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WELCOME EVERYBODY.

THIS

[CALL TO ORDER]

IS THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

I AM THE CHAIR.

I AM MAYOR PRO TEM PAIGE ELLIS.

I'M JOINED BY VICE CHAIR CADRE, UH, COMMITTEE MEMBER OF VANESSA FUENTES.

WE HAVE CHIEF VELA JOINING US AND COUNCIL MEMBER MCKENZIE KELLY WILL BE JOINING IN JUST A MINUTE.

I THINK SHE'LL BE LOGGING IN REMOTELY, BUT I FIGURED WE COULD GO AHEAD AND AND GET STARTED.

UM, IT IS 1:04 PM SEPTEMBER 28TH, AND WE ARE HERE INSIDE AUSTIN CITY HALL.

WE HAVE A COUPLE ITEMS TO TAKE UP TODAY.

WE HAVE ONE PUBLIC SPEAKER THAT'S JUST GENERAL COMMUNICATION THAT WE'LL TAKE UP FIRST.

AND THEN FOR THE SAKE OF TIME, I'M GONNA SUGGEST WE GO THROUGH THE, UM, APPROVING THE MINUTES, GO THROUGH THE C HOME REDEVELOPMENT TS NUMBER, UM, 'CAUSE I THINK THERE'S A, A SCHEDULING CONSIDERATION THAT WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF.

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE UP THE SPEAKERS ON SEA HOME TURS RIGHT BEFORE THAT ITEM.

AND THEN WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THE I 35 CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL UPDATE.

AND SO WE'LL TAKE THE SPEAKERS.

I THINK THERE'S ABOUT NINE SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP.

WE'LL, WE'LL TAKE THOSE FOLKS RIGHT BEFORE THAT ITEM AND THAT WAY WE CAN STAY ON SCHEDULE.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND KICK OFF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER,

[Public Communication: General]

DIANA PROCTOR.

WELCOME.

YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES AND THAT'LL BE THE CASE FOR ALL THE SPEAKERS TODAY.

THREE MINUTES.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBERS OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

MY NAME IS DIANA PROCTOR.

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON BARTON SPRINGS POOL.

ANDER PARK, ANTICIPATING HIGH SEASON NEXT SUMMER 2024.

THE ISSUES I'D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER ARE PEOPLE PARKING AND TRANSIT PEOPLE.

ON JULY 2ND, OVER 11 AND A HALF THOUSAND UNIQUE VISITORS ENTERED THE GATES OF BARTON SPRINGS POOL.

IN THAT ONE DAY ALONE, MOST VISITORS ARE TOURISTS.

I PERFORMED AN INFORMAL SURVEY AND I LEARNED THAT 71% OF SURVEYED VISITORS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND WERE TOURISTS PARKING.

THE POLO FIELD HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY OPERATING AS AN ILLEGAL PARKING AREA FOR ANOTHER SEASON.

COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL SEE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOTH THE PARKS BOARD AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDING THAT THIS AREA BE CLOSED FOR PARKING AND RE-VEGETATED.

I HOPE THAT COUNCIL WILL CHOOSE TO STRENGTHEN THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS BY PERMANENTLY CLOSING THE POLO FIELD.

FOR ALL VEHICULAR PARKING, THE BARTON SPRINGS POOL BATHHOUSE REMODELING PROJECT WILL REQUIRE THE CLOSURE OF 140 PARKING PLACES AT THE POOL'S NORTH ENTRANCE, BEGINNING JANUARY, 2024 AND CONTINUING FOR 14 MONTHS OR MORE.

IT IS A PROJECT THAT I BELIEVE IS GOING TO BE MANAGED BY CITY OF AUSTIN'S PUBLIC WORKS TRANSIT.

PUTTING THESE IDEAS TOGETHER, I EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE A NEED FOR BOTH EAST AND WEST EXTERNAL PARKING SOURCES NEXT SUMMER, THAT THESE SOURCES ALREADY EXIST ON CAP METRO BUS ROUTE NUMBER 30 AT BARTON CREEK MALL AND ONE TEXAS CENTER.

THE CAPACITY OF PASSENGERS WILL FLUCTUATE DRAMATICALLY DURING THE DAY WITH PEAK VISITORS POSSIBLY REACHING 1000 PER HOUR.

CAT METRO HAS THE ABILITY TO DELIVER SERVICE AT SLOW HOURS AND PEAK HOURS WITH THEIR DEEP POOLS OF STAFF AND EQUIPMENT.

MOST VISITORS WILL BE TOURISTS.

THE SYSTEM MUST BE SIMPLE AND OBVIOUS FOR TOURISTS.

CAP METRO IS ALREADY THE FACE OF AUSTIN'S TRANSIT SOLUTIONS.

PUBLIC WORKS WILL ALREADY BE INVOLVED WITH PARKING ISSUES BECAUSE OF THE BATHHOUSE REMODELING PROJECT.

THEREFORE, I ASK THIS COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER WHETHER THEY CAN MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A CAT METRO SUMMER SHUTTLE PROGRAM FOR THE PEAK USE DAYS IN ZILKER PARK FOR THE SUMMER OF 2024.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY IS NOW JOINING US REMOTELY.

SHE'S HERE IN ATTENDANCE.

LET'S GO WITH,

[1. Approve the August 24, 2023, Mobility Committee minutes.]

DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE COMMITTEE MINUTES FROM AUGUST 24TH, 2023.

MOTIONED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, SECONDED BY VICE CHAIR CADRE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES, SAY AYE.

THAT IS UNANIMOUS WITH THE FOUR OF US COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT.

NEXT, LET'S

[2. Seaholm Redevelopment Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #18 Update.]

TAKE UP ITEM NUMBER TWO, THE SEE HOME REDEVELOPMENT, TAX INCREMENT, REINVESTMENT ZONE, MOST COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS TS.

ACTUALLY, BEFORE YOU GET STARTED, I THINK WE HAVE SPEAKERS.

I THINK WE HAD ABOUT FOUR SPEAKERS EARLIER.

TED SIFF, WELCOME.

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THANK YOU.

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS TED SIFF.

I'M HERE REPRESENTING MYSELF A 50 PLUS YEAR RESIDENT OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, AS WELL AS IN THE CAPACITY OF PRESIDENT OF THE OLD AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, ALSO KNOWN AS OONA.

THE C HOME DISTRICT AND ITS TIFF ARE FULLY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF ONA.

WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT OTHER THAN RECEIVING STAFF'S UPDATE THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE TAKE NO ACTION ON AGENDA ITEM NUMBER TWO.

TODAY WE ENCOURAGE THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE STAFF'S RECOMMENDED CLOSURE OF THE C HOME TIFF UNTIL AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE, TO THE BOWIE STREET UNDERPASS PROJECT IS DEVELOPED AND PAID FOR.

WE WANNA SEE A SAFER CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN FROM THE PFLUGER BRIDGE TO THE C HOME DISTRICT, AS PRIORITIZED, UH, IN THE TIFF PROJECT PLAN, AS WELL AS IN THE CYPRUS AND SHOAL PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGIES, UH, CREATED BY SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

THE STAKEHOLDER PROCESS CREATED BY THE 2021 COUNCIL RESOLUTION ALSO SUPPORTS THE CYPRESS AND SHOUL CREEK PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGIES PROPOSALS.

THE C HOME DISTRICT AREA OFFERS A CRITICAL HIGH VOLUME MULTIMODAL CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN.

WE ENCOURAGE THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE TO BE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS AREA PROVIDES A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE TO SUPPORT CURRENT AND INCREASED MULTI MULTIMODAL ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN.

THIS IS LARGELY WHAT THE C HOME TIFF WAS CREATED TO DO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK IVY KAISER.

HI.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY.

I'M IVY KAISER.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY.

AND SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY WAS ONE OF THE STAKEHOLDER GROUPS INVITED BY THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN BRAINSTORMING IDEAS TO CONNECT THE LANCE ARMSTRONG BIKEWAY TO THE PFLUGER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE WHEN THE BOWIE STREET UNDERPASS WAS DEEMED NOT FEASIBLE, UH, BY THE CITY STAFF.

THE STAKEHOLDER GROUP THAT WAS CONVENED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS DISCUSSED A VARIETY OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT WERE NOT ULTIMATELY INCLUDED IN THE PRESENTATION THAT YOU'LL SEE TODAY.

UM, WE HAVE ASKED, COME HERE TODAY TO ASK IF YOU WILL NOT SUPPORT THE PRESENTATION THAT'S BEING SHOWN TODAY AND THE ROUTE INCLUDED IN IT, AND CONSIDER NOT CLOSING THE C HOME TIFF UNTIL A PROJECT IS SUPPORTED WITH THAT TIFF FUNDING THAT ACCOMPLISHES ALL OF THE ORIGINAL GOALS OF THE BOW STREET UNDERPASS.

THESE ARE PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING FOR MANY YEARS, AS TED SIFF MENTIONED THROUGH THE CYPRESS AND SHOAL CREEK PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY, AND WE HOPE TO SEE THEM BE ABLE TO COME TO FRUITION WITH THE EXISTING TIF NUMBER 18 FUND.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

MATT SKE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, UH, CHAIR ALLISON, COMMITTEE MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY.

