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READY TO GO.

PERFECT.

WE JUST HIT QUORUM.

GOOD

[CALL TO ORDER]

AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

IT IS SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2022.

AND THIS IS THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

I AM THE CHAIR, PAIGE ELLIS.

I AM HERE IN AUSTIN CITY HALL.

IT IS 1:06 PM.

AND WE ARE GONNA KICK OFF THIS MEETING.

I HAVE JOINING REMOTELY COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN AND COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

AND IF SHE'S ABLE TO MAYOR PROTE, ALTAR IS GOING TO JOIN REMOTELY LATER ON IN THE MEETING AND VICE CHAIR, KELLY IS UNAVAILABLE TODAY.

UM, SO WITH THREE PEOPLE, WE'VE GOT QUORUM AND WE'RE GONNA GET THIS STARTED.

WE DO HAVE ONE

[Public Communication: General]

PUBLIC SPEAKER, SPENCER SHOEMAKER.

WELCOME, GO, GO FOR IT.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, SO SPENCER SCHUMACHER, I'VE LIVED CAR FREE HERE IN AUSTIN AND, UH, MY ENTIRE LIFE.

UH, AND I'M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL.

AND WE WERE WORKING ON A RECOMMENDATION ABOUT THE BIKE LANE BLOCKAGE PROGRAM.

AND I GOT A LOT OF DATA THAT I THOUGHT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR YOU ALL.

SO I HAVE IT IN THIS, UH, HANDOUT FOR YOU GUYS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED, BUT I'M JUST GONNA RUN THROUGH IT REAL QUICKLY.

GIVE YOU GUYS A LITTLE BIT OF COLOR.

UM, SO THE BIKE LANES CATEGORY WAS ADDED BY AUSTIN THREE 11 IN DECEMBER, 2019, BUT THE OPEN DATA SOURCES DON'T ALLOW US TO SPECIFICALLY SEE WHICH TRAFFIC COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN TAGGED UNDER THAT, BUT WE'RE ABLE TO GET SOME DATA BY USING THE AUSTIN THREE 11 WEBSITE SEARCH FUNCTION AND CROSS APPLYING THAT WITH THE MUNICIPAL COURT DATA.

SO SINCE THAT CATEGORY WAS ADDED IN JANUARY, 2020, UH, THERE HAVE BEEN 1,974 BIKE LANE BLOCKAGE COMPLAINTS IN THE SAME CORRESPONDING TIME.

THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN, UH, 507 UNIQUE CITATIONS ISSUED.

SO THAT MEANS IF WE ASSUME THAT EVERY CITATION'S COMING FROM A THREE 11 REPORT, WHICH OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE NOT AT BEST 25% OF ALL THESE REPORTS ARE LEADING TO A CITATION.

UM, I ALSO HAVE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT, UH, HOW THE CITATIONS ARE PROGRESSING.

THERE HAVE BEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

UM, IN OCTOBER, 2021, THERE WERE ONLY NINE CITATIONS ISSUED IN AUGUST OF 2022.

WE SAW 58 CITATIONS ISSUE, BUT I WOULDN'T TAKE THAT TO MEAN THAT THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS WORKING, UM, BY TAKING THE LAST 200 COMPLAINTS LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, UH, WHICH GOES A ABOUT SIX WEEKS AGO.

UM, ONLY 21% OF THOSE 200 COMPLAINTS LED TO AN ISSUED CITATION.

UH, 67.5% WERE MARKED NO PROBLEM FOUND, WHICH USUALLY MEANS THAT THE VEHICLE HAD LEFT BEFORE AN OFFICER COULD GET THERE.

AND I'LL TELL YOU ANECDOTALLY, UH, PRETTY MUCH EVERY DELIVERY PERSON KNOWS THIS.

UM, SO THEY'LL EVEN TELL ME WHEN I TELL 'EM THEY'RE PARKED IN THE BIKE LANE.

THEY KNOW AS LONG AS THEY'RE THERE FOR UNDER 45 MINUTES UNDER AN HOUR, THERE'S NO WAY THEY'RE GONNA GET A TICKET, WHICH IS WHY THERE'S THIS BIG DISCONNECT.

THERE'S ALSO A PRETTY BIG, UH, GEOGRAPHICAL ISSUE THAT WE HAVE.

UM, I WENT AHEAD AND PLOTTED ALL OF THESE UNIQUE CITATIONS AGAINST THE BIKE LANE MAP.

AND WHAT YOU SEE IS THAT UNPROTECTED BIKE LANES ARE MAINLY WHERE THE CITATIONS ARE BEING ISSUED.

PROTECTED BIKE LANES RARELY HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF ENFORCEMENT.

FOR INSTANCE, CONGRESS AVENUE HAD 216 COMPLAINTS, ONLY 29 CITATIONS SHOLL CREEK BOULEVARD HAD 119 COMPLAINTS, ONLY 10 CITATIONS.

AND WHAT I'VE HEARD FOR THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE OFTENTIMES PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS NEED TO DRIVE TO WHERE THEY'RE GOING HARDER TO FIND PARKING ALONG PROTECTED BIKE LANES.

AND ALSO THERE'S LESS LIKELY TO BE METERS.

SO THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO STUMBLE UPON IT IN THEIR DAILY DUTIES, UH, WHICH IS WHY THE UTC RECOMMENDATION IS SO IMPORTANT.

AND I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

SO WHAT'S ENDED UP HAPPENING IS THAT PROTECTED BIKE LANES HAVE BECOME MORE DANGEROUS THAN UNPROTECTED BIKE LANES BECAUSE OF THESE PARKING VIOLATIONS.

UM, I'LL END WITH TELLING YOU THE STORY OF THREE YEAR OLD ELIZABETH GRACE SHAMROCK, WHO WAS KILLED IN CHICAGO THIS SUMMER, UH, RIDING ON THE BACK OF HER MOTHER'S BIKE WHEN A CITY TRUCK BLOCKED THE BIKE LANE, UH, AND LED THEM INTO THE PATH OF A SEMI TRUCK THAT DRAGGED HER DOWN THE STREET 20 FEET AND INSTANTLY KILLED HER.

WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF DATA ON CRASHES IN AUSTIN THAT AREN'T LETHAL.

UH, BUT I'M HOPING THE COUNCIL CAN THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND I'VE GOT EXTRA HANDOUTS.

IF ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THAT ITEM.

[1. Approve the minutes ofthe Mobility Committee meeting of August 4th, 2022.]

NUMBER ONE IS APPROVED THE MINUTES OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING ON AUGUST 4TH, 2022.

I HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER, HARPER, MADISON, ALL IN FAVOR.

THE THREE OF US IN ATTENDANCE HAVE APPROVED THOSE MINUTES.

THE FIRST

[2. Update from the chair of the Urban Transportation Commission (UTC) regarding recent UTC actions.]

BRIEFING THAT WE HAVE IS GOING TO BE AN UPDATE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

AND I SEE MARIO CHAMPION IS HERE.

WELCOME.

HI, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, UM, COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

UM, I ALSO WANNA THANK SPENCER FOR SHOWING UP AND PROVIDING SOME VERY USEFUL DATA AND TELLING AN IMPORTANT STORY.

UM, I KNOW MOST PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT THIS.

I DO WANNA GIVE A, A LITTLE BIT OF UPDATE OF WHAT WE DID IN OUR LAST UTC MEETING.

UM, WE HAD THE, UH, I 35 CENTRAL TEXAS EXPRESSWAY, UM, PLAN UPDATE THAT I THINK YOU'RE ABOUT TO HAVE AS WELL.

WE HAD SEVERAL REALLY GOOD

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QUESTIONS.

UM, I KNOW THERE HASN'T BEEN TIME YET, UM, UH, FOR THERE TO BE RESULTS, BUT I THINK SOME QUESTIONS THAT ARE WORTH FOLLOWING UP ON WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A REALLY QUICK, UH, FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT? UH, COMMISSIONER BROOKS ASKED A REALLY GREAT QUESTION ABOUT MANAGED LANES IN COORDINATION WITH CAP METRO, IS THERE ACTUALLY A CAP METRO PLAN TO USE THOSE MANAGED LANES, BECAUSE THAT IS ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT'S BEING SOLD.

UM, THERE WERE SOME OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW, HOW, HOW MUCH INTO THE FUTURE, THIS 35 EXPANSION WILL SOLVE THINGS 15 YEARS FROM NOW AFTER IT TAKES FIVE YEARS TO BUILD WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT 10 YEARS AFTER THAT? AND HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS? SO THAT WAS, UH, A PRETTY GOOD DISCUSSION.

UM, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RESPONSES FROM THAT TEAM, UM, BACK TO UTC EVENTUALLY.

UM, BUT YES, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE, UH, BIKE LANE, BLOCKAGE BIKE LANE BOUNTY PROGRAM.

SO THIS, IF YOU'VE READ THEIR RECOMMENDATION AT PAST UTC, UH, UNANIMOUSLY, IT DOES ADDRESS SEVERAL KEY CONCERNS, UM, WHICH WERE BROUGHT UP, UM, JUST A MINUTE AGO, BUT I WANT TO REITERATE SOME OF THEM MOST IMPORTANTLY TO ME IS THAT BIKE LANES HAVE A FUNCTION IN THIS CITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND BIKE LANES ARE NOT PROTECTED IN THE WAY THAT OTHER THINGS ARE PROTECTED.

THERE'S A LOT OF REASONS WHY ONE OF THE MAIN ONES IS JUST THE PURE MANPOWER.

