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[Austin City Council and Capital Metro Board of Directors Joint Meeting]

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HUH? I MAY DO IT THIS WAY.

A PRESIDENT, I THINK WE HAVE, UH, WE HAVE OUR KITCHEN TOVO WE HAVE A HAND KITCHEN.

WE HAVE, UH, UH, JIMMY FLANAGAN.

WE HAVE A LESLIE POOL.

WE HAVE A PAGE ELLIS.

UH, WE HAVE ME THAT'S SIX.

SO WE HAVE A QUORUM WE HAVE ON HAND, ALISON ALTER PRESENT.

I HAVE ANY COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT I DIDN'T CALL.

OKAY.

UH, HOW, UM, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHENS VOICE EARLIER.

TURBO KITCHEN FLANAGAN POOL, ALICE AND ALISON.

OKAY.

NOW I HAVE THE AMERICA 10.

AWESOME.

ON THE CALL MAYOR, ARE WE, UM, WITH THOSE NUMBERS? I JUST EAT MY LUNCH, WHICH I DIDN'T WANT TO DO ON CAMERA.

ARE WE ABLE TO SHUT OFF THE CAMERA OR DO YOU NEED US TO STAY ON SO THAT WE, YOU CAN .

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF MY, HAVING MY CAMERA OFF CREATES A PROBLEM, CAUSE I'VE JUST, I'M HERE.

I'M JUST EATING, WHICH I DIDN'T WANT TO DO ON CAMERA.

SO I JUST WANTED TO CHECK IF THAT'S LEGAL TO TURN IT OFF BECAUSE WE WERE HAVING SOME ISSUES YESTERDAY OR THE OTHER DAY WHERE WE NEED TO HAVE SIX ON CAMERA AT ALL TIMES.

WE HAVE A CORE OF VISIBLE THAT ON CAMERA.

I THINK YOU'RE OKAY.

JUST STEP OFF, SOMETIMES GO TO THE RESTROOM OR, OKAY.

LIKEWISE.

UM, I'VE BEEN IN BACK TO BACK MEETINGS ALL DAY AS WELL, AND I'M GOING TO NEED TO SWITCH, UM, I'M GOING TO NEED TO SWITCH TO PHONE TO GO GRAB SOME LUNCH.

UM, SO IF I'M NOT ON CAMERA, I'LL MAKE SURE WE HAVE SIX BEFORE I, I D CAMERA BY MYSELF, BUT, UM, JUST WANT TO ASSURE YOU AND, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT I WILL BE PRESENT IN THE MEETING, EVEN IF MY CAMERA'S NOT ON AS WELL.

SOUNDS GOOD.

UM, WAIT, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO A VERY GOOD, UH, GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS JOINT MEETING OF THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

WE APPRECIATE EVERYBODY.

WHO'S JOINING US HERE IN OUR VIRTUAL MEETING ROOM TODAY.

AND ALSO THOSE OF YOU WATCHING US ON OUR LIVE STREAM.

I'D LIKE TO CALL TO ORDER THE CAP METRO BOARD MEETING.

THE TIME IS 1209 AND THE MAYOR, I THINK YOU'VE ALREADY CONVENED THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CORRECT.

OKAY.

UH, JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, I THINK I'M APPEARING, UH, VIA TELEPHONE, UH, BECAUSE OF THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY.

SO, UH, UNFORTUNATELY, UH, FOLKS WILL NOT GET TO SEE MY VIDEO PICTURE AND I KNOW THERE WILL BE A ROUNDS OF DISAPPOINTMENT AROUND THAT, BUT WE'LL DO THE BEST WE CAN BEFORE WE GET STARTED A COUPLE OF LOGISTICAL ITEMS. UH, I KNOW THAT WE ALL HAVE GOTTEN A LOT BETTER AT ONLINE MEETINGS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS BY THE LIGHT, JUST TO REMIND EVERYONE IN OUR MEETING ROOM TODAY, UH, TO KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE ON MUTE, UNLESS YOU'RE SPEAKING.

AND THEN REMEMBER TO READ YOURSELF AGAIN WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED SPEAKING.

ALSO WHEN OUR VOTING ITEMS COME UP, WE'LL BE ASKING BOTH BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR A VERBAL VOTE OF YAY OR NAY FOR EACH ITEM INDIVIDUALLY.

UM, TODAY MARKS A, UH, ABOUT A MILESTONE AND A, AND A NEW BEGINNING FOR A LOT OF WORK.

IT'S NOT QUITE THE END OF THE PROCESS, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY A DAY WE'VE BEEN AIMING FOR, FOR ALMOST AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN ON THE CAP, METRO BOARD, SIX FOR SIX YEARS.

UH, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO, UM, ALL OF OUR STAFF AT CAP METRO AND THE FRONTLINE WORKERS YOU GUYS ARE DOING.

UH, AND LADIES ARE DOING TREMENDOUS WORK, UH, GETTING FOLKS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, UH, PIVOTING, UH, IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC TO DELIVER MEALS TO THOSE WHO ARE NEEDY AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT, UH, YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO GET

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US TO THIS POINT ON THIS PROJECT.

SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR EVERYBODY AT CAP METRO AND LIKEWISE IT, UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR ALL THE GOOD WORK AND VERY HARD WORK OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

SO YOU'VE BEEN DOING TO GET US, UH, TO GET US HERE.

UH, THIS IS OUR SEVENTH JOINT MEETING.

WE'VE HAD HALF A DOZEN BEFORE THE COOPERATION AND COORDINATION BETWEEN OUR TWO ORGANIZATIONS HAS BEEN A NECESSARY AND IT'S REALLY BEEN PHENOMENAL.

SO, UH, I WANT TO APPLAUD, UH, THAT LEVEL OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR TWO ORGANIZATIONS IN PARTICULARLY STAFFS OF THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAD THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROCESS.

WE PROMISED IT WOULD BE THE MOST TRANSPARENT AND COMMUNITY LED EFFORT THE CITY HAS EVER SEEN.

AND I THINK, UH, WE REALLY MADE GOOD ON THAT COMMITMENT LAST MONTH, CAP METRO AND THE CITY PARTICIPATED, UH, IN AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNCIL, ALONG WITH STAFF FROM BOTH THE AGENCY AND THE CITY.

AND AGAIN, I WANT TO APPLAUD OUR RESPECTIVE STAFFS FOR BEING ABLE TO PIVOT AND CONTINUE THE MOMENTUM ON THIS PROJECT.

UH, NOT WITHSTANDING THE PANDEMIC AND ALL THE OTHER ISSUES THAT, UH, THEY'VE BEEN, UH, TRYING TO DEAL WITH IN THESE LAST FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS.

SO KUDOS TO EVERYBODY FOR BEING ABLE TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM AND GETTING US WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

WE'VE HAD A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE IN THE LAST MONTH, EIGHT COMMUNITY MEETINGS ONLINE MORE THAN 17,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP, LISTENED IN VOICE, THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR OPINIONS.

LAST MONTH, MEETINGS PUSHED OUR TOTAL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT NUMBERS TO OVER 60,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROCESS, BOTH IN PERSON AND ONLINE, UH, ALL ACROSS OUR REGION.

AND THAT'S A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT WE'RE JUST GETTING ROLLING AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO EVEN MORE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON THE, UH, ON THE WAY TO GETTING THIS PROGRAM, UH, APPROVED.

UH, FINALLY I JUST WANT TO SAY, UH, I'VE GOT KIDS AND GRANDKIDS AND I'M COMMITTED TO THE IDEA THAT, UH, WE OUGHT TO BE IN THE PROCESS OF IT CITY AND A STATE AND A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR THEM NOW AND WILL WORK FOR THEM, UH, IN THE FUTURE.

THERE'S LOTS TO DO.

UH, BUT TODAY I THINK WILL REPRESENT A HUGE STEP FORWARD FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF WHAT WE'VE GOTTEN TODAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING OUR WORK DONE.

MAYOR, I MIGHT TURN IT OVER TO YOU NOW FOR MY OPENING REMARKS.

I'D SAY, UH, WAIT, I LIKE, I LIKE, UH, BUT I THINK YOU SAID IT, YOU SAID IT VERY WELL RECORD SHOULD REFLECT THAT OLLIE MADISON HAS JOINED US AS WELL.

UH, AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER RENTER IS ALSO ALSO WITH US.

UH, THIS IS TRULY AN HISTORIC DAY.

I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

AND IT SEEMS AS IF THEIR DISCUSSION ABOUT HAVING A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING GOING BACK ALMOST THAT ENTIRE TIME.

WE NEVER HAD A PLAN OR PROPOSAL THAT HAS REALLY HAD OUR SPORT.

UH, AND, AND I THINK THAT WE DO, AND THAT'S VERY EXCITING.

UH, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT ISLANDERS TO THAT.

SO HAVING A TRUE REGIONAL PLAN, UH, WHAT PROVIDES THAT KIND OF PUBLIC PUBLIC SPACE AND OPPORTUNITY TO EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY AT ALL ARTS.

