULY 7TH.

WE HAD OUR FIRST PLANNING, SUSTAINABILITY EQUITY AND DBE COMMITTEE, THE PEACE SEC.

AND WE PROPOSED, WE PRESENTED THE PROPOSED, UM, ATP DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION POLICY, AND GOT FEEDBACK, REALLY VALUABLE FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUP.

UM, AND THEN ON JULY 12TH, WE HAD OUR JOINT TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TO ORIENT EVERYBODY ON THE PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THESE ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND GIVE THEM A RUNDOWN ON THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM.

AND THEN JULY 19TH, WE, UH, WE HAD OUR FIRST ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION MEETING, AND BASICALLY A GET TO KNOW YOU MEETING A LITTLE BIT OF AN ONBOARDING AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO BE DOING.

UH, WE ARE PLANNING TO HAVE ANOTHER JOINT, UH, TAC COMMITTEE MEETING SO THAT WE CAN WALK THROUGH THE ALIGNMENTS WITH ALL THREE GROUPS AND INVITE THE CAC AS WELL.

AND THEN FINALLY ON AUGUST 19TH, WE WILL BE HAVING OUR FIRST FINANCE AND RISK COMMITTEE MEETING LOTS AND LOTS OF MEETINGS GOING ON.

UM, UPCOMING, WE HAVE A SERIES OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS HAPPENING, UH, STARTING NEXT WEEK.

UH, REALLY EXCITED TO DO

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THESE, TO TALK ABOUT THE 15% DESIGN AND START TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO PUT THESE PROJECTS ON THE GROUND AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO ORGANIZE THE CORRIDORS, WHERE THESE PROJECTS ARE RUNNING.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO INCLUDE A LOT OF DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TO MAKE IT A COMPLETE STREET.

UH, AND SO IT'S A, IT'S A CHANCE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SORT OF ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES, TALK TO TECHNICAL FOLKS AND GIVE US SOME INPUT ABOUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL.

UM, AND TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TRADE-OFFS, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN THE STREET, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, MIGHT NOT BE AS IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE, AND THIS WILL GIVE US SOME GOOD INFORMATION TO MOVE FORWARD TO THE NEXT PHASE OF DESIGN.

UH, SO WE'LL BE HAVING TWO BLUE LINE VIRTUAL MEETINGS, UM, WITH WORKING GROUP BREAKOUT SESSIONS AND FOR ORANGE LINE MEETINGS, MOSTLY BECAUSE THE ORANGE LINE IS SO LONG, WE'RE SPLITTING UP INTO NORTH AND SOUTH.

UM, AND THEN AS ALWAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN ONLINE SELF GUIDED VERSION OF THE MEETING ON PROJECT CONNECT.COM.

THAT'LL BE LIVE JULY 27TH THROUGH AUGUST 27TH.

AND THEN FINALLY, UH, WE HAD PLANNED TO DO OUR VERY FIRST IN-PERSON OPEN HOUSE MEETING, UH, THE 31ST AT THE LIBRARY.

AND, UM, DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW WITH COVID AND AN IMMINENT STAGE FOUR ANNOUNCEMENT, WE HAVE DECIDED THAT OUT OF ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION, UH, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO POSTPONE THAT SO UNFORTUNATE, BUT, UH, WE WILL BE BACK FOLKS.

SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT IN THE FUTURE.

AND JUST WANTED TO RECAP.

WHEN WE BREAK OUT INTO OUR DISCUSSION GROUPS AT THESE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS, THEY WILL BE BROKEN OUT INTO SMALLER SECTIONS OF EACH OF THE CORRIDORS.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET DOWN TO THE REAL GRANULAR LEVEL AND LET PEOPLE SPEAK TO US ABOUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM AND WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD AS IT RELATES TO THESE PROJECTS.

UM, AND SO THESE ARE THESE REFLECT WORKING GROUPS THAT WE'VE ALREADY ESTABLISHED, AND WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE CAN ALWAYS JOIN THESE WORKING GROUPS.

THESE ARE GOING TO BE GOING ON FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

WE'RE GOING TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER VERY, VERY WELL OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

SO WE INVITE EVERYBODY TO PARTICIPATE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN A PARTICULAR AREA OF A WORKING GROUP.

YOU CAN HAVE JUST AN INTEREST IN IT AND PARTICIPATE IN THAT SPECIFIC GROUP AS WELL.

AND THEN UPCOMING IN THE FALL, WE'VE GOT MORE THINGS ON THE HORIZON.

WE'VE GOT SOME, SOME COMMUNITY MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FOR THE METRO RAPID GOLD LINE AND THE DOMAIN SOUTH LAMAR ROUTES.

UM, AND WE'LL PROBABLY DO AN OUTREACH, UH, A SERIES OF OUTREACH MEETINGS ON THE METRO RAPID STATION DESIGN AS WELL, MORE ON THAT TO COME, UM, WITH PICKUP, WE WILL BE DOING NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH FOR A NEW SOUTH AUSTIN SERVICE ZONE IN THE FALL.

AND THEN FINALLY THERE WILL, THERE WILL BE NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH ON THE NEW METRO RAIL STATIONS AT MCCOLLOUGH AND BROADMORE, AND THAT IS IT FOR THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT UPDATE.

I'M HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS BEFORE I PASS IT ALONG TO THE TECHNICAL UPDATE.

THANK YOU, JACKIE.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD? YES.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR.

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE UPDATE, JACKIE, THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GOING ON.

JUST ONE SUGGESTION GOING FORWARD FOR THE THREE TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES.

IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA THAT THE THREE HEADS, WHEN THEY HAVE A COMMITTEE MEETING AT THE BOARD, DO A TWO MINUTE UPDATE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMITTEES.