AND A LITTLE STORY THAT I WOULD ADD IS THAT IF YOU WOULD IMAGINE A SIDEWALK BEING COMPLETELY BLOCKED ON A STREET, LIKE LET'S SAY BURN IT, OR MAN CHECK OR LAMAR WHERE IT'S A PRETTY RAPID STREET AND THE BIKE LANE, OR LET'S SAY IN THIS CASE, THE SIDEWALK IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO.

IT WOULDN'T STAND FOR A MINUTE TO SAY THAT A, UH, A U-HAUL NEEDS TO PARK ON THE SIDEWALK AND IT MIGHT BE THERE FOR AN HOUR.

IT MIGHT BE THERE FOR THREE AND PEOPLE JUST HAVE TO WALK INTO THE STREET.

YET WE SETTLE FOR THAT FOR BIKE LANES.

AND THAT'S A REAL PROBLEM, YOU KNOW, NOT JUST THE STORY OF THE PERSON BEING KILLED, BUT JUST, IT, IT DEFLATES PEOPLE'S DESIRE TO RIDE THEIR BIKES AND TO COMMUTE.

AND THAT IS A REAL PROBLEM.

SO THIS, UM, RECOMMENDATION THAT CAME FROM UTC HAS THREE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT.

I KNOW TWITTER IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC, UM, UM, SOURCE, BUT IF YOU GO TO TWITTER AND YOU LOOK UP BIKE LANE BOUNTY, YOU'LL SEE, UH, LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF TWEETS AND RE OR TWEETS WITH A THOUSAND RETWEETS AND 5,000 LIKES AND, YOU KNOW, HUNDREDS OF QUOTE TWEETS.

AND YOU'LL, IF YOU READ THROUGH THE MESSAGING, YOU'LL SEE, WHAT'S VERY INTERESTING PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, LITERALLY TAGGING THEIR COUNCIL MEMBERS IN ATLANTA AND IN DENTON AND IN LONDON AND IN CANADA AND IN CALGARY, ET CETERA, SAYING, WHY CAN'T WE HAVE THIS? THIS SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GOOD PLAN.

UM, I THINK THE FINAL THING I WANNA SAY ABOUT THIS IS THAT IT IS A CHANCE QUITE HONESTLY, FOR MOBILITY, COMMUNITY AND CITY COUNCIL, TO SAY THAT BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE REALLY DOES MATTER.

WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN BEING ABLE TO KEEP OUR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED.

OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE SIMILAR PROGRAMS TO THIS, UM, IN TERMS OF THE IT TRUCK PROGRAM.

AND WE CAN BE THE FIRST TO LEAD AND SEE HOW IT HAPPENS.

IF IT, IF IT DOESN'T WORK, WE CAN TRY SOMETHING ELSE, BUT TRYING SOMETHING NOW IS BETTER THAN TRYING NOTHING.

AND WITH THAT, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR DISCUSSION COMMITTEE MEMBERS, SORRY, THEY'RE CHANGING THE SCREEN COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

YES.

I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUST, UM, DESCRIBE AGAIN, YOU KNOW, WE'VE SEEN THE RECOMMENDATION AND, UM, I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS SEEN IT, BUT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO JUST HEAR YOU AGAIN, UH, DESCRIBE HOW, HOW, HOW YOU THINK THIS MIGHT WORK, THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE UTC MADE.

SURE THANK YOU FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY.

SO 3, 1, 1 EXISTS, AND AS IT WAS POINTED OUT, PEOPLE MAKE COMPLAINTS, BUT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO, UM, UH, ENFORCE THE ORDINANCE AS IT'S WRITTEN.

SO THIS ISN'T A CHANGE IN THE ORDINANCE.

IT REALLY IS A CHANGE IN ENFORCEMENT LEADS.

THE CITY OF BOSTON STILL MAKES THE FINAL CALL, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THREE 11 AND THE OFFICERS, WHATEVER THAT MECHANISM BECOMES DECIDES IS THIS A CITABLE OFFENSE.

IF THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CITE THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE THEM TO CITE IT, YOU KNOW, IN DISCUSSING WITH, UH, MR. RED FERN FROM ATD, WHEN THIS WAS BEING PROPOSED, HE POINTED OUT THAT IN LET'S FOR SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, DELIVERY TRUCKS DOWNTOWN CAN APPLY FOR A PERMIT TO BLOCK, UH, DRIVING LANES DURING CERTAIN TIMES OF THE DAY.

AND IT WOULD BE TOTALLY FINE FOR THE CITY TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOUR FIRST TWO OFFENSES, YOU'RE GONNA GET AN APPLICATION FOR THIS PERMIT INSTEAD OF GETTING A CITATION.

SO THIS DOESN'T FORCE ANYBODY TO, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, WRITE A TICKET AUTOMATICALLY, BUT IT JUST USES THE 3 0 1 MECHANISM, WHICH YOU ALREADY HAVE AND PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF, UM, YOU KNOW, ENFORCEMENT POTENTIAL.

AND THEN THE LAST BIT I WANNA SAY IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, MODELING IT AFTER THE IDLING TRUCK PROGRAM IN NEW YORK CITY, WHICH IS LISTED IN THERE, IF YOU READ THE READ THE ARTICLE, BUT IT IS LED TO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE FOR NEW YORK CITY FOR ORDINANCE THEY ALREADY HAD.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHILE THIS ISN'T PRIMARILY ABOUT THE MONEY IN MY DESIRE, IT'S ABOUT

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MAKING BIKE LANES COMFORTABLE FOR PEOPLE TO USE.

UM, IT'S, IT'S NOT TO BE, NOT TO GIVE IT A SHORT SHIFT BECAUSE THERE ARE REAL DOLLARS TO STAKE AND REAL LIVES TOO.

SO IF I'M, IF I AM, YOU KNOW, RIDING A BIKE, OR IF I'M JUST WALKING BY A, UH, BIKE LINE AND I SEE A CAR PARKED IN IT, WHAT WOULD I DO UNDER THIS PROGRAM? I WOULD USE THE 3, 1, 1 APP JUST LIKE YOU COULD DO RIGHT NOW.

YOU WOULD JUST SIMPLY BE ABLE TO ATTACH A PHOTO AND THAT PHOTO WOULD SERVICE THE EVIDENCE AND, YOU KNOW, THE PHOTO WOULD BE GEO TAGGED AND TIME TAGGED.

AND, UM, JUST THE WAY THEY LOOK AT THE THREE, ONE APP NOW TO DECIDE TO SEND SOMEBODY OR NOT SEND SOMEBODY, THEY CAN LOOK AT THAT AND DECIDE, WELL, IT'S A CLEAR VIOLATION.

WE'LL STILL SEND SOMEBODY OR NOT, OR WE'LL JUST WRITE THE CITATION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, THANK YOU BARRIO FOR COMING IN AND OFFERING THIS INFORMATION, YOU KNOW, A PERSONAL PET PEEVE THAT I'VE, I'VE WONDERED WHAT THE PATH FORWARD ON IS WHEN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO BYPASS A LEFT TURNING VEHICLE, VEER INTO THE BIKE LANE TO GO AROUND THEM WHEN THEY USE THE BIKE LANE AS A PASSING LANE.

MM-HMM I DON'T KNOW WHY IT JUST, YEAH, WELL, I DO KNOW WHY.

UM, AND SO THAT SAID, I OFTEN WONDER SHORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS? I MEAN, OTHER, WELL, I GUESS THE OTHER OPTION IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN GENERAL, AS WE LOOK AT MOBILITY AND, AND TRANSIT, UM, AND URBAN MOBILITY.

I HEARD SOMEBODY USE THAT TERM TODAY.

I REALLY LIKE THAT.

LIKE IT, CULTURE SHIFT KIND OF A THING MM-HMM, LIKE, DON'T USE THE BIKE LANE TO GO AROUND CARS THAT ARE TURNING THAT, YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT'S, IT'S LIKE A, LIKE THE SCHOOL ZONES, RIGHT? YES.

YOU KNOW, TO SLOW DOWN IN A SCHOOL ZONE.

I THINK THERE'S SOME CULTURE SHIFT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, BUT JUST OUTTA CURIOSITY, LIKE JUST SHORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHAT, WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AROUND GETTING PEOPLE TO REALLY SORT OF SHIFT MINDSET AROUND OBSERVATION OF SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE OF BIKE LANES? I MEAN, EVEN JUST WATCHING PEOPLE BLOW ALL THEIR YARD TRASH INTO THE BIKE LANE LANE, MY CLOSEST, YOU KNOW, TO DATE ACCIDENT ON THE BIKE WAS I SKID ON SOME DEBRIS THAT HAD BEEN, I MEAN, I'VE WATCHED IT HAPPEN TOO, YOU KNOW, BUT IT WAS JUST THE WAY I WAS JUXTAPOSED WITH THE TRAFFIC HERE TO MY LEFT AND THE PERSON BLOWING THE TRASH INTO THE BIKE LANE.

I, I COULDN'T SLOW DOWN ENOUGH AND I COULDN'T GET OVER ENOUGH.

AND I SURE ENOUGH, I SLID ON THAT DEBRIS.

SO MM-HMM, WHAT, WHAT ARE Y'ALL SUGGESTIONS AROUND WHAT WE AS A BODY CAN DO TO HELP SORT OF INSPIRE THAT CULTURE SHIFT? HMM.

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

TWO THINGS COME TO MY MIND, THE FIRST IS PROTECTED BIKE LANES.

