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COMMISSION.

IT'S 5:02 PM

[CALL TO ORDER]

AND I'M CALLING THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

UM, SO, UM, AS OUR FIRST ITEM OF

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

BUSINESS, WE DO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, UH, FOR THE FIRST 10 SPEAKERS, UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION GENERAL.

THIS IS TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM, NOT POST IT TO THE AGENDA, A GENERAL ITEM, TRANSPORTATION ITEM.

SO AT THIS TIME, IF, UH, ANY SPEAKERS ARE HERE FROM THE PUBLIC, THEN WE'LL CALL ON THEM.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? HEY, SO, UH, MY NAME IS BOBBY KING.

I GREW UP IN LAKE TRAVIS, GREW UP IN, IN AUSTIN, COMING AROUND, UM, THE CITY AND STILL HAVE A, A GOOD AMOUNT OF FRIENDS.

AND, UM, I'M JUST COMING TO KIND OF VOICE MY OPINION THAT SKATEBOARDING SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA FOR TRANSPORTATION ITEM BECAUSE IT IS ACTUALLY, UH, A FORM OF TRANSPORTATION.

AND, UM, WE'VE REACHED OUT TO DIFFERENT VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.

WE'RE ON, UH, AUSTIN OUTSIDE.

AND, UM, I REPRESENT A GROUP OF ADVOCATES THAT ARE TRYING TO GET SKATE TRAILS, SKATE SCULPTURES, AND, UM, SKATEABLE MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE BUILT IN THE CITY.

AND SO, TO DATE, THERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THAT.

BUT FIRST, LET ME JUST GIVE YOU A BRIEF INTRO INTO SKATEBOARDING AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT.

UM, IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENTS LONG RANGE PLAN, UM, THEY HAD DISCUSSED HOW SKATING WAS, WAS PRETTY MUCH THE MOST UNDERREPRESENTED FACILITY.

UH, AND WE ARE IN NEED OF ADDING THOSE FACILITIES.

AND ASIDE FROM THAT, YOU KNOW, SKATING'S NOT JUST A SPORT WHERE IT, IT WOULD BELONG IN A PARK, IT'S ALSO, UM, IT'S A FORM OF TRANSPORTATION, LIKE I SAID, FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND.

UH, IT'S A CULTURAL ICON.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S BECOME AN OLYMPIC SPORT.

BUT BEFORE THAT, IT WAS REALLY, UM, JUST A WAY FOR PEOPLE THAT WHEN THE SURF WAS BAD, THEY COULD HAVE THIS ACCESSIBLE ACTIVATION OR ACTIVITY TO DO IN THE STREETS.

AND SO, UM, SKATING HAS ALWAYS BEEN, UH, A HEALTHY ACTIVITY.

AND ALSO IT'S A LIFESTYLE.

NOW, YOU KNOW, THAT IT IS AN OLYMPIC SPORT AND, UM, AND THERE'S INDUSTRIES AROUND IT.

BUT TO GET TO THE POINT, UM, THERE ARE PRECEDENTS OF THIS IN EL PASO.

THERE'S PEOPLE WORKING WITH THE CITY, UH, AND THE WATERSHED DEPARTMENT TO CREATE SKATEABLE DITCHES AND THE DITCHES, UM, ARE SEEN AS A, AS A AREA FOR PEOPLE TO SKATE.

AND ALSO, UM, THE SKATERS MAINTAIN THEM.

THERE ARE OTHER EXAMPLES IN CITIES WHERE THEY'VE GIVEN SKATEBOARDERS AND ADVOCATE GROUPS, AREAS UNDERNEATH BRIDGES THAT WERE EITHER UNUSED OR, UM, JUST TRASHY AREAS.

AND, AND SO THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO DO WITH THE CITY, IS TO WORK WITH, UM, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT ON TRYING TO GET THESE PUT INTO THE AGENDA AS, AS EITHER AN AMENDMENT OR, UM, THE FUTURE WITH A T X WALK BIKE ROLE THAT IT BE INCLUDED IN THE, UH, IN THE LIST OF ACTIVITIES.

BECAUSE CURRENTLY IT'S LEFT OUT.

THERE'S NOT ONE WORD OF, OF SKATEBOARDING IN THE AGENDA.

AND SO, UM, IT'S POSSIBLE TO HAVE THOSE KINDS OF ACTIVATIONS ON NORMAL HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS OFF THE SIDES OF THEM AS SOCIAL NODES OR, UM, SPOTS IN POCKET PARKS, IN EXISTING PARKS, OR ELSE OTHER AREAS THAT COULD, THAT COULD, UH, FIT WELL WITH THE COHESION AND THE, UH, INCLUSIVE NATURE THAT IS THESE KINDS OF, UM, TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES.

I THINK THAT'S TELLING US YOUR THREE MINUTES ARE UP.

OH, BUT YOU HAD WRAPPED UP.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? UM, I THINK THIS IS REALLY INTRIGUING.

UH, THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT AND SPEAKING TO US TODAY.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE, UM, COMMISSION? YEAH, I HAVE ONE QUESTION.

SO WE TALK ABOUT A LOT HOW BIKE LANES ARE, YOU KNOW, MULTIMODAL, RIGHT? SCOOTERS USE THEM ALL THE TIME.

MM-HMM.

PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS USE 'EM ALL THE TIME AS A SKATEBOARDER.

DO YOU FIND GENERALLY THAT BIKE LANES ARE ADAPTABLE TO SKATEBOARDS? OR IS THERE SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT A SKATEBOARD THAT OUR CURRENT BIKE LANES AREN'T MEETING? SO IN GENERAL, THEY'RE, THEY'RE SAFE, UM, ENOUGH TO GET AROUND, BUT THEY'RE AS SAFE AS A SIDEWALK.

SO WHEN SKATE PARK BUILDERS SPECIFICALLY DESIGN, UM, CONCRETE, IT'S USUALLY SMOOTHER.

UM, THE CONTROL JOINTS ARE SMALLER SO YOU DON'T HIT THE BUMPS.

AND ALSO THE KIND OF ELEMENTS THAT YOU COULD INCLUDE ON THE SIDEWALK MIGHT BE MORE OF A BERM OR LAND FORMS THAT YOU WOULD USE TO GET AROUND ON.

LIKE, THERE'S PUMP TRACKS IS ONE STYLE.

UM, THERE'S SNAKE RUNS.

THOSE ARE DIFFERENT STYLES OF, OF PARKS AND LAYOUT DESIGNS,

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BUT THEY, THEY WORK WELL IN LINEAR FASHIONS.

THAT COULD BE A TRAIL WHERE IT'S JUST A SIDEWALK THAT HAS KIND OF BERMS OR EMBANKMENTS ON OTHER SIDE.

THAT WOULD BE IDEAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

THANKS.

I, I ACTUALLY, IT'S SO TIMELY 'CAUSE I HAD JUST BEEN AT THE, THE NEW BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART, UM, LANDSCAPING AND ART SECTION.

JUST THE OTHER DAY I TOOK A PHOTO 'CAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS SO REMARKABLE.

THEY HAVE SIGNS ALL OVER THE PLACE OVER THERE THAT SAY NO BIKES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS OR SMOKING.

I JUST THOUGHT NO COMMENT THERE.

BUT I, I WAS REFLECTING ON SKATEBOARDS IN PART BECAUSE OF THAT.

SO YOU SHOWING UP HERE AS SERENDIPITOUS.

SO ANYWAY, THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT AND TALKING TO US TODAY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE MIGHT WANNA DISCUSS IN A FUTURE AGENDA.

SO, AWESOME.

THANKS.

THANK Y'ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

ALL RIGHT, COMMISSIONERS, THAT MOVES US TO OUR NEXT ITEM, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Urban Transportation Commission REGULAR MEETING on September 5, 2023.]

UM, SO THIS IS FROM OUR, UM, UH, SEPTEMBER 5TH MEETING.

UM, SO, UM, THIS SHOULD BE, UH, IN OUR PREPARED PACKET THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US.

UM, DO I HAVE A MOTION IN REGARDS TO THE MINUTES? MOTION TO I'LL MOTION TO APPROVE.

I WILL SECOND, UM, ANY DISCUSSION OR FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE MINUTES? SO I HAVE ONE THING.

YEAH, I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO AMEND IT THIS TIME, BUT WE LEAVE FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS OFF OF OUR MINUTES.

UM, AND ESPECIALLY ON THIS ONE, LIKE WE CREATED A WORK GROUP AND STUFF, SO I THINK IT PROBABLY IS A GOOD PRACTICE TO PUT, BECAUSE THAT IS AN OFFICIAL MOTION THAT YOU'RE PUTTING IT ONTO THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT ONE.

SO I THINK GOING FORWARD IT MAKES SENSE TO INCLUDE THIS.

I AGREE.

I THINK CAPTURING THAT INFORMATION WOULD BE USEFUL TO US ON A COUPLE LEVELS.

SO, UM, I THINK THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I AGREE.

I DON'T THINK WE NECESSARILY NEED TO AMEND THIS, BUT, UM, I THINK IT'S A GOOD NOTE FOR GOING FORWARD.

ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? AMENDMENTS? CORRECTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL CALL FOR A VOTE ON THE MINUTES.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE SEPTEMBER 5TH MINI MINUTES.

OKAY.

I SEE THE TWO PEOPLE ONLINE.

IT LOOKS LIKE THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE.

ALL RIGHT, SO THAT BRINGS US TO OUR DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS. UM, OUR FIRST PRESENTER, AND WE'RE JUST GONNA GO, ISABELLE, YOU TELL ME IF THERE'S A TIME SENSITIVE THING, BUT I'M JUST GONNA GO IN THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA.

