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ARE WE GOOD TO GO? WE NEED A WHISTLE.

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THERE'S NO GAVEL.

WELCOME

[Call to Order]

EVERYBODY.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2023, AND I'LL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 2:02 PM THE MEETING IS BEING CONDUCTED AT A T P, LOCATED AT 2 0 3 COLORADO STREET IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES BOTH AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE AND OTHER INTERPRETER SERVICES, AND WE REQUEST KINDLY TO GIVE US 24 HOURS NOTICE FOR A S L OR OTHER INTERPRETER SERVICES.

PLEASE CONTACT OUR LIAISON, CHLOE MAXWELL, WHICH HER CONTACT INFORMATION IS IN EACH AGENDA POSTING.

I BELIEVE WE DON'T HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY, IS THAT CORRECT? SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TODAY TO ADDRESS THE BOARD.

SO WITH THAT,

[2.1. Project Connect Status Report | Board Brief]

WE'RE GONNA START WITH, UM, THE MONTHLY PROJECT CONNECT STATUS REPORT, AND THE BOARD BRIEF, UM, INFORMS THE DIRECTOR'S REPORT, AND EACH ONE OF YOU HAS THE REPORT IN FRONT OF YOU, AND IT IS ALSO PUBLISHED ON ATP'S WEBSITE@ATPTX.ORG.

SO WE'LL START WITH MR. CANAL'S EXECUTIVE REPORT.

WELCOME MR. CANAL.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

UH, WELCOME EVERYONE, UH, TO OUR, UH, OUR BOARD MEETING.

AND, UH, WE HAVE A, A REALLY, I THINK, A REALLY NICE AGENDA TODAY TO GO THROUGH SOME, SOME WORK THAT LAYS AHEAD, UM, UH, GETTING OUR BUDGET HERE TODAY AND, AND REALLY LOOKING AT THE PATH AHEAD FOR AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL.

WE'RE SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO PROGRESS, UH, THIS IMPACTFUL PROJECT FOR AUSTIN, BUT WE WANNA START, LIKE WE ALWAYS DO WITH, UM, A LOOK INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING INSIDE THE STAFF, UM, AND PROVIDING SOME INSIGHT INTO THAT.

SO, AS, AS THE CHAIR SAID, WE, WE ARE CONTINUING TO PUBLISH OUR, OUR PROJECT CONNECT OVERALL UPDATE.

UM, REMEMBER, PROJECT CONNECT IS A SERIES OF TRANSIT, UH, PROJECTS, A PROGRAM.

AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL IS A VERY BIG PIECE OF THAT, BUT WE HAVE OTHER ELEMENTS, REALLY IMPORTANT ELEMENTS THAT CAP METRO IS LEADING IN DELIVERING, UH, OUR METRO RAPID PROJECTS.

THE CITY IS DELIVERING ON ANTI-DISPLACEMENT, AND I THINK THE PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES TO ADVANCE ALL OF THOSE EFFORTS.

SO OUR, OUR MONTHLY UPDATE ON THAT, AND, AND I'LL SAY THIS IS PROBABLY GETTING A LITTLE OLD.

THIS OVER TIME WILL GET BIGGER AND BIGGER AS OUR PROJECTS, UH, GET, UH, A MORE COMPLEX AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

ON THE NEXT, ON THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, AGAIN, INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION, WE HAVE SEVERAL EFFORTS UNDERWAY, UM, THAT I THINK DESERVE ALL BEING KIND OF TALKED ABOUT, UH, HOLISTICALLY.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN VERY, UH, KEY, REALLY OVER THE LAST YEAR TALKING ABOUT READINESS AS OUR ORGANIZATION.

EVEN AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF, UH, SELECTING AN AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, WE HAD TO BE READY, UM, TO DO THAT.

AND THAT ORGANIZATIONAL SIDE OF THAT, BOTH US AS A TEAM AS WELL AS OUR PROJECT DELIVERY.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN IN FRONT OF THIS BOARD, UH, IN FRONT OF INDUSTRY, OUR BIG INDUSTRY EXPO IN MAY, TALKING ABOUT OUR PROJECT DELIVERY PLAN.

THOSE TWO THINGS GO HAND IN HAND AS WE GROW AS AN ORGANIZATION, AS, AS WE WORK WITH INDUSTRY TO HELP ADVANCE THE PROJECT.

UH, WE'RE EXCITED THAT IN OCTOBER WE'LL BE BACK TO TALK ABOUT, UH, OUR PROJECT DELIVERY APPROACH, UM, UPDATING WHERE WE HAVE BEEN OVER THIS LAST YEAR AND PUTTING A GO FORWARD, MOVE AHEAD PLAN ON THAT.

OBVIOUSLY, THE BOARD GOVERNANCE STUDY IS, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST TIME, IS MOVING FORWARD.

BOARD MEMBER GARZA PASSED A RESOLUTION FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD ON LOOKING AT, UM, SOME OF THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF, OF THE GOVERNANCE.

AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT WITH AN, UH, END DATE OF THIS, THE END OF THIS YEAR.

AND THEN INTERNALLY, UH, I THINK ANY GOOD ORGANIZATION ALWAYS WANTS TO WORK THROUGH ITS PROCESS ON MISSION VAL, VISION AND VALUES.

UM, WE'RE GONNA BE DOING THAT.

UH, WE'VE KICKED THAT OFF BOTH INTERNALLY, BUT WE'RE ALSO GONNA GO HAVE A CONVERSATION IN ADDITION WITH THE BOARD, WITH THE C A C TO GET THEIR INPUT ON THE FRONT END ABOUT THIS.

AND AGAIN, THESE ARE ALL SEPARATE, BUT I THINK WHEN YOU BLEND THEM TOGETHER, IT'S REALLY ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS A CULTURE AND AN ORGANIZATION.

ON THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, TALKING MORE ABOUT ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERTISE, SUCH A KEY FOCUS OF OUR STAFF AND OUR HR TEAM, REALLY MOVING FORWARD ON BRINGING ON THAT TALENT THAT WE NEED TO ADVANCE.

AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL.

UM, THAT IS FIRST FOR BUSINESS NEEDS.

IT'S ALSO FOR THE CAPACITY THAT WE TALKED ABOUT.

UM, LAST TIME WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT, UH, CORE CAPACITY INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION TO ADVANCE IT.

WE'RE REALLY WELL POSITIONED FOR THAT.

AND AS I SAID, LINKING IT TO OUR DELIVERY STRATEGY, WE ARE FINALIZING OUR, OUR RECRUITMENT FOR OUR CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.

UH, AND THEN WE HAVE COMPLETED, UH, BOTH OUR PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACT, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AND THEN THESE TWO KEY AREAS ON, UH, PROJECT CONTROLS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE.

SO CRITICAL FROM A TRANSPARENCY PERSPECTIVE,

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BUT ALSO AS WE WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THOSE IN PLACE.

SO IN THAT, UM, UH, HAPPY TO, UH, KIND OF ANNOUNCE AND WELCOME TO OUR A T P FAMILY.

UH, THREE NEW FOLKS.

UH, BRAD CUMMINGS JOINS US AS OUR SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTING, I THINK BRAD.

THANKS.

SO WELCOME, BRAD.

HE IS, UH, HE IS, WE HAVE THROWN HIM DEEP IN ALREADY.

UH, YOU'LL, YOU WILL SEE HIM SITTING HERE NEXT MONTH, UH, UH, TALKING ABOUT OUR APPROACH MOVING FORWARD.

UH, JUST A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE, AND WE'RE REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE HIM HERE.

SO, SO, WELCOME BRETT.

UH, AARON FRANKLIN IS JOINING US FROM, UH, LA UH, WORKING WITH THE LA, UH, METRO ON ALL OF THEIR FANTASTIC, UH, EFFORTS THAT THEY HAVE REALLY EXCITED TO HAVE, UH, HIM COMING IN OUR QUALITY AND IN HALEY GARCIA ON PROJECT CONTROL.

SO OUR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, UH, JEN PINE HAS BEEN WORKING ON BRINGING ON SOME, UH, NEW FOLKS TO HELP US ON THIS.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT EVERYONE.

I'M A LITTLE MORE EXCITED ABOUT AARON BECAUSE I NOW AM NOT ALONE AS A PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN.

HE WILL BE IN HERE, AND YOU CAN EXPECT US TO BE WEARING OUR NEW KELLY GREEN, UM, COME FEBRUARY FOR THE SUPER BOWL.

SO, UM, THIS COULD BE PROBLEMATIC.

YEAH, , BUT THIS ISN'T BEING RECORDED, IS IT? OKAY.

UM, SO READ THAT INTO THE RECORD.

YES, , UH, I DON'T THINK WE'LL HAVE FACE PAINT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT IT COULD GET A LITTLE, IT COULD GET A LITTLE, UH, UH, IT WOULD BE FUN.

UM, SO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT, UH, ON, ON OUR HIRES, UH, MOVING FORWARD.

AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO GROW OUR TEAM AND GROW IT METHODICALLY, UH, AS WE MAP WITH OUR PROJECT DELIVERY APPROACH.

UH, I THINK WITH THAT BOARD, UH, CHAIR, I THINK WE'RE READY TO MOVE ON TO OUR, OUR NEXT, OUR NEXT TOPIC.