YOU CAN'T SWERVE INTO A BIKE LANE IF THERE'S A CURB, OR EVEN IF THERE ARE BALLARDS YOU, YOU, YOU CAN, BUT THOSE BALLARDS AND THE BIG BUTTON BALLARDS CERTAINLY, UH, ACT AS A DETERRENT AND THEY GO, THEY GO A VERY LONG WAY.

SO THAT, THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE PHYSICALLY PROTECTING THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE SECOND ONE, I THINK, IS CHICKEN AND EGG.

WHEN THERE IS MORE ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO THEM, IT STARTS TO HAPPEN TO FRIEND OF THEIRS.

THEY SEE IT IN THE NEWS, THEY SEE IT ON TWITTER, THAT THIS IS STARTING TO BE A THING.

AND I THINK IF I LOOK AT, UH, UM, SCHOOL ZONES, THAT'S A, THAT'S A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE ON MY WAY TO MY DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL, WE PASSED TWO OTHER SCHOOLS AND 75% OF THE CARS ARE NOT GOING THE NOT GOING INTO SCHOOL ZONE SPEED.

AND THEN A BUNCH OF PARENTS WILL CALL AND SOME POLICE WILL COME OUT FOR A WEEK OR SO, AND YOU'LL SEE THEM CONSTANTLY, UH, RIDING TICKETS AND THEN YOU'LL SEE IT, IT, IT CHANGES CUZ PEOPLE SEE IT HAPPEN TO OTHERS.

AND SO I THINK THE ENFORCEMENT, AND THIS IS WHY THE SORT OF THE CROWDSOURCED ENFORCEMENT LEAVE.

IT'S NOT REALLY CROWDSOURCED ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE I CAN'T GIVE YOU A TICKET FOR BEING IN THE BIKE LANE.

BUT THE CROWDSOURCED LEADS FOR ENFORCEMENT GO A LONG WAY.

IT DOESN'T NEED, I WOULD SAY, I DON'T THINK WE REALLY NEED POLICE OFFICERS TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME CHASING DOWN THESE LEADS BECAUSE IT'S KIND OF A DEAD END.

PEOPLE ARE GONE, UM, PRETTY QUICKLY.

THEY MAY BE STOPPING FOR FIVE MINUTES AND THEY BE STOPPING FOR 30 MINUTES, BUT YOU KNOW, IT, IT'S GONNA BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR A LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GET THERE IN TIME.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT WE NEED TO DO THAT.

YOU KNOW, IF, AND FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, THAT'S NOT WHAT I WAS, WAS ASKING.

I THINK THE ASSESSMENT THAT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE WAS TO BE ENTIRELY CLEAR.

I DON'T, I DON'T THINK THAT'S AN APPROPRIATE USE OF THAT RESOURCE, RIGHT? YES.

THAT TOOL.

UM, BUT THAT IS, THIS WOULD, UM, FROM AN ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE, BE A PART OF THE LARGER CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT CIVILIANS CAN ENFORCE.

MM-HMM THIS STRIKES ME AS THE TYPE OF INFRACTION THAT CAN BE ENFORCED BY CIVILIANS REAL TIME WHO'VE BEEN DEPUTIZED TO DO.

AND I GUESS I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT VARIABLE IS TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW.

AND SO, UH, THAT JUST BRINGS ME BACK TO, I THINK IN A LOT OF WAYS, THIS IS THE CITY PULLING LEVERS AROUND PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, MM-HMM AND REALLY SHIFTING

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BEHAVIOR BY WAY OF HOW WE COMMUNICATE THE ISSUE.

SO I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOWING UP.

THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN ON THE, ON THE MIND FOR ME.

SO I APPRECIATE THE, THE PRESENTATION TODAY AND I, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOW IT UP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE QUESTIONS.

I, I THINK MY QUESTION WOULD START WITH, DOES THIS NEED ADDITIONAL COUNSEL DIRECTION? AND IF SO, WHAT IS IT THAT WE COULD DO TO BE HELPFUL? CAUSE I, I THINK THESE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND WANNA HELP GET THIS TYPE OF ENFORCEMENT HAPPENING.

IS THAT A QUESTION FOR ME? YES.

YES.

OKAY.

I THINK THERE ARE WITHIN THE RECOMMENDATION ITSELF, THERE'S THERE IS A, UM, SORT OF BLOCKING, UM, STATUS NOW, UM, AS IT SAYS IN THE RECOMMENDATION, THE CURRENT ORDINANCE IS ESSENTIALLY ALLOW PARKING AND BIKE LANES AND LESS EXPLICITLY FORBIDDEN.

I THINK THE FIRST STEP NEEDS TO BE TO FLIP THAT, THAT STATUS YOU, IT NEEDS TO BE BIKE LANE.

PARKING IS NOT ALLOWED UNLESS EXPLICITLY, UM, UNLESS EXPLICITLY ALLOWED, YOU KNOW, SO, RIGHT.

SO I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE A FLIP.

AND I, AND I, YOU KNOW, I USED TO BE A BIKE COMMUTER ON SHOULD CREEK, UH, BIKE, UH, LANE.

AND YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT GOES THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND FOR YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EITHER PARK OR SORT OF SHARE IN THE WAY THE BIKE LANE WAS STRUCTURED.

IT WAS NOT ALWAYS SUPER CLEAR.

AND SO I THINK THERE'S, THERE IS THIS CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING, WHICH I THINK NEEDS TO SHIFT THAT BIKE LANE PARKING IS NOT ALLOWED RATHER THAN IT'S ALLOWED, UNLESS I SAY YOU CAN'T.

AND SO I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST PART THAT CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO ADDRESS.

AND IF, IF THAT CAN HAPPEN, THEN YOU CAN START THE CULTURAL SHIFT BECAUSE I THINK THAT WILL GENERATE NEWS.

THEY'LL GENERATE STORIES.

THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME EDUCATION, HEY, YOU USED TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS, BUT YOU CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE BECAUSE X, Y, AND Z, THEY ON SAFE.

IT, YOU KNOW, IT, THE MONEY THAT GETS SPENT ON BILINE INFRASTRUCTURE SORT OF THROWN DOWN THE DRAIN, WHEN SOMEONE PARKS IN THERE, IT DOESN'T ALLOW US TO DO THE MODE SHIFT, DESIRES THAT AS S AND P, WHICH I TAKE TO BE A REALLY VISIONARY DOCUMENT.

I KNOW IT DOESN'T TALK AT LENGTH ABOUT BIKE MODE SHARE, BUT IT TALKS ABOUT MODE SHARE GENERALLY.

AND IF WE WANT THAT DESIRED OUTCOME, THIS IS ONE TACTIC THAT I THINK WILL LEAD US THAT WAY.

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THAT.

AND I KNOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THE BUILD OUT OF PROJECT CONNECT AND THE SAFE AND ACTIVE MOBILITY BONDS FROM 2020, I THINK BOTH OF THOSE ARE GONNA GET US A REALLY LONG WAY.

UM, AND I APPRECIATE THE CALL OUT HERE JUST SAYING THAT FOR THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ALLOCATED FOR BIKE LANES, IF THEY'RE BLOCKED, THEN THEY'RE COMPLETELY USELESS.

UM, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, A CYCLIST HAVING TO LEAVE A BIKE LANE, THAT'S DESIGNATED FOR THEM ENTERING A SPACE WHERE A CAR IS NOT EXPECTING THEM IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS WAYS THAT BICYCLISTS ARE TRYING TO HAVE TO NAVIGATE IN THE CITY WHEN WE'VE ALREADY BUILT THE BIKE LANE.

UM, YES, I THINK THERE ALSO IS, UM, I'M A LITTLE FOGGY ON THE LANGUAGE, BUT WHEN, WHEN WE WERE DOING THE SD 23 MOBILITY OUTCOME IN JANUARY OF 2019, I THINK WE ADDED IN A METRIC SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEBRIS BEING CLEARED OUT OF THE BIKE LANES.

AND SO I'LL HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT LANGUAGE AGAIN TO, TO SEE WHAT SPECIFICALLY WAS CALLED OUT.

BUT I FEEL LIKE DEBRIS AND PARKING EQUALLY, UH, DISADVANTAGE THE FOLKS WHO NEED TO USE THE BIKE LANE, WHICH YES, IT'S A LOT ABOUT BICYCLING, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT WHEELCHAIRS AND STROLLERS AND WALKERS MM-HMM AND YOU KNOW, A LOT OF OTHER FORMS OF MOBILITY THAT, UM, PEOPLE NEED TO BE ABLE TO USE IN OUR PUBLIC SPACE.

UM, ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS I REALLY APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

YEP.

I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.

IT'S A GOOD DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, MARIO.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR

[3. Update on the I-35 Capital Express and its environmental study.]

NEXT UPDATE IS GOING TO BE ON THE I 35 CAPITAL EXPRESS AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY.

AND I WILL POINT OUT, I THINK THE BACKUP THAT'S BEEN PROVIDED IN HERE IS GONNA BE UPDATED AGAIN RIGHT AFTER THE MEETING.

SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THAT LINK, IT MAY NOT BE THIS PRESENTATION, BUT THIS ONE WILL BE, UH, POSTED AND BACK UP, UH, SHORTLY AFTER THE MEETING.

THERE WE GO.

WOULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF? THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE FOR THE INVITATION TO COME AND SPEAK MY NAME NEXT LIVE, PLEASE.