SO, UH, MADAM CHAIR, DR.

BURNETT MYSELF, I THINK THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

YES, THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT PREVIOUSLY.

I THINK THAT WILL, THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO MOVING FORWARD.

SO GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK THAT, THAT, THAT CAP METRO AND AND ATP HAS DONE BEST IS REALLY INVOLVED THE COMMUNITY AND THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING.

AND IT'S, IT'S GREAT TO SEE, UH, WHEN'S THE COMMUNITY GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AND COMMENT ON, UH, THE JPA DRAFTS AND MORE FORMAL THAT DAY IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT THAT NOW, OR IS IT DIFFERENT TO, WE'RE GOING TO DO A TECHNICAL UPDATE AND THEN THERE'S AN ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATE INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATE.

I'M GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF STAFF MEMBERS TALK ABOUT THE JPA PROCESS, AND THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF SCHEDULE IN THERE RELATED TO THAT.

OKAY.

UH, SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE'RE GETTING IN OUR OFFICE RELATE TO, UM, UH, PLANS TO MITIGATE THE HARM TO BUSINESSES.

SO I ASK THAT NOW, OR SHOULD I ASK THAT QUESTION LATER? I WOULD, IF WE CAN DEFER TILL THE JPA UPDATE, THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE BEST TIMING.

OKAY.

UH, AND THEN THE LAST QUESTION I WAS SENT HERE BY MY CONSTITUENTS TO ASK, UH, RELATED TO, UH, THE, THE BEST TOOLS OR PRACTICES TO ENSURE THE EQUITY IN THE HIRING OF MINORITY CONTRACTORS.

SHOULD WE COVER THAT THEN TOO? OR SHOULD WE GO TO THAT? THAT WILL BE COVERED AS WELL.

SOUNDS GOOD.

OKAY.

I'LL HOLD ON TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

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THANK YOU.

I JUST HAD JUST A MINOR COMMENT.

I THINK WE STARTED WITH JULY AND THEN CONTINUED IN JULY.

THAT'S JUST THOSE OTHER MEETINGS STARTED IN JUNE, JUST A MINOR UPDATE ON THE TIMEWARP ON OUR SCHEDULES, BUT THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND GETTING ALL THIS MEETING STARTED AND TO THE STAFF THAT ORGANIZED EVERYONE'S SCHEDULE TO MAKE SURE WE LAUNCH THIS MEETING.

SO THANK YOU, JACKIE.

OUR PLEASURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO NEXT UP CHAIR, UH, ASKING INSIDE THE UPDATE HERE FOR TECH UPDATE, DAVE COUCH COULD COME UP.

UH, I WANT TO PUT A COUPLE OF NOTES AS DAVE'S COMING UP.

ONE THING WOULD BE, UH, GABRIEL MENTIONED IT, BUT KIND OF FINE POINT ON THE SOUTH MAN CHECK PICKUP ZONE

[II.b. Project Connect Monthly Technical Update]

IS GOING TO LAUNCH JULY 27TH.

SO THAT WILL BE NOW COMPLIMENTARY THE DESKTOP PICKUP ZONE THAT WE'VE ALREADY LAUNCHED.

SO THAT'D BE TWO PROJECT CONNECT PROJECTS THAT HAVE ALREADY NOW BEEN ON THE GROUND, UH, MEETING THE KIND OF COMMITMENT FOR THE VOTERS AND RELATED TO THE OVERALL PROGRAM.

SO THE TEAM HAS WORKED HARD TO, TO GET READY FOR THAT ONE.

THE THIRD PICKUP ZONE WILL COME IN IN AUGUST.

THE OTHER THING I WANT TO JUST, AND I KNOW DAVE WILL NATURALLY DO THIS, BUT I WANT TO REALLY REITERATE, UH, MY THANKS TO THE CITY STAFF AS WELL ON THE 15% DESIGN.

UH, THEY ARE WORKING HAND IN GLOVE WITH DAVE, UH, PETER AND JOHN AND THE TEAMS. AND, UH, THIS IS A REALLY SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM, MEGA PRO TWO MEGA PROJECTS INSIDE THIS PROGRAM THAT WE'VE NEVER DONE IN THE REGION BEFORE.

AND, UH, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE, UH, THERE'S A NEW TOPICS, BUT I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT BOTH, NOT ONLY OUR STAFF, BUT THE CITY STAFF OF BEING JUST THIS WILLING GOOD PARTNER TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ALL GOTTA WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS DONE.

SO JUST THANK YOU TO GINA AND NICK AND HER TEAM, UH, AS DAVE KICKS THAT OFF.

OKAY.

THEN I'M SURE BOARD MEMBERS, PRESIDENT OF CLARK.

UH, IT'S A PLEASURE TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE YOU THE MONTHLY UPDATE ON PROGRESS THAT WE'RE MAKING ON PROJECT CONNECT.

I WANT TO START WITH THE BLUE AND ORANGE LINES.

UH, AS PRESIDENT CLARK HAS SAID, THE 15% DESIGN IS IN, UH, WE'VE GONE THROUGH REVIEW, UH, WITH THE CITY, UH, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS.

AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW OF WORKING THROUGH THE COMMENTS THAT ARE THERE TO RESOLVE ANY AND THEN TO GET OTHERS INCORPORATED.

SO WE TAKE THEM FORWARD INTO THE 30% DESIGN.

WE'RE STILL OUT IN THE FIELD DOING SOIL BORINGS, LOOKING TO SEE WHAT EXACTLY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE FOR THE TUNNEL, SO THAT WE CAN ADVANCE THAT DESIGN.

AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO START SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BE MORE ADVANCEMENT ON THE SIOUX WORK, THE UTILITIES IN EACH INTERSECTION.

SO WE'RE GOING TO START, AND WE'LL BE BACK WITH PROBABLY THREE CONTRACTS TO GO AHEAD AND START TO DO THAT WORK AT EACH INTERSECTION.

THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE INTERFERENCES WILL BE.

UH, SO WE'LL, WE'LL BE COMING BACK WITH THAT SO THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE POINT THAT WE CAN GET STARTED, UH, WITH THE UTILITY RELOCATION, WE'LL HAVE THE INFORMATION, WE'LL KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR.

UH, THE, THAT WILL ALL TIE INTO THE 30% WE CONTINUE THE OTHER NORMAL ANALYSES THAT ARE THERE, EVERYTHING FROM LOOKING AT FEMA DRAINAGE ANALYSIS, UH, AND, AND AS MR. CARGILL HAS SAID, THE COORDINATION HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS WITH THE CITY.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE HAVE A MEETING TOMORROW, UH, THAT'S GOING TO GO FOR ABOUT FIVE HOURS, UH, THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO GO AHEAD AND START TO SORT THROUGH THE PERMITS AND THE UTILITIES.

UH, THE PERMITS ARE A VERY COMPLEX PROCESS.

UH, SO IS THAT SOMETHING THAT AN ECON I HAVE PUT TOGETHER AND WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START THROUGH THAT IN DETAIL, UH, TOMORROW, UM, IT, WITH PROTECT, WITH RESPECT TO THE NEPA PROCESS, UH, IN THE FIRST STEP OF EACH ONE OF THE NEW STARCH PROGRAMS, IF YOU RECALL THE PRESENTATIONS THAT WE'VE DONE PREVIOUSLY, THE FIRST THING YOU GET INTO IS PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

SO WE REQUESTED ENTRY INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

WE ANTICIPATE GETTING THAT APPROVAL SOMETIME DURING THE EARLY PART OF AUGUST.

UH, SO I DON'T KNOW, LET US GET ON THAT FIRST TWO YEAR CYCLE, 24 MONTH CYCLE TO GO AHEAD AND GET TO THE END OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND READY TO ENTER INTO ENGINEERING.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE OTHER PORTIONS THAT WE NEED, UH, WHETHER IT'S ARCHEOLOGICAL, NOISE, VIBRATION, ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN YOU'RE DEVELOPING A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, METRO RAPID, UH, ON EXPO AND PLEASANT VALLEY, UH, THAT'S GOING ALONG VERY, VERY WELL.

UH, FTA HAS ASSIGNED TO PMO, UH, TO GO AHEAD AND SHEPHERD US THROUGH AND REVIEW EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING, UH, SO THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GET TO A FUNDING AGREEMENT, UH, WITH THAT WE'RE DEVELOPING THE READINESS DOCUMENTS THAT WE NEED, AND WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CITY ON LOCATIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL STOPS, WHETHER THEY'RE FAR STOP NEAR STOP AND ALL THE DETAILS THAT GO WITH IT.

WE'VE ALSO GOT THE VEHICLE PROCUREMENT UNDERWAY, UH, IT'S EXPECTED TO VIA BOOKWORM.

IT WILL COME BACK TO THE CAP METRO BOARD OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS THAT CONTAINS OPTIONS TO BE ABLE TO GET THE BUSES FOR, UH, ALL OF THE METRO EXPRESS ROUTES.

UH, THE GOAL LINE, UH, WE'RE JUST SCRATCHING THE PROVERBIAL SURFACE,

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GETTING READY TO GO AHEAD AND START WORK ON THAT.

UH, AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THAT WITH FTA AND DOING AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT THE RIDERSHIP IS LOOKING AT, NOT ONLY THE GOAL LINE, BUT ALSO THE SOUTHERN EXTENSION OF 8 0 3 TO MANCHESTER IN OAK HILL ON THE RED LINE AND PICKUP SERVICE, UH, MR. CLARK ALREADY STOLE THE THUNDER, UH, WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS.

UH, SO THEY'RE PROGRESSING VERY WELL, UH, AS THE LEAD INTO A LOT OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE'VE GOT IN PROJECT CONNECT, UH, MACOLA NEXT TO THE SOCCER STADIUM, UH, IS GOING WELL.

WE'VE GOT A CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION REQUEST THAT'S IN FOR FTA FOR A SMALL PIECE OF LAND THAT WE HAVE TO ACQUIRE AS PART OF THE PROJECT, A 30% DESIGN WILL BE FINISHED IN JULY, AND WE'RE DEVELOPING, WHAT'S REQUIRED TO ACQUIRE REAL ESTATE.

IT'S CALLED A RAMP REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT PLAN.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE IN PLACE, AND WE'LL USE IT NOT ONLY FOR THIS, BUT ALSO THE FEDERAL PROCESS, UH, BROADMORE STATION COORDINATION IS ONGOING, UH, WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND ALSO WITH BASICALLY THE TRAIL FOUNDATION, LOOKING AT HOW WE GET TO WHICH POINT.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO GOT A LAKELAND LEANDER, UH, SECOND TRACK THAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT FOR THE MONTH.

I'M GOING TO BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? YES, MA'AM.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

UH, THANKS VERY MUCH, DAVE.

LOTS GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD.

I CAN SEE JUST, JUST ONE QUICK QUESTION ON, UM, THE EXPO PLEASANT VALLEY.

YOU MENTIONED VEHICLE PROCUREMENTS UNDERWAY.

COULD YOU COMMENT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, YOU'RE LOOKING INTO ELECTRICAL VEHICLES, ELECTRIC BUSES VERSUS CONVENTIONAL.