THANK YOU, MR. CANALI.

UM, AND WELCOME TO OUR NEW HIRES TO THE A T P AND ALL OF WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN AUSTIN.

UM, SO NOW WE

[3.1 Briefing on Austin Light Rail Implementation ]

MOVE ON TO THE BRIEFING FOR THE AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL IMPLEMENTATION.

AND WELL, CHAIR, CHAIR.

YES, SIR.

UH, SHOULD, SHOULD WE CONSIDER A, ANOTHER PERFORMANCE MANAGE MANAGEMENT INDICATOR FOR THE YES, FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR? YES.

THE, THE, THE, UM, GAME OUTCOME OF THAT GAME, IS IT, IS IT GETTING TO THE SUPER BOWL OR WINNING THE SUPER BOWL? ? WELL, NOT GETTING TO IT IS ONLY HALF THE FIVE.

YEAH, THAT'S TRUE.

AS I, AS WE, AS WE FOUND OUT LAST YEAR.

YES, YES, TRUE.

WOULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE OUR TEAM? CERTAINLY.

UH, SO BOARD, I THINK THIS IS, UH, UH, AN IMPORTANT MOMENT HERE FOR, FOR WHERE WE ARE IN AUSTIN AS WE ADVANCE LIGHT RAIL.

CLEARLY, UH, WE HAD A, A TREMENDOUS, UH, PROCESS LAST SPRING TO LAND ON THE AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL, UH, IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, THE PHASE ONE OF ADVANCING THIS CRITICAL PROJECT FOR OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR SO LONG.

AND WE ARE ON THE PATH TO DELIVER THAT.

WE'RE ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS TO, TO BRINGING LIGHT RAIL TO AUSTIN.

BUT WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT NEXT, HOW WE'RE GONNA GET THAT, HOW WE'RE GONNA MOVE FORWARD.

UM, SO WE HAVE A TEAM HERE TODAY, UH, UH, AS, AS THEY TALK, WELL LET THEM INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

BUT REALLY, THE TEAM IN FRONT OF YOU ARE JUST PART OF THE LARGER TEAM OF EXPERTISE THAT WE HAVE, BOTH INSIDE OUR STAFF AND OUR CONSULTANTS HELPING US ADVANCE THIS PRO THIS PROCESS.

TODAY, WE'RE GONNA GO OVER REALLY, UM, LAYING OUT WHERE WE ARE NOW AND HOW WE'RE GONNA GET THERE.

AND THIS IS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID, UM, LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, LAYING OUT THOSE MARKERS ABOUT HOW WE'RE GONNA GET TO SUCCESS.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE, FOR THE, FOR THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC TO SEE THAT WE HAVE, UH, WE ARE THINKING THROUGH THE MANY ELEMENTS TO DELIVER A COMPLICATED CAPITAL PROJECT.

UH, BUT WE'RE DOING A VERY THOUGHTFULLY AND METHODICALLY.

AND I THINK HAVING THAT DIALOGUE WITH THE BOARD TODAY WILL BE REALLY IMPORTANT.

AND AT THE CORE OF THAT, IT'S ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE PUTTING THAT MARKERS OUT.

SO, UH, WE, ALL OF AUSTIN CAN SEE US MOVING THIS PROJECT FORWARD, AND THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING.

UH, ON THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, BRINGING BACK UP OUR, OUR, OUR, OUR DIAGRAM THAT WE'VE USED NOW ABOUT GETTING TO SUCCESS.

UH, THIS IS, UH, AGAIN, WE, WE'VE, WE'VE BEEN, WE'VE BEEN ON A REALLY GOOD JOURNEY, AND WE HAVE A JOURNEY AHEAD OF US ON MOVING FORWARD ON THE IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, A LOT OF THIS DOES OUR WORK.

NOW, WHILE WE ARE BRINGING AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL, WE WANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT THESE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS LOOK LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN DO THE CORE THING WE NEED TO DO IS, IT IS ATTRACT AND GAIN THAT FEDERAL INVESTMENT THAT IS REQUIRED FOR US TO MOVE THE PROJECT.

WE'RE ON A GOOD PATHWAY TO DO THAT.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GONNA, UH, TURN IT OVER TO JEN PINE, OUR EXECUTIVE, UH, VICE PRESIDENT OVER PLANNING AND COMMUNITY AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO KICK IT OFF WITH THE TEAM TO WALK US THROUGH THIS.

BUT WE'RE REALLY HOPING FOR A DIALOGUE AS WE DOWNLOAD THIS, UH, TODAY.

OKAY, THANKS GREG.

UM, AND I'LL START JUST TO WRAP UP THIS SLIDE.

ONE THING WE WERE SAYING AMONGST OURSELVES IS THAT THIS GRAPHIC IS NOT TO SCALE AT ALL.

YOU KNOW, THE THE TOP PART TOOK A YEAR, AND THEN THE BOTTOM PART IN THE WHITE BOX WILL TAKE MULTIPLE YEARS.

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UM, BUT WE ARE, UM, LOOKING AHEAD TO THAT ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL PHASE.

UM, SO THIS IS JUST A GLOSSARY TERMS. WE'RE NOT GONNA READ THIS TO YOU.

THIS IS REALLY FOR YOUR REFERENCE, KNOWING THAT WE USE ACRONYMS CONSTANTLY ALL THE TIME, AND MAY NOT ALWAYS REMEMBER TO EXPLAIN THEM.

SO FEEL FREE TO STOP US AT ANY TIME, OF COURSE.

BUT THESE ARE SOME OF THE, THE TYPICALS THAT YOU'LL HEAR TODAY AND, AND OTHER TIMES.

UM, SO I'M GONNA ACTUALLY ASK DARREN LASANO TO TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT.

I JUST WANNA INTRODUCE DARREN TOO.

SO HE IS ESSENTIALLY THE PROJECT MANAGER FOR THIS PARTICULAR PHASE OF OUR WORK, UH, WHICH IS VERY FOCUSED ON NEPA, UM, THE DESIGN THAT'S NEEDED TO SUPPORT IT, THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THAT IS ATTENDANT TO IT.

AND SO ONE OF HIS JOBS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THESE DIFFERENT WORK STREAMS ARE COORDINATED AS WE GO.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, JEN.

CHAIR BARRA, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

I'M PLEASED TO BE IN FRONT OF YOU FOR MY FIRST TIME HERE, REPRESENTING A GREAT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSULTANT TEAM THAT'LL TAKE US THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS HERE.

SO GREG MENTIONED THAT, UH, THIS IS COMPLEX, AND AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THIS IS OUR, UH, APPROACH TO TACKLING THESE COMPLEX ISSUES.

WE'VE AFFECTIONATELY CALLED THIS OUR D N A GRAPHIC, BUT IT SHOWS YOU THAT WE HAVE ALL THESE SEVERAL, SEVERAL DIFFERENT WORK STREAMS GOING ON.

BUT THAT BEING SAID, THEY'RE CERTAINLY ALL INTERRELATED.

THE BIG PIECES BEING DESIGN, OF COURSE, FROM THE ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERING TO EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO DO FROM THE FEDERAL PROCESSES, FROM NEPA, THE SIG GRANT, WHICH WE'LL DIG INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE.

AND ALSO BECAUSE WE'RE WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, GETTING OURSELVES READY, UH, FOR THE PROJECT DELIVERY.

SO LET'S DIVE INTO THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS HERE.

UM, AND KEY TO THIS SLIDE IS REALLY INTEGRATED.

I MENTIONED THAT PREVIOUSLY, AND THAT'S KIND OF THE, WHAT YOU SEE AS A THEME TO THIS PRESENTATION AS WE GO THROUGHOUT.

BUT FOCUSING IN ON THESE CONCEPTS HERE, REALLY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, WE'LL BE, UH, ADVANCING AND CONTINUING OUR DESIGN.

AND WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY DETERMINES AND HELPS US, UH, DEVELOP OUR ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT THERE AS, UH, REFERENCED BY NEPA.

YOU SEE THERE.

THE NEXT MAJOR MILESTONE WE HAVE FOR NEPA IS WHAT IS CALLED THE NOTICE OF INTENT, AND THAT IS ACTUALLY WHERE THE AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL PROJECT WE PUBLISH IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER BY F T A, ACKNOWLEDGING THE FACT THAT WE ARE GOING TO INITIATE OUR NEPA PROCESS AS PART OF THE OTHER ITEMS IN THE TIMELINE HERE, UM, STRICTLY IN THE DRAFT.

D I SS IS ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE WE'RE ANTICIPATING IN THE FALL OF NEXT YEAR, AND THAT'S REALLY WHERE WE ARE ABLE TO PUT OUT THAT COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT THAT SHOWS THE PRELIMINARY DESIGN, UH, THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND WAYS TO MINIMIZE THOSE IMPACTS.

AND ANOTHER KEY MILESTONE, WHICH YOU'VE HEARD US DISCUSS AT SEVERAL BOARD MEETINGS IS PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

AGAIN, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE ON THE TIMELINE, VERY INTERRELATED.

AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE SCHEDULING ENTERING, UH, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OR YOU'RE HERE PD IN, UM, WINTER OR EARLY, UH, 2024.