MY NAME IS, UH, TOMMY AL I'M WITH THE AUSTIN DISTRICT, UH, TECH DOT AND I'M THE MOBILITY 35 PROGRAM MANAGER.

AND FOR THE SECOND HALF, I'LL BE INVITING SONYA UP TO SPEAK AS WELL.

THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ABOUT MYSELF.

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I AM, UH, BORN AND RAISED AUSTINITE MYSELF.

I GREW UP IN NORTH AUSTIN AND NOW LIVE IN SOUTH AUSTIN.

I, MY WHOLE LIFE HAVE DRIVEN UP AND DOWN, UH, 35 AND, UM, UH, THIS IS A PICTURE OF ME AND MY SON AT THE DELL MATCH PLAY.

UM, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT BUILDING A PROJECT THAT ENHANCES MOBILITY AND SAFETY FOR ONE DAY FOR HIM TO USE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW ON THE CAPEX CENTRAL PROJECT.

THE CAPEX CENTRAL PROJECT STARTS AT TWO 90 EAST AND GOES DOWN TO S H 71.

UM, AKA BIN WHITE BOULEVARD.

WE ARE PROPOSING TWO NONT TOLD LANES MANAGE LANES, UH, THAT ARE, UM, HOV LANES, HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE.

UH, WE ALSO PLAN TO ENHANCE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PASS AND ACCOMMODATE TRANSIT ROUTES.

THE ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COST FOR THE PROJ PROJECT IS 4.9 BILLION WHERE THE ANTICIPATED START OF 2025.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH UP TO THIS DATE.

THE 18,000 THAT YOU SEE THERE IS, UH, FROM VARIOUS, UM, OUTREACH EVENTS THAT WE HAVE HELD UP AND DOWN, UH, WITH INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CORRIDOR.

MOST RECENTLY TWO SATURDAYS AGO, WE ACTUALLY ATTENDED WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AND CITY OF AUSTIN AND THEIR EVENT.

UM, AND WE RECEIVED A LOT OF GREAT INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY ON THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW AGAIN, UP TO THIS DATE OF, UH, SPECIFIC EVENTS THAT WE HAVE HELD, UM, SUCH AS MEETING WITH THE NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER, UH, THE MUELLER'S FARMER'S MARKET AND THE JUTE FESTIVAL, UM, AT THAT SAME EVENT FROM TWO SATURDAYS AGO, I HEARD A GENTLEMAN SPEAK AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

AND HE TALKED ABOUT INTENTIONALITY AND, UH, BEING INTENTIONAL IN WHO WE REACH OUT TO AND GOING, UH, TO THE COMMUNITY AND SPEAKING TO THE COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST, UH, EXPLAINING WHEN WE REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, HOW WE ARE WORKING ON IMPLEMENTING THOSE CHANGES INTO THE PROJECT.

UM, SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT OUR ALTERNATIVES, UH, ON THE PROJECT.

UH, WHEN WE FIRST CAME OUT TO PUBLIC TO TALK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE TWO AND ALTERNATIVE THREE, WE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY WERE VERY SIMILAR, HENCE WHAT WE HAVE NOW, WHAT THE MODIFIED ALTERNATIVE, UH, THREE IN, IN THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS AN OVERVIEW OF VARIOUS THINGS THAT WE'VE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY ON THE PROJECT.

UH, MORE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ENHANCEMENTS, ENCOURAGED TRANSIT, URBAN FIELD DOWNTOWN.

UH, AGAIN, YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, ON THE MODIFIED ALTERNATIVE THREE, THAT, UH, BOULEVARD SECTION THAT WE SHOW PROPOSED IN THE SCHEMATIC, UH, THROUGH THE, THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ANOTHER FOCUS OF OUR PROJECT IS EAST WEST CONNECTIVITY, AND, UM, WAYS THAT WE ARE DOING THAT IS EIGHT NEW BIKE PED BRIDGES, UH, SHOWN IN BOTH ALTERNATIVE TWO AND MODIFIED ALTERNATIVE THREE AND 14 NEW WHITEN BRIDGES.

AGAIN, SHOWN BOTH IN ALTERNATIVE TWO AND MODIFIED ALTERNATIVE THREE.

UM, I LIKE TO, UH, TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT A SPECIFIC WIDEN BRIDGE THAT'S ON OUR PROJECT, UH, ON MLK BOULEVARD, WE'RE PROPOSING TO DO A WIDEN BRIDGE IN THAT AREA AND ALSO, UM, UH, BUILD A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE.

WE'RE THINKING OF WAYS ON HOW WE COULD BREAK OUT AND BUILD THAT IN ADVANCE.

SO IN ESSENCE, DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF 35 CENTRAL, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO, UH, ALLOW PEDESTRIANS IN, UH, TRAVELING PUBLIC TO SAFELY, UH, MOVE EAST AND WEST DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND NOW I'LL PASS IT ON TO SONYA.

WHO'S GONNA SPEAK MORE ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME'S SONYA HERNANDEZ.

I'M THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE MOBILITY 35 CENTRAL, UM, CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT.

AND I WAS INVITED TODAY TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

SO OUR PROJECT HAS, UM, FEDERAL FUNDING BEHIND IT, WHICH MEANS THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH, UM, FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

THE, THE PRIMARY REGULATION THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING THAT IS A, THAT DICTATES OUR PROCESS IS THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT.

UM, IT REQUIRES,

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UM, AGENCIES TO COORDINATE WITH, UM, UH, OTHER AGENCIES WITH THE PUBLIC AND THE, THE MAIN TENANTS BEHIND IT ARE TRANSPARENCY, INFORMED DECISION MAKING, AND GENERALLY GIVING THE PUBLIC A VOICE IN THE PROCESS.

UM, UNDER NPA, OUR AGENCY IS PREPARING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.

YOU'LL HEAR PEOPLE REFERRED TO THIS AS AN EIS.

UM, IT'S A KIND OF INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS THAT IS DONE TO DETERMINE WHAT POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS MIGHT RESULT FROM A PROPOSED PROJECT.

THIS LEVEL OF ANALYSIS IS USUALLY DONE FOR LARGE UNDERTAKINGS WHEN SUBSTANTIAL, SUBSTANTIAL OR SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED.

AND PROCESS INCLUDES INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS FROM FEDERAL AND, UM, STATE AGENCIES.

NEXT SLIDE, AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, UM, WE ENGAGED IN THE PUBLIC AND AGENCIES THROUGH A PROCESS CALLED SCOPING.

UM, IN SCOPING, WE GATHERED INFORMATION FROM THE COMMUNITY AND AGENCIES ON THE PURPOSE, THE NEED OF THE PROJECT, THE ALTERNATIVES BEING CONSIDERED, AND THE GENERAL SCOPE OF THE STUDIES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE E.

WE USE THAT INPUT TO DETERMINE WHAT ALTERNATIVES TO CARRY FORWARD INTO THE DRAFT E FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS IN COMPARISON TO THE NO BUILD.

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE TECHNICAL STUDIES PHASE WHERE MOST STUDIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED.

UM, THE RESULTS OF THAT ANALYSIS, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND COORDINATION WITH AGENCIES TO DATE WILL BE DOCUMENTED IN OUR DRAFT E AND A PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE WILL BE IDENTIFIED.

THE DOCUMENT WILL BE RELEASED FOR PUBLIC AND AGENCY REVIEW DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING PROCESS AT THIS WINTER, TEXTILE WILL CONSIDER PUBLIC AND AGENCY INPUT.

UM, DURING THAT, UH, PUBLIC HEARING PHASE IN PREPARATION OF THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND THE RECORD OF DECISION, THE ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS SLIDE, UM, SHOWS A LOT OF THE TOPICS THAT ARE TYPICALLY COVERED IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.

THAT INCLUDES, UM, WATER AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES, CULTURAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING, UM, POTENTIAL HISTORICAL, UH, ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE AND HISTORICAL SITE IMPACTS AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES.

UM, THE POTENTIAL TO ENCOUNTER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WITHIN THE PROJECT LIMITS, UM, AIR QUALITY TRAFFIC NOISE, COMMUNITY IMPACTS POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO PROTECTED LAND SUCH AS PARKS, HISTOR, HISTORICAL SITES AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES INDIRECT AND CUMULATIVE IMPACTS, UM, ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT.

AND THEN BEYOND THE USUAL SCOPE OF AN E TEXT DOT, UM, BASED ON COMMUNITY INPUT DURING SCOPING DECIDED TO DO SOME ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS REGARDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND COMMUNITIES ISSUES OF PARTICULAR PUBLIC CONCERN THAT CAME UP DURING SCOPING AND DURING OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH, UM, SINCE SCOPING, UH, INCLUDE COMMUNITY IMPACTS, PROTECTED LANDS, AIR QUALITY TRAFFIC NOISE.

UM, AND I THINK THAT MIGHT BE OF COURSE COM YEAH, I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO I'M GONNA TALK IN A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ABOUT SOME OF THOSE ISSUES OF PARTICULAR PUBLIC CONCERN.

UM, SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS BROUGHT UP A LOT DURING SCOPING AND DURING OUR VOICE MEETINGS, UM, SINCE SCOPING IS, UH, COMMUNITY IMPACTS, PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT WE DO, UH, WHEN WE ANALYZE POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO THE COMMUNITY.

UM, WE COLLECT DATA TO DEVELOP A COMMUNITY PROFILE.