YEAH.

IT'S EVERYTHING.

IT'S A, WHEN THE PROCUREMENT WAS PUT TOGETHER, IT'S A CAPITAL METRO PROCUREMENT TO GO AHEAD AND REPLACE STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BUSES AS THE BASE PORTION OF THAT CONTRACT IN TRYING TO ADVANCE QUICKER WITH WHAT WOULD BE THERE FOR EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY.

WHEN THE CONTRACT WAS ADVERTISED, WE PUT AN OPTION IN THAT CONTRACT SO THAT WE COULD EXERCISE IT DEPENDING UPON THE TIMING OF WHERE WE WERE WITH EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY.

IT IS AN ENTIRE ELECTRIC FLEET INCLUDED IN THERE ALSO IS THE OPTION FOR CHARGERS, UH, WE'LL NEED CHARGERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE AT THE END OF LINE.

AND THEN WE'RE ALSO GOING TO NEED ADDITIONAL CHARGING EQUIPMENT, UH, THAT WILL BE AT THE BUS GARAGES.

YEAH, THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR ON THE ELECTRIC BUSES.

I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE SHOULD START THINKING ABOUT, AND I'M SURE YOU ALREADY ARE, AS WE DEVELOP THIS PROGRAM AND I USE THAT TERM CAUSE RANDY LIKES THAT WORD AND IT'S THE RIGHT WORD.

IT'S PROGRAMMED, NOT PROJECTS IS HOW DO WE MEASURE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT IN THIS WHOLE PROGRAM? YOU KNOW, AN ELECTRIC BUSES ARE GOING TO BE A KEY COMPONENT TO LOWERING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND THE FIRST STEP TO KIND OF, YOU KNOW, LOWERING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT IS YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO MEASURE IT.

AND AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM OVER THE NEXT DAY, EIGHT OR NINE YEARS, THAT'S SOMETHING I'M SURE WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON.

AND THE ARE THERE, I THINK WE CAN BE A LEADER IN, IN NATIONWIDE TRANSIT TO HAVING, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE BASIS BEHIND THE PROGRAM OF EVERYTHING, WHETHER IT'S BUS OR WHETHER IT'S LIGHT RAIL OR WHETHER IT'S EVENTUALLY THE COMMUTER RAIL, UH, AND PICKUP SERVICE, EVERYTHING BEING ELECTRIC VEHICLES, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A TREMENDOUS EFFECT.

UH, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE STARTED TO PUT SOME INITIAL NUMBERS TOGETHER AT THE VERY, DURING I GUESS ABOUT THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, BUT I AGREE IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO TRACK AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG BENEFIT.

THANK YOU.

I GUESS I'M JUST CURIOUS, THE $2.8 MILLION IS THAT USED TOWARDS THESE VIAS VEHICLES OR SOMETHING ELSE.

I CAN ANSWER THAT FOR YOU, DAVE.

UH, THOSE, THOSE ARE A GRANT THE WAY, THE WAY THE LOW AND ZERO EMISSION PROGRAM FDA WORKS, IT'S BASICALLY REPLACING A FLEET.

SO THAT WILL ALLOW US TO RETIRE OUT KIND OF THE COST DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN A DIESEL AND ELECTRIC BOSS ON, I THINK THAT BRAND WAS FOR FIVE AND PLUS SOME TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR STAFF AND SOME, UH, UM, DEPOT CHARGING THAT IS NOT CONNECTED TO FUNDING RELATED TO THESE THAT THAT'S JUST REGULAR, IF YOU WILL, CAPITAL METRO STATE OF GOOD REPAIR FLEET MANAGEMENT, JUST AS LIKE TO BOARD MEMBER ELKINS MENTIONED CAPITAL.

METRO HAS A SUSTAINABILITY PLAN IT'S WORKING THROUGH RIGHT NOW ON A LOT OF CARBON GOALS, AND THOSE WILL FEED IN ULTIMATELY TO, AND WHEN THE TEAM COMES UP TO TALK ABOUT THE G JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, THEY KIND OF BLEND TOGETHER IN THE SENSE OF HOW THIS PART DOES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN RELATION TO LONGTERM, HOW CAPITAL METRO OPERATES, THE SYSTEM, WHICH THERE, SO THAT KIND OF HAND IN GLOVE RELATIONSHIP.

MY QUESTION REFERS MORE TO THE PICKUP SERVICE.

ARE ANY OF THOSE VEHICLES ALSO GOING TO BE, UH, ELECTRIC VEHICLES OR IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT FLEET TO ALSO BE ELECTRIFIED? LET ME TAKE THIS.

YEAH, GO AHEAD.

THIS IS NOT GENERALLY DAVE'S WHEELHOUSE ON THIS ONE.

UH, SO THOSE ARE NOT ELECTRIC.

THEY, UH, BUT THEY'RE VERY LOW, LOW EMISSION IN THE SENSE

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OF TRADITIONAL A FUEL SOURCE, BUT WE, OUR INDUSTRY IS KIND OF WORKING TOWARDS VEHICLES OF THAT SIZE BEING CONSISTENT FOR ELECTRIFICATION.

SO WE ACTUALLY PILOTED ONE VEHICLE, BUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, UM, ONE THAT IS BEING USED IN KIND OF AIRPORT, CAR RENTAL, KIND OF CIRCULATION OPERATIONS, UH, THAT IS THE NEXT KIND OF VEHICLE KIND OF IN THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY.

WE'RE WAITING TO SEE SOME ELECTRIFICATION, ZERO EMISSIONS PROCESS.

SO THERE'S A FEW MANUFACTURERS OUT THERE.

I WOULD SAY IT'S NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME YET, BECAUSE THE WAY THOSE VEHICLES ARE USED IS A LOT MORE LIKE A REGULAR CAR.

UH, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY IDLE ALL THE TIME BECAUSE, UH, TYPES OF SYSTEMS ON BOARD AND THEN YOU HAVE SPECIALIZED LIFTS AND DIFFERENT THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

SO AGAIN, THE GOAL CAP METRO IS MORE OR LESS SAID, UH, OUT OF ALL OF OUR FLEET, THE GOAL IS TO GO TO FULL ZERO MISSION.

SO RIGHT NOW THAT'S ELECTRIFICATION, BUT THERE MIGHT BE A TIME IN THE FUTURE WHERE THAT'S, UH, KIND OF HYDROGEN, UH, THAT THAT'S PART OF OUR INDUSTRY IS MOVING THAT WAY AS WELL.

SO I THINK YOU'LL SEE EVERYTHING IN THE PROGRAM WE ARE GOING TO DO IS HOW DO WE MAKE EVERYTHING IS AS LOW TO ZERO EMISSION AS POSSIBLE THAT THAT ACTUALLY FUNCTIONS TO ALL RIGHT.

SO LIKE WE COULD PROBABLY BUY A COUPLE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES THAT ARE VANS LIKE THAT, BUT THEY WOULD NEVER FUNCTION TO THE PERFORMANCE WE NEED FOR THE SERVICE TODAY.

UM, BUT THE GOOD THING IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A VEHICLE LIKE THAT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN A FIXED ROUTE BUS THAT ONCE YOU BUY YOUR YOU'RE REALLY WITH THAT ASSET FOR, YOU KNOW, BORDERLINE 14 YEARS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, RANDY.

UM, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T NEGLECT MS. VAN DACA.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS WHERE YOU CAN SEE US, UM, I WANT TO MAKE SURE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AS WELL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

UM, ANY MORE QUESTIONS? YES.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

UH, JUST AN UPDATE.

UM, MR. COUCH, THE, UH, FIRST ON THE RED LINE, UH, JUST REMIND ME AGAIN, WHAT THE TARGET TIMEFRAME IS FOR THE MCCALLA STATION BROADMORE STATION AND THE LAKELINE TO LEANDER, UH, UPGRADES, UH, TRACK UPGRADES.

HE PORTION FOR THE MCCULLOUGH STATION, UH, IS A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS OUT.

UM, THE ONE FOR MACOLA, I DO NOT HAVE THAT FOR BROADMORE.

I DO NOT KNOW THAT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT I'LL GET YOU THAT INFORMATION.

OKAY.

SO, SO LIKE FOR THE, FOR MCCALLA IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE, I THOUGHT I WAS HEARING SOME SPRING OF 23, BASICALLY, PROBABLY THEREABOUTS THAT COULD ENTIRELY BE, LET ME GO BACK AND MAKE SURE THAT I'VE GOT THE RIGHT DATES FOR BOTH OF THOSE AND I'LL GET THOSE BACK TO YOU.

OKAY.

UM, AND THEN, UM, BACK TO SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY WITHIN YOUR WHEELHOUSE.

YEAH.

GIVE ME ONE RICHARD, PLEASE, UH, BACK TO THE BLUE AND THE ORANGE LINE IN THE, UH, THE, UH, OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS.

SO WE'RE NOW AT THE 15%, UH, DESIGN BILL, OR EXCUSE ME, 15%, UM, UH, 15% DESIGN WHERE WE SUBMIT AND SAY, THIS IS WHERE WE KIND OF THINK WE ARE, UM, AS WE'RE GONNA PRESENT OFFICIALLY, TODAY'S Y'ALL ARE GONNA PRESENT TO US AND WE'RE GOING TO GO THROUGH AND IT'S ALREADY POSTED ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE PUBLIC.

YOU KNOW, THINK THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.

THINGS HAPPEN.

WE MAY HAVE ONE IDEA WHEN WE GET STARTED AND WE GO ALONG AND WE FIND THE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE COME ACROSS THE, THE, YOU KNOW, ANCIENT INDIAN BURIAL GROUND OR WHATEVER.

IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT CAUSES US OR LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE TRACK, UM, ESCALATIONS, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, UH, ELEVATIONS INTERNALLY THAT THAT WILL CAUSE ISSUES.

WHAT DOES THAT FUNDAMENTALLY DO WITH OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS? I MEAN, HOW MUCH VARIATION, UM, ARE WE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO HAVE AS WE GO FROM A 15% UP TO A 30%, DO THEY, I GUESS FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PUBLIC IS WE'RE MAKING KIND OF CHANGES.

DO THEY LOOK BACK INTO, THEY GO, OH, WELL, AT 15% YOU SAID YOU WANTED, YOU KNOW, YOUR, YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS WAS THAT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE THIS MANY THINGS, YOU KNOW, ABOVE GROUND VERSUS THIS MANY THINGS UNDERGROUND.

OH.

BUT AT 30%, YOU'VE, YOU'VE KIND OF FLIPPED IT A LITTLE BIT.

DO THEY GO BACK AND HOLD SOME THINGS LIKE, LIKE PUT X MARKS OR WE CHANGE THINGS OR HOLD THINGS AGAINST US WHEN WE COME BACK IN THE NEXT PHASE OF THE PROJECT AND TURN IN THE NEXT, UH, UH, SUBMISSION FOR OUR PLANS.

OKAY, LET ME, LET ME KIND OF WALK THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

THE 15% DOES NOT GET REVIEWED BY FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION.