I GUESS I'LL ASK MY COLLEAGUES.

ANY OTHER THINGS TO ADD TO WHAT I'VE SAID HERE? WELL, I, I WAS JUST GONNA ADD, I JUST WANNA MAKE THE POINT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND, UM, WE'RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO BUILD UPON A LOT OF THE WORK THAT'S COME BEFORE, AND THAT'S HELPING US TO KIND OF, I DON'T KNOW IF EXPEDITE IS THE RIGHT WORD, BUT IT STREAMLINES SOME OF OUR WORK IN SOME AREAS.

UM, AND SO THAT'S VERY HELPFUL.

I'M GONNA SPEAK TO THIS ONE.

UM, ONE OF OUR, UM, KINDA MANY ITEMS THAT WE'RE COORDINATING WITH F T A ON IS RELATED TO, UH, GRANT ELIGIBILITY AND THE WORK WE NEED TO DO TO LAY THE FOUNDATION TO BE A FUTURE GRANT RECIPIENT.

UM, AND THIS IS AGNOSTIC TO THE PROJECT ITSELF AND MORE ABOUT A T P AS AN ORGANIZATION.

SO WE, UM, HAVE A, A PACKAGE THAT WE'LL BE SUBMITTING TO F T A, UH, THIS WEEK THAT WE'VE BEEN COORDINATING WITH THEM ON.

UM, AND IT'S REALLY RELATED TO A LOT OF OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WILL BE FEDERALLY COMPLIANT IN IMPORTANT AREAS LIKE PROCUREMENT, LIKE THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE.

UM, AND ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT IS UP FOR ACTION LATER TODAY PERTAINS TO THIS, UM, AND I KNOW WE'LL GET TO THAT ITEM A LITTLE BIT LATER, BUT IT SUPPORTS, UM, THE OVERALL, UM, LEGAL AUTHORITY OF A T P TO REQUEST IT AND USE THESE FEDERAL FUNDS.

AND THIS NEXT SLIDE HERE KIND OF TAKES YOU BACK TO WHAT IS NEPA.

THIS IS REALLY, UH, ONE OF THOSE TAKE HOME SLIDES.

I'M NOT GONNA READ THROUGH IT.

UM, THIS PRETTY MUCH PAIRS MY 24 YEARS IN NEPA INTO ONE SLIDE, SO I DEFINITELY WON'T TALK TO YOU THROUGH THIS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, SOME KEY THINGS HERE THAT HAVE COME UP RECENTLY IN CONVERSATION.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHY ARE WE GOING THROUGH NEPA? YES, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE, UH, INSTRUCTED WE NEED TO DO THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE HERE FROM THE FIRST STATEMENT, IT'S REALLY A PUBLIC PROCESS.

AND THIS PUBLIC PROCESS IS INTENDED TO BE REALLY TRANSPARENT OF WHAT THE PROJECT IS, AND AGAIN, WHAT THOSE POTENTIAL IMPACTS ARE AND WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND HOW DO WE ACTUALLY MINIMIZE THOSE IMPACTS? AND TWO THINGS TO TAKE AWAY HERE, UH, ON THE KEY MILESTONES SIDE, AGAIN, I DID REFERENCE THAT N O I, THE NOTICE OF INTENT.

AGAIN, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THAT BECAUSE THAT'LL BE SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REALLY GONNA, UM, UH, MAKE AN EFFORT TO MAKE, MAKE PUBLIC.

AND THEN ALSO THE DRAFT D I S IN THAT THIRD SUB-BULLET THERE.

AND ANOTHER MA NEXT MAJOR, UH, DELIVERABLE

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WE HAVE OUT OF THIS, UH, OUT OF THIS GROUP, AND I THINK SEVERAL OF YOU'VE SEEN THIS SLIDE IN THE PAST, BUT JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKING TO AROUND 50% FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT ITSELF.

AND THERE'S A VERY, UM, PRESCRIBED PROCESS THAT WE GO THROUGH.

AND THIS FIRST STEP BEING PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

AND, AND KEY TO THAT, IT REALLY IS, UM, WRAPPING UP THAT NEPA DOCUMENT TO DO THAT WITHIN THE TWO YEAR TIMEFRAME HERE BEFORE WE ADVANCE AND MOVE ON TO ENGINEERING AND SECURING THE, UH, FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT THROUGH F T A.

ANYTHING TO ADD? OKAY.

AND DID I SAY COMPLEX? THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO GET FUNDING.

WHAT, FROM THE F T A REALLY, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, IT'S VERY PRESCRIBED IN TERMS OF HOW THEY RATE, UM, UH, AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL TO OTHER PROJECTS.

UM, IT'S REALLY TWOFOLD.

AS YOU CAN SEE, 50% OF THE PIE IS KIND OF THE TECHNICAL WORK OR THE JUSTIFICATION, WHICH HAS SEVERAL DIFFERENT, UH, SUB BULLETS THAT WE HAVE, WE GO THROUGH.

BUT THEN THE OTHER PIECE WHERE WE'RE IN A REALLY GOOD SPOT IS FINANCIAL, UH, MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE, THE LOCAL FUNDING, UH, SECURED.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE IN A GREAT SPOT THAT WE DID THROUGH OUR PROPOSITION THAT WE APPROVED HERE.

SO, UM, AGAIN, THIS IS VERY PRESCRIBED AND SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REALLY PARTNERING WITH, UM, THE CITY AND WITH CAP METRO AS WE GO THROUGH OUR RATING TO ADVANCE THE PROJECT THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

YEAH, SO THERE ARE MANY EFFORTS HERE, UM, AS PART OF A T P, BUT THERE ALSO ARE EFFORTS HERE THAT CAN BE DRIVEN BY THE PARTNERS AND, UH, WITH THE LAND USE AND SOME OF THE POLICIES AND STUFF THAT'S BEING LOOKED AT AT THE CITY, OUR, OUR JUST BENEFITS TO OUR GRANT APPLICATION AS WE GO FORWARD.

AND AS DARREN MENTIONED, THIS IS A COMPETITIVE PROCESS.

SO THE MORE SUPPORTIVE WE HAVE COMING OUTTA THE REGION, THE BETTER OFF OUR APPLICATION'S GONNA LOOK.

SO SEVERAL OF THESE ARE ABOUT MONEY, BUT SEVERAL OF THESE ARE ABOUT POLICIES SUCH AS LAND USE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO JUST WANNA MAKE THAT CLEAR.

I THINK HE WAS TALKING TO ME, AND ALL YOUR COLLEAGUES, , HE NEVER LOOKED AT ME, BUT .

SO, UM, AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE'RE ADVANCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS AND THE FEDERAL PROCESS, WE'RE ALSO ADVANCING DESIGN.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KNOW THAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THIS HAS TO BE A, A SYSTEM THAT IS DESIGNED FOR AUSTINITES AND FOR PEOPLE.

AND SO WE ARE, HAVE BEEN ADVANCING THIS CONCEPT OF A HUMAN-CENTERED SYSTEM, A HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN SYSTEM.

UM, AND WHERE THAT STARTS IS REALLY WITH RESEARCH, RIGHT? AND THIS WORK DIDN'T, DIDN'T START, DOESN'T START NOW, THIS STARTED, YOU KNOW, BACK IN THE SPRING, EVEN BEFORE WE HAD IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, UM, TO REALLY UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS THAT ARE GOING TO, UM, REALLY ENABLE PEOPLE TO USE THE SYSTEM IN THE EASIEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY POSSIBLE.

UM, AND SO WE START WITH RESEARCH FROM THAT.

WE DEVELOP A SERIES SET OF USER NEEDS FROM THAT, WE DEVELOP DESIGN PRINCIPLES, AND THAT IS WHAT INFORMS THE DESIGN.

SO THE DESIGN DOESN'T COME OUT OF NOTHING, IT COMES OUT OF RESEARCH AND IT COMES OUT OF ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY, UM, WHICH IS SORT OF WOVEN THROUGHOUT THIS.

UM, SO WE'VE DONE A LOT OF, WE'VE STARTED THIS WORK ALREADY.

UM, WE STARTED WITH WHAT WE CALL LOCAL CONTEXT RESEARCH, WHICH IS REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT ARE THE, THE, THE LOCAL FACTORS THAT ARE GONNA BE CRITICAL TO, TO DRIVE CERTAIN DESIGN CHOICES.

UM, CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, LOCAL CULTURE, LOCAL URBAN FORM, LOCAL CLIMATE.

UM, I'LL SAY IT'S BEEN REALLY HELPFUL TO, TO BE DOING THIS WORK DURING THE SUMMER BECAUSE EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS IS INTIMATELY AWARE WITH SOME OF THE CLIMATE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE.

UM, BUT ALSO LOOKING AT LOCAL MATERIALS AND LOCAL TRADES, RIGHT? WE KNOW THAT WE'VE GOTTA BE ENGAGING WITH, UH, LOCAL BUSINESS AND LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

UM, SO HOW DO WE ACTUALLY, UH, THINK ABOUT OUR MATERIALITY IN TERMS OF LOCAL TRADES AND LOCAL BUSINESSES, UM, NEXT, UM, BUT WE'RE ALSO DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH IN TERMS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR, RIGHT? AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE AND USER EXPERIENCE, RIGHT? UM, SO ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FRONTS, GO TO THE NEXT.

