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OKAY.

EVERYBODY IS 5 0 5

[CALL TO ORDER]

ON JUNE, THE SEVENTH OF 2022.

UH, WE HAVE A QUORUM OF SIX, SO WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THIS URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING.

UM, FIRST ITEM IS ALWAYS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE A PERSON, BUT THEY'RE NOT HERE YET.

CORRECT.

AND MS. SYNOVIA, JOSEPH WILL BE, UH, JOINING US VIRTUALLY I BELIEVE.

UM, AND IF IT'S YOUR CHOICE, WE CAN COME BACK TO HER LATER.

UH, YES, LET'S COME BACK TO HER WHENEVER SHE GETS IN, WE'LL DO IT BETWEEN, UH, AGENDA ITEMS WHEN SHE GETS HERE.

OKAY.

THEN,

[1. APPROVAL OF May 3rd, 2022 MINUTES]

UM, MOVING ON TO, UH, ITEM NUMBER ONE, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES, YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A PACKET WITH MINUTES FROM MAY 3RD.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? SO MOVED.

IS THERE A SECOND? OH, SECOND.

I WAS LISTENING TO THE WHOLE THING I WASN'T ON.

UH, SORRY.

I'LL SECOND.

I THINK YOU, UM, ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MINUTES? ALL RIGHT.

UH, I'LL FAVOR, APPROVING THE MINUTES.

RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY I SEE, UH, COMMISSIONER SUMMERS.

DID YOU? YEP.

THERE YOU GO.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

ALRIGHT.

AND WITH THAT, WE'LL DO ONE MORE QUICK CHECK IS A NOVIA ONLINE SOMEWHERE? NOPE.

OKAY.

THEN WE'LL, WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE

[2.A. Right of Way Vacation- Sky Mountain Drive]

FIRST ITEM, UH, TO A RIGHT AWAY VACATION ON SKY MOUNTAIN DRIVE, UH, AS MICHELLE.

OH, YEP.

I SEE HER MICHELLE SMITH TAKE IT AWAY.

SO CAN YOU ALL, UM, SET IT UP FOR ME PLEASE? PRESS GAVE ME TICKETS.

UH, I'M GOING TO BE UP IN ONE SECOND AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS.

THIS IS MICHELLE SMITH, AND I'M GOING TO DO THIS A VERY SHORT PRESENTATION ON A VACATION APPLICATION OF A PORTION OF SKY MOUNTAIN, DRY DIVERSING FROM MOUNT SHADOWS DRAG BETWEEN ROAD AND HIGHWAY 71 SPOT ON NUMBER 2 0 2 1 0 7 1 1 4 6.

IT'S ON TODAY'S UTC, UM, MEETING.

AND THIS IS DISTRICT EIGHT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST A GENERAL MAP OF THE AREA.

THAT'S GOING TO BE VACATED.

YOU CAN SEE HIGHWAY 71 AND THEN OPEN CAVES ROAD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

IT'S JUST KIND OF AN AERIAL OF THE, SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM AN, FROM A HELICOPTER.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AGAIN, JUST KIND OF IT'S, IT'S A AREA THAT WAS PLANTED AS A ROADWAY THAT WAS NEVER BUILT.

SO IT'S JUST KIND OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL RIGHT? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO THE AREA IS TOTAL 33,682 SQUARE FEET.

THE ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS ON ALL SIDES IS LMC SKY MOUNTAIN HOLDINGS, LLC.

PUBLIC NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN 300 FEET WAS MAILED ON APRIL 21ST, 2022.

AND THAT I WENT OUT TO APPROXIMATELY 113 PROPERTY OWNERS.

UM, STAFF RECEIVED ONE OBJECTION, UM, ALL EFFECTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE UTILITY FRANCHISE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE REVIEWED THE REQUEST AND RECOMMEND APPROVAL SUBJECT TO THE TWO BELOW.

ONE OF WHICH IS RETAINING A, UM, EASEMENT.

AND ONE IS IF DAY ADD ANY, UM, UTILITIES THERE, THE OWNER WOULD HAVE TO PAY TO, UM, RE REDO THE CONSTRUCTION.

UM, I DON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO THINK RHONDA HAS ANY, I MEAN, LOOKING AT THE, AT THE PICTURES, I DON'T THINK RONNIE HAS ANYTHING.

THAT'S JUST KIND OF A, UM, COMMENT THAT GRUNDY TENDS TO SAY ON ALL OF OURS.

IF, IF INDEED WE HAVE, IF YOU RUN ACROSS SOME OF OUR LINES AND YOU HAVE TO MOVE THEM, IT'S AT THE DEVELOPER'S EXPENSE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHEN ASKED, UM, ON THE APPLICATION, UH, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DEVELOP THE AREA TO BE VACATED? THE APPLICANT SLASH DEVELOPER SAID THE RECLAIMED AREA WILL BE USED FOR PRIVATE MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND ITS ASSOCIATED IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, THERE ARE SITE DEVELOPMENT PLANS WERE FORMALLY SUBMITTED AND ARE NOW IN PROGRESS.

IT IS NOT SMART HOUSING, UM, IN SPEAKING WITH THE APPLICANT.

UM, SO THE PERSON THAT SHOWED CONCERNS, UM, WAS, UH, HAD CONCERNS REGARDING DEVELOPMENT AS A WHOLE AND, UM, HOW IT HURTS KIND OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

AND SO WHEN TALKING WITH THE APPLICANT AND THEY'RE ONLINE AND CAN ANSWER FOR THE QUESTIONS, BUT HE DID SAY THAT THEY'RE DOING, UM, FIVE TO SIX ACRES OF THE WHOLE OVERALL 22 ACRES WILL BE DEDICATED FOR PARKLAND AND APARTMENT THEN EASTMAN,

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NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO AGAIN, I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RIGHT OF WAY PROCESS AS, AS IT MOVES ALONG AND THE APPLICANT CAN ANSWER THE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE ABUTTING PROPERTIES AND PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, DO ANY COMMISSIONERS ONLINE OR IN PERSON HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION I KEEP SEEING COMMERCIALS ABOUT GRUNDY IS NOW A STOUND.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S CHANGES THE OWNERSHIP OR NOT.

AND THAT'S A QUESTION, I GUESS, IF IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IN THIS DOCUMENT, I THINK THAT'D BE A QUESTION FOR MS. SMITH.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE A QUESTION FOR MYSELF I BELIEVE.

UM, AND NO, IT, IF IT WAS RHONDA, WHEN, WHEN IT WAS, UM, WHEN IT WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS, THEN IT'S FINE.

IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE RESET TO US DOWN.

THANKS.

OKAY.

DO ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I MEAN, IT, IT DOES LOOK, SO I GUESS ALSO DEVELOPERS HERE ARE THE APPLICANTS HERE.

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S KIND OF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WOODS.

IS THAT ACCURATE? SO THE, THE IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS, OR WHEN WE LOOKING AT THIS PICTURE, WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE, ARE THERE, IS IT COMMERCIAL? IS IT RESIDENTIAL? OH, YOU HAVE TO PUSH IT TO THE RED COMES ON.

THERE YOU GO.

YEAH.

THERE ARE JUST A FEW SINGLE FAMILY, LOTS IN THE VICINITY TOWARDS THE INTERSECTION OF SKY MOUNTAIN AND MOUNTAIN SHADOWS.

THERE'S ONE LOT AT THE CORNER AND NOTHING ELSE ALL THE WAY DOWN, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE EAST TO THE OTHER END.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

UH, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

I WILL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE VACATION ON, UM, SKY MOUNTAIN.

UM, IS THERE A SECOND MOVING WITH THE SECOND ALL IN OR ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND NOW THAT IS UNANIMOUS, BUT FOR PROCESS ANY, ANY NAYS? ANY ABSTENTIONS? NOPE.

OKAY.

WE'RE DONE.

THANKS FOR COMING.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WE WILL MOVE ON TO, UM, I GUESS I'LL CHECK AGAIN, IS ENOVIA ONLINE.

WE DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE SYNOVIA JOSEPH YET.

I'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH HER VIA EMAIL.

UM, WHEN SHE JOINS PROBABLY AFTER THIS NEXT ITEM, WE CAN POTENTIALLY TAKE HER.

I THINK SHE'LL BE SHE'S SPEAKING ON THIS ITEM.

SO IT MIGHT BE MORE BENEFICIAL, UM, TO TAKE HER ONCE THIS, THIS ITEM IS OVER BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE HER AT THE MOMENT.

OKAY.

THAT WORKS FOR ME.

ERIC WAS,

[2.B. Equitable Transit Oriented Development Update]

AND LET'S MOVE ON TO ITEM, TO BE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT UPDATE.

UM, FROM CAP.

METRO IS AN ATLANTA UP TISSUES, TAKE IT AWAY.

GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION CHAIRED CHAMPION.

MY NAME IS ANNA LAN.

