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GOOD AFTERNOON,

[CALL TO ORDER]

EVERYONE.

THIS IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

I AM THE CHAIR PAGE ELLIS.

I WILL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER AT 1:07 PM.

AND WE ARE MEETING HERE IN CITY HALL CHAMBERS.

I AM JOINED BY VICE-CHAIR KELLY MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, HARPER, MADISON, AND KITCHEN.

AND WE HAVE A GREAT AGENDA AHEAD OF US TODAY.

WE HAVE, I BELIEVE THREE SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO US BEFORE OUR MEETING GETS STARTED.

AND JUST AS A NOTE, THE ITEM NUMBER TWO, THE UPDATE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, WE WILL NOT BE HEARING THAT ITEM TODAY.

CHAIR CHAMPION IS NOT FEELING WELL, SO WE WISH HIM THE BEST, AND THAT IS A STANDING ITEM.

SO IT WILL CERTAINLY BE ON OUR AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING.

AND THEN WE WILL TAKE UP PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM STATUS, BRIEFING, A STAFF BRIEFING ON POLICIES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING AUTOMATED DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY.

AND THEN WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER FEE IN DACA, STRATEGIC MOBILITY OUTCOME, AND THEN IDENTIFYING FUTURE ITEMS. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET'S HEAR FROM

[Public Communication: General]

OUR THREE SPEAKERS AND THEN WE WILL APPROVE THE MINUTES AFTER THAT AND GET INTO THE PROGRAM.

MICHAEL LEAVING.

MY NAME IS MIKE LAVEY.

YOU HAVE PACKETS REGARDING SCOOTERS, WHICH ARE LITTER.

YOU SEE THEM ON THE FRONT STEPS OF, UH, CITY HALL.

THERE'S, UH, THREE, UH, THREE, UH, UH, ARTICLES, ONE ON, UH, SAN DIEGO, ONE ON ROME, ITALY, AND ONE ON DENVER.

YOU HAVE A PACE ON WHAT THEORETICALLY THE COUNCIL COULD DO REGARDING REGULATION OF, UM, UH, SCOOTERS, UH, DR.

NICHOLAS STEIN, OUR WHO, UH, DIRECTOR OF THE ER AT, UM, DELL, THE PROMISE CENTER TALKS ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS THEY ARE.

THEY GET ONE PROFOUND HEAD INJURY OF A WEEK PLUS MULTIPLE, UH, SERIOUS INJURIES, YOU KNOW, UH, JUST FIGURING MUCH, UM, THIS IS A BIG DEAL.

WE TALKING ABOUT, UH, MOBILITY, UH, NEITHER, NONE OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS COMMITTEE WOULD PARK AND A, UH, HANDICAP ZONE, BUT THE SCOOTERS DOWNTOWN VIOLATE THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE DISABILITY ACT.

UH, YOU CAN'T GET WHEELCHAIRS AROUND THEM.

CAN'T GET WALKERS AROUND THEM.

PEOPLE WITH CANES CAN'T GET AROUND.

UH, THE, UH, UH, LAST PAGE IS ON, ON, YOU KNOW, UM, SCOOTERS IN WATERWAYS, UH, WHICH I BELIEVE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE RAISED.

UH, THAT'S IT, UH, IT'S BAD DOWNTOWN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, LISTSERV COMPLAINTS ABOUT SCOOTERS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, ON THEIR LAWNS.

AND THAT'S IT.

ONE LAST THING IS BEFORE I LEAVE ON THE DRAG, UH, FIRE AND EMS ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE PROPOSED MODIFICATION OF DRAG WILL COMPROMISE NORTH SOUTH RESPONSE TIMES FOR BOTH MEDICAL AND FIRE CALLS.

A RING-STYLE STARTS TO DIE AFTER 30 SECONDS.

UM, AND, UH, UH, IT'S A CHALLENGE ANYWAY.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

UH, THANKS FOR SERVING THE CITY OF AUSTIN COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON.

I APPRECIATE IT, MR. LEVY.

I THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK DOWN.

I JUST HAD A QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU.

OFTENTIMES I FIND THAT WHEN FOLKS ARE, I'M SORRY.

MA'AM I CAN'T, UH, COULD YOU SPEAK A LITTLE BIT LOUDER, PLEASE? I CAN'T UNDERSTAND.

AND HEAR ME NOW.

YEAH, I WAS SAYING, THANK YOU FOR YOUR, FOR YOUR TESTIMONY.

I OFTEN FIND THAT WHEN FOLKS COME TO SHARE, UM, THEIR CONCERNS WITH THE COUNCIL, THAT THEY'VE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO INVITE YOU TO REACH OUT TO OUR OFFICE.

UM, IT'S A, IT'S A CONVERSATION THAT WE'RE HAVING MORE AND MORE AS OF LATE AND OUR COMMISSIONER TO THE, UM, TO THE MAYOR'S TASK FORCE FOR PEOPLE WITH, UH, WITH DISABILITIES BROUGHT FORWARD AN ITEM THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING AS WELL.

SO IF THERE'S INFORMATION THAT YOU'D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONVERSATION, I'D VERY MUCH APPRECIATE, UH, YOU OFFERING US, UH, THE OPPORTUNITY TO, TO SHARE ANYTHING THAT YOU'VE COLLECTED IN, IN YOUR, IN YOUR RESEARCH, AROUND THE IMPORTANT SUBJECT.

MA'AM ARE YOU, UH, ARE YOU SUGGESTING ACTUAL HARD DATA THAT, UH, THAT

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YOU WOULD LIKE NOT NECESSARILY? I THINK WHAT I'M ASKING YOU IS IF, IF, IF IN YOU DOING RESEARCH AROUND THE DATA, YOU HAVE SEEN OTHER CITIES, OTHER MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE SUGGESTING OR RECOMMENDING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS, UM, TO INCREASE ACCESS, UM, MOST ESPECIALLY ADA COMPLIANCE, THEN, THEN I WOULD BE HAPPY TO, TO RECEIVE ANY INFORMATION YOU WERE WILLING OR INTERESTED IN SHARING WITH MY OFFICE.

I'M CERTAINLY NOT ASKING YOU TO CONDUCT ANY ANALYSIS.

YES MA'AM.

I UNDERSTAND THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, THERE ARE 14,000 LICENSED SCOOTERS AND AUSTIN.

UH, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS NEVER JUSTIFIED, UH, IN TERMS OF RESEARCH.

MY OFFICE IS AT SIX AND CONGRESS SEE IT EVERY DAY, UH, WITH WHEELCHAIRS AND SO FORTH.

YOU KNOW WHAT WE COULD DO THOUGH? CAN I, CAN I JUST SHARE HOW TO, HOW WE CAN GET IN TOUCH AFTER THIS MEETING AND, AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH ONE ANOTHER, UM, SHOWING THEM I I'M ASKING IF YOU CAN EMAIL ME AFTER THIS MEETING AND WE'LL CONTINUE.

THE CONVERSATION IS WHAT I WAS ASKING.

I I'M SORRY.

THERE'S VIBRATION.

I, I'M NOT SURE WHAT COLLEAGUES CAN Y'ALL PLEASE GIVE MR. LEVY MY CONTACT INFORMATION.

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

WE'LL GIVE YOU HER EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT Y'ALL CAN COMMUNICATE THE EMAIL.

SHE WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU CAN TAKE HER EMAIL ADDRESS SO SHE CAN TALK FOR HER.

YES, MA'AM I HAVE IT.

AND I'LL BE GLAD TO MISS OFFICER.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU, MR. LEVY, FOR COMING DOWN.

I WANTED TO ASK IF THE CLERK CAN MAKE SURE THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARE, UM, VIRTUAL TODAY RECEIVE THE PACKET THAT MR. LEVY MENTIONED THAT HE SHARED.

I THINK IT DOES INCLUDE SOME OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT OTHER CITIES ARE DOING AND THE SUGGESTIONS ON REGULATION.

AND I THINK, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO START, YOU KNOW, REVIEWING THAT MATERIAL, I'M AWARE OF THE ER, DOCTORS, UM, COMMENTS THAT MR. LINDSEY HAD MENTIONED.

UM, AND, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF IT GOT CONVEYED TO THE CHAIR YET, BUT HAD ASKED MY STAFF THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A FOLLOW-UP ON SCOOTERS AND PERHAPS HAVE A CONVERSATION, UM, WITH SOME OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SO THAT WE HAVE GREATER CLARITY ON THE IMPACT, BECAUSE I THINK IT IS VERY REAL AND IMPORTANT.

UM, AND I'M NOT SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING, UM, THAT KIND OF INFORMATION DIRECTLY.

SO I APPRECIATE YOU COMING.