SO, UM, I THINK OUR FIRST PRESENTER IS VIRTUAL ON THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

DO WE KNOW WHO THAT PERSON IS? UH, COLLEEN.

OKAY.

WHAT ABOUT AMIR? YES.

OKAY.

HELLO? I WAS GONNA SAY, I CAN'T UNMUTE, BUT I THINK Y'ALL FIXED IT.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

YEAH, WE HEAR YOU.

OKAY, GOOD.

THANK YOU.

LET ME SEE.

UH, OKAY, NOW YOU CAN SEE ME TOO, SO, HELLO.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, LET ME SEE IF I CAN SHARE MY SCREEN.

UM, LET'S SEE.

OKAY.

CAN YOU SEE THE POWERPOINT? WE CAN.

OKAY, GOOD.

UM, ALL RIGHT, I WILL GET STARTED.

SO, HELLO,

[2. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council Regarding the Safe Routes to School Program.]

MY NAME IS COLLEEN GENTLES.

I AM THE INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER FOR THE SAFE ROCK SCHOOL PROGRAM.

AND THIS IS JUST KIND OF AN UPDATE.

UM, WE DID A PRESENTATION LAST YEAR, SO JUST LIKE AN ANNUAL UPDATE OF OUR PROGRAM AND WHERE WE'RE AT, UM, IN TERMS OF PROJECTS AND SPENDING.

SO THE MISSION OF THE SAFE FRANCIS SCHOOL PROGRAM IS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WA WHOOPS, AH, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING AND BIKING TO SCHOOL BY CREATING A SAFER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE EQUITABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS HUMAN POWER, TRANSPORTATION.

AND OUR VISION IS PRETTY SIMILAR TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY TO CREATE A SAFER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE EQUITABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS HUMAN POWER TRANSPORTATION AS A FIRST CHOICE FOR CITY OF AUSTIN STUDENTS.

AND SO, SO OUR, UH, PROGRAM IS MADE UP OF FOUR ARMS. WE HAVE OUR CROSSING GUARD PROGRAM THAT WAS, UH, STARTED IN 1991.

WE HAVE, UH, ALMOST 200 CROSSING GUARDS AT, UH, OVER 75 SCHOOLS, UH, WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

WE ALSO HAVE AN EDUCATION TEAM, AND THAT WAS STARTED IN 1992.

UM, THAT CONSISTS OF FIVE FULL-TIME STAFF, UM, AND THEY GO INTO THE CLASSROOMS, UM, BETWEEN GRADES, UH, THREE AND FIVE.

AND THEY TEACH KIDS HOW TO WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL SAFELY.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT, UH, TEAM THAT IS TWO FULL-TIME STAFF.

UM, AND THEIR ROLE IS TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY, THE SCHOOL, AS WELL AS LIKE THE PTAS.

AND SO THAT PROGRAM HEADS UP OUR, UM, NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY, OUR

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NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY.

UM, THEY DO LIKE BIKE ON WEDNESDAYS, WALK ON WEDNESDAYS, OR BOW WOW.

THEY'LL DO BIKE RODEOS.

UM, THEY'LL DO LITTLE CONTESTS OR GAMES WITH THE KIDS TO KIND OF ENCOURAGE, UM, LIKE CLASSROOM COMPETITION TO GET MORE STUDENTS WALKING, BIKING.

AND THEN, AND THAT PROGRAM WAS FOUNDED, UH, IN 2012.

AND THEN THE LAST ARM OF RASA SCHOOL IS THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM, WHICH WAS BORN OUT OF THE 2016 MOBILITY BOND.

AND SO THAT PROGRAM CONSISTS OF TWO STAFF POSITIONS, UH, ONE WHICH IS CURRENTLY VACANT.

AND SO THIS PRESENTATION TONIGHT IS GONNA TALK ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.

SO AS I MENTIONED, UH, THIS PROGRAM WAS BORN OUT OF THE 2016 BOND.

IT WAS VOTED UPON, UH, BY THE VOTERS, 27 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS DIVIDED, UH, AMONGST THE 10 COUNCIL DISTRICTS TO ADDRESS, UH, STATE ROUTES OF SCHOOL.

AND SO WE ARE A PROGRAM THAT'S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH, UH, LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, UH, SEVEN IN FACT WITHIN THE CITY OF BOSTON, UH, JURISDICTION.

AND WE LOOK AT SAFETY CONCERNS, UH, WALKING AND BIKING TO SCHOOL AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE, UH, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TO DO SO.

AND SO THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM, UH, THE GOAL WAS TO BUILD OUT INFRASTRUCTURE OPTIONS TO HELP, UH, THESE STUDENTS WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL SAFELY.

AND SO OUR APPROACH WAS, WE INITIALLY ASKED THE SCHOOL OF CONCERN.

SO THIS WAS, UH, IN 20 18, 20 19, WE ASKED THE SCHOOL, HEY, WHAT ARE YOU NOTICING? WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM YOUR PARENTS AND YOUR, UM, UH, TEACHERS ABOUT GETTING KIDS TO SCHOOL? AND THEN, UH, WE DID WALK AUDITS AT 137 SCHOOLS.

UM, SO THEY'RE THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, WE ALSO DID COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

WE DID OVER 50 COMMUNITY MEETINGS, UM, NOT JUST AT THE SCHOOLS, BUT AT THE LIBRARIES.

UM, ALSO, UM, WE WENT TO CHURCHES TO GET FEEDBACK.

WE WENT TO GROCERY STORES, GET FEEDBACK.

WE WENT TO ALL THE DIFFERENT PLACES WHERE, UH, FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE TO ASK THEM FOR FEEDBACK AS WELL.

WE DID AN INTERNAL REVIEW.

UH, SO WE LOOKED AT, UH, FEASIBILITY, UH, WITH AREA ENGINEERS.

WE LOOKED AT THE CSRS AS THEY WERE GETTING IN, UH, COMMON, UM, CONCERNS FROM AREAS AROUND SCHOOLS.

SO WE TOOK ALL THAT FEEDBACK AS WELL INTO OUR MODEL.

THEN WE RELEASED A DRAFT OF THE REPORT.

UM, WE OPENED IT UP TO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC FOR A THREE WEEK WINDOW.

AND THEN WE PUBLISHED THE FINAL REPORT, UH, END OF 2019, EARLY 2020, UH, JUST IN TIME FOR COVID TO SHUT THE WHOLE WORLD DOWN.

SO NOW WE HAD A REPORT.

AND THEN IN 2020, SO FAST FORWARD TO, UH, NOVEMBER, 2020, WE GOT ADDITIONAL $20 MILLION IN BOND FUNDING TO, UH, ADDRESS THOSE BARRIERS.

SO ALTOGETHER WE HAD 47 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS, UM, TO DO, UM, A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AROUND THE SCHOOLS IN THE CITY.

AND SO OUR FOCUS WAS VERY HIGH AND HIGH BENEFIT PROJECTS, AND I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

BUT, UM, THE CATCH BETWEEN THE 2016 BOND DOLLARS AND THE 2020 BOND DOLLARS WAS THAT THE 2020 FUNDING DID NOT HAVE TO BE DIVIDED EQUALLY BY DISTRICT.

SO IT COULD LOOK, UM, MORE AT EQUITY THAN THE FIRST ROUND OF MONEY, WHICH WAS, UM, DIVIDED EQUALLY BY DISTRICT, WHICH, AS YOU'LL SEE, IS NOT, UM, EQUITABLE IN TERMS OF NUMBER IN SCHOOLS AND ALSO NUMBER OF BARRIERS.

SO HERE IS, UM, SOME DATA FROM THE REPORT.

SO WE DID 137 WALK AUDITS, LIKE I I MENTIONED, ACROSS SEVEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS LONG AS THE SCHOOL WAS WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN JURISDICTION.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE NUMBER, UH, NUMBER ONE DISTRICTS FOR SCHOOLS IS ONE, TWO, AND SIX.

AND THEN DISTRICTS EIGHT AND FIVE HAVE THE LEAST NUMBER OF SCHOOLS.

AND THEN WE ALSO LOOKED AT THE NUMBER OF BARRIERS.

SO ALTOGETHER, THE REPORT CAME UP WITH, UM, 4,600 BARRIER, OVER 4,600 BARRIERS TO WALKING AND BIKE TO SCHOOL SAFELY.

AND SO WE BROKE THOSE BARRIERS DOWN BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

AND, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE NUMBER ONE DISTRICT FOR BARRIERS WAS DISTRICT ONE WITH, UH, DISTRICT THREE COMING IN AND CLOSED SECOND.

AND THEN SOME OF THE LOWEST DISTRICTS WITH BARRIERS INCLUDED DISTRICTS EIGHT AND NINE.

AND SO RIGHT AWAY YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBER OF BARRIERS IS NOT CORRELATING TO THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AS WELL AS THE COST OF THE BARRIERS.

AND THIS IS WHERE WE GET TO SOME MORE FINANCIAL DATA.

SO YOU CAN SEE HERE WE TOOK ALL OF THE 4,600 BARRIERS.

WE GAVE 'EM APPROXIMATE COSTS, UH, IN 20 $19.

AND WE REALIZED THAT DISTRICT ONE AND DISTRICT SEVEN HAD THE HIGHEST COST OF BARRIERS, UM, TO BE ADDRESSED FOR SCHOOL.

AND SO WE CAN SEE HERE, LIKE IT'S ALSO JUST NOT, UH, JUST NOT COMING ACROSS EQUITABLE, RIGHT? WE HAVE DISTRICTS ONE AND SEVEN WITH THE HIGHEST COST OF BARRIERS, AND THEN DISTRICTS, UH, SIX AND NINE WITH THE LOWEST COST OF BARRIERS.

AND SO WHAT KIND OF BARRIERS DID WE COME UP WITH? WELL, WE BROKE THEM DOWN INTO NINE CATEGORIES.

UM, WE LOOKED AT TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC CONTROL, AND, UH, INTERSECTION RECONFIGURATION.

SO BASICALLY, UH, WAYS TO MAKE THE INTERSECTION SAFER.

WE LOOKED AT CURB RAMPS AND CROSSWALKS.

UH, THE PRESENCE WERE ABSENCE OF THOSE, UH, WHETHER THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION, WHETHER THEY NEEDED TO BE, UH, REFRESHED OR, UM, MADE BRIGHTER.

WE LOOKED AT

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OVER UNDERPASSES.

SOME OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE, UH, MAJOR, UM, THOROUGH AFFAIRS THAT, UH, CUT WITHIN THE CATCHMENT AREA.

SO TWO 90 IS ONE OF THE EXAMPLES I'M THINKING OF HERE.

THAT WAS ANOTHER FACTOR INTO THE MODEL.

UH, WE ALSO LOOKED AT OFF, OFF STREET TRAIL CONNECTIONS.

SO THIS WOULD BE, UM, LITTLE TINY TRAIL CONNECTIONS THAT WOULD BRING TWO NEIGHBORHOODS TOGETHER TO GET TO A SCHOOL.

A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT IS THE COPPERFIELD TRAIL CONNECTOR, UH, JUST SOUTH OF EAST JAGER LANE.

WE ALSO LOOKED AT, UM, THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF BIKE LANES, WHETHER THEY'RE BUFFERED, UH, WITH TURTLE BUMPS OR FLEX POSES, UH, MAKING THEM PROTECTED, OR IF THEY HAD A, UM, CONCRETE, UH, BARRIER ON THE GROUND, OR IF THEY WERE JUST, UH, LINE STRIPES ON WITH THE PAVEMENT.

WE LOOKED AT SIDE PATHS, WHICH ARE ALSO, UH, CALLED SHARED USE PATHS.

AND THOSE ARE WIDER THAN A TYPICAL SIDEWALK.

SO TYPICALLY WE BUILD SIDEWALKS, FIVE FEET WIDE CHARITIES PATH, OR ANYWHERE FROM EIGHT TO 10 FEET WIDE.

THEN WE ALSO LOOKED AT NEIGHBORHOOD BIKEWAY AND TRAFFIC CALMING.

THIS IS LOOKING AT, UH, CURB EXTENSIONS, SO SLOW DOWN TRAFFIC, UM, SHARED STREETS, THIS KIND OF OPTION.

THOSE ARE KIND OF OPTIONS, UM, WOULD FALL INTO THAT AS A RECOMMENDATION.

AND THEN LASTLY, UM, NEW OR IMPROVED SIDEWALKS, WHICH MEANS, UH, BUILDING SIDEWALKS WHERE THERE ARE NONE OR REPAIRING SIDEWALKS THAT ARE IN, UH, BAD CONDITION OR ARE NOT A D A COMPLIANT.

SO PERHAPS THEY'RE THREE FEET WIDE, UM, KIND OF AN OLD SCHOOL SIDEWALK VERSUS OUR STANDARD FOR FIVE FEET SIDEWALKS NOW.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAD AN OTHER CATEGORY, WHICH IS KIND OF LIKE A CATCHMENT.

AND SO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE THINGS LIKE TRIMMING THE TREES AND THE VEGETATION 'CAUSE THEY WERE BLOCKING THE SIGNS.

UH, MAYBE SOME OF THE SIGNS WERE JUST, UH, KIND OF OLD AND FADED, OR NOT REFLECTIVE ANYMORE.

IT ALSO INCLUDED THINGS LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, PUTTING IN BIKE RACKS AT A SCHOOL BECAUSE IT'S A HEAVILY BIKED CAMPUS AND THERE WERE NO BIKE RACKS OR ALSO JUST GENERAL, UM, PARENT Q LINE CONCERNS.

AND SO HOW COULD WE MAKE PARKING AND CIRCULATION BETTER, OR MAYBE HAVING CARS, UH, COME IN TWO LANES OF A DRIVEWAY VERSUS ONE.

SO THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THE OTHER CATEGORY FOR RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED.

AND SO ALTOGETHER, UM, THESE 4,600 PROJECTS CAME TO OVER 825 MILLION.

UM, AND AGAIN, THIS IS IN 20 $19.

SO IF WE WERE TO ASSESS EVERYTHING TODAY, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MUCH, MUCH HIGHER DUE TO INFLATION AND JUST GENERAL COSTS OF MATERIALS AND LABOR.

AND THEN WE TOOK THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AND WE BROKE THEM DOWN INTO A CHART FOR EASIER ACCESS TO SEE.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE THAT THE NUMBER ONE RECOMMENDATION, UH, FROM THE REPORT WAS SIDEWALKS, NEW SIDEWALKS, IMPROVED SIDEWALKS, UM, REPAIRING THEM, PUTTING THEM WHERE THERE ARE NONE, WHERE THERE IS CURRENTLY NO SIDEWALKS.

THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CALL OUT FROM THE 137 SCHOOLS.

AND SO THAT CAME TO OVER A THIRD OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE SECOND THIRD OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE AT CURB RAMPS AND CROSSWALKS AND CURB EXEMPT.

AND SO, UM, THIS ALSO INCLUDES PEDESTRIAN ISLANDS, BUT EITHER THE ABSENCE OF RAMPS OR, UM, NONCOMPLIANT RAMPS OR, UM, RAMPS THAT WERE, UM, NOT, UH, BIDIRECTIONAL, PERHAPS THEY KIND OF WERE DIAGONAL WHERE THEY KIND OF SEND YOU INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET VERSUS KIND OF LIKE AN L SHAPE.

AND SO, UM, THAT'S KIND OF THE SECOND, THIRD, UH, LARGEST RECOMMENDATION, UH, FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

AND THEN, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE OTHER, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS FELL INTO SMALLER CATEGORIES.

AND SO LOOKING AT IT BY A COST PERSPECTIVE, UM, THE NUMBER ONE COST TO FULFILL THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE THE SIDE PASS OR THE SHARED USE PATH, IF THIS MAKES SENSE, BECAUSE IT'S A WIDER THAN A SIDEWALK, IT'S GONNA COST MORE IN TERMS OF CONCRETE AND MATERIALS.

UM, IN, IN THE TYING WITH THAT IS ALSO THE SIDEWALKS IN GENERAL.

SO YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT 62% OF THE COST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IS COMING, UH, DIRECTLY FROM SIDEWALK AREAS.

AND, UM, THE THIRD HIGHEST THEN IS LOOKING AT, UM, OFF STREET TRAILS, WHICH WE'D ALSO BUILD WITH CONCRETE.

AND THEN, UH, ANY KIND OF BIKE LANE PROTECTION.

SO THIS IS KIND OF A BREAKDOWN OF THE PERCENTAGES OF THE ESTIMATED COSTS FROM THE REPORT.

SO HOW WERE THE FACTORS PUT INTO THE REPORT? SO THIS IS WHERE, UH, WE CAN GET INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE DATA.

SO THE RECOMMENDATIONS CAME FROM A, UH, FOUR CATEGORIES HERE, DEMAND SAFETY, EQUITY AND STAKEHOLDER INPUT.

AND SO DEMAND, WE DID A RADIUS, SO WE USED G I S, UM, WE USED A NETWORK ANALYST TOOL TO NOT DO JUST GENERAL BUFFERS AROUND THE SCHOOL, BUT UM, TO KIND OF SEE LIKE ACTUAL ROAD AND, UH, AND SIDEWALK NETWORKS TO SCHOOLS.

SO THAT'S HOW WE KIND OF CAME UP WITH OUR RADIUS.

WE LOOKED AT SCHOOLS WITHIN A HALF MILE OF EACH OTHER, BUT FOR WALKING, UH, WALKING TO SCHOOL WITHIN A HALF MILE AND THEN BIKING WITHIN TWO MILES IS KIND OF THE GENERAL RULE THAT WE USE.

WE LOOKED AT SAFETY, THE NUMBER OF BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN CRASHES, UM, THE FUNCTIONAL CLASS SCORE, WHICH IS THE STREET.

SO DIFFERENT STREETS HAVE DIFFERENT, UM, SCORINGS, WHETHER YOU'RE A COLLECTOR OR A NEIGHBORHOOD ARTERIAL.

SO WE LOOKED AT THAT AS PART OF THE SAFETY CATEGORY.

AND THEN ENGINEERING JUDGMENT.

UM, WE, UM, ASKED OUR COLLEAGUES AND PROFESSIONALS LIKE, HEY, DOES THIS MAKE SENSE TO PUT IN THIS INFRASTRUCTURE? LIKE, DOES IT MAKE SENSE

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FOR THE SIDEWALK HERE? DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO, UM, PUT IN A CURB EXTENSION HERE? THOSE ARE, THAT'S WHERE ENGINEERING JUDGMENT KIND OF PLAYED IN.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO LOOKED AT EQUITY.

WE LOOKED AT THE FREE AND REDUCED ELIGIBILITY RATE.

UM, SO THAT'S FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH FOR THE STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL.

AND ALSO, UH, THE POVERTY RATE.

SO WE DID HAVE SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS INTO OUR MODEL.

AND THEN THE LAST CATEGORY WAS THE COMMENTS.

SO WE DID, UH, TWO TYPES OF COMMENTS.

WE HAD A WIKI MAP, WHICH WAS AN ONLINE MAP WHERE PEOPLE COULD VIRTUALLY PUT IN THEIR COMMENTS.

AND WE ALSO TOOK PUBLIC, UH, COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AT OUR MEETINGS, UM, AT THE GROCERY STORE WHERE WE COLLECTED THE FEEDBACK EITHER VERBALLY OR WRITTEN, AND THEN WE WOULD IMPORT IT INTO THE WEB MAP SO THAT ALL THE COMMENTS COULD BE COLLECTED.

AND ALTOGETHER, WE HAD RECEIVED OVER 700 DIFFERENT COMMENTS, UH, BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS AND THE PUBLIC, UM, AND STAFF AS WELL.

SO WE COLLECTED QUITE A BIT OF COMMENT FOR OUR REPORT, AND THEN WE BROKE IT DOWN INTO, UH, DIFFERENT REPORTS PER SCHOOL.

SO WE HAVE A SUMMARY REPORT, AND THEN WE HAVE A REPORT FOR EVERY SCHOOL THAT WE DID THE WALK AUDIT AT.

AND SO THOSE REPORTS ARE ALL AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE@AUSTINTEXAS.GOV SLASH SAFE ROUTES.

AND WE COVERED THE BACKGROUND ON THAT.

WE LOOKED AT THE PROCESS WE DID, AND THEN THE OVERALL BENEFIT AND ESTIMATED COST BENEFIT CATEGORY, AND THEN THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE SCHOOL.

SO THIS IS, UH, AN EXAMPLE OF BLANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

SO YOU CAN SEE HERE ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAD AN ID NUMBER.

THEY HAD THE LOCATION, THEY HAD THE ISSUE THAT WAS FOUND, AND THEN THEY ALSO HAD THE RECOMMENDATION.

AND THEN THAT, UH, CAME UP WITH A SCORING.

AND SO WE RANKED OUR 4,600 RECOMMENDATIONS FROM VERY HIGH TO VERY LOW.

UH, SO A FIVE, UH, TIERED APPROACH TO THAT.

AND THERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS THAT SCORED VERY HIGH IN OVERALL BENEFIT, UM, AND ESTIMATED COST BENEFIT, OR MAYBE ONE OF THE OTHER.

SO YOU CAN SEE HERE AT THE LAST ROW HERE, THE OVERALL BENEFIT, UM, FOR THE SCHOOL ZONE SIGN IS PRETTY LOW, BUT AN ESTIMATED COST BENEFIT WOULD BE A MEDIUM.

SO NOT EVERYTHING CAME OUT TO, UM, THE SAME, DEPENDING ON COST OR THE NEED OF THE AREA.

SO USING ALL OF THIS INFORMATION, WE WERE ABLE TO KIND OF DECIDE WHICH PROJECTS COULD MOVE FORWARD TO CONSTRUCTION.

AND SO HERE'S HOW WE DECIDED WHICH PROJECTS WILL GET MOVED.

SO OVERALL, WE LOOKED AT HIGH OR VERY HIGH, UH, BENEFITS OR COST BENEFIT PROJECTS.

AND SO IT'S NOT AN EXCLUSIVE LIST.

UH, SOMETIMES WE DID BUILD PROJECTS THAT ARE MEDIUM OR LOW OR VERY LOW RANKED BECAUSE IT TIED INTO A LARGER SCOPE OF A PROJECT.

BUT IN GENERAL, WE TRIED TO TARGET THOSE THAT WERE RANKED VERY HIGH OR HIGH.

WE ALSO WANTED TO DO PROJECTS THAT MADE SENSE.

UM, THERE WERE GOOD WALKING AND BICYCLING IMPROVEMENTS AND HIT MULTIPLE SCHOOLS AS POSSIBLE.

LIKE YOU CAN SEE HERE, I'M GONNA GO BACK TO THAT FIRST SLIDE.

UM, SOME OF THESE PROJECTS WOULD BENEFIT MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, EXAMPLE, UM, A, UM, BIKE ROUTE ON BLANTON WOULD ALSO BENEFIT STUDENTS GOING TO BIRTH TOS, THEIR MEANS AS WELL.

AND SO WE LOOKED AT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE VERY HIGH AND HIGH, BUT ALSO HAD MULTIPLE SCHOOLS WELL AS WELL ATTACHED TO IT.

THOSE PROJECTS, UH, WENT TO THE TOP OF OUR LIST.

WE ALSO KEPT IN MIND THAT WE HAD TO SPEND THE FUNDING EQUALLY PER DISTRICT WITH 20 $16.

AND SO, UM, EVERY SCHOOL WOULD KIND OF GET A DIFFERENT DOLLAR AMOUNT BASED OFF THAT, SINCE THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS PER DISTRICT IS NOT THE SAME.

BUT, UM, MY FAVORITE PART OF ALL OF OUR PRINCIPLES IS OUR LEVERAGING OF DOLLARS.

AND SO WE OFTEN PARTNERED WITH MULTIPLE ENTITIES IN THE CITY AND EXTERNALLY FROM THE CITY TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER PROJECTS.

AND SO HERE YOU CAN SEE A LIST OF, UM, NOT AN EXCLUSIVE LIST, BUT JUST, UH, TOP LIST OF DIFFERENT PARTNERS WE FUNDED WITH, UM, TO LEVERAGE DOLLARS AND MAKE THEM GO FARTHER.

SO INTERNALLY, WE WORKED WITH THE URBAN TRAILS PROGRAM, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM, THE SIDEWALK PROGRAM, STREET AND BRIDGE OPERATIONS, BIKEWAY SIGNALS, SPEED MANAGEMENT, VISION ZERO HEAD CROSSING PROGRAM, AND THEN ALSO THE CORRIDOR PROGRAM.

AND THEN OUTSIDE OF, UH, OUR, OUR INTERNAL FOLKS, WE ALSO WORKED WITH THE SEVEN ISDS THAT I MENTIONED.

AND SO, UH, AUSTIN, ROUND ROCK, PFLUGERVILLE, LEANDER, MANNAR, SS, AND DEL VALLEY, THEY ALL HAVE SCHOOLS WITHIN AUSTIN, FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

AND WE, UH, LOOKED AT THOSE SCHOOLS AND WORKED WITH THOSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS WELL TO GET PROJECTS.

UM, WE ALSO WORKED WITH CAP METRO IN IMPROVING BUS STOPS.

AND, UM, ANOTHER HIGHLIGHTING, UH, FACTOR FOR US IS QUARTER SENT FUNDING.

SO THE COUNCIL APPROVED QUARTER STEM FUNDING PER DISTRICT.

UM, SOME OF THOSE WERE ALLOTTED TO STAY ROUTE OF SCHOOL, AND SO WE'RE ABLE TO USE THOSE DOLLAR AMOUNTS TO ALSO, UH, LEVERAGE, UH, FUNDING AND GET BIGGER AND BETTER PROJECTS TOO.

AND SO WHERE ARE WE AT, UH, KIND OF TODAY? SO THIS IS A SNAPSHOT, UH, QUARTER FOUR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30TH, BUT, UM, THERE'S USUALLY LIKE A WEEK OR TWO AFTER.

UH, SO I DON'T HAVE FINAL QUARTER, FOUR QUARTER FOR NUMBERS, WHICH IS WHY I'M KIND OF FOCUSING ON QUARTER THREE.

BUT YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT UH, THE GOAL FOR, UH, FOR FOR QUARTER THREE FOR THE SAFE FRAS PROGRAM IS TO GET TO 23.7 MILLION.

AND WE GOT PRETTY CLOSE.

WE'RE AT 22.6 MILLION.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE, UM, AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION OF

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FUNDS THAT WE'VE USED FROM QUARTER CENTS, UH, OVER THE PAST COUPLE YEARS SINCE 2016.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, WE ARE PRETTY CLOSE TO TARGET.

UM, I'M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO, UH, COME OVER OUR BUDGET FOR, FOR QUARTER FOUR, UM, WHEN, UH, WHEN THE NUMBERS ALL FINALLY SETTLE.

SO, BUT WE'RE AIMING AT, UH, $5 MILLION SPENT, UH, FOR SAFE ROUTES IMPROVEMENTS, UM, OVER THIS PAST, UH, FISCAL YEAR THAT JUST ENDED.

AND SO HERE'S, UM, A LITTLE MORE, OH, WAS THERE A QUESTION OR SHOULD I KEEP GOING? I, I DID HAVE A QUESTION BACK ON THE OTHER ONE.

SO THE 20 MILLION PLUS THE 27 MILLION WOULD BE 47 MILLION, BUT YOUR CHART ONLY GOES UP TO 30 MILLION.

IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT? UM, I THINK IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SPENT THAT MUCH OF THE 20 MILLION YET, SO I'M JUST KIND OF SHOWING WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY.

SO YEAH, SO THE, THE 23.7 MILLION IS INC IS INCLUDING 2016 AND 20 BOND SPEND, 2020 BOND SPENDING.

SO WE HAD 2016 BOND SPENDING FIRST, AND THEN WHEN THE 2020 BOND PASSED AS WELL, WE WERE DOING KIND OF JOINT SPENDING.

SO BOTH, BOTH BONDS ARE BEING SPENT SIMULTANEOUSLY.

2016 BOND MONEY WILL WRAP UP THE END OF NEXT YEAR, AND THEN WE'LL BE SOLELY USING JUST 2020 BOND MONEY.

SO THE, THE 23.7 MILLION, UH, FOR THE GOAL AS WELL AS THE 22.6 FOR THE ACTUALS IS INCLUDING SPENDING FROM BOTH BONDS.

SO IT'S ONLY BOTH BONDS TOGETHER.

BOTH BONDS TOGETHER IS, I'M JUST MAKE SURE I HAVE THE NUMBERS.

BOTH BONDS TOGETHER IS 47 MILLION, CORRECT? 47 AND A HALF, YES.

OKAY.

THAT'S ALL MY QUESTION BECAUSE YOU'RE ON YOUR CHART.

IT ONLY LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING UP TO 30.

I JUST WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER.

IT'S JUST TO KEEP IT, YEAH, GOTCHA.

YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SURE.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

UH, OKAY.

AND SO, SO LOOKING AT OUR TOTALS, WE HAVE, UM, DONE IMPROVEMENTS AT OVER 100 SCHOOLS OF OUR 137.

WE'VE DONE, UH, OVER 425 PROJECTS OUT OF OUR, UH, 46, UH, HUNDRED LIST.

AND THEN OUR GOAL, AS I MENTIONED, IS TO GET THROUGH PROJECTS, THE, A PROJECT ON THE GROUND FOR ALL OF OUR ONE HUNDRED, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN SCHOOLS BY THE END OF, UH, CALENDAR YEAR 2024.

AND SO WE'RE ON TRACK TO DO THAT.

UM, WE HAVE ADDITIONAL, UH, 17 SCHOOLS I THINK IN THE DESIGN PHASE AND A GOOD 12, UH, IN PERMITTING OR CONSTRUCTION.

SO WE ARE MOVING ALONG PRETTY WELL.

AND UH, THE GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO, UM, FINISH DESIGNING AND HAVE A PLAN FOR THE REST OF THE REMAINING SCHOOLS.

AND THEN WE'RE GONNA MOVE THEM FORWARD TO PERMITTING CONSTRUCTION NEXT YEAR.

SO WE ARE IN THE, UM, IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR, WE'RE IN THE ANNUAL MOBILITY ANNUAL PLAN PLANNING PROCESS NOW.

AND SO INTERNALLY STAFF MEETS IN OCTOBER TO GO THROUGH PROJECTS OF WHERE WE CAN LEVERAGE DOLLARS AND COORDINATE TOGETHER.

IN NOVEMBER, WE DO THE PRESENTATION TO COUNCIL OFFICES DECEMBER THE, UM, THE MAP IS RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC FOR COMMENT.

AND THEN, UM, THE FINAL REPORT'S APPROVED IN JANUARY.

SO WE'RE STARTING THAT, UH, PLANNING FOR 2024 PHASE RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK.

AND WE SHOULD HAVE ALL THE PROJECTS, UM, PLANNED OUT FOR OUR REMAINING SCHOOLS AT THE END OF THIS YEAR FOR CONSTRUCTION FOR NEXT YEAR.

AND SO THE OTHER THING I SHOULD ADD TO IS THE WALK AUDIT SCHOOLS DID NOT INCLUDE HIGH SCHOOLS OR CHARTER SCHOOLS.

AND SO, UM, WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY IN THE 2020 BOND, WE'RE ABLE TO DO IMPROVEMENTS AT THOSE SCHOOLS AS WELL.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, WE PUT IN, UH, SOME CURVE RAMPS AND CROSSINGS BY ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL.

IT TECHNICALLY WASN'T IN THE WALK AUDIT REPORT, BUT WE HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY WITH THE 2020 BOND.

AND SO THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF USING THOSE DOLLARS ON, UH, DIFFERENT SCHOOLS.

AND THEN, UH, WE DECIDED TO, UM, USE 1 MILLION OF AT LEAST 1 MILLION OF OUR 20 MILLION FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE, UM, VERY CLOSE TO A LOT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BUT ALSO, UM, ARE IN LOW SOCIOECONOMIC AREAS TOO.

AND I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT, UH, TOWARDS THE END.

SO, BUT UM, WE'RE ACTUALLY ON THIS SLIDE.

I'M GONNA TALK ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW, .

SO, UM, AS I MENTIONED, OUR REPORT JUST LOOKED AT ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

WE'RE NOW LOOKING AT HIGH SCHOOLS AS WELL.

UM, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT CHARTER SCHOOLS.

AND SO THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS IS THEY DON'T HAVE A DEFINED CATCHMENT AREA.

SO ALL, ALL THE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE A AREA, YOU KNOW, A GEO GEOGRAPHIC AREA WHERE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO, AND YOU USUALLY GO TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL UNLESS THERE'S UM, AN UNDERLYING REASON WHY YOU'RE NOT.

AND SO CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE UNIQUE IN THAT SENSE WHERE, UM, YOU JUST APPLY AND IF YOU'RE ACCEPTED YOU CAN GO THERE.

SO IT DOESN'T MATTER GEOGRAPHICALLY NECESSARILY WHERE YOU'RE LIVING.

BUT THEY ALSO HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY BUILT IN LOW SOCIOECONOMIC AREAS.

AND SO, UM, AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WOULD BE THE IDEA BERG, UM, OFF OF BROWNIE DRIVE.

THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF A CHARTER SCHOOL THAT'S KIND OF RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BARRINGTON AND GRUNER THOMPSON AND WALNUT CREEK.

UM, THAT'S A SCHOOL THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AND DOING SOME SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS AROUND, UM, THAT WILL BENEFIT, UH, NOT JUST THE WALNUT CREEK AREA, WHICH IS THE CATCHMENT AREA FOR THE SCHOOL, BUT ALSO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ENCOURAGING FOLKS TO WALK

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AND BIKE TO SCHOOL NEARBY TOO.

SO THAT'S KINDA AN EXAMPLE OF FUTURE PROJECTS THAT WE'RE PLANNING DOWN THE PIPELINE.

AND THEN I THINK, YEAH, I THINK THAT'S MY LAST SLIDE.

SO HERE'S MY CONTACT INFORMATION, UH, IF YOU WANTED TO REACH ME AND, UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I CAN TAKE THEM NOW.

UM, BUT THANK YOU.

UM, HOW LONG WILL THE, SO YOU SAID, YOU MENTIONED THAT THE 2016 BOND MONEY WILL BE SPENT BY THE END OF 2024.

I THINK I HEARD THAT RIGHT? YES.

AND THEN SO WHEN WOULD THE 2020 BOND MONEY BE SPENT? I BELIEVE THAT'S 2028.

I BELIEVE THAT'S THE END FOR THAT.

SO, OKAY.

WELL WE SHOULD KEEP FUNDING Y'ALL.

I THINK SO.

WE'LL HAVE TO KEEP THAT IN MIND AND FUTURE BOND CYCLES.

SO, UM, YEAH, I WAS GONNA SAY WITH YOU ADDRESSED IT HERE AT THE END WAS WITH HIGH SCHOOLS, AND I KNOW LIKE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT, RIGHT? BECAUSE THEY, A LOT OF THEM ARE NOT AS ASSOCIATED.

PEOPLE CHOOSE HIGH SCHOOLS MORE BASED ON INTEREST VERSUS LOCALE OR, UM, THEY HAVE MUCH WIDER CASHMAN ZONES.

SO PEOPLE, MORE PEOPLE MAY, AND OBVIOUSLY I, I HAVE A NINTH GRADER, SO I'M WELL AWARE THAT HIGH SCHOOLERS START TO DRIVE.

UM, BUT I ALSO THINK THAT FOR THAT REASON, HIGH SCHOOLS ALSO IN PARTICULAR NEED TO OFTEN HAVE TRAFFIC CALMING .

SO ESPECIALLY IN THOSE PLACES.

SO I THINK THAT WAS DEFINITELY AN AREA WHERE WE COULD FOCUS AND MAKE SURE NOT TO DELI THEM OUT IN FUTURE CYCLES.

IT SEEMS IMPORTANT, SO THANK YOU.

YEAH, FOR SURE.

YEAH, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE THEY WEREN'T ORIGINALLY CAPTURED IN THE WALK AUDITS, PARTIALLY BECAUSE, UM, HIGH SCHOOLERS TEND TO BE TALLER THAN LIKE, YOU KNOW, A KINDERGARTNER, SO YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO SEE A HIGH SCHOOLER LIKE WALKING AND BIKING VERSUS MAYBE LIKE A LITTLE KID.

SO TRY TO FOCUS ON LIKE THE LITTLES THAT WOULD BE THE POSSIBLY MISSED BY CARS OR JUST ENCOURAGE THEM TO LIKE WALK MORE LIKE YOU'RE SAYING.

BUT, BUT YEAH, WE'RE DEFINITELY DOING IMPROVEMENTS AROUND HIGH SCHOOLS.

WE PUT IN SOME RAMPS NEAR ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL, UH, THIS SUMMER BECAUSE WE GOT FEEDBACK THAT A LOT OF THE KIDS ARE CROSSING MESA TO PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT, WHICH THEY'RE ALLOWED TO DO, BUT THEY WERE CROSSING ALL CRAZY TOWN ACROSS THE STREET.

SO WE PUT IN ACROSS LOG, WE PUT IN SOME CHANNEL ANALYZES AND SOME RAMPS TO ENCOURAGE 'EM TO CROSS AT THIS ONE SPECIFIC LOCATION.

SO THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF LIKE KIND OF A SMALL IMPROVEMENT, UM, NOT, UH, NOT A HUGE DOLLAR AMOUNT, BUT MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF JUST LIKE GETTING THEM ACROSS THE STREET.

SO YES, FOR SURE.

THAT'S GREAT.

UM, ANYONE ELSE QUESTIONS, SPENCER? SO I WANNA PREFACE BY COMMENT BY SAYING YOU GUYS DO GREAT WORK.

YOU'RE DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST SUCCESS STORIES OF THE MOBILITY BONDS.

UH, BUT ONE THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS MAINTENANCE AND SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO MAYBE UPDATE, UH, SOME OF THE EARLY WORK YOU GUYS DID.

UM, ONE PROJECT I'M THINKING OF IN PARTICULAR IS BERKMAN FROM 51ST TO, I THINK IT'S TWO 90, UH, RIGHT, YEAH.

WITHIN THERE, WITHIN A HALF MILE AREA.

YOU'VE GOT SEVEN A I S D SCHOOLS, UH, AND I LIVE AROUND THERE.

I CAN TELL YOU EVERY DAY I SEE KIDS BIKING ON THE SIDEWALK, UH, 'CAUSE THEY JUST, THEIR PARENTS DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE.

MM-HMM.

WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S THERE STARTED TO DETERIORATE OVER THE COUPLE YEARS, A LOT OF THE PROTECTION MM-HMM.

JUST ISN'T THERE ANYMORE.

SO IS THERE A PLAN A TO INVEST IN MAINTENANCE FOR THESE FACILITIES, BUT B PERHAPS TO REVISIT SOME OF THESE HIGH BENEFIT FACILITIES THAT WERE DONE AT THE BEGINNING AND PERHAPS NEED TO BE ELEVATED AT THIS POINT? YES, FOR SURE.

UM, WE DEFINITELY ARE LOOKING AT THAT IN OUR, UM, INTERNAL MEETINGS AS WE DO OUR PLANNING WITH THE MOBILITY ANNUAL PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR.

I CAN, UH, SNEAK PEEK TELL YOU THAT BERKMAN IS ON THE LIST TO GET UPGRADED FACILITIES, UH, FOR BIKING AS WELL AS SIDEWALKS AND RAMPS AND EVERYTHING.

SO, UM, AND I BELIEVE ALSO POSSIBLY SOME SIGNAL WORK AT THE BERKMAN 51ST INTERSECTION.

SO, UM, AMAZING.

IT'S ON, IT'S ON OUR RADAR.

AND I KNOW TOO, UM, WITH, UM, LIKE I, I DIDN'T MENTION THIS TO YOU, BUT THERE ARE ALSO SCHOOLS THAT LIKE HAVE POPPED UP SINCE THE WALK AUDITS, LIKE MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MUELLER AND BAR CREEK ELEMENTARY AND D EIGHT.

AND SO THOSE SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE W AUDITS WITH RECOMMENDATIONS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T EXIST WHEN WE DID THEM AND NOW THEY'RE OPEN.

AND SO WE'RE ALSO DOING IMPROVEMENTS AT THOSE SCHOOLS TOO.

SO THOSE ARE ALSO BEING COUNTED IN OUR TALLY OF SCHOOLS EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEYOND OUR ORIGINAL 1 37.

AND SO I DO KNOW, I KNOW THAT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL'S OPEN, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS, UM, ARE WANTING BETTER IMPROVEMENTS TO CROSS 51ST.

AND SO THAT'S DEFINITELY ON OUR RADAR TOO.

SO GREAT TO HEAR.

YES.

THANK YOU.

I DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? SO JUST WANNA MAKE SURE.

UM, SO ALONG ALONG THOSE SAME LINES, HAVE YOU ALL TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION THE DISTRICTS AND HOW THOSE ARE, OR LIKE HOW THEY'RE DIVIDED UP IN TERMS OF WHAT A I S D SCHOOLS THEY GO TO? 'CAUSE FOR ME, FOR EXAMPLE, I LIVE CLOSER TO AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BUT WE'RE ZONED FOR A DIFFERENT SCHOOL.

SO IN TERMS OF THE WALKABILITY, YOU WOULD ASSUME THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO WALK TO THAT ELEMENTARY, BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY ZONED FOR SOMETHING ELSE.

SO JUST DIDN'T KNOW IF THAT WAS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THAT.

YEAH, THAT'S A

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GOOD QUESTION.

UM, I KNOW THAT WE DON'T CONTROL THE CATCHMENT AREAS FOR THE SCHOOLS AND I DON'T KNOW, AMIR MIGHT BE ABLE TO, HE MIGHT KNOW THIS MORE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THEY CHANGE VERY OFTEN OR IF THEY, LIKE THEY DO REDISTRICTING ON THOSE.

I'M NOT SURE.

I IMAGINE THEY WOULD AS NEW SCHOOLS ARE POPPED IN.

UM, BUT I DON'T HAVE LIKE AN ACTUAL LIKE, TIMELINE ON THAT.

UM, BUT IN TERMS OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS, SO IT DOESN'T INCLUDE EVERYTHING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

LIKE IF YOU PULLED UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT, YOU'D SAY LIKE, WELL WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE OTHER STREETS AROUND HERE? AND SO I THINK JUST USING THE RADIUS THAT THEY DID WE'RE HALF MILE WALKING AND THEN TWO MILES FOR BIKING.

I THINK SOME, I THINK SOME STREETS ARE JUST MISSING RECOMMENDATIONS.

BUT THAT BEING SAID THOUGH, IT'S, IT'S NOT, UM, IT'S NOT LIKE WE COULDN'T, UH, HELP ADDRESS AN ISSUE.

AND SO I THINK THAT IF YOU SEE A NEED THOUGH FOR SURE, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY SUBMIT A 3 1 1 REQUEST AND IF YOU FLAG IT AS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, IT DOES GO STRAIGHT TO, UM, OUR, OUR DIVISION TO GET A REVIEW ON.

SO, UM, I DEFINITELY WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT IF YOU SEE, UM, ANYTHING AMISS OR MISSING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN I'M GUESSING IN THE REPORT THERE IS A BREAKDOWN, UM, PER DISTRICT ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO RIGHT NOW I'M ABLE TO SEE LIKE THE BARRIERS AND THE TYPE, THE ESTIMATED PROJECTS, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW, HOW MUCH OF THAT IS PER LIKE THE 3 78 FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT IS FOR EACH DISTRICT CORRECT.

OR THAT IN THERE? UM, THERE IS, THERE IS A SUMMARY.

SO THERE'S THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL REPORTS AND THERE IS A SUMMARY REPORT AND I BELIEVE THE SUMMARY REPORT DOES BREAK DOWN THE RECOMMENDATIONS PER DISTRICT.

I'M WONDERING IF IT DOES IT BY EVERY SPECIFIC TYPE THOUGH.

I'D HAVE TO PULL THAT.

LET ME SEE.

OH, I HAVE IT UP HERE.

HA, LOOKING REALLY QUICK, WE BREAK DOWN THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS PER DISTRICT AND THE COST, BUT I DON'T, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE BROKEN DOWN THE SPECIFIC PROJECTS PER DISTRICT.

I DO, I MEAN I HAVE THAT DATA 'CAUSE IT'S ALL IN G I S SO IT'S ALL MAPPED AND IT'S ALSO, UM, UH, PULLS FROM AN EXCEL FILE TOO, SO I CAN GET THAT DATA IF THAT'S, UM, A SPECIFIC, UH, QUESTION FOR A SPECIFIC DISTRICT.

BUT, UM, I GUESS IT'S NOT TECHNICALLY IN THE SUMMARY REPORT, BUT WE DO, WE HAVE THE DATA 'CAUSE WE RAN THE TOTALS.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ONE MORE SPENCER.

UM, SO WHEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR BENEFIT ANALYSIS, SO ONE THING THAT FITS INTO BOTH DEMAND AND EQUITY THAT I'M NOT SEEING ON HERE, SO I'M CURIOUS IF YOU GUYS USE TO EVALUATE IS CAR OWNERSHIP AND TRANSIT DEPENDENCY, RIGHT? OBVIOUSLY PART OF THIS IS ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO WALK AND BIKE AND USE SUSTAINABLE MEANS TO GET THE SCHOOL, BUT THERE ARE ALSO STUDENTS WHO DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE WHO RIGHT.

CAN'T HAVE THEIR PARENTS, UH, DROP THEM OFF AT SCHOOL, RIGHT? SO THERE'S OBVIOUSLY BOTH SAFETY AND EQUITY CONCERNS THERE.

YEAH.

DO YOU GUYS TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION? THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS IN THE MODEL.

UH, IS IT, OH, THAT WASN'T, THAT WASN'T IN THE MODEL UNFORTUNATELY.

BUT WHAT WE DO DO, WHAT WE DO IS WE WORK CLOSELY WITH A I S D, WE HAVE OUR EDUCATION TEAM THAT GOES OUT TO NEARLY A HUNDRED ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS OR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND WHAT THEY DO IS WHEN THEY ENGAGE WITH THE STUDENTS ARE DOING TRAINING, THEY ALSO, UH, ASK THEM HOW THEY GET TO SCHOOL AND HOW THEY GET HOME.

AND WE CAN USE THAT DATA WHEN CORRESPONDENCE WITH A I S D AND SEEING HOW MANY KIDS LIVE WITHIN THAT HALF MILE AND SEE, YOU KNOW, IF 200 KIDS LIVE WITHIN A HALF MILE TO SCHOOL AND 150 OF THEM ARE WALKING, WELL THEN TO THAT, THAT RISES TO THE TOP OF OUR LIST ON OKAY, HOW DO WE MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO WE'RE USING OUTSIDE DATA TO HELP KIND OF DICTATE WHERE SOME OF THIS, THESE PRODUCTS ARE GOING AS WELL.

YEAH, I MEAN, IF THAT MAKES SENSE, THAT PROBABLY GETS YOU TO ROUGHLY THE SAME ANSWER, BUT YOU KNOW, I MEAN THAT ALSO IS A C SS DATA THAT YOU CAN JUST PULL.

IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO SUPPLEMENT AND CHECK TO MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE REVIEWING THIS WITH THE RIGHT EQUITY LENS IN TERMS OF, UH, WHERE PEOPLE CURRENTLY ARE AND THEIR ABILITY TO GET TO SCHOOL.

MM-HMM.

.

YEAH, AND, AND TO BE HONEST, WE'RE HOPING IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO, TO REDO THIS ANALYSIS.

YOU KNOW, THIS WAS STARTED IN 2016.

THIS IS OUR FIRST GO AT IT.

UH, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING THAT WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO ANOTHER INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT AND KIND OF UPDATE IT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

AWESOME.

SO THOSE GREAT RECOMMENDATION.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, THAT'D BE GREAT.

THANKS.

I THINK WE'VE GOT ANOTHER QUESTION OVER HERE.

YEAH.

SO AS YOU'RE BALANCING THE FUNDING FROM THE 2016 BOND WITH THE 2020 BOND ARE PROJECTS THAT, UM, ARE IN DISTRICT THAT HAVE MORE BARRIERS, ARE THOSE BEING SELECTED? UM, MORE THAN, THAN I GUESS THEY WERE WHEN WE WERE DOING THE 26 WHEN WE, WHEN WE WERE JUST USING THE 2016

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FUNDS.

YES.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON THAT FOR USING THE 20 $20, UM, YES TO, TO KIND OF ADDRESS MORE OF AN EQUITY NEEDS INSTEAD OF JUST EQUAL ACROSS THE BOARD, RIGHT? LIKE EVERY DISTRICT GETS THE SAME DOLLAR AMOUNT REGARDLESS OF NUMBER OF SCHOOLS, REGARDLESS OF NEED.

WE'RE LOOKING AT LIKE, OKAY, DISTRICT ONE HAS LIKE A LOT OF NEED AND A LOT OF BARRIERS.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO GIVE THAT, THAT DISTRICT MORE PROJECTS, UM, THAN SAY, LIKE DISTRICTS THAT HAD LOWER AMOUNTS OF BARRIERS AND LOWER NUMBER OF SCHOOLS TOO.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M LOOKING AROUND I THINK LAST CALL FOR QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, YEAH, IT'S REALLY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WILL TAKE US TO, UM, UH, ITEM THREE UNDER

[3. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council Regarding the Equitable Transit Oriented Development Program.]

OUR DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS, WHICH IS DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL REGARDING THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

AND WE HAVE A PRESENTER WITH US IN PERSON HERE AT WARNER COOK.

THANK YOU.

YES.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

AND, UM, YOU'LL HAVE TO, UH, YOU'LL HAVE TO EXCUSE ME BECAUSE I WAS PLANNING TO HAVE A CO-PRESENTER ALSO FROM CAP METRO TONIGHT WHO, UH, WASN'T UNFORTUNATELY ABLE TO MAKE IT, BUT HER CONTACT INFORMATION IS ALSO AT THE END OF THIS SLIDESHOW AS WELL.

UM, SO MY NAME IS WARNER COOK.

I'M A PRINCIPAL PLANNER LEADING EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT OR E T O D FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND I WORK WITH CAB METRO AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND, AND EVERYONE, UM, IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THIS.

SO WE WERE ASKED TO COME AND GIVE AN UPDATE SINCE THE LAST TIME Y'ALL HEARD FROM US, WHICH WAS POSSIBLY EVEN THE END OF LAST YEAR, EVEN THOUGH COUNCIL KIND OF LAST BROUGHT THIS UP IN MARCH.

UM, DO I HAVE A CLICKER? YES.

YEAH, WE CAN DO THAT.

.

THERE WE GO.

OKAY.

UM, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS IMAGE BEFORE IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING E T O D HERE IN AUSTIN, BUT, UM, WE'VE DEVELOPED IT TO DEVELOPED THE IMAGE TO KIND OF GIVE AN IDEA OF SOME OF THE DIFFERENT BENEFITS THAT EQUITABLE T O D CAN PROVIDE AND WHAT IT COULD LOOK LIKE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS IS NOT WHAT EVERY SINGLE AREA WOULD LOOK LIKE, BUT UM, THE IMAGE EMBODIES SOME OF THE GOALS THAT OUR COMMUNITY CREATED FOR E T O D, SUCH AS HAVING MULTIPLE MODES OF SAFE TRANSPORTATION.

YOU CAN SEE BIKING, WALKING, UH, BUS TRAIN.

UM, THOSE MODES ARE ALSO ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ABILITIES.

UM, PEOPLE YOUNG AND OLD.

SPEAKING OF THE SAFE ROUTES PRESENTATION THAT WE JUST HAD, UH, WE SEE IT'S A LIVELY PLACE THAT CELEBRATES CULTURE AND HAS A LOT OF SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES, UM, ACCESS TO SERVICES, CITY SERVICES SUCH AS THE LIBRARY OR PRIVATE, UM, RETAIL THAT IS PART OF OUR DAILY NEEDS LIKE A GROCERY STORE.

UM, YOU'LL ALSO SEE THAT THERE'S, UM, APARTMENTS AND OTHER AND OTHER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS, OLD AND NEW THAT ARE SIZED FOR FAMILIES AND FOR, UM, BOTH BIG AND SMALL.

UM, AND IT'S IMPLIED THAT SOME OF THESE WOULD ALSO BE AFFORDABLE BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG GOALS OF EQUITABLE T O D.

UM, AND YOU'LL SEE, UH, THAT IT'S A WELCOMING PLACE WITH TREES AND GREEN SPACES AND OPEN SPACES AS WELL.

UM, WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT SEE IN THIS IMAGE IS THAT IT'S REALLY HARD TO TURN THIS KIND OF PLACE INTO A REALITY.

IT TAKES A LOT OF COORDINATION AND A LOT OF INVESTMENT AND POLICY WORK TO KIND OF MAKE THIS, UM, INTO A REALITY HERE IN AUSTIN.

UM, SO ONE OF THE OTHER KIND OF GUIDING THINGS SINCE I KNOW SOME OF THE COMMISSIONERS HERE TONIGHT MAY BE NEWER SINCE THE LAST TIME THAT WE PRESENTED IS WHAT'S MAYBE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EQUITABLE T O D AND T O D THAT YOU'RE THINKING? YOU'VE HEARD OF TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, WHAT IS THE E IN FRONT OF IT? AND WHEN WE SAT DOWN AND STARTED WORKING ON THIS PROJECT WITH OUR PARTNERS AND WITH OUR COMMUNITY ADVOCATES AND, AND ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS, WHAT WE CAME TO WAS THAT TRADITIONAL T O D REALLY DOES SUPPORT TRANSIT AND PROVIDE A LOT OF BENEFITS IN TERMS OF RIDERSHIP, IN TERMS OF REDUCING, UM, SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLE TRIPS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND CONTRIBUTING TO A VIBRANT PLACE, BUT THAT IT ALSO TENDS TO COME WITH INCREASED PROPERTY VALUES TRANSLATING INTO INCREASED RENTS AND, UM, BOTH FOR PEOPLE AND FOR BUSINESSES, AND THAT IT CAN REALLY CHANGE THE FABRIC, UH, ESPECIALLY IN WHAT IS EXISTING LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES TODAY.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO BOTH PREVENT THAT DISPLACEMENT WITH A DO NO HARM KIND OF ASPECT TO MITIGATE ANY INDIRECT OR DIRECT DISPLACEMENT IMPACTS, BUT ALSO GO BEYOND THAT AND ACTUALLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE FOLKS LIVING NEAR FUTURE TRANSIT TODAY SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES.

SO THAT'S LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE WORKFORCE TRAINING, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND EDUCATIONAL ACCESS TO TRY TO INCREASE THE, THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS FOR THE FOLKS THAT WILL BE LIVING NEAR THESE STATIONS.

UM, THESE ARE THE SIX

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E T O D GOALS THAT WERE KIND OF DEVELOPED THROUGH WORKING, UM, WITH COUNCIL DIRECTION, WORKING WITH THE RACIAL EQUITY ANTI DISPLACEMENT TOOL AND THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND THESE GOALS FOCUS ON, UM, SIX DIFFERENT AREAS.

SO AGAIN, BEYOND KIND OF THE TRADITIONAL T O D WE, WHICH MIGHT JUST BE TRANSPORTATION, MAYBE SOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR SOME HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD ASPECTS, BUT WE REALLY ALSO ARE CENTERING, UH, CLOSING RACIAL HEALTH AND WEALTH GAPS AND ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY JOBS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND CELEBRATING AND PRESERVING THE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC DIVERSITY OF STATION AREAS IN ADDITION TO ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT T O D TYPICALLY FOCUSES ON.

THE PARTNERS THAT WORK TO IMPLEMENT E T O D IN AUSTIN ARE MANY.

UH, WE HAVE SOME OF THE MAIN ONES UP HERE ON THE, ON THE SCREEN WE HAVE CAP METRO, WHO I MENTIONED EARLIER.

THEY'RE OUR TRANSIT AUTHORITY THAT OPERATE THE TRANSPORTATION, THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

THEY RECEIVED MULTIPLE, UH, GRANTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO KIND OF KICKSTART THIS WORK LOCALLY.

AND SO THEY WERE THE LEAD ON AN E T O D STUDY AND THEN HELPED WITH THE CITY CREATE THE E T O D POLICY PLAN THAT I'LL SPEAK TO, UM, IN A MINUTE.

THEY ARE ALSO GOING TO BE KIND OF WORKING ON SITE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION AROUND SOME OF THEIR TRANSIT CENTERS AND INTEGRATING KIND OF ESPECIALLY AROUND THE TRANSPORTATION ASPECT OF E T O D.

UM, WE HAVE THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP THAT IS LEADING THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS HERE IN AUSTIN, INCLUDING THE PHASE ONE LIGHT RAIL INVESTMENT THAT Y'ALL PROBABLY HEARD ABOUT THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.

AND THEN WE, AND THEY'RE ALSO GOING TO BE GOING OUT FOR GRANTS AS WELL.

SO E T O D IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAN HELP SUPPORT OUR COMPETITIVENESS FOR THOSE INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS IN ADDITION TO JUST THE EQUITABLE OUTCOMES THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO SUPPORT HERE AT, UH, FOR OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND THEN THE CITY, THIS IS WHERE WE COME IN, WE'RE THE LAND USE AUTHORITY.

SO WE HAVE ZONING AND REGULATORY POWER COUNCIL SETS, POLICY DIRECTION AND GIVE STAFF SOME GUIDANCE ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT THAT.

AND WE ALSO DO STATIONARY VISION PLANNING FOR THE REMAINING STATIONS THAT WEREN'T COVERED BY CAP METRO'S EXISTING PLANNING GRANT THAT THEY RECEIVED.

UM, AND THEN MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE HAVE OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

WE'VE WORKED REALLY CLOSELY WITH THE PROJECT CONNECT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THEY'VE CREATED A WORKING GROUP THAT'S BEEN ADVISING US THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TWO YEARS OR SO THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ALREADY.

UM, WE'VE ALSO HAD PAID COMMUNITY CONNECTORS, WHICH WERE KIND OF AMBASSADORS THAT HELPED, UH, INCREASE OUR ENGAGEMENT REACH OUT INTO COMMUNITIES THAT WE MAYBE DIDN'T HAVE, UM, A CONNECTION WITH ALREADY.

AND THAT WAS A REALLY SUCCESSFUL WAY TO, UM, MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT EQUITABLE T O D, WE WERE DOING IT FROM THE PROCESS AS WELL AS THE OUTCOMES THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

UM, SOME OF THIS IS INFORMATION THAT I JUST WENT OVER, BUT KIND OF IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG AND YOU'RE WONDERING WHERE WE ARE IN OUR JOURNEY, UM, WE STARTED WITH ESTABLISHING THE FRAMEWORK AND THAT WAS REALLY THROUGH CREATING THE POLICY PLAN AND THE TOOLS AND THE STATIONARY TYPOLOGIES, UM, AS WELL AS LOOKING AT, UM, KIND OF CASE STUDIES AND SOME DASHBOARDS THAT TRACK DIFFERENT ME METRICS AROUND STATIONS.

NEXT STEP THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS ENABLING E T O D THROUGH PLANNING AT THE NORTH LAMAR AND SOUTH CONGRESS TRANSIT CENTER.

AND I'VE GOT SOME SLIDES COMING UP ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE'RE ABOUT TO LAUNCH INTO ANOTHER PHASE OF ENGAGEMENT FOR THOSE TWO STATION AREAS.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, WE'VE GOT A BUNCH OF CONCURRENT NEXT STEPS WITH AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP COORDINATION.

CAP METRO WILL BE LOOKING TO DO A PILOT IMPLEMENTATION, AND THEN MY TEAM HERE AT THE CITY IS GONNA BE DOING A LOT OF STATIONARY AND REGULATORY WORK, AS WELL AS COORDINATING KIND OF PERFORMANCE TRACKING AND PARTNERS ACROSS ALL OF THE AGENCIES.

SO THE POLICY PLAN THAT YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD ME MENTION THIS WAS ACCEPTED BY COUNCIL IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, AND IT'S REALLY PROVIDES THE COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE GUIDING OUR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND PRESERVING OUR EXISTING DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM.

IT COVERS ALL OF THE STATIONS THAT ARE PART OF THE LONG-TERM PROJECT CONNECT, UH, OR THE, IN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY THE INITIAL INVESTMENT OF THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM.

SO THAT INCLUDES, UM, THE METRO RAIL, METRO RAPID AND COMMUTER RAIL, THE METRO RAIL, METRO RAPID AND FUTURE LIGHT RAIL STATION AREAS.

SO ROUGHLY A HUNDRED STATION AREAS ACROSS, UM, THE CITY.

UM, AND THE OVERALL, THE SIX GOALS OF THE POLICY, SIX GOALS OF E T O D ARE INCLUDED WITHIN THE POLICY PLAN.

UM, AND IT REALLY HAS A FOCUS ON ESPECIALLY SUPPORTING THE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR RESIDENTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND INCOME LEVELS, BUT MOSTLY THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY BURDENED BY OUR PREVIOUS DECISION MAKING.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COUNCIL DID WHEN THEY ACCEPTED THE POLICY PLAN AS OUR GUIDING FRAMEWORK WAS ASK STAFF FOR AN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.

OKAY, THIS IS GREAT.

THIS IS THE VISION.

WE'RE ALL ON BOARD WITH THE VISION.

NOW HOW DO WE TURN IT INTO THE REALITY? AND SO THAT'S WHAT MY TEAM'S BEEN WORKING CLOSELY

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WITH OUR PARTNERS ON IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OR SO SINCE THAT COUNCIL ACTION.

UM, IT WILL REPRESENT KIND OF LIKE A SHORT TERM LOOK AT WHERE ARE WE GOING, UM, WHAT ARE THE BIG KIND OF KEY DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINES THAT WE'RE WORKING ON.

AND SO IT COVERS THINGS THAT WE ARE IN THE LEAD OF ON E T O D, SUCH AS STATIONARY PLANNING OR, OR CODE AMENDMENTS FOR AN E TODD OVERLAY.

BUT IT ALSO REFERENCES OTHER THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT THINK OF TO YOURSELF.

YOU KNOW, THAT THIS IS PROBABLY TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE.

IT DOESN'T HAVE E T O D IN IT, BUT THAT'S JUST BECAUSE THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S NAMED.

BUT WE'RE AWARE OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS TOO.

AND YOU'LL HEAR A PRESENTATION ON ELIMINATING PARKING MINIMUMS TONIGHT.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE TRACKING THAT AND COORDINATING IT ALONG WITH ALL OF OUR OTHER E T O D WORK.

UM, THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN ALSO HAS KIND OF A FRAMEWORK AND AN INITIAL TAKE ON HOW WE'RE GONNA BE MEASURING SUCCESS IN DIFFERENT STATION AREAS.

AND THIS IS REALLY MORE OF A STAFF LEVEL UPDATE.

LIKE WE, WE HAVE THE DIRECTION AND THE POLICY DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL, SO IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ANY KIND OF FORMAL AMENDMENT PROCESS OR ADOPTION PROCESS, BUT THIS WILL JUST BE PUBLISHED AND THEN REGULARLY UPDATED SO THAT PEOPLE CAN KIND OF TRACK ALONG WITH US WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE THAT ARE COMING.

ONE OF THOSE NEXT STEPS THAT YOU'LL BEGIN HEARING MORE ABOUT, UM, LATER THIS FALL IS THE E T O D OVERLAY.

THIS WOULD BE A SYSTEM-WIDE REGULATORY TOOL THAT WOULD INCLUDE ALSO A BONUS PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE VARIOUS COMMUTER RAIL, LIGHT RAIL AND METRO RAPID CORRIDORS.

UM, THERE'S MORE INFORMATION ONLINE AND I CAN DEFINITELY ANSWER MORE QUESTIONS ON THAT ABOUT WHAT THE INTENDED KIND OF PLAN FOR AN OVERLAY IS.

BUT THE NEWS OR THE UPDATE RIGHT NOW IS THAT WE HAVE CON UH, GOT A CONSULTANT UNDER CONTRACT THROUGH OUR PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND WE'LL BE, UH, LEADING LIKE AN INTERNAL KICKOFF IN OCTOBER WHERE WE'LL DEVELOP THE TIMELINE MORE FULLY ABOUT WHEN THE NEXT ENGAGEMENTS ARE GONNA BE AROUND THAT, UM, LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT.

AND THE CONSULTANT WILL HELP OUR STAFF IN AREAS THAT WE NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, CAPACITY, SUCH AS DOING MARKET AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE INCENTIVIZED OR NOT TO USE THIS VOLUNTARY PROGRAM.

UM, THEY'LL ALSO GIVE US RECOMMENDATIONS ON KIND OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE CODE, UM, HOW OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE IT, HOW THEY'VE MAYBE PHASED IT OVER TIME WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT A STATION THAT'S A BUS INVESTMENT RIGHT NOW, BUT POTENTIALLY A FUTURE LIGHT RAIL INVESTMENT.

UM, AS WELL AS HELPING US DEVELOP VISUALIZATIONS TO HELP THE COMMUNITY REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT COULD THIS LOOK LIKE IN A TYPICAL NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND AUSTIN AND HELPING US, UH, BROADEN OUR ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS BEYOND JUST THE FEW STAFF MEMBERS THAT WORK ON MY TEAM.

UM, THEN AFTER WE GET THROUGH KIND OF THAT WORK WITH THE CONSULTANT STAFF WILL TAKE THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND, AND MAP IT AS, AS YOU WILL TO, TO PARCELS THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM AND BRING IT THROUGH THE FORMAL CODE AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION TO CONSIDER BEFORE ADOPTION.

UM, ANOTHER THING THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS, UM, CAP