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I PICKED SOMETHING UP HERE.

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WELCOME

[I. Call to Order]

EVERYBODY.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE CAP.

METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I'LL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

TODAY IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER THE 27TH, AND THE TIME IS 1205.

UH, WE'LL BEGIN TODAY WITH PUBLIC COMMENT.

[II. Public Comment]

I KNOW WE'VE GOT SEVERAL SPEAKERS WITH US IN THE BOARDROOM, AND I THINK WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE WHO WILL BE JOINING US REMOTELY.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER TODAY IS MR. WALKER.

IS HE HERE? DON'T SEE MR. WALKER.

WE'LL MOVE ON.

AND ED, IF YOU, IF, UH, ANTHONY SHOWS UP, LET ME KNOW, UH, NEXT WILL BE, UH, UH, MR. ISAIAH SMITH, MR. SMITH.

WELCOME.

GREAT.

HELLO, GOOD AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE, UH, TODAY.

UM, AND SPEAKING IN FRONT OF YOU GUYS, UM, RECENTLY I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE AWARE OF KX AND DID A NEW STORY ABOUT HOW MISS, UH, DONNA DEVINE WAS SUSPENDED FOR CALLING NINE ONE ONE ON HER CELL PHONE.

AFTER A SAME PROBLEM, PASSENGER HAD THREATENED TO INFLICT BODILY HARM ON HER.

UM, THIS IS A ISSUE AT CAP METRO.

UM, I'VE BEEN A BUS STRIPE BUS OPERATOR FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS.

AND I CAN TELL YOU IN MY TIME OF BEING HERE THAT ONCE MV TRANSPORTATION TOOK OVER, THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST CONTRACTORS THAT I'VE EVER HAVE EXPERIENCED.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S NECESSARILY THE ENTITY, BUT IT'S MEMBERS OF MANAGEMENT.

WHEN WE HAD HER FILL OUT OVER EIGHT INCIDENT REPORTS ON THE SAME PERSON THAT KEPT ON THREATENING HER AND SUBJECTING HER TO A HOSTILE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, THE OPERATIONS MANAGER WITH MV TRANSPORTATION, NOBODY AT CAP METRO MET WITH HER ONE TIME, ONE TIME TO DISCUSS HER SAFETY RELATED CONCERNS AND THAT SAME PASSENGER THAT WAS ON THE NEWS.

THIS IS NOT HIS FIRST INCIDENT WITH BEING WRITTEN UP BY ONE OF THE DRIVERS.

AND A LOT OF THE DRIVERS DO NOT FEEL, UH, APPRECIATED.

AND WE HAVE A LOT OF DRIVERS THAT HAVE LEFT THE COMPANY DUE TO THEM NOT BEING BACKED UP BY THE COMPANY AND DUE TO SECURITY, TAKING ONE TO THREE HOURS TO FOUR RADIO CONTROL JUST TO PICK UP THE PHONE.

SO ON THE NEWS, UM, I BELIEVE THE UNION PRESIDENT SAID, UM, IT TAKES 10 TO 15 MINUTES FOR A RESPONSE TIME.

THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT CORRECT.

I USED TO DO RADIO CONTROL AS A PART-TIME SUPERVISOR, UM, OUR VMC, AND IT TAKES ONE TO THREE HOURS FOR RADIO CONTROL TO RESPOND, TO JUST TO PICK UP THE HANDSET, TO RESPOND TO A SECURITY, UM, CONTROL SITUATION.

SO I'M HOPING THAT COULD BE CORRECTED.

UM, ONE THING THAT I BELIEVE CAN BE DONE TO CORRECT THE ISSUE IS THAT CAP METRO NOW HAS CAP METRO SECURITY DISPATCHERS ASIDE, ASIDE FROM MV TRANSPORTATION RADIO-CONTROLLED DISPATCHERS.

SO WHEN A BUS OPERATOR CALLS PUSH A PRIORITY BUTTON, UM, THE CALLS GO TO THE MV TRANSPORTATION RADIO DISPATCHERS.

I THINK THAT THOSE SECURITY CALLS SHOULD BE ANSWERED BY CAP METRO SECURITY CONTROL DISPATCHER, SINCE THEY ONLY DEAL WITH SECURITY.

AND I DID, WE COULD GET FASTER, UH, SECURITY RESPONSE TIMES IF WE DID THAT, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT'S TRANSFERRED TO MV AND THEN MV ON THE RADIO HAS TO TRANSFER IT TO CAP METRO SECURITY DISPATCHERS.

AND IT COULD CAUSE A LOT OF CONFUSION AND A LOT OF TIME.

SO I'M HOPING WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

AND LASTLY, HAVE 20 SECONDS.

I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN NOT PUT PEOPLE ON UNPAID SUSPENSION WHEN AN INVESTIGATION OCCURS, WHEN WE HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOOTING, UNARMED PEOPLE, THEY ARE ALWAYS PUT ON PAID SUSPENSION.

SO WHY CAN'T PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS BE PAID IF WE'RE GOING TO BE SUSPENDED FOR DOING OUR JOB BECAUSE WE HAVE BILLS THAT WE HAVE TO PAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. SMITH FOR YOUR SERVICE.

AND THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN HERE.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

UH, NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE LAUREN SCOBLE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES, MA'AM ALL RIGHT.

WELCOME.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON, UH, CHAIR COOPER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

MY NAME IS LAUREN COCHRAN SCOVILLE, AND I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AT PROTERRA.

AND I'M JOINED HERE TODAY BY MY COLLEAGUES, JOHN WALSH.

WHO'S OUR CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER AND MIKE FINNERAN.

WHO'S OUR VICE PRESIDENT OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS.

UH, PROTERRA IS A LEADER IN THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES AND CHARGING SOLUTIONS.

WE ALSO MAKE THE BATTERIES THAT GO INTO OUR BUSES AND OUR ELECTRIC DRIVE TRAINS FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE APPLICATIONS.

AND I'M HERE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE BOARD ON PROJECT CONNECT AND TO THANK YOU ALL.

AND RANDY AND YOUR COMMUNITY FOR YOUR VISION AND LEADERSHIP IN TRANSITIONING

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YOUR FLEET TO ZERO EMISSION TRANSPORTATION.

UM, WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY IS IMPROVING AIR QUALITY AND MAKING THIS A HEALTHIER PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE.

AND AT PROTERA, OUR MISSION IS TO DELIVER CLEAN, QUIET TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL, AND FOR ALL MEANS FOR EVERYONE.

AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, AS WE ALL KNOW, DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT, LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

AND SO WHAT YOU'RE DOING SHOULD BE COMMENDED AND CELEBRATED AND EXCITED, AND IT IS EXCITING AND WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HELP INSPIRE OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS AND TO TRANSITION THEIR FLEETS TO ZERO EMISSION TRANSPORTATION.

SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP.

UM, AND FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU AND TO G TO DRIVE THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE.

UH, THE WORK THAT YOU WERE DOING HERE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT, AND WE'RE JUST EXCITED TO BE ON THIS JOURNEY WITH YOU.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

UM, AND WE'RE, WE'RE HERE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, THE SCOVILLE THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN AND I SHOULD KNOW THIS, BUT WHERE DID Y'ALL COME FROM? TRAVEL FROM HERE? I LIVE IN HOUSTON.

UH, JOHN LIVES IN FLORIDA AND MIKE FINNERAN LIVES IN GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

WELL, WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COME DOWN.

AND WE ARE PROUD OF, UH, THE BUSES THAT WE, UH, HAVE YOUR BUSES THAT WE GET TO OPERATE IN THE CITY AND, UH, LOOK FORWARD TO LONG COLLABORATION.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THANKS FOR COMING DOWN HERE TODAY.

THANK YOU.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU ALL WITH US.

UM, NEXT, UH, SPEAKER WILL BE A DONNA DIVINE.

HELLO? UM, HI, MY NAME IS DONNA DIVINE.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK HERE.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, I'M A BUS OPERATOR I'VE BEEN EMPLOYED HERE FOR A YEAR AND A HALF.

I CAME HERE BECAUSE I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, UM, SAFE ISSUES OF SAFETY THAT ARE CONCERNING A LOT OF US BUS DRIVERS.

UM, FIRST I WANTED TO MENTION THAT YOU GUYS ARE PROBABLY AWARE THAT WE HAVE A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF BUS OPERATORS RIGHT NOW SO MUCH SO THAT WE HAD TO COMPLETELY REDO ALL OF OUR SCHEDULES, UM, AND DO ANOTHER ROUND BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T PEOPLE TO FILL THEM.

UM, AS A BUS OPERATOR, I CAN SAY THAT ONE OF THE MOST CONCERNING ISSUES AS SOMEONE ON THE FIELD IS SAFETY ISSUES.