AND WE CAN SEE AS WE GO THROUGH A CURRENT EXPERIENCE, ONE WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, THE IMPORTANCE OF US HAVING A CITY THAT PROVIDES EQUAL ACCESS, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY, THAT ADDRESSES ASSIGNMENT ISSUES THAT CONFRONT US, THAT PROVIDING BACKBONE, STRENGTHENING ALL THAT'S NECESSARY FOR OUR REGION TO PROCEED.

I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED BEING PART OF THESE JOINT MEETINGS, THE CITY COUNCIL, UH, AND FRANKLY, WE NEED TO BE DOING THAT MORE AND HAVING MORE JOINT COUNCIL AND COMMISSIONER'S COURT THAT'S BEEN REPRESENTING METRO.

I THINK THAT THE PROCESS THAT YOU'VE GONE THROUGH HERE GOVERNMENTALLY REALLY DOES BRING OUT STRENGTHS IN THAT REGION.

AND FRANKLY, I THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A GREATER EXPECTATION ON OUR CONSTITUENTS

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AND OUR MUTUAL CONSTITUENTS THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK AND ADVANCE.

YEAH.

UH, I'M, I'M REALLY EXCITED THAT I WAS ABLE TO THIS PROCESS OF RIGHT NOW, THERE'S SO MUCH GOOD AND REAL IN THE COMMUNITY.

IT'S TESTAMENT TO THE RESPONSIVENESS OF THAT AGENCY TO NEEDS.

AND THEN FINALLY, WOW.

THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN PART OF THIS, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED, UM, THE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IS REFLECTED IN THE FACT THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE A PROPOSAL THAT AT SO MANY, SO MUCH SUPPORTS, WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING TODAY.

NOT ONLY ACTION THAT'S REQUIRED FOR CABINET TO APPROVE THE PLAN AND FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO ENDORSE THAT ACTION, IT'S WORKING AT METRO, BUT WE'LL BEGIN TO TOUCH ON TOPICS THAT ARE NOT TO BE DECIDED TODAY, BUT WE KNOW WILL BE COMING TO US IN THE FUTURE, UH, THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN DO WE WANT TO DO IT? HE HAD UP FOR A VOTE LATER THIS YEAR, IF SO, IN WHAT FORM FOR WHAT KIND OF PROJECT, WHAT PIECES ARE ALL THE PROJECT OVER, WHAT PERIOD OF TIME AND HOW TO RUN GOVERNMENT AND WE'LL TOUCH ON THOSE TOPICS.

UH, BUT, BUT NOT, TODAY'S NOT THE DAY TO DECIDE ANY OF THOSE TOPICS.

TODAY IS THE DAY WHEN THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER AND SAYING, WHAT IS THE MASS PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAN THAT WE SHOULD BE ASPIRING TO BUILD? AND I'M JUST REALLY PROUD TO BE, BE PART OF THIS MOMENT.

WELL, LAST ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COUNCIL MEMBER SAR HAS JOINED US.

SO WE ARE ALL PRESENT AND THANKS, MAN.

WAIT, SHOULD WE MOVE IN WITH THE PRESENTATION ABOUT ENGAGING WITH THE COMMUNITY, MAYBE WITH US HERE? I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE SOME OPENING REMARKS FROM RANDY AND GINA AS WELL.

UH, GINA, MAYBE, UH, FOR SOME REMARKS YOU'RE MUTED.

JEAN, ARE YOU THERE? SHE'S TRYING TO GET DON SHE'S MAYBE RANDY, IF YOU'RE AVAILABLE, WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND WE'LL COME BACK TO GINA.

YOU HEAR ME NOW? GINA, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME TODAY AND FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A BUSY WEEK FOR COUNCIL TO GET CLOSER TO THE MICROPHONE.

THIS IS HOW CAN YOU GET A LITTLE CLOSER, MAYBE WE SHOULD GO ON TO MIKE'S ON HER HEAD.

UM, RANDY, AND IT IS THE PIECE THAT SHOULD BE NEXT TO YOUR MOUTH IS DOWN IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD.

YOU NEED TO BRING THEM FORWARD.

ALRIGHT, THERE WE GO.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO, UM, AS I WAS SAYING, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

UM, AND WHAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT TODAY? WE KNOW THAT THIS IS A BUSY WEEK FOR, FOR COUNCIL AND FOR THE CAP METRO BOARD, AND THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

UM, FIRST I WANT YOU TO QUICKLY THANK THE MAYOR, OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND YOUR STAFFS FOR ALL OF YOUR PARTNERSHIP.

UM, AND GETTING US TO THIS POINT.

I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE CAPITAL METRO STAFF AND RANDY AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH US, UM, IN LOCKSTEP.

AND WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE IN, IN AUSTIN, THAT WE'VE HAD SUCH STRONG PARTNERSHIPS AND, AND THAT WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER JOINTLY TO BRING WHAT WE THINK IS A VERY THOUGHTFUL, UH, ASSISTANT PLAN TO YOU TODAY.

I WANT TO THANK MY DEPARTMENT'S FOR WORKING SO CLOSELY TOGETHER.

TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC WORKS.

OUR FLEET DEPARTMENT, EVEN OUR AVIATION DEPARTMENT HAVE ALL BEEN AT THE TABLE HERE.

I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE, UH, FINANCE DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS TEAM REALLY FROM DAY ONE.

AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM GREG FINALE AND HIS CONSULTANTS, UM, AND YOU KNOW, UH, IMPORTANTLY, UH, OUR CITY MANAGER, SPENCER CON, OUR DEPUTY CITY MANAGER AND THE ENTIRE CMI TEAM, ALL OF THEIR DEPARTMENTS, UM, REALLY, IT'S BEEN AN ALL HANDS ON DECK EFFORT.

AND OUR MARCHING ORDERS WERE CLEAR FROM THE START THAT WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER, THAT WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL AND THAT WE REALLY NEED TO REIMAGINE WHAT MOBILITY

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IS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WE'RE A GROWING CITY.

WE WERE BEFORE THE COVERT PANDEMIC, AND WE WILL BE CERTAINLY EVEN STRONGER AS WE EMERGE FROM THIS.

I'D ALSO BE REMISS NOT TO, TO THANK OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO HAVE REALLY BEEN PARTICIPATING WITH US, HAVE HELPED US CRAFT THIS PLAN.

SO AS MUCH AS THIS IS A PLAN THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO HAVE WORKED ON TO BRING YOU, UM, IT'S REALLY THE COMBINATION OF THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE'S PLAN.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO RANDY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE PRESENTATION AND HEARING YOUR COMMENTS ON IT.

RIGHT.

UH, THANK YOU, GINA.

APPRECIATE IT.

UH, GOOD, GOOD AFTERNOON.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

UM, I'LL KEEP IT RELATIVELY SHORT, BUT, UH, I WANT TO ALSO JUMP ON THE THANK YOU BANDWAGON.

UH, THIS IS A REALLY BIG DAY FOR ALL OF US.

I REALLY WANT TO START OFF AND THANK THE COMMUNITY.

WE'VE HAD ALMOST 60,000 PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS.

THAT IS AMAZING.

UH, I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK OUR CAP, METRO STAFF, UH, LOTS OF WEEKENDS, LOTS OF NIGHTS.

UH, AS GINA MENTIONED, THE CITY STAFF HAS BEEN FANTASTIC ULTIMATE HAND IN GLOVE, UH, PARTNERSHIP.

I REALLY COULDN'T POSSIBLY ASK FOR A BETTER PARTNER THAN WE'VE HAD GINA GREG'S LEADERSHIP AND THE ENTIRE CITY STAFF HAS JUST BEEN FANTASTIC.

SO IT'S WHAT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY EXPECT.

GOVERNMENT ALL WORK TOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO GET THINGS DONE.

UH, BASS CONSULTING TEAMS THAT, UH, BOTH ON THE TECHNICAL, THE TRANSIT SIDE, THE FINANCIAL SIDE GOVERNANCE SIDE, UH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SIDE.

IT'S JUST BEEN AN ALL OUT EFFORT.

AND I WANT TO, I WANT THEM ALL TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICES THEY'VE GIVEN US THEIR TIME OVER THE LAST A YEAR AND A HALF.

IT'S BEEN PRETTY EXTENSIVE.

I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD AND COUNCIL.

THIS IS YOUR SEVENTH TIME GETTING TOGETHER.

SOME OF YOU HAVE ALSO, UH, WE TOOK TO OTHER CITIES TO DO SOME DUE DILIGENCE AND SOME LESSON LEARNING ON, UH, AND THAT'S BEEN A LOT OF YOUR TIME AND WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE HOW MUCH OTHER, UH, HOW MANY OTHER ITEMS ARE PRESSING FOR YOUR TIME.

RIGHT NOW.

IT'S A, UM, IT'S AMAZING TIME, I GUESS, TO BE ALIVE AND WATCHING SO MUCH HAPPENING IN, IN OUR WORLD, OUR COUNTRY, OUR CITY, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, AND YOU'RE DEALING WITH MANY OF THOSE TOPICS HEAD ON.

SO WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND COMMITMENT TO TRANSIT TODAY TO ME IS AN INCREDIBLE DAY BECAUSE TODAY IS WHERE WE'VE TRANSITIONED FROM A VISION PLAN.

A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHAT WE THINK WE WANT TO DO AFTER ALL THIS WORK TO AN ACTUAL ACTION BASED PLAN.

WE NOW HAVE A TRANSIT PLAN AND THIS TRANSIT PLAN IS REALLY DESIGNED FOR AUSTIN'S FUTURE GROWTH FOR US TO GO FROM 2 MILLION TO 4 MILLION PEOPLE IS TO DEAL WITH AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

IT'S TO REALLY CREATE A FAIR AND MORE EQUITABLE CITY.

SO PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS AND IT'S GOING TO HELP EASE.

AUSTIN'S NOTORIOUSLY BAD TRAFFIC, WHICH I CAN PROMISE YOU ALL.

WE'LL BE BACK QUICKLY BEFORE WE KNOW IT.

UM, WHEN THE, I HAD THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE TO AUSTIN, THE BOARD MAY HAVE VERY CLEAR IN THE HIRING PROCESS THAT THEY WANTED A TRANSIT EXPANSION PLAN TO BE A PRIMARY FOCUS OF MY ROLE.

AND THEY SAID THEY WANTED IT TO BE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED.

THEY WANTED TO BE DATA DRIVEN AND, AND THEY WANT IT TO BE COMPREHENSIVE AND ROBUST IN NATURE.

WELL, I'M PROUD THAT WHAT I THINK WE ARE BRINGING TO YOU TODAY REFLECTS ALL OF THOSE, UH, MANDATES GIVEN BY THE BOARD.

IT IS, UM, I'VE HEARD A LOT OF STORIES HERE BEFORE ABOUT 2014 FOR PREVIOUS, UH, EFFORTS.

I THINK, UM, WE'VE NOW CREATED A, UH, A TRANSIT SYSTEM PLAN THAT THE COMMUNITY TRULY SUPPORTS.

IT'S BEEN DATA DRIVEN.

IT'S BEEN INDEPENDENTLY PEER REVIEWED, AND WE'VE DONE TRANSPARENCY TRANSPARENTLY THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS.

AND SO AGAIN, I THINK THIS PLAN THAT WE'RE PRESENTING YOU TODAY MEETS THOSE GOALS, AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF THAT EFFORT.

UH, THE LAST THING I WANT TO KIND OF HIT ON IN BOTH THE MAYOR, UM, IN THE CHAIR MENTIONED THESE THEMATICALLY IS I THINK THE PANDEMIC AND BOTH THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROTEST HAVE ONLY FURTHER SHOWN THE VALUE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT IN SO MANY WAYS.

AND I KNOW MAYOR PRO TEM AND OUR, UM, OUR VICE CHAIR GUARDS HAVE MENTIONED THIS AT A MEETING, UH, I THINK ABOUT A WEEK OR TWO AGO, BUT PUBLIC TRANSIT IS THIS AMAZING SYSTEM.

THAT'S WAY BEYOND THE BUSES AND TRAINS.

IT TRULY CREATES ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY.

AND WHILE SOME OF US HAVE HAD THE OPTION OF WORKING FROM HOME OR BEING REMOTE DURING THE PANDEMIC CAP, METRO HAS ACTUALLY SERVED 40,000 PLUS PEOPLE A DAY.

AND THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT WORK AT GROCERY STORES OR PHARMACIES OR DAYCARES OR NURSE TACKS OR CLEANERS, YOU NAME IT.

THOSE ARE THE ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES THAT KNOW HIM, MOVE THE ECONOMY, BUT ALLOW US TO HAVE A SAFER, UM, YOU KNOW, A CITY AND A SAFER WORLD, UM, DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

AND THEY'VE BEEN CELEBRATED AS HEROES.

AND I THINK IT'S REALLY

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INCUMBENT FOR US TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WE KNOW WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU AFFORDABLE, ROBUST, COMPREHENSIVE, BETTER TRANSIT IN YOUR FUTURE, UH, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR ECONOMY DURING THIS WHOLE PIECE.

WE'VE ALSO PARTNERED WITH THE FOOD BANK AND WE'VE DELIVERED OVER 300,000 MEALS TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID.

AND, UH, THAT WAS AN INNOVATIVE IDEA WHERE THE FIRST OF THE COUNTRY TO DO THAT.

AND AGAIN, IT GOES TO SHOW THE VALUE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT IS MORE THAN THE VEHICLES ITSELF.

IT'S ACTUALLY A PUBLIC GOOD SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND SERVING THOSE, ESPECIALLY THAT NEEDED THE MOST.

SO WHEN YOU PUT ALL THAT TOGETHER, I, I REALISTIC PROJECT CONNECT IS THAT NEXT STEPPING STONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO FIND THE DEAL WITH THOSE TOPICS.

IT IS ROBUST.

IT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL, AND IT'S DESIGNED BY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN FOR THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

AND I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT WE'RE HERE TODAY.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR TIME.

AND I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A GREAT DISCUSSION TODAY.

SO WITH THAT, UH, CHAIR, I'LL HAND IT BACK TO YOU AND THANK YOU.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU, RANDY.

THANK YOU, GINA.

UH, OUR FIRST, UH, WELL, LET ME, BEFORE WE GET TO PUBLIC COMMENT, LET ME JUST, UH, AFFIRM THAT WE HAVE A QUORUM OF CAP METRO, UH, BOARD MEMBERS.

I SEE HERE, COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN MAYOR PUT HIM CARS, UH, COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN, UH, MAYOR HILL MEMBER, UH, MITCHELL MEMBER STRATTON, AND COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, RENT A RHEA.

SO WAS THERE ANYBODY I MISSED OR NEGLECTED TO CALL? RIGHT.

WELL THEN LET'S GET GUARANTEE.

I DO THINK, UH, COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN HAS LISTED ON THERE AS WELL.

I'M NOT SURE IF HE GOT HIM.

I THOUGHT I DID, BUT IF I DIDN'T.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO WE HAVE A QUORUM.

OUR FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY WILL BE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK AND THAT HAVE JOINED, JOINED US ON THE PHONE.

THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ON THE LINE, WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

UM, WELL, NOT BE TAKING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS.

TODAY'S MEETING ONLY COMMENTS ON THE TOPICS THAT ARE POSTED ON OUR AGENDA.

OUR FIRST, UH, PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE FROM QUINCY DUNLAP, QUINCY, IF YOU'RE ON.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

YEAH, ALL SPEAKERS.

JUST GO AHEAD AND PRESS STAR SIX TO UNMUTE IF YOU NEED HELP.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

HELLO.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

CHAIRMAN WADE COMMISSIONER TO DELIA AND THE REST OF THE CHAT METRO BOARD, UH, MAYOR, UH, CHELSEA MUMBLE, HARPER, MADISON COUNCILWOMEN CONSOLIDATE THE REST OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS AND I'LL BE BRIEF IN MY COMMENTS.

IT IS MY BELIEF THAT AUSTIN'S ECONOMY REALLY COVERING WHAT, UH, PREVIOUS PROJECTIONS RELEASED PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC INDICATE THAT ABOUT 2 MILLION ADDITIONAL RESIDENTS WILL MOVE TO A OFTEN BOXED ONLY 40.

SO WE HAVE TO HAVE A, UH, TRANSIT PLAN FOR WHAT'S COME.

WE MUST HAVE A MODERN TRANSISTOR CAPABLE OF PROVIDING MOBILITY FOR AN EXPLODING POPULATION AND A BOOM, UH, MODERN URBAN ENVIRONMENT RELIES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT TO PROVIDE TO ITS CITIZENS FOR ACCESSING ANY LEVEL OF QUALITY OF LIFE.

UH, ESSENTIAL WORKERS, SHIFT WORKERS, HOURLY WAGE OWNERS, UH, NEW COLLAR, WHITE COLLAR PROFESSIONALS, ALL ON SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THEY, THE TRAIN OR THE BUS, THEY RIDE BIKES, THEY DRIVE THESE WALKS AND THEY ALSO HAVE OTHER OPTIONS, UH, ON A VERY LARGE SCALE.

UH, AUSTIN IS A VERY LARGE SCALE IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC AND EXTORTION OF POPULATION AS WELL, RIGHT? BUT WE'RE NOT IN TERMS OF BEING READY FOR WHAT MAY COME.

WE'RE NOT READY.

UM, UH, WITH TRANSPORTATION TO TRY TO INFRASTRUCTURE.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO PASS A SYSTEM WIDE TRANSIT.

THAT'S NOT A PATCHWORK OF FIXES AND THAT CUTS CORNERS, WHAT EXCLUDES BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

AND, UH, AND THAT IS NOT FITTING WELL TOGETHER.

WE NEED TO TASK AND SUPPORT, UH, THE VISION OF CAP METRO UNDER RANDY LEE, UH, HOW WE BETTER SERVE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

UH, HOW ARE WE DRIVING ONE? I WOULD GIVE HIM WHAT DOES, AND A REAL NEW YORK OPTIONS CONCERNED SHIRT TRANSIT FROM WALKING TO BIKING AND LIGHT RAIL AND TRAILER.

UH, I'D LIKE TO, UH, AGAINST THE CITY COUNCIL OR THE CAP, METRO BOARD, ALL THE HOT WORK TODAY, TURN TO CHARLESTON STATION ISSUE, UH, THE OFFICE OF THE AIR OR THE MOON ASK THAT YOU SUPPORT, UM,

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THIS BUSINESS PLAN TO TRULY MAKE AUSTIN AND CENTRAL TEXAS THAT MORE, A MOBILE COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE.

UH, TRANSIT IS IMPORTANT.

UM, UM, THIS WILL HELP MAKE AUSTIN A MORE INCLUSIVE, HEALTHIER, SAFER GREENER, AND MORE EQUITABLE SURVIVAL FOR BLACK AFRICAN AMERICANS.

UH, WE, WE, WHAT WE DO, WE'RE TRANSPORTATION TO TRANSIT.

WE WILL HAVE ALL THOSE CENTERS.

IF WE DON'T DO IT, WE DROP THE BAR AGAIN AND WE KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP DOING IT.

SO I IMPLORE, UH, THOSE, THE POWER, UH, CAUSE SOME OF, AND THIS IS JUST THE START.

THIS IS BY ALL MEANS, NOT IN THE GAME.

THIS IS THE START FOR THE, AGAIN, I IMPLORE YOU TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICER THAT WE ALREADY NEED.

I DO GET BEHIND IT.

AND I, AND THIS IS A START AND I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH RANDY AND SUPPORT RANDY AND BRINGING THIS VISION THAT INCLUDES BLACK AND BROWN MOBILITY, UH, AND THIS EXCLUSIVE PLAYER.

SO ASPHALT ALLOW ME TO GET COMMENTS STUFF.

THANK YOU, MR. DUNLAP, OUR NEXT SPEAKER.

AND I'M LIKELY TO MISPRONOUNCE.

THIS WILL BE AS THESE SEAN MALIQUE.

YOU READY? GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS ZHI SHAWN MALIK, I IN SOUTH AUSTIN AND DISTRICTS, CAUSE I, UH, ALONG WITH MY WIFE, I'M AN AUSTINITE BORN AND RAISED IN THIS GREAT COMMUNITY.

AND WE'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE OUR YOUNG FAMILY IN AUSTIN.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION, SUPPORTING THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM.

AND I BELIEVE THAT IT'S MY OBLIGATION AS AN AUSTINITE PLANT TO TREAT A DAY THAT WILL PROVIDE SHADE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

SO ACCORDINGLY AS A PROPERTY OWNER AND TAXPAYER, IT'S MY OBLIGATION TO INCREASE MY TAX BURDEN TODAY IN ORDER TO FUND THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT OUR GROWING CITY AND COMMUNITY DEMANDS BY ATTENDING PROPER PROJECT CONNECT EVENTS AND ENGAGING WHAT CONTINUES TO BE A COMMUNITY DRIVEN PROCESS.

IT'S CLEAR THAT WE HAVE A NEW ENERGETIC DYNAMIC AND I'LL SAY POSITIVELY RELENTLESS LEADERSHIP CORE AT CAPITAL METRO.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NOT SEEN AS AN AUSTINITE AT CAPITAL METRO PRIOR.

SO THE TIMING FOR US IS IT'S CRITICAL WHEN WE HAVE THIS TYPE OF LEADERSHIP SERVING OUR CITY.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CANNOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY WE MUST GET BEHIND AND SUPPORT THEIR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE.

I APPRECIATE YOU ALL TAKING UP NOTHING.

THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT CONNECTS US ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

I HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENT.

THANK YOU, MR. MALIQUE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE WILLIE MCGEE.

YEAH.

MR. MCGEE, SUPER.

I BELIEVE THIS OR MCGEE WAS NOT ABLE TO JOIN US VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER THEN WILL BE YVONNE L HUNTER.

OH NO.

OKAY.

CHAIRMAN COOPER I BELIEVE WILL NOW WAS UNABLE TO STAY ON THE LINE.

VERY GOOD.

IF THEY COME BACK, LET ME KNOW NEXT WEEK.

IT WILL BE TOM WALD.

TOM, COME ON TOM.

MR. WALD.

YES.

MR. WALDEN.

YOU'VE GOT THREE MINUTES, RIGHT? GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME PAUL WALD.

I'M A 21 YEAR OFTEN RESIDENT, A LONG TIME.

THAT'S OUR AREA, TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE AND EXECUTIVE DRESSER OF THE MIDLINE PARKWAY AND THE SORT OF THE 32 MILE CORRIDOR THAT WILL INCLUDE A WALKING TRAIL AND BICYCLING TRAIL ALONG THE TOP OF THE METRO RED LINE.

AND THE PARKWAY WILL PROVIDE IMPROVED ACCESS TO REDLINE STATION, TO OTHER TRANSIT ROUTES AND COUNTLESS OTHER DEFINITIONS ON THE CORRIDOR AND PROVIDE MORE PARK SPACE AND OTHER AMENITIES.

YEAH, I'M GOING TO SPEAKING BECAUSE I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT MY SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN.

IT'S IT'S AMBITIOUS, REALISTIC AND ESSENTIAL

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RAIL TRANSIT AND BUS RAPID TRANSIT ARE PROVEN TECHNOLOGY IN SOME WAYS IT'S BORING BECAUSE YOU ALREADY HAVE.

NOW THE EVIDENCE THAT THEY'LL WORK, THE AUSTIN NEEDS TRANSPORTATION, BESTIES THAT WORK AND NOT THE POCKETS.

ALL IN UNPROVEN TECHNOLOGIES ARE SOLELY ON ROAD TECHNOLOGY, WHICH WE ALREADY KNOW WON'T WORK TO IMPROVE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM BEYOND ITS CURRENT STATE AND LONG AGO, THE SIX GEOMETRIC AND FINANCIAL LIMIT WITH THE TRANSIT NETWORK, WE WILL BE CREATING A ROBUST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OPTION ALONGSIDE OUR PRIVATE MORE VEHICLE NETWORK TRANSIT COMPONENTS, WHICH SEND THE MOBILITY RATES OF WALKING BY THE BIKE AND WALKING AND BICYCLING.

WE'LL PROVIDE PEOPLE ACCESS TO TRANSIT, WHICH CAN NEAR NEARLY ALL OF AUSTIN AND BEYOND TRANSIT COMBINED WITH WALKING.

BICYCLING IS AN EXCELLENT COMBINATION THAT HAS NUMEROUS LONG SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES IN EUROPE, EAST ASIA, ALL TO OUR NORTH COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD.

IT'S CRITICAL TO CREATE OVERLAPPING TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS THAT SERVE OUR ENTIRE REGION.

SOME OF OUR TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS ARE NOT CONSISTENTLY AVAILABLE TO ALL AUSTIN AREA RESIDENTS.

EACH OF US HAS DIFFERENT CAPABILITIES AND NEEDS THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES.

IN FACT, ONLY ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF OUR REGION'S RESIDENTS, BOTH HAVE CLOTS HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO A CAR AND CAN SAFELY DRIVE A CAR.

OUR REGION IS MORE RESILIENT WHEN WE HAVE MORE THAN ONE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK, JUST AS WE HAVE MORE THAN ONE WATER TREATMENT PLAN AND MORE THAN ONE ELECTRIC IT'S APPROVAL TODAY AND FUNDING IT'S COMPLETION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. WALTZ.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE TANNER BLAIR.

GO AHEAD.

DO WE HAVE MR. BLAIR, MR. BLAIR, YOU MIGHT BE ON MUTE IF YOU NEED TO UNMUTE YOURSELF, PRESS STAR SIX OR YEAH, GO AHEAD.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

I'M TRYING TO WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

UH, OKAY.

SO, UH, UH, HAVING THE INTERNET HAS BEEN A HUGELY DEMOCRATIZING FORCE FOR WHO CAN SPEAK TO THIS STUFF AS SOMEONE WHO WORKS FULL TIME, UH, COMING DOWNTOWN NOON ON WEDNESDAY IS REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT.

SO THIS IS, UM, UH, UH, UH, THIS IS A SUPER EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR CITY.

UH, ONE OF THE OTHER SECRETS SAID, I FEEL LIKE I'VE NEVER SEEN THIS LEVEL OF ENERGY AROUND TRANSPORTATION, TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS NOW.

AND I'VE NEVER SEEN A WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN AND ACCEPT WHAT IS A PATIENT LIKE I'M SAYING TODAY.

IT SERVED THE RIGHT PARTS OF AUSTIN BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVE.

THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT THEM HANG OUT.

YOU'RE A THIRD PLACE, IF YOU WILL.

UH, AND ANECDOTALLY, I'LL SHARE THAT IN MY LIFETIME, UH, CLOSER TO DOWNTOWN.

AND WE SHARED A CAR BECAUSE MY WIFE WORKS FROM HOME AND SHE WAS ABLE TO NOT FEEL ISOLATED IF SHE COULD TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT AROUND ON ERRANDS, GO TO LUNCH, WHATEVER ELSE.

AND, UH, AND WE HAD MY SECOND PARTNER AND NOW WE'RE DISTRIBUTED FOR ALL TRAFFIC AND OFTEN TWICE AS MUCH AS WE WERE BEFORE, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE, OR, UH, NOT THAT THAT'S SOME GREAT STUFF.

AND THEN THERE'S ONE MORE CAR ON THE ROAD BECAUSE THERE'S NOT ADDING PUBLIC TRANSIT.

AND THEN I'LL ALSO SHARE THAT I'M A STRONG BELIEVER THAT AS A HOMEOWNER IS BACK THERE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SERVE THE GREATER COMMUNITY.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO HAVING ONE TARGET OR A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT JUST CAN'T AFFORD A CAR.

IT'S A BIG EXPENSE.

AND I THINK IN THE SERVICE OF EQUITY, UH, WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER TO INVEST IN SOMETHING LIKE PUBLIC TRANSIT THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO, UH, IT CAN'T AFFORD A CAR, STILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE, UH, AMENITIES AND, UH, CREATION WALLS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT THE CITY PROVIDES.

SO I'M VERY, VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. BLAIR.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS ROBIN HOUGH POWER COOPER.

I BELIEVE THAT ROBIN WAS UNABLE TO JOIN VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER THEN WILL BE NANCY CROWDER.

WOW.

IT'S CROWDED.

YOU MIGHT BE ON MUTE.

THIS IS NANCY KROGER.

I WANTED TO SAY THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CITY COUNCIL FOR ALLOWING US TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY.

NOT IN PERSON, UM, BUT TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR TRANSIT HISTORY

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AT OUR TRANSIT FUTURE, JUST FOR THE RECORD, UM, I'M COMMUNITY ADVOCATE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY.

I'M A PROUD MEMBER OF TRANSIT CROSS.

AND FOR THE RECORD I AM IN FAVOR OF THE LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE FOR PROJECT CONNECT.

I REPRESENT TRANSIT FOR OFF AND THE COMMUNITY AT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

OKAY.

26 THIS YEAR.

WELL, MARCH 30TH T S ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND TRIED TO BELIEVE THAT EARLY YEARS HAS BEEN SUCH A CHANGE FOR THE BETTERMENT AND THE INCLUSIVITY OF ALL SOCIETY BY THIS ONE ACTS, AS HE ADAPT SAYING WE ALL TO GO BOLDLY WHERE EVERYBODY ELSE HAS GONE BEFORE IS INTEGRAL AND NATURAL UNITY AND CONTINUITY IN THE AUSTIN AREA.

COMMUNITY THAT TO FANS 30 YEARS IN THE FUTURE, I'LL BE 20 YEARS LATE.

PUBLIC TRANSIT IS THE CONDUIT FOR SAFETY AND ACCESS FOR PEDESTRIANS ACCESS TO BUSINESS AND COMMERCE TO ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICIAL.

AND JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION, COVEN BLADE THREE SECTION HAS REVIEWS OR IMPROVED OUR AIR QUALITY, WHICH IS A NICE WAY OF SAYING POLLUTION DOWN TO THE 2006 LEVELS HERE, LA JUST AS THE POINT OF EVERYBODY HAVING THE SAME PLACE THAT IS INCREDIBLE.

THE CONDOMS, THE TRANSIT VAULT, THE CONDUITS FOR SAFETY AND SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE.

IT IS WHAT HELPS MAKE LIFE INCLUSIVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

AND ESPECIALLY FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE NO OTHER DEPENDENT AND ALSO THEIR THREE MINUTES.

I'M SORRY.

IT ALSO HELPS TO, UM, IF I MAY FINISH AND RYDER, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU.

UM, AND IT ALSO HELPS FOR THE CASUAL LIGHTERS, THE OOPS, MY DIET AND MY CAR DIED.

HOW DO I GET TO WORK? DOWNTOWN PROJECT CONNECT DOES JUST THAT IT BRINGS TOGETHER.

IT BRINGS THE INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE, MUCH LIKE THE ADA AND THE SPIRIT OF INCLUSIVENESS ABOLISHING IN INEQUALITY, WHICH HAS HAD A, ON THE DISADVANTAGED POPULATION.

I'M PROUD OF THE COLLABORATION OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY CITY COUNCIL, CAPITAL METRO BORDER, AND TRANSIT BORDERS FOR THE PROGRESS TAKEN FROM THE FIELD OF DREAM AND MODIFIED IN THE ADAPTIVE OF THE TEXAS THEATER PROJECT.

CAN THAT, IF YOU BUILD IT, WE WILL.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MS. CROWDER.

UH, OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE MIKE ANDREY MINE FOLKS, IF YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING, PERHAPS TO YOUR MICROPHONE, GET A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND NOISE, MR. ANDREY Y'ALL HEAR ME.

YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, CAPITAL METRO BOARD AND ALL AUSTINITES EVERYONE IN THE CAP, THEIR CAPITAL CAPITAL AREA, MIKE DEANDRE, YOUR PROJECT

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CONNECT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE.

I'M ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE SECTION OF YOUR PROPOSED BLUE LINE THAT RUNS BETWEEN REPUBLIC SQUARE AND THE AUSTIN BURSTS FROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

IF AUSTIN, METRO RAIL HAS AN EXAMPLE OF A PROBABLY SQUARE TO ABI, IT WILL BE EASIER.

YOUR PEOPLE USE METRO ANYWHERE IN OUR ENTIRE WORLD WHEN COMBINED WITH THEIR FLIGHT TO DO THE ENTIRE PLAN WOULD BE EVEN MORE BENEFICIAL.

I'M YOUR METRO RAPID YOUR METRO EXPRESS.

THIS ALL LOOKS VERY IMPRESSIVE.

HE SAID, GO FORWARD WITH YOUR METRO BIKES PLAN AS WELL TO MAKE YOUR SYSTEM EVEN MORE MULTIMODAL.

MY HOME CITY, DENNIS COUNTY OPERATE SOMETHING THAT MORE TO HEAR BACK TO HER RAPID CALLED BEAT, AND IT'S CALLED VIA MARINA.

WHEN I USED TO BE UP THAT CALL MY STRESS RELIEF USING THE METRO IMPROVED MY MENTAL HEALTH.

IN ADDITION TO THE, THE PATIENT BENEFIT, IT ALSO CAUSES ARE VIA PRIMO ALSO OFFERS AN ALTERNATIVE, ESPECIALLY TO OUR 10 WEST XPRESS PLAY AS WELL AS 35 IN DOWNTOWN ESSAY.

ACTUALLY DURING RUSH HOUR, HE'S HERE TO USE THE VIA PRE-MODE THEN TO USE A PERSONAL CAR DURING RUSH HOUR.

MANY TIMES I SUPPORT YOUR PLAN.

YOU IT, THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU, MR. ANDREY SPEAKER WILL BE MATTHEW GONZALES, MR. GONZALEZ.

AND YOU HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, TARA COOPER.

VICE-CHAIR GAZA MEMBERS OF THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD, MAYOR ADLER AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF PROJECT CONNECT.

I'M THE BUSINESS MANAGER OF LABOR'S INTERNATIONAL UNION, LOCAL 10 95.

WE REPRESENT ABOUT 1100 MEMBERS PERFORMING VARIOUS COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION DUTIES AND CUSTODIAL SERVICES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST TEXAS.

OFTENTIMES THE LOWEST WAGE EARNER ON A SITE, OUR MEMBERS AND THE APPLICANTS THAT COME TO US ARE ALREADY DEALING WITH, UH, LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.

AND THE PROBABILITY OF OWNING A CAR MAY BE UNATTAINABLE.

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING AND WAGE DISPARITIES PREVALENT IN THIS COMMUNITY FURTHER DEMONSTRATING THE NEED FOR A PLAN OF ACTION, A PLAN AND A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, UH, ARE VERY TRAINED AND CHAOTIC TIMES FOR OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND OUR LOCAL WORKFORCES.

ALTHOUGH THIS MAY BE TRUE.

THE MEMBERS OF LOCAL 10 95 AND THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS AUSTIN ARE CONFIDENT THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL BE BACK ON TRACK.

UH, PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO COME HERE FOR JOBS AND HOURLY WAGE EARNERS AND BUSINESSES WILL SOON FIND THE PROJECTIONS STILL HOLD FROM THAT.

BY 2040, WE WILL HAVE AN APPROXIMATE 4 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING HERE WITH MOST OF THEM COMING HERE IN SEARCH OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

WE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THE MAJORITY OF THIS FUTURE WORKFORCE WILL RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSIT TO GET THEM TO TURN ADVANCE HAS PUSHED EVERYONE TO, UH, AND IS CERTAINLY ONE VISION OF THE FUTURE.

BUT BY NO MEANS, IS THAT THE ONLY VISION NOR IS THAT FEASIBLE FOR EVERY CLASS SOCIETY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS AND IN THE FUTURE, MILLIONS OF EMPLOYEES MUST HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE, RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSIT WORKS EFFICIENTLY AND HELPS TO REDUCE THE GRIDLOCK AND CONGESTION AROUND THE CITY.

AN OPTION THAT HELPS REDUCE COMMUTE TIMES FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, LABORERS, SERVICE WORKERS, AND ANYONE WHO RIDES

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THE MOST VALUABLE TIME WE SPEND DURING ANY GIVEN DAY.

THE TIME WE SPEND WITH OUR FAMILY AND REDUCING TIME IN TRAFFIC WILL END BADLY, NEED THEM MOST TO EVEN THE YOUNGEST AUSTINITE.

BUT THIS INVESTMENT IN LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE WILL CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR THE WORKERS INSTALLING UNDERGROUND UTILITY, LAYING CONCRETE AND PAVEMENT WHILE OPENING WINDOWS FOR TRAINING AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

NO DOUBT.

THESE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WILL HAVE LASTING IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

OUR ECONOMY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AUSTIN'S LIFEBLOOD.

AND JUST AS IT IS WITH MOST MAJOR CITIES, ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL COMPONENTS IS A MODERN, EFFICIENT, SAFE, AND EQUITABLE WAY TO GET TO AND FROM WORK FOR THESE REASONS, WE, THE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THIS PROJECT AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE FUTURE OF OUR GREAT COMMUNITY.

WE ALSO ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON PROJECT MEG.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. GONZALES.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE MARRIED, CHISM.

OKAY.

IF YOU'RE MUTED, YOU MIGHT CHAIR COOPER.

I BELIEVE YOU CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER.

VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER THEN WILL BE LINDEN.

HENRY.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M LINDEN.

HENRY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

MR. HENRY.

YAY.

I LAUNCHED THE CONCEPT OF LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN WITH A FEASIBILITY STUDY BACK IN 1973.

OVER THE PAST 47 YEARS, I'VE WORKED TO MAKE THIS CRUCIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

A REALITY AS I'VE LONG POINTED OUT LIGHT RAIL HAS UNIQUE POTENTIAL AS A MORE AFFORDABLE HIGH CAPACITY URBAN RAIL MODE TO ATTRACT RIDERSHIP PROVIDE MORE COST EFFECTIVE OPERATION STIMULATE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

GALVANIZED THE ENTIRE TRANSIT SYSTEM CREATE A MORE LIVABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND MOBILIZE COMMUNITY SUPPORT AT LAST DECADES OF EFFORT BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO PARTICULARLY KEPT PROJECT CONNECT.

IT BROUGHT US TO TODAY'S MONUMENTAL PLAN CENTERED ON LIGHT WITH A CENTRAL SPINE ALONG THE KEY NORTH LAMAR GUADALUPE, SOUTH CONGRESS, ORANGE LINE CORRIDOR AS ITS ANCHOR.

THIS MASSIVE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT WILL PROVIDE JOBS AND HELP REBUILD AUSTIN'S ECONOMY.

WHEN WE FINALLY EMERGED FROM THE PANDEMIC NIGHTMARE, LIGHT RAIL WILL OPEN EXCITING POSSIBILITIES FOR CATALYZING DEVELOPMENT IN THE CORE AREAS, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE MASSIVE PROPOSED SUBWAY INFRASTRUCTURE, AS WELL AS ELSEWHERE ALONG OTHER CORRIDORS.

THIS WILL PROVIDE CRUCIAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS TO CREATE MORE JOBS AS WELL AS EXPAND CRITICAL TAX BASE AND FUND FURTHER SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS WELL INTO THE FUTURE HAS BEEN A HALLMARK OF PROJECT CONNECTS, AMBITIOUS PLANNING, PREPARING FOR FUTURE URBAN GROWTH AND TRANSIT CAPACITY NEEDS IS CRITICAL.

FORESIGHT MUST BE CONTINUED WITH A VIEW TO EVENTUAL CONVERSION OF THE RED LINE TO LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT CORRIDOR PARALLELING U S ONE 83, DEFINITELY RANKS AMONG THE HEAVIEST TRAVEL CORRIDORS IN OUR METRO AREA.

CONVERTING THE RED LINE MORE EFFICIENT ELECTRIC LIGHT RAIL WOULD PROVIDE HUGE SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS, IMPROVE COST EFFECTIVENESS AND STIMULATE MUCH HIGHER RIDERSHIP, ESPECIALLY BY OFFERING SEAMLESS TRANSFER FREE TRAVEL FROM NORTHWESTERN COMMUNITIES INTO AUSTIN'S CORE.

THIS WOULD ALSO EXTEND ELECTRIC LIGHT RAIL SURFACE TO BENEFIT EAST AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOODS.

THIS FUTURE IMPROVE THAT NEEDS TO BE PREPARED FOR NOW BY DESIGNING APPROPRIATE INFRASTRUCTURE FEATURES INTO THE PLAN TO CREST YOU INTERSECTION GREAT SEPARATION.

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE DIVERSE TEAM INVOLVED WITH PROJECT CONNECT FOR LISTENING TO SO MANY OF US IN THE COMMUNITY AND DEVELOPING THIS PLAN, CERTAINLY HEARTENING AND REFRESHING TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THIS LONG SAGA OF PLANNING AND TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT SUCH AN AMBITIOUS AND EXCITING PROJECT.

I ARGUED TO DESIGNATE THIS PLAN AS AUSTIN'S LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. HENRY.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE LAURA MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND SHAREWAY THEN METRO CAP, METRO BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS LAURA HUFFMAN.

I AM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE AUSTIN CHAMBER.

UH, AND I FIRST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE DEVOTED TO THIS

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VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE AND VERY IMPORTANT PLANNING PROCESS ON BEHALF OF OUR REGION.

UH, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE CHAMBER BOARD APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY A RESOLUTION, WHICH SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT.

AND I, I WON'T READ THROUGH THAT BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF YOU THIS AFTERNOON, BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION THAT I, UH, I WANT, I WANT TO PULL OUT IN PARTICULAR FOR YOU.

UM, ONE IS A RECOGNITION THAT THE INCREASED GROWTH IN THE REGION, COUPLED WITH THE LACK OF SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE HAS RESULTED IN MOBILITY AND CONGESTION CHALLENGES.

BUT I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT, UM, ANOTHER POINT IN THE RESOLUTION IS THAT BOTH THE CHAMBER AND OPPORTUNITY AUSTIN IS INCREASINGLY HEARING FROM EXISTING EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS PROSPECTIVE JOB CREATORS THAT THEIR WORKFORCE, THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THESE COMPANIES WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL MOBILITY OPTIONS.

UM, WE RECOGNIZE IN THE RESOLUTION THAT A WELL-PLANNED HIGH CAPACITY MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM CAN HELP ADDRESS MOBILITY AND CONGESTION CHALLENGES AS WELL AS RESPOND TO THE DESIRES OF THE REGION'S GROWING WORKFORCE AND PROVIDE IMPROVED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UH, I WANT TO IN PARTICULAR, RECOGNIZE THAT BOTH CITY STAFF AND CAPITAL METRO STAFF HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH THE CHAMBER AND, AND OTHER GROUPS MAKING SURE THAT THE QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED, THAT THERE WAS, UH, AN UNDERSTANDING INITIALLY ALONG THE WAY OF WHAT THIS VISION ENTAILS.

AND, UH, THEY SHOWED UP EVERY SINGLE TIME AND ASKED EVERY QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED.

AND SO, UH, THANK YOU TO BOTH CAP METRO INTO THE CITY FOR MAKING SURE THAT, UH, THE TEAMS WERE SO RESPONSIVE AND SO AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS.

I ALSO JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE, AND WE HAVE THIS IN OUR RESOLUTION THAT CAP METRO HAS HAD A PEER REVIEWED PROCESS DRIVEN BY DATA TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES, ALONG WITH EXTENSIVE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TO DEVELOP A VISION MAP AND THE RECOMMENDED 2020 PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM PLAN.

UH, SO WE ARE COMING FORWARD.

UM, THE LANGUAGE READS THAT THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS FORMALLY ENDORSES THE 2020 PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM PLAN AS AN ESSENTIAL PLAN FOR AUSTIN AND AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF A REGIONAL MOBILITY SYSTEM.

UH, THE ONLY OTHER THING THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I CONVEY IS THAT WE COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR, UH, OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP, UH, HOW, WHAT GOVERNANCE HAS PUT IN PLACE IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS VERY AMBITIOUS PLAN IMPLEMENT AS BEST POSSIBLE AND THE METHOD OF FINANCE, INCLUDING THE, AND THE TIMING OF AN ELECTION ARE WE RECOGNIZE THAT THOSE TWO THINGS ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN MOTION AND UNDER DISCUSSION.

AND PLEASE KNOW THAT THESE ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THE CHAMBER.

UH, WE WANT TO BE A PART OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND BEYOND PROJECT CONNECT AS THE RIGHT PLAN AT THE RIGHT TIME, MAKING SURE THAT GOVERNANCE IS RIGHT AND THAT THE FINANCING PIECE, UH, MAKES THE MOST SENSE FOR WHERE WE ARE IN TIME IS.

AND IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THE CHAIN, SO WITH THAT, THIS IS, THIS IS FUN TO WATCH SUCH A HISTORIC MEETING AND TWO REALLY IMPORTANT, UH, ENTITIES WORKING TOGETHER ON, UH, ON MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE WELL POSITIONED TO HANDLE THE FUTURE AND MAKING INVESTMENT PROTECTION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, LAURA.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK AT THE CHAMBER, GETTING READY TO, OR LOOKING AT OUR PLAN AND BEING ABLE TO RESPOND TODAY.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE KEVIN MILLER.

YOU CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER THEN WILL BE JESSE PENDEGRASS YES.

NOT SPEAKING IF YOU'RE A, YOU MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE.

WE'RE GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND NOISE.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, I WANT TO ECHO AN EARLIER SPEAKER.

HAVING THESE MEETINGS ONLINE HAS MADE THEM A LOT MORE ACCESSIBLE.

CERTAINLY FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME, PLEASE CONTINUE TO HOST THESE MEETINGS ON AN ONLINE AND ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENT THIS WAY.

IT'S VERY HELPFUL.

UM, HELLO MEMBERS OF THE CAP, METRO

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BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS JESSE PENDEGRASS.

I'VE LIVED IN THE AUSTIN AREA FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS, AND I'M A RESIDENCE.

I'M A RESIDENT IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

I'M CALLING IN TODAY TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION THAT SUPPORTS PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM PLAN.

UM, I SUPPORT THIS PLAN IN LARGE PART BECAUSE I'VE HAD A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AN EXPENSIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM.

IN THE PAST.

WHEN I LIVED IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA FROM 2009 TO 2011, WHILE I WAS THERE, I WAS MAKING THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT 20,000 US DOLLARS A YEAR, WHICH IS AN APPARENT BY ALL APPEARANCES.

IT'S A FAIRLY MEAGER INCOME, BUT I MADE A VERY COMFORTABLE LIVING ON THAT MEAGER INCOME AND NO SMALL PART TO MY ABILITY TO GET AROUND WITHOUT NEEDING A CAR.

WHEN I LIVED IN SOUTH KOREA, I DID NOT OWN THE CAR AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO OWN A CAR.

I WAS ABLE TO TRAVEL TO ANY PLACE IN THE CITY USING THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AND A BICYCLE.

UM, THE SUBWAY SYSTEM, THERE WAS FAST.

IT WAS VERY FREQUENT, UH, ARRIVING AT A STATION.

YOU COULD GET ON A TRAIN ABOUT ONCE EVERY FIVE OR 10 MINUTES OR SO, AND IT WAS EXTREMELY RELIABLE.

THIS MADE IT VERY CONVENIENT FOR SPUR OF THE MOMENT TRAVEL AND IT TOOK CARE OF ABOUT 99.9, 9% OF MY TRANSPORTATION NEEDS.

NOW FLIPPING IT IN YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW.

IT'S PRETTY MUCH MANDATORY FOR THE MOST PART.

I OWN A CAR NOW, BUT HONESTLY I WOULD PREFER TO DO AWAY WITH IT.

IF I COULD, LIKE WHAT GOING WITHOUT A CAR WOULD MEAN FOR ME IS GETTING MORE EXERCISE WHEN I TRAVEL WALKING AND BIKING AND SUCH.

AND I ALSO FIND IT IMPORTANT ON A PERSONAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL TO CONTRIBUTE FEWER EMISSIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND LOWER MY CARBON FOOTPRINT.

BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO MENTION THAT CARS ARE AN EXPENSIVE ENTRY BARRIER TO ENGAGING WITH SOCIETY.

FOR ANYONE YOU CAN LIST MANY, MANY COSTS, POINTS INVOLVEMENT IN OWNING A MOTOR VEHICLE, CAR LOAN, PAYMENTS, INSURANCE PAYMENTS, FUEL COSTS, PARKING COSTS, MAINTENANCE COSTS, REPAIR COSTS, REGISTRATION COSTS, ALL THESE COSTS ADD UP AND CAN TAKE UP HUNDREDS OF MONTHLY DOLLARS IN ANY BUDGET.

AND THIS HONESTLY MAKES IT HARDER FOR ANYONE TO MAKE A COMFORTABLE MIDDLE-CLASS LIVING IN THE CITY.

SOME PEOPLE CAN AFFORD THESE COSTS, BUT I BET THAT MANY PEOPLE WOULD PREFER TO DO WITHOUT THEM, ESPECIALLY OUR LOWER INCOME CITIZENS.

IT'S WORTH MENTIONING ALSO THAT CARS ARE DANGEROUS.

THEY'RE DANGEROUS FOR CYCLISTS.

THEY'RE DANGEROUS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND ARE DANGEROUS.

YOU CAN THROW THE MOTORISTS THERE, BOTH THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THEY REALLY ARE AN INEFFICIENT WAY TO MOVE MASSES.

THEY CERTAINLY HAVE THEIR PLACE, BUT THEY SHOULDN'T BE MANDATORY AND THEY SHOULDN'T BE THE PRIMARY MODE OF TRANSIT IN THE CITY OR ANY CITY.

IF I JUST RUN OUT OF TIME, IF YOU COULD WRAP UP, ALRIGHT, LET'S WRAP IT UP.

I'M VERY HAPPY WITH THE SYSTEM PLAN THAT PROJECT CONNECTS PUT AS PUT OUT.

I'M HAPPY THAT IT FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON LIGHT RAIL.

I THINK IT'S, IT'S NECESSARY TO SEE IT AS A STARTING POINT.

WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPAND LIGHT RAIL IN THE YEARS AFTER THIS WAS IMPLEMENTED, ESPECIALLY IN EAST AUSTIN, WE NEED TO REDUCE CAR DEPENDENCY, MAKE CAR OWNERSHIP, OPTIONAL, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PLAN.

UH, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

THANK YOU, MR. PENDEGRASS.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE ELIZABETH JANE BRADBURY.

THANK YOU.

YES.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YEAH, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

SO I'M DR.

JANE BRADBURY AND, UM, I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT OF AUSTIN WHILE WITH A SHORT BREAK FOR SOME EDUCATION, UM, ALMOST ALL MY LIFE AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT 10.

UM, AND I'M COMING HERE TODAY IN, IN MOST, MOSTLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS PROPOSAL.

UM, I FIRMLY SUPPORT LIGHT RAIL FOR THE CITY OF THIS CITY OF THIS SIZE, REALLY.

UM, AND, AND I REALLY LOVE THAT THE CITY COUNCIL WAS TRYING TO LOOK FOR, UM, STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE LOCALLY, WHICH IS REALLY CRITICAL.

AND, UM, AND I LOVE THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT EQUITY.

UM, ALL RIGHT, IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO JUST HAVE EQUITY AS A BUZZWORD.

UM, AND WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR WAYS THAT THIS PROPOSAL WAS ACTIVELY RACIST, I COULDN'T FIND VERY MANY.

UM, AND WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE

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IS A COMMITMENT, UM, TO IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY, MAYBE PUT THIS PROPOSAL, UM, UM, OBSERVED THAT PRIORITIZES RACIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUITY AND LAND ACQUISITION FOR TRANSIT LINE.

UM, YOU KNOW, PRICKLY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE LOST MORE PROPERTY, UM, TO CITY SERVICES AND PUBLIC SERVICES, A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT.

SO I WOULD LIKE US TO BE AWARE OF THIS IS A GOAL THAT WE AVOID THAT FORM, THAT WE CREATE EQUITY THERE.

UM, AS AN ACTIONABLE ITEM, NOT JUST AS A BUZZ WORD.

UM, I ALSO WANT THERE TO BE A PRIORITY IN TRANSIT FLOW, TIMING AND VOLUME TO BE PRIORITIZE FOR ROLE INCOME AREAS OF THE CITY.

SO I LOVE THAT WE SAY THIS PLAN WILL HELP LOWER INCOME INDIVIDUALS.

IT'S NOT GUARANTEED THAT PUBLIC TRANSIT BENEFIT, LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS.

IT MATTERS HOW IT'S IMPLEMENTED TINY VOLUME AND SLOW MATTERS, WHERE THERE ACTIONABLE ITEMS FOR EQUITY AND, UM, OVERALL EXPANDED LOW-INCOME ACCESS.

SO ONE OF THE ISSUES IS THAT LOW INCOME MEANS ARE GETTING PUSH, UM, TO DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE CITY VERY RAPIDLY.

AND SO, UM, WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT, THAT WE ARE MAPPING AND PROVIDING ACCESS TO THOSE AREAS, UM, BECAUSE WE CAN'T SIMULTANEOUSLY DISPLACED PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR LAND AND THEN NOT GET AN ACCESS TO THEIR JOBS IN THE SERVICES THAT WE REMOVED THEM FOR.

SO, UM, I REALLY THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON, UM, IN ALL AREAS BEING ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST AS OPPOSED TO JUST PASSING THE PROGRESSIVE.

UM, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'M SO EXCITED THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT MODERNIZING AUSTIN DULY OVER POORLY OVER NEEDED AND IN DUE COURSE HERE.

UM, BUT I WANT US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE COMMITTED ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS IT'S SHARE.

COULD I MAKE A QUICK COMMENT TO DR.

BRADBURY, PLEASE? GO AHEAD.

ALL RIGHT.

DR.

BRADBURY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE COMMENTS, UM, PARTICULARLY FOR, YOU KNOW, POINTING OUT HOW IMPORTANT IMPLEMENTATION IS.

UM, I WANTED TO, TO, UM, TO SAY TO YOU THAT, UM, THE CITY AND CAP METRO HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT, UH, PARTICULARLY AROUND ADDRESSING DISPLACEMENT ISSUES.

UH, THIS HAS MENTIONED IN THE RESOLUTION AND WHERE WE SITE, UM, IN FRONT OF US TODAY, WHERE WE CITE, UM, WHAT WAS PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL TO, TO, TO LOOK AT DISPLACEMENT PREVENTING DISPLACEMENT.

SO WE HERE, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TALKING WITH US ABOUT THIS AND, UM, YOU HAVE OUR COMMITMENT TO, UM, TO, UH, TO BE, TO TAKE ACTION, TO ADDRESS WHAT YOU'VE RAISED AND CHEROKEE.

THIS IS LESLIE.

COOL.

I ALSO WANTED TO OFFER A COMMENT TO, UM, THE SPEAKER.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

GO AHEAD.

THANKS.

UM, YOU'LL LOOK AT THE MAP AND YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE ARE PARTS, UM, EAST WEST IN AUSTIN THAT, UH, DON'T HAVE AS AS MANY LINES GOING TO THEM.

THAT IS AN ACTIVE CONVERSATION.

I'M ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

UH, THAT IS AN ACTIVE CONSTANT CONVERSATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING IN THESE JOINT MEETINGS WITH CAPITAL METRO, WITH THE CAP METRO BOARD AND AMONG OURSELVES.

IT IS VERY CLEAR TO US THAT THE PATTERNS, THE TRANSPORTATION PATTERNS IN THE CITY HAVE BEEN MORE NORTH TO SOUTH THAN I EVER HAVE BEEN EAST TO WEST.

AND, UM, MAYBE THAT'S BECAUSE OF TOPOGRAPHY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

UM, BUT WE ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU ARE POINTING OUT AND, UH, THAT, UH, ENSURING SERVICE TO ALL PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US.

SO THANKS FOR BRINGING THOSE COMMENTS AND PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT, UM, WE ARE AWARE WE'RE NOT DONE.

UH, IT WILL TAKE, UM, EXTRA EFFORTS ON OUR PART TO MAKE SURE THAT BUS LINES, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE EXTENDED IN ORDER TO GET TO COMMUNITIES WHERE RAIL MAY NOT.

UH, BUT THAT IS AN ACTIVE CONVERSATION THAT IS ONGOING.

SO THANKS FOR COMING TODAY.

GO AHEAD.

MAY I COMMENT ON THAT? I VENT THAT IT IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER.

NOT ONLY AS WE TALK ABOUT TRANSIT POLICY, BUT AS WE TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND AS WE, AND AS WE BUILD PARTNERSHIPS WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS WELL, I THINK THAT IT IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT HISTORICALLY WE'VE HAD THE SOUTH BROWN'S

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BOOK, BUT THAT ALSO, UM, SOME OF THE AREAS OF THE CITY HAVE NOT HAD ACCESS TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS, AND MANY OF THOSE PLACES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION, UH, BY COMPANIES MOVING INTO THE AREA.

AND NOW, AS WE, AS WE LOOK AT, UH, NEW PARTS OF THE, UH, OF THE COMMUNITY, LIKE ONE, I BET BETTER BE DEVELOPED ON, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE LOOK AT BANKS LIKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT TO THOSE AREAS ALSO THAT WE BUILD THE PARTNERSHIPS.

SO WE USE OUR CHAPTER 380 AND CHAPTER THREE 81 FUNDS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THAT IS NECESSARY, UH, TO, UH, TO MAKE TRANSIT POSSIBLE IN THOSE AREAS THAT WE MAKE THAT A PRIORITY AS WE HAVE WITH, WITH, UH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING OVER THE LAST GENERATION.

IT'S, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE USE ALL OF OUR POLICIES THAT WE BUILD OUR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN OUR TITLE, ONE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE TRENDS THAT IN MIND AS WELL, SO THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS BECOME A PARTNERSHIP.

AND WE MOVE INTO AREAS JUST AS CAP.

METRO HAS MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS IN THE MAINER AREA.

HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT BETWEEN MAINER AND WHAT, 83, THAT WE ARE MARSHALING ALL OF OUR ECONOMIC RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GENUINELY, UM, PROVIDE ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT OVER TIME.

SO IT IS THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT LOOK AT ONE SET OF INVESTMENT DOLLARS, BUT THAT WE LOOK AT MULTIPLE SETS OF INVESTMENT DOLLARS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS THAT OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE.

DAVID KING, MR. KING, ARE YOU WITH US CHAIRMAN COOPER, MAYOR.

I'M SORRY.

DAVID KING WAS ON THE LINE.

MR. KING, MAKE SURE TO PRESS STAR SIX.

IF YOU ARE UNMUTED JEREMY, YOU CAN'T SEE ME IN THE TOUCHDOWN FOR MADISON HERE.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT ONE.

MY HAND IS RAISED.

I'M SORRY.

YEAH, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO JUST SPEAK UP BECAUSE I, I CAN'T SEE THE RAISED HAND FEATURE.

UM, SO GO AHEAD.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ECHO SOME OF THE COMMENTARY COLLEAGUES, BOTH FROM THE COUNTY AND FROM THE COUNCIL.

UM, I REALLY APPRECIATED THE LAST SPEAKERS COMMENTARY AND I WANT US TO, YOU KNOW, RAISE THAT FLAG.

UM, I BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAID WAS ACTIVE ANTI-RACISM AND NOT PASSIVE PROGRESSIVISM.

I THINK, UH, I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT WE'RE WANTING TO MOVE TOWARDS AND, AND HAVE IT BE ONE OF OUR GOALS, STRATEGIC OUTCOME GOALS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

YES.

MR. KING, IF THIS IS, IF THE TEAM YES.

GO AHEAD.

HELLO? YES, GO AHEAD.

MY NAME IS AND YOU HEAR ME? YES.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

MR. KING, GO AHEAD.

WE HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UH, MY NAME IS DAVID KING AND I LIVE IN BASIC FIVE.

AND I'M CALLING TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE FULFILL COUNCIL MEMBER ANTIGENS REGULATION TO ENSURE THAT TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS UNDER PROJECT CONNECT, DON'T LEAD THE GENTRIFICATION AND DISPLACEMENT, THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION.

AND I HOPE THIS JOINT BODY WILL UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED.

I BELIEVE THAT EACH OF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT MAJOR TRANSIT PROJECTS LIKE PRIVATE TEANECK, UNINTENTIONALLY FACILITATE INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES LOCATED ON OR ADJACENT TO TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

MOST LOW INCOME FAMILIES, MEANING THE TELLER AND SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES THIS WAY FOR MAJOR TYPE OF PROJECTS AND TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT, NEVER RETURN.

THEY ARE INSTEAD TYPICALLY REPLACED WITH HIGHER INCOME FAMILY AND HIGH END BUSINESSES THAT ARE INACCESSIBLE TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES.

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING KEY STATEMENT FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL LAW, HE BROUGHT HIM MAKER CENTERED PROJECTS AND DISPLACEMENT.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS ACTING AS A MECHANISM BY WHICH POOR PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES.

HE PAID HIM A HISTORY.

SO THOSE WHO WOULD BENEFIT, MOST OF THEM ARE SET OUT FROM ENJOYING HIM ONCE OR EVEN BEFORE THE DEVELOPMENT'S REACHED HIM.

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP PREVENT INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT

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ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT AND MAJOR TRANSIT PROJECTS LIKE PROJECT CONNECT THESE ABOUT THE POLICY THAT AT LEAST 25% OF ALL BOND FUNDS ARE STRICTLY DEDICATED TO DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, AND SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES LOCATED ON OR ADJACENT TO TRANSIT QUARTERS IN PROJECT CONNECT, PLEASE ADOPT A DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT POLICY FOR ALL TRANSIT AND LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND REQUIRE COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENTS FOR ALL TRANSIT AND LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ENSURE THAT ALL TRENDS AND LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS INCLUDE LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, AND SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES TO OVERSEE AND FACILITATE DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION PROGRAM AND ENCOURAGE PEP CAMPO CAPITOL AREA, METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION TO ENACT POLICIES AND PLUGINS TO PREVENT AND STOP DISPLACEMENT AND INCLUDE LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES, ALL SENSITIVE PROJECTS, LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAS BEEN MARGINALIZED FOR GENERATIONS, INEQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND AUSTIN HAS GENTRIFIED AND DISPLACED THEM.

NOW THEY ARE LITERALLY FALLING FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES.

SISSIFIED THE TOBER TENDON WILL PROJECT TO NEXT WITH SOME OVER THERE, OR WILL IT HELP ME SAY THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING MY COLLEGE AND FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU, MR. KING.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE, UH, CHANDLER CANDY.

HELLO, GO AHEAD PLEASE.

JIM, ARE YOU WITH US? HELLO EVERYBODY.

THIS IS CHANDRA.

I KEEP MUTING AND UNMUTING ME.

UM, MY NAME IS TAMAR GANDY.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

I'M LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR