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[CALL TO ORDER]

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IS 5 0 2 OR SO ON, UH, CERTIFICATE 7 21.

THIS IS THE EVERY TIME COMMISSION.

WE HAVE A FORM IN THE BUILDING.

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8.

WOW.

SO WE CAN GET THIS MEETING STARTED.

UH, ARE THERE ANY, UH, CHRISTOPHER, ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP, WHICH IS NOT A KNOCK ON THE AGENDA TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.

THIS IS FOR SPEAKERS WHO WANT TO SPEAK ON SOMETHING, KNOCK ON THE WINDOW.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

AND I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

MAY I MAYBE GO AROUND AND JUST, OR SAY THEIR NAMES? GREAT IDEA.

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE OUR LITTLE PENS.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW, PUSH THE LITTLE BUTTON.

SO YOU SHOULD GET A LITTLE RED LIGHT UP HERE.

YEAH.

YEAH.

CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME NOW? THAT'S ALL MARS.

YES.

WONDERFUL.

APOLOGIES FOR THAT.

WE WERE JUST GETTING OURSELVES SITUATED.

SO, UM, THE MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED THE ORDER AND WE'RE GOING TO GET STARTED SO YOU ALL CAN HOPEFULLY HEAR ALL OF US.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

FIRST THING WE'RE GOING TO DO IS INTRODUCE OURSELVES BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT SEEN EACH OTHER IN PERSON.

I HEAR YOU, MARIO.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL GIVE HIM A RIDE UP ON THE MIC.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THE FIRST THING WE'RE GOING TO DO IS INTRODUCE OURSELVES.

UH, SINCE MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW WHO THE COMMISSIONERS ARE.

UM, WE'LL START OVER HERE ON THE LEFT.

HI, I'M JAMIE DRISCOLL.

AND IF YOU DON'T MIND SAYING, WHAT IS YOUR APPOINTED? UM, I'M FOR, I REPRESENT DISTRICT SIX, UH, FEMALE EATON.

AND, UH, IT WAS PLANTED BY PAIGE ELLIS, DIANA WHEELER.

I REPRESENT DISTRICT SEVEN AND I WAS APPOINTED BY LESLIE POOL.

OKAY.

HEY, MARIO CHAMPION.

I'M FROM DISTRICT FIVE.

SO I WAS APPOINTED BY COUNCILMEMBER KITCHEN.

I'M SUSAN SUMMERS AND I WAS APPOINTED, UM, AND DISTRICT FOUR BY GREG CASAR.

I AM NATHAN RYAN.

I AM REPRESENTING DISTRICT TWO APPOINTED BY, UH, VANESSA FERNANDEZ AND I'M ALLIE ROUNIS, UH, REPRESENTING, UH, KELSEY MEMBER TOVO.

OKAY.

UH, SOME SOMEWHAT FRANCO, UH, REPRESENTING DISTRICT THREE APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, ANDREA JIM DALE, I'M ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND EXECUTIVE FROM OUR DEPARTMENT.

THAT'S ASSIGNED TO, THAT WOULD BE TRANSPORTATION AND I'M CHRISTOPHER PARKS.

UM, AND IT'S NICE TO FINALLY MEET ALL OF YOU IN PERSON.

SO, YEAH.

HEY, I JUST ENDED UP DOWN HERE.

UH, DANIELLE VERADO ON VIDEO, A TEACHER, ANYBODY WANT TO SPEAK UP CINDY, WHETHER BE APPOINTED BY MAYOR ADLER AND I'M SITTING IN A HOTEL IN AMARILLO, TEXAS.

HMM.

RUBIN BROOK, WHERE TO BUY ALL OF THEM OLD GROUP.

AND ARE ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS THERE ONLINE SINCE TWO FACES? I DON'T KNOW.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT IS ALL OF US.

THANKS EVERYBODY FOR SAYING WHO YOU ARE.

UH, SO THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, WE DETERMINED THERE WAS NOBODY SIGNED UP FOR, UH, TO SPEAK ON A NON AGENDA ITEM.

SO WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM

[1. APPROVAL OF August 18th, 2021 MINUTES]

ONE, WHICH IS APPROVAL OF THE AUGUST 18TH MINUTES.

UM, I DON'T KNOW THAT THOSE ARE IN OUR WE'RE LISTED ON THE SITE.

I DID NOT SEE THEM.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

THESE MIKE'S A LITTLE TRICKY.

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW THEM ON THE SCREENS FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.

OKAY.

THEY'RE ALSO IN THE MEETING.

WANT A MEETING INVITE NEXT SCREEN.

OKAY.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THESE MINUTES? MOTION TO APPROVE SECOND.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES, SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

OUTSTAYING CAUSE THERE WASN'T HERE.

MOTION TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENTS, THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES APPROVED.

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UM, THAT BRINGS

[2.A. TxDOT I-35 Presentation Presenters: Susan Fraser]

US UP TO OUR FIRST, UH, ITEM OF NEW BUSINESS, WHICH IS ITEM TWO, A TEXT, UH, PRESENTATION.

UM, THIS ISN'T FRASER HERE OR ONLINE.

HI, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THIS TIME TO JOIN.

MY NAME IS SUSAN FRASER.

I'M WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND I'M THE MOBILITY THIRTY-FIVE PROGRAM MANAGER.

UM, BUT BEFORE I GO INTO MY PRESENTATION ON CAPITOL EXPRESS PROGRAM AND THE CENTRAL PROJECT, I BELIEVE WE HAVE, UM, THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE PRESENTATION LINED UP AND TINA GEISEL, BRAD WILL BE LEADING THAT.

SO, UM, ARE YOU ABLE TO PULL UP THAT PRESENTATION, THE TTI PRESENTATION? WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT FIRST.

YES, WE HAVE THAT.

WE'LL PULL THEM OUT NOW.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

AND I'LL JUST SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS, THIS, UM, NEXT DISCUSSION POINTS.

SO WE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF, OF COMMENTS FROM THE COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDERS ASKING US TO REVIEW SOME OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS THAT WERE BEING PROPOSED.

AND SOME OF THESE CONCEPTS, YOU, YOU PROBABLY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM RETHINK AUSTIN.

I'M SORRY.

RECONNECT AUSTIN RETHINK 35.

AND THEN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AND ULI ALSO WORKED TOGETHER TO BRING FORTH A CONCEPT.

UM, WE WORKED WITH TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE.

WE ASKED THEM TO DO AN INDEPENDENT STUDY ON THESE COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES, UM, TO STUDY THEM, TO ANALYZE THEM.

AND WE REALLY ASKED THEM TO LOOK AT IT AT THREE MAJOR MAJOR, UH, ANSWER THREE MAJOR QUESTIONS.

ONE IS, COULD THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS BE STANDALONE ALTERNATIVES, UM, IN OUR ALTERNATIVE STUDY FOR THE CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT.

UM, AND THEN WE ASKED THEM TO LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, WHAT ASPECTS OR ELEMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS WERE ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE, UM, HAD ALREADY IDENTIFIED FOR THE CENTRAL PROJECT.

AND THEN THE THIRD ITEM WAS, ARE THERE SOME ELEMENTS OR ITEMS THAT WERE MISSING THAT ARE NOT IN THE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE COULD PULL IN? AND SO THEY LOOKED AT THAT AND UM, I HAVE WITH ME HERE TONIGHT, TEEN AND GEISEL BREATH WITH THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE, AND SHE'S GOING TO GO OVER THE FINDINGS OF THEIR, OF THEIR STUDY.

TINA I'LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU.

THANK YOU, SUSAN.

UM, THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE.

I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT I HAVE MY COLLEAGUE, DR.

SAM LOMAX ON THE LINE TOO.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE ANY HARD QUESTIONS, UM, WE CAN, WE CAN TURN THEM OVER TO 10 FOR THAT.

SO, UH, WITH THAT, I THINK WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

AND I THINK SOMEBODY THERE IS DRIVING THE SLIDE.

SO IF YOU COULD ADVANCE TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE WRITE DOWN.

SO, UM, AS SUSAN MENTIONED AND TEXTS THAT AUSTIN DISTRICTS ASKED, UM, TTI TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE, THE THREE, UH, COMMUNITY CONCEPTS THAT ARE, UM, BEING PROPOSED FROM RECONNECT AUSTIN, RETHINK 35 AND THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, UM, URBAN LAND INSTITUTE WORK THAT WAS DONE LAST FALL.

UM, SHE TALKED TO YOU ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE WERE GOING TO EVALUATE AND IN DOING THAT EVALUATION, WE CONSIDERED, YOU KNOW, THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH IN THE BOTH POPULATION AND THE, UM, ACCOMPANYING TRAP TRAFFIC VOLUME IN THE AREA.

WE ALSO LOOKED AT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTABILITY OF THE COMMUNITY CONTACTS, CONCEPTS, ALONG WITH THE TECH BUILD ALTERNATIVES.

UM, WE WANTED TO ALSO SEE THE IMPACTS OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ON THE CITY GRID AND THE, UM, HIGHWAY NETWORK AROUND CENTRAL.

AND THEN WE ALSO WANTED TO KIND OF, UM, TEST FOR ALIGNMENT WITH, WITH TEXTBOOKS, IDENTIFIED PURPOSE AND NEED FOR THE PROJECT.

AND SO IN ORDER TO, UM, DO, TO ACCOMPLISH THOSE THINGS, WE, UM, SET A PRETTY EXTENSIVE LITERATURE AND MEDIA REVIEW WHERE WE WENT BACK AND WE KIND OF LOOKED AT ALL THE ITERATIONS OF, OF THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A COUPLE DECADES NOW AND TO SEE HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE.