AND I WOULD ASK THE CHAIR IF WE COULD FOLLOW UP WITH SOME KIND OF, UM, DISCUSSION ALONG THAT LINES.

AND WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE CITY THEORETICALLY COULD DO IF IT CHOSE TO, UM, I BELIEVE YOU HAD THAT IN THE PACKET.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS THINKING THAT THAT WOULD BE THE PLACE TO START WAS WITH THE MATERIAL YOU ALREADY PUT TOGETHER.

BUT WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF, UM, UH, MEETING WAS REALLY GETTING SOME CLARITY ON THE MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT WE'RE SEEING THAT RELATE TO SCOOTER USAGE, UM, WHICH IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN THE ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES THOUGHT.

I THINK MY COLLEAGUE WAS EMPHASIZING, UM, I REMEMBER, UM, CONSTITUENTS, INCLUDING YOURSELF, MR. LEVY, BRINGING UP THE, THE ISSUE, UM, AND WHAT WE WERE HEARING FROM THE ER DOCTORS.

UM, I NOTED THE ABSENCE OF US HEARING ABOUT THAT HERE AT COUNCIL.

AND SO I THINK WE SHOULD, WE SHOULD FOLLOW UP WITH THAT IN A SUBSEQUENT MEETING WHERE WE CAN PERHAPS INVITE THE DOCTORS TO JOIN US.

UM, YES, MA'AM UM, THE IMMEDIATE ISSUE I BELIEVE IS ASKING, UM, TRANSPORTATION TO BENCHMARK AGAINST OTHER CITIES.

I MEAN, IT GETS BACK TO MANY OF THE PROBLEMS, UM, WHETHER IT'S LITTER IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OR DISABLED, UH, PEOPLE NOT GETTING, UH, BEING ABLE TO MOVE, UH, DOWNTOWN STILL GETS RIGHT BACK TO WHY ARE THERE 14,000 SCOOTERS AND THEN TALK ABOUT HOW THEY REGULATE THERE IS NONE.

UH, BUT EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID GETS BACK TO THE CITY TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT BENCHMARKING.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY ON THE COUNCIL.

WHO'S NOT AWARE OF THE LITTER IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS, MUCH LESS DOWNTOWN AND HOW YOU ALL MANAGE IT.

UH, IT IS A DOABLE DEAL.

UH, IT'S POSSIBLE.

UH, MS. ELLIS, WE WILL START, WE WILL CERTAINLY FOLLOW UP.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM UH, THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

I'M GOING TO ASK IF WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK PAUSE.

I HEAR ATX SEN IS NOT CURRENTLY LIVE CORRECT.

WE'RE WORKING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE, BUT A QUICK BRIEF WOULD BE A, OKAY.

LET'S JUST WAIT A COUPLE MINUTES UNTIL WE CAN ENSURE THAT THAT'S STREAMING FOR THE FOLKS AT HOME.

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PROCEED WITH THE OTHER TWO SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP MR. JONATHAN MARTIN THANK YOU AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO YOU TODAY.

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE BLACK BIKE BLOCKAGE PROGRAM.

THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT I THINK IS GOING TO COME TO YOU FROM THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

AND I THINK THAT MARIO CHAMPION WOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING TO YOU ABOUT IT TODAY.

UNFORTUNATELY, HE DIDN'T MAKE IT.

UH, HE'S ALSO THE AUTHOR OF THIS PROGRAM AND WHAT THIS AMOUNTS TO IS THAT THE CITY HAS GONE TO A LOT OF TROUBLE TO MAKE DEDICATED BIKE LANES AROUND THE CITY, UH, FOR A SOCK LIST.

I'VE BEEN A SOKOLA SINCE I STARTED AT UT IN 1977, I'VE BEEN CYCLING AROUND AUSTIN FOR THE LAST 44 YEARS.

THE PROBLEM NOW IS THAT WE HAVE DEDICATED BIKE LANES, BUT NOW WE HAVE CARS PARKING IN THE DEDICATED BIKE LANES.

THEY TREAT IT AS IF IT'S A VERY CONVENIENT PARKING SPACE.

AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT IF YOU'RE A CYCLIST, SAY, SAY MYSELF, I'LL SOCK LAWN SHOAL CREEK, QUITE A BIT.

AND ON RIO GRANDE, BOTH OF THOSE TWO, UH, BACH LANES HAVE BARRIERS.

SO ON SHOAL CREEK, YOU HAVE THE LITTLE CONCRETE BUTTONS OVER ON RIO GRANDE.

YOU HAVE BIG CONCRETE CURVES THAT SEPARATE THE BIKE LANE FROM THE TRAFFIC LANE.

AND THE PROBLEM IS IF THERE'S A CAR PARKED IN THAT BIKE LANE, NOT ONLY DO I NOW HAVE TO GO AROUND THE CAR, BUT ALSO HAVE TO NAVIGATE AROUND THE BARRIERS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE CARS OUT OF THE BIKE LANES.

AND IT MAKES FOR A VERY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FOR CYCLISTS LIKE ME.

AND LIKE I SAID, I'VE BEEN SOCKING FOR 44 YEARS.

I KNOW HOW TO DO IT.

AND IT'S STILL DIFFICULT FOR ME, UH, SAY ON SHOAL CREEK, PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT SHOAL CREEK, UH, TRAFFIC LANES HAVE BEEN NARROWED.

SO NOW I'M DEALING WITH A NARROW TRAFFIC LANE WHILE TRYING TO GET AROUND A VEHICLE ON THE BIKE LANE.

AND IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

I SUBMIT PARKED CARS IN THE BIKE LANE TO 3, 1, 1 ALMOST DAILY.

THE PROBLEM WITH 3 1 1, THE WAY IT IS NOW IS THAT IT TAKES 3, 1, 1, 3 OR FOUR HOURS TO GET SOMEBODY OUT THERE.

AND BY THAT TIME, THE CAR HAS MOVED.

AND SO THE BLACK BIKE BLOCKAGE PROGRAM WOULD ALLOW ME TO TAKE THE PICTURE OF THE CAR PARKED IN THE BACH LANE, SUBMIT IT TO 3, 1, 1, AND THEN A CITATION WOULD BE ISSUED TO PREVENT PEOPLE OR DISSUADE THEM IN SOME WAY FROM PARKING IN THE BACK LINES, ASIDE FROM ME, DISSUADING THEM BY YELLING AT THEM, WHICH IS ANOTHER TACTIC I USE SOMETIMES.

BUT ANYWAY, UH, I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE TO GET IT ON YOUR RADAR.

IF YOU WANT A PETITION FROM BICYCLIST, IF YOU WANT ME TO SHOW UP WITH A COUPLE OF HUNDRED BICYCLISTS, I CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT.

I DON'T THINK IT'S NECESSARY.

I THINK IT'S SORT OF A NO BRAINER.

UH, IT'S ALREADY DONE FOR ADA NONCOMPLIANCE.

PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE CARS PARKED IN A RESTRICTED PARKING SPOTS AND TURN THEM IN FOR A CITATION.

AND I'M JUST ASKING THAT FOR BICYCLISTS TOO.

SO THAT'S IT FOR ME.

THANK YOU.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

AND I KNOW MR. CHAMPION WOULD HAVE LIKED TO BE HERE, SO WE HOPE TO GET AN UPDATE ON THAT FROM HIM SHORTLY NEXT IS MICHAEL BERNETT.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

UH, I'M HERE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT SOME OF THE TRAFFIC CALMING INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED ON WEST GATE BOULEVARD.

WE HAVE THREE MAJOR ISSUES GOING THE FIRST.

AND I'D LIKE TO SAY ON THE RECORD, OF COURSE, IS THAT MANY OF THE HOMEOWNERS HAVE PUT TREES AND BOULDERS AND I MEAN, BOULDERS IN THE EASEMENTS MAKING EMERGENCY MANEUVERING ON WESTGATE, ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE IN THE TRAFFIC CALMING AREA.

THE SECOND BEING THAT MANY OF THE HOMEOWNERS ARE DOING ILLEGAL U-TURNS TO GET INTO THEIR DRIVEWAYS, UH, STOPPING

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UNEXPECTEDLY, MAKING SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE DRIVEWAY ACCIDENTS, UH, ON, ALONG THAT STRETCH OF ROAD.

AND THE THIRD IS THIS LOVELY TRAFFIC CALMING INITIATIVE.

YOU SEE, BEFORE YOU, WHICH IS ONE OF THE WHITE STICKS THAT IT WAS STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, THE BLACK STAINS ON THEM ARE FROM ACCIDENTS.

AND WE HAVE HAD HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF UNREPORTED ACCIDENTS ALONG WEST GATE BOULEVARD, SINCE THIS INITIATIVE WAS IMPLEMENTED.

AND SO AS A MOTORCYCLE RIDER, AND OF COURSE PEOPLE RIDING, UH, YOU KNOW, MOTORED SCOOTERS, UH, NO WARNING THAT THESE THINGS ARE OUT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT POSES, A SIGNIFICANT RISK OF MAJOR INJURY ACCIDENT, IF NOT DEATH.

AND SO I'VE TALKED WITH ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING BASICALLY SAID TOUGH.

TURKEY'S THE BEST WE'RE GOING TO DO IS SIGNAGE.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO WITH SIGNAGE TO TRY TO CLEAN THIS UP, I WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU PUT UP THE ILLEGAL U-TURN SIGNAGE.

YOU GET THE CLEANUP DONE ON THE EASEMENT AND PUT THE SIGNS IN THE APPROPRIATE POSITIONS.

UH, YOU'RE GOING TO KILL SOMEBODY ON A MOTORCYCLE OUT THERE.

THIS IS CLEARLY PREMEDITATED.

THIS IS CLEARLY DONE WITH MALICE AND WITH THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION MONEY THAT'S BEEN SPENT ON THAT ROAD, THERE'S A CLEAR QUESTION OF WHAT THE APPROPRIATE VENUE TO PURSUE LITIGATION ON INJURY OR, OR OTHER TYPES OF, UH, ACCIDENTS OUT THERE IS.

AND SO WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, I DON'T MIND THAT YOU PUT THEM THERE.

YOU GUYS CONVERTED THIS ROAD FROM A RESIDENTIAL STREET, 12 YEARS AGO INTO A THOROUGHFARE AND THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO CONVERT FROM A THOROUGHFARE BACK TO A RESIDENTIAL STREETS OR RATES RIGHT UP THERE WAS SPENDING $300 MILLION TO GO FORWARD WITH LOW-INCOME INITIATIVES AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD TO PULL A HUNDRED BUCKS TO GET THEIR KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL.

OKAY.

I MEAN, IT'S JUST, THIS IS JUST ALMOST INSANE WITH WHAT THEY'VE DONE, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE THESE THINGS AND YOU COME ACROSS SOME UNEXPECTEDLY.

AND AS I SAY, SOMEBODY'S GOING TO HIT THEM AND SOMEBODY'S GOING TO GET KILLED.

AND THAT'S JUST ONE, EACH BLACK MARK UP THERE REPRESENTS ONE OR TWO OR THREE STRIKES TO THAT, WHICH HAPPENED OVER THE COURSE OF SIX OR SEVEN DAYS.

SO I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ENGINEERING, TELL ME THAT, WELL, IT'LL GET BETTER BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL GET USED TO IT SO ON AND SO FORTH BECAUSE FRANKLY, THIS WHOLE THING IS OBJECTIONABLE TO ME.

UH, YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, OR ENGINEERING'S BEEN TOLD TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX BY THE MAYOR, YOU KNOW, AND WE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE THAN THINKING ABOUT 50 TO 75 STORY BUILDINGS VERSUS 20 TO 40 STORY BUILDINGS AS THE BOX THEY THINK OUTSIDE OF.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UH, YES.

I'LL JUST ASK OUR STAFF TO, TO, UM, NO, I'M, I'M TALKING TO OUR STAFF.

UM, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

UH, JUST, UH, I DON'T NEED ANY ANSWER RIGHT NOW, BUT IF YOU WOULD JUST CHECK BACK WITH MY OFFICE AND LET US KNOW INVESTIGATE THE SAFETY CONCERNS THAT HE'S RAISING.

WE'LL DO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Mobility Committee meeting of May 12th, 2022. ]

OUR FIRST ITEM IS APPROVING THE MINUTES OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING FROM MAY 12TH.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THAT VICE CHAIR? KELLY, DO I HAVE A SECOND COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MINUTES PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

[3. Project Connect Program Status Briefing. ]

THE NEXT ITEM WE ARE GOING TO TAKE UP.

ITEM THREE, THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM STATUS BRIEFING THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, ON BEHALF OF ATP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GREG , WHO IS TRAVELING TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE PETER MULLEN, CHIEF OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN TO BRIEF YOU TODAY ON, UM, THE COST ESTIMATES FOR THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

UM, ATP AS THE ENTITY THAT'S RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION IS ADDRESSING THE COST INCREASES IN A TRANSPARENT AND HONEST WAY.

AND SOUNDS FISCAL MANAGEMENT AT THE START OF ATP HAS RESULTED IN THEIR REVENUE BUDGET REMAINING IN GREAT SHAPE AS PREDICTED, AND NO NEW TAXES WILL BE REQUESTED, BUT CHOICES AND TRADE-OFFS WILL NEED TO BE MADE TO COMPLETE PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT AND MOVE FORWARD WITH AN IMPACTFUL FIRST LIGHT RAIL PROJECT.

SO WITH THAT, A NATIONAL TEAM OF EXPERTS HAVE ADVISED US AND HAVE WEIGHED IN THAT NOW IS THE RIGHT MOMENT TO FOCUS AND GET THIS WORK DONE, UM, AND TO WORK WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WITH THAT, I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO PETER MULLIN TO REVIEW ON THE WORK OF ATP.

THANK YOU, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, APPRECIATE IT.

AND, UH, CHAIR ELLIS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY, UM, AND GO TO THE NEXT.

SO, UM, AS, AS

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ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, FIDANKA SAID, I'M HERE TODAY TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE LIGHT RAIL PROGRAM AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, WE'D LIKE TO START WITH THE VISION, RIGHT, BECAUSE THAT'S THE THING THAT GUIDES US, UM, IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AND ALL OF OUR DECISIONS AND ALL OF OUR WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO MOVE THE PROGRAM FORWARD.

UM, THIS IS LANGUAGE FROM THE BALLOT, UM, THAT, UH, UH, FOR THE VOTE IN, IN FALL OF 2020, UM, AND YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S, IT'S JUST, I'M NOT GOING TO READ THE WHOLE THING, BUT, UH, IT'S IMPRESSIVE AND IT'S A SCALE.

UM, BUT ALSO ALSO IN THE BREADTH OF ITS AMBITION, UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE'RE REALLY FOCUSED ON OUTCOMES.

UM, THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, BUILDING TRACK FOR TRAINS.

THIS IS ABOUT PROVIDING MEANINGFUL OUTCOMES FOR OUR COMMUNITY, A WHOLE HOST OF, OF DIFFERENT, UM, UH, ISSUES.

UM, AND ALSO IT SPEAKS TO OUR KIND OF HOLISTIC HUMAN CENTERED APPROACH.

AND, UM, THIS IS WHAT GUIDES OUR WORK EVERY DAY.

AND I THINK WE KEEP IT FRONT AND CENTER TOP OF MIND.

UM, AND THAT, UM, AS, AS ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER MENTIONED, UM, YOU KNOW, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME CHOICES TO MAKE, BUT CERTAINLY WE ARE COMMITTED TO THIS VISION.

AND THAT IS ONE THING THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A CHOICE ABOUT, RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO IMPLEMENT AND FULFILL THE VISION THAT WAS LAID OUT, UM, FOR THE COMMUNITY, UH, NEXT.

SO, UM, WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS, YOU KNOW, I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK TO DATE.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN OUT IN THE COMMUNITY PRETTY FREQUENTLY, UM, TALKING ABOUT VARIOUS SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM, UH, MAKING SURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS INFORMED, GATHERING FEEDBACK, ET CETERA, BUT WE ARE STILL VERY EARLY DAYS ON THIS SITE.

AS YOU CAN SEE, WE ARE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT HALFWAY THROUGH THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PHASE.

UM, AND THESE ARE PHASES THAT ARE REALLY, UH, LAID OUT FOR US BY THE FTA, THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION.

UM, SO WE'RE NOT EVEN INTO ENGINEERING, ACTUAL ENGINEERING YET.

UM, AND SO IT'S, IT'S THE, IT'S THE EXACT RIGHT TIME FOR US TO BE, UM, COMING TO GRIPS WITH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE REALITIES OF THE PROGRAM AND, AND, AND MAKING CHOICES.

AND WE'VE GOT TIME TO MAKE THOSE SMART CHOICES.

AND I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT HOW THAT PLAYS OUT, UM, COMING FORWARD NEXT.

UM, SO, UH, AS I THINK YOU ALL KNOW, UM, COSTS ON THE PROGRAM HAVE BEEN RISING, AND I THINK WE CAN EXPECT THEM TO RISE, UM, CONTINUE TO RISE BASED ON, UM, SOME THINGS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR CONTROL AND SOME THINGS THAT ARE NOT WITHIN OUR CONTROL.

UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE REALITY OF OUR, OF OUR WORLD THESE DAYS.