SO ON THE ONE HAND, UM, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT HOW PEOPLE MOVE, YOU KNOW, CURRENTLY RELATED TO IN THEIR TRANSIT JOURNEYS, LIKE WHAT ARE THE NATURAL PATHS THAT PEOPLE MOVE? AND USING SOME TECHNOLOGY TO ACTUALLY ENHANCE THAT UNDERSTANDING AROUND SORT OF A COGNITIVE EXPERIENCE.

UM, WHAT ARE PEOPLE FEELING AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THEIR TRANSIT JOURNEYS? AND ACTUALLY WE DID, WE RECRUITED VOLUNTEERS TO, UM, USE BIOMETRIC SENSORS AND ACTUALLY, UM, EYEBALL TRACKING GLASSES TO UNDERSTAND WHERE MOMENTS OF FRICTION ARE WITHIN PEOPLE'S EVERYDAY TRANSIT JOURNEY.

SO THAT THEN AS WE THINK ABOUT THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM, WE CAN ACTUALLY ELIMINATE THOSE MOMENTS OF FRICTION OR REDUCE THEM TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.

AND WE CHOSE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PROFILES.

THIS IS ACTUALLY, THE VIDEO YOU CAN SEE IS OF A, A WHEELCHAIR USER, RIGHT? WHO,

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AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THAT USER'S EXPERIENCE AND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR USE OF THE SYSTEM AND HOW DO WE ACTUALLY DESIGN AROUND THEM.

SO REALLY GETTING INTO SOME PRETTY GRANULAR, UM, DETAILS ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, ELEMENTS OF THE TRANSIT SYSTEM WE NEED TO INCORPORATE AS WE MOVE FORWARD NEXT.

AND ALSO TALKING TO PEOPLE, RIGHT? AND ENGAGING, UM, IN WORKSHOPS AND ALSO, UM, WHAT WE CALL ON THE GO ENGAGEMENTS.

SO ENGAGEMENTS OUT IN THE FIELD, UM, TO UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHAT SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES ARE AROUND DESIGNING THE SYSTEM FROM, UH, THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA BE USING THE SYSTEM.

UM, SO SPECIFICALLY, JUST ONE MORE THING, JUST GOING BACK, UM, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR, UH, YOU KNOW, HAVE LOW VISION OR WHO HAVE, YOU KNOW, HEARING IMPEDIMENTS, SO UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEIR SPECIFIC CHALLENGES ARE.

SO REALLY LOOKING AT THIS FROM AS DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES AS POSSIBLE AND REALLY USING THAT AS A STARTING POINT, BECAUSE A LOT OF THAT WAS FOCUS GROUP CONVERSATIONS, REALLY SMALL, UM, REPRESENTATION, REPRESENTATIVE POPULATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO HOW ARE WE'RE GONNA LEVERAGE THAT AS WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD IS VERY IMPORTANT.

SO FROM ALL THAT RESEARCH, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SET OF DRAFTS OF FUNDAMENTAL USER NEEDS.

AND THEY, THEY'RE ARRANGED IN THIS PYRAMID WHERE AT THE BOTTOM, THE FOUNDATION, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LIKE CRITICAL FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS THAT HAVE TO BE SOLVED, RIGHT? UM, CERTAINLY EASE OF ACCESS, PREDICTABILITY OF USE, UM, THERMAL SAFETY, RIGHT? IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT COMFORT, IT'S ABOUT SAFETY.

AND THEN AS YOU GO OFF THE PYRAMID, PYRAMID, THERE ARE ADDITIONAL NEEDS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH COMFORT, WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE THE SYSTEM AND MAKE IT EASIER TO USE.

AND THEN GETTING INTO, I THINK SOME MORE ASPIRATIONAL, BUT STILL NEEDS, WE SEE THEM AS NEEDS ABOUT HOW DO WE MAKE THIS SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY BUILDS COMMUNITY, BUILDS A SENSE OF BELONGING, UM, ALL OF WHICH IS GOING TO INCREASE OUR RIDERSHIP.

SO, UM, WE'RE GONNA BE USING THIS AS THE BASIS OF, OF SOME WORKSHOPS THAT WE TAKE OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY THIS FALL NEXT.

AND SO REALLY AS WE GO OUT INTO THIS, THIS FALL ENGAGEMENT, IT IS LEVERAGING WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE FOCUS GROUP SPACES, WHAT WE DID IN THE SUMMER, UM, WHAT OUR CONSULTANTS LEARNED, ESPECIALLY THE HEAT IN THE SUMMER WAS THAT WAS REAL.

THAT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE.

BUT, UH, ENSURING THAT WE ALSO LEVERAGE AND LEAN INTO THE EXCITING ENGAGEMENT THAT WE HAD OVER THAT SIX WEEK PROCESS, ENSURING THAT WE ARE MEETING COMMUNITY AGAIN, WHERE THEY ARE, THAT WE'RE, UM, CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY, UH, PARTNERS THAT, UH, HAVE ALREADY ENGAGED WITH US OVER TIME, THAT WE ARE IN SPACES TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THEM VERY CLEARLY AND DIRECTLY, BUT IT, ON TOP OF THAT FACILITATED WORKSHOPS TO GATHER ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK.

AND ALSO DIGITAL TOOLS.

SO WE KNOW THAT, UH, NOT ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN ACTUALLY ATTEND PROGRAMMING THAT WE SET UP.

SO WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT OUR, UH, REACH GOES WAY BEYOND THAT WITH SURVEYS AND OTHER DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES.

I THINK I'LL JUST END WITH KIND OF LOOKING AHEAD FOR THE YEAR AND, AND, AND AM I ON NOW THERE? I'M, UM, AND REALLY DRAWING IN THE MIDDLE BUCKET, YOU KNOW, BACK ON THE D N A SLIDE.

AND I, I APPRECIATE DARREN KIND OF LABELING THAT FOR ALL OF US.

THAT IDEA OF COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THIS FEDERAL PROCESS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT AS A, IT'S A CONTINUUM, RIGHT? AND IT'S THERE.

IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT A MOMENT IN TIME.

IT IS THERE, AND IT WILL EXTEND BEYOND THE FEDERAL PROCESSES AS WE GET INTO CONSTRUCTION.

WHAT YOU, WHAT THE COMMUNITY SAW, UH, LAST YEAR IS THEY WILL SEE MORE AND MORE OF THAT OVER THESE UPCOMING YEARS THAT JUST EMBEDDEDNESS OF WORKING THROUGH BRINGING EVERYONE ALONG, PROGRESSING THE PROJECT, BUT MAKING SURE WE'RE DOING THE TOUCH BASES.

SO WE, WE LOOK AHEAD AND I THINK THIS IS, WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT IT HERE IN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR BUDGET, BUT OUR BUDGET REALLY REFLECTS ADVANCING THIS WORK THAT THE TEAM JUST WALKED YOU THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

CLEARLY AS WE'VE BEEN SAYING THAT THE NEED, UH, AND, AND WE ARE, WE ARE WELL POSITIONED, UH, TO GO THROUGH THAT FEDERAL PROCESS.

UH, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN MOVE THROUGH THAT, ROOTING THAT IN OUR COMMUNITY DIALOGUE.

UH, WE WERE BIG PICTURE BACK IN THE, IN THE SPRING, AND NOW I THINK AS PETER AND COURTNEY JUST TALKED ABOUT, WE'RE GONNA START GETTING INTO THAT GRANULARITY OF THAT USER EXPERIENCE.

'CAUSE WE THINK THAT IS SO CRITICAL TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DESIGNING, UH, A SYSTEM AND A LIGHT RAIL FOR ALL OF AUSTIN.

AND THEN TOUCHING ON OUR DESIGN ELEMENTS WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND OUR ENGINEERING DESIGN, ADVANCING THOSE THAT WORK THAT IS GONNA NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE NEPA REQUIREMENTS AND SUPPORT OUR ENTRY INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ON THE FEDERAL SIDE, BUT ALSO INFORM OUR COMMUNITY DIALOGUE AS WELL.

UM, SO WE ARE READY TO DO THAT.

AND AGAIN, AS I SAID, NEXT MONTH, WE'RE GONNA COME BACK AND DIVE ON THAT ONE PIECE OF DESIGN AND DELIVERY, WHICH IS DELIVERY.

SO WE'RE EXCITED ON, ON SOME LEVEL.

THIS WAS, UH, UH, SOME PEOPLE COULD ARGUE THIS WAS A DEEP DIVE.

I WILL TELL YOU, THIS IS ACTUALLY A SCAN OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE.

UH, WE LOOK FORWARD OVER REALLY THE NEXT YEAR COMING BACK AND, AND HAVING SOME IN-DEPTH DIALOGUE ABOUT, ABOUT EACH OF THESE TOPICS.

WITH THAT BOARD CHAIR, I'LL

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TURN IT BACK OVER.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE TO OPEN IT UP TO MY COLLEAGUES IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS TO THIS PRESENTATION BOARD MEMBER GARZA? NO, I, I JUST, I LOVE THE PRESENTATION.