UM, WE INTERVIEWED A LOT OF PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS, AS WELL AS SOME PEOPLE, UM, THAT MAY REPRESENT SOME IDEAS KIND OF, YOU KNOW, OUTSIDE THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

UM, AND THEN WE, YOU KNOW, COMPARED, UM, ELEMENTS OF EACH OF THAT, BUT I'LL GET INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE AS WE GO THROUGH.

UM, WE ALSO, UH, WANTED TO LOOK AT, UH, UH, DEVELOPMENT PARCEL ANALYSIS BECAUSE A COUPLE OF THE PROPOSALS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED, WELL, ACTUALLY ALL THREE OF THE PROPOSALS

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SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED KIND OF GREED DEVELOPMENT, UM, UM, ANY LEFTOVER RIGHT AWAY THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE.

AND THEN, UM, WE ALSO TOOK A LOOK AT THE TRAVEL BANAN MODEL AND WE USE THE CAMPO, UM, PROBLEM DEMAND MODEL TO KIND OF ASSESS HOW, UM, VARIOUS, UM, CONCEPTS WOULD IMPACT THE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR THE CITY STREETS AND, AND, UM, SURROUNDING HIGHWAYS NEXT, PLEASE.

SO AS SOON AS I MENTIONED, UM, I BELIEVE PROBABLY MOST OF YOU ALL ARE FAMILIAR WITH, UM, THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPT.

UM, SEVERAL OF THE ELEMENTS ARE, ARE COMMON ACROSS ALL THREE.

UM, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEPRESSING OR LOWERING THE NAME LANES OF , UM, OTHER ARE LOOKING SPECIFICALLY TO, UM, CHANGE , UM, FOR EXAMPLE, RETHINK 45 CONSIDERS, UM, CONVERTING TO, UH, TO A BOULEVARD, AS OPPOSED TO JUST LOWERING THE MAIN LANE LIKE THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AND THE RE CONNECT AUSTIN, UM, PROPOSAL, UM, ALL OF THE, THE CONCEPTS, UH, WANT TO IMPROVE EAST-WEST CONNECTIVITY.

UM, WE ALL, THEY ALL WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, HAVE AN INCREASE IN MULTIMODAL PROBABLE, UH, AS I MENTIONED, SOME ARE CONTEMPLATING DEVELOPMENT OF, UH, RECLAIMED LAND ON THE RIGHT OF WAY, BUT THOSE ARE KIND OF LIKE THE OVERARCHING, UM, PRIMARY ELEMENTS OF EACH OF THE COMPONENTS, UH, NEXT PLEASE.

SO WHEN WE DID OUR COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS, WE WANT US TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND THAT SUSAN TALKED ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT ART OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS WERE ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE TEXTILE ALTERNATIVES, WHAT WERE PARTIALLY INCLUDED IN THERE? UM, WHAT COULD BE, UH, WHAT PART WOULD ALL COULD BE INCLUDED THAT WEREN'T INCLUDED? UM, WE ALSO LOOKED AT, UM, THINGS THAT WERE LIKE OUT OF TEXAS PURVIEW AND HOW THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT THIS TABLE, YOU'LL SEE THAT, UM, IT'S KIND OF IN THAT MIDDLE COLUMN IDENTIFIED SPECIFIC ELEMENTS OR ISSUES.

AND THEN WE MADE A NOTE BESIDE IT ABOUT HOW IT COULD OR COULD NOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

AND THOSE THERE, WE HAVEN'T DIVIDED THESE INTO, UM, YOU KNOW, WHICH ELEMENT OR ISSUE CAME FROM WHICH COMMUNITY CONCEPT OR THEY'RE KIND OF ALL GROUPED TOGETHER HERE, BUT, UM, THIS KIND OF GAVE US A BASIS FOR, FOR COMPARISON.

UM, NEXT PLEASE.

UM, YOU'LL ALSO SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE, THERE WERE CERTAIN ELEMENTS THAT WE WERE NOT FEASIBLE AT ALL.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, UM, YOU KNOW, DIVERTING TRUCKS TO OR OTHER, UM, OTHER CORRIDORS THAT'S ABOUT THAT WAS REALLY KIND OF OUT OF THE SCOPE OF, OF WHAT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE PROJECT.

UM, THE SAME THING WITH THE THINGS LIKE CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S COME UP QUITE A BIT, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS, UM, THAT CAN'T BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHIN A TRANSPORTATION PROJECT NECESSARILY, BUT IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, GET ALL THE PLAYERS TOGETHER TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT THAT.

SO IT TALKS ABOUT COULD SERVE IN A ROLE TO, UM, PARTICIPATE IN THOSE KINDS OF DISCUSSIONS.

UM, I, I THINK SUSAN MENTIONED, BUT MAYBE NOT, UM, THERE'S A LOT MORE DETAIL ABOUT EACH OF THESE.

I KNOW IT'S HARD FOR YOU TO KIND OF READ THOSE, UH, PART AS WE QUICKLY GO THROUGH THIS.

UM, BUT YOU CAN FIND MUCH MORE DETAIL IN OUR REPORT ON EACH OF THESE, UM, ALTERNATIVES.

UM, SO I WOULD INVITE YOU TO GO THERE AND I CAN ADD THAT LINK TO THE CHAT AND JUST, UH, IN JUST A MINUTE TO, UM, BUT THAT WAS KIND OF HOW WE WENT ABOUT LOOKING OUR COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS.

UM, IN ADDITION TO THAT, UM, AS I MENTIONED, WE ALSO LOOKED AT THE, UM, OUTPUTS FROM THE TRAVEL DEMAND MODEL.

SO IF YOU COULD ADVANCE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATION SHOWS IS KIND OF WHAT HAPPENED TO, UM, THE TRAFFIC VOLUMES ON

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THE CITY STREET AND HIGHWAY NEAR, UM, WITHIN THE 35 CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY REGION, UM, ACCORDING TO THE, THE THREE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, YOU SEE THE TXDOT ALTERNATIVE THERE ON THE LEFT, UM, IS, IS RED ON HERE.

AND YOU KNOW, THAT THAT'S BECAUSE OF VOLUME INCREASES ON .

UM, BUT IT DECREASES ON SOME OF THE, THE CITY STREETS ROUNDING, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

UM, THE LEGENDS IS A LITTLE BIT HARD TO READ THERE, BUT THE THICKER THE LINE, THE GREATER, THE VOLUME AND RED INDICATES A VOLUME INCREASE AND BLUE INDICATES A VOLUME DECREASE.

SO AS YOU SEE IN THE TEXT THAT BUILDS ALTERNATIVE MODEL RESULTS, UM, BECAUSE CAPACITIES INCREASE ON , UM, AND FOR REASONS THAT THE VOLUME WOULD INCREASE ON THERE.

UM, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RECONNECT AUSTIN, UM, OUTPUT, YOU CAN SEE THAT, UM, REDUCED ACCESS THROUGH DOWNTOWN, UM, PUSHES MORE OF THE TRAFFIC ONTO THE CITY STREETS AND PRIMARILY IN THE EAST AUSTIN AREA.

AND THEN WITH RETHINK 35, BECAUSE THE, UM, THE INTERSTATE IS ESSENTIALLY CONVERTED TO A BOULEVARD, UM, A LOT MORE TRAFFIC AS PUSHED TO CITY STREET.

UM, AND AGAIN, PRIMARILY IN EAST AUSTIN, UM, YOU SEE THAT, THAT AND RETHINK 45 IS, IS BLUE INDICATING A VOLUME DECREASE, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE THE CAPACITY IS REDUCED.

SO ALL THE TRAFFIC THAT, THAT NEEDS TO GO THAT DIRECTION IS PUSHED ONTO ALTERNATE.

UM, ROADWAYS ARE AROUND, AROUND, UH, CENTRAL AUSTIN THROUGH DOWNTOWN, IF YOU WILL, ON , UH, NEXT PLACE.

UM, WE, WE TALKED SPECIFICALLY IN THE RAPPORT ABOUT SOME OF THE LIMITATIONS, UM, UH, OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS.

UM, THERE ARE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF, OF THE CONCEPTS THAT, UM, THAT THE AUTHORS OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPT, YOU KNOW, THOUGHT THAT THAT TXDOT SHOULD, SHOULD PURSUE, BUT IN MANY CASES THEY ARE UNABLE TO DO SO, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, YOU KNOW, I TALKED ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING, YOU KNOW, TECHS THAT STATE LAW SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT THAT FROM, UM, CONTROLLING LAND USE OR DEVELOPMENT CODES.

I MEAN, THAT'S, THAT'S THE PURVIEW OF THE, OF THE CITY, UM, STATE POLICY RIGHT NOW FOR HER THAT'S TEXTILE FROM FUNDING, UM, THAT, OR A CAP OR STITCHES.

UM, I THINK YOU'D PROBABLY KNOW THAT THE, THE RE UH, THE UBI ENACT AUSTIN, UM, COMMUNITY CONCEPTS IMAGINED, UH, AN EXTENSIVE, UH, TAP ACROSS, UM, ACROSS FROM, UM, ESSENTIALLY HOLLY STREET TO THE MLK, UM, TECHS THAT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FUND THAT, UM, AS AN EXAMPLE, UM, IN THAT SAME EXAMPLE, UM, IF THERE WERE TO BE A CAP ON TOP OF THE INTERFACE, UM, TECHS THAT WOULD HAVE TO ENTER INTO A RIGHT AWAY AGREEMENT FOR AERIAL RIGHTS OVER THE INTERSTATE, BECAUSE, UM, I, 35 IS AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY.

UM, SEVERAL PEOPLE ASK ABOUT, UM, WHY RAIL WAS NOT REAL AND I, 35 WAS NOT, UM, INCLUDED, UM, AND NOT BECAUSE IT'S NOT FUNDED IN THE, UM, PROJECT CONNECT 20 YEAR PLAN.

SO THERE'S ARE KIND OF SOME OF THE LIMITATIONS ON, ON TEXTILE SIDE.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO THE EXPENSE OF THE LOCAL ENHANCEMENT.

SO I TALKED ABOUT, UM, NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND, UM, CAPS OR STITCHES OR DUCKS OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, AND IF, IF THAT, IF ANY OF THAT WERE TO COME TO FRUITION, THAT WOULD BE, UM, A LO A LOCAL ENHANCEMENT, UM, PAID FOR BY, BY LOCAL MONEY.

AND SO WE DID KIND OF A, UM, LIKE ANALYSIS OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT THAT WOULD COST AND, AND EACH OF THOSE ALTERNATIVES ARE, ARE EXPENSIVE.

AND AGAIN, I WOULD, UM, INVITE YOU TO LOOK FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THEM AND THE RAPPORT I, I REALIZED THIS WAS PROBABLY KIND OF HARD FOR YOU TO READ ON THE SLIDE THERE.

UM, SO I WOULD, AGAIN, INVITE YOU TO GO TO THE REPORT TO LOOK AT THAT, UH, NEXT.

SO, UM, WHAT WE DETERMINED WAS, UM, AS SUSAN MENTIONED, THAT NONE OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ON THEIR OWN ARE VIABLE AS STANDALONE ALTERNATIVES.

UM,

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WE TALKED ABOUT THE CONTINUOUS CAP REQUIRING A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT, UH, THIRD-PARTY FINANCING IN A VERY CONSTRAINED TIMEFRAME.

UM, YOU KNOW, SIDE IS, UM, UH, ON A CLOCK IF YOU WILL, WITH, WITH THE PROJECT AND THEY HAVE TO MAINTAIN THEIR SCHEDULE.

UM, BUT WE ALSO FOUND IN SEVERAL INSTANCES, THERE ARE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPLEMENT A LOT OF THE ELEMENTS, UM, IN, FROM THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS.

AND THOSE ARE, ARE GOING TO BE STUDIED FURTHER.

UM, MY UNDERSTANDING THOSE ARE GOING TO BE STUDIED FURTHER, UM, THINGS LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU LOCATE THE FRONTAGE ROADS.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, I THINK SUSAN'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, MAYBE, MAYBE THEY ARE NOT IN A TYPICAL CONFIGURATION THAT WE'RE USED TO WHERE, UM, YOU'VE GOT, UH, A FRONTAGE ROAD ON EACH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY.

UM, WE ALSO DETERMINED THAT, OR IN MOST INSTANCES, UM, MANY OF THE COMMUNITY, UM, MANY OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPT ARE ALREADY INCORPORATED INTO, UM, THE TEXTILE ALTERNATIVES, INCLUDING THE, THE LOWERED MAIN LANE, UM, TECH THAT PROVIDING FOUNDATIONAL SUPPORT, UM, FOR, FOR CAP OR STITCHES, IF, IF THOSE WERE TO BE FUNDED BY THIRD PARTY, UM, ALL OF THE ALTERNATIVES, UH, FEE TO INCREASE MULTIMODAL CONNECTIVITY, UM, MULTIMODAL ENHANCEMENTS WITH EAST-WEST CONNECTIVITY AND TRANSIT ACCESS AS WELL.

SO, UM, IN THAT REGARD, UM, A LOT OF THE FUNDAMENTAL ART OF THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ARE INCLUDED AND THE TAX BOUGHT ALTERNATIVE, I THINK THAT'S IT.

SO I'M HAPPY TO REFER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE TO 10 THE HO UH, FEEL FREE TO GO AHEAD, OR I'M NOT SURE HOW, HOW WE WANT TO DO THIS GOING FORWARD ON IF YOU WANT TO SEE SUSAN'S PRESENTATION FIRST OR WHAT YEAH.

LET'S DO ONE PRESENTATION AT A TIME.

I THINK IT WILL BE EASIER.

UM, IT'S AVA.

AVA, CAN YOU SHOW THE REST OF THE COMMISSIONERS SO WE CAN SEE WHO THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, SO DO PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK, UH, JAMES OR JAMES RUCKER, RIGHT? YES.

MR. RECORD, RAYMOND BROOKS, SORRY, MY BAD, SORRY.

YOU REFERRED TO, YOU KNOW, YOU REFERRED TO THE APPLE TRAVEL DEMAND MODEL.

I DON'T RECORD FROM THE CAPITOL 2045 DEMOGRAPHIC FORECAST AMONG FORECASTS HAVE COME UNDER A LOT OF, UM, 2040 FORECAST AND SHOW MAJOR PARTS OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY RUBIN POPULATION.

NOW, APPLES THEMSELVES HAVE GONE OVER TO A NEW AND VASTLY BETTER PROCESS FOR DOING , BUT THEY STILL DO ONLY ONE WORKER.

NOW I KNOW THE QPR HAS BEEN SOME ALTERNATIVE FORECASTS.

I HOPE OCCUR SEVERAL OF THEM.

AND I WONDER WHAT THE OUTCOME IS OF THOSE ALTERNATIVE FORECASTS ON THE TROUBLE.

I'M GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO 10.

CAUSE I THINK HE WAS PART OF THAT.

W WE, WE, WE DID RUN ONE OF THOSE SCENARIOS IS BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENS IF ALL THE, UH, TRAFFIC ANALYSIS ZONES INCREASE AT THE SAME PERCENTAGE RATE ACROSS THE REGION AND THE MAP THAT, UH, TINA SHOWED WITH THE, THE THREE ALTERNATIVES, THE, THAT THIS OTHER GROWTH, UH, FORECAST, WHICH, UH, YOU KNOW, THE MAP IS SORT OF FOCUSED ON DOWNTOWN.

IT, IT, UH, I THINK I WOULD CHARACTERIZE WHAT HAPPENED AS, UH, TRAFFIC AND POPULATION AND EMPLOYMENT CAME FROM THE SUBURBS BACK IN TOWARDS THE DOWNTOWN.

UM, ALTHOUGH DOWNTOWN HAS A FAIRLY ROBUST AMOUNT OF GROWTH IN IT, IN BOTH POPULATION AND JOBS, THE CONCLUSIONS YOU WOULD DRAW FROM THOSE, THOSE MAPS FROM THAT PATTERN ARE ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AS WHAT YOU SAW ON THE MAP.

THE, THE EAST AUSTIN PROBLEM GETS A LITTLE BIT WORSE WITH THE, UH,

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WITH THE ALTERNATIVE GROWTH PATTERN, BUT NOT SUBSTANTIALLY.

THEY DON'T LOOK SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT.

UM, CERTAINLY THERE ARE A WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER FORECASTS, UH, THAT, THAT ONE COULD, DID YOU GET A CHANCE TO RUN THE ONE WHERE THE INCREASE IN DENSITY DEPENDENT ON THE AVAILABLE? ONE THING WE HAVE TO CONSIDER IN THIS WHOLE GAME IS AMPLE, DID NOT TAKE INTO EFFECT, DID NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANY EFFECTS OF PROJECT NET.

YOU'RE APPROXIMATELY $125 ADDITIONAL TRIPS PER DAY, THAT WOULD BE ADDED BY PROJECT CONNECT.

THEY COULDN'T APPLE CAME OUT WITH THE MODEL IN MARCH AND THE ELECTION WASN'T UNTIL NOVEMBER.

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT ANY MODELS THAT TRY AND CONSIDER THE EFFECT OF ADDING A HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND TRIPS, ALL OF WHICH WOULD BE ALONG THE CORRIDOR, BUT A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION.

WE, WE DID NOT.

WE, UH, WE WERE, WE RAN THE MODEL THAT AMBO HAD.

UH, I WILL SAY WE ARE WE'RE IN DISCUSSION WITH THEM ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY WAS IN THAT MODEL.

SOME ELEMENTS OF PROJECT CONNECT WERE INCLUDED IN THE MODEL THEY ESSENTIALLY LOOKED AT, I GUESS, LOOKED AT THE POLLS AND SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS THING'S PROBABLY KIND OF PASSED.

I THERE'S SOME QUESTION BETWEEN OUR MODELERS ON THEIR MODELERS ABOUT WHAT SPECIFIC ELEMENTS GOT INCLUDED.

I'M NOT SURE, UH, CAN IN THE ELECTION FORECASTING FOLLOWS THE DEMOGRAPHIC FORECAST.

OBVIOUSLY THOSE ARE MY WORDS, NOT THEIRS, BUT, UM, I LIKE IT TELL, I KNEW WHAT THE, WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THE MODEL IT WILL LOOK LIKE.

OKAY.

BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, IF IT WAS SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE MODELS WERE IN FIVE LINES, BUT THE ANOTHER EFFECT YOU MIGHT CONSIDER IS WILLIAMSON COUNTY EFFECT WHERE PRIOR TO 20 AND 20, 40, AND EARLIER YESTERDAY, WE'RE LARGELY, EVERYBODY SITS AROUND A TABLE AND ASK FOR THEIR NUMBERS AND ADJUST THE NUMBER.

SO DON'T, EXCUSE ME, FOR THE 2045 FORECAST, UM, CAMPO DID A MUCH BETTER JOB.

THEY HAVE MY ADMIRATION AND THEY PROMISED TO DO EVEN BETTER IN THE FUTURE REAL MODELING TOOLS, EXCEPT AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE WILLIAMS COUNTY CAME IN AND ADDED ANOTHER 300,000 POPULATION.

AND NOW FOLKS THERE CANNOT OVERRIDE WILLIAMSON COUNTING.

SO AGAIN, I WOULD BE, WE GET A LESS PUT ASIDE PROCESS COMING UP WITH FORECAST.

I WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS ABOUT CAMPO IF I CAN JUST ADD TO THAT TOO.

AND I WOULD INVITE TECHS THAT SAID SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE.

SO, SO IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT, WELL, FIRST LET ME BACK UP AND SAY, AND PCI DIDN'T RUN THE MODEL.

WE WEREN'T GIVEN MODELED ONE BY TEXTBOOKS CONSULTANTS.

THAT'S NUMBER ONE, BUT NUMBER TWO, AND THAT'S REQUIRED TO USE THAT THE FEDERALLY APPROVED PROBABLY IN AN MODEL.

UM, I REALIZED THERE WAS A LOT OF, YEAH, THINGS THAT, THAT COME WITH THAT, BUT, BUT THAT'S THE TOOL THAT THEY HAVE TO USE.

I SEE HEATHER IN THROUGH THE MOUTH.

SO PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG.

I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE EARLIER.

YEAH, I'LL GO AHEAD AND SPEAK UP, TINA.

UH, YEAH, MY NAME IS HEATHER ASHLEEN AND WHEN I'M THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR AT PRESCOTT AUSTIN DISTRICT, AND, UM, TINA'S CORRECT.

WE, UH, TO BE LEGALLY SUFFICIENT IN OUR NEPA PROCESS, UH, WE HAVE TO USE THE ADOPTED APPROVED CAMPO MODEL AND, UM, PROJECT CONNECT IS STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND, UM, WE'RE WORKING ON THE METHODOLOGY FOR TRAFFIC FORECASTING.

AND, UM, BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE, UH, FULLY IN SUPPORT OF THE CAMPO MODEL THAT WAS COORDINATED WITH ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS.

YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY COORDINATED WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION DIVISION.

THEY COORDINATED WITH OTHERS ON, ON THE MODEL AS WELL.

AND SO THAT'S THE ADOPTED AND APPROVED MODEL THAT WE'RE WE'RE USING.

I WOULD POINT OUT THAT YEAH, PROJECT CONNECT IS UNDER EXACTLY THE SAME REQUIREMENTS.

SO PROJECT CONNECTS, CURRENT KINDS OF FORECASTS ARE BASED ON PATTERNS OF MODELS THAT DIDN'T CONSIDER ANY EXPERT WROTE TO PROJECT CONNECT WITH HILL.

SO I'M VERY SURE AND THERE AND TRANSIT AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED.

YOU STOPPED SMILING, THEN I'M GOING TO TRY IT THE MODEL.

SO I'M PRETTY CONVINCED

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THAT THE BURREN PROJECT CONNECT UP SUMMIT IS AROUND 250,000 PER DAY OF THOSE $175.

I DO BEEN WHEN I USE EVERYBODY WROTE THE SAME MODEL TODAY HAS ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT MORE, UH, FOOD.

BUT WHEN I GO TO THE PRIVATE ORDER DEVELOPMENT MODEL, IT'S DOUBLED, BUT IF I WERE A BETTING PERSON, I WOULD BET ON TRUCK PROJECT COMMITTEE RIDERSHIP, HEY, I WOULD LIKE TO CHIME IN AND SAY, WE STARTED THIS SERIES, IT'S CALLED THE CAPEX VOICE, IT'S VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE HAVE ON OUR ROS ON OUR LIST OF POTENTIAL VOICE MEETINGS, A TRAFFIC WORKSHOP THAT ALLOWS US TO DIVE INTO MORE DETAIL ON CERTAIN SPECIFIC TOPICS.

AND SO RUBEN, I'D LIKE TO PUT YOU ON THE LIST FOR THE CAPEX VOICE FOR THE TRAFFIC WHEN WE HAVE OUR TRAFFIC DISCUSSION, OUR DEEP DIVE ON THAT.

UM, I THINK IT'D BE GOOD IF HE COULD ATTEND THAT AND I'VE ALREADY BEEN ATTENDING THOSE MEETINGS AND THEY ARE EXCELLENT.

YOU HAVE MY FULL COMPLIMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER BROOKS, COMMISSIONER FRANK.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION.

AMAZING.

UM, I I'D LIKE TO GET A COPY OF IT, UNFORTUNATELY, I'M NOT IN THE CHAT, SO THERE'S A WAY WE CAN GET THAT SENT OUT TO COMMISSIONERS.

THAT'D BE FANTASTIC.

UM, I GUESS WHAT I'M HEARING FROM THIS DISCUSSION SPUR BOND BY, BY RUBIN'S QUESTION IS THAT, UM, THERE IS SOME, UM, DISCREPANCIES IN THE MODELING ITSELF, WHETHER IT BE BECAUSE OF, UM, NUMBERS THAT WERE USED PRIOR TO ELECTIONS OR, UM, FEDERALLY MANDATED NUMBERS THAT ARE, THAT ARE DIFFERENT POTENTIALLY FROM LOCAL NUMBERS OR EVEN FTA VERSUS, UM, F F H W NUMBER MANDATES, UM, POINT OF THAT BEING, UH, THERE'S, THERE'S TWO GINORMOUS PROJECTS ON THE TABLE HERE.

I KNOW WE'RE, WE'RE TALKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT , BUT WE'D BE VERY, VERY WRONG TO SAY THAT 35 DOES NOT DIRECTLY IMPACT PROJECT CONNECT.

SO AS A COMMUNITY 7 BILLION VERSUS THE BILLIONS, RIGHT, 35, I THINK IF WE COULD SLOW THIS PROCESS DOWN A LITTLE BIT AND GET CONSENSUS ON WHAT THOSE NUMBERS SHOULD BE, THAT WOULD BE A VERY, VERY RESPONSIBLE DECISION TO MAKE IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THESE ARE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BEING SPENT.

THAT'S ALL MY COMMENTS IS TXDOT OR TTI.

I HAVE HAD A COMMENT OR AN OPINION, SO I CAN TELL YOU, UM, BECAUSE THIS IS AN INTERSTATE, WE HAVE TO COORDINATE WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AS WELL.

SO WE'RE, UH, WE DID A METHODOLOGY AND YOU HAVE TO GET APPROVAL AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS THAT AT, UM, AT EPIC SHOULD BE I AS WELL ON OUR TRAFFIC FORECASTING AND OUR METHODOLOGY.

SO WE WORK WITH OUR DESIGN DIVISION.

UM, WE ALSO DISTRICT WORKS WITH DESIGN DIVISION AND, UM, WE GET ALL OF THAT APPROVED BY HWA.

SO THAT'S REALLY THE ONLY WAY WE'RE ABLE TO ILLEGALLY YOUR VOICE HAS DROPPED LAST YEAR.

YOUR VOICE HAS DROPPED YOUR, YOU WENT ON MUTE OR YOUR VOICE DROPPED.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OKAY.

YES.

YEAH.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, IN TERMS OF, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT DOING IT IN A VACUUM, THE TRAFFIC, UH, METHODOLOGY AND FORECASTING THAT WE'RE DOING, UH, AND WE DID RECENTLY TAKE SOME MORE TRAFFIC COUNTS TO KIND OF PROVE OUR NUMBERS.

AND SO, UH, WE ARE DOING SOME THINGS TO, TO KIND OF, UH, MAKE SURE THAT MEL METHODOLOGY IS SOUND, AND WE'LL TAKE YOUR COMMENTS HERE TODAY AND GO BACK AND TALK TO THE TEAM ABOUT IT.

UM, IF I COULD HAVE A FOLLOW-UP COMMENT.

UM, SO AS A PROCESS, YOU KNOW, IT'S THIS WE'RE SOFTWARE, I'LL JUST SPEAK TO THIS, THAT'S MY FIELD.

YOU KNOW, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING AGILE AND BEING WATERFALL.

AND THE QUESTION WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S DISCREPANCY OR DISCUSSION, I THINK GOOD FAITH DISCUSSION FROM BOTH SIDES ON THE DISCREPANCY, IN THE NUMBERS.

IS THERE ANY ELEMENT OF THE PROCESS AS THIS GOES ALONG WHERE YOU LITERALLY SIT DOWN AND RECONSIDER ONE MONTH IN ONE YEAR IN, BEFORE IT TURNS SHOVELS, IS THERE A PLACE TO RECONSIDER THE VALIDITY OF THE NUMBERS OR DO YOU PICK THE NUMBER RIGHT NOW? AND THEN THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND $8 BILLION? WELL, IT'S ACTUALLY A FIVE-YEAR MODEL.

SO, UM, THERE'S TYPICALLY A DIRECT GRANDFATHER PERIOD.

SO, UH, LIKE COMMISSIONER BROOKS WAS MENTIONING, UM, THE 20, 40 MODEL WE'RE WORKING ON THE 20, 45 MODEL RIGHT NOW.

AND, UM, DURING THAT FIVE YEARS, THEY'D TAKE EVERYTHING AND THEY COORDINATE WITH THE STAKEHOLDERS.

AND SO IT IS EVERY FIVE YEARS AND I, 35 IS NOT THE ONLY PROJECT THAT'S USING THE CAMPO MODEL, EVERY SINGLE PROJECT THAT TXDOT PUTS OUT, UM, IN THIS REGION

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AND THE CAPITAL AREA, METROPOLITAN METRIC POLITAN REGION IS USING THAT MODEL.