UM, AND SO IT'S REALLY BEHOLDEN TO US TO MAKE SURE THAT GOING FORWARD, UM, THAT THE PROGRAM IS ALIGNED, UM, WITH OUR, OUR FUNDING AVAILABILITY, RIGHT? AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO DOING.

UM, WE HAVE A REALLY FANTASTIC FUNDING MECHANISM AVAILABLE TO US, UM, THAT ALLOWS US TO BUILD AN INCREDIBLE PROGRAM THAT ACHIEVES THE VISION THAT I TALKED ABOUT A FEW SLIDES AGO.

UM, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE TWO THINGS ARE ALIGNED.

AND THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE'RE ENGAGING IN RIGHT NOW AS PART OF THIS PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS NEXT.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE, UH, WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS JUST ASSESSING OUR, OUR WORK TO DATE AND ALSO, UM, HAVING THAT INFORM HOW WE MOVE FORWARD.

UM, YOU KNOW, I WILL SAY FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE HAVE REALLY ESTABLISHED A FANTASTIC PARTNERSHIP.

UM, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP HAS PARTNERSHIP IN THE NAME FOR A REASON, AND WE ARE PUTTING THAT TO WORK.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE PARTNERSHIP OF ATP CAP METRO AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN WE'RE WORKING DAY IN, DAY OUT EVERY DAY TOGETHER, HAND IN GLOVE.

UM, AND I THINK WE'VE ESTABLISHED A GREAT TRACK RECORD OF WORKING TOGETHER AND GOING TO CARRY US FORWARD AND MAKE OUR WORK GOING FORWARD, UH, SUCCESSFUL.

UM, WE'RE ALSO, AS I SAID, WE'RE COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING THE VISION AND DOING THAT WITHOUT NEW TAXES.

I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT.

WE ARE NOT ANTICIPATING AT THIS POINT, ANY NEW TAXES TO SUPPORT, UH, THE PROGRAM.

WE HAVE A GREAT FUNDING MECHANISM, WE'RE GOING TO USE IT.

UM, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE COMMITTED TO BEING TRANSPARENT WITH THE COMMUNITY.

UM, OUR NEW INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GREG CANAL, HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, ATP IS A COMMUNITY CORPORATION.

UM, THIS IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO, UH, FULFILLING THAT MISSION.

UM, AND LASTLY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO BOTH IMPLEMENT THIS WITH THE FUNDING THAT'S AVAILABLE TO US AND DO THE WORK THAT'S NECESSARY TO SECURE FEDERAL INVESTMENT.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE, UM, UH, CRUCIAL FUNDING PARTNER AND PARTNER IN GENERAL TO THE PROGRAM.

AND SO THAT HAS OBVIOUSLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT INFORMS OUR WORK AND OUR PROCESS AS WELL.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE CHOICES THAT, THAT BASICALLY MAXIMIZE, UM, THE BENEFITS OF THAT PARTNERSHIP NEXT.

UM, AND THIS IS JUST A, A LITTLE BIT OF A DIAGRAM SHOWING, UM, HOW THE FTA FITS INTO THE PICTURE.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE ARE ESSENTIALLY

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IN TERMS OF OUR OVERALL FUNDING, UM, THE FDA REALLY CONSIDERS OUR FUNDING AS A LOCAL MATCH TO THEIR FUNDING.

UM, AND WE HAVE, I THINK IN THE, IN THE, IN THE ORIGINAL FUNDING MODEL HAD TARGETED A 46, 40 6% PARTICIPATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

SO AROUND 50%, UM, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, UM, WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY MAXIMIZE THAT CONTRIBUTION.

UM, THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHAT THE FTA IS ABLE TO COMMIT.

UM, BUT CERTAINLY WE WANT TO, UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE GET EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE CAN.

AND I THINK WE'VE ESTABLISHED A REALLY GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FTA TO DATE.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BUILD ON THAT GOING FORWARD, UH, NEXT, UM, AND JUST TO COME BACK TO THE FEDERAL GRANT PROCESS AND WHERE WE ARE, AND IN THAT, UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT BASICALLY THERE ARE TWO MAJOR MILESTONES, AND AGAIN, THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN THESE MILESTONES.

WE DON'T, YOU KNOW, GO AWAY, UM, AND THEN COME BACK EVERY TWO YEARS TO, TO MEET WITH THE FDA WE'RE TALKING TO THEM CONSTANTLY.

UM, BUT CERTAINLY, UH, THE ENTRY INTO ENGINEERING IS AN IMPORTANT ONE.

AND SO THAT'S WHEN WE COMPLETE THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PHASE AND GO INTO ENGINEERING.

UM, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE FTA REALLY HAS A HAND IN SORT OF GIVING US THE GO-AHEAD SAYING, YES, YOUR PROJECT MAKES SENSE.

WE THINK THAT IT'S FUNDABLE GO, UM, AND WE'RE SUPPORTIVE.

AND THEN, AND THEN, UM, EVENTUALLY THERE IS A, A FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT, UM, THAT HAPPENS, YOU KNOW, AROUND THE TIME THAT WE GO INTO CONSTRUCTION, IT IS POSSIBLE TO START CONSTRUCTION IN ADVANCE OF THAT.

UM, BUT THOSE ARE THE MAJOR MILESTONES.

AND SO WE HAVE OUR, CERTAINLY OUR EYES ON THOSE GOING FORWARD.

UM, I THINK PART OF THE PART OF MESSAGE HERE IS THAT, UM, IT'S NOT JUST THE GRANT AGREEMENT ITSELF.

IT IS THESE INTERIM MILESTONES, SPECIFICALLY ENTRY INTO ENGINEERING THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE IN LOCK STEP WITH THE FTA GOING FORWARD.

AND SO THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING NOW IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT REALLY LEADS TO THAT.

UH, NEXT, UM, THE OTHER THING IS THAT, YOU KNOW, NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THIS ALIGNMENT BETWEEN PROGRAM SCOPE AND COSTS.

UM, WE ARE, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM NOW, RIGHT.

AND DO IT ACTUALLY, AND HAVE THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE COSTS.

SO THAT'S THE, YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE LINE RIGHT NOW, THE, THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE COST IS HIGH, RIGHT, AS WE GO FORWARD, THAT ABILITY DECREASES, UM, AT THE SAME TIME AS YOU GO THROUGH THE PROCESS COSTS GENERALLY, USUALLY GO UP.

NOW YOU PLAN FOR THAT, RIGHT? YOU HAVE CONTINGENCIES, ET CETERA.

UM, ALL THIS IS TO SAY IS THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY NOW TO KIND OF BRING THIS INTO ALIGNMENT.

AND SO WE WANT TO NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS MOMENT TO DO JUST THAT, UM, NEXT AND THE GOOD NEWS IS WE ALSO HAVE LOTS OF LEAVERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US, UM, THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND EXAMINE AND, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, EXPLORE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.

UM, OBVIOUSLY SCOPING AND DESIGN, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE, UM, WHAT'S IN THE PROJECT.

EXACTLY.

UM, AND HOW ARE WE DESIGNING IT TO MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY, UM, AND PERFORMANCE EFFICIENCY, UM, CERTAINLY SEC PHASING AND SEGMENTING.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KNOW THAT WE CAN'T BUILD THE ENTIRE PROGRAM ALL AT ONCE ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

UM, HOW DO WE MAKE DECISIONS AROUND PHASING TO, TO, UH, FIT WITHIN OUR, OUR, OUR FUNDING CAPACITY, UM, AND SERVE THE PUBLIC TO THE BEST DEGREE OF OUR POSSIBLE, UM, SERVICE PLANET TECHNOLOGY.

UM, CERTAINLY THAT'S PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS.

AND SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT AS WELL.

UM, SOURCES OF FUNDING, RIGHT? WE HAVE, UH, CERTAINLY WE KNOW THAT OUR, OUR, OUR BIGGEST GRANT IS GOING TO BE THROUGH THE NEW STARTS PROGRAM WITH THE FTA.

UM, BUT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT, ARE THERE OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING THAT WE, UM, CAN COMBINE WITH THE FTA FUNDS AND OUR LOCAL PROPERTY FUNDS, UM, TO BRING TO THE PROGRAM SO THAT WE CAN MAXIMIZE WHAT WE DELIVERED TO THE PUBLIC, UM, AND THEN RISK AND DELIVERY.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, UM, WE ARE, WE DON'T GET OURSELVES INTO, INTO A PLACE THAT WE, WHERE WE CAN'T DELIVER WHAT WE'VE PROMISED.

UM, AND WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT PROJECT DELIVERY OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO US TO REALLY, UM, MAXIMIZE THE PROGRAM THAT WE DELIVER.

AND I THINK THERE ARE SOME INNOVATIVE OPTIONS AND REALLY THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY ATP WAS FORMED TO BE ABLE TO, UM, UNDERSTAND THOSE OPTIONS AND TO BASICALLY UTILIZE THE ONES THAT COULD BE APPROPRIATE TO OUR PROGRAM.

UM, SO THESE LEAVERS REALLY INFORMED WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW AND INTO, AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, UM, GO TO THE NEXT PLACE.

UM, SO WE'VE IDENTIFIED A SERIES OF, UM, IN THESE, THESE HONEYCOMB, UM, HEXAGONS, UM, A SERIES OF AREAS THAT, WHERE WE NEED TO GET MORE DATA AND WE NEED TO DO SOME ASSESSMENT AND

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DISCOVERY, UM, TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKING THAT THE COMMUNITY WILL OBVIOUSLY BE A HUGE PARTICIPANT IN, UM, ABOUT THE LIGHT RAIL PROGRAM GOING FORWARD.

AND THESE INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS ARE NOT, UM, INDEPENDENT OF ONE ANOTHER.

THEY WORK TOGETHER, UM, THEY INFLUENCE EACH OTHER.

AND SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL THOSE IN PARALLEL AND SIMULTANEOUSLY AS PART OF THIS VERY HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THE PROGRAM THAT WE'VE IMPLEMENTED TO DATE, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT.

UM, SO I JUST WANT TO GO THROUGH THEM REALLY QUICKLY AND THEN, YOU KNOW, HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS ABOUT, UM, ABOUT ANY OF THIS AND, AND WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE DOING IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

UM, NEXT, SO FIRST IS PLANNING.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S THE BIGGEST SCALE, UM, QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, UM, LOOKING AT THE PROGRAM, UM, WHO ARE WE SERVING? HOW ARE WE SERVING IT, WHERE, UM, WHERE THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE, WHERE THE RISKS ARE, UM, DISPLACEMENT, OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MITIGATE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE, UM, UH, LOOKING AT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, LOOKING AT RIDERSHIP, ET CETERA.

UM, SO THAT'S KIND OF BIG PICTURE PLANNING.

UM, LOOKING AT THE PLANNING WE'VE DONE TO DATE, THERE'S A LOT OF THAT, WHICH IS GREAT.

AND THEN SEEING IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES OR ADAPTATIONS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE IN OUR THINKING BASED ON CHANGES THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN OUR COMMUNITY, UM, NEXT, UH, TECHNICAL REVIEW.

SO WE'VE DONE A LOT OF PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING, WHICH I THINK IS GOING TO HELP US.

UM, IT GIVES US A LOT OF GOOD DATA TO MAKE STRATEGIC DECISIONS GOING FORWARD.

UM, AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE TO OPTIMIZE THE PROGRAM.

AND SO CERTAINLY WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT, UM, YOU KNOW, BIG ITEMS THAT SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY, UM, DURING OUR WORK TO DATE, UM, TUNNEL EXTENTS, LAKE CROSSING STATIONS AND STATION AREAS, ET CETERA.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING KIND OF ASSESSMENT AND REVIEW OF THE PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM COSTS TO SEE WHERE WE CAN OPTIMIZE, UM, NEXT, UH, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, CERTAINLY, UH, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THIS GREAT TRACK RECORD OF THE LOCAL PARTNERS.

UM, WE'VE ESTABLISHED A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FTA.

OBVIOUSLY WE NEED TO, UH, CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THAT AND, UM, SUPPORT THAT ENHANCE THAT GOING FORWARD.

UM, BUT WE'LL, WE ALSO WILL BE LOOKING, ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER PARTNERSHIPS THAT COULD SUPPORT THE PROGRAM, UM, FINANCIALLY OR OTHERWISE? UM, AND IT, DOES THAT HAVE A MATERIAL IMPACT ON SOME OF THE, OF HOW WE MOVE FORWARD NEXT? UH, CERTAINLY LOOKING AT THE FINANCIAL MODEL I'M LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, HOW OUR INCOME STREAM THROUGH THE PROPER FUNDS, UM, WILL GET UTILIZED OVER THE LONGTERM.

UM, BOTH FOR THE INITIAL PHASE AND BEYOND, UM, LOOKING AT LOAN PROGRAMS AND OTHER GRANT PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US, UM, THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEXT, UH, MARKET SOUNDING REALLY INTERESTING ONE, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE IN A VERY HOT CONSTRUCTION MARKET RIGHT NOW, UM, WHICH, YOU KNOW, IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO JUST COME TO TERMS WITH.

UM, WE NEED TO TALK TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND THE MARKET TO UNDERSTAND HOW DO WE SET OURSELVES UP FOR SUCCESS FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW, UM, SO THAT WE CAN BOTH MINIMIZE RISK AND ALSO MAXIMIZE, UM, WHAT WE DELIVER TO THE COMMUNITY, UM, AND ALSO LOOKING AT DELIVERY STRATEGIES AND HOW THEY MIGHT INFLUENCE OUR, OUR PROCESS GOING FORWARD, UH, AND NEXT, UH, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY, OBVIOUSLY, UM, AND, AND THIS INFORMS ALL OF THE, THE, THE BUCKETS HERE, UM, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE HEARING AS MUCH AS WE CAN FROM THE COMMUNITY ABOUT COMMUNITY PRIORITY PRIORITIES, UM, AND MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE MAKING CHOICES ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY HAS THAT OWNERSHIP OVER THOSE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES AS WELL.

UM, SO WORKING WITH OUR, UM, OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, UM, THIS COMMITTEE OTHERS, UM, TO MAKE SURE AS WELL AS JUST GOING OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND HAVING ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE, UM, INCORPORATING THOSE VOICES INTO OUR PROCESS, UM, AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST NEXT, SO THAT ALL THOSE ELEMENTS OF ANALYSIS, UM, CONSTITUTE THE BASIS OF WORK THAT WE NEED TO DO OVER THE NEXT, I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, SIX TO NINE MONTHS, UM, TO BASICALLY ASSESS THE PROGRAM AND TO OPTIMIZE IT, UM, AND TO GET IT ALIGNED WITH OUR FUNDING CAPACITY IN OUR FINANCE CAPACITY.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS, UM, BASICALLY LAYING OUT THIS PROCESS AND KIND OF IN THIS ROUGH FORM, UM, THIS MONTH AND IN, THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST, UM, AND THEN INTO STARTING SEPTEMBER, WE'LL START, WE'RE GETTING FEEDBACK ON THAT PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INCORPORATING, UM, EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO GET INCORPORATED

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INTO THAT ANALYSIS.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL START EXECUTING ON THE WORK PLAN, UM, PROBABLY LATE SEPTEMBER AND GOING INTO OCTOBER.

UM, AND THEN WE WILL BE BACK IN THE SPRING, I THINK WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THAT ANALYSIS, UM, AS WELL AS, UM, A DECISION, YOU KNOW, THAT WILL BE TIME FOR DECISION ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD.

OBVIOUSLY WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO AWAY DURING THAT PERIOD.

WE'RE GOING TO BE COMING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THAT PROCESS.

UM, WE DO HAVE A BUNCH OF TECHNICAL WORK TO DO TO SET UP THOSE CONVERSATIONS, UM, IN THE SHORT TERM.

UM, BUT CERTAINLY THIS IS GOING TO BE A COMMUNITY BASED PROCESS AS WELL.

SO, UM, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING.

I THINK WE'RE ACTUALLY IN, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY DEALING WITH COST IS NOT SOMETHING THAT, UM, ANYBODY KNEW.

I MEAN, WE ALL KNEW THIS, THAT WE HAD TO DO THIS, UM, NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR US TO, TO, TO, TO DO THIS WORK SO THAT WE SET OURSELVES UP FOR SUCCESS.

LONG-TERM HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN.

UH, YES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS INFORMATION.

THIS IS, YOU KNOW, VERY HELPFUL.

UM, I HAVE, UM, I HAVE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS CHAIR.

I'LL JUST ASK A FUSE AND GIVE TIME FOR OTHER FOLKS.

SO I FIRST WANT TO JUST SAY THANK YOU FOR, UM, FOR POINTING OUT, UM, THE VISION, UM, AS SET FORTH IN THE BALLOT ITEM.

AND ALSO, AS YOU SAID ON SLIDE FIVE AND JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE FOR THE PUBLIC AND THEN ASK A QUESTION THAT, UM, THAT ADP REMAINS COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING AUSTIN'S VISION WITHOUT ANY NEW TAXES, WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT NEW TAXES.

THE SECOND THING I WANT TO EMPHASIZE FROM PAGE FIVE IS THAT THE, THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT COMPONENTS WILL BE BUILT.

SO WE'RE ALSO NOT TALKING ABOUT CHANGING.

WE MAY BE TALKING ABOUT OPTIONS FOR THE DESIGN OF IT, BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TAKING PROJECTS OFF OF THE IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE THAT THE VOTERS VOTED ON.