MY NAME IS MATT GUKE AND I'M REPRESENTING THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

UM, WE AS WELL AS THE OTHER SPEAKERS DO NOT SUPPORT STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION, UH, TO CLOSE THE SEA HOME TIFF UNTIL AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE BOWIE STREET UNDERPASS IS DEVELOPED.

UM, WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SAFER CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN FROM THE LUCER BRIDGE AND SEA HOME DISTRICT, AS PRIORITIZED IN THE CYPRUS AND SHOAL PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY, WHICH WE PARTNERED WITH SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY TO DEVELOP.

THIS IS A CRITICAL HIGH VOLUME MULTIMODAL CONNECTION TO DOWNTOWN, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE IT'S A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE TO SUPPORT CURRENT AND INCREASED MULTIMODAL ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN.

IF WE ARE TRULY COMMITTED TO CHANGING TRAVEL BEHAVIORS TOWARDS A 50 50 MODE SHARE, WE WHY WOULD WE BE MOVING THIS PROJECT? WE WOULD BE MOVING THIS PROJECT FORWARD THAT PRIORITIZES SAFETY AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS INSTEAD OF WHAT STAFF PROPOSES TODAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

TOM WALD

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IS TOM HERE.

LET'S CONTINUE.

HAYDEN WALKER.

HELLO, COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

MY NAME'S HAYDEN BLOCK WALKER.

I'M A FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER OF SAFE STREETS AUSTIN, AND I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THAT ORGANIZATION TODAY.

I SERVED PREVIOUSLY ON THE WALK AUSTIN BOARD VISION ZERO A T X, AND WAS THE VERY FIRST CHAIR OF THE CITY'S PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL.

AND MY WORK AS A MENTOR FOR THE NATIONAL WALKING COLLEGE.

I OFTEN USE AUSTIN AS AN EXAMPLE TO FELLOWS, UM, IN THE PROGRAM OF HOW THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS WORKING TO REPRIORITIZE OUR PUBLIC SPACES AND IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY, SAFETY, AND COMFORT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WALKING, BIKING, AND USING ASSISTIVE DEVICES.

THE SEA HOME AREA NEEDS BETTER CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND THE LAKE.

WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT AND IT CAN BE A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR, UM, PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SO, IN SUMMARY, I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO PLEASE TAKE NO ACTION ON ITEM NUMBER TWO TODAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS THAT HAD SIGNED UP? I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE INTO THE PRESENTATION.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR COMMITTEE MEMBERS, RICHARD MENDOZA, INTERIM DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS.

WE HAVE A SHORT PRESENTATION THAT MS. LAURA DARFIELD IS GOING TO, UH, RUN US THROUGH ON THIS AGENDA ITEM.

THANK YOU, RICHARD.

AND GOOD AFTERNOON MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS, UH, COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

IT'S, UM, A PLEASURE TO BE HERE TODAY TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE RESOLUTION, UM, THAT PASSED IN OCTOBER OF 21, FOLLOWING, UM, THE, UH, CEASING OF THE COORDINATION WITH, UH, OR UNION PACIFIC ON THE BUOY UNDERPASS.

WITH THAT, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, BEFORE I GET STARTED, I DID WANNA, UH, THANK AND RECOGNIZE, UH, KIM OLIVAREZ, OUR DEPUTY, UM, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER WHO'S HERE, AND SHE'LL BE ABLE TO SPEAK MORE TO THE, UM, THE TOURS PART OF THE, UH, MOBILITY ITEM HERE.

BUT, UM, JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND HERE, UM, THE SO-CALLED TIF 18 WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2008, INITIALLY.

AND, UM, BACK THEN IN AUSTIN, YOU KNOW, THE SEA HOME AREA WAS VERY, VERY, VERY DIFFERENT.

UM, IT WAS A PLACE THAT, UH, BUT FOR THE CITY'S, UH, INVESTMENT IN THE AREA, UM, MAY HAVE STAYED IN, UH, A BLIGHTED STATE, UH, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

SO THIS, THE, THE TIFF ITSELF WAS ESTABLISHED, UH, TO, TO BRING, UH, RESOURCES HERE TO, TO HELP, UH, STIMULATE REDEVELOPMENT.

UH, IT WAS, UM, ESTABLISHED THROUGH AN ORDINANCE IN TWO, 2009, SHORTLY THEREAFTER, WHICH WAS WHERE THE INITIAL, UM, PROJECT AND FINANCING PLAN WAS ESTABLISHED.

SO, ANY, ANY TIFF, UH, OR TS HAS BOTH A PROJECT PLAN AND A FINANCING PLAN.

SO THAT WAS THE, UM, ENABLING MECHANISM THERE.

UH, FROM THERE, UH, IN 2012 WITH A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY, UH, THE PROJECT PLAN WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE, UH, SO-CALLED BUOY STREET UNDERPASS, UM, WHICH ESSENTIALLY WOULD, UH, PUT A TUNNEL UNDERNEATH THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD, UM, TO PROVIDE FOR CONNECTIVITY, UH, ONTO BUOY STREET NORTH.

AND THEN FURTHER DESIGNED FOR CONNECTIVITY, UH, TO AND, AND FROM EAST WEST, UH, ON THE, GENERALLY THE THIRD STREET, UM, ALIGNMENT.

AND SO FROM THERE, THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

.

UH, THERE WAS SOME VERY EARNEST AND, UM, HARD EFFORTS, UH, ON THE, MAINLY ON THE PART OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO WORK WITH UNION PACIFIC ON, UM, DEVELOPING THAT UNDERPASS.

UNFORTUNATELY, UH, THOSE NEGOTIATIONS DID CEASE AROUND THE SUMMER OF 2021, I BELIEVE.

AND AT THAT POINT, UM, THERE WAS COUNCIL DIRECTION IN THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION, UH, IN OCTOBER TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES, UH, IN THAT RESOLUTION, THAT DIRECTION, UH, PRINCIPALLY ASKED US TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES TO THE CONNECTIVITY THAT WAS ENVISIONED THERE, AND ALSO TO DO SO IN CONSULTATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS, UM, SEVERAL OF WHOM YOU'VE HEARD FROM TODAY.

AND THAT FEEDBACK IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

UM, IT ALSO LOOKED, ASKED US TO LOOK BEYOND JUST THE TIFF FOR WAYS THAT WE COULD ACHIEVE, UH, THIS VISION THROUGH OTHER FUNDING SOURCES, AND, UM, DO SO IN A WAY THAT EMBRACES, UM, DUTCH CYCLING, UH, DESIGN ESSENTIALLY, OR DUTCH MOBILITY DESIGN, MAYBE MORE, UM, ACCURATELY TO, UM, BRING BEST PRACTICE AND BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIVITY.

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UM, THE OTHER THING THAT IT DID ASK US TO DO IS TO LOOK, UH, ALSO AT WAYS THAT THIS, UH, THIS T CAN ADDRESS, UH, AT, YOU KNOW, THEN AND NOW AS MORE, EVEN MORE ACUTELY HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ISSUES THAT WE, THAT WE FACE AS A COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT DIRECTION, UH, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WE, WITH STAKEHOLDERS, UH, BRAINSTORMED THE NEEDS AROUND THE AREA.

SO WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS SORT OF WHAT, WHAT WE WERE TERMING A MOBILITY MENU.

UM, SO WITH THE RESOLUTION IN OCTOBER OF 21, UH, THE PROJECT, UH, OR THE, THE SEA HOME, UM, EFFORTS TRANSFERRED FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO THEN, UM, AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, NOW TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND WITH A STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION.

WE HAVE COME UP WITH, I THINK, OVER 20 DIFFERENT PROJECTS AS YOU SEE HERE.

THESE ARE PROJECTS THAT WOULD OFFER, UH, MULTIMODAL CONNECTIVITY OF ALL KINDS, MANY OF WHICH ARE, UM, EFFORTS TO OFFER ALTERNATIVES TO THE BUOY UNDERPASS.

AND THERE'S SEVERAL WAYS AROUND THAT, UM, UH, WAYS TO DO THAT.

AND WE HAVE SOME INSPIRATION FROM THE CYPRESS AND STROLL, UH, PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY THAT WAS DEVELOPED, UM, REALLY ALMOST CONCURRENTLY AS THE EFFORTS WITH UNION PACIFIC WERE WANING, UH, WHICH WAS GREAT TIMING IN TERMS OF BRINGING A ROBUST UNDERSTANDING OF SORT OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS AREA.

UM, WITH THAT, I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT ACTUALLY THE DEPARTMENT FEELS WOULD BE, UH, SUITABLE ALTERNATIVES TO THE BUOY UNDERPASS, RECOGNIZING THAT STAKEHOLDERS HAVE ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK AND HAVE SHARED THAT AS WELL.

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN, WE CAN ACHIEVE THESE, THIS CONNECTIVITY, BUT THIS IS ONE WAY TO DO SO.

AND ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THESE PROJECTS, WHICH CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE TO MAYBE DESCRIBE THEM, IS THAT THEY ARE RELATIVELY, UH, WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER LIKE LOWER HANGING FRUIT.

SO THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES AT WESTIN SEA HOME TO IMPROVE, UM, VISIBILITY FOR THE, THE, UM, CROSSINGS THERE, UH, USING, UM, VARIOUS DEVICES LIKE SUCH AS THE BLANK OUT SIGN THAT CAN HELP BRING MORE ATTENTION TO THOSE CONFLICTS.

UH, THERE'S ALSO WAYS IN WHICH PERHAPS WE CAN MAKE THAT WALTER SEAHOME DRIVE A BIT MORE COMFORTABLE.

AND NOTABLY, THE THIRD STREET CONNECTION, UM, THAT RUNS EAST WEST THROUGH THE AREA, CERTAINLY COULD BE, UH, IMPROVED TO BE, TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE AND SAFER FOR EVERYONE AS YOU COME OFF OF THE, UH, BRIDGE, UH, OVER SHOAL CREEK.

SO THESE ARE OUR, UM, SOME OF THE PROJECTS WE THINK WOULD, WOULD OFFER THAT ALTERNATIVE.

AGAIN, NOT TO SAY THAT THERE AREN'T OTHERS, AND, UM, DEFINITELY RESPECT THAT THERE'S BEEN FEEDBACK TODAY THAT, THAT POINT THAT OUT.

UM, WITH THAT, I THINK WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

I DID WANNA JUST REALLY ACKNOWLEDGE, THINK AND, UM, UH, FOCUS A BIT ON THE CYPRESS AND SHOAL CREEK PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY.

SO, AS I SAID, THIS WAS WORK THAT WAS CONCURRENT, UH, WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO, UH, REALIZE THE BUOY STREET UNDERPASS.

AND AS, UH, THAT EFFORT, AGAIN, WAS WANING, THESE PROJECTS EMERGED.

AND IT REALLY IS WORTH, WORTH LOOKING AT, UM, IF YOU HAVEN'T STUDIED IT ALREADY, BUT THERE'S A NUMBER OF PROJECTS, UM, SIMILAR TO THE MOBILITY MENU THAT PROVIDE FOR, UM, UH, A NEW VISION FOR HOW FOLKS WOULD GET NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST IN PARTICULAR, UM, THROUGH THE SHOAL CREEK AND THIRD STREET AREA.

UM, WITHIN THE MOBILITY MENU.

IF YOU GO BACK A COUPLE OF SLIDES, UH, THERE ARE SEVERAL PROJECTS THAT WOULD, UM, UH, MIRROR THE SHOAL, THE CYPRESS CENTRAL PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY.

SO NOT TO SAY THAT THERE, THERE, THERE'S MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WE COULD ACHIEVE, I THINK THE CONNECTIVITY ENVISIONED WITH THIS BOW PASS.

BUT, UM, AND THOSE ARE CHARACTERIZED HERE.

FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN SEE NUMBER NUMBER THREE AND NUMBER 11, UM, WOULD BE, UM, PROJECTS THAT WOULD, UM, WE'RE INSPIRED BY THE CYPRESS CONTROL PUBLIC SPACE STRATEGY.

UH, WE'LL HEAD BACK NOW TWO SLIDES BACK TO THAT ONE.

THERE WE GO.

UM, WITH THAT, I THINK WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND I MIGHT AT THIS POINT, UM, INVITE KIM UP TO JUST SPEAK A LITTLE TO THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF, UH, THE, THE TS GOOD AFTERNOON COMMITTEE MEMBERS, KIMEL, LAVAR, DEPUTY C F O.

SO AS WE LOOKED AT THE, THE VARIOUS PROJECTS THAT COULD, UM, SERVE AS ALTERNATIVES TO BOWIE AND HOW WE MIGHT GO ABOUT FUNDING THEM, UH, ONE OF OUR CHALLENGES WAS WHAT IS THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK THAT WE NEED TO WORK WITHIN FOR THE TS? SO, UH, WHEN IT COMES TO TAX, UH, TAX INCREMENT REINVESTMENT ZONES, YOU'VE HEARD ME SPEAK ON THEM ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

UH, THERE ARE, THERE'S AN ASPECT OF IT, OF THE, BUT FOR PUBLIC INVESTMENT, UM, DEVELOPMENT

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OR REDEVELOPMENT WILL NOT OCCUR.

SO AS WE WENT TO OUR CONSULTANT THAT HANDLES OUR MARKET ANALYSIS, BUT FOR ANALYSIS, AND THEIR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE WAS THAT THIS AREA HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO ITS HIGHEST AND BEST USE, THERE'S NO BUT FOR ARGUMENT AS A RESULT.

UM, THEREFORE, FOR US TO MAKE THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR ANY OF THESE ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS OR ANY, ANY, UM, UM, USE FOR OF BY COUNCIL, WE WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE THE ZONE UNTIL WE CLOSE THE ZONE.

THEY ARE STILL SUBJECT TO THE EXISTING PROJECT AND FINANCING PLAN.

UM, BECAUSE THERE'S NO, BUT FOR ASPECT, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO AMEND THAT, THAT PROJECT AND FINANCING PLAN BASED ON THE REMAINING FUNDS FROM THE BUOY UNDERPASS PROJECT, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL INCREMENT THAT HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED INTO THE FUND SINCE, UH, THE, THE TIF FUND SINCE THEN, THERE'S APPROXIMATELY 12.6 MILLION IN REMAINING FUNDS.

UM, SO THAT COUNCIL COULD THEN TAKE ACTION ON REALLOCATION OF THOSE 12.6 MILLION AS PART OF ITS MID-YEAR BUDGET AMENDMENT, OR AS PART OF THE F Y 25 BUDGET, WHICHEVER IT SEES FIT, UM, TO DO, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO JUST THE FIRST BULLET, LIKE WHAT, WHAT WE WOULD, UH, DO STAFF IS WE WOULD BRING FORWARD THE ORDINANCE TO COUNCIL AT A FUTURE COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE TOUR'S CLOSURE.

AND THEN I'LL TURN TO, TO RICHARD FOR THE REMAINDER.

.

THANK YOU, KIM.

YES.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE'VE HAD IN IMPLEMENTING ON THE ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS THAT WERE DEPICTED PRIOR IS THAT SINCE IT WAS TIED TO THE TURS, UH, WE, WE WERE REQUIRED TO DO AN ECONOMIC, UH, DEVELOPMENT STUDY.

AND, UH, ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF CLOSING IT WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO FOREGO THAT STEP AND JUST MOVE RIGHT INTO CAPITAL PROJECT, UH, DELIVERY.

SO, UH, THE FOUR, UH, ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS THAT WERE HIGHLIGHTED PREVIOUSLY PROVIDE THE MOST DIRECT ALTERNATE, UH, ROUTE TO MEET THE ORIGINAL OBJECTIVE OF THE BUOY UNDERPASS.

BUT OUR DEPARTMENT, T P W, IS COMMITTED TO, UH, CONTINUE WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON THE REMAINING PORTFOLIO OF PROJECTS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE VISION PLAN, AND, UH, KEEP THAT IN THE PORTFOLIO OF FUTURE C I P PROJECTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

AND SO, LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUED WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY, WITH THE COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN REALIZE THE VISION FOR THESE, UH, MUCH NEEDED ACTIVE MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE REGION, FOR THE AREA.

SORRY.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

I BELIEVE THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION TODAY.

AGAIN, THANK YOU MS. VARS.

AND, UH, I AM HERE WITH MY STAFF TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

AND I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT SINCE TOM WALD WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE FOR HIS PUBLIC COMMENTS, HE HAS SENT AN EMAIL.

SO IF FOLKS WANNA REVIEW, UM, WHAT, WHAT HE'S LETTING US KNOW, UH, THE EMAIL IS THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO LOOK.

VICE CHAIR CADRE, I KNOW THAT YOU HAD SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED FOR THIS ITEM.

DID YOU WANNA KICK US OFF WITH ANY QUESTIONS? UH, DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT.

I JUST WANTED TO LISTEN AND LEARN, SO, UH, NO QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? COUNCIL MEMBER VELA DID THE 12.9 MILLION, THAT IS, UH, THE TIFF MONEY, THE T'S MONEY THAT'S SET ASIDE FOR SEA HOME DISTRICT? YES, ITS, SO THERE WAS 6.8, UM, THAT WAS SET ASIDE FOR THE BUOY UNDERPASS PROJECT AND THE REMAINING FUNDS FROM THAT.

PLUS THERE'S SOME FUNDS WITHIN THE, THE TIF THAT HAVE NOT BEEN APPROPRIATED.

IT'S JUST A CASH BALANCE AT THAT POINT.

AND COMBINE, THAT'S APPROXIMATELY 12.6 MILLION.

OKAY.

BUT I MEAN, REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS, UH, WITH THE TIF IN THE FUTURE, THAT MONEY HAS TO BE SPENT WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TIFF.

IT, AS LONG AS THE TIFF IS STILL OPERATIONAL, IT'S, IT'S SUBJECT TO THE PROJECT AND FINANCING PLAN, WHICH HAS VERY SPECIFIC PROJECTS MM-HMM.

, UM, AND BOUNDARIES.

UM, BUT BECAUSE THE, UH, IN ORDER SINCE THAT BUOY UNDERPASS PROJECT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO CARRY OUT, THAT'S WHY I WERE SUGGESTING TO CLOSE IT BECAUSE THAT GET, THAT FREES UP THOSE DOLLARS FOR YOU TO APPLY TOWARDS OTHER ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS OR, OR HOWEVER Y'ALL SEE FIT.

OKAY.

THAT, THAT WAS MY QUESTION.

SO THAT JUST BECOMES GENERAL FUND MONEY IF, UH, THE TIFF IS CLOSED? CORRECT.

OKAY.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

I'VE GOT ONE QUESTION.

UM, AND MAYBE THIS IS JUST A REPHRASING OF WHAT YOU HAD ALREADY SAID IN YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, THERE WAS A LIST OF OTHER WORKAROUNDS SINCE THE UNDERPASS WITH UNION PACIFIC RAIL LINE WAS NOT ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD.

ARE, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE MONEY THAT'S STILL IN THE TIFF CAN BE USED FOR ANY OF THOSE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS, OR ARE YOU JUST SAYING THOSE ARE POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS AND THE TIFF MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE USED? IT'S THE, THE FUNDING CAN BE USED FOR ANY OF THOSE PROJECTS.

OKAY.

UM, IT COULD BE USED FOR ANY, ANY PROJECTS AT THAT POINT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I, I APPRECIATE THAT.

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'CAUSE AS SOMEONE WHO HAS CYCLED THROUGH THE AREA, UH, I HAVE SOME OPINIONS ABOUT EXACTLY WHERE THE, THE HICCUPS ARE.

AND I, I THINK THERE'S SOME AREAS THAT ACTUALLY COULD BE QUITE MINIMAL THAT HOPEFULLY SHOULDN'T TAKE TOO MUCH MONEY TO GET.

UM, AND ONE OF THOSE PINCH POINTS IS RIGHT IN BETWEEN WHERE, UM, THE INDEPENDENT AND TRADER JOE'S IS.

THERE'S A WEIRD LITTLE JOG TO GET OVER TO THE BRIDGE SIDE OF THE CROSSING OF SHOAL CREEK.

UM, BUT THERE'S JUST SOME REALLY WEIRD TRAFFIC PATTERNS THAT ARE HARD FOR PEOPLE TO NAVIGATE, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE ALL USING THE SAME MODE OF TRANSPORTATION, LET ALONE MIXING WALKERS, BIKERS, UH, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE DRIVING CARS IN THAT AREA.

AND SO IT'S JUST, IT'S VERY CONFUSING.

EVERYBODY I THINK HAS A DIFFERENT WAY OF GETTING THROUGH IT, WHICH IS ADDING TO SOME OF THE CONFUSION.

UM, BUT COMING OFF OF THE PFLUGER BRIDGE AND TRYING TO MAKE YOUR WAY OVER TO CROSS SHOAL CREEK IS SOMETHING THAT, UM, KIND OF THROWS YOU INTO WHERE THE PARKING GARAGE ENTRANCE AND EXIT IS.

AND IT'S JUST REALLY CLUNKY AND DOESN'T FEEL VERY SAFE.

AND, UM, SO I THINK THERE'S SOME IMPROVEMENTS WE COULD DO THERE.

IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE CORRECT POT OF MONEY IS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU CHAIR, AND WE'LL DEFINITELY TAKE THAT FEEDBACK AS WE CONTINUE TO ANALYZE THESE POTENTIAL REPLACEMENT PROJECTS.

I'LL TAKE YOU DOWN THERE.

WE CAN DO A, A FIELD TRIP.

.

I LOOK FORWARD, I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.

IT'S A LOT EASIER TO SEE THESE, UH, THESE INTRICACIES WHEN YOU ACTUALLY JUST GO DOWN THERE AND LOOK AT THEM IN PERSON AND TRY TO SEE HOW IT FUNCTIONS AND WATCH, YOU KNOW, WATCH PEOPLE IN REAL TIME TRY TO NAVIGATE THESE AREAS.

UM, AS FAR AS ACTION TODAY, I WOULD LIKELY SUPPORT NOT TAKING ACTION ON THIS NECESSARILY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE STAFF STILL HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD.

UM, BUT GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE CONVERSATION, I THINK IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL FOR THE FULL DAAS TO WEIGH IN AND MAYBE POTENTIALLY HAVE EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THIS, UM, JUST SINCE IT'S SUCH A, AN INTERESTING TOPIC THAT HAS, UH, DIFFERENT LEGAL FRAMEWORKS AND, AND A LONG HISTORY OF WHAT PROJECTS WERE LISTED AND, AND WHAT OUR OPTIONS ARE.

ARE WE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT? LOOKS LIKE IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, THAT

[3. I-35 Capital Express Central Update.]

WILL LEAD US INTO OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT I 35 CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL UPDATE.

BEFORE WE HAVE A PRESENTATION, I THINK WE HAVE 10 SPEAKERS.

AND DO I SEE THERE'S A PRESENTATION BEING HANDED OUT? IS THAT INFORMATION THAT EITHER, UM, CAN BE EMAILED TO US? I'M HAPPY TO PUT IT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD FOR FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THESE SLIDES, BUT I KNOW THAT THE CLERK'S OFFICE, I THINK, DOESN'T UPLOAD UNTIL ABOUT 3:00 PM SO IF THERE'S ANY WAY TO EMAIL IT TO ME OR JULIE, MY CHIEF OF STAFF, AND WE CAN GET IT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S GO AHEAD WITH OUR SPEAKERS.

WE'LL EACH GET THREE MINUTES.

HAYDEN BLACK WALKER.

HI, COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAYDEN BLACK WALKER.

AGAIN.

UM, I'M THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AT A LOCAL ARCHITECTURE FIRM AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD FOR RECONNECT AUSTIN.

UM, FOR THE LAST 11 YEARS, RECONNECT, AUSTIN'S BEEN ADVOCATING FOR A BETTER I 35.

WE'VE SEEN SOME AMAZING PROGRESS OVER THOSE YEARS, AND THEN WE ARE GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO'S WORKED HARD ON THIS PROJECT.

I DO SEE TECH DOT STAFF HERE IN THE ROOM AND WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS PROJECT AS WELL.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE IMPACTS FROM THIS PROJECT WILL BE SIGNIFICANT.

TDOT'S BEEN WIDENING, WILL BE WIDENING THE RIGHT OF WAY, BULLDOZING LOCAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

WE'LL BE LIVING WITH SIGNIFICANT CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS STARTING NEXT MARCH FOR THE NEXT EIGHT TO 10 YEARS WHILE THEY RIP OUT EVERY HIGHWAY LANE, FRONTAGE ROAD AND BRIDGE TO PUT 20 LANES THROUGH THE HEART OF AUSTIN.

NEARLY DOUBLE THE VEHICLES MEAN NEARLY DOUBLE THE NOISE.

AIR POLLUTION IMPACTS THE LOCAL STREETS, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, AND A MORE SIGNIFICANT BARRIER TO CROSS.

I THINK WE CAN ASSUME THAT RAMPS IN AND OUTTA THE HIGHWAY MAY BE HIGHER THAN TODAY, BUT TX DOT'S NOT SHARED THOSE PROFILES WITH THE PUBLIC THAT I HAVE SEEN.

AS WE ALL KNOW, THIS PORTION OF I 35 OPENED IN 1962 BEFORE WE HAD THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT.

THE CLEAN AIR ACT OR THE CLEAN WATER ACT, TEXTILE HAS NEVER CONSISTENTLY MONITORED OR MITIGATED THE POLLUTED AIR THAT AUSTIN KNIGHTS HAVE BEEN BREATHING NEAR I 35 CAPS WILL HELP MITIGATE SOME OF THE DAMAGE.

BUT AS YOU KNOW, TXDOT IS INSISTING THE CITY PAY FOR ALL CAPPING AND $600 MILLION IN FUNDING IS DUE BY DECEMBER 24.

TDOT'S.

RECENT 9,000 PAGE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT HAS AN ANALYSIS OF CARBON MONOXIDE, BUT ONLY CARBON MONOXIDE.

DESPITE REQUESTS FROM THE CITY AND TRAVIS COUNTY, THEY FAILED TO ANALYZE CARCINOGENS, VOLATILE ORGANIC CHEMICALS, PRECURSORS TO OZONE OR PARTICULATE MATTER WITH THE F E I S.

THEY DO NOT TEST THE AIR THAT DID NOT TEST THE AIR THAT PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY BREATHING

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AND HAVE BEEN BREATHING FOR OVER 60 YEARS.

CONSULTANTS MADE ASSUMPTIONS AND PLUGGED THOSE ASSUMPTIONS INTO THE MODEL.

RECONNECT.

AUSTIN ENGAGED AN AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST TO REVIEW THE AIR POLLUTION PORTION OF THE F E I S.

THAT EXPERT FOUND AN I QUOTE, LACKING AN AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS THAT COMPARED TO CONCENTRATIONS OF ALL TRANSPORTATION RELATED AIR POLLUTANTS BETWEEN THE NOBLE ALTERNATIVE AND THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE AND THE HEALTH RISK ANALYSIS FOR INCREASES IN MOBILE SOURCE AIR TOXICS, IT APPEARS THAT TXT CANNOT STAY WITH ANY SORT OF CONFIDENCE THAT THE PROJECT WILL NOT HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH IMPACT.

IF AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE POPULATIONS RECONNECT, AUSTIN BELIEVES THIS PROJECT CAN BE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE POLLUTION IMPACTS, INCLUDING AIR POLLUTION IN GENERAL AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

SPECIFICALLY, WE SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION BEFORE YOU TODAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MATEO BARN STONE.

UH, HI.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS MATEO BARN STONE.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF C N U C T X.

UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR YOUR CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE.

IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, UH, PROJECT FOR THE CITY, AND IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE TAKE THE TIME TO GET IT RIGHT.

AND IF THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT I HOPE TO GET ACROSS TODAY, IT'S THAT WE NEED MORE TIME TO GET IT RIGHT AND I HOPE YOU'LL SUPPORT THE, UM, PROPOSED RESOLUTION.

UH, WE ARE ALL UNITED IN THAT WHICH DIVIDES US.

JUST LIKE IF I 35.

THE PROBLEM IS TEXTILE SOLUTION IS DOUBLING DOWN ON A BET THAT IS NEVER PAID OFF AND NEVER WILL PAY OFF THAT HIGHWAY.

WIDENINGS WILL FIX CONGESTION.

THE TRUTH IS THAT IF A, AFTER ENDURING EIGHT OR 10 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION, COMPUTERS WILL ENJOY ONLY A TEMPORARY RELIEF FOR A FEW YEARS BEFORE THEIR FREEWAYS FILL AGAIN TO CAPACITY, AS THEY ALWAYS DO AND ALWAYS WILL.

THE PREMISE FOR THIS PROJECT IS BASED ON FLAWED NOTION THAT CAN CONGESTION, CAN RELIEVE, CAN BE RELIEVED BY CAPACITY, AND THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

THE REASON FOR THIS IS SIMPLE.

IT'S CALLED INDUCED DEMAND.

I DON'T REALLY LIKE THAT TERM BECAUSE IT HIDES WHERE THAT DEMAND IS COMING FROM.

THE REAL TERM WE SHOULD USE IS INDUCED SPRAWL, OR TO BE MORE ACCURATE INDUCED AUTO DEPENDENCY.

WITH ALL THE ILLS THAT COME WITH THAT, INCLUDING ALL THE NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS.

TEXTILES EXPANSION CAPACITY WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION ONLY LONG ENOUGH FOR BUILDERS TO TRANSFORM FARM FIELDS INTO SUBDIVISIONS THAT WILL NEVER BE SERVED WELL BY TRANSIT AND SELL UNITS TO COMMUTERS.

UNTIL THAT CAPACITY FILLS AGAIN, WITH RESIDENTS WHO HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE THE FREEWAY TO ACCESS THEIR DAILY NEEDS, WANTS AND DESIRES, THE CAPACITY WILL GET QUICKLY ABSORBED AND THE CYCLE OF HIGHWAY EXPANSION WILL BEGIN ANEW.

CITIES ARE SHAPED BY THEIR TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS.

WE NEED TO DIRECT OUR INVESTMENTS INTO THE CITY THAT WE ASPIRE TO BE, NOT HOW OUR CITY HAS BEEN SHAPED BY THE MISTAKES OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS.

WE HAVE STATED GOALS TO GROW AS A COMPACT AND CONNECTED CITY, AND A HIGHWAY WIDENING SIMPLY DOES NOT HELP US ACHIEVE THAT.

THE SECOND POINT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE HERE IS THAT THE PROJECT PROCLAIMED THE WONDERS THAT WE'LL DO FOR DOWNTOWN BY DEPRESSING THE FREEWAY AND BUILDING CAPS AND PARKS AND LANDSCAPING.

AND NO, THAT DOUBT, SOME OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL HELP, BUT THESE FACILITIES ARE MITIGATION FOR THE HIGHWAY EXPANSION THROUGH THE HEART OF OUR CITY AND KNOW WHO'S PAYING FOR THIS MITIGATION.

IT'S, WE, WE ARE TEXTILE ASKING CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS OF, OF AUSTIN, UM, AND VOTERS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED FOR APPROVAL ON THAT PROJECT.

AND WE GET TO PAY FOR THE MITIGATION IN THE FORM OF CAPS OF A VERY LIMITED SECTIONS OF THE FREEWAY.

AND THE HIGHWAY IS LITERALLY DESIGNED TO WHISK AWAY OUR TAX BASE TO OTHER COMMUNITIES SUCKING WEALTH OUT OF OUR CITY.

SO WE ARE IN FACT PAYING TWICE AND WE DON'T GET A VOTE.

UH, THE FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE FOR THE WIDENING IS BADLY FLAWED.

THE MITIGATIONS ARE BEING OFFERED, ARE BOTH INSUFFICIENT AND ILLUSORY AND TAX HAS PUT THE BURDEN ON MITIGATION ON, UH, THE CITY.

AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL SAY TO TEXAS THAT THIS IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

UM, WE NEED MORE TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, TOM WALD.

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HI, GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS TOM WALD, AND I WA WHILE I DO WEAR A NUMBER OF HATS IN I 35 DISCUSSION, I'M COMING HERE TODAY AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF REDLINE PARKWAY INITIATIVE.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS I WANNA PUT ON THE TABLE RIGHT AWAY IS THAT I, I BELIEVE THAT TECH STOCK HAS GONE A TREMENDOUS, JUST A REALLY LONG WAY IN ACCOMMODATING THE REQUESTS OF REDLINE PARKWAY INITIATIVE.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN OFFERED TWO CAR-FREE CROSSINGS FOR THE RED LINE PARKWAY, AND THAT WILL BE TERRIFIC FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS AND MILLION OF MILLION USERS THAT WILL USE THE PARKWAY ONCE IT'S COMPLETED EVERY YEAR.

UM, I THINK THE REASON WHY I, YOU KNOW, AND I WAS WONDERING WHETHER TO SPEAK HERE, GIVEN HOW MUCH TEXDOT HAS OFFERED, UH, BASED ON WHAT WE REQUESTED, AND I THINK THE, THE SINGLE THING THAT CAUSES ME THE MOST CONCERN IS THAT THERE IS NOT FUNDING SECURED FOR ANY OF THE CAPS AND STITCHES ASIDE FROM PERHAPS THE ET T CAP.

UM, SO THE, THE I 35 CAP CENTRAL PROJECT DOES NOT INCLUDE CAPS OR STITCHES.

AND I THINK PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SHOULD, SHOULD BE CLEAR ON THAT.

THE CITY AND OTHER SOURCES HAVE TO COME UP WITH THAT MONEY, AND THAT MONEY HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED YET.

SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HUNDREDS OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT PERHAPS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM OTHER NEEDS THAT THE CITY HAS, SUCH AS HOUSING TO HOMELESS OR KEEPING OUR POOLS OPEN.

UM, OTHER TRANSPORTATION NEEDS FOR WALKING AND BIKING WHEN REALLY THAT MONEY FROM THE, FROM THE START SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMING OUT OF THE PROJECT.

IT'S MITIGATION FOR THE PROJECT ITSELF.

UM, MY CONCERN IS THAT THAT PROJECT WON'T COME IN TIME, BUT WE'RE STILL GONNA BE LEFT WITH A PROJECT THAT CREATES A HUGE GAP THAT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO PATCH UP IN THE FUTURE.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 15 MONTHS FROM NOW, WE'RE GONNA, THE CITY'S GONNA COME UP, HAVE TO COME UP WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

SO I, AT THIS STAGE, I REALLY THINK IT'S CRITICAL THAT, UM, ANY, ANYONE, ESPECIALLY CAMPO THAT HAS A CHOICE TO PUT A PAUSE IN A PROJECT CAN DO THAT AND DOES DO THAT.

THANK YOU, ALTA ALEXANDER.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M ALTA ALEXANDER AND ON BEHALF OF THE OUR FUTURE 35 COMMUNITY STEERING COMMITTEE, THANK YOU, UH, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY.

THE, OUR FUTURE I 35 COMMUNITY STEERING COMMITTEE IS A GROUP CHARTERED TO ENSURE THAT OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS ARE APPROPRIATE, INCLUSIVE, AND TRANSPARENT THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND ITS PROJECT TEAM INTEGRATE PUBLIC INPUT INTO THE CAP AND STITCH PROGRAM AT EVERY STEP, AND THAT THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS INVESTMENTS IN EQUITABLE OUTCOME ARE PRIORITIZED AND BALANCED ACROSS THE STATE, OR I'M SORRY, ACROSS THE STUDY AREA AT EVERY STEP, WE HAVE UTILIZED THIS MOMENT AS A GROUP TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUDING A FULL CAP BETWEEN 11TH AND 12TH STREET IF THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO LIVE UP TO A MINIMUM STANDARD OF EQUITY.

THE 11TH AND 12TH STREET CORRIDORS ARE PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT, UH, AS THEY ARE A CULTURAL AND HISTORIC MARKER FOR THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

IN THE FACE OF THE SEGREGATION CODIFIED IN THE 1928 PLAN AND DECADES FOLLOWING POLICY THAT HAVE EXCLUDED PEOPLE OF COLOR FROM INVESTMENT AND AGENCY, THEIR NEXUS.

THE NEXUS OF 11TH AND 12TH STREETS AT I 35 IS BOTH SYMBOLIC, A SYMBOLIC CROSSING OVER THE FORMER EAST AVENUE AND CONFLUENCE OF THESE TWO STREETS THEMSELVES.

AS WE APPROACH THE HISTORIC LANDMARK OF THIS 100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE HARMFUL 1928 PLAN, OUR ENDEAVOR IS TO HELP ENSURE THAT BY 2028, WE ARE, WE NO LONGER ARE MAKING THOSE SAME MISTAKES.

A CAP AT THIS LOCATION CAN PROVIDE A ONE OF A KIND SPACE FOR ACTIVITY, INTERPRETATION, COMMUNITY SERVICE, PROTEST, AND CELEBRATION.

THE 11TH AND 12TH STREET CORRIDORS ARE THE ONLY AREAS WHERE AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP AT LEAST 25% OF THE CITY'S POPULATION.

WE ARE PLEASED TO SAY THAT AFTER CONVENING WITH T EXECUTIVES, REPRESENTATIVE COLE, CHERYL COLE, AND MAYOR WATSON, WE ARE THRILLED TO REPORT THAT THEIR COMMITMENT TO REVISIT ENGINEERING TO MAKE A FULL CAP POSSIBLE, AS WELL AS THE RECEIPT OF ENDORSEMENT FROM THE EX, FROM THE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO COMMIT TO A FULL CAP AT THESE HISTORIC CORRIDORS IS THUMBS UP.

THIS COMMITTEE, THIS COMMITMENT GIVES THE COMMUNITY STEERING COMMITTEE THE CONSOLE NEEDED TO

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PROCEED IN SUPPORTING THE PROJECT.

THANK YOU, JIM WALKER.

GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

UH, JIM WALKER, I'M WITH THE CHERRYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

UM, WE ARE A MEMBER OF THE INSYNC NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION THAT'S BEEN WORKING ON VARIOUS ITERATIONS OF THIS, THIS IDEA OF, UH, I 35 FOR A LONG TIME.

UH, FIRST THING TO LEAD OFF WITH IS OUR RESIDENTS ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE UPPER DECKS COME DOWN.

THAT PROSPECT HAS BEEN A LONG SOUGHT INITIATIVE AND PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT IT.

UM, WE SHARE A LOT OF THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED ABOUT THE, THE PREMISE AND THE LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF FREEWAY EXPANSION IN THE MIDDLE OF URBAN CENTERS, UH, IN THIS DAY AND AGE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND WITH THE, THE IMPACTS TO CONGESTION AS MATEO MENTIONED, UH, AS WE SHARE THOSE.

BUT WE'RE ALSO A PRETTY PRAGMATIC GROUP.

SO THE IDEA OF TWEAKING AND TXDOT HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.

WE WERE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE NORTH CENTRAL DECK BETWEEN 38TH AND HALF STREET AND AIRPORT IN THE F B I S, UH, CAME OUT A LITTLE WHILE AGO.

VERY EXCITED TO SEE THAT.

VERY EXCITED TO BE PART OF AMY KIND OF DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THAT ACTUALLY COME TO FRUITION SO THAT IT'S NOT JUST A DRAWING, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS.

UH, VERY EXCITED TO HEAR THAT THE 11TH, 12TH STREET CAP GOT APPROVED.

CHERRYWOOD IS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT CAP, DON'T WANT THAT NORTH CENTRAL ONE TO BE DONE AT THE EXPENSE OF, OR, OR TAKEN AWAY FROM THE 11TH, 12TH STREET CAP.

UM, SO WE THINK THAT IN THE, THE TIMELINE AS THESE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED IS PRETTY DRAMATIC.

SO THIS IDEA OF A PAUSE OR SLOW DOWN TO BE SURE AND THAT AUSTIN CAN MEET OUR SIDE OF THIS, UH, CONVERSATION WITH TXDOT AND GET ALL THESE BENEFITS THAT, THAT RIGHT NOW ARE, ARE JUST DRAWINGS.

I THINK THAT'S, THERE'S A STRONG, UH, ARGUMENT FOR THAT, THAT PAUSE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY GET THIS FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, ADAM GREENFIELD.

HI.

UM, IF IT'S OKAY, I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE MY TIME TO VALERIE MAYNARD.

OKAY.

OKAY.

LET ME JUST CHECK REALLY QUICKLY, DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK AND HADN'T SIGNED UP? RIGHT? UM, I'M GONNA ALLOW BOTH OF YOU TO SPEAK SO YOU CAN BOTH HAVE YOUR THREE MINUTES.

WE, WE TYPICALLY DON'T, AND IT MAY NOT WORK THIS WAY WITH A FULL DAIS OR OTHER COMMITTEES, BUT, UM, I THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAME AND JUST DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO SIGN UP YET.

SO I'LL, I'LL LET BOTH OF YOU HAVE YOUR THREE MINUTES.

UH, I'LL, I'D BE HAPPY TO SAY SOMETHING.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, ADAM GREENFIELD, RETHINK 35.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UM, CONSIDERING THIS RESOLUTION TODAY.

UH, THE CONTEXT OF THIS RESOLUTION IS, IS VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT.

UM, AS MAYBE SOME OF YOU KNOW, UH, ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE INCREASINGLY BECOMING VOCAL ABOUT THE, THE PREMISE OF THIS PROJECT.

UH, RECENTLY, UH, CONGRESSMAN GREG CASA SAID HE OPPOSES EXPANDING I 35.

UM, STATE REPRESENTATIVE GINA HEINA HOSA QUESTIONED, WHY ARE WE, WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHY ARE WE EXPANDING THIS HIGHWAY WHEN WE KNOW IT DOESN'T WORK? UH, SEVERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS SPOKE, UH, INCLUDING COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, UH, SPEAKING OUT, UH, AGAINST EXPANSION.

AND EARLIER THIS WEEK, UM, THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT SAID TO TDOT, DON'T PROCEED WITH THIS PROJECT UNTIL YOU'VE ADDRESSED OUR CONCERNS, AIR AND WATER QUALITY AND, AND SO MUCH MORE.

SO THIS RESOLUTION IS VERY MUCH IN THAT CONTEXT.

I THINK WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE INCREASINGLY FINDING OUR VOICE, UM, ON THIS PROJECT.

AND WE'RE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE, UM, PREPARING THE WAY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS HERE.

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY.

WE CAN'T MESS THIS UP, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE SUMMER THAT WE'VE JUST HAD AND THE SUMMERS WE'RE EXPECTING IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, VALERIE MENARD.

THANK YOU, COUNSEL.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, YES, MY NAME IS VALERIE MENARD AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT ONE.

UM, I'M HERE TODAY TO ECHO WHAT, UM, THE FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT PUMPING THE BRAKES ON THIS MASSIVE PROJECT.

RE AND PLEASE RETHINK, UM, UH, THE EXPANSION OF I 35.

UH, THE CURRENT PLAN IS NOT A VIABLE OPTION OR A SOLUTION.

IT'S TOO DISRUPTIVE AND WILL NOT IMPROVE TRAFFIC.

WE, WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THIS, WE'VE ALREADY BUILT THESE ROADS.

WE, THEY'RE CALLED TOLL ROADS AND THEY HAVE NEVER, UH, UH, DELIVERED ON THEIR PROMISE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC, YET.

WE'RE GONNA BUILD MORE AND, AND INCREASE THE LANES.

WE'RE JUST GONNA INCREASE THE TRAFFIC.

SO

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LET'S, UM, LIKE THE FOLKS HAVE SAID, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, UM, BEFORE WE EMBARK ON 10 YEARS OF MISERY OF THIS KIND OF INTENSE, UH, CONSTRUCTION.

UM, MAYBE WE SHOULD THINK, RETHINK THOSE TOLL ROADS.

MAYBE WE COULD OPEN THEM, UH, THEY'RE ALREADY BUILT AND WOULD BE MUCH LESS DIS DISRUPT, DIS DISRUPTIVE, PROBABLY COST ABOUT THE SAME.

SO, UM, ONCE AGAIN, UM, PLEASE CONSIDER THAT THE PUBLIC HAS NOT APPROVED THIS.

WE'RE NOT PART OF THIS, BUT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO SAY THAT WE DON'T SUPPORT THIS.

SO YOU'RE ALREADY HEARING THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT BEHIND THIS, THIS PLAN.

UM, SO I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SUPPORTED US.

AND, UM, LIKE ADAM SAID, WE NEED TO HAVE ALL OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ON BOARD, UM, BEFORE WE CAN EVER EVEN STOP SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

BUT WE DO APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT WE'RE GETTING, UM, TODAY.

AND SO PLEASE ONCE AGAIN, UM, SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

THANK YOU MIRIAM SCHOEN FIELD.

WHICHEVER ONE YOU'RE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH, THE ONE, UH, THAT IS AT THE DESK, YOU MAY NEED TO PUSH THE BUTTON AND MAKE SURE THE LIGHT COMES ON TO TURN IT ON AND OFF.

OKAY, , THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I WANNA JUST START BY EXPRESSING MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE, UM, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BE HERE TODAY AND FOR THE RESOLUTION, UM, THAT IS, THAT WE SAW ON THE MESSAGE BOARD, UM, THIS MORNING.

AS SOMEBODY THAT WORKS WITH A LOT OF YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES AT UT, UM, I CAN SAY THAT IT REALLY MEANS THE WORLD TO PEOPLE IN MY GENERATION AND THE NEXT TO KNOW THAT OUR ELECTED LEADERS ARE LINKING ARMS WITH US DURING THIS EMERGENCY THAT WE ARE FACING IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

FREEWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IS FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE AND CLIMATE LEADERS FIGHT FREEWAY EXPANSIONS.

IT'S REALLY THAT SIMPLE.

IMAGINE IF THE STATE OF T THE STATE OF TEXAS DECIDED TO BUILD A POWER PLANT IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

IMAGINE THAT THEY WERE GONNA DISPLACE HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO BUILD THIS, UM, COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT.

NOW IMAGINE FURTHER THAT, UM, BY BUILDING THIS PLANT, IT WOULD BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO USE ANY OTHER OTHER FORM OF ENERGY.

IMAGINE THAT IN ORDER TO SUSTAIN THIS COAL PLANT, WE WOULD NEED TO BE BUILD MORE COAL PLANTS.

AND WORST OF ALL, IMAGINE THAT IF THIS COAL PLANT GETS BUILT, IT WILL BE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO REMOVE AND WE WILL BE STUCK WITH ITS CONSEQUENCES FOR ABOUT A CENTURY.

THAT IS THIS PROJECT.

IT IS THAT BAD.

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE CALCULATOR, UM, CALCULATES THAT THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM EXPANDING I 35 ARE THE SAME AS THAT OF A COAL PLANT.

I'VE RECENTLY BEEN READING THE COLOR OF LAW, WHICH DESCRIBES THE HISTORY OF URBAN FREEWAYS AND AUSTIN FEATURES PROMINENTLY IN THAT NATIONAL STORY.

AND AS I'M SURE YOU ALL KNOW, THE PICTURE IS NOT A FLATTERING ONE, BUT THE HISTORY IS NOT OVER.

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT WHEN IT COMES TO FREEWAYS, AUSTIN IS EITHER GONNA BE ONE OF THE LAST TO GET IT WRONG OR ONE OF THE FIRST TO GET IT RIGHT.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME IS GOING TO BE, BUT WHATEVER PROJECT WE END UP WITH, THE HISTORY OF URBAN FREEWAYS IN AUSTIN MUST INCLUDE THE FACT THAT DURING OUR SECOND GO AROUND, WE DID EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY COULD TO GET IT RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

MONICA SANCHEZ.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS MONICA SANCHEZ AND I WAS BORN HERE IN AUSTIN AT BRACKENRIDGE, AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT FIVE IN SOUTH AUSTIN.

UM, I'M HERE TO SPEAK AGAINST THE I 35 EXPANSION, AS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE STATED, IT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT TO DIVIDE THE CITY BETWEEN WEST AND EAST AND CONTINUING THAT EXPANSION WOULD CONTINUE THAT DIVISION WE'RE.

I'M HERE TO ASK YOU TODAY TO CONSIDER YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND HOW THE EXPANSION OF THIS HIGHWAY WOULD AFFECT ALL OF US, ESPECIALLY PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS THAT, UM, RIDE OR WALK NEAR 35.

THE MOBILITY IMPACT

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OF THIS HIGHWAY EXPANSION IS VERY, UM, HUGE.

IT OBLITERATES THE AUSTIN VISION ZERO PLAN.

MORE LANES EQUALS MORE DEATHS .

INSTEAD OF THERE BEING LESS TRAFFIC, THIS WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE CONGESTION.

THERE'S ALSO AN INCREASE IN THE HEALTH IMPACT, INCLUDING HIGHER NUMBERS OF PEOPLE HAVING ASTHMA AND A LOSS OF OVER A HUNDRED HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

IN A, UM, IN AND AROUND I 35, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT INCLUDES THE RIPARIAN HABITAT THAT'S BELOW THE DAM WILL BE DESTROYED.

TOWN LAKE AND THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS LADYBIRD LAKE, WILL BE INTERRUPTED WHILE THIS CONSTRUCTION IS GOING ON.

AND WHAT'S TROUBLESOME ABOUT TX DOT'S FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IS THAT INSTEAD OF GIVING US A COUNT ON HOW MANY TREES WILL BE AFFECTED OR OTHER, UM, ENVIRONMENTAL, UM, THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY SAY THEY DON'T KNOW THE COUNT YET AND THAT RAISES A HUGE RED FLAG.

UH, ANOTHER THING THAT WE'RE, THAT'S SEE 'EM ABOUT CHECK DOT'S PLAN IS THAT THEY DON'T STAY ON TIME.

AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY'RE SAYING IT'S GONNA TAKE SIX YEARS, EIGHT YEARS, 12 YEARS, BUT WE ALL KNOW THEY GO INTO OVERTIME.

THEY ALSO DIVIDED THIS INTO THREE DIFFERENT PROJECTS SO THAT THEY COULD AVOID, UM, MEETING FEDERAL LAWS.

AND FINALLY, WE ALL KNOW THAT WIDER DOESN'T WORK.

SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE SAY NO TO THE I 35 EXPANSION AND PLEASE SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED.

THANK YOU, JOHNNY .

HI Y'ALL.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR, UH, TAKING THE TIME TO, UH, SPEAK TO US TODAY.

UH, NO LESS, AS I JUST FOUND OUT ON TWO OF Y'ALL'S BIRTHDAY.

SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

UM, I JUST, UH, AGAIN, CAME HERE TO SAY I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

UH, I THINK IT'S VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH A TREND THAT WE'RE SEEING OF ELECTED OFFICIALS, YOU KNOW, STANDING, UH, IN LINE WITH STUDENTS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, WITH CLIMATE ORGANIZERS WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, IN CONSISTENT OPPOSITION TO THE EXPANSION OF THE FREEWAY DOWNTOWN.

NOW, UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO BRING UP IS THAT I FEEL A LOT OF STUDENTS FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE EXPANSION OF THE FREEWAY KIND OF TRADES IN, YOU KNOW, LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY FOR A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM.

UH, YOU KNOW, TRANSIT OR, OR TRAFFIC DOWNTOWN WILL BE ALLEVIATED FOR A COUPLE YEARS, AND THEN IT'S GONE LIKE THAT.

WE'RE GONNA EXPAND SOME MORE, TEAR DOWN SOME MORE BUSINESSES.

THE PROCESS REPEATS ITSELF.

THIS IS IN THE CONTEXT OF A CLIMATE CRISIS, OF COURSE, WHICH MEANS THAT IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, EXPANDING THE FREEWAY SIMPLY IS NOT GOING TO BE A SUSTAINABLE OPTION.

IN FACT, ARGUABLY, AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID, IT ALREADY ISN'T.

UH, THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, IN THE LONG TERM, WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING CAPITAL MOVE OUT OF THE CITY.

SO YOUNGER RESIDENTS AREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE WOULD IN A WORLD WHERE AUSTIN WAS BUILT IN A FASHION THAT WAS SUSTAINABLE.

UH, BEYOND THAT, YOU KNOW, YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE RAMIFICATION OF INCREASING CARCINOGENS, PARTICULATES IN THE ATMOSPHERE, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN DIRECT, YOU KNOW, UM, CONJUNCTION WITH, UH, SOME OF OUR BIGGEST URBAN CENTERS.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, UH, THE I 35, YOU KNOW, PROJECT DOES NOT REALLY WORK IN FAVOR OF LONG-TERM PLANNING.

IN FACT, IT CONTRADICTS SOME OF THE REALLY GREAT STRIDES THAT THE CITY IS MAKING AS IT RELATES TO PROJECT CONNECT AND OTHER, YOU KNOW, UH, MORE SUSTAINABLE ENDEAVORS.

SO, YOU KNOW, OVERALL I SAY WE SHOULD SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, MOVE IT FORWARD, AND ENSURE THAT THE CITY CONTINUES TO USE EVERYTHING IN ITS TOOL CHEST TO MAKE SURE THAT IF A PROJECT DOES GO THROUGH, IT WORKS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL AUSTINITES FOR THE LONG TERM, NOT THE IMMEDIATE DEMAND TO ALLEVIATE SOME TRAFFIC THAT'S OCCURRING THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

I 35 IS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT STANDS AS ONE OF THE GREATEST MISTAKES AND INJUSTICES THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S A SCAR IN THE FABRIC OF OUR URBAN CORE.

INSTEAD OF DEEPENING THAT SCAR AND MAKING IT WORSE IN THE LONG RUN, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT ELECTED LEADERS SHOULD WORK ALONGSIDE THE STATE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE REDUCING IT, ALLEVIATING IT, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE CITY WORKS BEST FOR

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EVERYONE IN THE LONG RUN.

THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOBBY LAVINSKY.

MY NAME'S BOBBY LAVINSKY.

I'M AN ATTORNEY WITH THE SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UH, WE ARE HERE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS'S RESOLUTION, AND WE'RE VERY MUCH APPRECIATIVE FOR YOU BRINGING IT FORWARD.

UM, WE'D SUPPORT THIS ACTION AND ANY OTHER ACTION THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST TO, UH, POSE THESE HIGHWAY EXPANSIONS THAT ARE DAMAGING OUR REGION.

UM, THE RESOLUTION IS VERY MUCH CONSISTENT WITH THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE FORCE OF THE NA NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT AND UNDO THE DAMAGE THAT TRUMP DID TO THE C E Q REGULATIONS.

UM, IT'S ALSO VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH NEW GUIDANCE THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WITH RESPECT TO CUMULATIVE EFFECTS, LOOKING AT THE LONG-TERM AND CUMULATIVE, UH, IMPACTS OF AIR QUALITY FROM ALL SEGMENTS OF A PROJECT.

UM, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE DIRECTION, UH, TO LOOK AT THE CAMPO MODELS, UM, ESPECIALLY TO ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN, UM, AND SHOW PEOPLE THAT THERE IS A SOLUTION FORWARD, UM, AS A WATER, UH, BASE RE UM, ORGANIZATION.

I ALSO WANT TO TAKE NOTE TO THE IMPACT TO LADY BIRD LAKE AND ITS PARK SYSTEM THAT WILL BE PERMANENTLY AND IRREPARABLY HARMED BY THE EXPANSION OF I 35.

UM, MOST OF THE PARKLAND IS OWNED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, SO NOT ONLY DO WE HOPE THAT THE AUSTIN ACTS AS THE MOST IMPACTED AGENCY, BUT ALSO AS A LANDOWNER AND FIGHTS BACK AGAINST THE, UM, THE, THE TAKE OF PARKLAND THAT WE KNOW, UM, WAS LISTED IN THE RECORD OF DECISION.

UH, THE SAVE OCEAN SPRINGS ALLIANCE, UM, IS READY TO SUPPORT THE I 35 COL COALITION TO THE, UM, FULL R FOUR FOUR FORCE.

AND WE HOPE THAT THE CITY AND THE COUNTY AND ALL ELECTED LEADERS IN OUR REGION, UM, AREN'T JUST SILENT PRO SILENT PARTNERS IN THIS PROCESS.

UM, WE THINK THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A HUGE IMPACT TO OUR REGION AND, UM, THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT.

AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SPOKEN TODAY.

LET'S GO AHEAD INTO THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

UH, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO, UH, INVITE MS. HEATHER ASHLEY NEEN, DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION PLANNING DEVELOPMENT, UH, WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE THE UPDATE.

WE HAVE POSTED THIS PRESENTATION TO THE MESSAGE BOARD, UM, SINCE WE CAN'T GET IT ONTO THE WEBSITE UNTIL AFTER THE MEETING.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY.

UM, I WANTED TO JUST THANK ALL OF THE, THE SPEAKERS THAT, UM, GAVE US, UH, CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE CHANGES THAT WE'VE MADE TO THE PROJECT.

AND, AND JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY.

UM, AS I PUT THE PRESENTATION TOGETHER TODAY, UM, I PUT TOGETHER A LOT OF THE HISTORY OF THE PARTNERSHIPS.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM, UM, HERE, WE, I FEEL LIKE AS A PARTNER AND A FRIEND.

AND SO, UM, I'LL, I'LL JUST START FROM THERE.

ALL RIGHT, NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT, SO THIS IS THE PROJECT OVERVIEW.

I DIDN'T WANNA GO TOO MUCH INTO IT 'CAUSE I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT WHAT I DID WANNA HIGHLIGHT IS THAT THIS IS A FOUR AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS PROJECT OVER EIGHT MILES.

AND, UM, THE, THE MIDDLE CHART SHOWS RIGHT THERE THAT TYPICALLY ARE PROJECTS THAT ARE OVER 500 MILLION ARE DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS.

AND THESE ARE THE LAST PRO THE DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS THAT WE'VE DONE, UM, ACROSS THE STATE, 680 MILLION OAK HILL PARKWAY, 1.5 BILLION N E X IN SAN ANTONIO.

AND, UM, THIS FOUR AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS PROJECT IS, IS, IS VERY, VERY LARGE FOR, UM, FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS AND FOR TXDOT.

NOW, UM, WE HAVE ORIGINALLY WE WERE GONNA DO THE WHAT IF YOU SEE THE, THE IMAGE AT THE BOTTOM, THE UNIVERSITY AND THE DOWNTOWN IS DESIGN BUILD.

UM, BUT WE MADE THE DECISION LATE LAST YEAR TO GO AHEAD AND DO BID BUILD, WHICH THAT'S ACTUALLY HELPED US WITH A A NUMBER OF THINGS.

IT'S HELPED US, UM, DO THE FINAL DESIGN ON OUR OWN OF THE CAPS AND NOT PUT THAT INTO A CONTRACT DOCUMENT SO THAT, UM, OTHERS COULD, COULD DESIGN IT AFTER, UM, AFTER THE CONTRACT EXECUTION.

UM, BUT WE HAVE A BIG, BIG, UH, PROJECT AHEAD OF US.

AND, UM, JUST WANTED TO, TO SHOW THAT NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE ARE THE, THE THREE MAJOR TYPES OF NE NEPA, UH, PROJECTS THAT, THAT WE DO AT TXDOT.

UH, WE DO CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS.

WE DO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS, WHICH TURN INTO A FONZI OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIF SIGNIFICANT IMPACT, AND WE DO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.

AND OVER, SINCE, UH, THE LAST THREE, ALMOST

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FOUR YEARS, WE'VE DONE FIVE, WE'VE, WE'VE AWARDED FIVE RECORD OF DECISIONS.

SO NOT ONLY IS THIS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROJECTS, UM, THAT WE HAVE IN THE STATE OR THAT WE'VE DONE, IT'S A RARE, UH, TYPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS THAT WE GO THROUGH NOW, UM, I WANTED TO SHOW HERE THE ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF NEPA ARE FOR FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECTS.

AND, UM, WE HAVE TO CON, WE, THESE NEPA PROJECTS ARE DUE TO OUR FEDERAL FUNDING NOW LOCALLY FUNDED PROJECTS, NEPA DOESN'T APPLY, BUT THEY STILL ARE REQUIRED TO, UM, CONSIDER OTHER LAWS.

NOW.

UM, LET'S SEE.

YEAH, SO E E I S IS A REALLY 0.1% OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, PROJECTS THAT WE DO AT TX DOT.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO IN THE CAPITAL CENTRAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, UM, WE LOOKED AT IMPACTS TO THE HUMAN NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NOISE, AIR QUALITY, QUALITY, PROTECTED LANDS, COMMUNITY IMPACTS, NATURAL AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES, WATER RESOURCES, PARKLANDS, LAND USE, UH, CUL CULTURAL AND HISTORIC RESOURCES.

ONE OF THE, UM, ONE OF THE STUDIES THAT WE DID, BUT IT WASN'T A REQUIREMENT, WAS THE GREENHOUSE GAS AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

UM, STUDY WHEN WE PUBLISHED THE NOTICE OF INTENT IN 2020, THAT WAS NOT A REQUIREMENT.

AND SO WE DID THAT STUDY, AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF, UM, KINDA WHAT I'VE, I'VE, UH, BEEN HEARING TODAY IS SOME OF THAT STUDY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND INDUCED GROWTH.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I PUT THOSE IMAGES THERE AT THE BOTTOM IN OUR RECORD OF DECISION, THERE'S, THERE'S PLENTY OF COMMITMENTS REQUIRED BY POLICY OR RE REGULATION, AND YOU CAN FIND THAT IN OUR RECORD OF DECISION.

AND THERE'S A LONG LIST OF, UM, REQUIREMENTS.

AND AS I MENTIONED, WE'VE DONE FIVE OF THESE OVER THE LAST ALMOST FOUR YEARS.

WE HAVE A VERY, VERY, UM, STRONG, UH, LEGAL COUNSEL THAT, THAT REVIEWS OUR DOCUMENTS AND MAKES SURE THAT WE, WE, UH, FOLLOW ALL THE REQUIRED.

AND ON THIS PROJECT, WE ACTUALLY WENT OVER AND ABOVE.

NOW IN THE ROD, THERE'S ALSO PROPOSED MITIGATION, AND WE'LL GO OVER THAT LATER.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

I WANTED TO SHOW THIS.

THIS IS A 1994.

THIS IS ACTUALLY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT.

THIS IS, UH, THREE DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVES THAT WERE LOOKED AT, UH, BACK IN 1994.

AN ELEVATED SECTION, I THINK THAT'S 11TH THROUGH FOURTH.

UM, A LOWERED WITH ADDITIONAL ELEVATION, UH, COLLECTOR DISTRIBUTORS, UH, THERE ON THE MIDDLE, AND THEN MORE UPPER DECKS.

AND SO ALL OF THOSE THINGS WERE LOOKED AT, UM, LONG AGO.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, ONE OF THE, UH, I STARTED UP WORKING ON THIS PROJECT IN 2017, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS THAT I WAS, I WORKED AT THE DEPARTMENT AT THE TIME AND IN 2014, THE STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED AND THEY FOUND THAT EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE DONE BY, IN, YOU KNOW, FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS, LOWER I 35, SAFE WIDE BICYCLE CROSSINGS, UH, RECONNECT AUSTIN WAS THERE, CONGRESS FOR NEW URBANISM WAS THERE.

ALL OF OUR PARTNERS THAT WE STILL WORK WITH TODAY, UH, WERE AT THAT, UH, AT THAT STAKEHOLDER WORKING GROUP.

AND IT WAS CHAIRED BY, AT