UM, I KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TRANSIT POLICE IN THE FUTURE AND THAT THAT MIGHT TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS, BUT I WANTED TO DEAL WITH ISSUES WHEN NO, IF YOU GUYS COULD DEAL WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES NOW AND MAKE IT TO WHERE IT CAN SUPPORT US BETTER, UM, OUT ON THE FIELD.

UH, SO WE DON'T LOSE OUR OPERATORS IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS.

UM, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT SEEMS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE ONE IS TO INSTATE AN EXCEPTION TO CALL 9 1 1.

UM, I WAS SUSPENDED FOR TWO AND A HALF WEEKS ON UNPAID SUSPENSION FOR CALLING 9 1 1 WHEN I WAS TRAPPED IN MY SEAT.

UM, AND THIS PERSON WAS THREATENING BODILY HARM TO ME.

IT WAS EXTREMELY FEARFUL.

AND, UM, AND THAT'S WHY I CALLED 9 1 1 AND I WAS PUNISHED FOR IT.

SO, UM, SOME OF MY SUPERIORS SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHABLE, BUT OTHERS CAN USE IT IF THEY WANT.

AND SO THERE NEEDS TO BE A CLEAR DEFINED POLICY THAT THAT SHOULD BE AN EXCEPTION.

UM, THE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT IS THE WAY THAT SUPERVISORS ARE NOW DEALING WITH PROBLEM CUSTOMERS IS, UM, KIND OF A REWARD BASIS.

THEY CALL IT DEESCALATION, BUT BASICALLY THEY'LL MAKE US WAIT WHILE, UH, WHILE A PROBLEM PASSENGER BASICALLY HOLDS OUR BUS HOSTAGE FOR FOUR 40 MINUTES, 50 MINUTES AN HOUR AND A HALF UNTIL SOMEONE ARRIVES.

AND, UM, THEY'LL BE CUSSING AND DEMEANING AND CONDESCENDING ME NOT WEARING MASKS, HAVING AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS, SPITTING ON PEOPLE, YELLING THINGS, FIGHTING ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT THINGS.

AND THE SUPERVISOR WILL GENERALLY GIVE THEM A RIDE DOOR TO DOOR TO THEIR HOME.

UM, EVEN THOUGH IT'S CALLED ESCALATION, I'M SURE IT TRANSLATES INTO THE PERSON, UM, THE PROBLEM PERSON THAT IT SERVES A REWARD AND DOESN'T GIVE THEM ANY MOTIVATION TO BEHAVE ON THE NEXT BUS FOR THE NEXT DRIVER.

IT'S ALSO CAN BE DEMEANING AS A BUS DRIVER TO BE BELITTLED AND MISTREATED, AND THEN WATCH THE PERSON REWARDED.

THIS IS THE ONLY JOB IN WHICH I'VE BEEN WHERE PERPETRATORS REWARDED FOR ABUSING THE EMPLOYEE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY, AS MY TIME RUNS OUT, THAT WE'RE REALLY EXHAUSTED.

AND I WANTED YOU GUYS TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS

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SO THAT, UM, SOME THINGS CAN BE DONE AND LOOKED AT TO SUPPORT US NOW UNTIL WE GET TRANSIT POLICE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR, FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME.

THANK YOU, MS. DEVINE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES AND OPERATOR.

AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF US ON THE BOARD TAKE YOUR SECURITY AND THE SECURITY OF OTHER FRONTLINE FOLKS SERIOUSLY, AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO PAY ATTENTION TO HOW WE MIGHT PROVIDE BETTER SAFETY FOR YOU GUYS, AND HOPE THAT THE SECURITY MEASURES WE TOOK WITH THE TRANSIT POLICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL.

BUT WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING DOWN HERE.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER.

I THINK ED, IF YOU HAVE NO MS. DANIELS AND MR. WALKER, WE DON'T, WE DON'T GET A, OH, I DON'T HAVE, OH, I'M SORRY.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M GOING TO MISPRONOUNCE THIS.

IS IT GUMS OR GOMEZ AND, UM, ONE OR BOTH OF YOU WELCOME.

UH, THANK YOU.

UM, UH, MY NAME IS CISCO GUMS. I'M HERE WITH MY WIFE, DAPHNE AND, UH, UH, WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS OUR COMMENTS TO THE FUTURE, UH, MCCOLLOUGH RED LINE STATION.

UM, THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING US THIS OPPORTUNITY.

UM, AND I SHOULD SAY FIRST THAT WE'RE BIG BELIEVERS IN THE VALUE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING RAIL.

WE'RE THRILLED FOR WHAT CAP METRO DOES, WHAT PROJECT CONNECT WILL DO FOR OUR CITY, BOTH SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY.

NOW WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE ALSO OWN A PARCEL OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE CAP METRO, RIGHT OF WAY ALONG DELTA DRIVE.

IT'S, UH, JUST UNDER AN ACRE DIRECTLY ACROSS THE TRACKS FROM WHERE THE AUSTIN FC STADIUM IS.

AND YOU'RE PLANNING ON USING, WE UNDERSTAND ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF IT FOR THE MCCULLOUGH RED LINE STATION.

UM, UH, SO WE'RE HERE TO ASK THE BOARD TO CONSIDER TWO REQUESTS.

THERE'S REALLY A PRIMARY ONE AND A SECONDARY ONE.

THE PRIMARY ONE IS TO RECONSIDER THE POLICY THAT YOU'VE ESTABLISHED, PERMITTING ONLY SIMPLE TITLE OWNERSHIP, ACQUISITION TO THE SITE.

WE BELIEVE A LONG-TERM LEASE MAKES SENSE.

AND WE'D LIKE TO, FOR YOU TO CONSIDER THAT POSSIBILITY, UM, SECONDARILY, WE'RE HOPING TO GET YOUR HELP IN CONVINCING SOMEONE WITH CAP METRO TO SHARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE PROPERTY, OUR PROPERTY WITH US.

SO SINCE YOU'RE NOT TAKING ALL OF IT, IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING SO WE COULD BEGIN TO MAKE PLANS FOR THE REMAINDER.

SO THOSE TWO POINTS FIRST, THE PRIMARY ONE, THE ACQUISITION POLICY WAS IN MARCH A LITTLE OVER SIX MONTHS AGO.

UM, WE FIRST CORRESPONDED WITH AND SPOKE WITH YOUR DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE.

UH, YOU KNOW, HE QUICKLY ACCESSED WHAT WE, WHAT WE WANTED FOR THE PROPERTY.

AND AT THAT TIME, UH, STATION PLANNING WAS JUST BEGINNING.

UH, HE WAS UNSURE WHETHER THE STATION WOULD REQUIRE THE ENTIRE SITE OR A PIECE OF THE SITE.

UM, SO WE PROPOSE TO PROVIDE WHAT, WHAT, WHAT YOU NEEDED, WHAT YOU WANTED ON A LONG-TERM LEASE BASIS FOR WHAT WE THOUGHT AND WHAT WE STILL THINK, FRANKLY, IS A REALLY LOW LEASE RATE.

OUR GOAL WAS TO ENABLE THE PROJECT, UH, TO ESSENTIALLY LET YOU USE THE LAND YOU WANTED THIS FOR AS LONG AS YOU WERE GOING TO USE IT AS A STATION, UM, WHICH WE HOPE WOULD BE A LONG, LONG TIME, BUT, YOU KNOW, THE FUTURE IS HARD TO PREDICT, ESPECIALLY IN THE DISTANT FUTURE.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE LICE, THIS STATION MIGHT BE SOMETHING LESS THAN WELL FOREVER.

UM, UH, SO IT WOULD BE APPEALING TO US TO, TO LEASE RATHER THAN HAVE A FEE TITLE ACQUISITION.

UM, THAT WAS SIX MONTHS AGO.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T RECEIVED A COUNTERPROPOSAL FROM CAB METRO, BUT THE RESPONSE WE DID GET IS THIS, AND I'M GONNA READ IT BECAUSE IT'S SORT OF THE CRUX OF OUR REQUEST, UM, QUOTE, UH, CAT METRO'S GENERAL POLICY IS THAT CRITICAL TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE.

IN THIS CASE, THE STATION AND AMENITIES FOR THIS PROJECT SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE AUTHORITY, SUCH AS FEE A FEE TITLE TRANSACTION THAT WAS VIA EMAIL.

UM, ON THE 6TH OF MAY, UH, WE PRESUME THIS POLICY IS SOMETHING THAT WAS CONSIDERED OR ADOPTED BY THIS BOARD.

UM, AND WE'RE HERE TO ASK TODAY THAT YOU RECONSIDER THE POLICY.

IT DOES SEEM THAT CAT METRO IS WILLING TO LEASE PROPERTY OR PARTNER WITH PRIVATE ENTITIES IN SOME CASES, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE A TAKING, AND IT SEEMS CLEAR WHERE THIS TRAIN MIGHT BE HEADED TO USE, UH, MAYBE INAPPROPRIATE METAPHOR, SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, UH, YOU KNOW, YOU'LL UNDOUBTEDLY PAY LAWYERS AND REAL ESTATE EXPERTS TO TESTIFY IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE THE, THE JUDGMENT MARKET VALUE OF THE PROPERTY AS YOU SHOULD.

RIGHT? YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE DOLLARS.

THE GOOD FOLKS OF AUSTIN HAVE PROVIDED YOU.

UM, BUT IF YOU ARE TRULY TRYING TO DO THAT, TO MAXIMIZE THE PROJECT VALUE FOR THE PROJECT DOLLAR, UM, WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER THAT THE, WHAT WE'VE ALREADY OFFERED YOU ACTUALLY DOES THAT FAR MORE EFFECTIVELY.

IT'S A, IT'S A WELL BELOW MARKET RATE DEAL FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU SEEK AND, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE COOPERATIVE RATHER THAN ADVERSARIAL TO BOOT.

UM, A GROUND LEASE WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE CAT METRO BETTER OVERALL VALUE, BUT IT'LL ALSO CONSERVE YOUR SUBSTANTIAL CAP, METRO AND PROJECT CONNECT, BUT NOT UNLIMITED UPFRONT BOND FUNDS TO BE USED FOR THE OTHER PARTS

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OF THE PROJECT CONNECT BUILD.

SO WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU RECONSIDER THAT POLICY TO ALLOW A BROADER GAMUT OF ACQUISITION SCENARIOS, INCLUDING A GROUND LEASE.

UH, WE BELIEVE THAT IN DOING SO, YOU ALLOW THE FUNDS AND TRUSTED YOU BY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN TO BE MORE EFFECTIVELY USED, UM, WITHOUT ANY COMPROMISE TO THE DESIGN, THE CONSTRUCTION, THE LONG-TERM OPERATION OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING ALL THE POSITIVE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS THAT WILL ACCRUE TO THE NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE YEAR BY LANDOWNERS IT WHEN THE STATION IS ESTABLISHED.

SO THAT'S REALLY OUR MAIN POINT.

UH, SECONDARILY WE JUST ASK, UM, YOUR HELP IN, IN GETTING THE A G C N A SITE PLAN OF WHAT YOU'RE, WHAT YOU'RE UP TO.

I THINK YOU'VE HAD THE 30% DESIGN PACKAGE FOR THAT STATION DONE NEARLY TWO MONTHS NOW, BUT THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A WAY TO GET TO S TO SEE THE CSI PLAN.

AND WE ACTUALLY EVENTUALLY REACHED OUT TO THE REGIONAL OFFICE AT THE FTA, TRYING TO SEE IF THEY HAD PLANS THAT THEY COULD SHARE WITH US.

UH, AND SHE DIDN'T, BUT, UM, YOU HAVEN'T APPLIED FOR FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE MCCALL STATION YET, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY'RE EXPECTING YOU TO, SO HOPEFULLY THAT'S ON SOMEONE'S TO DO LIST.

UM, UH, BUT, UH, IT WAS AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION.

SHE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE PROJECT.

UH, SHE ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS HIGHLY ATYPICAL THAT EMINENT DOMAIN MIGHT BE INVOKED FOR SUCH A SMALL PROJECT.

UH, AND SHE SUGGESTED THAT WAS FAR FROM THE ONLY WAY THAT, UH, THE USE OF THE SITE COULD BE ACQUIRED.

SO SHE PROVIDED US WITH THE NAMES OF OTHERS IN CAP.

METRO SUGGESTED WE REACH OUT, ASKED HER TO KEEP HER INFORMED, WHICH OF COURSE WE'LL DO, BUT IT'S THIS, I THINK THIS IS A SIMPLE REQUEST AND HOPEFULLY EASY TO, TO, TO SHARE WITH US.

SO I'LL STOP THERE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE TREMENDOUS PROJECT Y'ALL ARE MAKING, UH, WITH, WITH, BETWEEN YOU AND THE ALSO TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

IT'S A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR TRANSIT AND AUSTIN.

WE'RE EXCITED BY IT.

THANK YOU, MR. MR. GUMS, UH, UH, IN BEHALF OF THE ORGANIZATION, UH, UH, SORRY FOR ANY, UH, INCONVENIENCE OR DIFFICULTY, UM, AND HOPE THAT THE REMAINING NET PARCEL THAT YOU HAVE WILL BE VERY LUCRATIVE AND, UH, UH, BENEFIT BY, UH, THE PROGRESS THAT WE'RE MAKING WITH THE MCCOLLOUGH STATION.

AND MAYBE ONE OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS COULD GRAB, UH, MR. CARTWRIGHT HERE, MAYBE COULD CHAT WITH THE, THE TWO OF YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON OVER THERE.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ED, DID WE GET THROUGH OUR LIST OR IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WE'RE ALL DONE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

UH, NEXT OUR ADVISORY

[III. Advisory Committee Updates]

COMMITTEE UPDATES, MS. PEREZ IS HERE.

I THINK TO, UH, ALONG WITH THE VICE CHAIR, I SEE SAFELY ENSCONCED IN HIS OFFICE, BROODING LORDING HIS PRESENCE OVER US AS WELCOME, HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH THE TEAM.

OKAY.

UM, SO GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIRMAN COOPER, VICE CHAIR, 2 BILLION PRESIDENT CLARK MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

MY NAME IS AETNA PARRA MANAGER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR CAPITAL METRO.

UH, PREVIOUSLY YOU HAD HEARD A REPORT FROM CHIEF EXPERIENCE AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICER BRIAN CARTER THAT I WOULD BE TAKING OVER THE ROLE OF STAFF LIAISON FOR THE ACCESS AND C-SAT COMMITTEES.

UM, AND I AM HERE TODAY TO GIVE YOU THE SEPTEMBER UPDATE, UH, COMMITTEES MET ON SEPTEMBER 1ST AND EIGHTH RESPECTIVELY, AND WERE BRIEFED BY AGENCY STAFF ON PROJECT CONNECT UPDATES, METRO RAPID UPCOMING PROJECTS, SERVICE CHANGES FOR SEPTEMBER, UM, CAB METRO APP DETAILS, AND ALSO ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND RECORDINGS, UM, MEETING RECORDINGS AND SYSTEMS. UM, AT THE C-SAT MEETING, WE DISCUSSED POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS FOR THE COMMITTEE.

WE HAD TWO APPLICANTS ON LAST MONTH'S BOARD CONSENT AGENDA, UM, AND THOSE WERE APPROVED, WHICH NOW LEAVES TWO AVAILABLE COMMITTEE SEATS, AND C SEC, UM, ONE FOR BOARD MEMBER POOL AND ONE FOR BOARD MEMBER ROSS.

UH, WE ALSO DISCUSSED THE MEETINGS, CURRENT PROCESSES AND THE CHANGES NEEDED TO RECORD AND POST MEETINGS, UM, AS WELL AS SEEK MORE PUBLIC PARTICIPATE PARTICIPATION.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO GO OVER EACH TOPIC AND PROVIDE JUST A REAL QUICK UPDATE FOR EACH ITEM.

UH, BOTH MEETINGS ARE NOW BEING REPORTED THROUGH TEAMS. UM, THIS STARTED IN SEPTEMBER AND ARE POSTED ON THE CAP METRO WEBSITE, AND I THINK, UM, ONE IS POSTED AND THE OTHER ONE WILL BE POSTED BY NEXT WEEK.

SO WE WILL BE UP AND RUNNING BY OCTOBER.

UM, THE MEETING LINK AND DIAL-IN NUMBER WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON EACH COMMITTEE'S WEBPAGE TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC, TO ATTEND.

UM, AGENDAS WILL BE POSTED ON EACH COMMITTEE WEBSITE 72 HOURS BEFORE COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND MINUTES WILL BE POSTED ONE WEEK AFTER, UH, TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

WE HAVE DEVELOPED A MARKETING AND PUBLIC PUBLICITY PLAN THAT INCLUDES, UM, SOCIAL

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MEDIA, INTERNAL BUS PLACARDS, AND OTHER GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE PUBLIC.

UH, CC DID EXPRESS THAT THEY WOULD ALSO LIKE PRESENTATION SLIDES TO BE INCLUDED ON THE WEBPAGE.

SO STARTING IN OCTOBER, UM, FINAL PRESENTATIONS, UM, PDF OF ALL OF THE PRESENTERS WILL BE INCLUDED ONLINE ONE WEEK AFTER THEIR MEETINGS, ALONG WITH THE MINUTES, UH, THE ACCESS COMMITTEE EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT MEETING STRUCTURE AND MAKING SURE WE PREPARE FOR AN INCREASE IN INTENDERS, UM, THAT JOINED THE VIRTUAL MEETINGS HELPFULLY, UH, TO PREPARE ANY NON-MEMBER THAT LOGS IN WILL BE ADDED AS AN ATTENDEE AND MEMBERS WILL BE PRESENTERS.

UM, AND WE'LL ALSO JUST CONTINUE TO ASSESS EACH MEETING TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE THE SYSTEMS. UH, SEESAW DID EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT NOT, UM, CONSTITUTING A QUORUM EACH MONTH, AND WOULD LIKE TO BE PREPARED FOR THE UPCOMING CHANGES.

SO I'LL BE WORKING WITH MR EAST AND TO MAKE SURE ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE FILLED FOR THE COMMITTEES.

AND FINALLY, I'M ALSO WORKING WITH MR. EASTON COMMITTEE CHAIRS TO DEVELOP A PROCESS.

SO EACH CHAIR CAN SHARE UPDATES.

UM, SO IT WON'T JUST BE ME.

IT WOULD BE, UM, ME SUPPORTING THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND NOW WITH TEAM, THEY WOULD LOG ON JUST LIKE I DID TODAY, UH, PROVIDE AN UPDATE AND I WOULD BE EITHER HERE ON TEAMS OR IN PERSON TO SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE UNAVAILABLE TO PRESENT.

UM, BUT THAT WILL BE HOPEFULLY IN OCTOBER WE CAN DO THE FIRST TRY IF NOT IN, UM, NOVEMBER.

UM, BUT I WILL UPDATE AS I WORK WITH EACH CHAIR.

UH, THAT IS ALL I HAVE.

UH, THANK YOU.

AND, AND IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

OKAY.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR MS. PARRA, REMEMBER KITCHEN? I JUST WANT TO SAY, UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS UPDATE.

UH, THIS IS A CONVERSATION THIS BOARD HAS HAD, UH, I DON'T KNOW, A COUPLE OF BOARD MEETINGS AGO ABOUT, UM, DIFFERENT ACTIONS THAT COULD BE TAKEN TO, TO HAVE THESE, UM, COMMITTEES, UM, MORE AVAILABLE, YOU KNOW, FOR THE PUBLIC.

SO EVERYTHING THAT YOU READ OFF IS IS, IS WONDERFUL.

I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SO ALLOWING, UM, YOU KNOW, SETTING IT UP SO IT CAN BE ONLINE SO PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE.

SO IT'S RECORDED.

SO IT'S POSTED ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID THAT'S VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

AND JUST WANTED TO SAY, THANK YOU FOR THAT, EVERYBODY ON YOUR, ON THE CAP METRO TEAM THAT MADE THAT HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

AND, UM, ANY UPDATE OR ANY ISSUE THAT COMES ALONG WELL, WE'LL BE SURE TO REPORT BACK.

THANK YOU, MS. PARK, THANKS FOR TAKING US INTO THE FUTURE ON, UH, BOTH THOSE COMMITTEES.

UH, WE'LL MISS YANIS IN HIS BRIGHT SUITS, UH, BUT IT'LL MAKE MY BORING SUITS SEEM A LITTLE BIT LESS BORING TO NOT HAVE HIM HERE ANYMORE.

SO I'M THANKFUL FOR THAT.

I'LL WORK ON MINE.

WE'RE VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU ABOARD.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT HOUR, UH,

[IV. Board Committee Updates]

NORMAL, UH, BOARD COMMITTEE UPDATES.

IT LOOKS LIKE THE OPS COMMITTEE, UH, WAS VERY, VERY BUSY, UH, JUDGING FROM THE LENGTH OF OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

SO, UH, CHAIR KITCHEN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO START OFF? YES.

UM, I WOULD JUST, JUST SAY THAT WE, UM, UH, ON THE OPS COMMITTEE, WE WENT OVER A NUMBER OF ITEMS THAT ARE ON CONSENT, AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARTS AND, YOU KNOW, VARIOUS, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, SO YOU CAN SEE ALL THOSE.

AND SO WE APPROVED MOVING ALL OF THOSE FORWARD.

SO THAT'S THE MAIN ACTION THAT WE TOOK WITH THE OPS.

SO WE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW, UM, HOW THESE REALLY PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CAP METRO TO WORK WITH THESE OTHER COMMUNITIES.

SO, UH, CHAR MITCHELL, FINANCE, AUDIT, AND ADMINISTRATION.

THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN, UH, WAS, UH, WE WERE THE OPPOSITE.

IT WAS VERY SHORT.

UH, WE APPROVED OUR MINUTES AND THEN APPROVED THE RECOMMENDED, UH, THE BOARD APPROVED THE BUDGET.

THAT WAS OUR MEETING VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

UM, UH, YOU WANT TO AS WELL, GIVE US A CAMPO UPDATE.

CAMPO MEDIA WAS RELATIVELY SHORT, UH, UH, FOR PURPOSES OF THIS GROUP, UH, CAMPO CONTRIBUTED MONEY TO FURTHER SOME REGIONAL CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, MOSTLY IN THE PERIMETER, UH, UH, HIGHWAY PROJECTS.

UH, THEY ALSO TOOK AND RECLASSIFIED A PORTION OF FM 1462 MORE COMPLY WITH FEDERAL GUIDELINES TO QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL FUNDING.

AND LAST THEY SET UP A TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

GOOD, THANK YOU.

UH, NORMALLY WE WOULD HAVE AN AUSTIN TRANSIT

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PARTNERSHIP BOARD UPDATE, BUT BOARD MEMBERS STRATTON HAD A CONFLICT WITH HIS DAY JOB.

AND SO WE'LL FOREGO THAT REPORT UNTIL NEXT MONTH BOARD

[V. Consent Items]

MEMBERS NEXT UP, WE ALL HAVE A LENGTHY CONSENT AGENDA AND, UH, UH, 12 ITEMS TOTAL I'LL READ EACH OF THE ITEMS I'LL TRY TO DO SO IN THIS DRAMATIC OF FASHION AS POSSIBLE.

AND IF ANY BOARD MEMBER WISHES TO REMOVE AN ITEM, UH, AND HAVE A FULL DISCUSSION, MOVE IT TO THE, UH, REGULAR AGENDA WE CAN DO.

SO HERE ARE OUR 12 CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS. NUMBER ONE IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE AUGUST 30TH, 2021 CAPITAL, UH, CAP METRO BOARD MEETING TWO IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO AMEND THE TRANSIT SPEED AND RELIABILITY IN OUR LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN, FOR THE DESIGN MANAGEMENT CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT WILL IMPROVE TRANSIT SPEEDS, SAFETY, RELIABILITY, AND CUSTOMER COMFORT BY EXTENDING THE TERM OF THE ILA AND INCREASING FOR THE ILA INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE ILA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED 6 MILLION.

NUMBER THREE IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE A ONE-YEAR INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH TRAVIS COUNTY FOR TRANSIT SERVICES IN URBANIZED AREAS IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF THE COUNTY, AND FOR CONTINUED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRAVIS COUNTY TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $237,111 IN FTA, SECTION 5, 3 0 7 FUNDS AND, UH, $911,000, $911,854 AND LOCAL FUNDS FROM TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, PER YEAR CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER FOUR IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AND AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE TO THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE FOR OPERATION OF PICKUP PILOT SERVICE, TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE PICKUP PILOT SOMEWHERE.

PETER, PIPER'S GOING TO SHOW UP IN THIS TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE PICKUP PILOT THROUGH MARCH THE SECOND, 2022, AND UPDATE THE COST ALLOCATION FOR THE PICKUP SERVICE PILOT ACTION ITEM NUMBER, I'M SORRY, CONSENT AGENDA, ITEM NUMBER FIVE APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR DESIGNEE OR HIS DESIGNEE TO AMEND THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF ROUND ROCK FOR OPERATION OF TRANSIT SERVICE, AND TO INCREASE THE FEES FOR SERVICE BY $388,201 FOR A TOTAL REIMBURSEMENT NOT TO EXCEED 5 MILLION, $246,443 CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER SIX IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR A BUS STOP AT ACC CYPRESS CREEK CAMPUS.

THIS MUST BE A JOKE ON CAP METRO'S, UH, ROUTE TWO 14, OR SUCCESSOR ROUTE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2026, ITEM NUMBER SEVEN APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR TO CARTS SUPPLEMENT NUMBER EIGHT TO THE MASTER REGIONAL MOBILITY AGREEMENT WITH CAPITAL AREA, RURAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, UH, FOR THE PROVISION OF TRANSIT SERVICES TO THE MINOR AREA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED 1,000,200, $6,657 A CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER EIGHT IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO TO SUPPLEMENT NUMBER 10 TO THE MASTER REGIONAL MOBILITY AGREEMENT WITH CAPITAL AREA, RURAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR THE PROVISION OF TRANSIT SERVICES TO TRAVIS COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO ONE YEAR IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $342,638 GENDA ITEM CONSENT AGENDA ITEM NUMBER NINE IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AN EXECUTED AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF GEORGETOWN FOR OPERATION OF LIMITED PARATRANSIT SERVICE FOR AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $162,684 IN FTA FUNDS AND 244,000, UH, $26 IN LOCAL FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER 10 IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AN ADDENDUM TO THE INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH CAPITAL AREA, RURAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR THE PROVISION OF LIMITED PARATRANSIT SERVICE TO THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $387,342 CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER 11 IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE

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AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE TO THE CONTRACTED SERVICE SUPPLEMENT.

NUMBER TWO WITH CAPITAL AREA, WORLD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR THE OPERATION OF ROUTE TWO 14 NORTHWEST FEEDER FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND AMOUNT, NOT TO EXCEED $698,000.

AND NUMBER 12 CONSENT AGENDA, ITEM NUMBER 12 IS APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OR HIS DESIGNEE TO FINALIZE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE TO CART SUPPLEMENT NUMBER FOUR TO THE MASTER REGIONAL MOBILITY AGREEMENT WITH CAPITAL AREA, RURAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR THE PROVISION OF TRANSIT SERVICES TO THE MAINER AREA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $210,000.

I JUST WANT TO PERSONALLY, I THINK OUR STAFF FOR THE AND, UH, KEEPING THIS A LIVELY, UM, ARE THERE ANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS WHO WOULD, UH, LIKE TO REMOVE ANY OF THESE 12 ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA AFTER THAT DRAMATIC READING? NAH, WELL, I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE OUR CONSENT AGENDAS OR A SECOND SECOND CHAIR LOOKING FOR A SECOND FROM THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE DIOCESE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

REMEMBER MITCHELL, THANK YOU.

ANY DISCUSSION? NO DISCUSSION VERY WELL.

ALL IN FAVOR THEN OF, UH, APPROVAL OF OUR CONSENT AGENDA, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING, AYE.

WELL, HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

DO I NEED TO DO A ROLL CALL JUST FOR THE ONE WHO'S NOT WITH US? I THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, VICE CHAIR, EVERYBODY HERE IN THE ROOM IN FAVOR, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES 6, 7, 8.

HOW MANY OF US OTHER 6, 7, 7 TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

UH,

[VI.1. Approval of the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan]

NEXT STEP.

OUR ACTION ITEMS APPROVAL OF THE FIRST ONE IS, UH, APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2022 OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET AND FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, MR. CONLIN IN HIS FINAL APPEARANCE BEFORE US ON THIS BUDGET ITEM.

THANK YOU.

AND WELCOME.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

CHAIRMAN COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS, PRESIDENT AND CEO CLARK.

MY NAME IS KEVIN CONLIN, DEPUTY CA CFO FOR CAPITAL METRO.

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK IN FRONT OF THE BOARD FOR ONE LAST TIME TO TALK ABOUT BUDGET.

SO THIS RESOLUTION IS A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2022 OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET.

AND FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN.

THE TOTAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022 IS $649,863,389 FOR OPERATING AND CAPITAL EXPENSES.

I'D LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD, SENIOR LEADERSHIP, CAPITAL METRO STAFF, AND OUR OUTSTANDING BUDGET TEAM FOR THEIR GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION.

AND PUTTING TOGETHER THIS BUDGET.

THIS RESOLUTION CAPTURES THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET THAT THE BOARD AND COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ON FROM MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

AND IT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU AS A BOARD HAVE SET FOR THE AGENCY.

IT MAKES INVESTMENTS BASED ON YOUR GUIDANCE AND THE STRATEGIC PLAN.

THIS BUDGET IS STRUCTURALLY SOUND AND BALANCED, AND I'M PLEASED TO SAY THAT WE'RE PROJECTING TO MEET ALL OF OUR RESERVE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.

WE'RE IN GOOD FINANCIAL POSITION AND CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT REMAIN GUARDED WITH THE LINGERING COVID-19 PANDEMIC SALES TAX UNCERTAINTY, AND ALSO NECESSARY FUNDING FOR FLEET ELECTRIFICATION AND OTHER LARGE PROJECTS IN THE FUTURE.

WE'VE COMPLETED OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH FOR THE BUDGET, WHICH INCLUDED IN-PERSON ENGAGEMENT AT THE WEST GATE TRANSIT CENTER, LEANDER STATION AND PARK AND RIDE NORWOOD TRANSIT STATION AND REPUBLIC SQUARE.

AND IN ADDITION, WE HELD AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE ZOOM WEBINAR AND FACEBOOK LIVE.

WE'VE HAD ALMOST 700 VIEWS TO DATE AND INVITED THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE.

THE WEBINAR WAS DONE BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND IS POSTED ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS AND THE CAPITAL METRO BLOG PAGE.

IN ADDITION, A COPY OF CAPITOL METRO'S BUDGET IS AVAILABLE IN MORE DETAIL ON THE CAPITAL METRO WEBSITE AND THE BOARD WAS PROVIDED A LINK TO THAT AS WELL.

AND JUST AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD FOR THEIR ENGAGEMENT OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS WITH THE BUDGET AND OPEN IT UP TO ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD.

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

QUESTIONS FOR MR. CONLIN? NONE.

OH, MEMBER POOL.

GO AHEAD.

THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORK.

UM, ON STAFF'S BEHALF, UM, ON, UH, A PRETTY BIG BUDGET, WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS.

I HAD A MEETING ON FRIDAY, UM, A ONE-ON-ONE WITH, UH, THE, ABOUT THE JOINT PARTNERSHIP

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AGREEMENT AND ONE OF THE AREAS THAT I STARTED DIGGING INTO AND WAS LOOKING FOR SOME INFORMATION AND I WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH THE WHOLE DIOCESE, UM, IN CASE Y'ALL WERE INTERESTED IN IT TOO.

AND I THINK, UM, BOARD MEMBER RENTERIA WAS ON THE CALL WITH ME.

UM, WE WERE, I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE STAFFING AND A STAFFING PLAN AND WHERE THE STAFF ARE COMING FROM AND WHO IS KEPT METRO WHO'S PARTNERSHIP, WHO'S CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND WE DON'T NEED THAT INFORMATION RIGHT NOW, OBVIOUSLY, AND YOU WEREN'T PREPARED TO BRING THAT, BUT I DID SUBMIT SOME QUESTIONS TO GET SOME SPECIFIC SPECS THAT WE COULD HAVE KIND OF A SENSE OF HOW STAFF ARE SHIFTING AROUND AND WHO THEY'RE NOW ANSWERING TO AND WHERE THE FUNDS ARE COMING FROM FOR THAT.

AND JUST, AGAIN, KIND OF, SINCE THIS IS OUR FIRST FULL YEAR OF OPERATION, IT WOULD BE REALLY USEFUL, I THINK, TO THIS DIOCESE, TO HAVE A SENSE OF HOW THAT'S ALL COMING TOGETHER AND THAT, THAT WE COULD PUT TOGETHER AND ACTUALLY GIVE ANY BOARD MEMBERS OF PRESENTATION, AS FAR AS JUST THE DEVELOPMENT OF STAFFING, THE HIRING, BOTH, YOU KNOW, ON BOTH SIDES.

WE COULD MAYBE DO IT IN CONJUNCTION WITH MS. SILER FROM THE ATP, AS FAR AS THAT GOES.

I KNOW ONCE WE HAD A POSITIVE VOTE IN NOVEMBER OF 2020, WE ACTUALLY STARTED RAMPING UP ON THE CAPITOL METRO SIDE.

WE'VE ADDED QUITE A FEW POSITIONS DURING THIS CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AND INCLUDED THOSE WITHIN THE NEW BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR AS WELL.

UM, BUT WE COULD PUT TOGETHER A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT JUST TO SHOW YOU STAFFING AND PROJECTIONS.

MOST OF THAT WOULD BE COMING ON THE ATP SIDE FOR PROJECT CONNECT, OF COURSE, BUT WE ARE, WE DO HAVE A NUMBER OF CONTRACTS ON THE CAPITOL METRO SIDE THAT WE'VE ACTUALLY RAMPED UP FOR, UM, FOR FULFILLMENT OF THAT, ESPECIALLY THE METRO RAPID LINES, WHICH SHOULD BE ONLINE, UM, IN FISCAL YEAR 2023.

ARE YOU SEEING A SHIFT FROM KENT METRO STAFF ONTO THE PARTNERSHIP ROLES? WELL, OF COURSE, CAPITAL METRO STAFF IS, UM, HEAVILY INVOLVED IN AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECT CONNECT I'M MYSELF.

WE HELP PUT TOGETHER THE FIRST BUDGET FOR AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP WHEN THEY FORMED THEIR FIRST MEETING BACK IN JANUARY.

SO THERE IS A LOT OF DUAL WORK.

UM, OF COURSE THEIR STAFFING, UM, HAS RAMPED UP QUITE A BIT ON THE ATP SIDE.

SO WE'RE THERE TO SUPPORT IN FINANCE.

WE ACTUALLY DO PERFORM A SHARED SERVICE FOR ATP.

YOU KNOW, WE DO ALL THEIR PAYROLL ACCOUNTS PAYABLE.

SO DOWN AT THAT LEVEL WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HAVING TO ADD MORE STAFF AS WELL.

UM, BUT YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT ATP AND, YOU KNOW, JUST THE JOINT FUNCTION OF PROJECT CONNECT GOING FORWARD.

JUST ONE LAST QUESTION THEN I'LL SEE IF ANYBODY ELSE HAS ANYTHING TO ASK OR SAY, I, IT OCCURRED TO ME BECAUSE I SIT ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE PENSION BOARD FOR, UM, NON-UNIFORM NON-SWORN EMPLOYEES.

UM, THE RETIREMENT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

AND SO I'M JUST CURIOUS, AND I HAVE PLANS TO HAVE THE PENSION BRIEFING FROM FOLKS, BUT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO, TO LOCK IT DOWN.

IN FACT, THAT WAS ON ME.

I HAD TO POSTPONE, UH, AN, UH, A MEETING THAT WAS SCHEDULED EARLIER, UM, BECAUSE I WASN'T AVAILABLE AS IT TURNED OUT.

UM, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET A SENSE OF HOW WE ARE HELPING OUR EMPLOYEES, WHO WE REALLY VALUE WITH REGARD TO THEIR RIGHT I'LL HAVE TO GET WITH MR. EASTON.

UM, I THOUGHT WE WERE ON CALENDAR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO ACTUALLY GIVE YOU A BRIEFING.

I THINK THAT WAS A RESCHEDULE FROM PREVIOUSLY.

SO YEAH, SO WE JUST WANT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THAT DATA IS TO YOU.

I KNOW YOU'VE ASKED ABOUT IT A FEW TIMES AND, YOU KNOW, JUST TO SAY AT CAPITAL METRO, UM, WE DO HAVE A PENSION PLAN.

OF COURSE WE HAVE A FROZEN PENSION PLAN FOR, YOU KNOW, AN OLD STAR TRAN SYSTEM AS WELL.

SO IT WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE ALL THAT INFORMATION WITH YOU.

THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU.

REMEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, YES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I THINK THAT, UM, UH, PUTTING TOGETHER THE INFORMATION THAT YOU JUST MENTIONED WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

I'LL ASK ONE QUICK QUESTION BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, UH, AND, AND THEN THE REST OF MY QUESTIONS, WE'LL JUST WAIT UNTIL, YOU KNOW, YOU PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION, BUT I KNOW THAT WE'RE SH THAT WE ARE, UH, SUPPORTING, UH, ATP, WHICH I THINK IS VERY VALUABLE AND NECESSARY WITH ABOUT, I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 23 MILLION OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT SHOWS UP AS PART OF THIS BUDGET.

AND, UM, SO I'M JUST GOING TO WANT TO UNDERSTAND DOES THAT, UH, DOES THAT INCLUDE, SO I, SO I NOTED THAT, AND THEN I ALSO NOTED THAT OUR PROJECT CONNECT DEPARTMENT, WE SHIFTED OVER TO ATP AND THAT DEPARTMENT HAD ABOUT FIVE OR 6 MILLION IN IT.

SO I'M JUST, I'M JUST WANTING TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL TOGETHER.

IF THE 23 MILLION INCLUDES THOSE DOLLARS THAT WE'RE USING TO SUPPORT ATP OR OF THE 23 MILLION IS MORE, JUST A SET AMOUNT FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS.

AND THEN WE ALSO SUPPORT ATP, UM, WITH VARIOUS

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STAFFING AND OTHER KINDS.

SO WITHIN NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, WE DO HAVE, LIKE I SAID, CAPITAL METRO CONTRACTS, YOU KNOW, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL ACTUALLY EXPEND DOLLARS FROM CAPITAL METRO CONTRACTS.

SO WE'VE INCLUDED IT WITHIN OUR BUDGET TO STAY WITHIN STATUTE.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE'LL HAVE, UM, ACTUAL CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ATP COMING IN AS AN OFFSET FOR DOLLARS THAT ARE SPENT.

AND THEN WE DO ACTUALLY HAVE A SHARED SERVICE FUNCTION ALSO THAT WILL BE BUILT TO ATP ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR WORK PERFORM FOR THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS, WHETHER IT BE IT ACCOUNTING, ET CETERA, THE 23 MILLION THAT WE MENTIONED, I THINK IT WAS 23 MILLION.

IS THAT, IS THAT A, IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED OR IS WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED ENCOMPASSED IN THAT 23 MILLION? UM, I, WELL, THAT'S ON THE OPERATING SIDE FOR THE SHARED SERVICES.

I THINK WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BOARD MEMBER KITCHEN IS OUR CAPITAL OUTLAY.

OKAY.

GOTCHA.

OF COURSE.

SO IT WOULD BE METRO RAPID LINES LEADING THE FRONT, UM, ANY CONTRACTS HAVING TO DO WITH BLUE LINE ORANGE LINE PMR. SO WE'LL CAPTURE THAT AND ACTUALLY PROVIDE INVOICING MONTHLY TO ATP AS WELL.

OKAY.

I, I GOT THE TWO CONFUSED, RIGHT.

SO THAT WAY THEY'VE BUDGETED ALL THE DOLLARS FOR THAT WORK AND WE'LL HAVE THAT CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION COMING IN DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THE, UM, THE INFORMATION THAT YOU JUST, UM, THAT YOU JUST SHARED AND THANK YOU, UH, BOARD MEMBER POOL, SHARING THAT WITH THE REST OF US.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR MR. CONLIN? REMEMBER INJURY? YEAH, I, UH, UM, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE ALSO THAT YOU'RE, YOU'RE ALSO TAKEN IN A LOT OF OUR CITY EMPLOYEES AND THAT'S ANOTHER THING IS THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE, AND I'M SUPPORTING MY COUNTY POOL THERE TO GET THAT LIFT SO THAT WE CAN REALLY GET A SENSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN METRO AND AUSTIN AND ATP.

SO IF YOU COULD, I REALLY AM CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT'S GO AHEAD, PRESIDENT CLASSIC GUY, KEVIN, UM, THAT'S NOT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER THAT.

SO, UH, I APPRECIATE THE COMMENT, UH, BOARD MEMBERS.

SO I KNOW THERE'S, THERE'S SOME INFORMATION I GUESS, WAS REQUESTED LAST FRIDAY.

CARRIE IS PUTTING TOGETHER SOME INFORMATION, SEND IT OVER TO YOU ALL.

SO JUST AGAIN, SO WE CAN KEEP, WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS WE HAVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES ITS THING.

ATP DOES ITS THING.

CAT METRO DOES ITS THING.

WE'VE, WE'VE HAD BOARD ILS BETWEEN BOTH CAP, METRO AND ATP CITY OF AUSTIN ATP.

SO YOU HAVE AUSTIN AND CAP METRO.

I THINK THERE'S EIGHT OF THEM.

I THINK WE'VE COMPLETED TODAY.

I, THIS TRACK THERE'S A LOT OF THEM.

ONE OF THEM IS THE SHARED SERVICES PIECE.

THAT'S WHAT WHAT'S, KEVIN'S REFERRING TO.

SO CAP METRO, BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN SOME REQUESTS BY CAP METRO BOARD MEMBERS, WE'LL BE REACHING OUT TO ATP STAFF, ASKING FOR INFORMATION THAT INFORMATION THEN CAN BE PROVIDED TO BOARD MEMBERS BECAUSE THAT INFORMATION HAS BEEN REQUESTED AND THEY'LL GET THAT.

SO, BUT THAT WILL NOT BE KEVIN'S PIECE.

SO, SO I THINK WE JUST GOT TO REMEMBER KEVIN'S JOB IS THE DEPUTY CFO OF CAPITAL.

METRO CAN ANSWER A CAP.

METRO RELATED QUESTIONS RELATE TO ATP INFORMATION.

IF THERE'S REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION, LET ME KNOW.

WE'LL COORDINATE THAT AND GET THAT BACK TO BOARD MEMBERS, UH, UH, AS APPROPRIATE INFORMATION, REMEMBER KITCHEN AND, AND THEIR MEMBER POOL.

AND I HOPE WE CAN STAY ON BUDGET AND NOT GET TOO MUCH INTO THE, WELL, I THINK THE, THE CAT METRO SIDE OF THE BUDGET IS TO UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, FROM CAT METRO'S SIDE, UH, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT, I'M, I'VE GOT MY CAP, METRO HAT ON HERE, AND THAT'S WHAT I'M WANTING TO UNDERSTAND.

WHAT'S OUR, WHAT'S OUR PIECE OF THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.

SO I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS AND I APPRECIATE YOU MAKING THEM AVAILABLE TO US.

AND I WOULD JUST ADD ON THAT, THAT I APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE ALL THREE COLLABORATING THE THREE INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES WITH THEIR OWN APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES AND JURISDICTIONS, BUT WE ARE ALL THREE PARTNERED IN THIS EFFORT.

AND I APPRECIATE, UM, CFO CON LENS TAKING A LEADERSHIP, UH, AS POINT OF CONTEXT, SINCE WE'VE SUBMITTED THE QUESTION THROUGH THIS FORMAT TO BRING US AS MUCH COMPREHENSIVE AND CONCISE INFORMATION, AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN THINK, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT HELPS THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND TOO HOW, UH, THE VARIOUS OPERATIONS ARE MOVING FORWARD AND THAT IT, UH, UH, ADDS TO THE TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY AND SENSE OF TRUST THAT WE'RE BUILDING WITH OUR COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT AUSTIN.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR MR. CONLIN HEARING NONE, UH, MEMBER STRATTON, WHO COULDN'T BE HERE LEFT A STATEMENT THAT I'LL JUST

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READ A FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

I APOLOGIZE.

I'M UNABLE TO BE PRESENT AT THIS MEETING, BUT I HAVE A CONFLICT TODAY WITH MY JOB AS A REGISTERED NURSE EDUCATOR.

PLEASE KNOW IF I WERE IN PERSON, I WOULD VOTE IN FAVOR OF BOTH ACTION ITEM ONE, THE BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND ACTION ITEM TO THE ELECTRIC BUS CONTRACT.

AND WITH THAT, UM, IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS OR DISCUSSION CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION, WE'LL ENTERTAIN A, UH, A MOTION WITH RESPECT TO OUR BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN MEMBER POOL, AND HAVE A MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND MEMBER KITCHEN WITH A SECOND? ANY DISCUSSION, NO DISCUSSION THEN, UH, UH, WE'LL VOTE AND I'LL ASK, UH, FIRST ROW CALLED MEMBER VICE-CHAIR TREVELYAN I VERY WELL, THANK YOU ALL ON THE DIOCESE.

UH, IN FAVOR, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY? UH, NO, THE MOTION CARRIES SEVEN TO ZERO.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU, MR. CONLIN FOR ALL THE GOOD WORK.

AND LET ME JUST SAY AGAIN AT AN EXEMPLARY JOB, I THINK BY OUR STAFF, UH, TO BRING WHAT IS ALMOST A $700 MILLION BUDGET TOGETHER, COMPLICATED BY PROJECT CONNECT AND THE INTERACTION BETWEEN OUR TWO AGENCIES.

I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE GONE TO THE COMMUNITY WITH THIS BUDGET, APPRECIATE THE TRANSPARENCY AND THE LEGACY OF TRANSPARENCY THAT WE HAVE RELATIVE TO OUR STEWARDSHIP OF A COMMUNITY FUNDS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK, EVERYBODY.

UH, NEXT,

[VI.2. Approval of a resolution authorizing the President & CEO or his designee, to finalize and execute contracts with New Flyer of America Inc. and Proterra Inc., to purchase up to 197 battery electric transit buses, vehicle chargers, and related equipment over a five year period in a total amount not to exceed $ 254,984,090.]

UH, ACTION ITEM NUMBER TWO, AND, UH, DOTTIE WATKINS AND ANDREW MURPHY WILL PRESENT.

WELCOME.

HELLO.

GOOD MORNING.

IS IT STILL MORNING? NO, IT IS NOT GOOD AFTERNOON.

OH, FOR A LONG TIME.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR COOPER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, PRESIDENT CEO CLERK, I'M DOTTIE WATKINS, CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER, AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR CAPITAL METRO.

AND I'M JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE, ANDREW MURPHY.

WHO'S OUR DIRECTOR OF VEHICLE MAINTENANCE.

AND WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, MOST EXCITING TOPICS IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS BATTERY, A BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES.

UM, SO AS WE GET STARTED FOR THE SAKE OF, UM, REMINDER AND FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE HEARING US TALK ABOUT THIS PROJECT FOR THE FIRST TIME, UM, CAPITAL METRO HAS BEEN PURSUING FOR A GOOD LONG WHILE THE BUT ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY.

IN FACT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING FOR A COUPLE OF DECADES AND REALLY KIND OF EXCITED TO SEE THE TECHNOLOGY COME TO FRUITION.

UM, AND SO WE ARE, ARE PURSUING BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES AS OUR PRIMARY PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR OUR TRANSIT FLEET.

GOING FORWARD.

A FEW OF THE BENEFITS, UM, INCLUDE, UM, GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS.

OBVIOUSLY THE VEHICLE ITSELF, UM, DOES NOT ADMIT POLLUTION.

THERE'S ALSO REDUCED AIR POLLUTION FROM, UM, AS COMPARED TO THE DIESEL VEHICLES THAT WE CURRENTLY OPERATE.

UM, TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES IS THAT THEY ARE EXTREMELY QUIET, UM, AS WELL AS THEY ARE MUCH COOLER TO OPERATE.

UM, I KNOW, UM, RECENTLY I WAS, UM, HELPING STAFF ONE OF OUR Q2, UM, STADIUM EVENTS AND WALKING DOWN THE LINE OF BUSES.

AND I IMMEDIATELY NOTICED WHEN I WAS WALKING PAST THEM ELECTRIC BUS, CAUSE IT WAS BOTH COOLER AND QUIETER JUST ON A DIME.

AND SO IT'S A MUCH BETTER ENVIRONMENT, NOT JUST FOR OUR WRITING PUBLIC, BUT FOR OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

UM, WE ALSO EXPECT TO SEE REDUCED FUEL COSTS, UM, AS THE COST OF ELECTRICITY OVER TIME WILL, UM, IS EXPECTED TO BE LESS FORCE THAN THE COST TO, TO KIND OF FEEL THE SAME PROPULSION WITH DIESEL FUEL.

UM, AND WE'RE ALSO VERY EXCITED TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN AUSTIN ENERGY'S GREEN CHOICE PROGRAM, SUCH THAT A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE ENERGY THAT WE USE IS GENERATED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES.

UM, AND SO EVERYTHING THAT WE POWER OUR ELECTRIC BUSES WITH WILL ALSO BE RENEWABLE.

SO IN 2019 ON EARTH DAY IN 2019, WE ANNOUNCED OUR TRANSITION TO ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES AND OUR COMMITMENT, UM, TO BUY ZERO EMISSION TRANSIT BUSES MOVING FORWARD, UM, AND HAVE CONSTRUCTED OUR ELECTRIC BUS CHARGING FACILITY AT OUR NORTH OPERATIONS, UM, FACILITY UP NEAR 180 3 IN BURNET ROAD.

UM, YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND THAT TOP PICTURE AND THE BOTTOM PICTURE, UM, IS, UM, ONE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL 60 FOOT NEW FLYER BUSES.

AND I'M I GUESS IN THE BEST, RIGHT? WHERE'S THAT A 40, I'M SORRY, I CAN'T TELL, UM, ONE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BUSES, I SHOULD QUIT TRYING TO GUESS FROM PICTURES WHO MAKES THEM, I'M SITTING NEXT TO THE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO THOSE WHITE BOXES YOU SEE HERE, UM, IS ACTUALLY, UM, ELECTRIC CHARGING.

UM, SO OUR, UM, 2022 TO 2026 FLEET PLAN, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, WHICH THE BOARD JUST APPROVED, UM, INCLUDES 136 BUSES FOR OUR LOCAL TRANSIT BUS FLEET, UM, WHICH ARE REPLACEMENT VEHICLES FOR OUR SERVICE AS WELL AS 65 BUSES TO SUPPORT METRO RAPID PROJECTS, UM, WHICH WILL BE, UM, EXPANSION

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TO OUR FLEET.

UM, WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF EVALUATING OUR LONG-TERM CHARGING STRATEGY.

WE HAVE PLUG-IN CHARGERS FOR OUR CURRENT 12 BUSES.

WE KNOW THAT AS WE GROW THE FLEET, WE WANT TO TRANSITION TO OVERHEAD CHARGING, UM, SO THAT THE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE CAN KIND OF, YOU KIND OF PARK UNDER IT AND IT CHARGES THE BUS AS OPPOSED TO HAVING TO PLUG IN AND UNPLUG EVERY SINGLE BUS.

AS WE GET TO A FLEET OF 400 BUSES, WE WANT TO HAVE NOT HAVE 400 PLUGS TO.

AND SO WE ARE LOOKING AT WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME AND EXACTLY HOW DO WE ASSESS THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE, UM, CONSULTANT SUPPORT RIGHT NOW HELPING US, UM, FINALIZE OUR BATTERY ELECTRIC BUS ROADMAP SO THAT WE KNOW EXACTLY, UM, WHAT IMPROVEMENTS WE NEED TO PUT WHERE, UM, INCLUDING WHAT IMPROVEMENTS WE NEED TO PUT ON VARIOUS ROUTES.

SO WE ARE ALREADY ANTICIPATING THAT FOR, UM, OUR FIRST TWO METRO RAPID LINES UNDER THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM THAT WE WILL INTRODUCE EN ROUTE CHARGING TO HELP US GET THE RANGE.

SO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIMITATIONS CURRENTLY WITH BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES AS THEY IS THAT THEY WON'T RUN FOR 14 HOURS ON A SINGLE CHARGE, UM, LIKE A DIESEL BUS MIGHT.

AND SO, UM, WE'RE LOOKING TO INSTALL CHARGERS AT THE ENDS OF THE LINE SO THAT WE CAN, UM, KIND OF REFRESH THE BATTERIES AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

AND PART OF THIS LONG RANGE FLEET TRANSITION PLAN THAT WE'RE DEVELOPING WILL HELP US IDENTIFY FOR THE REST OF OUR FLEET, WHICH LOCATIONS DO WE NEED TO LOOK TO PROGRAM THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT GOING FORWARD? UM, SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND I THINK WE'VE MADE A LOT OF GREAT PROGRESS.

I ALLUDED EARLIER TO OUR 12, UM, EXISTING BUSES IN OUR FLEET.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE, UH, 10 40 FOOT BUSES AND TWO 60 FOOT BUSES.

UM, THEY ARE HALF AND HALF FROM TWO DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS, PRO TERRA AND NEW FLYER.

UM, AND WE'VE LEARNED A LOT IN THE LAST YEAR.

WE ACTUALLY PUT THESE BUSES IN SERVICE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO.

UM, AND WE'VE, WE'VE LEARNED A LOT, WE'VE TRAINED, UM, 240 DRIVERS.

SO JUST ABOUT A QUARTER OF OUR DRIVER FLEET, UM, DRIVER RANKS HAVE BEEN TRAINED.

UM, WE'VE LOOKED TO DEMONSTRATE CHARGER INTEROPERABILITY, UM, BETWEEN THE TWO MANUFACTURERS AND, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE CHARGER PROVIDED BY ONE MANUFACTURER CAN CHARGE THE OTHER MANUFACTURERS BUS.

UM, WE'VE ALSO ASSISTED OUR FRIENDS AT THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE OUT OF TEXAS A AND M UNIVERSITY IN COMMISSIONING THEIR CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE ON THEIR, THEY HAVE A ROBUST TRANSPORTATION TEST FACILITY IN COLLEGE STATION.

UM, WE STILL HAVE PLENTY TO LEARN AND, UH, WE WANT TO BE UPFRONT ABOUT SOME OF OUR CHALLENGES.

WE'RE STILL WORKING THROUGH THE PUTS AND TAKES OF DAY TO DAY LOGISTICS, UM, WITH ONLY 12 BUSES OUT OF OUR CURRENT FLEET OF 424, UM, THE EXTRA CARE AND FEEDING REQUIRED BY AN ELECTRIC BUS IS SOMETHING WE'RE STILL GETTING USED TO IN TERMS OF HOW TO ASSIGN THE BLOCKS WHEN YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH STATE OF CHARGE LEFT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE IT BACK AT THE END OF THE DAY AND REALLY WORKING THROUGH ALL OF THAT.

UM, AND THEN YOUR OVERNIGHT ROUTINE WITH AN ELECTRIC BUS IS DIFFERENT AS WELL BECAUSE WE DON'T RUN THEM THROUGH THE SERVICE ISLAND AND FUEL THEM, BUT WE DO NEED TO WASH THEM AND CHARGE THEM.

SO WORKING THROUGH ALL OF THOSE PROCESS CHANGES, UM, IS A WORK IN PROCESS.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT, UM, INNOVATIVE PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES.

WHAT IS OUR, UM, LONG-TERM STRATEGY GOING TO BE THERE? UM, FOR OUR, OUR BATTERY PACKS, WE COULD PUT HUGE, HUGE BATTERIES ON THE BUSES, BUT THEN THEY'D BE SO HEAVY.

WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PUT PEOPLE ON THE BUSES LEGALLY.

SO THAT'S KIND OF A PROBLEM FOR US.

UM, SO WE'RE CONTINUING TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AS THE MARKET MOVES FORWARD.

UM, AND THEN WE'RE ALSO LEARNING ABOUT SOME OF THE INNOVATIVE AUXILIARY SYSTEM.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT AN ELECTRIC BUS IS THAT EVERY, ALL OF THE ACCESSORIES ON THE BUS ARE NOW ELECTRIC.

AND SO, WHEREAS WE MIGHT HAVE HAD HYDRAULIC STEERING IN THE PAST, WE NOW HAVE ELECTRIC STEERING AND REALLY JUST LEARNING THOSE NEW SYSTEMS AND UNDERSTANDING ALL THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF HOW THOSE WORK.

UM, SO WE HAVE, UM, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EVALUATE THE TECHNOLOGY AND ARE CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS A TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL WORK FOR US, UM, FOR, UM, THIS UPCOMING CONTRACT.

UM, BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH OUR LONG-TERM PLANNING AND OUR DAY-TO-DAY KIND OF LESSONS LEARNED.

UM, SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE TO TALK ABOUT THE ACTUAL ACTION WE'RE ASKING YOU TO TAKE TODAY.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON, UH, CHAIR COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS, UH, PRESIDENT AND CEO, RANDY CLARK.

UM, I'M ANDREW MURPHY, DIRECTOR OF VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AT CAPITAL METRO.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE TODAY.

SO THIS IS JUST TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE FEATURES THAT WILL BE COMING ON OUR BUSES.

UH, WE'RE BUYING BOTH 40 FOOT BUSES AND 60 FOOT BUSES.

UH, THEY'LL HAVE AN OPEN SEATING FLOOR PLAN, WHICH IS ALSO CALLED PERIMETER SEATING, WHICH FACILITATES PEOPLE MOVING AROUND INSIDE THE BUS, BEING ABLE TO QUICKLY GET ON AND OFF THE BUS.

UM, WE WILL HAVE, UH, IT'S CALLED A QUANTUM.

IT'S A BRAND NAMED BY, UH, Q STRAIN.

IT'S A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WHEELCHAIR SECUREMENT SYSTEM.

WE PILOTED ON OUR FIRST TWO 60 FOOT BUSES AND IT'S BEEN WARMLY RECEIVED.

SO WE'LL BE PUTTING THOSE ON BUSES GOING FORWARD.

UM, WE ARE EQUIPPING ALL OF THESE BUSES WITH PASSENGER AWARENESS MONITORS.

THESE ARE MONITORS THAT ROTATE THROUGH THE VARIOUS, UH, UH, CAMERA VIEWS INSIDE OF THE BUS.

SO PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT THEY'RE BEING RECORDED TO SORT OF HELP IN THAT SENSE OF SECURITY AND SAFETY FOR OUR PASSENGERS.

THESE

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BUSES WILL COME WITH A BLIND SPOT MIRRORS.

UM, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IN DRIVING A BUSES WHEN YOU'RE TURNING LEFT THROUGH AN INTERSECTION, THERE'S THAT LITTLE BIT OF BODY BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD AND THE SIDE WINDOW CREATES A BLIND SPOT.

UM, IT'S A RISK TO PEDESTRIAN.

SO WE'VE NOW PUT A CAMERA ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOSTON, A MONITOR ON THE INSIDE.

SO YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH THAT PILLAR KEEPS IT SAFE WHEN YOU'RE TURNING LEFT.

UM, THESE BUSES WILL ALSO HAVE, UM, ON ALL THE DOORS, A PUSH BUTTON TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE DOORS SO THAT WHEN THE BUS IS ON LAYOVER, IF A PASSENGER IS ON THE BUS AND THEY