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NIGHT.

YEAH, WE'RE GOOD.

WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S 10 11.

I KNOW WE HAVE SOME HARD STOPS, SO, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF GROUND TO COVER TODAY.

SO I'D ASKED MY COLLEAGUES, UH, ON THE, UH, THREE BOARDS TO GRAB THEIR CHAIRS AND UH, LET'S, UH, GET READY TO ROCK AND ROLL.

I THINK WE HAVE A QUORUM OF ALL THREE BOARDS.

I THINK WE HAVE, UH, THREE QUORUMS. SO AGAIN, THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR JOINING US ON THIS, A HISTORIC JOINT MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON BEHALF OF THE CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I'LL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

TODAY IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER THE 29TH, AND THE TIME IS 10 13, THE MAYOR.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL PORTION OF THIS, A JOINT MEETING, UH, HERE ON, UH, OCTOBER 29TH, 2021.

UH, TIME IS 10 O'CLOCK, 10, 13.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THE JOINT, UM, MEETING OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

AND THIS MEETING IS CALLED TO WATER.

THE TIME IS 10 13 ON OCTOBER 29TH, 2021.

THANK YOU, CHAIR, MAYOR, ANY OPENING REMARKS BEFORE WE GET UNDERWAY? I JUST WANT TO, TO, TO JUAN, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE THIS VERY FIRST MEETING WITH ALL THREE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS PRESENT, UH, AND, AND, AND REAL EXCITED TO BE, BE PART OF THAT.

THE VOTE FROM THE COMMUNITY WAS HISTORIC, UH, TO SET US ON THIS PATH, PROBABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING WE COULD DO AS A COMMUNITY, BOTH FOR MOBILITY FOR, FOR EQUITY OF ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY AT OUR CITY.

UH, IN TERMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, THIS IS HUGE.

I ALSO WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE, UH, UH, THE STAFFS OF CAP METRO, THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND OF ATP, UH, AND, UH, THE RESPECTIVE, UH, UH, DIRECTORS, UH, BECAUSE THIS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING, UH, AND THE PROGRESS THUS FAR HAS BEEN, UH, UH, PRETTY EXCEPTIONAL, UH, IN MOVING THIS FORWARD, UH, RAPIDLY.

UH, AND IT'S EXCITING TO SEE IT MOVING FORWARD THAT QUICKLY, UH, AND AS SUCCESSFULLY AS IT HAS THUS FAR, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, WE HAVE THE THREE BODIES HERE TO GATHER AND, AND OBVIOUSLY, UH, UH, EACH HAS A, A ROLE IN THIS.

IT'S BEEN DECIDED, UH, THE DOCUMENTS THAT WERE DONE BEFORE THE VOTE.

UH, BUT AS WE GET STARTED, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO ALL FIGURE OUT WHAT THOSE DOCUMENTS MEAN AND MAKE SURE WE MOVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEM.

UH, AND, UH, I LOOK FORWARD FOR US MOVING PAST THAT SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO, UH, TO MAKE THE, THE GREAT PROGRESS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR CHAIR, ANY OPENING REMARKS, I THINK FOR SO MANY IN AUSTIN FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE REGION, THIS IS A VERY HISTORIC MOMENT, AND I'M PROUD AND HONORED TO BE IN, IN THIS POSITION TODAY, REPRESENTING THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, IN TERMS OF MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF EFFORTS.

SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE WHO'S HERE, WHO SHOWED UP, WHO HAS GIVEN A LOT OF THEIR TIME, ENERGY, LOVE, AND PASSION TO THIS EFFORT.

WE'VE SPOKEN MANY, MANY TIMES ABOUT THE VISION OF WHAT THIS PROGRAM ENTAILS AND OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT SERVES

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THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

I THINK THE WORK, THE HEAVY LIFTING HAS BEEN DONE TO GET US TO THIS POINT, BUT THE ENORMOUS EFFORT THAT IS TO BE DONE AND CONTINUES TO AFFECT OUR COMMUNITY IS STILL TO BE DONE.

SO WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT WE HEARD FROM SO MANY THROUGH LETTERS THAT WERE SENT IN REGARDING THE JOBS THAT ARE GOING TO BE POSSIBLE IN THIS COMMUNITY AND HOW WE WANT SAFE JOBS, HOW WE WANT THIS TO BE A WAY TO HEAL OUR COMMUNITY AND BE AN INTEGRAL PROCESS OF A BETTER AUSTIN.

SO WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE EFFORT THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS PLACE TODAY AND FOR ALL OF THE BOARDS AND THE COMMISSIONS AND EVERYONE THAT HAS SUPPORTED THIS EFFORT SO FAR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, I WANT TO JOIN MY TWO OTHER CHAIRS AND SAYING, THANK YOU, OUR STAFFS, OUR RESPECTIVE STAFFS HAVE BEEN WORKING LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE TO GET THIS PULLED TOGETHER AND DONE.

AND AT THE SAME TIME TO START BUILDING STUFF.

AND I'M PROUD TO SAY IT, THE CAP METRO MEETING EARLIER, WE APPROVED OVER THE ABILITY TO GENERATE OVER $50 MILLION WORTH OF CONTRACTS TO START BUILDING BRT LINES LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER THE VOTE, WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS, AND I'M SUPER PROUD OF ALL THAT OUR STAFFS HAVE DONE, UH, TO THIS POINT, BUT WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED.

UM, AND SO, UH, TODAY, UH, HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET TO THE FINAL PLACE ON, UH, SENDING, UH, ATP OFF TO GET THE REST OF THIS PROJECT.

UH, BELT, A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE INTO THE DRAFTS, A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY, A LOT OF GIVE AND TAKE.

AND, UH, I, I COMMEND RANDY AND EVERYBODY WHO WORKED ON THE DRAFT JPA THAT WE HAVE FOR THE GOOD WORK THAT'S GONE INTO IT.

AND A LOT OF TIME AND DISCUSSIONS.

AND I THINK A LOT OF GOOD, UM, HAS BEEN, UH, HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED THERE.

SO I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING PROGRESS ON THAT TODAY.

OUR NEXT STEP, WE WILL THEN HAVE OUR PUBLIC

[I. Public Comment (see note on registration below)(Part 1 of 2) ]

COMMENTS.

UH, THIS WILL INCLUDE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ALL POSTED ACTION ITEMS FOR THE CITY COUNCIL, THE CAP METRO BOARD, AND THE ATP BOARD.

THIS IS CITY COUNCIL ITEMS THREE THROUGH FIVE CAP, METRO ACTION ITEMS, ONE AND TWO, AND ATP ACTION ITEMS, ONE AND TWO FOR ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS.

THE PODIUM IS UP BY THE SCREEN.

AND AS IN ALL OF OUR PRIOR MEETINGS, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES AND I'LL ASK YOU TO, TO STICK STRICTLY TO THAT THREE MINUTE, UH, GUIDELINE AND SAM, OR SOMEBODY WILL GIVE US A SIGNAL UP THERE.

SO OUR FIRST SPEAKER, THE CHAIR CHAIR, COUNCIL MEMBER, TOVO, BEFORE WE BEGIN WITH PUBLIC COMMENTS, COULD WE JUST GET VERY CLEAR ON WHICH DRAFTS WE'RE GOING TO BE CONSIDERING HERE TODAY? I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE WORK THAT THE STAFF HAVE DONE.

AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WE HAVE A THIRD VERSION OF THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

WHEN WE GOT HERE THIS MORNING, THERE WERE TWO VERSIONS.

THERE WAS VERSION TWO OF THE ORDINANCE AND VERSION TWO OF THE RESOLUTION.

AND I NOW SEE A YELLOW COPY.

SO I JUST WANT TO BE SURE THAT AS WE'RE, AS WE'RE PREPARING TO DELIBERATE ON THOSE DOCUMENTS, THAT WE'RE ALL WORKING FROM THE SAME SET.

AND I THINK WHAT I NEED CLARIFYING, WHAT I NEED CLARIFICATION ON IS WHETHER THE YELLOW COPIES ARE A VERSION THREE OF THE RESOLUTION.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

LET ME GET YOU A GOOD ANSWER ON THAT.

DID YOU HEAR THAT COUNCIL MEMBER? THE ANSWER IS YES.

THE YELLOW VERSION IS VERSION THREE.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE WORKING FROM VERSION THREE OF THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT VERSION THREE OF THE RESOLUTION VERSION TWO OF THE ORDINANCE.

IS THAT CORRECT? CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY WE HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF THE RESOLUTION IS ONE, A VERSION THREE IS ONE, A RED RED LINE.

ONE'S A CLEAR, OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

I APPRECIATE IT.