SO THANK YOU FOR EMPHASIZING THAT, UH, AN ITEM THAT'S NOT ON HERE, BUT I'M UNDERSTANDING IS ALSO, UM, IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE FOR FOLKS.

AND, AND SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IS WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CHANGING THE 300 MILLION THAT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO ANTI-DISPLACEMENT.

AND WE'RE ALSO NOT TALKING ABOUT CHANGING THE TIMELINE FOR THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT DOLLARS.

SO IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO THAT FOR JUST A MINUTE AND CONFIRM THAT THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

SO THERE'S A TIMELINE, UM, SCHEDULE WE'VE ALREADY HAD THE BENEFIT OF, UH, OF, UH, SEVERAL YEARS NOW OF, UH, OF, UH, OF DOLLARS FOR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, THEN I WILL ASK ONE QUESTION AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE.

SO, UM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPEAK TO ALSO, SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND TO PROJECT CONNECT AS A WHOLE, UH, IN TERMS OF WHAT, UM, WHAT FOLKS VOTED ON AND THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT A PORTION OF IT.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE, THE STEPS MOVING FORWARD, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE BRT LINES ARE CONTINUING ON SCHEDULE.

IN FACT, A LOT OF THAT WORK IS BEING DONE.

NOW, SOME OF IT, YOU KNOW, CAP METRO IS, IS ENGAGED WITH, SO THE BRT LINES THAT THE PICKUP ZONES, WHICH ARE WHAT YOU'RE SHOWING A LOT OF SUCCESS WITH PEOPLE, THINGS LIKE METRO BIKE.

UM, SO CAN YOU JUST SPEAK TO THAT OR IF IT'S APPROPRIATE, UM, HAVE, UM, DOTTIE WALK-INS SPEAK TO THAT.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE TALK ABOUT THESE, THESE, UH, COSTS, UM, INCREASES, UM, AND TALK ABOUT ANALYZING AGAIN AND LOOKING AGAIN AT THE, UM, THE SCOPE OF DESIGN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LIGHT RAIL ONLY.

YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT AS A WHOLE, AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY SEEN, WE'RE ALREADY SEEING A NUMBER OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS, UM, TO TRANSIT, UM, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THOSE.

UH, THAT'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

AND THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT AND I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE POINTED THAT OUT MYSELF AT THE BEGINNING.

SO, UH, APPRECIATE IT FOR THAT.

AND YES, UM, CAP METRO HAS ALREADY BEGUN IMPLEMENTING A NUMBER OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM.

UM, WE HAD A GROUNDBREAKING ON THE NEW MCCALLA STATION ON THE RED LINE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

UM, TWO NEW METRO RAPID LINES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION ALREADY.

UM, SO THERE ARE PICKUPS, NEW PICKUP ZONES THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED ALREADY.

UM, SO WE ARE ALREADY IMPLEMENTING AND AHEAD OF SCHEDULE IN SOME CASES, UM, MANY OF THE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM,

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UM, THE TOPIC TODAY IS REALLY FOCUSED ON THE LIGHT RAIL, UH, ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM.

OKAY.

OKAY.

MS. WATKINS, DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT? GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU.

I'M DOTTIE WATKINS.

I'M THE INTERIM PRESIDENT CEO FOR CAP METRO.

UM, SO AS PETER MENTIONED, WE, UH, UM, ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY ON A NUMBER OF THE PROGRAMS, UM, MOST NOTABLY OUR MITCHELL RAPID MINDS, UM, WHICH ARE ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

UM, SO WE HAVE THE EXPO LINE, THAT'LL GO OUT TO THE EXPO CENTER INTO DOWNTOWN AND THE PLEASANT VALLEY LINE THAT WILL GO UP AND DOWN PLEASANT VALLEY, SERVING FROM THE MUELLER COMPLEX ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE, UM, GOODNIGHT RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN.

UM, SO THOSE, UM, ARE ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WE ALSO, UM, BROKE GROUND AND HAVE STARTED CONSTRUCTION, UM, IN COUNCIL MEMBER POOLS DISTRICT FOR THE MCCALLA STATION, UM, AS WELL AS A DOUBLE TRACKING PROJECT BETWEEN OUR LANDER STATION AND LAKELINE STATION THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE RED LINE.

SO A LOT OF WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY, UM, AND ON SCHEDULE AND, AND, AND NOT AT ALL THE TOPIC OF THIS, UM, REVISITING TO SEE WHAT PHASING AND, AND FINANCING OPTIONS WE HAVE THAT REALLY IS FOCUSED ON THE LIGHT RAIL, WHICH ADMITTEDLY IS THE LARGEST COST COMPONENT IN THE PROGRAM, BUT ONLY PART OF A LARGER SYSTEM.

TH THANK YOU.

AND I'LL JUST GIVE A PLUG FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF, OF, UH, RAPID TRANSIT, UH, THAT WE COMING IN, THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

AND THAT'S THE, THE LINE DOWN MEN CHAKA, UH, AS WELL AS, UH, I KNOW, UH, THE CHAIR ELLIS IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE LINE DOWN TO OAK HILL.

SO, UM, SO THANK YOU FOR, UH, UPDATING PEOPLE ON THAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, CHAIR, I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS, BUT I'LL TURN IT TO OTHERS AND, AND IF YOU COULD COME BACK TO ME LATER, YEAH.

LET'S SEE IF THERE'S A COUPLE OTHER QUESTIONS AND THEN WE'LL CIRCLE BACK TO YOU.

OKAY.

SO YOU CAN FINISH ASKING THEM.

I SEE MAYOR PRO TEM, ALISON HIS HAND UP.

GO AHEAD.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS, SO IT'S A BIT HARD TO HEAR YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YEAH, THAT'S BETTER.

THANKS.

OKAY.

I'LL TRY AND SPEAK UP.

I'M NOT SURE THIS IS A QUESTION AS MUCH AS SOME COMMENTS THAT I WANTED TO, UM, TO MAKE FIRST, I WANTED TO THINK, UM, FORMER HOUSTON TILLOTSON, PRESIDENT COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE FOR HER SERVICE ON THE ATP, UM, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY OF THE PUBLIC THAT IS WATCHING THIS AS AWARE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR ATP BOARD, THOSE APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 12TH.

UM, AND I HOPE THAT ALL FIVE CANDIDATES, UM, WHO ARE WATCHING WILL CONSIDER APPLYING.

UM, I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION, I CAN'T SEE IF COMES TO MY TROUBLES ON THE DIOCESE AS WELL OR NOT, BUT, UM, AS CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR OF THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING WITH, UM, , WHO'S THE INTERIM HEAD FOR ATP AS WELL AS, UH, ACM KEN DONKA.

UM, AND WE WILL BE HOLDING AN AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING THAT WILL FOCUS ON THE FINANCING PIECES OF PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, IT WOULD LIKELY BE IN OCTOBER AND I WOULD INVITE MY FELLOW, UM, MELODY COMMITTED MEMBERS TO JOIN US FOR THAT SESSION.

UM, AND THEN, UM, THE QUESTION THAT I DO HAVE IS, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS BEING LED BY, UM, ATP IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CITY AND WITH, UM, CA METRO.

BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE ARE OPERATING WITH AN INTERIM CEO FOR ATP.

I'M WONDERING IF SOMEONE CAN SPEAK TO THE TIMING OF THAT SEARCH PROCESS.

SURE.

I CAN TALK TO THAT.

UM, SO THE, THE SEARCH IS GETTING UNDERWAY.

I THINK THAT THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE, I BELIEVE ON, UM, CONTRACTED WITH THE SEARCH FIRM.

UM, THINK, UH, THE INTERIM CEO'S INTERIM MIDI, GREG KELLY, HIS CONTRACT RUNS THROUGH, UM, I THINK THE END OF JANUARY OF 2023, UM, AT THIS POINT, BUT I THINK THAT THE TIMING, NOT EXACTLY CLEAR ON THE TIMING OF WHEN THAT SEARCH WOULD BE COMPLETED AND SO THAT, THAT TERM MAY HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY.

SO THANK YOU.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALL COMING AND SPEAKING WITH US AND LAYING OUT SOME OF THE CHOICES AND OTHER, UM, ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD SPEAK MORE TO IS THE NEED FOR SOME, UM, PERHAPS LEGISLATIVE CHANGES THIS SESSION, UM, SO THAT WE CAN PROCEED IN THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAY.

COULD YOU SPEAK, UM, TO THOSE, TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU'RE PREPARED TO? YEAH, WE, UM, WE ARE NOT, UH, ANTICIPATING LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AT THIS TIME, BUT HONESTLY, THAT'S PART OF WHAT THIS PROCESS NEEDS TO DO

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IS TO IDENTIFY IF THERE ARE ANY THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY OR BENEFICIAL TO THE PROGRAM GOING FORWARD.

SO, UM, THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AS PART OF THIS PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE QUESTIONS.

AND YES, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL HAS JUST RECENTLY JOINED US WHILE COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN WAS ASKING QUESTIONS.

UM, I HAVE A BRIEF QUESTION.

I KNOW THERE MAY STILL BE SOME OTHERS AMONG THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

UM, WHEN YOU HAD ON SLIDE 12, THE TUNNEL EXTENTS.

I KNOW I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE BUS LINE TOURS WHERE WE GOT TO SEE IN REAL TIME, SOME OF THE INTERSECTIONS THAT Y'ALL ARE TRYING TO PLAN AROUND AND JUST SOME OF THE MOVING PARTS AS, AS THE PLANNING UNFOLDS.

BUT CAN YOU TALK TO ME A BIT ABOUT THE TUNNEL EXTENTS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE CAPITOL VIEW CORRIDOR AND WHAT KIND OF SITUATIONS YOU'RE TRYING TO WORK WITH? SO, UM, ALL I WOULD SAY IS, AGAIN, WE DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS YET, RIGHT? WE KNOW THAT THE TUNNEL IS, UM, ONE OF THE SIGNIFICANT COST DRIVERS ON THE PROGRAM.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT OBVIOUSLY IS NEAR THE TOP OF THE LIST OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT.

HOW DO WE OPTIMIZE THAT AND HOW DO WE OPTIMIZE ITS ROLE IN THE OVERALL PROGRAM? UM, SO WE'RE MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US.

UM, AND I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE YET.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE STARTING TO UNCOVER RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

AND I'M REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT THOSE DETAILS, SO I'M NOT SURE IF MAYBE YOU CAN POINT ME TO THE PERSON WHO'S MOST IN CHARGE OF THAT CONVERSATION, MAYBE ON THE CITY SIDE, AGAIN, I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING TO BE COMING BACK TO, TO THIS GROUP AND OTHERS.

UM, ONCE WE HAVE A BETTER IDEA ABOUT WHAT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARE, RIGHT? SO THAT THEN WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE SHARING.

AND OBVIOUSLY THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT THIS PROCESS IS, IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES, COME BACK, SHARE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

ALL THOSE OPPORTUNITIES HAVE IMPACTS.

SO WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO WHAT THOSE IMPACTS ON THE PROGRAM ARE.

UM, SO THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT IS WHAT THIS PROCESS IS, AND WE'RE JUST NOT READY YET TO DO THAT.

SO I CAN APPRECIATE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

NO, THANKS CHAIR.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

OH, UM, I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE AND SEE MY GOOD FRIEND, PETER MULLEN AT THE EPIDIDYMIS.

THAT'S GREAT.

I WANTED TO, AND, AND HELLO TO DOTTIE WATKINS OUT THERE AS WELL.

I WANTED JUST TO MENTION THERE'S A WHOLE SLATE OF, UM, OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PUBLIC TO LISTEN IN AND HEAR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON JUST IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, JUST IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, IN FACT, I'M INTO OCTOBER, WOULD IT BE HELPFUL IF I MENTIONED SOME OF THESE DATES AND THE COMMITTEES OR STAKEHOLDER GROUPS THAT ARE BEING PRESENTED TO, OR DO YOU GUYS HAVE THAT AND YOU'D LIKE TO DO IT, OR WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO DO, I MEAN, WE, HOWEVER YOU THINK WOULD BE BEST, UM, YOU KNOW, WE CAN, IF YOU WANT TO DO IT OR WE CAN MAKE SURE WE GET THAT OUT.

I THINK ACTUALLY BOTH WOULD, WOULD BE REALLY GREAT.

I'LL JUST MENTION A COUPLE COMING UP AND THEN MAYBE YOU CAN TELL EVERYONE WHERE TO LOOK FOR THE CONCISE, COMPLETE ACCUMULATION OF ALL THE, UH, ALL THE MEETINGS, THE ONE PLACE THE ONE-STOP SHOP.

SO TODAY IS MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

UM, THERE'S, UM, UH, THERE ARE TWO ATP MEETINGS ON AUGUST NINE AND 10, BOTH AT 5:00 PM.

ONE IS THE FAR MEETING AND THE OTHER IS THE EAC MEETING AND FAR IS FINE FINANCE AND RISK ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

AND THE EAC IS ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE, AND CONSTRUCTION.

SO TWO REALLY GOOD, UM, NUTS AND BOLTS KINDS OF MEETINGS TO THIS AND, AND ON, YEAH, THOSE, THOSE MEETINGS TYPICALLY ARE NOT, UM, PUBLIC MEETINGS.

UM, BUT THERE IS, I KNOW A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING THAT IS, I BELIEVE NEXT THURSDAY, THE 11TH, UM, THAT IS CERTAINLY ABSOLUTELY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

AND SO, UM, THE INFORMATION ON THAT IS ON THE ATP WEBSITE, WHICH IS ATP ATP, T X.ORG.

GREAT.

SO WOULD THAT, AND THEN THERE'S THE CAC MEETING AT FIVE O'CLOCK ON THE 11TH.

RIGHT.

UM, AND, UH, LET'S SEE, WE'VE GOT THE APPLICATIONS, DEADLINE FOR THE BOARD APPLICATIONS FOR THE VACANCY.

WE'VE GOT THE CAP METRO BOARD MEETING ON AUGUST 29.

UM, WE'LL PROBABLY BE TALKING ABOUT SOME ELEMENTS OF PROJECT CONNECT THERE.

AND THEN WE GO INTO SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER WITH WORK SESSIONS AND ADDITIONAL COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION OPPORTUNITIES AND MOBILITY AND THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING.

SO THE WHOLE POINT IS WASN'T NECESSARILY TO GIVE EVERYBODY JUST A CONCISE LIST, ALTHOUGH I THINK ONE NEEDS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE, BUT THE POINT IS WE ARE TRYING REALLY HARD AND STAFF IS REALLY COMMITTED TO TAKING THE TIME TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS, BOTH WITH POLICYMAKERS, STAKEHOLDERS, MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND JUST INTERESTED PARTIES TO LISTEN IN AND GET AS MUCH OF A GROUNDING IN THIS INFORMATION AS YOU MAY HAVE THE TIME OR INTEREST IN.

UH, AND THEN

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WE'LL TOP IT OFF WITH EVEN MORE INFORMATION SO THAT, UM, EVERYBODY CAN KIND OF STAY ALIGNED WITH, UM, US AS WE MAKE THESE REALLY IMPORTANT KEY DECISIONS GOING FORWARD.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND I JUST WANT TO ASSURE EVERYBODY THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY DECISIONS UNTIL WE'VE HAD THAT THOROUGH, ROBUST DIALOGUE WITH THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR PROGRAM.

SO, YEAH.

AND, UM, AND I GUESS REALLY THE, THE, THE CAPSTONE OF ALL OF THESE CONVERSATIONS FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE WHEN THE TRI-PARTY MEMBERSHIP MEETS TOGETHER AND HAS THIS CONVERSATION.

SO WE'LL ALL LOOK FORWARD AND PUSH TO THAT END FOR, FOR GOOD RESULTS.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

THANK YOU FOR DAYLIGHTING THOSE DATES.

UM, AND I APPRECIATE THE, THE CHAIR OF THE ATP BOARD, UM, ALSO CARES VERY MUCH ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THESE BIG TYPES OF PROJECTS.

AND SO I'M REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THAT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP.

UM, IT'S GOT A COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

I WAS LOOKING FOR OTHER HANDS, BUT NO.

DID, DID YOU HAVE OTHER HANDS FIRST OR NO? OKAY.

NO, GO FOR IT.

UM, UH, OKAY.

SO, UM, JUST, UM, JUST TWO THINGS REALLY, AND THEY'RE RELATED, UM, THIS, UM, AS, UH, AS, UH, AND THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL FOR TALKING ABOUT THE MEETINGS, IS THIS IN THE FALL? I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT.

UM, I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT THE, UM, THAT THIS IS A JOINT EFFORT, UH, AS IT HAS BEEN SINCE, YOU KNOW, BEFORE THIS WAS PUT ON THE BALLOT BETWEEN THE CITY, UH, CAP, METRO AND ATP.

SO REMEMBER POOL REFERENCED IS THE, UH, PERIODIC MEETINGS THAT WE HAVE OF ALL THREE BOARDS TOGETHER.

SO I'M NOT SEEING THE DATE FOR THAT YET.

AND, UM, JUST WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE WILL BE A TRI-PARTY MEETING THIS FALL.

WE DON'T HAVE THE DATE YET, BUT WE WILL.

WE'RE GETTING THAT DONE.

SO THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT KEEPS ALL BOARD, ALL THE BOARDS.

UM, IT GIVES ALL THE BOARDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO EACH OTHER.

UM, I THINK THAT THESE MEETINGS THAT WE'RE HAVING THAT COUNCIL MEMBER TOOL POOL TALKED ABOUT ARE REALLY GOOD AND THEY GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET INTO THE DETAIL, BUT THEY'RE NOT, NOT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CAP METRO BOARD OR THE CITY COUNCIL TO TALK TO THE ATP BOARD.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING THAT DATE SET.

UH, THE OTHER THING I WOULD JUST WANT TO, I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS IS BECAUSE WE KIND OF JUMPED INTO THIS.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF AND JUST TO PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION TO FOLKS BECAUSE FOLKS IN THE, IN THE COMMUNITY WHO, UH, MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE DOING THIS NOW, BECAUSE THIS IS A DIFFERENT TIMELINE AND IT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE SCHEDULE WE LAID OUT IN THE SPRING AT THE LAST TRI-PARTY MEETING THAT WE HAD, WE WERE VERY CLEAR WITH THE PUBLIC, THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SERIES OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

UM, AND THEN, AND THEN VOTES IN, UH, YOU KNOW, THE EIS BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND, UH, YOU KNOW, INPUT IN THE FALL AND A VOTE BY THE END OF DECEMBER, UM, ON THE DESIGN DESIGN TO GO TO THE NEXT PHASE.

WELL, THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR VERY GOOD REASON AND IT'S APPROPRIATE, BUT WE KIND OF, WE KIND OF JUMPED TO THAT AND WE DIDN'T EXPLAIN THAT TO THE PUBLIC.

SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO SAY.

AND SO I'M GOING TO TELL YOU MY EXPLANATION AND YOU CAN ADD TO THAT AND TELL ME IF I GOT IT RIGHT.

SO BASICALLY YOU GOT THE, THERE WAS A SERIES OF VERY IN DEPTH MEETINGS, UH, COMMUNITY MEETINGS THAT, UM, I KNOW I ATTENDED ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THEM AND I KNOW OTHERS ATTENDED THEM TOO.

AND YOU ALL LEARNED THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND THROUGH OTHER THINGS THAT YOU'RE DOING THAT THERE'S MORE TO BE DONE.

SO, UM, SO I WANT TO SHARE THE, THE, THE, UH, PUBLIC THAT PART OF THIS CHANGE IN TIMELINE IS REALLY COMING FROM THE WORK THAT Y'ALL DID AND THAT WE PROMISED THE COMMUNITY IN THE SPRING.

UH, THE OTHER THING I WANT TO POINT OUT IS THAT THE VOTE BY THE BODIES, THE CITY, AND, UM, THE CITY AND CAP METRO IS STILL GOING TO HAPPEN.

IT'S JUST A LATER TIMELINE.

AND SO IF I'M UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY, WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING NOW IS GOING BACK.

I THINK IT WAS THAT, THAT PAGE THAT, UM, THE CHAIR REFERRED TO, UM, IN YOUR PRESENTATION, YOU'RE GOING BACK AND LOOKING AT THE DESIGN OF SOME OF THESE AREAS, UH, FOR GOOD REASON.

AND YOU'VE LAID THEM OUT ON, I FORGET WHAT SLIDE IT IS, UM, THE TUNNEL BEING ONE OF THEM, UH, BUT YOU'VE LAID THEM OUT, BUT THEN WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE GOING BACK TO THE, THE, UM, THE PROCESS, WHICH IS ONCE YOU ALL MAKE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS, UM,

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THERE WILL BE A VOTE OF THE CAP METRO BOARD.

THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COMMENT ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, AND THERE'LL BE THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IS FOR THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD AND THE CITY COUNCIL TO, TO VOTE ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND THE GOAL OF COURSE, IS AS YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DOING IS TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE WITH THE CITY AND CAP METRO.

SO THAT BY THE TIME THE BODIES GET TO THE POINT OF VOTING THERE'S CONSENSUS.

SO I I'VE LAID OUT A LOT OF STUFF.

UH, AND SO I INVITE YOU TO SPEAK TO THAT.

DID I GET THAT ALL? I THINK YOU NAILED IT.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU, I THINK YOU DESCRIBED IT REALLY EXTREMELY WELL.

UM, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT, UH, ALL OF THAT'S EXACTLY CORRECT.

UM, AND I WOULD JUST ADD, THE ONLY THING I WOULD ADD IS THAT THIS, YOU KNOW, WE, WE HAD PROJECTED A CERTAIN PROCESS, UM, YOU KNOW, WITH NEW INFORMATION, WE'VE AMENDED THE PROCESS, BUT EVEN THAT NEW PROCESS IS STILL HAPPENING WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE FEDERAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, WE'RE STILL WITHIN THAT, THOSE GUARDRAILS.

UM, AND SO I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO REALIZE THAT IS WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME.

IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU'RE ADDING, ADDING MORE COMMUNITY INPUT AND YOU'RE ALSO ADDING MORE ANALYSIS.

IS THAT FAIR TO SAY? YEAH.

SO I THINK THE TUNNEL IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT.

IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT THAT'S LIKE THE BIGGEST ADDITIONAL COST.

AND SO IT'S PRUDENT TO GO BACK AND THINK ABOUT THAT AND DO SOME ANALYSIS ABOUT WHETHER THE WHAT'S PROPOSED AT THE MOMENT IS REALLY THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.

IS THAT RIGHT? I THINK THAT'S A GREAT DESCRIPTION.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

BUT IT'S STILL COMING BACK TO THE BOARDS FOR FINAL VOTE BEFORE IT'S SUBMITTED TO THE FEDS, AND THAT'S WHAT YOU MEANT EARLIER ABOUT THE DECISION MAKING.

SO, OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I KNOW IT'S, IT CAN BE KIND OF COMPLEX AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE NEWER TO FOLLOWING THE CONVERSATION, THE CITY IS THE FINANCIAL COMPONENT OF THIS BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFERENDUM ELECTION, AND THEN CAPITAL METRO WILL ULTIMATELY BE THE OPERATORS OF THE PROGRAM.

SO THE ATP IS A PERFECT MIDDLEMAN THAT GETS TO PUT ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO BUILD A SYSTEM AND TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S GOING TO WORK WELL WHEN CAPITOL METRO STARTS RUNNING THE LIGHT RAIL SERVICE, OBVIOUSLY WE'VE ALREADY ADDRESSED THAT THE METRO RAPID ROUTES, THE NEIGHBORHOODS CIRCULATORS, AND A LOT OF THE OTHER, UM, PIECES THAT WENT INTO THAT PROGRAM ARE ALREADY WELL UNDERWAY.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, YES, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR HAD REMINDED FOLKS THAT THERE ARE, THERE'S AN OPEN WINDOW FOR APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THE BOARD OF THE ATP.

PROBABLY THE EASIEST WAY TO FIND THAT IS TO GO TO PROJECT CONNECT.COM.

THERE'S A BIG, YOU KNOW, SPOT RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE THAT SAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR, YOUR RESUME AND THE APPLICATION I SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE THIS TIME AROUND COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN HAD DONE IT THE FIRST TIME AROUND SINCE SHE IS THE LAST CHAIR OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

AND NOW THAT I'M IN THIS POSITION, I'M ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE AS IS MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR AS THE CHAIR OF AUDIT AND FINANCE.

AND WE ALSO DO HAVE THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT ALSO SERVE ON THE CAPITAL METRO BOARDS.

SO THAT'S AN EXTRA LAYER OF OVERSIGHT AND, UM, AND INFORMATION AND JUDGMENT THAT CAN GO INTO THIS PROCESS.

AND SO COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN COUNCIL MEMBER, RENTER, MARIA, SERVE ON THE BOARD OF CAPITAL METRO AS WELL.

SO IT'S A REALLY GREAT PARTNERSHIP.

I KNOW IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK TO BUILD A PROJECT OF THIS NATURE, BUT I THINK WE'VE GOT THE RIGHT MINDS IN PLACE TO DO THIS SUCCESSFULLY.

ANY LAST QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE TO COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, NOT A QUESTION.

I JUST WANT TO AMPLIFY AMPLIFY WHAT THE CHAIR JUST SAID, AS WELL AS THE MAYOR PRO TEM, UM, IN TERMS OF PUTTING IN A PLUG FOR THIS POSITION ON THE ATP BOARD.

UM, AND JUST TO REMIND EVERYBODY WHILE WE'RE HERE, WHY, WHY WE ARE HERE.

I MEAN, THIS IS SUCH AN EXCITING, UH, PROJECT AND A GAME CHANGER FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, AND TO BE PART OF THAT, I WOULD