WE GO AHEAD AND USE THE 15% THAT WE DEVELOPED WITH THE COMMENTS TO REALLY GET MORE DETAILED.

WE'LL GO INTO 30% WHEN WE GET TO 30%, WE'LL DO THE SAME REVIEW, THE SAME PROCESS.

AND WE GET THAT DONE AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME THAT WE GET OUT OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT THAT I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT EARLIER, AND THAT WE GO AHEAD AND GET OUT OF THE NEPA PROCESS.

THE NEXT STEP IN THAT IS TO GO THROUGH WHAT'S CALLED ENGINEERING.

AND WHEN YOU GO INTO ENGINEERING, IT'S THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE TO COMMIT TO THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION.

WHAT THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT IS GOING TO BE WITH A COST OF THE PROJECT IS GOING TO BE, AND THAT'S WHEN YOU GET LOCKED INTO WHAT THOSE DOLLARS WILL BE AND WHAT THE SCOPE WILL BE, UH, EXAMPLE WOULD BE, IF WE SAY AT THAT POINT IN TIME THAT WE'RE GOING TO BUY, YOU KNOW, 30 RAIL CARS, UH, WHEN WE GET TO THE END OF THE PROJECT, THEY WILL LOOK TO MAKE SURE WE BOUGHT 30

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RAIL CARS.

UH, WE HAVE TO DELIVER WITH WHAT THAT SCOPE IS.

THAT'S COMMITTED.

UH, AND IT'S IT, THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT WE GET AT THAT POINT.

SO TO STICK WITH YOUR EXAMPLE, THERE, WITH THE RAIL CARS, IF WE, RIGHT NOW, WE'RE AT 15%, WE'RE LIKE, WE THINK IT'S GOING TO BE 20 RAIL CARS.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE GET TO THE 30% WHEN WE'RE ACTUALLY SUBMITTING FOR THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PHASE OR FOR THE ENGINEERING PHASE.

AND WE SAY, OKAY, ACTUALLY WE, WE REALIZE AFTER REVIEWING THIS WITH THE COMMUNITY INPUT AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND LOOKING AT OUR, OUR, OUR SPECS AND OUR DESIGN AND EVERYTHING, WE THINK WE NEED TO BUMP THAT UP TO 30 CARS THAT THE FEDS ARE GONNA SAY, OKAY, COOL.

BUT IT'S NO PROBLEM.

IT'S AT THAT POINT AT WHICH THEY SAY, OKAY, BOOM, NOW WE'RE LOCKING IT IN.

AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO HOLD YOU TO WHAT YOU'RE SUBMITTED.

RIGHT.

LOCK IT IN.

WHEN WE GO INTO ENTRY INTO ENGINEERING, GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE COME UP WITH FOR THE FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT AT THE END OF THE WHOLE PROCESS.

OKAY.

AND THAT IS, AND HOW MUCH DO WE HAVE TO HAVE, IS THAT, IS THAT AT THE 100% DESIGN OR IS THAT THAT'S AT THE 3,000 AND THAT'S ALL IN HOW WE DO THE CONTRACTING.

THAT'S WHEN WE ACTUALLY DO IT.

IT'S WE MAY DO SOME CONTRACTING THAT IS BASED ON 30%, DEPENDING UPON THE BUSINESS MODEL THAT WE CHOOSE.

WE MAY DO SOME CONTRACTING THAT IS A HUNDRED PERCENT DESIGN.

THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IN A RISK ASSESSMENT LATER THIS FALL TO DETERMINE WHAT THE BEST METHODOLOGY IS FOR DOING THE CONTRACTING.

AND THAT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO DO FOR THE FDA PROCESS.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT YOU WENT THROUGH THE PROJECT, THAT YOU LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVES FOR CONTRACTING, AND THAT YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING THAT SAYS THESE ARE THE RIGHT ONES TO USE, UH, THAT MINIMIZES THE RISK.

SO PLENTY OF TIME HERE TO GO ABOUT GETTING COMMUNITY INPUT, LOOKING AT OUR OPTIONS, TAKING THE SOIL, BARE BORINGS, LOOKING AT THE GEOLOGY, THE GEOGRAPHY, LOOKING AT COSTS, LOOKING AT COMMUNITY FEEDBACK AND INPUT TO TAKE WHAT WE ESSENTIALLY PROVED AS A MAP SAYING, THIS IS WHERE WE WANT TO GO TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT GETTING US THERE LONG BEFORE WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY SUBMIT THE FINAL DOCUMENTS AND SAY, HEY, FEDERAL PARTNERS.

UM, THIS IS WHAT THE, WHAT WE BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO COST AND WHAT WE ARE ASKING YOU HOPEFULLY TO THEN, YOU KNOW, COME BACK WITH THE MATCH.

WELL, IN TERMS OF A LONG TIME TO DO IT, UH, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

THERE'S A LOT THAT WE HAVE TO GET THROUGH TO GET THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.

THE OTHER THING THAT'S THERE ON PROJECT DEVELOPMENT IS ONCE YOU GET INTO PROJECT, IT IS A 24 MONTH CLOCK.

SO YOU'VE GOT TO GET THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT IS THERE TO BE ABLE TO GET ALL YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE THINGS DONE, EVERYTHING THAT'S REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO GET APPROVAL, TO GET OUT OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT THAT GETS YOU INTO ENGINEERING.

SO IT'S IT'S TO OUR ADVANTAGE TO GET AS MUCH DONE DURING THAT TIMEFRAME.

AND WE'RE LOOKING TO BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD AND GET THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS THE EIS DONE, UH, SOMETIME VERY LATE NEXT YEAR OR EARLY IN THE SPRING, BECAUSE THERE WERE A WHOLE SERIES OF GOALS THAT YOU'VE SEEN AS WE'VE GONE THROUGH WHAT WE'VE NICKNAMED THE SNAKE CHART, UH, THAT PUT US INTO DIFFERENT TIMEFRAMES THAT GET US ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE TIME TO GET THE FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT.

SO THAT THAT'S THE PATH THAT WE'RE ON RIGHT NOW.

IT'S SHOWN AS A COUPLE OF MONTHS OR IT'S SHOWN AS A QUARTER.

SO THAT'S THE VARIATION.

AND AS WE GO FORWARD, WE'LL BE GETTING MORE FINITE DATES FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE.

BUT ALONG THE WAY, WE HAVE THIS FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE THE, TO MAKE THESE DECISION POINTS AND MAKE THESE CHANGES AS WE SEE WHAT THE COMMUNITY SAYS OR WHAT WE FIND THE, THE SCIENCE AND THE ENGINEERING SHOWING US AS WE GO ALONG THE WAY, AND IT WILL NOT PENALIZE US AS WE DO.

YEP.

WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE WHEN, UH, JOHN AND PETER COME UP AND DO THE PRESENTATION FOR DOWNTOWN ARE SOME OF THE OPTIONS THAT ARE THERE.

THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE'VE GOT TO WORK OUR WAY THROUGH AS WE GO THROUGH AND DEVELOP THE NEXT PORTION OF THE DESIGN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

I JUST WANT TO PUT A LITTLE PIN, UH, ON A LITTLE PART OF THAT TOO, TO EMPHASIZE A COMPONENT, BECAUSE I THINK BOARD MEMBER, YOU GOT TO AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.

SO AS DAVE MENTIONED, WE'RE JUST ABOUT THE KICKOFF, UH, A WHOLE RISK RISK PROCESS.

UH, THERE'LL BE A FORMAL FTA RISK PROCESS PER PROJECT ON THE, ON THE MEGA PROJECTS.

THAT'S PART OF THE PROCESS THEY'LL REQUIRE, BUT WE ARE GOING TO, UH, INITIATE A RISK PROCESS INTERNALLY TO BRING TO THE BOARD ULTIMATE INFORMATION FOR YOU ALL TO MOVE FORWARD ON CONTRACT DECISIONS.

AND A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT WOULD BE AGAIN, WE'LL, WE'LL TRY TO, WE'LL TRY TO WORK THROUGH THIS SLOWLY.

AND I KNOW THIS IS HARD BECAUSE IT'S LINES ON A MAP AND THEN INDIVIDUAL LINE ITEMS, BUT WE'LL WANT TO GET A WALK THROUGH THIS WITH THE COMMUNITY, ULTIMATELY, A BOARD IN THE COMMUNITY, LIKE THE ORANGE LINE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.

THE ORANGE LINE IS LIKELY NOT TO BE A CONTRACT.

THE ORANGE LINE COULD BE TWO CONTRACTS, COULD BE SEVEN CONTRACTS.

THE BLUE LINE COULD BE THREE CONTRACTS THAT THE CENTRAL ALIGNMENT AND TUNNEL, IT COULD BE ONE CONTRACT OR TWO CONTRACTS.

THE VEHICLES COULD BE ONE CONTRACT AND THE SIGNALS AND POWER SYSTEM AND OTHER CONTRACT.

WE NEED TO DO A COMPREHENSIVE RISK ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE WHAT THE RIGHT DELIVERY METHODOLOGY IS.

SOME MAY BE DESIGNED, BUILD SOME MAYBE POTENTIALLY PROGRESSIVE DESIGN BUILD.

SOME

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MAY BE DESIGNED BID BUILD.

IT COULD BE A COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT THINGS, UH, HOW WE DO FACILITIES VERSUS, UH, GUIDEWAY, UH, COMPONENTS.

UH, WE HAVE TO MAXIMIZE, HOW DO WE GET THE BEST VALUE PER DOLLAR FOR OBVIOUSLY THE AUTHORITY? HOW DO WE CREATE AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED, DB OPPORTUNITIES.

IF WE PUT THE ORDERS IN UNDER ONE CONTRACT, YOU WOULD PROBABLY LIMIT DB OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE IT'S ONE BIG CONTRACT WHERE IF YOU SPLIT THEM, YOU MIGHT HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABILITY, UH, AVAILABLE WORKFORCE IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE, WE, WE DON'T, WE'RE NOT A RAIL CULTURE IN AUSTIN, SO RIGHT.

WE'RE NOT A CHICAGO OR SOME CITY LIKE THAT.

THAT HAS JUST GENERATIONS OF SAY RAIL CAPACITY.

SO WE HAVE TO DO OUR MARKET SOUNDINGS AND WORK WITH OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS TO SEE HOW WE CAN OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, BUILD A WORKFORCE TO EVEN DELIVER THESE PROGRAMS. UH, WE WANT TO CREATE, UH, THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DISRUPTION TO THE COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, UH, IS GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIME, UH, SOUTHWEST PARKWAY.

UH, SO THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE'LL ASK A RISK CONSULTANT.

YOU KNOW, THEY'D HAVE DONE THIS FOR MEGA PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY OR INTERNATIONALLY TO COME BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, STAFF HAS TO TAKE TO THIS BOARD, HERE ARE THE BEST OPTIONS IN OUR TECHNICAL OPINION FOR YOU ALL TO AUTHORIZE US TO DO CONTRACTS.

UM, UM, AND THEN THAT GOES BACK TO WHAT I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER ABOUT THE FUNDING SOURCE.

THE OTHER PART THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT THAT WE'LL WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY AS, AS WE GO THROUGH.