I, I, TO ME, A A BUNCH OF DOCUMENT, UH, SHOULD BE ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT TO DO, AND THIS GETS PRETTY MUCH INTO IT.

THAT'S WHAT I LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT WE WE'RE SEEING, THE, THE MILESTONES WE HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH TO GET THINGS DONE.

UM, SO THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GETTING FOR OUR MONEY RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

BOARD CHAIR.

YES, MA'AM.

UM, I, UH, I THOUGHT THAT THE, UM, THE PRESENTATION WAS EFFECTIVE AS WELL.

I'M INTERESTED AS WE, AS WE LOOK AT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, ONE THING THAT WE DID AS WE WENT THROUGH THE PROJECT CONNECT PROCESS WAS, UH, WE CONNECTED AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL.

AND I MEAN, GOING TO P T A MEETINGS, GOING TO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS.

AND IN TEXAS, WE KNOW THAT FOOTBALL IS RELIGION.

AS YOU, AS WE TALKED A LITTLE EARLIER.

UM, HOW DO WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT IT IS FOOTBALL SEASON? AND WE'VE GOT STADIUMS THAT ARE FULL ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THURSDAY NIGHTS, AND FRIDAY NIGHTS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S NEEDED.

HOW DID YOU GET TO THE GAME? UH, DOES THE, CAN THE BUS GET YOU HOME? UH, IF, IF YOU, IF YOU LIVE IN LBJS UH, AREA, BUT YOU GO TO SCHOOL AT MCCALLUM, HOW DO YOU GET BACK AND FORTH? SO, SO, UM, HOW ARE WE GOING TO INCORPORATE, UH, THE, UH, THE THINGS THAT WE DID WHEN, WHEN WE WENT TO THE VOTERS ABOUT PROJECT MEETING? SO WHAT I'LL SAY IS I THINK THAT YOU'RE SITTING IN OUR MEETINGS AND YOU DIDN'T REALIZE IT.

'CAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY A TOPIC THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

NOT ONLY FOR THE FOOTBALL GAMES AT NIGHT, WHICH WE ALL KNOW ARE BIG DRAWS, BUT ALSO, UM, MORNING PT MEETINGS OR MORNING COFFEES WITH PARENTS WHO ARE DROPPING OFF KIDS AT SCHOOL SO THAT WE CAN START TO LEVERAGE SOME OF THOSE TIMEFRAMES OF WE KNOW THAT YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE AND WE NEED TO BE WHERE YOU ARE.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? BOARD MEMBER LANDMARK? DO THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, SO YOU KNOW, JEN ON THIS AND I, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE DARREN AND BRUCE AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, IN THE NEPA THING, THE PURPOSE IT SAYS INCLUDES DEVELOPMENT OF MITIGATION THAT THE PROJECT SPONSOR COMMITS TO IN ORDER TO OFFSET IDENTIFIED IMPACTS.

I MEAN, IN SOME RESPECTS, THIS PROJECT IS MEANT TO CATALYZE HUGE CHANGE.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE WENT ON RIVERSIDE AND, YOU KNOW, I I I JUST WANT TO LIKE, PUTTING RAIL DOWN RIVERSIDE IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING INCREDIBLY POWERFUL FOR THAT CORRIDOR, YOU KNOW, AND OBVIOUSLY YOU NEED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE AND THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE DISPLACED, WHICH, YOU KNOW, THE 300 MILLION HOPEFULLY WILL HELP MITIGATE THAT NEGATIVE ASPECT.

BUT THERE ARE A HUGE AMOUNT OF POSITIVE ASPECTS THAT GO ALONG WITH THIS THAT ARE THE, YOU KNOW, IMPACTS OF THE PROJECT.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE LIKE WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO, YOU KNOW, FULLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LARGELY THE LAND USE ASPECT OF RAIL, YOU KNOW, AND NOT RUN A FOUL OF NEPA THAT WE DON'T HAVE TWO POLICIES WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER.

UM, SO I JUST, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RESPONSE IS TO THAT PIECE OF IT.

'CAUSE I'M NOT, YOU KNOW, PRIVY TO LIKE WHAT THE, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT TALKS ABOUT MITIGATING IMPACTS, IS IT TALKING ABOUT POSITIVE THINGS LIKE LAND USE? UM, SURE.

BOARD CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

I'LL START, YOU KNOW, ONE THING YOU MENTIONED IS MITIGATION.

AS PART OF THE NEPA DOCUMENT, WE'LL ACTUALLY CREATE WHAT'S CALLED A MITIGATION, UH, MONITORING PLAN.

AND THINK OF THAT AS A A, A CONTRACT.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ACTUALLY SUBMIT AS PART OF THE NEPA DOCUMENT THAT F T A WILL SEE.

AND IT'LL LIST ALL THOSE THINGS WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY, UH, ACKNOWLEDGE IN TERMS OF, UH, MITIGATION TO MINIMIZE IMPACTS.

NOW YOUR QUESTION ABOUT, UM, I THINK IT'S LAND USE AND, AND HOW THE PRODUCT IMPACTS KIND OF, UM, WHAT'S THERE TODAY.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY ONE OF THOSE CHAPTERS, UH, THAT WE INCORPORATE INTO THE E I S WE DIDN'T SHARE IT HERE, BUT ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF UNDER THE SUN, UH, IN TERMS OF ANIMALS, PARKS, TRAILS, BIKES, TRAFFIC, I GO ON AND ON.

THAT'S ALL INCLUDED UNDER THIS DOCUMENT.

AND INCLUDING, AS YOU MENTIONED, UH, UM, LAND USE AND, AND, AND SO FORTH.

BUT I WANNA MAKE SURE WE CAN CATALYZE THE GREATEST CHANGE IN POSITIVE AREAS, UM, YOU KNOW, AND NOT TRY AND MITIGATE THEM.

IT'S, WE'RE TRYING TO DO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF THAT.

YEAH.

SO I, I THINK IT'S A BALANCE RIGHT? BETWEEN, YOU KNOW,

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MITIGATION AS IT RELATES TO HELPING THE CITY GROW AND DEVELOP VERSUS A MITIGATION TO MAYBE LIKE A DISPLACEMENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I THINK THOSE ARE, ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.

THEY ARE, AND I I I WILL SAY THIS ON BEHALF OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SOMETIMES THEIR POLICIES DO, UM, NOT JIVE WITH EACH OTHER, BUT I THINK THE ANSWER TO A LOT OF THE MITIGATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM IS GONNA BE THE BUILDING OF THE AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

SO MOBILITY CHALLENGES IN THAT CORRIDOR.

ONE OF THE ANSWERS TO THAT IS TO BUILD A LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM TO MOVE PEOPLE THROUGH THAT TO HELP MITIGATE MOBILITY, AFFORDABILITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND ALL THAT WILL TALK ON THE, UH, TALK ON THE LEVEL OF THE NEPA DOCUMENT.

I THINK SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'RE, YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT AND TALKING ABOUT ARE ACTUALLY OUTSIDE THE NEPA DOCUMENT.

THEY'RE POLICY TYPE THINGS AND THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE CITY WANTS TO DO IN ORDER TO GROW AND CATALYZE THE LIGHT RAIL INVESTMENT.

AND I THINK THOSE, THOSE THINGS SHOULD NOT BE PRECLUDED BY, BY A NEPA DOCUMENT.

THOSE ARE ADDITIVES TO A, A NEPA DOCUMENT.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION, BUT, YOU KNOW, SOMEWHAT, I MEAN, LIKE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SHRED ALONG RIVERSIDE AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOU, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY FROM IMAGINE AUSTIN FORWARD, WE'VE BEEN ADVOCATING INTENSE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE RAIL SYSTEM.

THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THIS CITY VOTED TO ADVANCE THIS PROJECT.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, IN NO WAY DOES NEPA YOU KNOW, PREVENT US FROM ACHIEVING THE IMAGINE AUSTIN VISION FOR CENTRAL TEXAS.

YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THAT'S WHY I, ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS I VOTED FOR IT.

IN ADDITION TO THE MOBILITY ASPECTS, I JUST WANNA RESPOND, YOU KNOW, I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING AND, AND APPRECIATE THE POINT.

UM, AND I, I DO THINK IT'LL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DOCUMENT SOME OF THE POSITIVE IMPACTS AS WELL AS ADVERSE.

UH, AND AN EXAMPLE THAT, THAT YOU'RE MAKING ME THINK OF IS, FOR EXAMPLE, CHANGES IN VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED, UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAVE ADDITIONAL, UM, YOU KNOW, ROBUST TRANSIT OPTIONS, YOU KNOW, WE CAN MODEL LIKE SOME OF THE CHOICES PEOPLE MIGHT MAKE TO TAKE TRANSIT INSTEAD OF TAKING THEIR PERSONAL CAR AND ALL THE IMPACTS, YOU KNOW, UM, THAT ARE POSITIVE THAT EVOLVE FROM THAT.

AND SO, LIKE, THAT'S PART OF OUR ANALYSIS AS WELL.

AND ONE THING I'LL ADD THAT I MISSED TOO, IS THERE, CERTAINLY WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE A CONSISTENCY WITH PLANS AND POLICIES.