COUNCIL MEMBER, I'LL JUST SAY TO OUR CURRENT CONTEMPLATION IS AFTER THE PRESENTATION, EACH OF THE BOARDS WOULD HAVE SOME EXECUTIVE, UH, MEETING TIME TO DISCUSS WHERE THIS IS AND SOME OF THE LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO THIS.

SO THERE'LL BE SOME ABILITY TO GET WITH YOUR LAWYERS AND WALK THROUGH THIS IN MORE DETAIL.

SUPER.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

SO OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS MR. PATRICK ROSE, IS HE HERE? DIDN'T SEE HIM EARLIER.

NOT HERE YET.

I'LL COME BACK TO HIM.

OKAY.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WHO SIGNED UP IS MR. JEREMY HENDRIX.

MR. HENDRICKS, ARE YOU HERE? OH, OKAY.

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CAN YOU PLUG HIM IN PLEASE? CHAIR COUNCIL MEMBER.

SO I THINK, UM, THE PODIUM THAT YOU'RE WANTING EVERYBODY TO JUST SPEAK FROM IS UP HERE, CORRECT? I'M WONDERING IF MAYBE IF YOU READ THE NAME OF MAYBE FIVE PEOPLE, THEN THEY COULD LINE UP AFTER MR. HENDRICKS WILL BE A WEISS AZHAR AND THEN FANG FANG, AND THEN BEN BRENNAMAN.

IF YOU WANT TO MOVE TOWARDS THE PODIUM, GREAT COUNCIL MEMBER.

I BELIEVE THE WAY YOU PRONOUNCE HER NAME IS .

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

NO PROBLEM.

I WILL MISPRONOUNCE SEVERAL AND I'LL APPRECIATE ANY HELP TODAY.

CHAIR.

I BELIEVE MR. HENDRICKS IS ON THE PHONE AND RIGHT.

WELL, MR. HENDRIX, CAN YOU HEAR ME? ARE WE READY? CAN YOU HEAR, SHOULD WE, UH, CONTINUE AND COME BACK MR. HENDRIX CHAIR FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH? I AM.

I, I REALLY APPRECIATE WHEN WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FROM A COUNCIL PERSPECTIVE TO TAKE THE IN-PERSON SPEAKERS FIRST, ANYWAY.

UM, BUT YEAH, I THINK WE SHOULD PROBABLY GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD.

AND I I'M CERTAIN THAT AT LEAST HALF OF US IN THIS ROOM HAVE MR. HENDRICKS NUMBER AND SO WE CAN TEXT THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

THANK YOU.

UH, WHY CSR WILL BE OUR NEXT SPEAKER AND WE'LL COME BACK TO MR. HENDRICKS, IF WE CAN CONNECT HIM.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR COOPER, MAYOR ADLER CHAIR.

CAPITAL METRO BOARD MEMBERS, ATP BOARD MEMBERS AND CITY COUNCIL.

I APPRECIATE Y'ALL GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY HERE TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS AND I SERVE AS THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT CONNECT, ADVISING YOU ON ISSUES RELATED TO EQUITY.

AND ANTI-DISPLACEMENT I SPEAK HERE ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE WHO ASKED ME TO SPEAK TO YOU? WE APPROVED RECOMMENDATIONS ON OCTOBER 19TH AT A MEETING VOTED UNANIMOUSLY BY MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME THROUGH A COMMITTEE THAT HAD WORKED ON THESE ITEMS, PRESENTING A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE STAFF OF ALL THREE BODIES.

I'M GLAD TO SAY A NUMBER OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE ACCEPTED AND REALLY WANT TO THANK STAFF FOR WORKING WITH US ON THESE AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY MADE IT IN.

I WILL FOCUS ON TWO ITEMS THAT I THINK STILL NEED TO BE MANAGED IN A WAY THAT REALLY GETS TO THE INTENT OF WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.

THE FOREST ONE IS RELATED TO THE EQUITY TOOL OF WHAT IS IN THE JPA TODAY LEADS TO ESSENTIALLY GOALS AND METRICS AROUND EQUITY FOR THE ENTIRE PROJECT.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE AS A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THAT THERE IS MORE ROBUST WORK AROUND AN EQUITY TOOL, MATRIX, EVEN METRICS THAT ALLOW US TO ASSESS SUCCESS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROJECT, TO THE LIFETIME OF THE PROJECT.

AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL EQUITY CONSIDERATIONS ARE TAKEN PLACE, INCLUDING INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY, TO ADVISE ON THE CREATION OF SUCH METRICS AND GOALS AND ASSESSING HOW THESE GOALS ARE GOING THROUGH DYING.

I REALLY HOPE THAT THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL BE INVOLVED TO ALL OF THESE PROCESSES, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT IS WITHIN OUR SCOPE AS DEFINED BY THE FOLKS HERE Y'ALL HAVE GIVEN US THIS CHARGE TO LOOK AT EQUITY.

THE OTHER THING I WANT TO FOCUS ON IS STILL A QUESTION AROUND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION.

THE PARTIES IDENTIFY, WE ASK THAT THE PARTIES IDENTIFY A CLEAR PROCESS TO APPOINT THE SUCCEEDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ADP WHO REPLACED THE INITIAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE AUSTRIAN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AS IS DREW FROM THE BYLAWS OFF THE ADB BOARD AS IS DREW FROM INTERLOCALS DONE EARLIER.

IT IS CLEAR THAT THE THREE BODIES HAVE TO BE INDEPENDENT.

THIS INDEPENDENCE REQUIRES THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BE SEPARATE FROM THE, TO BE A SEPARATE INDEPENDENT PERSON FOR THE TWO BODIES.

THIS REALLY IS CRITICAL TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE NO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST THAT WE, A PROJECT THAT IS EQUITABLE IN THE WAY IT SERVES EXISTING SERVICE USERS, BECAUSE WE NEED A CAPITAL METRO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO WHO WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE EXISTING USERS WHO ARE LARGELY

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PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WORKING CLASS FOLKS.

IT IS CRITICAL TO ENSURE TRUST WITH THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE PROMISES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY ALL THREE BODIES TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AS WELL, DO HOW WE LIVE UP TO THESE AND ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNANCE MAKES SENSE IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES.

SO AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, AND I HOPE THAT THE COMMENTS OF THE COMMITTEE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AROUND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND THE EQUITY TOOL WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WITH APOLOGIES, FONG, FONG, SORRY, STAFF, CAN YOU HELP ME NOT HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAIRMAN, W WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO, AFTER YOU ANNOUNCED THEM, IF THEY ARE NOT PRESENT, IS IT POSSIBLE? I BELIEVE THAT THEY SIGN UP IN ADVANCE.

COULD YOU AT LEAST ANNOUNCE WHAT THE, THEIR INTENT WAS FOR SPEAKING? I BELIEVE THAT WAS LISTED ON THE, UH, THEIR, THEIR PRE SIGN-UP SHEET.

I'M GLAD TO DO THAT.

IF, UH, FALLING FALLING IS NOT HERE.

LET ME GO TO THE NEXT IN-PERSON.

WE HAVE LOST OUR OUTSIDE PHONE CONNECTION.

WE'RE TRYING TO RE-ESTABLISH.

OKAY, WELL, WE'LL WORK DOWN THE LIST AND GET THOSE THAT ARE PRESENT FOR GOOD MORNING.

THE NATION FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO WORK IN OUR CITY WHERE OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE CONSISTENTLY VOTED TO IMPROVE THE WORKING CONDITIONS AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE WORKERS WHO BUILD IT.

AND I'M ALSO PROUD THAT MY UNION SUPPORTED THE TRANSPORTATION BOND AND, UH, VOTED TO INCREASE THE, YOU KNOW, IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE CITY SO THAT WE CAN MOVE PEOPLE AROUND EFFICIENTLY AND ALSO PROMISED TO CREATE GOOD PAYING, SAVE JOBS THAT WILL TRAIN THE WORKFORCE THAT WE NEED TO KEEP THE CITY GROWING.

IN MY ROLE, I SPEAK TO A LOT OF WORKERS THAT ABOUT THEIR, THEIR EXPERIENCES ON THE JOB.

AND SOME OF THEM COULD BE PRETTY HARROWING.

UH, I TALKED TO ONE GUY WHO WAS ON A SITE WHERE THEY, THE DEMOLITION CREW WITH NO ELECTRICAL TRAINING WAS TEARING OUT A HIGH VOLTAGE SYSTEM WITH JUST WIRE CUTTERS.

AND HACKSAWS BASICALLY, IT SAID, YOU COULD HEAR THE POP POP POP AS A CIRCUIT SHORTED OUT ALL AROUND THE BUILDING.

IT'S A MIRACLE.

NOBODY WAS KILLED THAT ON THAT PROJECT.

IT WAS A PUBLIC PROJECT, A MORE COMMONLY.