AND SO EVERY PROJECT THAT WE'RE USING IS, IS USING, IS USING THAT MODEL.

SO, UM, WE STAY, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE, WE'RE USING RIGHT NOW.

BUT AGAIN, LIKE YOU MENTIONED, WE'LL TAKE YOUR COMMENTS BACK AND, AND, UM, LIKE SUSAN MENTIONED, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL GET A DEEP DIVE INTO TRAFFIC.

WE'LL HAVE OUR SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS, EXPERTS AT THE TABLE AND DISCUSS WITH YOU AT THAT TIME.

SURE.

I GUESS ONE FOLLOWUP.

SO THE TAKEAWAY IS THAT EVERY FIVE YEARS YOU COULD RECONSIDER THE NUMBERS.

OKAY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THE CAMPO MODEL IS UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS.

YEAH.

IT'S FISCALLY CONSTRAINED, UM, PROJECTS THAT ARE IN THAT 20 YEAR PLAN.

CAN I ENTER THE ROOM TO KEEP THEIR MOUSE ON OVER THEIR MOUTHS AND NOSES? GOOD POINT.

I AGREE.

UH, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS WITH COMMENTS, QUESTIONS FOLLOW UP? YEAH.

THIS IS DANIEL ALVARADO.

UM, ON VIDEO, UM, HI, UH, I WAS CURIOUS, SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE CURRENT CAMPO MODEL, WHICH YOUR FAMILY YOU ARE REQUIRED TO USE.

UH, SO IT WAS BASED IS THIS MODEL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, UH, W WHEN DID THE ANALYSIS OF THE ALTERNATIVES, UM, OPPOSITIONS, UH, ESSENTIALLY AS WE CONNECT AUSTIN, DID YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, UH, A REDUCED DEMAND FROM, UM, THE LAW, UH, REDUCE RELIANCE ON PARTS? UH, TYPICALLY IN THE URBAN CORE, UM, IT DOESN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, UH, THE ABILITY TO CRISSCROSS THE INTERSTATE ON FOOT BICYCLE AND OTHER MOBILITY OPTIONS, AND, UH, JUST VARIOUS WAYS THAT YOU MIGHT THAT PROPOSAL OR OTHER PROPOSALS LIKE THAT WOULD, UH, REDUCE CONGESTION AND MAYBE BALANCE OUT, UH, THE TRAFFIC LOAD, OR DOES IT ONLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, UH, THE CAR, UM, UH, LOAD THAT YOU ARE EXPECTING FROM I'LL LET TIM TRY THAT ONE AT FIRST, BECAUSE HE IS MORE OF A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT ON TRUCK THAN I AM.

UM, BUT TIM, YOU WANT TO TRY THAT AND THEN I'LL FOLLOW.

SURE.

I, UH, THERE IS A FAIR AMOUNT OF, UM, SORT OF NON-CAR MODE.

I THINK, UH, THE, THE OPTIONS THAT YOU SAW US PRESENT, I THINK ALL OF THOSE MEET THE 50% NON SINGLE-OCCUPANT VEHICLE MODE SHARE GOAL THAT THE CITY HAS EXPRESSED.

UM, THE, AND THERE'S A FAIR AMOUNT OF BIKE AND PAD AND TRANSIT, UH, IN THERE.

UH, I, I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE SPECIFICS ON, ON HOW MANY TRIPS THERE ARE, BUT YOUR, YOUR, YOUR, UM, THING, UH, THAT IT, IT WOULD BE, UH, TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE, THE TRIP SPLIT THE 50%, UH, TRIPS SPLIT THAT, UM, OFTENTIMES AS THE SUMMARY RESULTS THAT I SAW SHOWED THAT THAT'S THAT'S OCCURRING IN THE MODEL.

OKAY.

WELL, YEAH, THAT'S INTERESTING.

UH, BUT I, I WOULD JUST COMMENT THAT I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THESE KIND OF, UH, THESE FORECASTS TEND TO BE PSEUDO-SCIENTIFIC AND, UM, I, I DON'T REALLY, UH, BUY FRANKLY THAT, UH, THAT THEY JUST HAPPENED TO FEEL EXACTLY WHAT TXDOT WANTS TO SHOW.

SO I'LL JUST LEAVE IT THERE.

MR. SANDERS, I GUESS THIS IS MORE OF A COMMENT THAN A QUESTION, BUT LOOKING THROUGH SOME OF THE CHARTS THAT YOU SHOWED US, PARTICULARLY THE SLIDE THAT SHOWED LIKE ELEMENTS PROPOSED BY THE COMMUNITY, UM, COMMUNITY CONCEPTS THAT WERE ADDRESSED IN TXDOT.

I JUST REALLY WANT TO SAY THAT, THAT, THAT ISN'T SUPER SATISFYING TO ME IN CERTAIN CASES, LIKE WHERE IT SAID MORE ME AND MORE EAST, WEST CONDUCTIVITY, MORE CROSSINGS, I THINK THERE WAS ONE AT IT AND THE TECHSTOP PROCESS.

THAT'S NOT VERY, LIKE IF WE HAVE PROPOSALS THAT BASICALLY CALL FOR ELIMINATING ALL EAST WEST CONDUCTIVITY PROBLEMS, AND YOU'RE SAYING, WELL, WE'RE GOING TO ADD ONE MORE STREET.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT REALLY IS A SATISFYING SENSE TO ME THAT LIKE THE TECHSTOP PROPOSAL SATISFIES WHAT THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ARE LOOKING FOR.

THAT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE.

THERE WERE A FEW LIKE THAT.

SO I GUESS THAT'S MORE OF JUST AN OBSERVATION OR COMMENT YOU CAN RESPOND, BUT, UM, I DON'T FEEL AS STRONGLY FROM THE SLIDE THAT YOU SHOWED THAT THE TECHSTOP PROPOSAL MEETS THOSE A LOT OF THOSE SAME ELEMENTS THAT YOU SAID, OH, THIS WAS ADDRESSED BY THE TECHSTOP PLAN, THE, WHAT THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS ARE CALLING FOR.

NOT QUITE AS SURE ABOUT I CAN, I CAN JUST ANSWER REALLY QUICKLY, UM, YOU KNOW, AND WORK ON A LOT OF LAST YEAR.

WE LOST YOU AGAIN.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OKAY.

SO A LOT OF THE

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ATTIC CRUSTY, UH, PROJECTS THAT WE WORK ON, UH, THE MAJOR PROJECTS IN AUSTIN, 180 3 NORTH MOPAC EXPRESS, UH, MOPAC SOUTH.

A LOT OF THOSE PROJECTS, WE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD EVERY SINGLE BRIDGE.

SO WE USUALLY HAVE TO SQUEEZE IN THE BIKE AND PET ACCOMMODATIONS ON THOSE EXISTING STRUCTURES, WHICH IS NOT EASY, UM, IN THIS PROJECT, WE'RE RECONSTRUCTING EVERY SINGLE CROSSING.

AND SO, UM, WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

AND SO, BUT I UNDERSTAND, UM, I UNDERSTAND YOUR COMMENT.

AND JUST TO, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT WE DO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO, YOU KNOW, NOT HAVE TO RETROFIT A BRIDGE, UM, FOR THE STRUCTURAL SUPPORT THAT'S NEEDED FOR ANY OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE ON THIS PROJECT.

AND I'LL JUST ADD, UM, WHEN WE GO THROUGH THE PRESENTATION THAT, UH, I'LL, I'LL WALK THROUGH, WE WERE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THAT EAST WEST CONNECTIVITY.

AND AS HEATHER SAID, REBUILDING THOSE BRIDGES, IT REALLY IS GOING TO CHANGE THE EXPERIENCE OF THE, OF MOVING EAST AND WEST THROUGH AUSTIN.

UM, WE ARE ALSO ADDING SOME ADDITIONAL CROSSINGS, UM, ON THE PET SIDE, WE'RE ADDING A PEDESTRIAN, UM, UH, STRUCTURE BRIDGE OVER, UM, I 35.

AND THIS IS BETWEEN US 2 92 AROUND 51ST STREET IN THE CAPITAL POSIT ROOM.

WE'RE LOOKING AT, UM, A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING BRIDGE AT FOURTH STREET.

UM, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT AN EAST WEST CROSSING OF HISTORY.

UM, BUT WE'LL GO THROUGH THAT A BIT MORE WHEN I, THIS IS A PRESENTATION.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

KRISHA.

I'VE GOT ONE MORE QUESTION.

I, MAYBE I MISSED IT.

I DIDN'T SEE THE ANALYSIS MAP OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, A ULI PROGRAM.

WAS THAT JUST FOR SPACE OR DID YOU NOT DO A MAP ON THAT WHEN YOU WERE COMPARING THE IMPACT FROM THE 35 AND YOU HAD THE ED, THE RECONNECT AND THE RETHINK, BUT NOT THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

YEAH.

THIS IS TIM.

UM, TAKE THAT, UH, WE LOOKED AT WHAT THE BIA ALTERNATIVE ALTERNATIVE WAS FROM A MODELING STANDPOINT.

IT'S NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT.

UM, THE TXDOT OPTION IN TERMS OF WHERE THE TRIPS ARE GOING FROM, YOU KNOW, THE MA MY SUMMARY IS THEY WENT LOOKING FOR CAPS AND STITCHES AND BETTER, UM, CONNECTIONS THAT ARE WIDER, UH, YOU KNOW, CROSSINGS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THOSE DIDN'T RISE TO THE LEVEL OF SOMETHING THAT WE FELT LIKE A MODEL WAS GOING TO GIVE US ANY INPUT ON.