WE IDENTIFY THE STUDY AREA, DESCRIBE THE EXISTING LAND USE AND COMMUNITY CHARACTER.

AND FOR THAT, WE LOOK AT THINGS LIKE DEMOGRAPHICS, DENSITY, AND DISTRIBUTION OF DEVELOPMENT, AND WE IDENTIFY COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

UM, WE USE THAT TO, UM, EVALUATE THE EXISTING LAND USE PATTERNS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY STUDY AREA.

WE IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE POPULATIONS, WHICH ARE POPULATIONS THAT, UM, ARE, ARE PRELIM, UH, PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY OR LOW INCOME.

UM, WE IDENTIFY ANY, UH, POPULATIONS WITH, UH, LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.

WE LOOK AT ANY OTHER POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, UM, GEOGRAPHICALLY DISPERSED, UH, TRANSIENT PERSONS, ELDERLY PERSONS, CHILDREN, FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES OR IMPAIRMENTS, UM, ET CETERA.

SO THEN WE MOVE ON TO LOOK AT, UH, POTENTIAL PROJECT INDUCED IMPACTS.

UM, AND WE REALLY FOCUS ON A LOT ON DISPLACEMENT, UM, ACCESS AND TRAVEL PATTERN CHANGES AND COMMUNITY COHESION.

UH, WE ALSO CONSIDER PUBLIC INPUT AND PUBLIC FEEDBACK, UM, IN THIS PROCESS IN DETERMINING OUR POTENTIAL IMPACTS.

UM, TOMMY TALKED EARLIER ABOUT AND SHOWED A SLIDE ABOUT, UM, SOME OF THE, THE DIRECTED, UM, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT THAT WE'VE DONE WITH POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

SO WITH ALL THAT INFORMATION CONSIDERED, WE DETERMINE WHAT OUR POTENTIAL IMPACTS ARE TO THE COMMUNITY AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO MITIGATE THOSE NEXT SLIDE.

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SO WHEN WE LOOK AT PROTECTED LAND, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS WE LOOK AT.

THERE ARE A FEW REGULATIONS LISTED UP HERE, UM, THAT YOU MIGHT HEAR, UM, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS TALK ABOUT AND, YOU KNOW, SECTION FOUR F AND SECTION SIX F ARE REGULATIONS THAT OFFER SOME PROTECTION TO PUBLIC RECREATIONAL LAND, WILDLIFE, AND WATERFOWL REFUGES, UM, SECTION SIX F MAINLY APPLIES TO PARKS AND RECREATION LANDS THAT WERE PURCHASED OR DEVELOPED WITH LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION ACT FUNDING.

UM, WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF THOSE, UH, PROPERTIES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LADYBIRD LAKE SECTION FOUR F HAS A LITTLE BIT OF OVERLAP WITH THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT.

AND THE ANTIQUITY CODE OF TEXAS, BOTH OF THESE REGULATIONS ARE FOCUSED ON THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE, HISTORIC PLACES, AND LANDSCAPES AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES.

SO IF WE DETERMINE THAT THERE'S AN ADVERSE IMPACT TO THOSE CULTURAL RESOURCES UNDER THOSE REGULATIONS, WE INCLUDE THEM IN THE EVALUATION OF SECTION FOUR F AS WELL.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN, UH, WORKING AND COORDINATING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN PARKS DEPARTMENT AS WELL, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE ON, UM, ON OUR ASSESSMENT OF IMPACTS FOR THESE, UM, THESE RESOURCES NEXT SLIDE.

SO ANOTHER THING THAT IS USUALLY AN ISSUE OF CONCERN WITH THE PUBLIC IS, UM, IN THE COMMUNITIES WITH, UH, IS, IS TRAFFIC NOISE.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF TRAFFIC NOISE IS TO IDENTIFY NOISE SENSITIVE AREAS, UM, ALONG THE PROJECT CORRIDOR, UH, WHEN WE DO A TRAFFIC NOISE ANALYSIS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE COLLECT THE DATA ABOUT THE EXISTING AND PROPOSED ROADWAY.

WE LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, EXISTING AND, AND PREDICTED TRAFFIC VEHICLE MIX SPEED LIMITS, UM, EXISTING ROAD DESIGN AND THE PRO PROPOSED ROAD DESIGN, UM, AND ADJACENT LAND USE, UM, AND IDENTIFY THOSE, THOSE NOISE SENSITIVE, UM, RECEIVERS, YOU KNOW, WE'LL, WE'LL COLLECT SOUND LEVEL MEASUREMENTS, IDENTIFY NOISE, SENSITIVE AREAS AND BUILD AND RUN A MODEL USING MODELING SOFTWARE TO PREDICT, UM, TRAFFIC NOISE LEVELS.

THOSE PREDICTIONS ARE USED TO IDENTIFY, UM, AREAS THAT MIGHT BE IMPACTED BY TRAFFIC NOISE AS A RESULT OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT, AND THEN NOISE ABATEMENT MEASURES ARE EVALUATED.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE LAST ISSUE OF CONCERN THAT IS GENERALLY RAISED BY THE PUBLIC, UM, IS AIR QUALITY.

SO, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE TEXTILE EVALUATES THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS CAUSED, UH, BY THE PROJECT ON AIR QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE CLEAN AIR ACT.

THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT, UM, THAT THE EPA IDENTIFIES AS, UH, POLLUTANTS OF CONCERN.

AND, UM, YOU'LL HEAR THESE, UH, ESPECIALLY THESE, UM, ACRONYMS THROWN ABOUT MSAT, WHICH IS MOBILE SOURCE, AIR TOXICS, UM, CARBON MONOXIDE.

AND OF COURSE, YOU'LL HEAR, UH, PEOPLE REFER TO NECKS AND THAT'S NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS.

THESE ARE STANDARDS THAT ARE DEVELOPED BY THE EPA FOR THESE POLLUTANTS.

UM, AND THEY'RE IDENTIFIED IN THE CLEAN AIR ACT.

UM, THEY'RE PRIMARY, UH, KNS THAT ARE ESTABLISHED FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN HEALTH.

AND THEN THEY'RE SECONDARY KNS THAT ARE ESTABLISHED FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

AND WE LOOK AT, UM, WE LOOK AT THESE IN OUR ANALYSIS.

UM, SO MCATS IN PARTICULAR ARE CONSIDERED AIR TOXICS BY THE EPA.

UM, THEY'RE ASSOCIATED WITH MOBILE SOURCES.

UM, SO TRANSPORTATION IS A, YOU KNOW, A BIG FACTOR IN THAT, AND THAT'S WHY WE MODEL IT.

UM, THE F H WWA MODEL THAT WE USE, UM, CALCULATES MSAT EMISSIONS, ACCORDING TO THE FACILITY TYPE SPEEDS, VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED, UM, AND THEN LOOKS AT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE PRESENT DAY BASELINE OPENING DAY OF WHEN TRAFFIC IS, UM, EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO USE THE FULL FACILITY.

AND THEN OF COURSE, OUR DESIGN YEAR, OUR ULTIMATE DESIGN YEAR.

SO, UM, BASED ON ANTICIPATED TRAFFIC VOLUMES AND THE SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS, WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT CARBON MONOXIDE, UM, TRA FOR OUR TRAFFIC AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS.

UM, AND THOSE ARE THE PRIMARY ISSUES THAT ARE RAISED, UH, THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED BY THE PUBLIC.

UM, BUT OF COURSE, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, WITH THAT PREVIOUS SLIDE, WE, WE LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE SUBJECT AREAS IN OUR ANALYSIS.

SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE, AND I THINK REALLY, WE, WE CAN JUST TAKE SOME QUESTIONS NOW.

THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

I'LL OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS, COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN.

HELLO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE, UM, PRESENTATION.

I HAVE A, A, UM, COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

MY FIRST QUESTION RELATES TO THE, UM, UH, THE, UH, THE LANES, UH, IT'S REALLY ON, ON SLIDE FOUR AND IT RELATES TO THE, UM, CAPITAL, UH, EXPRESS SCOPE OF THE PROJECT.

SO IS THIS, JUST HAVE TO DO WITH, WITH THE CENTRAL PART OF I 35, BECAUSE,

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UM, I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR, UM, THESE EXPRESS LANES GOING FURTHER SOUTH THAN TWO 90.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UH, I WAS IN THE PRESENTATION SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT CENTRAL MM-HMM , BUT WE ALSO HAVE, UH, HO V UH, MANAGED LANES IN THE CAPEX SOUTH PROJECT.

OKAY.

WHICH CONTINUES FROM, UH, CAN Y'ALL STILL HEAR ME MM-HMM UH, UH, S H 71 BEN BOULEVARD.

MM-HMM ALL THE WAY TO, UM, S H 45, RIGHT BEFORE YOU GET TO THE BUTTA AREA THAT'S FOR THE SOUTH AREA.

MM-HMM UM, UH, ADDITIONALLY, ON THE OTHER END, WE HAVE OUR CAPEX NORTH PROJECT THAT ALSO, UH, IS INCLUDING THE HOV, UH, MANAGED LANES, UH, STARTING AT TWO 90 EAST AND GOING ALL THE WAY TO THE OTHER SH 45, UH, NORTH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.

AND THEN MY SECOND AND LAST QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH THE AIR QUALITY MONITORING.

UM, I'M JUST CURIOUS ABOUT THE, UM, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU MON, WHERE, WHERE THE MONITORING OCCURS GEOGRAPHICALLY.