WE HEAR FROM WORKERS WHO WERE MISCLASSIFIED AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND WERE FORCED TO WORK LONG HOURS WITH NO OVERTIME.

IN ADDITION, THEY LOSE THEIR HOURS THAT THEY NEED TO ATTAIN A STATE JOURNEYMEN LICENSE, WHICH IS, IS THE KEY TO A GOOD CAREER IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY.

SO NOT ONLY WERE THEIR WAGES STOLEN ON THE JOB, THEIR FUTURE EARNINGS WAS STOLEN AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, OUR WORKERS, THE THROUGH THE UNION DON'T FACE THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE WE PROVIDE A DEGREE OF INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT OVER THEIR WORK.

BUT WE BELIEVE THAT ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN THE CITY AND ESPECIALLY ON THIS PROJECT DESERVE THAT SAME LEVEL OF PROTECTION.

THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT WHATEVER ORGANIZATION IS SET TO MONITOR THE PROJECTS FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT, IT IS TRULY INDEPENDENT.

SO WE WOULD ASK, WE WERE ENCOURAGED BY THE, THE EVENTS THAT HAVE OF THE LAST 24 HOURS, A LANGUAGE THAT'S BEEN INSERTED.

AND WE HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT PIECE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT IS A TRULY INDEPENDENT MONITORING AGENCY.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS MORNING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE BOB BATTLIN, WHO WAS NEUTRAL ON CITY OF AUSTIN.

NUMBER FIVE IS MR. BATTLIN HERE OR ON THE TELEPHONE.

NEXT WILL BE CARMEN LANEZ, PALITO EITHER OF THEM HERE.

SAM, CAN YOU HELP ME? OKAY, MR. BATTLIN NANCY CROWDER.

OKAY.

I UNDERSTAND MR. ROSE'S HERE.

PATRICK, IF YOU'RE HERE, I'LL ASK YOU TO MOVE TO THE PODIUM AND THEN, UH, CARMEN LANEZ, PALITO, OR NANCY CROWDER, AND THEN DAVID KING, AFTER THAT, MR. ROSE IS IN FAVOR AND GENERALLY IN SUPPORT OF ADOPTION OF THE JPA AND THE GREAT PROGRESS OVER THE PAST YEAR.

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GOOD MORNING.

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AT 3:00 AM IN LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO, AND I WAS TRYING MY ABSOLUTE BEST TO GET HERE.

AND I'M SORRY TO MISS THE CALL EARLIER.

I APPRECIATE YOU WORKING ME IN, UH, MY NAME, MR. CHAIRMAN MAYOR IS PATRICK ROSE, AND I'M A VOLUNTEER IN BUSINESS OWNER HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

UH, LIKE MANY OF YOU I'VE SPENT MUCH TIME OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, WORKING TO SUPPORT THE VISION OF A TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT CONNECTS OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR REGION IN A MANNER THAT IS ROBUST, EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL.

I WAS PERSONALLY INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER IN TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN AND WILL SERVE AS THE INAUGURAL BOARD CHAIR OF TRANSIT FORWARD.

THE SUCCESSOR TO TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN THAT JUST OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TWO DAYS AGO AT THE DOWNTOWN RED LINE STATION.

WE AT TRANSIT FORWARD WILL BE A COMMUNITY-BASED DIVERSE COALITION, NONPROFIT INSTRUCTURE THAT SEEKS TO INFORM THE METRO AUSTIN COMMUNITY ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF AN ACCESSIBLE REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND TO ADVANCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES.

WE AT TRANSIT FORWARDER IN THE EARLY STAGES OF FORMATION, AND I'M PROUD TO BE JOINED TODAY BY FELLOW INAUGURAL BOARD MEMBERS IN PERSON AND BY PHONE, TINA BUOY, FOLLOWING FONG OF THE AUSTIN ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, JEFFREY CLEMENTS OF HOUSTON TILLOTSON, NANCY CROUTHER OF THE VERY WELL-RESPECTED ADAPT COALITION.

IN ADDITION TO THANKING EACH OF YOU EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

IT IS MY GOAL THIS MORNING TO UNDERLINE TRANSIT FORWARD, SINCERE AND DESERVED APPRECIATION FOR THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS OF THIS PAST YEAR MADE POSSIBLE BY THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND LEADERSHIP OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, CAPITAL METRO AND CITY OF AUSTIN.

YOU ARE INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE COLLABORATION IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT SINCE THE PASSAGE OF PROP BAY LAST FALL, WE AS A COMMUNITY HAVE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOUR AGENCIES AND YOU ARE DELIVERING YOU'VE ADVANCED TO NEW METRO RAPID LINES LAUNCHED MULTIPLE NEW PICKUP ZONES AND BROKEN GROUND ON RED LINE ENHANCEMENTS, ALL IN A QUICK AND FAST PACED, 12 MONTHS, WE AT TRANSIT FORWARD, APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO TIMELY EXECUTION OF VOTER APPROVED PROJECTS, AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE PACE OF EXECUTION.

THIS IS A GENERATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SAY A FEW WORDS THIS MORNING.

THANK YOU, MR. ROSE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE NANCY CROWDER.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, IF HE'S HERE DAVID KING, AND THEN AFTER THAT, IF SHE'S HERE AS AN OPIATE JOSEPH GOOD MORNING, AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE BEFORE YOU TODAY TO SPEAK, NOT ONLY ON BEHALF OF TRANSMIT FORWARD, ADAPTIVE TEXAS, BUT ALSO I RESIDENT OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND ONE WHO ORIGINALLY VOTED CAPITAL METRO TO COME IN.

I HAD THE FORTUNE GOOD FORTUNE TO WORK WITH CAPITAL METRO FOR 25 YEARS.

AND I'VE, I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH WE'VE DONE.

AND I'M SO PROUD OF WHAT NOT ONLY CAPITAL METRO DONE HAS DONE, BUT WHAT THE COMMUNITY IS HAS OPENED THEIR ARMS TO.

IT WAS A FIGHT, A VERY BIG FIGHT IN THE EIGHTIES AND NINETIES TO EVEN GET PEOPLE ON BUSES.

NOW THEY VOTED AND THEY SAID, YES, WE SEE THE LIGHT PROJECT CONNECT.

IT'S NOW A REALITY, A REALITY THAT I VOTED FOR, THAT I WORKED FOR AND OUR COMMUNITY WORK FOR.

AS I SAID, I REPRESENT ONE OF THE LARGEST DISABILITY COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND THAT IS ADAPTIVE TEXAS.

OUR GRASSROOTS WORK HAS BEEN IN MAKING ALL SYSTEMS, ALL SERVICES

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ACCESSIBLE TO ALL PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INCLUDED.

AND ALSO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY TOO, ARE GETTING OLDER.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE SERVICES ARE EQUITABLE.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT THE CAPITOL METRO AND ALL HAVE DONE TO BRING FOR THE EQUITY TO OUR COMMUNITY, BY HAVING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE BUSES, TRAINING AWARENESS, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS SAFETY SAFETY IS SO IMPORTANT, BUT THE EQUITY.

AND I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW PROUD I AM TO, TO SEE THAT THIS PROGRAM.

I HAVE SEEN SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE OUT THERE WITHOUT JOBS BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS BRING FORTH THE SKILLS THAT NOT ALL OF OUR OTHER COMPANIES DO.

AND PLEASE KNOW THAT WE'RE VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF THIS JOINT GROUP TO BRING FORTH THE REALITY OF THIS WONDERFUL TRANSIT PROJECT CONNECTION.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACCESS AND YOUR OPEN MIND MINDS TO REALIZE THAT WE'RE ALL ONE BIG COMMUNITY AND WE'RE HAPPY.

THANK YOU, MS. CROWDER, COUNCIL MEMBER.

GO AHEAD.

UM, BEFORE YOU GO, I I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU A QUESTION IF YOU DON'T MIND.

SURE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS A DIFFERENTLY ABLED PERSON.

AND, AND AS THE DAUGHTER OF A DIFFERENTLY ABLED MOTHER, UM, WHO IS DESPITE HER BEST EFFORTS TO REMAIN 29 PERPETUALLY, UM, AGING, UM, I, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A POINT OF YOUR COMMENTARY.

YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT, UM, ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENTLY ABLED, BUT AGING.

I'D LIKE VERY MUCH FOR YOU TO EXPAND UPON THAT.

AND IF IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DO SUCCINCTLY, UM, IF I CAN GET SOMEBODY FROM MY STAFF TO CATCH UP WITH YOU, UM, AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO THE AUDIENCE, I REALLY LIKE VERY MUCH TO GET YOUR INSIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THAT WE CAN DO TO BE VERY MINDFUL OF THAT POPULATION OF PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE LEFT OUT OF CONVERSATIONS FREQUENTLY.