WE, WE, WE DO HAVE, UH, AN ANALYSIS OF THAT IN THE, IN THE FULL REPORT, UH, AND, AND LOOKED AT THE ELEMENTS OF THAT EA IT'S JUST NOT GRAMPY OUT.

RIGHT.

YEP.

THANKS.

OKAY.

UH, ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS WITH COVID HERE BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE NEXT PATIENT? OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT ONE.

UM, LET'S MOVE ON TO THE, UH, BIGGER PRESENTATION.

YOU READY FOR ME TO START? WE'RE READY WHEN YOU ARE.

GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU EVERYONE.

AND I REALLY ACTUALLY PREFER TO START WITH QUESTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PRESENTATION.

SO I KIND OF KNOW WHERE TO FOCUS MY TIME.

AND SO THIS EARLY DISCUSSION WITH TTI AND THOSE QUESTIONS WERE GREAT.

UM, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STOP DURING THE PRESENTATION.

IF YOU HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

I KNOW A LOT OF YOU ARE PROBABLY VERY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF THIS CONTENT ALREADY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I'M GOING TO GIVE A VERY BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILITY 35 PROGRAM, AND THEN WE'LL TALK MOSTLY ABOUT THE CAPITOL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT.

I'LL GIVE A VERY BRIEF UPDATE ON OUR NORTH AND SOUTH PROJECTS AS WELL, WHICH ARE PART OF THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PROGRAM.

AND NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PROGRAM PROJECTS ARE UNDER THE

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MOBILITY THIRTY-FIVE PROGRAM UMBRELLA.

THESE ARE GOALS THAT REALLY GUIDE THE, UM, THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OF ALL OF OUR PROJECTS IN MOBILITY 35 AND MOBILITY 35 SPANS I 35 THROUGH WILLIAMSON, TRAVIS AND HAYES COUNTY.

IT'S ABOUT 79 MILES.

UM, THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PROGRAM PROJECTS ARE SOME OF OUR MAJOR PROJECTS, BUT THESE ARE GOALS THAT WE DO APPLY TO ALL OF THEM.

AND WHAT I REALLY WANT TO POINT OUT FROM HERE IS INCREASING CAPACITY IS ONE OF THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, BUT WE ALSO HAVE OTHER GOALS AND OBJECTIVES THAT REALLY COME INTO PLAY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE CAPITAL EXPRESS PROGRAM PROJECTS AND, AND REALLY RESPOND TO THE FEEDBACK THAT WE'RE HEARING LIKE IMPROVING EAST-WEST CONNECTIVITY, UM, COMPASSION, IMPROVING COMPATIBILITY WITH NEIGHBORHOODS, ENHANCING OUR FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE BIKING AND PSYCH AND WALKING AND, AND USING TRANSIT.

UM, ADDITIONALLY ENHANCING SAFETY SAFETY IS A NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT TXDOT, UM, OPTIMIZING THE ROADWAY FOOTPRINT SUSTAIN WITHIN, OR AS CLOSE TO WITHIN THE RIGHT OF WAY AS WE CAN.

UM, AND THEN YOU HAVE INCREASING OUR CAPACITY AND FINALLY MANAGING TRAFFIC BETTER.

SO, ONE THING ABOUT THE CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT IS WE ARE ADDING SOME OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE REALLY GOING TO IMPROVE CONGESTION AND INTERSECTIONS IN ON FRONTAGE ROADS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THIS IS SOME PROGRAM HISTORY.

I THINK YOU WILL, YOU ALL HAVE A COPY OF THIS, SO YOU CAN LOOK AT IT IN SOME DETAIL, BUT I WANT, WHAT I WANT TO POINT OUT FROM THIS IS THAT WAKE TECH SAW HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS, THESE PROGRAM OF PROJECTS FOR YEARS, AND REALLY STARTING BACK IN THE 1980S, THE MOBILITY 35 PROGRAM WAS STARTED IN 2013.

UM, WE THEN WORKED WITH THE DOWNTOWN STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP IN 20 13, 20 14, AND THEN ALSO HAD A DEX NEIGHBORHOOD WORKSHOP, UM, IN 2014, THROUGH 2015, AND REALLY THE OUTCOME OF THE DOWNTOWN STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP AND THE DECKS NEIGHBORHOOD WORKSHOP WAS TO LOWER REMOVE THE UPPER DEBTS THAT WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, THROUGH QUITE A BIT OF OUTREACH AND DISCUSSION.

AND THAT WAS A MAJOR, UM, TAKEAWAY AND CONCLUSION OUT OF THOSE, UH, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT EFFORTS IN 2020 CAMPO AND THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVED THE, UM, THE CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT FOR FUNDING IN THE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLAN.

AND TH AND TODAY WE ARE NOW IN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMATIC PHASE FOR CAP CENTRAL CAPEX CENTRAL NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THEN THESE ARE OUR PROJECTS.

SO IT'S THREE STANDALONE PROJECTS, NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OR NORTH AND MYTHS GO FROM SH 45 NORTH TO UST.

90 EAST CENTRAL GOES FROM US TO 90 EAST TO THE SH 71 THAN WHITE BOULEVARD INTERCHANGE.

AND THEN SOUTH GOES FROM SH 71, THEN ONE TO SH 45 SOUTH EAST, AND WE'RE PROPOSING TO ADD MANAGE LANES.

SO NON TOLD HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE MANAGED LANES.

THOSE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TRANSIT CARPOOLS VANPOOLS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

NEXT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO AGAIN, OUR CENTRAL PROJECT IS ABOUT EIGHT MILES.

OUR, OUR, OUR PROPOSAL IS TO CONSTRUCT TWO NON TOLD MANAGED LANES IN EACH DIRECTION.

ALONG WITH THAT, WE WOULD BE RECONSTRUCTING RAMPS AND BRIDGES.

WE WOULD BE IMPROVING THE FRONTAGE ROAD, ENHANCING OUR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATING TRANSIT ROUTES.

UM, AND THEN ALSO MAKING A NUMBER OF OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE BYPASS COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTOR SYSTEM.

OUR TOTAL CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COSTS IS ABOUT 4.9 BILLION.

WE'RE ANTICIPATED TO START CONSTRUCTION IN 2025.

UM, HOWEVER, I WILL SAY, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS, THERE MAY BE SOME PRE-CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IDENTIFIED BY A UTILITY RELOCATION.

UM, SOME, UH, SOME SMALLER PROJECTS IDENTIFIED THAT THAT MAY OCCUR BEFORE 2020.

OKAY.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THIS IS WHERE WE ARE NOW.

SO FOR THE CENTRAL PROJECT, WE, UM, INITIALLY HAD OUR FIRST OPEN HOUSE WHERE WE PROVIDED A DRAFT PURPOSE, A NEED, AND A COORDINATION PLAN FOR THE AGENCIES AND THE PUBLIC.

UH, WE HAD A SECOND OPEN HOUSE TO SHOW DRAFT EVALUATION CRITERIA, AND THIS IS THE CRITERIA THAT WE WERE GOING TO USE ON THE THREE BUILD ALTERNATIVES THAT WE WERE PROPOSING.

UM, WE S WE SOUGHT FEEDBACK ON THAT CRITERIA, AND THEN WE ADJUSTED THE CRITERIA PRIOR TO DOING THAT PRELIMINARY SCREENING.

AND NOW WE ARE

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IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR THIRD OPEN HOUSE THAT WE HAD AN IN-PERSON OPTION ON AUGUST 10TH.

UM, IT IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24TH.

THAT WAS EXTENDED.

IT WAS GOING TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 8TH, BUT IT WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT ON SEPTEMBER 12TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24TH.

UM, WHAT WE SHOWN IN THIS IS OUR ALTERNATIVES WITH THE, THE PLAN VIEW.

SO THE SCHEMATICS AND EXHIBITS THAT SHOW RIGHT OF WAY FOOTPRINT ACCESS A LOT OF OTHER DETAILS.

AND WE'VE ALSO SHOWN THE RESULTS OF OUR PRELIMINARY EVALUATION SCREENING.

AND I'LL GET INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT FURTHER ON, UM, THE NEXT IMPORTANT MILESTONE THAT WE'LL HAVE IS GOING TO BE IN ABOUT A YEAR IN THE FALL OF 2022, WE'LL HAVE ONE RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE.

AND THEN IN THE SUMMER OF, UH, AND THEN ALONG WITH THAT IN THE FALL OF 2022, WE'LL HOLD OUR PUBLIC HEARING.

AND THEN IN THE SUMMER OF 2023, UM, WE ARE TARGETING THE, UM, ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE AND RECEIVING RECORD OF DECISION THAT IS APPROVED.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO YOU, THIS, THIS SIDE REALLY IS JUST TO TOOT TO ILLUSTRATE WHY THE DEPARTMENT IS PUTTING THE RESOURCES TO IMPROVE BY 35.

THE LAST TIME I 35 RECEIVED A MAJOR UPGRADE WAS, UM, YOU HAVE TO, A CENTURY AGO, A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN.

OUR AVERAGE DAILY TRAFFIC NOW IS MORE THAN 200 VEHICLES PER DAY.

AND BY 2045, THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GO TO 300,000 VEHICLES PER DAY.

AND ANOTHER, ANOTHER REASON FOR THIS UPGRADE, AS WE KNOW THAT THE CRASH RATE ON I 35 IN THIS, IN THE SECTION OF THE CAP CAPITAL EXPRESS PROGRAM PROJECTS IS, IS HIGHER ABOVE AVERAGE THAN FOR SIMILAR STATE ROADWAYS.

IN 2019, WE HAD 1,132 CRASHES IN THE PROJECT LIMITS THAT RESULTED IN EIGHT FATALITIES AND, AND 21, ANOTHER 21 OF THOSE PRESSURES WERE, UM, RATED AS SEVERE.

AND THIS NEXT SLIDE, THIS NEXT SLIDE DISCUSSES THE PURPOSE AND NEED FOR THE PROJECT.

UM, I WILL LET YOU GUYS LOOK AT THAT IN DETAIL FURTHER, WE'LL GO ONTO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH, AND THIS IS JUST PUBLIC OUTREACH WITHIN THE LAST ABOUT 18 MONTHS SINCE THE PROJECT WAS INCLUDED IN THE UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLAN, BUT WE'VE HAD, UM, 28 MEETINGS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND, AND AREA LEADERS.

WE'VE HAD OVER 50 MEETINGS WITH, UH, AGENCY COORDINATION MEETINGS AND MEETINGS WITH THE CITY.

UM, CAMPO ARE OUR OTHER PARTNER AGENCIES, AND THEN OVER 50 MEETINGS WITH, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.

UM, AND THESE MEETINGS, LIKE I SAID, HAVE INCLUDED MEETINGS WITH SO-CALLED LEADERS, FACT, UM, ELECTED OFFICIALS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESS, AND PROPERTY OWNERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UH, PUBLIC AGENCIES.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO STARTED, UM, A FEW MONTHS AGO, OUR CAP CAP EX BOYS MEETINGS, WHICH STAND FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND I, I MENTIONED IT DURING THE Q AND A EARLIER, BUT MEETINGS, THE VOICE MEETINGS ARE VERY SPECIAL MEETINGS SET UP TO ALLOW US TO TAKE A DEEPER DIVE INTO SOME OF THE TOPICS THAT WE HAVE MOST OF OUR MEETINGS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ABOUT MAYBE 30 MINUTES IF WE'RE LUCKY 45 MINUTES WITH Q AND A TO TALK ABOUT THESE, UM, YOU KNOW, MASSIVE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROJECTS.

SO THIS ALLOWS US TO REALLY DIVE INTO MORE FOCUSED SUBJECT AREAS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THESE WERE THE COMMON THEMES FROM OUR VIRTUAL SCOPING MEETINGS.

NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO, UM, WE, WE HEARD A LOT OF, UM, REQUESTS TO CONSIDER CLASSES OR CAPS AND CROSS STREET AMENITIES, UM, SUPPORTIVE TRANSIT, AND ENSURE THAT THE PROJECT SUPPORTS TRANSIT EVALUATING IMPACTS TO HEALTH INEQUITY, UM, CONSIDERING THE MANAGED LANES.

SO LOT OF COMMENTS ON TOTALLING, UM, THE MANAGED LANES AND VARIABLE PRICE TOLLING, UH, ADDRESSING AIR QUALITY AND ANALYZING THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS.

AND SO HOW WE'RE RESPONDING IS, UM, WE ARE, UM, AS WAS ESTABLISHED BACK IN, IN THE SUSIE EARLIER ROUTE, UH, OUTREACH IN THE 20 13, 20 15 TIME, WE ARE STILL COMMITTED TO LOWERING THE TRAVELINGS.

UH, WE ARE ALSO UPDATING MORE THAN 15 WIDENED, UH, EAST WEST CROSSINGS.

AND THAT INCLUDES A NEW CONNECTION AT FIFTH STREET FOR ALL USERS, AND THEN PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AT THE CAP METRO RED LINE AND FUTURE GOLD LINE SOUTH

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OF AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

AND THEN ALSO BETWEEN 51ST STREET.

AND , UM, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT LOWER DESIGN SPEEDS ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD, UH, FOR DESIGN SPEEDS.

WE'RE LOOKING AT, AT, WITHIN THE, THE CENTRIC CORE 35 MILES PER HOUR.

AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT ENHANCED PERSON CARRYING CAPACITY ALONG THE CORRIDOR, DO THE MANAGED LANES, AND THAT'S GOING TO HELP PROVIDE A RELIABLE ROUTE FOR OUR TRANSIT.

AND THEN ALSO OUR PEOPLE IN CARPOOLS AND POLES AND OUR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.

WE ALSO, UM, AS YOU HEARD FROM TINA AND TIM, WE WORKED WITH, UH, TTI TO ANALYZE THE COMMUNITY CONCEPTS AND THEN LAST AND, AND WELL, THIS ISN'T, THIS IS THE LAST ITEM THAT I HAVE, BUT WE'RE OPEN REOPENING THE AESTHETICS PROCESS.

AND THAT'LL, I'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT WITH THIS NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OH, I'M SORRY.

I THINK, UM, SO HERE I WANT TO GO OVER, THIS IS A RENDERING OF A TYPICAL EAST WEST CROSSING ALONG LIGHT 35.

AND AS HEATHER MENTIONED EARLIER, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE RARELY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD THE EAST WEST CROSSING THROUGHOUT A FULL PROJECT, BUT ON THE WE'RE ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT MOST OF THE EAST-WEST STRUCTURES.

AND WHAT YOU'LL SEE HERE IS WE'RE SHOWING ABOUT, ABOUT 30 FEET OF BUFFER AND SHARED USE HALF SPACE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ROADWAY.

SO TYPICALLY THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD RELATE, OR THAT WOULD TRANSLATE INTO A 10 FOOT SHARED USE PATH AND A 20 FOOT BUFFER IN DISCUSSIONS THAT WE'VE HAD WITH THE CITY.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE SOME DISCUSSION OF PERHAPS PUTTING A BUFFER ON EITHER SIDE OF THE SHARED USE PATH OR IN SOME LOCATIONS POTENTIALLY, UM, ADJUSTING THE WIDTHS OF THE BUFFER AND THE SHARED USE PATH.

BUT BOTTOM LINE IS WE'RE LOOKING AT 30 FEET OF ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR THE, UM, BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN USERS.

AND THIS WOULD BE ON, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROADWAY.

SO 60 FEET TOTAL, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO, DO DO SOME RECENT CHANGES IN THE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN GUIDANCE THAT TEXTS THOUGHT FOLLOWS.

AND SO, UM, ALONG WITH THAT, ALONG WITH JUST THE DIFFERENT, THE ADDITIONAL WIDTH ON OUR BRIDGES, WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH THE CITY TO PARTNER TO BRING SOME ADDITIONAL AMENITIES LIKE SUNSHADES, UM, LANDSCAPING, SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAVERS, UM, POSSIBLY MURALS AND ARTWORK.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, YOU'LL, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CITY ON BECAUSE, UM, THAT THE CITY WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF THOSE ELEMENTS, BUT, UM, IN THE FUNDING AND THE MAINTENANCE OF THOSE ELEMENTS, BUT THEY, UM, DEFINITELY WOULD IMPROVE THAT USER EXPERIENCE IN THE EAST WEST, IN THE EAST WEST CROSSINGS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND SO TYING INTO THAT AND WHAT THOSE ON THOSE EAST WEST CROSSINGS AND WHAT GOES ALONG THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR, WE ARE RELAUNCHING OUR AESTHETICS PROGRAM AND THE AESTHETICS CONCEPTS THAT WILL GUIDE THE PROJECT.

THIS ACTUALLY CAME ABOUT THROUGH, UM, A LOT OF STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY FEEDBACK TO REOPEN THAT PROCESS WANT TO SAY ABOUT SIX, SEVEN YEARS AGO, THE TECHS THAT DISTRICT DID HOLD A SERIES OF A SET OF WORKSHOPS AND DEVELOP, AND THE AESTHETIC CONCEPTUAL PLAN.

BUT, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN CHANGE IS CHANGING SO MUCH.

WE'VE HAD A LOT MORE, YOU KNOW, TREMENDOUS POPULATION GROWTH.

AND SO THE COMMUNITY FELT THAT, UM, THAT IT WAS, YOU FELT THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO REOPEN THAT.

AND SO WE'RE DOING THAT.

UM, WE'RE RELAUNCHING THE PROGRAM AND OUR AESTHETICS WILL INCLUDE ELEMENTS LIKE SHADE STRUCTURES, THE ENHANCED BIKE LANES AND SIDEWALKS, UM, CANDLES, LANDSCAPING, POTENTIALLY SOME ARTWORK.

UM, WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE PROJECT AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND THESE SETTINGS REFLECT COMMUNITY VALUES, AND WE'RE WORKING REALLY CLOSELY WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, UM, TO DEVELOP THIS NEW CONCEPT PLAN.

OKAY.

NEXT FIVE.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS IS A PRETTY BUSY SLIDE.

UM, WHAT I REALLY WANT YOU TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS IS, UM, THIS IS SHOWING ALL OF OUR BUILD ALTERNATIVES, ONE, TWO, AND THREE, AND OUR NO GOLD ALTERNATIVE.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE NO BUILD ALTERNATIVE, WHICH IS WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, THAT'S EXISTING.

YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF, YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF RED DOTS AND THOSE RED DOTS REPRESENT EAST WEST CROSSINGS, WHERE THE HIGHWAY GOES OVER THE CROSSING.

UM, WHAT YOU'LL SEE IN THE OTHER TWO, IN THE OTHER THREE ALTERNATIVES ARE THOSE RED DOTS ARE NOW YELLOW DOTS.

AND THAT REALLY, UM, THAT REALLY ILLUSTRATES THE OPENING OF THOSE, THESE WEST CROSS SCENES.

AND WHAT

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WE'RE SHOWING IS THAT THE HIGHWAY IS GOING TO GO UNDER THE INTERSECTIONS.

THIS WILL BE MADE A LOT CLEAR IN SOME OF THE RENDERINGS THAT I'LL SHOW YOU IN WITH THE NEXT FEW SLIDES.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OH, UM, MAYBE BACK ONE.

OKAY.

UH, SO I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES EVALUATION CRITERIA.

THIS IS THE MAIN PART OF OUR OPEN HOUSE, AND REALLY THIS ALLOWED US TO LOOK AT, AT EACH ALTERNATIVES IN VILLA ABILITY TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY ADDRESS DEMAND AND CREATE A MORE DEPENDABLE TRAVEL ROUTE CRITERIA UNDER THE FEASIBILITY DESIGN AND ENGINEERING CATEGORY INCLUDED THINGS LIKE CONSTRUCTABILITY, SUCH AS RISK AND DURATION, UTILITY CONFLICTS, AND DRAINAGE, CONSTRUCTION, AND RISKS.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES CRITERIA INCLUDED POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, AIR QUALITY, AND TRAFFIC NOISE, AND THEN DECKS THE DEBT CAP.

LOCAL ENHANCEMENTS CATEGORY LOOKED AT ALTERNATIVES ABILITY TO ACCOMMODATE DEBT CLASSES OR CAPS.

AND FINALLY, THE PROJECT COST CATEGORY INCLUDED AN APPROXIMATION OF TOTAL PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COSTS AS WELL AS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR EACH ALTERNATIVE.

THE CRITERIA WAS THEN APPLIED TO THE BILLS AS WELL AS THE THREE BUILD ALTERNATIVES PUT FORWARD BY TEXTILE.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND THIS SIDE REALLY SPEAKS TO A LOT OF THE CONSTRAINTS WITH OUR CAPEX CENTRAL PROJECT.

WE HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A LOT OF UTILITIES AND PARKLAND TEACHER DEVELOPMENT.

THAT'S ACTUALLY BEING CONSTRUCTED RIGHT NOW, OR PERMITS BEING FOOLED RIGHT NOW, AS WE SPEAK, YOU KNOW, AS I SPEAK, UH, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL FACILITIES, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE ALL DIFFERENT ASPECTS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT.

UM, YOU KNOW, AS WE ARE, ARE EVALUATING THESE CRITERIA.

AND THEN NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO BASED UPON ALL OF THE CRITERIA THAT WE REVIEWED TECHS THAT DETERMINED THAT THE COMMUNITY ENHANCE THAT THE ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE WE'LL FORWARD FOR FURTHER EVALUATION IN THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, ALTERNATIVE ONE IS NOT GOING TO BE FOR A CARRIED FORWARD FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS.

AND TO SUMMARIZE THE DATA FOR ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE HAVE, UM, THEY SHOW FASTER RESPONSE TIMES FOR EMS FIRED POLICE AND HOSPITALS.

UM, THIS IS A BIG ONE SHORTER CONSTRUCTION DURATION BY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF.

AND THEN DURING THE CONSTRUCTION TIME IMPROVE TRAFFIC OPERATIONS, YOUR WHILE THE PROJECT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH FEWER LANE CLOSURES, SO LESS IMPACT THE TRAVELING PUBLIC WITH ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE, WE HAVE FEWER UTILITY CONFLICTS AND LOWER RELOCATION COSTS.

THERE WERE LESS DRAINAGE CONFLICTS, UM, LOWER CONSTRUCTION COSTS, AND THEN MUCH LOWER ANNUAL AND LIFETIME MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS AND COSTS.

AND THESE, WE HAVE, WE PROVIDE A LOT MORE DETAIL IN OUR, ABOUT OUR ALTERNATIVES, EVALUATION RESULTS AND TECHNICAL WORK FOR AT OUR OPEN HOUSE.

SO IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, UM, DRILLING DOWN INTO THE CRITERIA AND THE ACTUAL MEASURES AND THE RESULTS, YOU CAN FIND THAT INFORMATION THERE.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THIS IS GOING TO SHOW, UM, SOME OF THE RENDERINGS, THIS IS THAT SIXTH STREET, AND WE'RE LOOKING SOUTH IN NEW ORLEANS.

I SHOWED THIS IN A POWERPOINT THAT SHOWS THE BEFORE AND FADES INTO THE AFTER, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE LOOKING SOUTH AT SIX, NORMALLY WHAT YOU WOULD SEE HERE IS, UM, YOU SEE THE BRIDGE OF THE HIGHWAY GOING OVER, YOU KNOW, SO IT'S, IT'S REALLY, UH, AN OBSTRUCTION VISUAL OF THIS OBSTRUCTION FROM THE EAST AND WEST SIDES.

SO THIS REALLY OPENS IT UP.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND HERE, WE'RE LOOKING AT EIGHTH STREET, I'M LOOKING SOUTH.

AND AGAIN, YOU'LL SEE THAT, UM, REALLY THAT EAST WEST VISUAL SPACE IS OPENED, AND THIS IS ANOTHER AREA WHERE YOU WOULD SEE UNDER THE EXISTING CONDITION AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY.

YOU WOULD SEE THE BRIDGE GOING OVER THE EAST-WEST CROSSING.

WELL, NOW THE HIGHWAY IS UNDER THE EAST WEST CROSSING.

AND SO REALLY OPENING UP THAT VISUAL SPACE.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE THE UPPER DECKS.

WE'RE LOOKING SOUTHWEST TOWARD ST.

DAVID'S AT 32ND STREET AND HERE, UM, UNDER THE EXISTING CONDITIONS, IT'S PRETTY DARK AND SHADED BY THE UPPER DEPTHS.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S, YOU KNOW, VERY, UH, KIND OF ENCLOSED SPACING.

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AND AGAIN, REALLY WITH THE UPPER DECKS GONE AND THE LANES OF MAIN LANES CONTINUING TO BE LOWERED UNDER THESE WEST CROSSING, IT REALLY OPENS UP THAT VISUAL SPACE AND THAT USER EXPERIENCE.

OKAY, THAT'S FINE.

ALL RIGHT.

AND THIS IS, THESE ARE ALL THESE RENDERINGS ARE ALL CONCEPTS.

UM, THEY MAY BE MODIFIED SOME AS WE MOVE THROUGH AND GET MORE DETAILED IN DESIGN, BUT THIS IS A, UH, CONNECTION THAT WE'RE SHOWING FROM THE LADY BIRD, LIKE BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS DOWN TO THE BOARDWALK AREA OF THE LADY BIRD, LADY, BIRD, LAKE TRAIL.

AND SO THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE.

THIS IS AN AREA THAT WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE CITY ON.

WE'VE HAD SEVERAL WORKSHOPS TO DISCUSS THIS AREA IN PARTICULAR, ALONG WITH OTHER, UM, AREAS ALONG THE HIGHWAY.

BUT, UM, WE WILL BE, UM, CONNECTING INTO THE LADY FOR LIKE TRAIL.

OKAY, THAT'S FINE.

OKAY.

SO THIS REALLY SHOWS, UH, SOME OF THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE.

THIS IS AN AIRPORT AND WE'RE LOOKING SOUTH AND YOU'LL SEE.

AND THE, IN THE BACK AND THE HORIZON, OR IN THE FURTHER DISTANCE, YOU'LL SEE THE RED LINE AND THE RED LINE IS ACTUALLY ELEVATED OR IT'S ON A BRIDGE STRUCTURE.

SO WE'RE PROPOSING TO GRADE SEPARATE OR TO, TO, TO RAISE UP THE, THE RED LINE AND LOWER THE MANAGED LANES AND MAIN LANES.

AND SO YOU'LL ALSO SEE THE, ALL OF THE MANAGING THE MAIN LANES ARE UNDER AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

UM, AS IT PROCESS THAT'S WHAT'S ALTERNATIVES TO, AND THEN THE BOTTOM PICTURE SHOWS ALTERNATIVE THREE.

AND WHAT YOU'LL SEE HERE IS THAT THE, UM, THE MANAGED LANES ARE UNDER AIRPORT BOULEVARD, AND THEN WE HAVE THE AIRPORT BOULEVARD LEVEL, AND THEN WE HAVE THE MANAGED LANES GOING OVER AIRPORT BOULEVARD, AND THE MANAGED LANES ARE GOING OVER THE RED LINE, FUTURE BOVINE CROSSING IN ALTERNATIVE THREE.

THE, THE RED LINE IS GRAY, IS ALL, IS SEPARATED.

SO IT IS ON ITS OWN LEVEL FROM THE MANAGED LANES AND THE MAIN LANES AND THE FURNITURE IT'S.

BUT, UM, THE MANAGING TWO WOULD SPAN OVER FOR ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE.

AND THEN WHILE WE'RE ON THIS PAGE, UM, I, I DON'T HAVE THE RENDERING FOR IT HERE, BUT WE'RE ALSO PROPOSING TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR AT WOODLAND, SOUTH OF LADY BIRD LAKE.

SO FOR ALTERNATIVES TO WOODLAND, UH, THE WOODLAND INTERSECTION WOULD BE OVER THE MANAGED LANES AND MAIN LANES.

AND THEN FOR ALTERNATIVE THREE, UM, THE MANAGERS WOULD GO OVER WOODLAND AVENUE.

WE DO HAVE A RENDERING OF THAT ON OUR OPEN HOUSE WEBSITE, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN TAKING A LOOK, OKAY, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT ALSO.

UM, THIS IS AT FOURTH STREET AND WE'RE LOOKING WEST, AND RIGHT NOW YOU'LL SEE THE, UM, EAST WEST CROSSING IS UNDER THE HIGHWAY AND YOU'LL SEE THE, THE RAIL TRACKS FOR THE, UM, RED LINE THROUGH HERE.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING TO DO