IN OTHER WORDS, HOW, HOW FAR AWAY, AND, YOU KNOW, WHAT GEOGRAPHIC AREA DO YOU DO YOU STUDY? SO, UH, THE AIR QUALITY MONITORING NETWORK IS ACTUALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE EPA AND THE STATE AGENCY THAT WORKS ON, ON THESE ISSUES.

SO FOR US, THAT WOULD BE TCQ MM-HMM , UM, AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THEIR, UH, MAP OF THEIR AIR QUALITY MONITORING NETWORK, UM, AVAILABLE ON THEIR WEBSITE AND A GIS MAPPING TOOL.

UM, BUT IT'LL SHOW YOU WHERE THE EXISTING MONITORING STATIONS ARE.

UM, OKAY.

MY, MY QUESTION REALLY IS FOR PURPOSES OF AN E MM-HMM AND FOR AIR QUALITY, WHAT COUNTS, YOU KNOW, AND DO YOU HAVE TO BE WITHIN A CERTAIN DISTANCE FROM THE PROJECT, OR IS IT ALL OVER THE CITY? THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IS THE SCOPE OF THE ANALYSIS FROM AN EIS PER SPEND STANDPOINT, RIGHT.

UM, SO WE USE, UM, THE, THE LOCAL AIR MONITORING NETWORK TO ESTABLISH, UM, THE LEVEL OF ANALYSIS THAT WE NEED.

MM-HMM THE AUSTIN AREA IS WHAT, WHAT THE EPA REFERS TO AS IN ATTAINMENT.

OKAY.

WHICH MEANS THAT IT IS UNDER THE NATIONAL STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THE PRIMARY POLLUTANTS.

UM, SO WE, WE DO LOOK AT THAT IN OUR ANALYSIS.

UH, CURRENTLY OUR PLAN IS TO, UM, UH, DO MODELING A, UH, ON A QUALITATIVE LEVEL FOR OUR DRAFT E UM, ONCE A PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE IS IDENTIFIED, UM, IN THE FINAL E WE WILL BE DOING A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, A QUANTITATIVE MODELING ON THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE MM-HMM .

UM, SO WE WILL BE ACTUALLY, UH, TAKING A HARD LOOK AT THE, AT THE, UM, MODELING NUMBERS SPECIFIC TO THE PROJECT IN THE FINAL E, BUT FOR WHERE, IN OTHER WORDS, ARE YOU SAYING THAT A MILE FROM THE IH 35 QUARTER, TWO MILES, FIVE MILES? SO THE MODEL IS BASED ON, UM, THE MPOS, UH, LINK SYSTEM.

OKAY.

AND SO IT'S, IT'S A, IT'S MORE REGIONAL THAN THAT.

UM, OKAY.

BUT IT'S, IT, IT USES CAMPOS MODEL, UM, TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE TRAFFIC LINKS ARE, THAT THAT ARE PULLED INTO THE ANALYSIS.

SO THE REASON I'M ASKING THIS IS A VERY, VERY DIFFERENT, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF PROJECT, BUT I DO REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE AIRPORT AND POTENTIAL AIR QUALITY MONITORING, IT, IT ONLY OCCURRED ON SITE, YOU KNOW, TRANSPORTATION'S DIFFERENT THAN THAT, BUT I WAS JUST CURIOUS IF THERE WERE GEO GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES TO, TO WHERE YOU WOULD IMPACT THE, UH, WHERE YOU WOULD ANALYZE THE IMPACT, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE AREN'T, THAT IT'S THE WHOLE REGION.

IT IS A LITTLE MORE REGIONAL AND IT, AND IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT'S CONSIDERED MOBILE, MOBILE AIR TOXICS INSTEAD OF, UM, POINT SOURCE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THOSE WERE QUICK QUESTIONS.

I KNOW AT THE CLEAN AIR COALITION, WHICH COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN FORMALLY SERVED ON, AND NOW I, UM, AM THE FIRST VICE CHAIR OF, OF THAT COMMITTEE.

UM, BUT WE TALK A LOT ABOUT LIKE WHERE THE MONITORING, UH, APPLICATIONS GO AND EXACTLY WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE MONITORED.

CAUSE I KNOW THERE'S USUALLY A STANDARD OF, WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MM-HMM , AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND REGIONAL IMPACTS.

BUT A LOT OF THE FOLKS THAT MAY LIVE NEAR A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ARE MUCH MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE IMPACTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION, UM, BECAUSE THAT IS GONNA BE PRETTY ACUTE FOR THE TIME THAT THE CONSTRUCTION'S GOING ON.

BUT I KNOW WITH THE, WITH THE MONITORING SYSTEM, YOU TEND TO WANT THINGS THAT ARE NOT GONNA SEE HIGH SPIKES YEAR TO YEAR.

YOU'RE GONNA WANNA SEE SOMETHING THAT GIVES YOU A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF IF THE AIR QUALITY IS BEING AFFECTED, UM, IN AN ONGOING WAY, LONG TERM.

I WILL TOSS IT OVER TO COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON, BEFORE I FINISH WITH MY QUESTIONS.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, JERRY.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, CAN YOU ALL TELL ME WHETHER OR NOT THE NEW, UM, MLK BRIDGE ONCE IT'S COMPLETE, WILL IT RETAIN THE NAME? JJ SEABROOK.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON.

UH, THAT'S THAT'S A REALLY

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GOOD QUESTION.

I DO HAVE MY MOBILITY 35 TEAM HERE TO NOTE THAT QUESTION.

UH, I UNFORTUNATELY DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER COUNCIL MEMBER, HARPER, MADISON FOR THE WIN.

I STUMPED SOMEBODY .

UM, SO, UH, I APPRECIATE THE FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

THANK YOU, UH, FOR YOUR CANDOR.

I APPRECIATE IT WILL DO.

UH, I GUESS THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE IS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE GET A LOT OF, UH, FLUCTUATION, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE BECAUSE A SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES.

UM, SO I WANNA KNOW HOW CONFIDENT IS TECH DOT THAT, UH, THAT $4.9 BILLION PRICE TAG, UM, IS GONNA HOLD OUT, UH, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, AND THEN I'M CURIOUS ALSO TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF, UM, THERE ARE SOME SUDDEN INCREASES, YOU KNOW, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS, THAT'S A GOOD, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UH, PART OF WHAT IT GOES INTO OUR CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATE IS, UH, THE MATERIALS, AS YOU MENTIONED, UH, AND WE, WE BREAK DOWN THE, THE CONSTRUCTION.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THE STRUCTURES, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE ROADWAY, UH, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE U SHARED USE PATH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD THAT.

UM, SO WE, WE DO HAVE, UH, IN MORE DETAIL, WE'D BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE, UM, HOW, HOW WE CAME UP WITH THE, WITH THE 4.9, UH, BILLION DOLLARS RIGHT NOW.

UH, WE ARE IN THE, WHAT YOU WOULD CALL, UH, PRE PROCUREMENT PROCESS FOR A DESIGN BUILD PROJECT.

SO, UM, WE ARE ALSO, UH, SEEKING FROM INDUSTRY THEIR, THEIR INPUT AS WELL.

I, I APPRECIATE THAT.

I, AND NOT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, I GUESS WHAT I WAS TRYING TO, WHAT I WAS HOPING TO EXTRACT THERE IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PRICE GOES WAY UP? YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT'S A, THAT'S A LEGITIMATE QUESTION THAT A LOT OF FOLKS ARE WONDERING, LIKE I SAID, OUR OFFICE, WE GET ALL SORTS OF COMMUNICATION FROM PEOPLE AT VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, AND THEY'RE NOT SCALE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CATASTROPHIC OCCURRENCES BY WAY OF, UH, EXPONENTIAL INCREASE AND THE SCOPE AND PROJECT COST THAT I JUST, I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT HAPPENS IF THINGS GO COMPLETELY HAYWIRE.

UM, AND, AND MAYBE THAT'S ANOTHER, MAYBE WE FOLLOW UP, MAYBE THAT'S ANOTHER BRIEFING, BUT I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW THAT.

AND THEN JUST KIND OF ON A, TOTALLY NOT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, BUT I'M JUST CURIOUS, I'M TRYING TO GAUGE FOR MYSELF, UM, THAT I SHOULD BACK IT UP FOR CONTEXT, YOU KNOW, LAY PEOPLE, HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS.

I THINK WE TRY OUR BEST TO TRY TO LIKE COMPARE, COMPARE IT TO SOMETHING, YOU KNOW, SO ANECDOTALLY THEN I REALLY CAN FOLLOW ALONG ON THE CONVERSATION OF SOMETHING THAT'S MASSIVE, BUT I AM, YOU KNOW, REALLY CURIOUS, YOU KNOW, LIKE ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 10, HOW CONFIDENT DO Y'ALL FEEL THAT THERE WON'T BE THAT, YOU KNOW, RED BUTTON EMERGENCY CRITICAL.

I, I UNDERSTAND HOW PERFORM A DOCUMENTATION WORKS, BUT JUST HOW CONFIDENT DO YOU ALL FEEL? UM, NUMBER ONE, AND THEN QUESTION NUMBER TWO, WHICH I RECOGNIZE MIGHT BE A FOLLOW UP.

WHAT HAPPENS IF, IF THE RED BUTTON HAS TO GET PUSHED AND, AND YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THOSE, WHAT DO THOSE PLANS LOOK LIKE? IF THINGS GO REALLY SOUR, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU.

I THINK, UH, I, FOR OUR, FOR OUR TEAM, WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT IN THE PROJECT AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE ARE GOING TO DELIVER AT THE SCHEDULE THAT WE, UH, CURRENTLY PRESENTED WITH THE COST THAT WE CURRENTLY PRESENTED.

I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THINGS ARE DYNAMIC AND CHANGE ALONG IN THE PROCESS.

SO I'D BE HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND SHARE WITH YOU, UH, SPECIFICALLY WHAT OUR, UH, CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE, SHOULD SOMETHING LIKE THAT, UH, COME UP.

BUT WE ARE, WE ARE, WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE PROJECT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THOSE WERE GREAT QUESTIONS AND IT JUST REMINDS ME, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF PROJECTS HAPPENING LOCALLY THAT ARE HAVING TO, YOU KNOW, RECONFIGURE THEIR IMPLEMENTATION AND THEIR TIMELINE AND JUST UNDERSTANDING, UH, HOW MANY DOLLARS ARE IN PLAY.

BUT I KNOW, UH, FOUR OF THE FIVE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS HERE ALSO SERVE ON CAMPO, AND IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE CONVERSATION, YOU KNOW, IF IT WERE TO, TO NEED MORE MONEY WOULD KIND OF BE A TOUGH CONVERSATION TO HAVE AT THE CAMPO LEVEL, JUST BECAUSE THERE'S MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT WHO THE HIGHWAY PROJECT IS REALLY FOR.

AND IS IT FOR THE PEOPLE IN AUSTIN OR IS IT FOR COMMUTERS? UM, AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH, UM, REGIONALLY JUST UNDERSTANDING THE, THE BALANCE OF THE CAMPO BOARD AND, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE PROJECTS AND COMMITMENTS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE THERE.

UM, THOSE COVERED A LOT OF WHAT I WOULD'VE WANTED TO KNOW AS WELL, BUT I DID MAKE A NOTE ON, UM, THE NEXT SESSION FOR PUBLIC INPUT.

DO YOU HAVE A SET DATE ON WHEN YOU EXPECT

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THE 60 DAY COMMENT PERIOD TO OPEN, OR IS THAT STILL IN FLUX A LITTLE BIT? UM, AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE ANTICIPATE THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN, UM, EARLY TO MID-DECEMBER.

WE WOULD MAKE ALL THE DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW, UM, WITH, UH, I THINK MAYBE 45 DAYS BUILT IN PRIOR TO A PUBLIC HEARING EVENT.

AND THEN, UM, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT TO CLOSE UP THE COMMENT PERIOD.

OKAY.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

AND YOU'LL DO THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS LIKE YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST.

THOSE HAVE BEEN REALLY HELPFUL TO NOT MAKE EVERYONE COME TO THE SAME BUILDING TO GET THE SAME INFORMATION TOGETHER.

IT HELPS FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO DIGEST THE PRESENTATIONS IN THEIR OWN TIME.

YEAH, THAT'S THE PLAN.

OKAY.

SO THAT IS GREAT.

IF THERE'S NO OTHER QUESTIONS, I THINK WE ARE SETTLED.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

ITEM NUMBER

[4. Update on the Safety. Mobility, Autonomy. Research and Testing (SMART) Track initiative.]

FOUR IS THE UPDATE ON SAFETY, MOBILITY, AUTONOMY RESEARCH AND TESTING SMART TRACK.

WELCOME.

HI, GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M MIKE ANO THE, UH, DEPUTY DISTRICT ENGINEER FOR THE AUSTIN DISTRICT AND, UH, HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LEADING THIS, THIS CHARGE OF IT'S KIND OF THE NEW SHINY THING AND TRANSPORTATION.

AND SO, UM, WITH THAT, I ALSO HAVE, UH, MY COHORT, UH, JASON, JOHN, MICHAEL, WITH ME AND HEIDI ROSS FROM UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WITH THE, UH, CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH.

RIGHT NEXT SLIDE.

SO, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU HAVE TO BE UNDER A ROCK TO KIND OF KNOW THAT WE HAVE ALL THIS EMERGING TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY KIND OF COMING TO THE FOREFRONT IN THE MARKET, SUCH AS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES, UH, ELECTRIC POWER VEHICLES AND ALL THE DATA THAT THIS CREATES IN THIS ITS NEW TRANSPORTATION, ECO ECO ATMOSPHERE.

UH, THE THING IS THAT WE DON'T REALIZE HOW FAST THE PENETRATION RATE IS INTO OUR MARKET.

AND SO THE PRIVATE SECTOR'S DONE A GREAT JOB, INNOVATING ALL THESE THINGS AND BRINGING THESE THINGS TO MARKET.

AND AS A PUBLIC AGENCY, WE'RE KIND OF STILL CATCHING UP.

AND SO LONG AGO, I, I KIND OF GAVE UP THE CONCEPTION THAT THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS DETERMINING TRANSPORTATION, FUTURE PRIVATE.

SECTOR'S DONE A GREAT JOB INNOVATING.

UH, WHAT WE GOTTA REALIZE IS THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS, IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE.

UH, WE'VE UH, VEHICLES TODAY AND, AND, UH, A ROADWAY DESIGN STANDARD ARE THE SAFEST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN BUILT TO HISTORY.

YET.

WE STILL CONTINUE TO SEE FATALITIES.

WE STILL CONTINUE A HIGH RATE OF CRASHES.

SO THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY HELPS US, UH, BRING FORTH BENEFITS OF AUTONOMY AND CONNECTED VEHICLES.

GOOD.

SO WITH THAT IN CENTRAL TEXAS, WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD PROBLEM.

WE HAVE SILICON HILLS, WE HAVE ALL THESE OEMS LOCAL, LOCALLY, UH, AVAILABLE TO US AND ALL OF OUR PUBLIC AGENTS, UH, TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES HAVE BEEN LEVERAGED BY ALL THESE DIFFERENT COMPANIES TO BRING FORTH THESE SOLUTIONS.

THE PROBLEM IS AS A, AS A, AS A PUBLIC, UH, TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, INDIVIDUALLY, WE RECEIVE ALL THESE SOLICITATIONS AND ALL THESE IDEAS TO LAUNCH AND DEPLOY THIS TECHNOLOGY ON THE ROADSIDE.

BUT THERE'S A COUPLE, COUPLE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES THAT, HOW DO WE DO THAT TRANSPARENTLY TO, TO GAIN THE PUBLIC TRUST THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING OUT THERE IS SAFE.

UH, SECONDLY, THAT WE'RE NOT KIND OF, YOU KNOW, DOING INDEPENDENT EFFORTS AND, AND THAT WE REALLY ACHIEVING SOME TYPE OF, UH, OP ABILITY WHETHER YOU'RE ON A CITY ROAD OR A STATE ROAD.

UH, SO WE NEED SOME MEANS TO VET THESE TECHNOLOGIES, TO ASSURE TO THE PUBLIC THAT WE BRING THE BEST FRESH PRODUCTS, UH, TO, FROM MARKET ONTO THE ROADWAY.

THAT'S.

SO THE CONCEPT WAS, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TOGETHER WITH OUR CAMPO PARTNERS AS TECH DOT AND SAY, WE REALLY NEED A UNIFIED APPROACH TO THIS, THAT WAY IN OUR CENTRAL TEXAS REGION, UH, WE IMPLEMENT ALL THESE THINGS AND, AND, UH, KIND OF STANDARDIZE IT AND HAVE THIS COLLECTIVE APPROACH TO IT.

THAT WAY WE CAN OPTIMIZE ALL THE DIFFERENT, UH, UH, BENEFITS OF ALL THESE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIONS AND GAIN THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR THE PUBLIC TO PUT IT OUT INTO THE, ONTO THE ROADWAY NEXT, WHAT THIS DOES.

WE, WE HAVE A VERY, WE'RE VERY UNIQUELY POSITIONED IN CENTRAL TEXAS, GIVEN THE HUGE, UH, INDIVIDUAL, YOU KNOW, TECHNOLOGY, UH, ECO, YOU KNOW, ECOSYSTEM.

WE DO HAVE, UH, WE WE'VE BEEN STUDYING THIS AND WE REALLY FEEL THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH THE PUBLIC SECTORS, I MEAN, KIND OF A LITTLE BEHIND WE'RE REALLY IN A GOOD POSITION TO, TO NOT ONLY JUST BE, YOU KNOW, A PARTNER WITH OUR PRIVATE PARTNERS, BUT ACTUALLY LEAD IN THIS, IN THIS, IN THIS WAY, UH, THIS, WITH THIS COLLECTIVE APPROACH, WE CAN SHARE DATA.

WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THIS INTER INTERDISCIPLINE COOPERATION.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE CAN DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THAT NOT ALL OF THESE THINGS, THESE INNOVATIONS, UM, YOU KNOW, OPERABLE, BUT THEY'RE GONNA PROVIDE ALL THESE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY, UH, NEXT.

SO THAT VETTING SYSTEM IS WHAT WE'VE, WE'VE BEEN PARTNERING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AND

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WE'VE BEEN TALKING, UH, I SAY, WE, THESE ARE OUR, THESE ARE WHO'S INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC SIDE, OF COURSE, TECH DOT CAMPO, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, UH, OUR, THE RMA AND ALL OF OUR CAMPO PARTNERS.

AND SO THE CONCEPT WAS TO COME UP WITH SMART TRACK WAS BASICALLY REPURPOSING THE PICKLE CENTER ON BURN AND, UH, BREAKER, UH, TO BE APPROVING CENTER.

NOW THERE'S PLENTY OF APPROVING CENTERS AROUND THE WORLD AND WE AND TECH STOCK KIND OF TOOK THE LEAD AND PUT FORTH FUNDING TO DO THE ENGINEERING SERVICES AND THE FEASIBILITY STUDY ON DEVELOPING THIS CONCEPT NEXT.

SO, AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S GONNA BE THREE DIFFERENT TIERS.

UH, AND I'LL EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE TIER ONE IS KIND OF AN ENCLOSED CLOSED SYSTEM TESTED, WHICH WE CAN REALLY, UH, TEST ANY OF THESE TYPE OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT COME FORWARD IN A VERY SAFE, CLOSED ATMOSPHERE.

TIER TWO IS SOMEWHAT STILL CLOSED, BUT A LITTLE MORE OPEN INTO THE CAMPUS OF, OF, UH, THE PICKLE CENTER.

AND TIER THREE IS WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE.

WE'RE GONNA BASICALLY MAKE AN OPEN BED, PUBLIC ROADWAY TESTING LOOP BETWEEN THOSE STATE ROADWAYS.

NEXT, THIS IS A KIND OF A, A NEAT LITTLE, UH, RENDERING OF WHAT TIER ONE WOULD LOOK ON CAMPUS.

IT WOULD ADDRESS ALL THOSE DIFFERENT USE CASES THAT YOU SEE THERE.

UH, ONE THING THAT MAKES IT UNIQUE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER PROVING CENTER THAT WE'VE SEEN IS, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA KIND OF COMBINE MAKE AN AUSTIN ICE BECAUSE IT'S GONNA BE LIKE A HOLLYWOOD SET.

WE CAN, IT'S GONNA BE FLEXIBLE, UNLIKE MOST PROVING CENTERS THAT ARE KIND OF HARDWIRED INTO ONE USE CASE.

WE CAN ACTUALLY, WE'RE ACTUALLY ENVISIONING WHERE WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENT SETS, DIFFERENT INTERSECTIONS, DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS TO FIT DIFFERENT SCENARIOS THAT, THAT NOT ONLY THAT WE'RE INTERESTED IN, BUT ALSO OUR PRIVATE PARTNERS WHO WOULD BE UTILIZING THIS FACILITY ALSO NEXT, AGAIN, THIS IS ANOTHER, UH, FEATURE OUT THERE THAT WOULD, UH, YOU, YOU SEE THE CURVE IN THE, SO WE ALSO HAVE SOME CAMPO PARTNERS THAT ARE IN RURAL COUNTIES, AND THEY'RE ALWAYS WONDERING, WOW, THIS IS GREAT.

THIS PLACE LEADS UNIQUELY POSITIONED IN OUR URBAN DENSE AREA THAT WE GET IT, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GONNA, SO THE WORST TORTURE TEST, RIGHT? BUT WE HAVE RURAL AREAS, WILL YOU SEE CURVES AND FEATURES THAT SHE WOULD REGULARLY, YOU KNOW, FIND ON AN FM ROAD AND WE'RE ABLE TO SIMULATE THOSE, THOSE THINGS ALSO NEXT, THERE'S SOME MORE PRETTY PICTURES.

THERE'S SOME RENDERINGS OF WHAT THIS COULD LOOK LIKE NEXT, AS YOU CAN SEE THIS, THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, COMMON, YOU KNOW, UH, WE WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT CARS USING, YOU KNOW, BIKE LANES AS, AS PASSING ROUTES AND STUFF.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY SIMULATE THAT KIND OF STUFF HERE AND HOW, HOW THESE TECHNOLOGIES CAN HELP, UH, INTERRUPT THOSE, UH, TYPE OF CONFLICT POINTS NEXT KIND OF AN AERIAL.

UH, THIS IS KIND OF THE, THE FEATURES THAT YOU WOULD SEE OUT THERE.

WE, WE WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE, YOU KNOW, VULNERABLE, UH, USER EVALUATION AS YOU SEE WHETHER IT'S PEDESTRIANS OR BIKES.

AND WE CAN ACTUALLY SIMULATE THAT OUT THERE, ALONG WITH WHAT WE CALL, YOU KNOW, SOFT, DUMMY, SOFT VEHICLES TO ENSURE THAT THESE TECHNOLOGIES REALLY PROVE OUT TO WHERE THEY CAN ACTUALLY HELP THE DRIVER MAKE BETTER DECISIONS.

NEXT, THIS KI THIS IS KIND OF SOME COMPARISONS AROUND SOME PROVING CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AS LIKE I TOLD YOU, THERE'S, THERE'S SEVERAL OF THEM.

UH, SOME ARE VERY INVOLVED.

UM, MOST OF THEM ARE REALLY INVOLVED AROUND THE VEHICLE.

AND SO OUR CENTER IS ACTUALLY, UH, FOCUSED AROUND THE ACTUAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, AS WE SAID EARLIER, OUR TIER THREE SYSTEM, WHICH IS AN OPEN TESTED, WHICH YOU DON'T SEE ON HERE MAKES US VERY UNIQUE IN OUR ABILITY TO EVALUATE SOMETHING, BUT ACTUALLY GO TO IMPLEMENTATION QUICKLY NEXT.

SO WE HAVE A GREAT BUSINESS PLAN.

UH, THIS IS THE KIND OF THEMES WE'VE BEEN PUSHING FUND FUNDING FORWARD ON OUR, OUR, UH, CAPITAL.

YOU KNOW, WE ARE TRYING TO ASSESS HOW MUCH THIS WILL COST.

THE INITIAL COST WILL BE ABOUT $18 MILLION OF KIND OF MIXED PUBLIC, UH, PRIVATE FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT, UH, TIER TIER ONE AND TIER TWO SYSTEMS. UH, WE'VE EVALUATED THAT ACTUALLY, UH, THE, IF WE GET ABOUT 30% OF OUR FUNDING FROM PRIVATE SECTOR, IT CAN PRETTY MUCH BE SUSTAINABLE AS FAR AS OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE IN THE LONG TERM.

SO, UH, WE, WE EXPECT, UH, NOT ONLY THAT, BUT IT CREATES GREAT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND A GREAT BREEDING GROUND FOR RESEARCH THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

AND SO WE CAN HAVE, HAVE A GREAT, UH, PARTNER IN THE UNIVERSITY TO HAVE A ROBUST RESEARCH SYSTEM TO TAKE UP ANY INTERRUPTER, ANY TYPE OF TREND THAT WE KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN IN 10 YEARS.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S GONNA PRODUCE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER.

TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING IS MULTIDISCIPLINARY.

AT THIS POINT, I WAS TALKING TO AIT YESTERDAY.

THEIR STAFF IS, HAS 20% NON-CIVIL ENGINEERS IN THEIR CIVIL ENGINEERING TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM IS VERY INDICATIVE WHETHER WHAT THE MARKET LOOKS LIKE TODAY, UH, NEXT.

SO THIS KIND OF COMPARES US TO OTHER PROVING CENTERS AND HOW EFFECTIVE THIS PLACE COULD BE,

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UH, AND HOW IT CAN BE ACTUALLY BE A WORLD TREAD CENTER.

UH, AS YOU CAN SEE THE DOTS, WHAT THOSE INDICAT IS, IF YOU'RE TO THE FAR RIGHT, UH, UPPER CORNER, THAT'S THE OPTIMAL PLACE TO BE.

SO FROM A, FROM AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNER, LOCAL INDUSTRY, WE GOT THAT IN SPADES.

WE HAVE ALL THESE OEMS AND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS HERE PRIVATELY AND CENTRAL TEXAS, AND WE HAVE GREAT, UH, DIVERSITY OF DISCIPLINES LOCALLY, UH, FROM A MOBILITY, UH, UH, STANDPOINT.

I MEAN, WE, WE, UH, HAVE GREAT ABILITY TO, UM, FORGOT MY CLASSES.

UH, WE HAVE A GREAT ABILITY TO BASICALLY HAVE A, A VARIETY OF TASTING CAP CAPABILITY.

LIKE I SAID, WE'RE ADVOCATE IN A VERY FLEXIBLE DESIGN TO WHERE WE CAN KIND OF MORPH AND EVOLVE TO, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT USE CASES THAT WE HAVEN'T EVER, UH, ENVISIONED IN THE FUTURE.

SO IT'S VERY FLEXIBLE.

UH, PHYSICALLY YOU WOULD SEE THAT WE'RE A LITTLE BIT SMALLER JUST IN THE TIER ONE, BUT WHEN YOU START EXPANDING TIER TWO AND TIER THREE, WE'RE VERY COMPARABLE TO OTHER TESTING CENTERS NEXT.

SO THIS IS KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT AT THIS POINT.

UH, WE'RE WE'RE, WE'VE ALREADY GOT THE IDEA.

WE GOT THE SELECTION LOCATION.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HAS, HAS, UH, GIVEN US PERMISSION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO BASICALLY UTILIZE THIS CAMPUS.

I'M SURE ONCE IT'S SUCCESSFUL, YOU KNOW, WE'LL BE ABLE, YOU KNOW, WE'LL BE ABLE TO RENEW IT.

UH, WE'RE WE'RE AT THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN STANDPOINT OF BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT, AND WE'VE ACTUALLY DONE PRETTY MUCH FOR THAT.

AND, UH, WE'RE UP, WE'RE UP TO BASICALLY THE, THE, UH, MAIN PART OF RAISING MONEY.

AND SO WE'VE BEEN TALKING