THANK YOU BY THE WAY, FOR PRESENTING FOR US AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADVOCACY.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANT TO SAY I'M THE, UH, UH, VICE-PRESIDENT OF ARP CHAPTER 24, 26 AND SOUTHWEST AUSTIN.

IT'S A LARGEST ARP, UH, CHAPTER, AND WE ACTUALLY WERE ABLE TO FORM, AND I KNOW, UM, MS. KITCHENS IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH OUR ROLLING STROLL.

IT'S A GROUP EFFORT TO GO OUT ON PUBLIC TRANSIT TO SEE THE WORLD, AND THEY LOVE IT BECAUSE ONE THEY'RE GOING IN A SAFE GROUP, THEY FEEL SAFE.

THEY KNOW ABOUT THE, UH, HAZARDS OUT THERE AND WHERE ARE TEACHING THEM ABOUT TRANSIT AS WE DID FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, YOU GOT TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT.

YOU GOT TO WATCH FOR WHAT YOU GOT TO WATCH FOR, BUT NOW ALL THE, OUR BABY BOOMERS ARE GOING OKAY.

NOW WHAT DO I DO WITHOUT MY KEYS? AND THE WORLD IS THERE OPEN FOR THEM? AND IF IT'S NOT A BUS, THERE'S A CHARIOT, WHICH IS THE, UH, DOOR TO DOOR SYSTEM.

THERE'S PROJECT ACCESS, UM, METRO ACCESS.

THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET AROUND THAT.

WE JUST NEED TO EDUCATE, UM, AND KEEP THOSE SERVICES IN MIND BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST ONE FORM.

THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION.

SO I'M REAL PLEASED TO SAY I'M PART OF THE, UH, A RP IS GETTING AROUND AND WE ARE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER, DAVID KING, IF HE'S HERE, YOU DON'T SEE HIM.

WE'LL COME BACK TO UNDERSTAND OUR PHONE LINES UP.

WE'LL COME BACK TO ALL THOSE

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AS ZENOBIA JOSEPH HERE OR ON THE PHONE, NOT HERE, MISHA AFKHAMI HERE.

STAFF.

I NEED A LITTLE HELP ON, UH, GETTING OUR SPEAKERS UP HERE.

UH, THE NEXT SPEAKER I HAVE IS EMILY.

LAST NAME NOT PROVIDED AGAINST CITY OF AUSTIN, ITEM FIVE.

AND THEN, UH, AFTER EMILY WILL BE FIDEL GUZMAN AGAINST CITY OF AUSTIN ACTION ITEM NUMBER FIVE, AND THEN AFTER FIDELITY THE BUOY WELCOME.

YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, ATP, BOARD MEMBERS, AND CAP METRO MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS EMILY, TIM MN, THE CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF WORKERS, DEFENSE WORKERS.

DEFENSE IS A MEMBERSHIP-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS TEXAS LOW INCOME CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN IMPROVING THEIR LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

WORKERS DEFENSE IS ALSO PART OF THE ATX MOBILITY COALITION.

I'M HERE TODAY TO COMMENT ON ITEM FIVE RELATED TO THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

AND I'D ACTUALLY LIKE TO CHANGE MY, UM, MY POSITION TO NEUTRAL ON THE ITEM INSTEAD OF AGAINST TO CORRECT THE RECORD.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AUSTIN TRANSIT, PARTNERSHIP, STAFF, AND CAP METRO STAFF FOR WORKING WITH US TO STRENGTHEN THE WORKFORCE PROTECTION AND LIVING WAGE LANGUAGE IN THE JPA.

OUR MEMBERS ENDORSED PROJECT CONNECT IN 2020 BECAUSE THE CONTRACT TO THE VOTERS PROVIDED A COMMITMENT TO WORKING FAMILIES AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES BY CREATING THOUSANDS OF GOOD, SAFE CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN THE DEADLIEST STATE TO BE A CONSTRUCTION WORKER, WE APPRECIATE THE RECENT CHANGES TO LANGUAGE, WHICH REQUIRES THE ONSITE MONITORS PRESENT DURING CONSTRUCTION TO BE ACCREDITED BY A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS THE INTERESTS OF WORKERS.

WE KNOW STANDARDS REQUIRED ON PROJECTS ARE MEANINGLESS WITHOUT MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE BEING FOLLOWED.

THIS WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO ENSURE THE ADDITIONAL WAGE AND SAFETY STANDARDS WILL BE UPHELD.

WE ASK YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WITH YOUR VOTE, THIS INCLUSION OF THIS NEW LANGUAGE.

WE ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THE INDEPENDENT MONITORING STANDARDS TO BE ON THE ENTIRETY OF THE PROJECT CONNECT INVESTMENT.

WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE WILL BE MANY FUTURE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS TO FOLLOW THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

IT'S CRITICAL THAT THESE PROCESSES FOR THESE AGREEMENTS ARE TRANSPARENT AND THE COMMUNITY RECEIVES SUFFICIENT TIME TO REVIEW AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK.

WE BELIEVE IT'S PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS PROCESS.

WE ALSO WANT TO ENSURE THE INDEPENDENCE OF NOT JUST THE ONSITE MONITORING, BUT THE GOVERNANCE OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND THE AGREEMENT YOU ALL WILL VOTE ON TODAY.

THIS TOO WAS PROMISED TO COMMUNITY AND VOTERS.

IT'S CRUCIAL TO OUTLINE THE ROLE AND TIMELINES FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF ATPS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

SO AS TO GUARANTEE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE AGREEMENT, THE PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT PLAN HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM OUR COMMUNITY.

BUT THESE DETAILS MATTER, WE ASK YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT THE NEW LANGUAGE RELATED TO ONSITE MONITORING, ENSURE INDEPENDENCE BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES VOTING ON THIS AGREEMENT AND ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY ON FUTURE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS MORNING.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE FIDEL GUZMAN, AND I THINK WE HAVE AN INTERPRETER, SO THIS'LL GO SIX MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS ANNA GONZALEZ AND I'LL BE INTERPRETING FOR FEE.

THEN I ALSO WANT TO CLARIFY THAT OUR POSITION, AND THIS IS NEUTRAL.

ONE OF THE THEY ALL SEEN AT THE CAPITAL METRO CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT CONSTRUCTION AND SUPERVISION.

THE STANDARD IS LEVEL OF GOOD MORNING CITY COUNCIL, ATP, AND CAP METRO MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS VIVA GUZMAN.

I AM A MEMBER OF WORKERS OFFENSE.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS.

I WORK IN PLUMBING AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS.

I DO A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING TODAY.

I AM HERE AS A CONSTRUCTION

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WORKER TO TALK ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE IN THIS INDUSTRY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF STRONG LABOR PROTECTIONS AND OVERSIGHT OF WORKER STANDARDS.

POLITICA DEFENSE.

THE PROJECT CONNECT THE VIDEO ONE YEAR AGO, WORKERS' OFFENSE COMMITTEE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION MEMBERS VOTED TO ENDORSE PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT PLAN BECAUSE OF THE COMMITMENT TO INCORPORATE BETTER BUILDER STANDARDS PLUS RANIA.

THEY IN PLAYER MEDICA CINDY SERIOUS AS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

WE FACE LOW WAGES, MISCLASSIFICATION, NO WORKERS' COMPENSATION OR MEDICAL INSURANCE, NO PAID SICK DAYS, LACK OF SAFETY, AND EVEN LOSING OUR LIVES MORE THAN IN OTHER INDUSTRIES.

INDEPENDENT AND CONSENTING, BUT I SAY BECAUSE OF THIS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CREATED THE BETTER BUILDER PROGRAM WITH INDEPENDENT MONITORING TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THOSE STANDARDS ARE MET CASE.

THE PROCESS OF SAYING DEPENDENT COMES THROUGH DJANGO PROJECT CONNECT AS A RESIDENT OF THE CITY, A CONSTRUCTION WORKER AND LEADER WORKERS OFFENSE.

WE APPRECIATE RECENT CHANGES TO MONITORING.

WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT IT'S TRULY INDEPENDENT AND ASK YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE CONSTRUCTING, CONSTRUCTING PROJECT CONNECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. GUZMAN.

NEXT TINA BUOY.

AND THEN AFTER TINA FRANCIS AKUNA AND AFTER THAT JADE LAVERA THIS IS A BIG ROOM, GOOD MORNING ESTEEM THAT CAPITAL METRO BOARD MEMBERS, ATP BOARD MEMBERS, CITY, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND STAFF.

MY NAME IS TINA BUOY, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU TODAY.

I'M HERE TO REGISTER MY SUPPORT OF YOUR AGENDA ITEMS TO APPROVE THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

THE TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDED IN PROJECT CONNECT ARE LONG OVERDUE, AND WE NEED ALL OF YOUR ORGANIZATIONS TO BE SEAMLESSLY WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE SUCCESS AS YOU KNOW, COORDINATION AMONGST CATALAN, METRO ATP, AND THE CITY IS CRITICAL FOR THIS PROGRAM.

THANKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU, YOUR STAFFS AND THE COMMUNITY HAVE DONE TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH SO MUCH ALREADY.

I KNOW IT'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK AND IT REFLECTS A WHOLE LOT OF COORDINATION.

I'M A FORMER CITY EMPLOYEE AND A FORMER CAPITAL METRO EMPLOYEE, AND IT'S REALLY INCREDIBLE TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF COLLABORATION THAT KEEPS GROWING EVERY DAY BETWEEN ALL OF YOUR ENTITIES.

I HOPE YOU'LL KEEP IT UP AND I HOPE YOU'LL KEEP ENCOURAGING YOUR STAFFS TO KEEP IT UP AND MAKE IT EVEN STRONGER.

I ALSO HOPE THAT YOU'LL CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY ADVANCE THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES THAT WERE THE FOUNDATION FOR PROJECT CONNECT, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND MEANINGFUL PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT.

THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAVE BEEN REALLY CHALLENGING AS YOU KNOW, FOR OUR COUNTRY, THE WORLD.

AND I THINK COVID CLIMATE CHANGE AND ALL THE SOCIAL INJUSTICES THAT HAVE COME TO LIGHT HAVE REALLY STRESSED THAT WE CAN'T DO ENOUGH TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR EACH OTHER AND TO DO SO AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS WE CAN, PROJECT CONNECT IS GOING TO BE HELPING ON SO MANY FRONTS.

YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, WE NEED THE GOOD SAFE JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROGRAM, AS WELL AS THE LONG-TERM TRANSIT OPERATOR JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED ONCE IT'S BUILT.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE TO MOVE SO QUICKLY TO CREATE THOSE JOBS AND FOR ADDING NEW ELEMENTS LIKE THAT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALREADY HAVING APPROVED STRONG WORKER PROTECTIONS IN THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS, PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HONOR AND PROTECT THOSE WORKERS WHO ARE BUILDING

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THIS CITY THAT WE ALL GET TO LOVE AND ENJOY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF PROGRESS THAT'S BEING MADE.

IT'S AWESOME.

FINALLY, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF THE STAFF AND THE CONSULTANTS WHO CONTINUE TO WORK SO HARD TO COMMUNICATE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH PROJECT CONNECT.

THERE'S A LOT.

I DO KNOW, AND THANKS TO THEM FOR SOLICITING THE FEEDBACK THAT WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT PROJECT CONNECT IS THE BEST.

IT CAN BE SIMILARLY MANY THANKS TO ALL THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO CONTINUE TO GIVE SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY TO HELP MAKE THE PROGRAM EVEN BETTER AND BUILD THE SUPPORT THAT WE STILL NEED TO STILL NEED FOR TRANSIT.

ALL OF THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK, AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER.

I THINK ALL OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED THUS FAR ONLY BECAUSE OF THAT COLLABORATION.

SO HERE'S TO ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER EVEN MORE AND EVEN BETTER.

AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE TO GET US HERE AT, AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU.

I'M UH, CONCERNED THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANYBODY AT THE PODIUM FRANCIS KONYA HERE.

JADE.

LAVERA HERE.

JEFFREY CLEMONS HERE, JENNIFER LORD HERE.

WELCOME MS. LAUREN'S NEUTRAL ON ITEM NUMBER ONE AFTER MS. LAWRENCE, STACY HUNLEY.

AND I'M GOING TO MISS, I'M GOING TO TEAR THIS ONE UP TERRIBLY YO AL PAULO CONLEY, AND THEN MONICA GOOSMANN, ROBERT CHAP THORNTON.

KEVIN RYAN IS AND TONY HAMILTON.

WELCOME MORNING.

MY NAME IS DR.

JENNIFER LORD.

I'M ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT WHEN WE HEARD THE BLUE LINE WAS COMING TO OUR DOOR, WE WERE SUPER EXCITED BECAUSE WE PRODUCE, OR WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF OUTREACH TO THE CITY.

AND WHEN I FIRST STARTED ROLLING, I DIDN'T APPRECIATE HOW MUCH THAT WAS UNTIL I ENDED UP ON THE BOARD AND OUR RATE LIMITING STEP ONE.

WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE IS TRANSPORTATION TO HOW CAN WE GET THOSE PEOPLE WITHOUT CARS TO OUR DOOR? AND WE'VE HEARD WE PROVIDE OUTREACH TO UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH THROUGH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB.

WE HAVE PARKED DEPARTMENT KIDS COME DOWN.

WE PROVIDE SERVICE TO CANCER SURVIVORS AND VETERANS AND DISABLED ROWERS.

AND THOSE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES AND KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY, WE PROVIDE IN-SCHOOL ROWING EXPERIENCE FOR MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS IN AREAS LIKE MERCHANTS IN SCHOOL, OR UT RESEARCHERS HAVE ACTUALLY SHOWN THAT IT NOT ONLY IMPROVES THEIR PHYSICAL OUTCOME, BUT ALSO THEY'RE GREAT AT THEIR GRADES AND THEIR CLASS ATTENDANCE.

AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT ROWING IS NOT FOR THE WEALTHY AND THE ELITE.

LIKE MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE AT AUSTIN ROWING.

WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY IN EVERY DISTRICT, AND WE SERVE AS JUNIORS ON UP TO NINE YEAR OLDS.

AND WE ALSO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS.

SO THAT MONEY SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE ON WHETHER YOU CAN ROW OR NOT.

SO HERE WE ARE EXPECTING THE LINE TO COME TO OUR DOOR AND NOT THROUGH OUR DOOR.

AND SO I'M HERE TO ASK THAT CAP, METRO AND ATP AND CITY COUNCIL HELP FIND US A NEW HOME.

WE'VE BEEN PROVIDING SERVICE TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR 40 YEARS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE FOR ANOTHER 40.

AND IT'S PERSONAL FOR ME.

I WAS AN UNDERSERVED OR UNDERPRIVILEGED KID GROWING UP AND WITHOUT PEOPLE AND PLACES LIKE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB, I WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. LORD, WILL I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION? APPRECIATE YOUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, STACY HUNLEY.

WELCOME MISS HUNLEY.

I HATE TO MISPRONOUNCE THIS AGAIN, BUT MR. CONLEY IS THAT YOU OVER THERE.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN, UH, MONICA GUZMAN AND ROBERT THAT YOU THANK YOU.

WELCOME TO SUNLIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US SPEAK IN THIS PUBLIC FORUM.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I THANK YOU TO MAYOR ADLER, THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, ATP BOARD MEMBERS, METRO ACAP, METRO MEMBERS.

I AM LIZ HANLEY AND I AM ALSO SUPPORTING THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

I'M THE PRESIDENT AND I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS.

I'M ALSO A LONG TIME AUSTINITE AND I'VE SEEN THE CITY GROW AND I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS FOR GROWING OUR CITY.

THIS IS A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR CITY.

THE TRANSPORTATION, OUR CITY IS A TOUGH ISSUE.

AND I WANT TO TELL YOU, I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO TO SUPPORT OUR CITY.

AS WE GROW, WE AT THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB

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WENT TO BE YOUR PARTNER.

THIS DOES AFFECT US THE BLUE LINES COMING THROUGH WHAT WE ARE HOSTING OUR HOUSING RIGHT NOW.

AND WE WANT TO BE A PARTNER TO YOU.

NOT ONLY AS WE COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO KEEP WHAT WE HAVE HERE IN AUSTIN, AS WE GROW AUSTIN FOR OTHERS.

BUT WE ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE REALLY YOUR COMMUNITY PARTNER.

WE'RE 40 YEARS OLD.

WE WEREN'T ALWAYS THE COMMUNITY PARTNER THAT WE ARE NOW, BUT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS WE HAVE GROWN AND WE HAVE GROWN UP.

I WISH THAT OUR NAME WAS AUSTIN COMMUNITY ROWING, BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE DO.

NOW.

WE OUTREACH TO ALL ENTITIES.

WE HAVE MEMBERS IN EVERY ONE OF YOUR DISTRICTS, WE'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT WE ALL COME TOGETHER TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY FOR JUNIORS, FOR MASTERS, FOR RACERS, FOR ADULTS, FOR MANY OF OUR DISABLED COMMUNITIES, FOR MANY OF OUR CHALLENGED COMMUNITIES, OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMS TOUCH ALL FACETS OF AUSTIN.

SO WE, I'M HERE TO ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER US AS A PARTNER AND AS THIS AFFECTS THE BLUE LINE COMING THROUGH THE BOATHOUSE, WHAT ARE OUR NEXT STEPS SO THAT WE CAN HELP THE CITY CONTINUE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES HERE THAT BRING PEOPLE HERE.

THAT'S WHY EVERYONE WANTS TO BE IN AUSTIN.

WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL RIVER AND WE CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO BE ON THAT BEAUTIFUL RIVER AND HAVE GREAT INTERACTIONS WITH CITY SERVICES.

SO PLEASE CONSIDER THAT PARTNERSHIP AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.

THANK YOU, MISS HENLEY.

AND I HOPE THAT ALL THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES WE DISRUPT, UH, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, OR AS GRACEFUL ABOUT THE PROCESS, WE APPRECIATE YOU.

UM, MR. CONLEY, YOU'LL BE NEXT.

AND THEN AFTER MR. CONLEY, MR. THORNTON, GOOD MORNING.

ALL SOME OF US, UH, STAYED UP UNTIL PRETTY LATE LAST NIGHT, TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF THE CHANGES.

AND THEN WE WOKE UP REALLY EARLY THIS MORNING AS WELL TO SORT OF READ THE LAST DRAFT.

UM, IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOTS OF FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO BE HERE, UM, SORT OF CONGRATULATING AND THANKING AND CELEBRATING WHAT'S TAKING PLACE TODAY.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, I CAN'T BE ONE OF THOSE FOLKS, ALTHOUGH I AM APPRECIATIVE OF THE TREMENDOUS WORK, UM, SOME OF OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND SOME OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF PUT IN TO MAKING THIS DRAFT AS GOOD AS IT COULD POSSIBLY BE.

AND I SEE AND RECOGNIZE THAT WORK.

BUT LAST YEAR IN THE LEAD UP TO THE ELECTION, SOME OF US WORKED VERY, VERY, VERY HARD TO CONVINCE OUR COMMUNITIES.

THAT PROJECT CONNECT WAS A GOOD IDEA.

AND THAT MEANS THAT WE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS WHO WERE EXTREMELY SKEPTICAL ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT.

AND WE TOLD THEM THAT PROJECT CONNECT WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE IT WOULD CONTAIN STRONG COMMITMENTS TO EQUITY, TO COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT AND PARTICIPATION THAT IT WOULD HAVE A EMPOWERED COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, UM, THAT IT WOULD HAVE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT MEASURES AND MORE, UM, AND ALL OF THESE PIECES ARE, ARE, ARE CRUCIAL TO THE PROJECT.

AND THAT'S WHY I CAN'T JOIN THE CHEERLEADER CLUB TODAY.

I HAVE TO DO MY DUE DILIGENCE TO THE FOLKS WHO I WORKED SO HARD TO CONVINCE TO VOTE ON THIS PROJECT.

UM, AND SO SOME PIECES THAT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, UM, AS YOU, UH, TAKE, GET READY TO VOTE ON THIS PROJECT, IS THAT THE PROCESS FOR FUTURE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS, THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DOCUMENT THAT YOU GUYS ARE ABOUT TO SIGN MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

AND THOSE QUESTIONS WILL HAVE TO BE ANSWERED IN FUTURE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS.

SO WE NEED REALLY CLEAR LANGUAGE THAT TELLS US WHO WILL BE AT THE TABLE WHEN THOSE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS ARE SIGNED, HOW THE COMMUNITY WILL ENGAGE.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, HERE WE ARE VOTING ON A DOCUMENT.

THE FINAL DRAFT WAS RELEASED THIS MORNING, YOU KNOW, SO THAT GIVES US EXACTLY ZERO OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTO THIS KIND OF PROCESS, RIGHT? SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO BETTER WITH OUR SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS MOVING FORWARD.

ANOTHER SERIOUS CONCERN IS THAT WE WERE PROMISED THREE INDEPENDENT BODIES AND, YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY OWN DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENCE.

I THINK SOME FOLKS HERE HAVE A DIFFERENT DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENCE, MAYBE IT'S THE, A NEW METTA INDEPENDENCE.

UM, BUT MY IDEA OF INDEPENDENCE IS THAT EACH OF THOSE THREE BODIES HAVE INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SO THAT THERE IS A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES SO THAT WE AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

AND SO THAT OUR CURRENT EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CURRENT WRITERS HAVE THE FULL ATTENTION SUPPORT, PASSION, AND BRAIN POWER OF AN EXECUTIVE LEADER.

AND MEANWHILE, THE CONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN THE NEW BUILDING EFFORTS HAVE THE FULL ATTENTION FOCUS AND SUPPORT OF AN EXECUTIVE LEADER AT JUST AS THE CITY HAS ITS OWN CITY MANAGER.

AND SO I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE NOT GOING TO DEFINE THAT TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT.

WHAT IS IT, TEMP? WHAT WOULD IS SUPPOSEDLY A TEMPORARY SITUATION? UM, BUT I THINK THE COMMUNITY DESERVES A CLEAR

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TIMELINE ABOUT WHEN THAT DECISION WILL BE MADE, HOW THAT DECISION WILL BE MADE, WHO WILL BE CONSULTED IN THAT DECISION, WHO WILL BE AT THE TABLE WHEN THAT DECISION IS MADE.

THE COMMUNITY DESERVES TO KNOW THIS, YOU KNOW, THE MORNING BEFORE THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS WAS SIGNED TO THE WORD, INTERIM WAS SUBSTITUTED FOR SECEDING, RIGHT? AND NO ONE CAUGHT THAT AND IT WAS VOTED ON AND IT WAS APPROVED, RIGHT? SO LET'S HOPE THAT INTERIM SUCCEEDING POSITION THAT WE CAN HAVE SOME REAL CLARITY AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE COMMUNITY AROUND WHEN THAT DECISION WILL TAKE PLACE AND HOW THE COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO WEIGH IN ON THAT DECISION.

BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE MANY, MANY FOLKS WHO ARE NOT HERE TODAY, WHO ARE NOT HERE, I'M CONGRATULATING YOU ALL WHO HAVE THESE CONCERNS, AND I ANSWER TO THEM AND I'M ACCOUNTABLE TO THEM.

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN TO ME.

I HOPE YOU, I HOPE YOU VOTE WISELY TODAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. CONLIN, MR. CHAIR.

YES.

MAY I ASK A QUESTION OF THE SPEAKER? UH, MS. STRATTON, GO AHEAD.

I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T CATCH YOUR NAME, SIR.

UH, MY NAME IS RON PAULO CONNOLLY.

I'M THE ORGANIZING DIRECTOR FOR THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

HA HAVE YOU, UH, HAVE YOU ATTENDED A CAP METRO BOARD MEMBER OR CA CAP METRO BOARD MEETING RECENTLY? I WATCHED THE BOARD MEETINGS.

YES.

REMOTELY? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, HAVE YOU COMMENTED AT, SIGNED UP IN PUBLIC COMMENT WITH CAP METRO BOARD MEMBER BOARD MEETINGS RECENTLY? NO, SIR.

I HAVE COMMENTED, I DID COMMENT AT A RECENT CAP METRO BOARD MEETING.

YES.

WHEN A DECISION WAS MADE.

YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE YOU SHOWING UP TODAY AND GIVING US YOUR FEEDBACK.

YEAH.

OH, CHAIR.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

UM, MR. CONLEY, UH, YOU WERE APPOINTED, UH, BY CAP METRO BOARD AND BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO THE CAC, IS THAT CORRECT? YES, THAT IS CORRECT.

AND YOU HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING, UH, WITH PROJECT CONNECT VERY ACTIVELY AS PART OF THE CAC, IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR THIS WITNESS? I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION.

I HAVE A COMMENT.

UM, I'M SORRY, I'M HAVING A HARD TIME PICKING UP AND I HAVE A QUESTION.

I HAVE A COMMENT I'M MISS COUNTY.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING SOMETHING TO THE FORE ABOUT HOW WE RUSHED THROUGH AND THEREFORE WE LOSE MANY VOICES.

SO I WANT TO APPRECIATE YOU FOR BRINGING THAT TO THE FORE AND FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU, MR. THORNTON.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS, UH, MY NAME'S CHAD THORNTON.

I'M THE BUSINESS MANAGER FOR THE PLUMBERS AND PIPE FITTERS LOCAL UNION HERE IN AUSTIN.

I'M, UH, UH, REPRESENT APPROXIMATELY 1600 MEMBERS THAT, THAT LIVE AND WORK AND TRY TO GET AROUND IN OUR, IN OUR AUSTIN AREA.

UM, I'M A PROUD GENERATION, THIRD GENERATION PLUMBER, AND A SECOND GENERATION AUSTIN, NOT I'M EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE OF AUSTIN AND PROJECT CONNECT, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT'S CONSTRUCTION.