I'M A PRINCIPAL PLANNER WITH CAPITAL METRO, AND I'M ALSO THE PROJECT MANAGER OF THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

I'M REALLY HAPPY TO COME TODAY AND SHARE WITH YOU GUYS OUR PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

UM, THE OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S PROJECT IS I WANT TO SHARE SOME OF THE KEY PROGRESS WE'VE BEEN MAKING, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SOME OF THE DELIVERABLES THAT WE HAVE COMPLETED SO FAR.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE PERFECT, UM, THIS PROJECT STARTED WHEN WE, UM, CAPITAL METRO ONE, TWO BACKPACK GRANTS FROM THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR TV PILOT PROGRAM.

SO WE WANT A TOTAL OF 1.6, $5 MILLION TO STUDY ABOUT 21 STATIONS ON THE ORANGE AND BLUE LIGHT RAIL STATION.

UM, THIS IS LED BY CAP METRO, BUT WE ARE WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CITY TEAM OR IS HERE TODAY.

SORRY, WONDER I DID NOT GET TO SEE YOU WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF REAL QUICK.

HI, Y'ALL THIS IS WARNER COOK.

I'M A SENIOR PLANNER WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND ONE OF THE CORE CITIES, STAFF MEMBERS WORKING ON ETO WITH ANA THANKS WARNER.

UM, ALONG WITH OUR CITY PARTNERS, WE'RE ALSO WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH ATP ON THIS PROJECT.

SO FROM THE BEGINNING OF THEIR PROJECT, WE KIND OF EXPANDED OUR PROJECT SCOPE FROM JUST A LIMITED SET NUMBER OF STATIONS ON THE ORANGE AND BLUE TO MORE LIKE A SYSTEM WIDE ANALYSIS IN COORDINATION WITH OUR TEAM CITY TEAM FOR OUR CONSISTENCY AND FOR FUTURE IMPLEMENTATION.

SO ON TOP OF THE STATION AREA

[00:10:01]

PLANS AND CORRIDOR PLAN UPDATE, WE REALLY WANTED TO EXPAND SOME OF THE ANALYSIS FOR THE STUDY TO, UH, 98 STATIONS ONLINE.

SO THIS PROJECT REALLY DOESN'T PROPOSE ANY CHANGES TO ZONING OR KIND OF DIRECT THE ORANGE OF LINE DESIGN PROCESS.

SO IT JUST HAD TO MAKE THAT DISTINCTION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

I'M SURE EVERYONE HERE FOR, SINCE THIS IS THE UTC HAS HEARD OF TOD.

UM, THE REASON WE KIND OF STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE SHIFT AND ADDING THE EQUITY AWAY FROM TOD IS WE'RE REALLY MINDFUL OF THE IMPACT OF TRADITIONAL TVS ON NEIGHBORHOODS.

YOU KNOW, WHERE DEVELOPMENT COMES IN AND THE RENT, UM, GOES UP AFFECTING THE LOCAL RENTERS, HOMEOWNERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY.

AND THIS IS VERY, VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE.

AS AUSTIN IS RAPIDLY GROWING.

UM, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE CHANGING AND PRICES ARE GOING VERY HIGH.

SO WE WANT TO SHIFT TO THE EQUITABLE PORTION WHERE IT'S MORE ABOUT THAN JUST REDUCING OR PREVENTING DISPLACEMENT, BUT IT'S REALLY ABOUT REVERSING TRADITIONAL INEQUALITIES AND CREATING NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.

THAT THAT WAS MY, THAT WAS MY KID MAKING A SURPRISE APPEARANCE.

UM, SO IT'S ABOUT CREATING THE NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS, UM, ALONG THESE TRANSIT CORRIDORS.

AND WE REALLY WANT TO DO THAT BY CREATING AS MANY NEW HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES WHILE PRIORITIZING THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A DIAGRAM DONE BY OUR ONE OF OUR ARTISTS IN CAP METRO.

AND I THINK THIS DIAGRAM REALLY ENCAPSULATE OUR PROJECT VISION FOR EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS DISTINCTLY AUSTIN.

IT'S MULTIMODAL.

YOU SEE ELECTRIC BUSES WITH LIGHT RAIL WITH BIKES AND IT'S, UH, NEIGHBORS THAT WE HOPE IS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES AND AGE GROUPS.

UM, THERE ARE A MIX OF HOUSING TYPES OF RENTERS AND PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT HOMEOWNERS HERE.

AND ALTHOUGH THE PICTURE DOESN'T REALLY SPELL IT OUT, YOU CAN REALLY SEE THAT IT'S IMPLIED, THAT APARTMENTS ARE AFFORDABLE TO A RANGE OF INCOMES, AND THAT THE PLACE FEELS WELCOMING TO BOTH EXISTING AND NEW RESIDENTS.

AND IN THIS IMAGE, YOU SEE THAT COMMERCIAL SPACES ARE BEING USED BY SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES AND AS WELL AS COMMUNITY SERVING USES SUCH AS, UM, LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY CENTER, AND ALSO A VERY PUBLIC STRONG PUBLIC REALM.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

FOR ETO D WE HAVE FIVE MAJOR DELIVERABLES.

UM, WE'VE COMPLETED OUR CASE STUDIES OF SEVERAL OTHER CITIES IN THE U S WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH OR ARE UNDERGOING PROJECTS.

WE JUST COMPLETED OUR, UM, EXISTING CONDITIONS ANALYSIS FOR THOSE STATIONS ALONE, ORANGE AND BLUE.

WE ARE IN THE PROGRESS OF UTILITY POLICY FRAMEWORK RECOMMENDATIONS AND UPDATING THE PRIORITY TOOL.

SO I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT TOGETHER TASK FIVE AND TASK SIX, WE'LL FORMULATE MUCH OF THE ELD POLICY PLAN THAT WAS DIRECTED BY COUNCIL LAST SUMMER.

AND LASTLY, A SELECT FEW STATIONS WILL GO INTO THE STATION AREA VISION PLANS THAT WILL ALSO BE HANDED TO THE CITY TO CARRY THAT INTO THE REGULATORY PLAN STAGE DOWN THE ROAD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS DIAGRAM HERE IS OUR PROJECT TIMELINE.

WE OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF LAST NOVEMBER, 2021 WITH TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS THAT WERE, OF COURSE, VIRTUALLY DONE DUE TO COVID.

BUT FOR THIS PROJECT, IT WILL GO TO INTRODUCE SPRING OF 2023.

AND THE DELIVERABLES ARE REALLY COORDINATED WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN TEAM, AS WELL AS THE ORANGE BLUE LINE NEPA PROCESS, AS WELL AS THE FTA CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANT RATINGS.

SO CURRENTLY WE'RE IN THE SECOND STAGE OF ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS REALLY ALIGNED WITH TASK FIVE, THE EOD POLICY FRAMEWORK, THE FIRST STAGE CONCLUDED IN APRIL, AND WE REALLY KIND OF LOOKED AT HIGH-LEVEL FEEDBACK REGARDING PRIORITIES AND KEY CONCERNS.

UM, FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF ENGAGEMENT, WE'RE REALLY TARGETING, UM, UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES WERE REALLY HOPING TO COMPLETE THE POLICY FRAMEWORK AND THE PRIORITY TOOL BY AUGUST SO THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN TEAM CAN TAKE IT INTO THE COUNCIL ADOPTION PROCESS IN SEPTEMBER AND FOR THE STATION AREA, VISION PLANS, WE'RE HOPING TO GET THEM, UM, COMPLETED BY

[00:15:01]

NEXT SPRING.

HOPEFULLY APRIL NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE FOR ETO D WE HAVE SIX IDENTIFIED GOALS OR VISIONS FOR THIS, UM, PROJECT AND HOW THESE SIX GOALS CAME ABOUT.

THEY ARE DEFINED COLLECTIVELY FROM A COMBINATION OF THREE SOURCES.

ONE IS THE 30 INDIVIDUAL GOALS IDENTIFIED BY COUNCIL IN THE ETF, IN THE 2D RESOLUTION.

UM, ALSO GOALS FROM NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US RACIAL EQUITY TOOL AND COLLECTIVE FEEDBACK FROM OUR FIRST ROUND OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO THESE GOALS INCLUDE SAVING SUSTAINABLE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FOR RESIDENTS, UM, TO HELP CLOSE RACIAL HEALTH AND WEALTH GAPS AND TO PRESERVE AND GROW AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

UM, THE GOALS ALSO EXTEND TO EXPANDING AND CREATING ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY DROPS IN THE TRANSIT CORRIDOR AND MAKING SURE THAT COMMUNITIES A COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD AND MEN, THESE REALLY SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS.

AND WE REALLY WANT TO SUSTAIN AND GROW AND SUPPORT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE TRANSIT CORRIDORS AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE TASK FIVE.

UM, THE ETO, THE POLICY FRAMEWORK, OR LIKE THE TOOLKIT WE LIKE TO CALL IS REALLY KIND OF THE MEAT OF THIS PROJECT.

THIS TASK WILL ALLOW CAP METRO AND THE CITY DOWN THE ROAD TO KIND OF BEST UTILIZE TOOLS ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF EACH STATION AREA BASED ON GEOGRAPHY.

UM, THE STRATEGIES THAT WE HAVE ARE DIVIDED INTO FIVE CATEGORIES OF LAND USE, URBAN DESIGN, REAL ESTATE ABILITY, HOUSING AFFORDABILITY, AND BUSINESS, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

EACH OF THOSE CATEGORIES CONTAIN A SPECTRUM OF POLICY TOOLS FROM EASY WINS TO MORE OF A LONG-TERM POLICY IMPLEMENTATION.

SO IN COMBINATION WITH THE TOPOLOGIES AND THE PRIORITIZATION TOOL, THE HOPE IS THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MOST EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES BASED ON STATION SPECIFIC NEEDS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A TIMELINE FOR REFERENCE.

UM, THE D KEY DELIVERY OF D IS ALSO REALLY TIME, REALLY WELL WITH KEY PROJECT CONNECTIVE LIVERIES.

UM, WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PROCESS DOES NOT IN ANY WAY DISRUPT THE NEPA, UM, ORANGE AND BLUE LINE PROCESS AND TO COORDINATE THE DELIVERY SUCH AS INTRODUCING THE STATION PLANS UNTIL AFTER THE FINALIZATION OF THE NEPA DOCUMENTS AND THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION RECORD OF DECISION, WHICH HAPPENS IN MARCH.

SO WE'RE INTRODUCING OUR STATION PLANS IN APRIL IMPERFECT COORDINATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A SLIDE I'M REALLY PROUD TO TALK ABOUT.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD TOGETHER WITH THE CITY ON THIS PROJECT.

SO WE'VE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE TRADITIONAL ENGAGEMENT METHODS HAVE PASSED REALLY LIMIT THE AUDIENCE.

AND WE'RE REALLY MISSING OUT ON OUR BLACK LOTS OF NETS AND OTHER MINORITY AND UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS SUCH AS THE ELDERLY ACCESS OR THOSE FACING HOUSING INSECURITY.

SO AS A RESULT, WE ADDED A VARIETY OF NEW, UH, OUTREACH THAT KIND OF IS MEANT TO BRING OUT THE VOICES FROM A VARIETY OF WAYS FROM WE WORK WITH THE CAC ON A MONTHLY BASIS, AND WE HOLD SMALLER, MORE TARGETED OUTREACH THROUGH FOCUS GROUPS AND COMMUNITY CONNECTORS.

AND THESE ARE ALL COMPENSATED CONVERSATIONS THAT WILL REALLY HELP US REACH DEEPER INTO THE COMMUNITY, REALLY THROUGH A PEER TO PEER OUTREACH FORMAT.

AND SO FAR HAS BROUGHT A SPECTACULAR FEEDBACK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

FOR EXAMPLE, OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTORS ARE RECRUITED THROUGH AN OPEN RECRUITMENT PROCESS.

WE HAD OVER 151 APPLICANTS APPLY AND 12 WERE SELECTED FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.

SO, UM, OUT OF THE 12, SOME ARE NATIVE AUSTINITES SOME HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A FEW YEARS.

SOME ARE RETIRED, SOME ARE STUDENTS AND ALL HAVE SOME FORM OF COMMUNITY ACTIVISM BACKGROUND.

THEY ARE PAID AT $25 AN HOUR, AND THE GOAL IS FOR EACH OF THE CONNECTORS TO REACH ABOUT 30 TO 50 PEOPLE.

AND THEY ALSO HELP US CO-HOST COMMUNITY EVENTS.

UM, WE SHOW UP TO THE EVENTS THAT THEY ALSO SPONSOR SUCH AS, UM, FOR EARTH DAY, WE ATTENDED A CLEANUP EVENT

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AND FOR JUNETEENTH, WE HAVE A COMMUNITY BIKE EVENT THAT THEY'RE HOSTING THAT WE'RE ALSO SPONSORING AS WELL.

SO IN THE SPAN OF JUST THREE MONTHS, WE HAVE LOCKED OVER AT LEAST 26 EVENTS WITH OVER 40 HOURS OF ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT AND 104 FOLKS ENGAGED FROM THE CONNECTORS ALONE.

UM, IN ADDITION TO THE COMMUNITY CONNECTORS, WE WORK REGULARLY WITH US CAC.

WE HAVE A WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED WITH THE CAC SO THAT WE CAN UPDATE THEM EVERY MONTH, UM, ON KEY PROGRESS.

SO THE GOAL IS NOT TO JUST TO PRESENT INFORM, BUT WE'RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY WORKING GROUP SESSION, UH, WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS STRATEGIES SO THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY HELP SHAPE AND INFORM DECISIONS ALONG THE WAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND THE THIRD KIND OF, UM, ENGAGEMENT THAT'S WORKING REALLY WELL ARE FOCUS GROUPS.

THESE ARE SMALLER DISCUSSION GROUPS, ANYWHERE FROM THREE TO FIVE PEOPLE LED BY ONE TO TWO CO-HOSTS.

UM, AND WE'RE TARGETING VARIETY OF GROUPS ARE TARGETING GRASSROOTS, GRASS, TOPS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND REAL ESTATE PRACTITIONERS WAS SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS.

SO THESE COMPENSATIONS ARE ALSO COMPENSATED.

UM, WE PROVIDE A $50 GIFT CARD FOR ONE HOUR OF DISCUSSION.

SO FAR UP TO DATE, WE HAVE COMPLETED 26 FOCUS GROUPS, INCLUDING AT LEAST SIX, JUST IN SPANISH.

AND WE HAVE OVER 120 PARTICIPANTS SO FAR.

SO THESE ARE CONDUCTED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.

OF COURSE, WE ALWAYS OFFER THE VIRTUAL OPTION, BUT WE ARE ALSO ATTENDING COMMUNITY EVENTS AS PART OF THEIR MEETINGS, SUCH AS WE WERE INVITED TO THE AUSTIN AREA, URBAN LAKE TWO WEEKS AGO, WHERE THEY WERE HOLDING A SPECIAL SESSION FOR THOSE FACING HOUSING CHALLENGES.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO ENGAGE AND HAVE GREAT FEEDBACK FROM THE PARTICIPANTS OF THAT, UM, THAT MEETING AS WELL.

SO FAR UP TO DATE, WE HAVE OFFERED OVER $6,000 COMPENSATION FOR JUST THE COMMUNITY GROUP ENGAGEMENT.

SO FAR NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

FOR THOSE OF Y'ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED IN KIND OF KEEPING TRACK OF THIS PROJECT, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO DO SO.

I WOULD RECOMMEND STARTING WITH OUR PROJECT WEBSITE, WHICH IS NESTLED IN THE PROJECT CONNECT WEBSITE ON THE PROJECT WEBSITE, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE ANY UPDATED ENGAGEMENT, UM, INFORMATION SURVEY LINK.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS OUR CASE STUDY SUMMARY.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO KIND OF GO TO THE, MEET THE COMMUNITY CONNECTORS.

THEY HAVE A SPECIAL BIO PAGE, AND WE HAVE A SPECIAL DASHBOARD WHERE YOU CAN ACCESS SOME OF THE KEY DATA THAT WE HAVE GATHERED SO FAR.

SO THAT'S THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE LAST SLIDE THAT I WILL LIKE TO LEAVE AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE.

UM, THIS IS IMMEDIATELY ACCESSIBLE WITH THE LINK ABOVE, BUT WE HAVE GATHERED ALL OUR DATA INTO A PUBLIC FACING DASHBOARD WHERE YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE EXISTING DATA ALONG THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE STATIONS.

UM, AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE VARIETY OF DATA SUCH AS POPULATION OR DISPLACEMENT, RISK JOBS, URBAN DESIGN, AND REALISTIC DATA.

SO AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE YOU ARE ABLE TO CLICK ANY STATION AND LET'S SAY YOU'RE ABLE TO ACCESS PRESS VIEW.

UM, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE INFORMATION AS HOW MANY MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING INVENTORY THERE ARE IN THAT AREA.

WHAT IS THE VACANCY, UM, FOR CRESTVIEW? WHAT IS THE CURRENT AND FUTURE HOUSING INVENTORY PROJECTION? WHAT IS THE CURRENT RENT AND WHAT HAS BEEN THE RENT INCREASE FROM 2011 TO 2021 ON THIS WEBSITE, YOU'LL ALSO BE ABLE TO LOOK THROUGH THE AERIALS OF THESE INDIVIDUAL FEATURES STATION AREAS, AND ALSO HAS REALLY COOL ECONOMIC DATA WHERE YOU'RE, IT'D BE TO LOOK UP TOTAL JOB BY INDUSTRY PER STATION, AS WELL AS THE AMOUNT AND TYPES OF SMALL BUSINESSES BY STATION AS WELL.

UM, THIS IS A DATA THAT WE HOPE IS VERY USEFUL TO A VARIETY OF FOLKS FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, EVEN AGENCY MEETINGS AS A PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS AS WELL.

UM, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE CONTINUING TO EXPAND.

UM, THIS IS ALREADY A VERY GREAT TOOL, BUT IN ABOUT A MONTH OR TWO, WE'LL BE ABLE TO EXPAND THE RESOURCE TO SYSTEM-WIDE ANALYSIS.

SO THIS INCLUDES,

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UH, CONCLUDES THE PRESENTATION WARNER AND I HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, COMMISSIONER BROOKS HAS A QUESTION, YOUR SELF OD.

HEY, OKAY.

UM, YOUR GOAL, YOU'RE PROVIDING A LOT OF DATA, WHICH IS USEFUL IN MAKING DECISIONS, BUT YOUR DECISIONS ARE REALLY ABOUT ONE OR TWO UTAH PROJECTS.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S GOING TO BE THE OUTCOME.

WE'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT CORRIDOR LEVEL, UM, NOT JUST STATION SPECIFIC, BUT CORRIDOR LEVEL ANALYSIS, BUT SOME OF THE STATION AREAS WE'LL HAVE DEEPER, UM, ANALYSIS.

THERE ARE SEVERAL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING WE ARE CONSIDERING, FOR EXAMPLE, NORTH OUR TRANSIT STATION TRANSIT CENTER AND CROSS VIEW.

SO FOR THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT FACE, I GUESS, BREATHER, UM, DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UPCOMING YEARS, THOSE WOULD HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE, BUT ALL THE STATIONS IDENTIFIED IN THE 21 AREA, UM, PROJECT BOUNDARY WILL HAVE LEVELS OF ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

OKAY, WELL, MY CONCERN, I HAVE PLAYED SOME WITH WEBSITE, THANK YOU FOR THE LINK.

UM, AND I'M SOMEWHAT CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, BY THE DESCRIPTION ON THE WEBSITE, THESE BUILDINGS ARE TYPICALLY OLDER GARDEN STYLE APARTMENTS, AND THE PROBLEM WITH TAKING OLDER GARDEN STYLE APARTMENTS, AND SOMEHOW MAKING THEM OFFICIAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS YOU LOCK THEM IN AMBER.

AND MOST OF THESE ARE TWO STORY BUILDINGS IN BAD PHYSICAL CONDITION.

AND PRESERVING THEM IS A DOUBTFUL ISSUE.

I NOTICED I WENT AND LOOKED AT THE FOUNDATION.

COMMUNITIES HAS SOMETHING LIKE 18 PROJECTS GOING.

NONE OF THEM INVOLVE A TWO STORY BUILDING EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF HOTELS.

THEY'VE GOT, THEY'RE ALL BUILDING THREE AND FOUR AND BIGGER AND TALLER BUILDINGS.

WHY? BECAUSE THAT PROVIDES MORE UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO ONE NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNIT, TWO STORY UNIT THAT HOLDS A HUNDRED PEOPLE, RIGHT.

UNITS RIGHT NOW COULD BE IF IT WERE RECONSTRUCTED ALL THREE OR 400.

SO I WORRY ABOUT THE THOUGHT ABOUT PRESERVING THOSE, BUT THAT LED ME TO ANOTHER PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO INCLUDE IS PAT CODE COMPLAINTS ARE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE CODE DEPARTMENT HAS A WEBSITE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CODE COMPLAINT DATA ALSO MERGED INTO THE WEBSITE AND SEE WHETHER THESE ARE, ARE IN FACT PREDOMINANT BUILDINGS THAT ARE PREDOMINANTLY IN BAD SHAPE OR JUST IN GENERAL, WHICH WILL BE AFFORDABLE.

HOUSING IS NOT AS AFFORDABLE AS IT LOOKS FROM A MAINTENANCE.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S A VERY GOOD RECOMMENDATION.

THANK YOU.

IF I CAN JUMP IN FOR A SECOND, BECAUSE THE FIRST THING THAT I WROTE DOWN IS I KNOW THAT THESE ETO D GOAL IMAGES ARE JUST ASPIRATIONAL, SORT OF JUST A DISCUSSION POINTS, BUT WHAT IS MISSING FROM THEM IS VERTICAL MIXED USE COMPLETELY.

AND IT WORRIES ME THAT, YOU KNOW, I HADN'T LOOKED IN DETAIL AT THE KIND OF THINGS THAT ARE THE NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT WHEN I LOOK AT IT, ASPIRATIONALLY, NONE OF THESE PICTURES ARE THE DENSITY THAT IS REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF LAND USE.

AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE, THE GOALS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF NUMBER ONE UNDER LAND YOU SERVE IN DESIGN IS TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE LAND USE.

AND NONE OF THESE ASPIRATIONAL PICTURES IT'S REALLY PICTURED TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE LAND USE.

SO I KNOW THAT THESE ARE JUST IMAGES, BUT IT DOES WORRY ME A BIT THAT PEOPLE AREN'T THINKING DEEPLY ENOUGH AND MAYBE, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, LOFTY LOFTILY ENOUGH.

IF THAT'S A WORD ABOUT WHAT IT REALLY DOES TAKE TO GET TO TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE LAND USE.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, VMU DISCUSSION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN CITY COUNCIL.

SO IT'S, IT'S NOT THERE YET, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT IF THERE ARE PIECES OF THE CITY, ADDITIONALLY, TRYING TO DRIVE THAT DIRECTION, IT WILL PROVIDE SOME, UH, POLITICAL SUPPORT AND POLITICAL BACKBONE FOR THOSE KINDS OF DECISIONS.

SO, BUT OVERALL, I DON'T WANT TO SAY I'M COMPLAINING, I LOVE THIS PRESENTATION AND I LOVE THE AMOUNT OF DATA THAT'S THERE.

I DIDN'T GET DEEP ENOUGH AND HAVE THE INSIGHTS, BUT THERE'S A, THERE'S A LOT OF DATA THERE.

I, AND I GUESS I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION IS WHO DO YOU SEE USING THAT DATA ON THIS WEBSITE AND HOW DO THEY PROVIDE SOME FEEDBACK ON IT? LIKE, WHAT IS, WHAT IS THE GOAL? HOW DOES THE PERSON ACTUALLY LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE, SEE THESE KINDS OF

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INSIGHTS, LIKE MOVING, JUST HAD, OR LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES? HOW, WHAT IS THE MECHANISM FOR BRINGING THAT TO YOU ALL FOR FEEDBACK? YES.

UM, I THINK THE STANDARD FEEDBACK FOR ANY KIND OF PROJECT RELATED IS WE HAVE A DEDICATED EMAIL LISTED ON THE WEBSITE.

IT'S ETO D AT CAP, METRO.COM.

AND WE'VE BEEN RECEIVING A LOT OF PUBLIC RESPONSES DIRECTLY THROUGH THAT EMAIL.

SO IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK IN REGARDS TO THE DASHBOARD, THAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO REACH US, UM, HOW PEOPLE CAN USE THIS DASHBOARD.

IT REALLY KIND OF VARIES.

WE COMPEL THE DATA THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TAKEN FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT VISIT FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT, UM, DATA OR OTHER DASHBOARDS TO KIND OF COMPILE ALL TOGETHER.

AND THIS IS BECAUSE TRADITIONALLY FOR US, OUR TOD PROJECTS, WE DO, UH, EXISTING CONDITIONS, BUT IT SITS IN A PDF.

IT AGES, IT DOESN'T AGE, VERY WELL ON THE SHELF.

AND VERY, VERY FEW PEOPLE GET TO USE IT OR VERY MUCH SEE IT.

SO WE JUST KIND OF BROUGHT THAT ALL DIGITALLY AS A WAY TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT WITH OUR DATA.

AND THE HOPE IS FOR US, WHEN WE GO OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, DO ENGAGEMENT AROUND SPECIFIC STATIONS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY PULL UP ALL THE RELEVANT DATA FOR THAT AREA.

SO THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEE SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES RIGHT AWAY.

UM, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'M HOPING THAT AT LEAST CAP METRO WILL BE UTILIZING A LOT MORE.

MAYBE HOPEFULLY IT'LL BE VERY USEFUL FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN TEAM AS WELL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

IF YOU KNOW, I SORT OF STEPPED ON MY FIRST QUESTION.

SO LET ME GO BACK TO THAT ONE.

UM, IS THERE OUTRIGHT, UH, PLANS FOR, OR VISION FOR, YOU KNOW, VERTICAL MIXED USE AND FOR LEVELS OF DENSITY THAT REALLY ARE TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE AROUND THE STATIONS? LIKE HOW FAR ALONG IS THAT DISCUSSION? THAT'S A PERFECT QUESTION ACTUALLY.

UM, THAT IS A STAGE OF THE PROJECT THAT WE WILL START THIS FALL.

WHEN WE GET INTO THE STATION AREA, VISION PLANS, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT SOLUTIONS FOR SPECIFIC STATION DEVELOPMENT.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE DENSITY QUESTION WILL COME OUT FULL FORCE.

AND OUR CONSULTANT TEAMS WILL BE LOOKING AT A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS.

UM, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE STILL IN THE POLICY SECTION.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE POSSIBLE POLICIES THAT MIGHT SUPPORT THAT PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT DOWN THE ROAD.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

YEAH.

AND I'LL JUST, I'LL JUST ADD THAT TO THAT, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY CORRECT.

ANNA.

WE ARE, WE'RE LOOKING AT STRATEGIES FOR ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

SOME MAY, LIKE YOU SAID, BE MORE READY FOR MORE DENSITY.

OTHER ONES MAY NEED OTHER STRATEGIES.

SO KIND OF WE'RE TAKING THIS APPROACH.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CAC, THE FOCUS, AND INTERNALLY WITH CITY STAFF AND TOP METRO STAFF, WE'RE REVIEWING THE CONSULTANTS WORK RIGHT NOW ON THAT.

UM, BUT THE GOAL IS THAT IN AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, LIKE ANNA SAID, WE WOULD HAVE KIND OF A TOOLKIT OF STRATEGIES AND THEN WE'D BE DIVING INTO APPLYING THOSE STRATEGIES AT SPECIFIC STATIONS, UM, LATER ON IN THE FALL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, LAST THING I'LL SAY IS, UH, I LOVE THE IDEA THAT YOU'RE PAYING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED AND I THINK IS PERFECT USE OF MONEY TO SAY, HEY, YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS AND SOME OPINIONS AND SOME TIME THAT'S LITERALLY WORTH SOMETHING TO US.

SO I DOUBLED CHEERS FOR THAT.

WHO ELSE HAS WHO, ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS WITH QUESTIONS? YES.

I MEAN, I DON'T WANT TO THROW A CURVE, BUT ANNA WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST, UH, UM, SURPRISING OBSERVATION THAT YOU'VE MADE DURING THIS PROCESS.

SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST DIDN'T KNOW UNTIL YOU WERE INTO THE MIDDLE OF IT.

I CAN DEFINITELY SAY, UM, ONE OF THE KEY FEEDBACK THAT WE'VE RECEIVED IS HOW DIFFICULT THE BARRIER OF ENTRY IS TO ACCESS ANY KIND OF PUBLIC SERVICES.

SO WHEN WE GO OUT INTO THE COMMUNITIES, WE ASK PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, UM, ABOUT THINGS THEY WANT TO SEE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES.

IT'S, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO ACCESS RESOURCES, OR IT IS WAY TOO DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GET THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO APPLY FOR IT.

THE APPLICATIONS ARE LIKE 80 PAGES LONG, AND FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO ACCESS ALL THE POSSIBLE FUNDS TO KIND OF GO THROUGH.

SO THAT WAS OUR SURPRISE.

IT WAS NOT NECESSARILY THE LACK OF SOME OF THE EXISTING SUPPORT, BUT JUST FOLKS DON'T KNOW HOW TO ACCESS IT OR TOO DIFFICULT TO ACCESS.

UM, WE ALSO HAD A LOT MORE FEEDBACK ABOUT THE NEED AS, UM, COMMISSIONER

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BOOKS MENTIONED THE NEED FOR THE MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING.

SO, YOU KNOW, MAYBE IN THE BEGINNING OF THE STUDY, WE WERE THINKING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS OUR TARGETED GOAL AND THINKING ABOUT LEVELS OF AFFORDABILITY WITHIN THAT.

BUT WE HAD A LOT OF COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ABOUT WORKFORCE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, THE MISSING THE PRESERVATION OF THE MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING HAS BECOME EMBEDDED INTO OUR STRATEGIES AS WELL, THAT WE DIDN'T ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATE AS MUCH AS WE DID.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S REALLY HELPFUL TO KNOW ABOUT MR. SUMMERS WORRIED ABOUT THE, YEAH, I DID.

I HAD A QUESTION.

SO I KNOW THAT, UM, OBVIOUSLY THESE LINES AND PROJECT CONNECT TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE CITY THROUGH SOME AREAS THAT MAY BE, UM, HAVE MORE TRADITIONALLY PRIVILEGED INDIVIDUALS WHO, SOME AREAS THAT HAVE MORE LOWER INCOME INDIVIDUALS, MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

UM, SO I GUESS ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS TO HOW ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT, UM, I'M KIND OF THINKING ABOUT A PLACE LIKE CRESTVIEW, WHICH I USED TO LIVE PRETTY CLOSE TO THERE, UM, BACK IN THE DAY.

AND LIKE, AND SOMETIMES IN OUR, SOME OF OUR PLANNING PROCESSES, WE ASK LIKE PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEAR THERE WHO MAY NOT WANT SOMETHING TO CHANGE.

BUT LIKE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE OF ALL OF PROJECT CONNECT CRESTVIEW WITH SORT OF ITS CONVERGENCE OF DIFFERENT TRANSIT AND SORT OF BEING IN A HIGH OPPORTUNITY AREA WITH PARTICULAR SCHOOLS, THINGS LIKE THAT MIGHT BE A REALLY GOOD PLACE TO BUILD SUPER DENSELY, BUT MAYBE THE PEOPLE THERE DON'T LIKE TO HAVE NEW THINGS GO IN BY THEM.

I'M KIND OF, I'M CHOOSING THIS EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE I KNOW REALLY WELL.

UM, SO HOW ARE YOU ADDRESSING THAT? LIKE, SORT OF IN WHAT WE MIGHT SAY, UM, HIGHER INCOME, HIGHER OPPORTUNITY AREAS WHERE MAYBE PEOPLE DON'T ACCEPT A LOT OF, THERE'S MORE NIMBYISM I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, UM, THIS IS A CONCERN THAT I HAVE WHEN WE CONSULT THE COMMUNITY.

SOMETIMES THE COMMUNITY SAYS NO, AND WE HAVE TO PUT THINGS SOMEWHERE.

SO HOW ARE, HOW ARE YOU SEEING THE TOOL, UM, ADDRESS THESE KINDS OF TRADE-OFFS? I HOPE I STAYED AT THAT CLEARLY.

THAT WAS, UM, I'M ACTUALLY THINKING WATER, MAKING PERFECT TO ANSWER THIS BECAUSE SHE WAS, SHE HAD A REALLY GREAT ANSWER BEFORE.

I DON'T KNOW WHENEVER YOU WANT TO TAKE A STAFF PERSON I'LL I'LL SUPPLEMENT.

YEAH.

SO WE, THE FOCUS STATIONS THAT ANNA MENTIONED IN THE PRESENTATION THAT WE'RE LOOKING INTO IN SOME CASES ARE TO KIND OF HELP STAFF TAKE A FIRST STAB AT ALL THESE DIFFERENT KINDS OF AREAS AROUND TOWNS.

WE'VE TRIED TO PURPOSELY PICK STATIONS THAT HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS.

SO FOR INSTANCE, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR, WHICH HAS AN EXISTING REGULATING PLAN, AND A LOT OF THE NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THE COMMISSIONER BROOKS WAS MENTIONING, UM, AND IT WILL PROBABLY NEED VERY DIFFERENT STRATEGIES AND WE'LL HEAR DIFFERENT THINGS FROM THOSE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE TODAY THAN THE AREAS LIKE YOU SAID, UH, OF CRESTVIEW.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT HYDE PARK, LIKE AROUND 38TH STREET, UM, NORTH OF OUR TRANSIT CENTER, ANOTHER ONE THAT'S LIKE VERY DIFFERENT AND ALSO CAP METRO AND SOME OF THE LAND.

SO BASICALLY WE PURPOSELY PICKED THESE DIFFERENT STATIONS TO TRY TO START GETTING A SENSE OF HOW, HOW DIFFERENT STATIONS FIT INTO THE WHOLE PICTURE OF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT JUST THINKING ABOUT CREATING ONLY THE COMPLETE COMMUNITIES, BUT SOME AREAS WILL BE LIKE DESTINATION.

SOME AREAS WILL HAVE MORE, UM, JOBS AND HOUSING, YOU KNOW, UH, BUT, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS, I GUESS I WOULD SAY SPECIFICALLY TO THE IDEA OF LIKE DENSITY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN HIGH OPPORTUNITY AREAS IS THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HOW'S IT GOING PLANNING AS A DEPARTMENT IS VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON, UM, YOU KNOW, THE REPORT JUST CAME OUT FROM HOUSING WORKS THAT SHOWED OUR CURRENT INVENTORY IS VERY MUCH CONCENTRATED IN DISTRICTS, ONE THROUGH FOUR WITH NOT AS MUCH IN OTHER DISTRICTS OF THE CITY.

UM, SO WHILE WE'RE TRYING TO GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALONG THE PROJECT CONNECT LINES, WE'RE ALSO, YOU KNOW, SEPARATE FROM PROJECT CONNECT ENTIRELY, JUST TRYING TO GET MORE HOUSING IN HIGH OPPORTUNITY AREAS.

UM, AND SO WE'RE NOT CONTINUING TO CONCENTRATE POVERTY IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CITY AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

THIS QUESTION WORKS BECAUSE NOBODY ELSE DID IT AND IT'S MY OBLIGATION TO DO IT.

BUSES.

NOW I REALIZED THAT YOU'RE WELL OVERWHELMED JUST CONSIDERING SOME OF THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE STATIONS, BUT THE GOLD LINE, THE MOMENT THE BUS AT THE TRAIN START RUNNING ON THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINES.

THE GOLD LINE WILLS CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN THEORY ON ANOTHER RAIL LINE AND THE LINE BETWEEN LIGHT RAIL STATIONS AND METRO RAPID STATIONS AND JUST ORDINARY BUS STATIONS IS A FINE ONE.

AND IT'S ONE TO KEEP IN MIND.

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THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CHRIS FOR YOU? LET'S SAY SOME.

OH, I HAVE NO QUESTIONS.

UM, UH, MS. SYNOVIA, JOSEPH IS WITH US.

SO WE'RE GOING TO, UM, IF NO ONE HAS ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, CHAIR, WE'LL MOVE TO THE PERFECT THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR MEMBERS.

I'M ZENOBIA JOSEPH.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A FEW COMMENTS AS IT RELATES TO NORCO MORE TRANSIT CENTER, WHICH IS A FOCUS AREA ON PAGE THREE OF THE DOCUMENT SPECIFICALLY, I'M REALLY BAFFLED AS TO WHEN NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER BECAME PART OF THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, AND ALSO PART OF PROJECT CONNECT.

THE PRESENTATIONS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THE COMMUNITY IN 2019 AND 2020, BOTH REFERENCED THE DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 LONG RANGE PLAN, WHICH EXCLUDED NORTH NO MORE TRANSIT CENTER IN STARTED SOUTH OF US, 180 3.

SO THIS ENTIRE PROJECT APPEARS TO BE DISINGENUOUS.

I WILL CALL UP HERE ATTENTION.

I DID SEND A MEMO AND IT ACTUALLY INCLUDES THE APRIL 15TH, 2021 PRESENTATION IN PART BY SHARMILA.

MOVED HER G FROM CAPITAL METRO, WHERE SHE BRIEFED THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

AND SHE SAID THAT THE DOWNTOWN STATIONS ARE EXCLUDED FOR A VERY SPECIFIC REASON, BUT SHE LACKED TRANSPARENCY AND DIDN'T STAY WITH THAT SPECIFIC REASON WAS SO I WOULD ASK THE STAFF THAT BRIEFING TONIGHT TO MENTION WHY WE HAVE PLAZA.

SO LTO, FOR EXAMPLE, TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, WHICH BY THE WAY, IT'S ON THURSDAY'S AGENDA AGAIN FOR COUNCIL TO CONSIDER NOT PUTTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING THERE A FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO WHILE I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE AS A RELIEF TO NOT CONCENTRATING POVERTY, I WOULD JUST CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME IS ABOUT $55,000.

THAT'S THE STANDARD ON THE RAIL LINE SPECIFICALLY, THE GOLD LINE WAS MENTIONED BY COMMISSIONER BOOKS.

THE STREETS ARE NAMED FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS THERE.

HOWEVER, IT'S 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME FOR THE ONLY AFFORDABLE HIGHLAND VILLAGE APARTMENTS THERE THROUGH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, BECAUSE THEY SAID ON DECEMBER 17TH, 2020, THE INTEREST IN THE AREA, THE NIMBYISM, HE DIDN'T WANT TO SERVE LOWER INCOME INDIVIDUALS.

IMAGINE THAT AT AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WHICH IS SUBSIDY I'M PUBLIC FORM.

AND THEN WHEN YOU GET TO HYDE PARK, IF WE'RE BEING HONEST ON THE ORANGE LINE, COUNCIL ACTUALLY SPENT $3.7 MILLION AT THE HIGHEST, UM, UM, AT BAKER SCHOOL.

AND THAT HOUSE WAS GOING TO PUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING HERE IN COUNCIL USE OF THAT PROCESS.

UM, AND ON THE BLUE LINE, AS YOU MAY RECALL, OCTOBER 17TH, 2019 COUNCIL REZONE 1,308 UNITS, AND THE UPROOTED AUTHORS, UH, HEATHER WEIGHT AND HER CO AUTHORS WROTE AN ARTICLE A WEEK LATER, OCTOBER 23RD, 2019, AND SAID, COUNCIL DIDN'T LISTEN TO THEM BECAUSE THAT WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST DISPLACEMENTS IN HISTORY.

I THINK IT'S DISINGENUOUS TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT MS. MS. NOVA YOU'RE MRS. NOVA, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, BUT PLEASE DO FINISH YOUR THOUGHTS.

YEAH.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK THE COMMISSIONERS TO LOOK AT THE MEMORANDUM THAT I SENT, AND IF YOU SHOULD MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL TO PLEASE ASK THEM TO RESTORE NORTHEAST WEST CONDUCTIVITY NORTH OF US 180 3.

UM, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GO ON TO ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

UH, I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE, UH, SHE DID SEND ME A MEMORANDUM JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO.

I WILL GET THAT OUT TO THE COMMISSIONERS NOW, SO, OKAY.

AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS WITH JOSEPH.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW UP, I THINK REALLY WITH, UM, CITY STAFF AND IN PARTICULAR, THE QUESTION ABOUT THE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, UM, MS. JOSEPH'S QUESTION IS ESSENTIALLY, IS THAT TRULY PART OF THE ETO D AREA? I MEAN, YOU, YOU CAN JUMP IN MS. JONES, IF YOU WANT TO, IF YOU WANT TO RESTATE JUST THAT PARTICULAR PART, BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S A, THAT'S JUST A STRAIGHT SORT OF FACTUAL QUESTION AND WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET AN ANSWER.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

SO THE FACTUAL QUESTION IS DECEMBER 17TH, 2018

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IS WHEN CAPITAL METRO ACTUALLY APPROVED THE LONG RANGE VISION PLAN.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAPS, IT ACTUALLY CUT OFF THE WORDS NORTH LAMAR FOR NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

AND COMMISSIONER BROOKS CAN PROBABLY SPEAK TO THIS BETTER THAN I, BECAUSE HE TESTIFIED AND MENTIONED TO THEM THAT IF THEY LEFT OUT NORTH MARA, THERE MIGHT NOT SHIP TO CONVINCE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION TO ACTUALLY FUND THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

SO THAT THE FACT THAT THE QUESTION THAT I HAVE IS AT WHAT POINT WAS THERE COORDINATION BETWEEN TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TEXTBOOK THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITOL METRO? BECAUSE THE SLIDE THAT WE SAW FROM THE COMMUNITY'S PERSPECTIVE, ALL SAID THAT COORDINATION WAS REQUIRED BECAUSE THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOESN'T OWN THE RIGHT OF WAY FOR LUKE 2 75, WHICH IS NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD.

SO I'M JUST WONDERING WHEN THAT COORDINATION OCCURRED AND HOW IS IT THAT NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER IS NOW INCLUDED IN THE LITERATURE WHEN THE MAP THAT WAS ADOPTED IN 2018 EXQUISITE IN IT, PERHAPS YOU'RE CONFUSING THE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER ITSELF WITH RAIL SERVICE NORTH OF NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

BUT I'M NOW LOOKING AT THE AUGUST, 2021, UM, MAP CAP, METRO MAP, AND IT SHOWS NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER IN VERY LARGE LETTERS.

AND IN ADDITION, PUBLIC MEETINGS HAVE BEEN HELD ABOUT THE DESIGN OF A LIGHT RAIL STATION AT NORTH LAMARA TRANSIT CENTER.

NOW, WHAT I, WHAT UPSETS ME IS THAT IT'S THE END OF THE LINE, BUT NORTH OF OUR TRANSIT CENTER IS DEFINITELY INCLUDED IN PROJECT CONNECT.

YES, RESPECTFULLY COMMISSIONER, I'M JUST ASKING AT WHAT POINT WAS THE COORDINATION DONE? THERE WAS A MARCH, 2020 PRESENTATION ON PAGE 29 THAT SAID IT WAS 24 TO 30 YEARS, NORTH OF 83.

AND I AM PRETTY INVOLVED AS YOU ARE, AND I'VE NOT SEEN WHERE TEXTS HAVE COORDINATED.

AND SO I'M REFERRING TO THE COMMENTS THAT YOU MADE, WHERE YOU SAID, QUOTE, THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE IN ALL OF AUSTIN, YOU SAID WAS RON BERGEN LAMAR.

AND THEN YOU SAID, YOU'LL ACTUALLY HAVE, UM, IN FACT, I DON'T THINK IF YOU LEAD THAT SEGMENT OUT, YOU'LL ACTUALLY HAVE ENOUGH WRITERS, THE FTA TO FUND THE REST OF THE SYSTEM.

AND SO I WAS WONDERING HOW THE DETERMINANTS MOVE IS ALL I'M ASKING.

UNFORTUNATELY, CAMPO CAME OUT WITH THEIR FORECASTS AND IT, AND THERE'LL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH RIDERSHIP ON THE REST OF THIS SYSTEM, UH, TO FIND THAT AREA, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THAT AREA WOULD BE VERY, IF I WERE RUNNING THE WORLD, THAT AREA WOULD BE, THERE WOULD BE A STATION AT RUNDBERG AND LAMAR'S END OF THE STORY.

BUT THE ACTUAL STORY IS IT HAS NOT BEEN DROPPED FROM THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN.

IT IS STILL CONSIDERED TO BE THE SECOND PHASE OF PART OF SOME FUTURE PHASE OF THAT PLAN, WHETHER WE CAN BELIEVE THEM OR NOT.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT'S THE CURRENT STATUS, IF I MAY, UH, COMMISSIONERS, UH, IF THE CONVERSATION WOULD CONTINUE BETWEEN MR. RUBIN AND MS. SYNOVIA, I WOULD ENCOURAGE THAT, UH, POTENTIALLY OFF, UM, THE COMMISSION.

UH, I DON'T KNOW IF WE GOT STARS OR NOT, UM, BUT IT MIGHT BE BEST TO, FOR THAT CONVERSATION TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF THE COMMISSION.

UM, UNLESS STAFF SPECIFICALLY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THAT THEY CAN ANSWER OR IF ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? WELL, I GUESS I THINK THAT'S OKAY.

LET ME, LET ME JUST ASK ONE QUESTION.

DOES STAFF HAVE A SPECIFIC ANSWER OR IS IT IT HAPPENED AND IT'S PART OF THE PLAN AND YOU CAN GET BACK TO US WITH SOME DETAILS.

YEAH, I WOULD NEED, I WOULD NEED TO CHECK WITH THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT ON WHEN IT SPECIFICALLY OCCURRED.

BUT I MEAN, I KNOW THAT TXDOT HAS BEEN REVIEWING THE DRAFT DESIGN DELIVERABLES FROM THE CONSULTANT ALONGSIDE CITY STAFF.

LIKE I'VE SEEN THEIR COMMENTS IN THERE AS WE'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH.

SO I, I CAN CONFIRM THE COORDINATION IS GOING ON.

I CAN'T CONFIRM WHEN IT STARTED.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S A, THAT IS A GOOD ANSWER.

IF YOU, IF YOU CAN FIND IT, UM, THEN ANY OR ANY RECORD, YOU CAN FORWARD IT TO CHRIS WHO CAN FORWARD IT TO MS. JOSEPH, THAT WOULD BE, BE GREAT.

OKAY.

UM, IT MAKES US ONE LAST COMMENT.

IF IT'S JUST FAST NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER OPENED IN 1985 AND IT HAS TAKEN THEM OVER 30 YEARS JUST TO PUT A SIDEWALK FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO KEEP THAT CONTEXT IN MIND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT AREA.

THANK YOU.

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OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION AS ALWAYS.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION POINTS ON THIS AGENDA ITEM? IS THERE ANY REQUESTS FROM STAFF FROM US? I MEAN, THIS IS JUST LISTED AS A, UH, AN UPDATE.

DO YOU NEED ANYTHING FROM US BESIDES OUR COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK? UH, NO.

I THINK OF INDIVIDUAL COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY COMMENTS, FEEDBACK THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

OTHERWISE WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AS WE MOVE INTO THE NEXT PAGE FOR STATION AREA VISION PLANS.

AND, UM, YOU MAY BE SEEING US BACK, UM, LATER ON IN THE FALL.

LIKE I SAID, IF, IF WE START THE COUNCIL ADOPTION PROCESS FOR THE POLICY PLAN, I WOULD ASSUME THAT YOU ALL WOULD BE ON THE ROAD SHOW.

SO KEEP UP.

OKAY.

SOUNDS GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, MOVING ON TO

[2.C. MetroBike Update]

ITEM TWO C TWO C UH, METRO BANK UPDATE FROM JASON, JOHN MICHAEL.

UH, THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANGE.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DAVID OR PRESENT ON, UH, I BELIEVE ATD SIDE.

AND THEN I BELIEVE, UH, COOKS KIRK WILL BE PRESENTING ON YEAH.

OR CHAD BALLANTINE.

ONE OF THE TWO WILL TAKE OVER THE PRESENTATION.

UH, DAVID I'LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU.

HI, UM, MY NAME IS DAVID OR I WORK IN THIS FAR MOBILITY OFFICE OF THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

UM, I'LL BE PRESENTING TODAY'S VENTRAL BACKUP DATE ON BEHALF OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, JASON, JOHN MICHAEL, ALONG WITH CHAD BALLANTINE, UH, THE DEMAND RESPONSE AND INNOVATIVE, INNOVATIVE MOBILITY VP AT CAP METRO.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE'RE GOING TO GO QUICKLY OVER HOW IT STARTED AND HOW IT'S GOING AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? THOSE SO IN SUMMER OF 2013, UM, THE CITY'S FIRST PUBLIC BIKE SHARE STARTED THE AUSTIN V CYCLE SYSTEM.

AND, UM, IT STARTED WITH A CONTRACT WITH B CYCLE SUBSIDIARY OF TRACK AND BIKE SHARE BOSTON FIVE YEARS, TWO SEPARATE CONTRACTS.

THE SUMMER OF 2018.

EACH OF THESE CONTRACTS WERE EXTENDED ANOTHER FIVE YEARS TO 2023 IN THE SUMMER OF 2020.

UM, WE SIGNED AN INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH CAP METRO TO PARTNER ON THE EXPANSION AND, AND MAKE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM IN FALL OF 2021.

UM, THERE WAS A STRATEGIC EXPANSION PLAN COMPLETED BY NELSON NYGAARD, WHICH, UH, MAPPED OUT, UM, PROPOSED EXPANSION TO THE SYSTEM.

UM, AND THAT IN SUMMER OF 2022 NOW, UM, WE ARE PROPOSING TO DO, UH, A NEW INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT AND UPDATED INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT AMENDMENT WITH CAP METRO.

AND THIS WOULD BE A TEN-YEAR AGREEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO IN 2013, IT STARTED OFF, UM, WITH THE 11TH STATION, A HUNDRED BIKES.

AND IN 2014, WE WERE UP TO 43 BIKES OR 43 STATIONS AND 350 BIKES ALL THE WAY TILL NOW.

AND YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE ALMOST 80 STATIONS AND ALMOST 850 BIKES.

UH, ABOUT 350 OF THOSE BIKES ARE, ARE E-BIKES ELECTRIC SEATS.

EXCELLENT.

UM, LAST YEAR, UM, WE HAD PROTEIN AND A QUARTER OF A MILLION RIDES TRIPS IN THE METRO BIKE SYSTEM.

EXCELLENT.

OH, AND JUST KNOW THAT THE, UH, THAT THE E-BIKES, EVEN THOUGH THEY REPRESENT LESS THAN HALF AND REPRESENT MOST OF THE RIDE THAT OCCUR IN THE SYSTEM THEY'RE PREFERRED, UM, LIKE AT A FOUR TO ONE RATIO OVER THE OLD, UH, UM, MANUAL PEDAL BIKES.

ANOTHER INNOVATION IS, UH, WE NOW ARE INTRODUCING THESE MODULAR DOCKS, WHICH, UM, EACH INDEPENDENTLY CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT BIKES AND LANE STALLED ABOUT AS EASILY AND TAKE UP THE FOOTPRINT, UH, A STANDARD U SHAPED BIKE RACK.

SO IT'S, IT'S REALLY QUICK.

THEY, THEY, UM, THEY FIT THE STREET FURNITURE AND TREES VERY NICELY.

WE DON'T HAVE CAB THIS, UH, 35 OR 40 FOOT BY SIX FOOT FOOTPRINT REACH STATION.

SO IT'S GIVEN US A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY.

EXCELLENT, PLEASE.

AND A FUN THING IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S NOT FUN ABOUT IT, CAT RIDING A BICYCLE.

UM, WE HAVE AN ART INITIATIVE WITH, UM, VERY TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS.

UM, AND

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WE HAVE BEEN PLACING THAT ART ON THE BIKES AND ON THE STATIONS, AND IT'S GETTING ALL OVER TOWN NOW.

AND, UM, WE JUST WANTED TO, UH, MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNEW THAT WERE DOING SOME FUN THINGS WITH IT TOO.

UM, AND NOW I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO VALENTINE TO TALK ABOUT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.

NEXT ONE IS CHAD.

UH, THIS IS CHRISTOPHER PARKS, UTC LIAISON.

CAN YOU HEAR US OKAY? YES, I CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

THANK YOU.

THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT.

WONDERFUL.

THAT WAS, UH, YEAH, SO I'M AGAIN, I'M CHAD VALENTINE, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEMAND RESPONSE AND INNOVATIVE MOBILITY AT CAPITAL METRO.

I'M VERY EXCITED TO TALK TO YOU ALL TODAY ABOUT THIS AS WELL.

IT'S BEEN A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, AND IT'S REALLY GOING TO BE AN AWESOME PARTNERSHIP.

MOVING FORWARD.

WE HAVE BIG PLANS.

UM, WE'VE, UH, UH, ALREADY WORKED WITH OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO GET APPROVAL, TO ENTER INTO AN EXTENDED TENURE AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, TO REALLY EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE BIKE SHARE SYSTEM.

WE'LL BE GOING TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, COUNCIL MEETING IN JULY TO DO THIS.

AND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO DO IS WE'RE LOOKING TO MAKE THIS THE BEST BIKE SHARE PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY.

BUT, UM, MORE SPECIFICALLY, UH, WE'RE LOOKING TO TRANSITION OUR, UH, FLEET TO AN ALL E ASSIST ELECTRIC FLEET.

UM, THOSE ARE AS, AS DAVID MENTIONED, INCREDIBLY POPULAR, AND IF YOU HAVEN'T USED THEM, I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GET ON THERE AND TRY THEM.

THEY'RE AWESOME.

UM, THEY REALLY EXTEND THE REACH OF THE SERVICE AND OF THE PROGRAM.

WE'LL BE DOING A LOT OF COORDINATION WITH THE TRANSIT FOR FIRST MILE, LAST MILE INTEGRATION, AS WELL AS REALLY, AS WE ROLL OUT PROJECT CONNECT WITH, UH, ALL OF THE DIFFERENT LIGHT RAIL LINES, AS WELL AS THE METRO RAPID LINES, REALLY MAKING THIS A HAND IN HAND KIND OF EXPANSION SO THAT IT JUST NATURALLY COORDINATES WELL WITH TRANSIT.

UM, WE'LL REALLY FOCUS ON ALSO PROMOTING METRO BIKE TO NEW AND NEW USERS.

UM, CERTAINLY WE WANT TO KEEP OUR EXISTING USERS, BUT WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AN EQUITY COMPONENT TO WHERE WE GET, UM, FOLKS WHO AREN'T GENERALLY ON BIKES.

UH, NOWADAYS WE REALLY WANT TO EXPAND THE REACH OF THE METRO BIKE, UH, PROGRAM, UM, TO NON-TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING FOLKS, UH, MAYBE EVEN GROUPS WHERE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER, UH, AWESOME THING TO SEE IF WE COULD DO THAT.

UM, SO THAT'S OUR PLAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

WE, UM, YOU KNOW, DAVID SAW, UH, SHOWED YOU THAT, UH, MODULAR DOCK THAT WE HAVE THAT 3.0 DOC AS WE CALL IT THAT SINGLE DOC THAT IS, UM, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING WE WANT TO START DOING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF IS REALLY PUTTING THESE STATIONS INTO SMALLER PLACES WHERE WE CAN REALLY PUT IN A VERY SPECIFIC ANSWER TO, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, A TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGE THAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST WHERE, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THOSE HUGE DOCS WITH 8, 10, 15, UM, DOCS, WHICH DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO PUT INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO THIS GIVES US A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY.

UM, AND OBVIOUSLY WE WANT TO INTEGRATE WITH THE ALL AGES AND ALL ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK THAT THE CITY HAS BEEN WORKING ON.

UM, I'M JUST BLOWN AWAY BY WHAT ALL HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE.

I THINK WE'VE ALREADY HIT OVER 200 MILES OF THIS BICYCLE NETWORK AND WE'RE MOVING TO 400 MILES OF THIS NETWORK.

SO MAKING SURE THAT THE BIKE SHARE PROGRAM IS EXPANDED ALONG WITH THAT, IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY A KEY ELEMENT.

AND THEN WE WOULD JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.

UM, W CAP METRO IS GREAT AT, UH, YOU KNOW, MAINTENANCE AND ONGOING OPERATIONS.

AND SO WE WANT TO BRING THAT TO THE METRO BIKE PROGRAM BY CONTINUING TO KEEP THE STAFF WE HAVE, BUT JUST GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES.

THEY NEED TO REALLY UP THE GAME TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE, UM, MORE UPTIME, UH, BETTER MAINTENANCE AND, UM, JUST BETTER AVAILABILITY ACROSS THE BOARD.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, LIKE I MENTIONED, WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING, UM, MAYBE FOUR WITH AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, BECAUSE OUR FIRST ROUND OF THE INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT WAS GREAT, BUT WE KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER.

WE KNOW WE CAN DO MORE.

UH, SO WE WANT TO TRANSITION THE, UH, BIKE SHARE OF AUSTIN STAFF.

THE NONPROFIT IS CURRENTLY RUNNING THE PROGRAM.

WE WANT TO TRANSITION THEM TO OUR, UM, CAP METRO STAFF, UM, BRING THEM IN PAY, UH, YOU KNOW, LIVING WAGES, BENEFITS, YOU KNOW, REALLY MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS A SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM FOR THE LONGTERM.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY IS GOING TO BE A BIG KEY AS WELL WITH THIS.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE, WE

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KNOW THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS AS A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL.

UM, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S EQUITY, THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG COMPONENT OF IT.

SO WE WON'T ALWAYS JUST BE CHASING FAIRS.

WE REALLY WANT TO, YOU KNOW, ADD ELEMENTS LIKE, UM, AN AFFORDABLE PROGRAM CONTINUED THE PROGRAM THEY HAVE WITH A $5 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP, POTENTIALLY EXPAND THAT WITH OTHER NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

SO WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE IS IT'S A TEN-YEAR EXPANSION.

UM, AND WE'RE LOOKING TO IN THE ROUND, THE GENERAL BALLPARK OF ABOUT $11 MILLION, UH, HAVE AN EXPANSION FOR THE PROGRAM, WHICH WOULD BE, UM, PRETTY TRANSFORMATIONAL FOR THE WHOLE PROGRAM.

UM, THIS WILL, UH, REALLY FOCUS ON THE CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, YOU KNOW, THE NEW BIKES, THE E-BIKES, UH, BETTER STATIONS, MORE RELIABLE, UM, MORE RELIABLE, JUST INTERACTION IN GENERAL.

UM, AND, UM, SO THAT'S THE GENERAL DIRECTION WE'RE GOING WITH THIS INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT, NEXT SLIDE.

AND YEAH, SO THAT'S, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

WE'LL TAKE QUESTIONS.

UM, WE DO PLAN TO DO AN, A LARGE EXPANSION THAT WE'LL, WE'LL BE WORKING THROUGH THE EXPANSION PLANS, UH, COMING IN THE NEXT, UH, UH, SIX TO NINE MONTHS COMING BACK TO EVERYONE.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLY, UH, PARTICIPATORY PROCESS WHERE WE GO AND ENGAGE WITH FOLKS.

WE WILL CERTAINLY INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THE TRANSIT SYSTEMS GOING, THE BIKE NETWORKS BEING BUILT, BUT ALSO TALK ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO BE USING THE SYSTEM, UM, AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS.

IT'S VERY EXCITING TRANSITION.

SO, UM, IF IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH THE COMMITTEE, WE CAN CERTAINLY OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M GOING TO JUMP IN WITH A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BECAUSE I FIND THIS VERY EXCITING AND I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE A HUNDRED PERCENT E-BIKE AND IN PARTICULAR, THE THREE O MODULAR DOCS.

I MEAN, I LOVE THE IDEA OF A PAIR OF BIKES, DEEP IN A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT PEOPLE ARE NEAR TRANSIT, BUT THEY'RE NOT REALLY NEAR ENOUGH TO WALK.

AND SO I, HAVEN'T JUST A STRATEGIC QUESTION FOR Y'ALL IF, IF YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS, AND IF YOU HAVE, WHERE YOU LAND ON, ARE THESE THREE O MODULAR DOCS, IS THERE A SPLIT OR STRATEGIC DECISION, IS IT TO TRY AND GET NEW USERS INTO THE SYSTEM? YOU KNOW, JUST TOTALLY INTO THE BIKING SYSTEM, THERE A STRATEGY FOR GETTING PEOPLE WHO ARE TRANSIT, YOU KNOW, USERS LIKELY TRANSIT USERS BECAUSE THEY'RE AREAS FAIRLY RICH, BUT MAYBE THEY'RE JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE THE WATERSHED.

YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT REALLY A SCOOTER TERRITORY, YOU KNOW, TO GET SO, TO, TO LIKE DIG DEEPER INTO TRANSIT USERS AND MAKE THEM MORE OF TRANSIT USERS, OR HOW, WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGIC THINKING ON THAT? I CAN START IN IF I MISS ANYTHING, DAVID, YOU CAN CERTAINLY JUMP IN, UH THERE'S UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE FOUND WITH THESE E-BIKES IS THAT PEOPLE GO A LOT FURTHER.

SO THOSE MANUAL HEAVY MANUAL, MANUALLY POWERED BIKES, YOU JUST DON'T GO AS FAR.

UM, AND SO NOW THAT WE HAVE THESE E-BIKES, UH, THESE ESS BIKES, YOU CAN GO SO MUCH FURTHER.

SO THIS REALLY ALLOWS US TO GET THAT EXTRA REACH THAT WE NORMALLY WOULDN'T GET WITH THE MANUAL BIKES.

AND SO THIS IS JUST AN ADDITIONAL TOOL TO KIND OF ADD EXTRA ELEMENTS WHERE IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO BUILD THE WHOLE STATION.

UM, IT, IT'S KINDA, YOU KNOW, WE'RE USING THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB, WHEREAS, YOU KNOW, WE JUST USED A HAMMER FOR EVERYTHING WITH A LARGER STATION.

NOW WE CAN REALLY GET FINE, UH, INFORMATION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SPECIFIC SMALLER AREAS.

AND IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO, INSTEAD OF JUST PUTTING THEM ALL IN ONE CHUNK, IT ALLOWS US MAYBE A CORNER HERE, A STREET CORNER OVER THERE, MAYBE DOWN THE BLOCK, BECAUSE THE MORE CONCENTRATED YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE, UM, AREAS, AND THE MORE PEOPLE CAN SEE THE DOCKS, THE MORE IT'S ON THEIR MIND AND THE MORE