SO ALL THOSE ARE ACTUALLY CAPTURED IN THE DOCUMENT AS WELL.

I'LL ADD ONE LAST THING, WHICH IS A SHOUT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UM, A LOT OF WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE CONCEPTS THAT THEY ARE VERY FOCUSED ON, LIKE AN EQUITY FOCUSED LENS OF HOW WE'RE, HOW WE'RE GONNA MOVE THIS FORWARD.

AND SO, UM, WORKING THROUGH THEM AND WITH THEM, WE'LL BE ANSWERING A LOT OF THESE QUESTIONS AS WE, AS WE CONTINUE.

I THINK IT, IT GOES BACK TO THE EARLIER CONVERSATION WE HAD ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP, RIGHT? UM, WE KNOW THAT THE CITY IS ENGAGED IN A WHOLE SERIES OF TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE POLICY WORK RIGHT NOW, UM, WHICH IS GREAT, RIGHT? BECAUSE THAT WORK AND THEN THE WORK ON THE, ON THE DESIGN OF, OF THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THOSE THINGS WORK TOGETHER AND LEVERAGE ONE ANOTHER, RIGHT? AND SO I KNOW THAT THAT'S ONGOING AND WE'RE GONNA BE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS AT THE CITY AND CAP METRO TO LEVERAGE THOSE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO THE GREATEST DEGREE POSSIBLE.

AGREE TO THAT.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE TO ADD A COUPLE THINGS AND, AND ONE, ONE OF YOUR SLIDES IN THE PYRAMID OF WHERE YOU TALKED ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONAL PIECES OF WHAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS.

I LOVE THAT YOU'RE TACKLING THE, YOU KNOW, THE MASS LOW HIERARCHY OF NEEDS IN A WAY THAT IF WE DON'T, IF WE MISS THAT PIECE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY AS WE WRITE THIS SYSTEM, WE MISS THE BOAT, RIGHT? IT TALK, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MOBILITY, WE'RE THINKING NOT JUST CONNECTING POINT A TO POINT B, BUT THAT ENTIRE JOURNEY.

WAS IT ENJOYABLE? WAS IT SAFE, WAS IT ON TIME? AND ALL THOSE PIECES.

WHEN I LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT WITH THE POLICY MAKERS AT, AT THE CITY WITH COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE, WHO ALSO SITS ON THE CAP METRO BOARD, AND UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS ECOSYSTEM OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PARTNERS IS HELPING ADVANCE SOME OF THOSE POLICIES.

I'M VERY ENCOURAGED TO SEE, I THINK WHAT IS BE GONNA BE COMING UP IN OCTOBER, THE TREE, UH, THE TREE ORDINANCE, OR TO HAVE STREET TREES.

AND AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER, AND AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MITIGATING THE EFFECTS OF NOISE, WHETHER IT'S CONSTRUCTION OR VIBRATION OF THE TRAINS, AS WE'RE GOING DOWN THOSE CORRIDORS, ONE POLICY CHANGE CAN IMPACT ALL THESE LAYERS.

AND WHAT I'M HEARING YOU SAY, NOT TO TRY TO TRANSLATE OR PUT WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH, BUT IF NEPA IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED, WE DON'T WANT IT TO BE THE MAXIMUM ACHIEVED, RIGHT? AND SO I HOPE THAT WE LOOK THROUGH THAT LENS OF IMAGINE AUSTIN AND GO ABOVE AND BEYOND AND COLLABORATE IN ONE, HOW ONE POLICY HELPS US MITIGATE AN IMPACT THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS WITH NEPA.

AND I THINK THAT IF WE PUT ALL THOSE LENSES TOGETHER AND REALLY REACH OUT

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AND HAVE THIS CROSS POLLINATION, I THINK REALLY WILL HELP US ADDRESS THE, THE GOALS OF THE LARGER CITY.

AND I LOVE WHAT EVERY TIME YOU SAY HOW, HOW ARE WE GONNA MEASURE SUCCESS? IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE MOMENT WE OPEN, PEOPLE WANT MORE OF IT BECAUSE IT'S GONNA BE WORKING.

IT'S, IT'S PROMISING.

SO, UM, THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK AND WE HAVE A LOT OF HEAVY LIFT AHEAD OF US.

SO THANK YOU.

NO FURTHER COMMENTS FROM THE COURT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SO NOW WE'RE MOVING ON TO OUR ACTION

[4.1 Approval of minutes from the August 23, 2023 Board Meeting ]

ITEMS. THE FIRST ACTION ITEM TODAY IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MEETING MINUTES FROM THE AUGUST 23RD, 2020 THIRD, A T P BOARD MEETING.

I'D LIKE TO THANK MAYOR FOR COVERING THAT MEETING FOR ME.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I WAS REMOTE AND I KNOW IT WAS BRIEF.

I DUNNO IF YOU WERE TRYING TO BREAK A RECORD, BUT I KNOW EVERY I WAS, I WAS, BUT YOUR BOARD DIDN'T COOPERATE.

, HE HE'S LOOKING AT ME.

THIS, YEAH.

NEW MEMBERS .

SO IF EVERYONE HAS HAD TIME TO REVIEW THOSE MEETING MINUTES, I'D LIKE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ACTION ITEM NUMBER ONE.

SO MOVED, MOVED BY, UH, COMMISSIONER TRIVIAN SECOND BY MAYOR WAT EVERYONE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

THE MEETING MINUTES HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

UH, NOW, UM, IF I,

[4.2 Approval of Fiscal Year 2024 Budget]

I LIKE TO NOW GO TO ACTION ITEM NUMBER TWO, THE APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2024 BUDGET.

WELCOME.

SO WE'RE ALL GONNA HAVE OUR STAFF WELCOME MR. ROBERTA.

HELLO JAMIE.

HOW ARE YOU? UM, GIVE US THE, UM, AN UPDATE ON THIS IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM.

HELLO, BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, SO YEAH, WE'RE JUST GONNA PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2024 BUDGET.

I KNOW WE COVERED IT AT THE AUGUST 20 AT THE AUGUST MEETING, UM, BUT WE JUST WANT TO PROVIDE A LITTLE MORE CONTEXT AS WE KIND OF MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ACTION ITEM.

I HAVE JAMIE AXON HERE, FINANCIAL SERVICES MANAGER, WHO REALLY HELPED PUT TOGETHER AND KIND OF HERD ALL THE CATS IN GETTING THE INFORMATION.

UM, THAT WAS ALL INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET.

BUT, SO THE ACTION ITEM TODAY IS REQUESTING APPROVAL OF THE F Y 24 BUDGET.

AT A HIGH LEVEL, IT'S $53 MILLION IN NEW CAPITAL APPROPRIATIONS, 20 MILLION OF WHICH IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT FUNDS, AND 33 OF WHICH IS DEDICATED TO THE LIGHT RAIL CAPITAL FUND.

UM, WITHIN THE LIGHT RAIL CAPITAL FUND, THERE'S A PROPOSED BENT PLAN FOR $115 MILLION.

UM, AND THE DELTA BETWEEN THE 33 AND THE 115 IS MADE UP REALLY OF REMAINING APPROPRIATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY APPROVED, UM, IN PRIOR YEAR BUDGETS.

AND ALSO INCLUSIVE, UM, IN THE BOARD ACTION IS THE APPROVAL OF THE STAFFING PLAN, UM, WHICH IS SAME OVER FISCAL YEAR 2023 AT 87, UM, FTES FOR THE YEAR.

SO I KNOW WE JUST LITERALLY COVERED THIS IN THE LAST PRESENTATION, A LITTLE FUNNY.

SO WE WERE PUTTING THIS SLIDE TOGETHER AND WE KIND OF CAME TOGETHER AT THE END OF IT ALL.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAD THE SAME SORT OF PRIORITY OUTCOMES, UM, IN TWO SEPARATE PRESENTATIONS THAT WERE PUT TOGETHER IN, IF YOU WANNA CALL IT SILOS.

BUT, UM, OUT OUTSIDE OF HERE, AS GREG MENTIONED, THE F Y 2024 BUDGET REALLY ENCOMPASSES THE WORK TO GET US THROUGH REALLY THESE MAIN THREE PIECES, UM, THROUGH THESE MAIN THREE PRIORITY OUTCOMES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY OUTLINED.

UM, GETTING US THROUGH THE FEDERAL PROCESS, REALLY ENHANCING, UM, OUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND BRINGING THEM ALONG AS WELL.

AND THEN ADVANCING DESIGN AND ENGINEERING TO BOTH INFORM AND HELP ON THE NEPA SIDE AND ALSO HELP WITH, UH, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT GRANT SIDE AND ADVANCING INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

SO THIS IS A OVERVIEW OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE COVERED BACK IN AUGUST.

UM, WON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME HERE.

ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE REALLY IS JUST A FUN SUMMARY OF THE OPERATING BUDGET.

YOU'LL SEE THAT THE, THE TRANSFERS OUT ARE THE SAME AMOUNTS AS APPROPRIATIONS, THE NEW APPROPRIATIONS THAT ARE ENCOMPASSED WITHIN THE BUDGET.

AND THE FOLLOWING SLIDES, WE'LL DIVE INTO A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ON THE, UM, SPEND PLAN AND THE DIFFERENT ITEMS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BUDGET.

SO AT A HIGH LEVEL, THE F Y 2024, UM, REVENUE SIDE OF THE EQUATION IS, IS MAINLY PROPERTY TAX.

SO WE HAVE, WE'RE ESTIMATING $166 MILLION AND, UM, PROP A REVENUES BEING TRANSFERRED OVER FROM THE CITY, UM, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR OF F Y 24 AND ENCOMPASS IN THAT WE'RE ALSO PROJECTING A SLIGHTLY INCREASE IN INTEREST INCOME.

UM, AS WE ALL KNOW, RATES HAVE

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BEEN RELATIVELY HIGHER IN THIS ENVIRONMENT AND WE'RE ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT AND BRING IN SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUE FOR THE, FOR THE PROGRAM.

UM, AS HIGHLIGHTED HERE, AS WE'VE MENTIONED IN THE PAST WHEN LOOKING AT THE ORIGINAL FUNDING MODEL, THERE WERE TWO, UM, REVENUE COMPONENTS REALLY THAT KIND OF HELPED FUND THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM AS A WHOLE FOR THE PROP A REVENUE, WHICH IS DELINEATED HERE, AND THEN THE CAP CAP METRO CONTRIBUTIONS, WHICH ENCOMPASS SALES TAX DOLLARS AND OTHER REVENUES GENERATED OVER THE COURSE OF, I BELIEVE THE COMMITMENT WENT THROUGH MID 2040S, COMPASS UPWARDS OF $500 MILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THAT TIME PERIOD.

UM, THOSE ARE NOT SHOWN HERE, BUT THEY ARE STILL BEING CAPTURED ON THE CAP METRO SIDE.

SO WE ARE WORKING WITH STAFF ON THE CAP METRO WITH CAP METRO, UM, TO REALLY FINALIZE A FUNDING FRAMEWORK FOR THE CAP METRO COMPONENTS.

SO AS MENTIONED, IT WAS A, A PROGRAM OF PROJECTS, COMPASS, METRO RAPID LINES, AND DIFFERENT PARK AND RIDE ELEMENTS AS WELL.

SO, UM, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO SOLIDIFY THE FUNDING FRAMEWORK SO WE CAN PUT TOGETHER THE, THE REVENUE SIDE OF THE EQUATION REALLY FOR THOSE COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECTS AND REALLY HAVE A LONGER TERM AGREEMENT IN PLACE TO PROVIDE THAT, UM, STABILITY, I GUESS IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT WHEN LOOKING FORWARD PROJECTIONS FROM A CASHFLOW PERSPECTIVE.

SO, AND NOW I'LL TURN IT OVER TO JAMIE AND SHE'LL WALK THROUGH THE NEW APPROPRIATIONS AND THE SPEND PLAN FOR F Y 24.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

SO AS BRIAN TOUCHED ON, THIS BUDGET IS PREDOMINANTLY NEW APPROPRIATIONS.

33 MILLION OF THAT WILL CONTINUE LIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT.

WE ALSO HAVE 82 MILLION AVAILABLE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR BOARD APPROVED APPROPRIATIONS.

SO THAT MAKES UP THE TOTAL $115 MILLION SPEND PLAN FOR THAT LIGHT RAIL.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE THE ADDITIONAL 20 MILLION FOR THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS, BRINGING OUR TOTAL COMMITMENT TO THOSE PROGRAMS TO 120 MILLION, UM, THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 24.

UM, AS BRIAN MENTIONED, UH, WE ARE NOT, UM, INCLUDING ANY NEW APPROPRIATIONS FOR CAP METRO PROJECTS.

THE, UM, NEW METRO RAPID ROUTES BOTH EXPO CENTER AND PLEASANT VALLEY HAVE BEEN FULLY APPROPRIATED, AS HAS MCCALL STATION.

UM, ADDITIONAL FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS WILL BE ALLOCATED VIA BUDGET AMENDMENT, UM, ONCE A FUNDING FRAMEWORK I L A IS IN PLACE AND AGREED TO BY BOTH THE CAP METRO AND A T P BOARDS.

SO NOW WE'RE GONNA DIVE INTO SOME OF THAT SPENDING.

THIS IS THE $115 MILLION TOTAL LIGHT RAIL SPENDING.

UM, THE FIRST COMPONENT I'D LIKE TO DIVE INTO IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, UM, THAT ENCOMPASSES OUR PERSONNEL ABOUT 16 MILLION, UM, WHICH INCLUDES OUR THREE AND A HALF PERCENT WAGE ADJUSTMENT FOR ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES.

UM, THAT ALSO INCLUDES FUNDING FOR OUR HEALTH BENEFITS AND WELFARE PROGRAM THAT IS GOING TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THAT WILL BE A SEPARATE BOARD ACTION COMING TO YOU LATER IN THIS MEETING.

UM, AND THEN AS BRIAN MENTIONED, THIS BUDGET MAINTAINS AUTHORIZED STAFFING LEVEL OF 87 POSITIONS.

I WILL NOTE THAT AS PART OF THIS FISCAL YEAR 24 BUDGET DEVELOPMENT, WE TOOK A HOLISTIC VIEW OF, UM, THIS STAFFING PLAN.

WE WANTED TO REALLY REEVALUATE IN, REEVALUATE THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR NEW LIGHT RAIL ALIGNMENT AND PRIORITIZE THOSE POSITIONS THAT WE WERE GOING TO NEED MOST IN THIS NEXT YEAR.

SO THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE DEPARTMENT PAGES IN THE BUDGET SUPPLEMENT, YOU'LL SEE SOME SHIFTING BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS.

UM, THAT'S NOT TO SAY ANY DEPARTMENT IS MORE OR LESS IMPORTANT THAN ANY OTHERS, IT'S JUST WE ARE PRIORITIZING WHERE WE NEED, UH, THOSE FUNCTIONS TO BE IN THE NEXT YEAR.

AND SO THERE'S SOME MOVEMENT OF POSITIONS AND FUNCTIONS, UM, BUT WE DID MAINTAIN THAT 87 POSITIONS.

UM, YOU'LL ALSO NOTE THE INCREASE IN OUR, UM, OVERALL PERSONNEL BUDGET, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSONNEL COUNT IS STAYING THE SAME, THAT IS BECAUSE WE ANTICIPATE HIRING MORE.

NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS NEW IMPLEMENT OR THE NEW ALIGNMENT, UM, WE EXPECT TO REALLY HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AND START HIRING SOME OF THOSE PRIORITY POSITIONS THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO DO ALL THE WORK THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT IN THE PREVIOUS PRESENTATION.

UM, THIS BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES, UM, ALMOST 28 MILLION FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT CONTRACTS THAT FUNDING SUPPORTS, UM, OUR DIRECT PROVIDER OF IT SERVICES AS WELL AS NEW CONTRACTED RESOURCES FOR COMMUNICATIONS.

UM, AND IT CONTINUES OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS GROUP.

AND SO, AGAIN, GOING BACK TO THE LAST PRESENTATION, UH, THE, THE BIGGEST CHUNK OF THIS FUNDING THAT 69 MILLION IS FOR THOSE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS.

UM, THIS IS UTILIZING AND FUNDING

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THE EXISTING CONTRACTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY THE BOARD.

UM, THAT WOULD BE EITHER H D R H N T B, AECOM HUG AND OTHERS, UM, THAT THAT FUNDING WILL SUPPORT ADVANCING THE ENGINEERING AND DESIGN TO SUPPORT NEPA AND C I G RELATED ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS INFORMING DESIGN REQUIREMENTS AND THAT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SUPPORT THAT'S BEEN SO CRITICAL.

NOPE, JUMPED AHEAD.

SO WE'RE NOW AVAILABLE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU'D LIKE TO ADDRESS TO US.

THANK YOU BOTH.

I OPEN IT UP TO MY COLLEAGUES QUESTIONS.

I'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING, NOT REALLY A QUESTION, BUT, UM, ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT, UH, LANDLORD WAS SAYING A MINUTE AGO IN SOME OF THE DISCUSSION WE HAD ABOUT HOW WE TRY TO CONSOLIDATE POLICY THAT THE CITY MIGHT BE DOING ALONG WITH WHAT WE'RE DOING, AND THE, THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT DOLLARS, THE ADDITIONAL 20 MILLION THAT GETS US UP TO 120 MILLION, OF COURSE THAT'S CITY MONEY THAT WAS PART OF THAT, BUT IS BEING, UH, MONITORED AND PUT FORWARD BY A T P.

AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE WAY WE CONTINUE TO, TO TRY TO MERGE THE, THE POLICY ASPECTS OF THAT.

AND ALONG THOSE LINES, UH, I WOULD ASK THAT AS WE GO FORWARD AND WE START AS WE'RE SPENDING THAT KIND OF MONEY, WE'LL BE DOING THIS AT THE CITY, BUT, BUT WE ALSO DO IT HERE WHERE WE SEE WHERE THAT MONEY IS ACTUALLY GOING AND HOW IT'S BEING USED, ALLAH MITIGATION, UM, AND, AND, AND HOW WE APPROACH THAT.