AND I HAPPENED TO REPRESENT FOLKS IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS, BUT BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF MEMBERS WHO COMPLAIN OF TRYING TO GET IN AND OUT OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AREA.

SO WE'VE, WE'VE BEEN SUPPORTIVE TO THIS FROM THE BEGINNING.

I'VE SEEN THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF PRACTICES, UH, AND THE TREATMENT OF CONSTRUCTION LABOR, NOT ONLY THROUGH ALL MY YEARS, UH, IN THE PIPING TRADES, BUT I WAS ALSO A CITY PLUMBING INSPECTOR FOR NINE YEARS.

AND THAT THAT EXPERIENCE REALLY OPENED MY EYES BECAUSE I GREW UP, LIKE I SAID, I'M A THIRD GENERATION UNION PLUMBER AND A PROUD, PROUD REPRESENTATIVE OF LABOR.

BUT THOSE NINE YEARS WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN REALLY OPENED MY EYES TO ALL OF CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES.

MY MEMBERSHIP, THE MEMBERSHIP I REPRESENT HAS PROTECTIONS BY WORKING UNDER A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT THAT A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DO NOT ENJOY, UH, ORGANIZED LABOR SUPPORTS THE INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BECAUSE WHILE THERE ARE RULES OUT THERE, THEY'RE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE ENFORCEMENT, UM, ORGANIZED LABOR ALSO SUPPORTS EQUAL POWERS BETWEEN THE ENTITIES IN PROJECT CONNECT CITY, COUNCIL, CAPITAL METRO BOARD, AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD.

AND I DO WANT TO THANK CAPITAL METRO BOARD FOR THE ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN, MR. THORNTON, OR LAST TWO SPEAKERS ON THE LIST WHO MAY BE HERE ARE KEVIN WRYNESS AND TONY HAMILTON, EITHER OF THEM PRESENT.

THANK YOU THEN A STAFF.

IF WE CAN GET TO THE PHONE LINES.

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GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS KEVIN AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

WE ARE A 5 0 1 C3, NONPROFIT SERVING AUSTIN AND ITS MANY COMMUNITIES FOR 40 YEARS.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY.

JUST A COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THE BOATHOUSE.

THIS LAST FISCAL YEAR, WE CROSSED 2 MILLION IN REVENUE FOR THE FIRST TIME COMING IN AT 2.3 MILLION, WE WROTE, AND WE'RE PROUD TO WRITE THE LARGEST LUMP SUM PAYMENT TO THE CITY AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IN AN AMOUNT OVER $172,000.

WE INVESTED A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT THE BOATHOUSE JUST LAST YEAR ALONE.

AND WE SPENT $67,000 IN MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING THE BOATHOUSE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY FUN FACT.

TOMORROW WE HOLD THE 37TH ANNUAL HEAD OF THE COLORADO REGATA OFF THE FESTIVAL BEACH, COME ON BY, AND YOU'LL SEE OVER 400 ENTRIES CLUBS FROM 26 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE ENTIRE SOUTHWEST WITH THE YOUTH COLLEGIATE AND MASTERS.

HOWEVER, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE BOATHOUSE AND ALL ITS AMENITIES AND PUBLIC BENEFIT WILL BE DESTROYED AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT.

THE PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 12TH TO DISCUSS THE BLUE LINE.

TRINITY BRIDGE CROSSING PUBLIC INPUT WAS SHUT DOWN REGARDING DESTRUCTION OF BOATHOUSE FACILITIES, AMENITIES, AND PUBLIC BENEFIT.

THERE WERE NEARLY 200 ATTENDEES IN THE PUBLIC INPUT FORM.

MY MICROPHONE WAS ACTUALLY SHUT OFF AFTER I PROVIDED INPUT.

AND MOST OF THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS WERE NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK ABOUT.

THE BRIGGS IS IMPACT TO THE PUBLIC AMENITY.

I AM SAD.

MY VOICE WAS TURNED OFF ALONG WITH OTHERS AT A PUBLIC INPUT FORM SEEKING INPUT ABOUT THE PLAN BRIDGE, WHICH WILL DESTROY THE BOATHOUSE.

THE SERVICES AND AMENITIES CURRENTLY OFFERED CAN BE RESTORED IN THE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS OF THE TRINITY STREET BRIDGE CROSSING.

THIS WOULD CREATE A WORLD-CLASS DESIGN AND SET OF AMENITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL IN AUSTIN.

I THINK A FULL AND CANDID PUBLIC FEEDBACK PROCESSES AND ESSENTIAL PART OF WORKING TOWARDS A FUTURE THAT WILL INCLUDE A NEW LOCATION FOR AN IMPORTANT AUSTIN COMMUNITY ASSET THAT IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, PERHAPS WITH YOUR DIRECTION TODAY.

THE STAFF LEADERS AT CAP METRO AND THE CITY WOULD BE WILLING TO ENGAGE IN THESE IMPORTANT EFFORTS TO RELOCATE AUSTIN ROWING CLUBS, ACTIVITIES IN A PUBLICLY AVAILABLE BOATHOUSE.

I HAVE RECEIVED RECENT INVITATIONS FROM JOCELYN VOLKS AND JACKIE NIERENBERG AFTER THE OCTOBER 12TH CAP METRO MEETING TO DIALOGUE, WHICH I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE KIMBERLY MCNEALY FROM PART HAS ALSO REACHED OUT TO OPEN THE DIALOGUE.

AND I APPRECIATE THEM AS WELL.

I'M HOPEFUL THAT CAP METRO AND THE CITY WILL INITIATE A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUILT HOUSE AND RECOVERY OF THE AMENITIES, WHICH WILL BE DESTROYED AND THAT YOU WILL PROVIDE THAT DIRECTION.

AND I THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR 23 YEARS.

I THINK PROJECT CONNECT IS A FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. REYNA'S.

THANKS FOR COMING DOWN HERE.

I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER FOR HIS, UH, COMMENTS TODAY, AS WELL AS THE SPEAKERS BEFORE AND POTENTIALLY AFTER ABOUT THE BOATHOUSE.

I DO THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ASSET AND AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY RESOURCE, AND I'M CERTAINLY PREPARED TO PROVIDE THAT DIRECTION TO OUR MANAGER, THAT THE CITY COUNCIL EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR THAT, BUT IF IT'S APPROPRIATE TO DO SO WITHIN THIS GROUP, UM, I'M PREPARED TO, TO PROVIDE THAT DIRECTION AS WELL.

I DO THINK WE NEED TO PROBLEM SOLVE FOR, UH, ANOTHER APPROPRIATE LOCATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. HAMILTON HERE, CHAIR.

YES, I I'VE JUST COUNCIL MEMBER MCKINSEY KELLY HERE.

I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO DIRECTION THERE IN HER PLANS.

AND I WANT TO SAY THAT I WOULD SUPPORT THAT AS WELL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LEADING THAT.

AND THEN I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT PHONE PHONE IS ON THE PHONE.

SHE'S UNABLE TO MAKE IT IN PERSON, BUT STILL WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK VERY WELL.

WELL, WE'LL, UH, START ON THE PHONE LIST NOW.

I THINK MR. HENDRICKS, IS HE AVAILABLE OR IF YOU HAVE HIM IN A PARTICULAR ORDER, JUST LET ME KNOW.

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ARE WE CLOSER? DO WE NEED FIVE MINUTES? I'M GOING TO SUGGEST WE TAKE A, A FIVE MINUTE RECESS WHILE WE GET THIS, UH, THAT WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S UH, RECESS FOR FIVE MINUTES OR AS SOON AS WE GET THE PHONE BACK.

THANK YOU.

I THANK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CAP, METRO BOARD MEMBERS AND ATP BOARD MEMBERS.

IF WE COULD COME BACK INTO SESSION, UH, WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS, UH, START UP WITH OUR PRESENTATIONS WHILE WE WORK ON THE, UH, CONNECTIVITY ISSUES.

YOU HAVE EVERYBODY TO OUR SPEAKERS.

IF YOU CAN HEAR ME, I DON'T KNOW IF CAN THEY HEAR TO BE, TO BE CLEAR UNTIL WE GET THE CONNECTIVITY ISSUES WORKED OUT WELL, START WORKING THROUGH OUR PRESENTATIONS, AND THEN WHEN WE HEAD UP AVAILABLE STOPPING POINT AND HAVE YOU CONNECTED, UH, WE'LL GET BACK TO OUR SPEAKERS NOW.

UH, I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM ATP CAP, METRO AND CITY STAFF ON THE FIRST PROJECT CONNECT ANNUAL REPORT, RANDY, I'LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

A APPRECIATE THAT.

IF WE CAN GET THE SLIDE DECK QUEUED UP, PLEASE RELATE TO THE MANAGEMENT REPORT CHAIR.

IF YOU COULD GIVE US A MOMENT, UM, WE'RE GOING TO TRY ONE THING WITH THE SPEAKERS AND THEN WE WILL GO TO THE PRESENTATION PROBABLY.

WELL, I KNOW WE START LOSING PEOPLE AT ONE 30, SO WE ALL NEED TO PEDDLE FAST CHAIR.

ALSO, IF I MAY, UM, TAKE A MOMENT, I NEED TO STEP OUT INTO THE LOBBY AT NOON, UM, TO DO A 30 MINUTE, UH, THING.

AND SO I JUST PUT THAT ON THE RECORD.

I'M STILL HERE.

WHAT I HAVE TO GO DO THAT THING AT NOON.

THANK YOU.

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OKAY.

UH, YOU ALREADY UP THERE ON THE IT SIDE.

THANK YOU, UH, CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

[II.1. Staff briefing and discussion on the Project Connect Annual Management Report.]

UM, APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH YOU ALL TODAY.

AND, UH, I REALLY JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE POLICYMAKERS THAT ARE HERE.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE AGAIN, EXAMPLE OF, UH, AN AMAZING PARTNERSHIP THAT STARTED WITH TWO ORGANIZATIONS AND NOW THREE, AND I'M REALLY PROUD AND HONORED TO DELIVER THE FIRST OF PROJECT CONNECT MANAGEMENT REPORT ON BEHALF OF THE OVERALL TEAM.

SO IF WE CAN JUST MOVE TO THE FIRST SLIDE HERE, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE USE TODAY TO REALIZE THE YEAR OF SUCCESS WE'VE HAD AS AN OVERALL TEAM.

AND, UH, IT HAS BEEN JUST LESS THAN A YEAR SINCE THE VOTERS HAVE GAVE THEIR STAMP OF APPROVAL THAT SAID THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS PROJECT CONNECT TO MOVE FORWARD, TO BE A MUCH HEALTHIER, EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE CITY, UH, FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE NOW AND THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE LIVING HERE IN THE FUTURE.

AND SO, UH, THOSE ARE SOME VARIETY OF MEDIA CLIPS AND, AND HOW THEIR HEADLINES THAT SHOWED THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

UH, AGAIN, ALL ON ALL HIGHLIGHTING THE WORD TEAM OF WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED AS A TEAM.

I WANT TO REALLY JUST TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS IN 2021.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONLY AGAIN, 51 WEEKS AGO THAT, UH, THE VOTE OCCURRED.

WE, UH, ALSO THEN HAD TO ESTABLISH AN ORGANIZATION, A BOARD, LOTS OF STAFF HAD TO BE HIRED AND THEN WORK ON THE ACTUAL SCALE SCHEDULE.

THAT'S IN THE SEQUENCE PLAN THAT WAS IN THE CONTRACT FOR THE VOTERS.

SO WE HAVE A SCHEDULE OF A VARIETY OF PROJECTS.

I CONSTANTLY USE THE TERM PROJECT CONNECT IS NOT A PROJECT IS A PROGRAM, IS A PROGRAM OF PROJECTS AND THEY ALL HAVE INDEPENDENT, UH, OF THEIR OWN FUNDING STREAM, THEIR OWN SCHEDULE AND, UH, LOTS OF DIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER, BUT IN A LARGER COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM.

SO IN SEPTEMBER, UH, WE WERE ABLE TO KICK OFF THE LAKELINE LEANDER, DOUBLE TRACKING COMPONENT ON THE RED LINE.

THIS IS A BIG, UM, KICKOFF FOR THIS PROGRAM AND ALLOWS US TO COMPLETE IT, TO RUN MUCH SAFER, MORE FREQUENT AND MORE RELIABLE TRAINS ON THE RED LINE.

AND THAT'LL SERVE THE ENTIRE RED LINE ALIGNMENT WHEN THAT, UH, IS DONE IN FALL 2022.

AND WE MET, WE MET ACTUALLY OUR SCHEDULE FOR THAT PICKUP.

WE'D LAUNCHED THREE PROJECT CONNECT, FUNDED PICKUP ZONES, AND WE DID THOSE ALL PER THE SCHEDULE THAT WE WERE COMMITTED TO DO, UH, NORTH OAK HILL, SOUTH MENCHACA AND DESA.

AND THEY ARE NOW PART OF OUR OVERALL 11 PICKUP ZONE OPERATION THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND A COUPLE OF THOSE WERE VERY SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO, UH, IF YOU WILL, ALMOST TRANSIT DESERTS OR AREAS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT REALLY NEEDED SOME TRANSPORTATION, ESPECIALLY FOR SOME, EITHER, UH, LOW-INCOME OR UNDERREPRESENTED PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND AGAIN, UH, THE TEAM DID THOSE ON SCHEDULE.

AND THEN IN SEPTEMBER, WE TOOK A COUPLE OTHER BIG STEPS.

UH, THE CAP METRO BOARD, WORKING UNDER THE ILA BETWEEN CAP, METRO AND ATP TO DELIVER THE METRO RAPID PROJECTS ON BEHALF OF THE PROGRAM, UH, DID A PROCUREMENT AND AWARDED ALMOST A 200, UH, VEHICLE ELECTRIC BUS FLEET IS ACTUALLY THE LARGEST ELECTRIC BUS PROCUREMENT SO FAR IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

AND INSIDE THAT PROCUREMENT, NOT ONLY IS IT STATE OF GOOD REPAIR FOR NORMAL CAP, METRO BUS REPLACEMENT, IT IS THE NEW BOSSES THAT WILL BE DELIVERED FOR BOTH THE EXPO RAPID LINE, THE PLEASANT VALLEY, RAPID LINE, UH, KALE MA AND MANCHESTER, UH, 8 0 3 EXTENSION AND THE GOLD LINE.

SO WE HAVE ALL THOSE OPTIONS AND THOSE ORDERS ARE NOW WHEN, AND WE'LL START PRODUCTION WITH THAT MANUFACTURER TO MEET THE SCHEDULES NEEDED TO, TO MEET OUR SCHEDULES FOR EXPO PLEASANT VALLEY, UH, AND THE OTHER, UM, LINES I MENTIONED.

SO REALLY PROUD OF THE TEAM AND THEY WORK.

THEY'VE DONE THERE.

THE NEXT THING I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT NEXT SLIDE PLEASE WOULD BE GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT.

AND I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO, UH, THE ATP BOARD.

UH, TWO INDIVIDUALS ARE REPRESENTED, UH, BOTH CAP METRO AND, UH, THE CITY, BUT THE OTHER THREE INDIVIDUALS ARE COMMUNITY MEMBERS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TO BE PART OF THIS AMAZING EXPERIENCE HERE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR NOT ONLY VOLUNTEERING, BUT THEIR COMMITMENT.

UH, UH, THEY'VE ALREADY HAD A

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LOT OF LONG MEETINGS AND, UH, I THINK THEY REALIZING THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE MANY, MANY, MANY LONG DAYS AND LONG MEETINGS AHEAD.

UM, BUT WE REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR WILLINGNESS AND COMMITMENT TO ADVANCING THIS PROGRAM.

UM, I JUST WANT TO, AS I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO SOME OTHER STAFF TO GO THROUGH SOME PARTS OF THE PROGRAM, I REALLY WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE STAFF PARTNERSHIP, UH, AND ESPECIALLY HIGHLIGHT, UH, OUR PARTNERS AT THE CITY, UH, BOTH SPENCER AND GINA HERE TODAY, WHICH I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THEY AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFF ARE WORKING HAND IN GLOVE WITH ALL THE CAP METRO TEAM AND OBVIOUSLY THE NEW ATP TEAM TO DELIVER THIS PROGRAM AS THE VOTERS HAVE DICTATED FOR US TO DO THAT.

AND NONE OF THIS COULD HAPPEN WITHOUT THAT AMAZING PARTNERSHIP.

SO I'M GOING TO HAND IT OVER RIGHT NOW.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A GROUP OF STAFF MEMBERS GO THROUGH AT A RELATIVELY GOOD CADENCE HERE OF VARIOUS HIGHLIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE MANAGER REPORT, BECAUSE I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT SOME OF OUR AMAZING DIVERSE, TALENTED, EXPERIENCED TEAM MEMBERS DON'T SHOW THIS COMMUNITY WHAT WE'RE DOING ON BEHALF.

SO I'M GOING TO START OFF WITH PETER MULLEN, WHO WAS THE CHIEF ARCHITECT, CHIEF OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN FOR ATP.

UH, THANK YOU, RANDY.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I HATE TO INTERRUPT FOR A LITTLE BIT AND I'M SORRY, MR. MULLEN, BUT THIS IS THE SCREEN IS SO FAR AWAY.

DOES, DOES THE AUDIENCE HAVE A COPY OF THE SLIDE DECK CAN Y'ALL