THIS IS, YOU KNOW, DAVE'S TALKING ABOUT THE FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT.

THAT'S MULTIPLE YEARS AWAY FOR THE TWO BIG, BIG, BIG PROJECTS.

WE WILL DEFINITELY BE DOING WHAT WE BRINGING TO THIS BOARD CONTRACTS TO START WORK LONG BEFORE, OR CERTAINLY BEFORE, DEPENDING ON LONG BEFORE WE'LL EVER GET A FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT.

SO WE, WE WILL, WE'LL BE SPENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND MONEY BEFORE WE GET THE ACTUAL FEDERAL CONTRACT LOCKED IN.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE FEDERAL CONTRACT.

IT'S JUST THE WAY THE FEDERAL PROCESS WORKS.

AND WE'LL NEVER GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SIGN THE DOTTED LINE UNTIL WE ACTUALLY DO OUR PIECE.

AND ONE OF OUR PIECES IS STARTING THE PROGRAM.

SO THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU HEAR DIFFERENT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT, UH, THE FEDERAL PROCESS, THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT HAD TO HAPPEN TO MOVE US IN THE FEDERAL PROCESS WAS A LOCAL VOTE TO SECURE THAT FUNDING THAT IS LITERALLY THE ANCHOR OF EVERY MAJOR TRANSIT PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY.

NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT WE CAN WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THEM TO TALK ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO ROLL DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PROGRAM OUT OVER THE PERIOD OF TIME.

THERE'S ONE THING TO GIVE A LITTLE EXTRA ON THAT.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

ALTHOUGH IF WE DO RUN INTO BURIAL MOUNDS, WE KNOW RESPOND TO THIS, IT'S A CHAIR I'LL, I'LL ASK THE THIRD STAFF UPDATE,

[IIc. Administrative Program Update]

AND THIS IS, UH, IF WE COULD HAVE, I GUESS, DAVE, YOU'RE STILL UP, UH, I THINK UNTIL, UH, WITH THE CITY AND SHAMILA MUKHERJEE, UH, YOU KNOW, WILL COME UP.

I'M NOT SURE HOW THE THREE OF YOU ARE GOING TO DO THIS EXACTLY WITH THE THREE, BUT, UM, BUT, UH, AND REALLY THE THREE, A LOT OF WAYS LEADS ON, UH, DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE JOINT.

WE ORIGINALLY WAS CALLED THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO TRY TO TRANSITION THAT TO A JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

WE THINK THAT IS MUCH MORE ACCURATE OF A TERM.

UH, I THINK WE ENDED UP WITH JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT JUST BECAUSE THERE'S A COUPLE OR AUTHORITIES IN CALIFORNIA, QUITE FRANKLY, THEY USED THAT TERM AND THAT WE WERE DAVE AND I ARE MORE FAMILIAR WITH THAT AND THE TRANS INDUSTRY.

SO WE JUST DID THAT.

BUT JPA AS A JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, I THINK REALLY SYMBOLIZES WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE.

AND THE PARTNERSHIP HAS JUST BEEN, SO, UM, AS THEY'RE GOING TO GET INTO THEIR COMMENTS, ONE OF THE THINGS I JUST WANTED TO MENTION IS WE WILL BE SENDING A MEMO, MIGHT ACTUALLY ALREADY WENT OUT FROM STAFF, UH, THIS AFTERNOON, UH, GINA AND MYSELF HAVE AUTHORED A MEMO TO BOTH CAP METRO BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL WITH THIS EXACT INFORMATION.

SO THEY ARE ALL IN THE LOOP ON IT, EVERYONE'S ON THE SAME PAGE.

SO ALL THREE PARTIES HAVE SIMILAR INFORMATION CAUSE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT, UH, AS WE WORK TOWARDS THESE WORK SESSIONS AND, UH, ULTIMATELY, UH, APPROVALS, UM, OR ACTION ITEM IN LATE OCTOBER, THAT EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE OF WHAT THE JPA IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT.

AND I THINK MAYOR THAT GOES TO KIND OF YOUR COMMENT.

UM, AND SO THE TEAM WILL KIND OF GO THROUGH THE SCHEDULE, THE DIFFERENT TOPICS IN THE JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.

I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT JUST ONE THING THOUGH, IS AS YOU, AS WE TEE THIS UP IS WE'VE ALREADY DONE IN THIS BOARD.

I COMMEND THIS BOARD, BOTH CITY COUNCIL AND CAP, METRO BOARD HAVE ALREADY DONE, UH, SEVEN TOTAL ACTIONS RELATED TO THE PARTNERSHIP.

AND THOSE ARE, UH, CAP METRO AND THE CITY COUNCIL FORMED THE ATP TO BEGIN WITH THEN CAPITOL METRO AND THE CITY COUNCIL, UH, CREATED THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE TAX CAP, METRO AND THE ATP FUNDED THE CAP, METRO STAFF AND THE CAP METRO PROJECTS.

THE CAP METRO IS DOING ON BEHALF OF ATP, THE RUBBER TIRE PROJECTS, AS AN EXAMPLE, ATP AND THE CITY COUNCIL, UH, ALSO DID AN ILA TO FUND A NIQUE AND HER AND HER TEAM FROM THE SUPPORT OFFICE FOR THE, FOR THE PROGRAM ATP AND THE CITY COUNCIL ALSO ALREADY HAVE DONE AN ILA

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ON THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUNDING THAT YOU ALL APPROVED ATP AND THE CITY COUNCIL, UM, ARE FINALIZING, UH, THE FUNDING PROCEDURES, ILA, WHICH YOU ALL APPROVED AT THE LAST BOARD