I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT'S ON A, YOU KNOW, EACH BOARD MEETING OR HOW I'LL LEAVE THAT TO THE FOLKS THAT ARE ACTUALLY SPENDING THE MONEY, UH, TO, TO KIND OF GIVE US AN IDEA ABOUT THAT.

BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR THE BOARD, BUT ALSO FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE HOW WE'RE DOING THAT AS, AS WE GO ALONG.

THE, THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY, SINCE I'VE NOW STARTED TALKING ABOUT THE MITIGATION ABOUT THE, THE CONCEPT OF MITIGATION, IS I REALLY DO THINK THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO THINK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW, HOW WE USE THAT WORD AND IF THERE'S A, IF THERE ARE OTHER WORDS TO BE USED, BECAUSE I, I MUST ADMIT THAT I HAVE A, I'D LIKE TO CALL IT AN INSTINCTIVE REACTION, BUT IT'S PROBABLY JUST A GOOD OLD FASHIONED INS UH, A KNEE JERK REACTION.

AND THAT IS THAT WHEN YOU SAY MITIGATION, IT IS THAT SOMETHING IS CREATING A PROBLEM AND THEREFORE WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO MITIGATE, WELL, CLEARLY ANTI-DISPLACEMENT DOLLARS ARE MITIGATION DOLLARS WHEN, BUT AS YOU POINT OUT VERY WELL, A LOT OF WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS MITIGATING OTHER POLICY PROBLEMS AND ISSUES WE HAVE TO FACE.

AND AS I WAS LISTENING TO THE DISCUSSION, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY WORD THAT POPPED IN MY HEAD THAT WOULD SOLVE THAT, UH, THAT ISSUE.

AND I KNOW WE HAVE TO CHECK THE NEPA BOXES AND USE THE, THE TERMINOLOGY THAT'S USED THERE, BUT IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL THAT WE'RE NOT ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HOW WE'RE MITIGATING SOMETHING WHEN IN FACT WE'RE ENHANCING SOMETHING.

SO, THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, I THINK IN THAT, ON THAT VEIN, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DISPLACEMENT, ANTI DISPLACEMENT, I LIKE WHAT THE CITY'S DOING AND CALLING IT DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE POSITIVE.

ANTI DISPLACEMENT SOUNDS JUST MORE NEGATIVE.

I MEAN, IT, I KNOW IT'S THE, THE SELECTION OF WORDS, BUT WORDS MATTER, RIGHT? OH, ABSOLUTELY.

THEY, THEY REALLY DO.

AND, UM, ONE THING I LIKE TO SEE THAT, AND, AND TO YOUR POINT, MAYOR, I DO LIKE THAT, UM, THE ANTI DISPLACEMENT INVESTMENTS, THEY DID GIVE US A BREAKDOWN OF HOW THIS MONEY'S ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED, RIGHT? SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 986 INCOME RESTRICTED UNITS, 50 UNITS WITH THE LIBERT AUSTIN AT GARDNER PROGRAM.

SO IT'S REALLY NICE TO SEE THAT THESE, WHAT WAS FUNDED IN TWO PREVIOUS, UH, FUNDING CYCLES HAVE NOW STARTED TO SHOW FRUIT OF THIS LABOR.

SO I'M GLAD THAT THIS MONEY'S NOT GETTING STUCK AND IT'S ACTUALLY BEING USED NOW.

YES.

SO IT'S KUDOS TO YOUR TEAM AT THE CITY FOR ADVANCING THIS.

WELL, AND I THINK IT'D BE GREAT FOR US TO HEAR ON A TIME, YOU KNOW, TIMELINES, LOCATIONS, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, SO THAT, THAT WE'RE AWARE, WE'RE JUST AWARE.

YEAH.

AND, AND THE PUBLIC IS AWARE.

SO I'M, I'M GLAD THAT YOU POINT THAT OUT.

YEAH, NO, IT'S, IT'S GOOD BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IT, IT TOOK US A WHILE TO GET STARTED WITH THIS FUNDING AND THEN ALLOCATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF, UH, HOUSING THAT'S WORKING WITH THESE ENTITIES AND, UM, BUT THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THIS DETAIL ON THIS.

BUT YEAH, THANK YOU.

UM, ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I'LL SAY ONE OF THE THINGS, IF YOU DON'T MIND, AND THAT IS THE, I'M GLAD THAT THE'RE POINTING OUT ALSO THE CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS.

MM-HMM.

, UH, IN MY VIEW,

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A T P IS ON THE, UH, IN CAPITAL METRO OR ON THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT I THINK WILL BE ONE OF THE, UH, BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE SEE HAPPEN IN THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE NEXT YEAR, THREE YEARS, FIVE YEARS.

THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT'S GOING TO GO ON WITH REGARD TO INFRASTRUCTURE IN ESSENCE CREATES A WHOLE NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECTOR IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S NOT WELL RECOGNIZED AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECTOR IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT IS.

WHEN YOU'RE, YOU'RE PUTTING THIS KIND OF MONEY IN THERE AND THE EFFORT THAT GOES INTO MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE CREATING CAREER PATHS IN THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECTOR IS, IS GONNA BE EXTRAORDINARY IF WE AS A COMMUNITY DO IT RIGHT.

IT GETS BACK TO LANG MOORE'S COMMENT.

AGAIN, THIS IS A POLICY ISSUE, NOT LAND USE POLICY, BUT IT'S, IT'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY.

IT IS TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE POLICY THAT, THAT THE WORK THAT'S GOING ON HERE IS GOING TO ENHANCE ONCE AGAIN.

SO I'M, I I, I THINK WE OUGHT TO, I'M GLAD IT'S IN THERE.

I'M GLAD WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT, UH, I, I'M, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT IT AND UNDERSCORE, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

BOARD MEMBER.

GAR, IF I COULD ADD, I'M NOT SURE I COULD ANYTHING TO WHAT THE MARRIAGE HAS SAID, BUT IF I COULD ADD, UM, AND AS, AS WE MOVE ALONG WITH, WITH THESE CONCEPTS, I'D LIKE TO SEE US, UM, REPORT ANYTIME WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS, BRICK AND MORTAR THAT WE'VE ACTUALLY DONE.

UM, SO, UM, I DON'T SEE THAT, TO ME, THE BUDGET HAS NEVER BEEN A FINANCIAL DOCUMENT.

IT IS A, IT IS A WORK PLAN.

AND SO YES, I WANNA MAKE SURE WE SPEND OUR MONEY WISELY, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REPORT ON WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE EXPENDITURE OF THOSE FUNDS.

SO AS THE STEP COMES BACK TO US, UH, TO REPORT ON FINANCIAL PROGRESS, I WANT HEAR WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE MONEY WE SPENT, ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO I EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HOUSING.

IF I COULD.

MADAM CHAIR PERMISSION, MAYOR ILLA.

UM, I THINK, I THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE, ARE REALLY IMPORTANT MESSAGES.

UH, BUT I THINK WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DISPLACEMENT, UH, WE'VE GOTTA UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF THE DISPLACEMENT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OUR CITY HAS BECOME UNAFFORDABLE AND, AND THERE'S AN OUTMIGRATION OF PEOPLE TO AREAS THAT THEY CAN AFFORD.

I MEAN, IF YOU'RE INSIDE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, IF YOU CAN'T GET A $500,000 LOAN FOR A HOUSE, YOU CAN'T GET A HOUSE.

UH, THERE, EVEN AS WE, AS WE'VE TRIED TO GET AFFORDABILITY THROUGH OUR PI PROCESS, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET A HOUSE UNDER $300,000.

SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, AS WE ARE TRYING TO CONNECT OUR COMMUNITIES, ARE, ARE WE LOOKING IN OUR TITLE ONE ENVIRONMENTS? AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS, A VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ARE IN OUR, ARE IN OUR EASTERN CRESCENT.

SO AS WE TRY TO CONNECT THROUGH WORKSOURCE AND TRAIN PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO THESE TYPES OF JOBS, UH, WHAT ARE WE DOING NOT ONLY WITH A I S D, BUT WITH MAINOR I S D AS WELL WITH DELL VALLEY, I S D AS WELL, UH, WITH PFLUGERVILLE, I S D.

ALL OF THESE ARE PLACES, UH, THAT, THAT WE HAVE SOME CONNECTIVITY TO, BUT WE SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE MORE.

HOW ARE WE COORDINATING WITH OUR CAPITAL AREA RURAL TRANSIT SYSTEM, UH, AS, AS WE THINK ABOUT WHERE WE HAVE ALLOCATED DOLLARS, UH, HAVE WE ALLOCATED DOLLARS IN THOSE AREAS.

UH, FOR EXAMPLE, THE EXPO CENTER IS RIGHT THERE ON DECKER, WHICH TECHNICALLY IS THE MAINER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT.

UH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT PLEASANT VALLEY, THAT'S ANOTHER, MOST OF THE SCHOOLS ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF 35 ARE YOUR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS.

SO HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE, UH, THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE TRENDS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS AND INCORPORATE, UH, AND INCORPORATE, UH, THE, THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED WITH THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE INCLUDING EVERYBODY.

I, I THINK THAT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO SO.

UH, WE, WE JUST HAVE TO, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT