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I HAVEN'T HEARD WEIGHED YET.

AND HE HASN'T ACKNOWLEDGED ME TALKING TO HIM YET AND SEE WHY FACE, BUT WE JUST NEEDED HIM TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT'S ALL BEEN YOU ALL SO MUCH THE CITY.

AND THEN IF THE VICE CHAIR ON CAPITAL, METRO CAN DO THAT, THEN WE CAN AT LEAST START WITH SPEAKERS SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

SO WE'RE GOING TO CALL IT A MEETING, THE, THE, UH, UH, THE CITY COUNCIL'S PARTICIPATION MEETING HERE ON THE JOINT MEETING WITH CAPITAL BOARD AT METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020.

IT IS TWO 11.

UH, WE HAVE A CORE ON PRESENT AND THIS IS A MEETING BEING HELD, UH, VIRTUALLY SOMEONE WENT TO CONVENIENTLY METRO SIDE.

SURE.

I DON'T HAVE A SCRIPT, BUT, UM, THIS IS VICE CHAIR OR I'LL CALL THE METRO BOARD IN TO ORDER.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL THE SPEAKERS.

AND THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE WITH THE SPEAKERS THAT WE'LL MOVE TO THE, UH, TO THE, TO THE PRESENTATION.

OF COURSE IT'S WAIT.

COOPER CAN DO NOW.

YES, I CAN HEAR YOU.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.

WELL, MEETING WAS CALLED THE ORDER, UH, AND THAT'S ALL THAT'S HAPPENED.

BOTH, BOTH CAPITAL METRO AND THE CITY, YOUR VICE CHAIR AND VAIN.

SO I THINK YOU'RE AT THE PLACE TO, TO RECOGNIZE THE, UH, 18 SPEAKERS THAT HAVE CALLED IN BEFORE WE DO THE PROGRAM.

VERY GOOD.

YOU SO MUCH, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

UH, I WAS CHAIR AND MAYOR PRO TEM.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED EVERYBODY, A COUPLE OF LOGISTICAL ITEMS. I KNOW WE'RE ALL PROS AT THIS NOW, EVERYBODY, BUT ME, IT APPEARS LIKE JUST TO REMIND EVERYONE IN OUR MEETING ROOM TODAY, KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE ON YOU UNLESS YOU'RE SPEAKING.

AND THEN REMEMBER TO MUTE YOURSELF AGAIN BEFORE YOU'RE FINISHED.

ALSO, WHEN WE'RE VOTING ON ITEMS THAT WE MAY NEED TO ASK, UH, UH, BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR ABOUT A DAY OR A DAY, OUR FIRST

[Public Comments ]

ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY, AGAIN, WILL BE A PUBLIC COMMENT.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK AND SOME HAVE JOINED US BY PHONE.

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

A REMINDER WILL NOT BE TAKING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS.

TODAY'S MEETING WILL ONLY BE TAKING COMMENTS ON TOPICS THAT ARE POSTED ON OUR AGENDA.

AND OUR FIRST PUBLIC SPEAKER, SORRY, I DON'T HAVE NAMES.

SO ED OR SOMEBODY, PERHAPS YOU CAN HELP.

I HAVE MONA OR LESS.

THE CLERK'S GOING TO CALL ME NAMES.

I'M HAPPY TO CALL NAMES.

WELL, YES.

SO I'M READY TO GO.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

YOU'RE ON THREE MINUTES, PLEASE.

MA'AM WELCOME.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

YEAH, I'M ON, I'M GOING TO START WITH READING FROM THE DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR PROJECT CONNECT.

JUST AS A SMALL SECTION.

I AGREE WITH IT AS IT'S BEING A VERY VALUABLE ADDITION, IT SAYS HERE IS ITS AIM IS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND BETTER CONNECT PEOPLE.

SO EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY CAN THRIVE.

AND I WANT TO KIND OF EMPHASIZE THAT EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE I SEE THESE TRANSIT CORRIDORS AS A RESOURCE FOR NOT ONLY TRANSPORTATION, BUT MANY OTHER SUPPORT, MANY OTHER ASPECTS OF PEOPLE'S LIVES.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT THIS RESOURCE BE EQUITABLE EQUITABLY AVAILABLE TO ALL INCOME GROUPS, INCLUDING THOSE LOWER INCOME RESIDENTS WHO MAY LIVE CURRENTLY IN THE AREAS OF THESE PROPOSED CORRIDORS, UH, SUCH THAT THEY ARE NOT FORCED

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TO MOVE AWAY, BUT RATHER CAN BE ACCOMMODATED AS PART OF THE MIXED GROUP OF INCOME, UH, LEVELS, RIGHT IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

SO YOU GUYS HAVE MENTIONED A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS FOR TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT MEANS EXACTLY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ADVOCATE FOR THE PERCENT AMI CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE, UH, WHO MAY NOT FIT SOME OF THE HIGHER PERCENT AMI DEVELOPMENT THAT'S BEING, UM, AT LEAST PART OF WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED.

I'M, I'M ALL FOR MIDDLE INCOME, BUT I'M ALSO FOR THE LOWER INCOME BEING ACCOMMODATED AND HAVING EQUAL ACCESS TO THESE TRANSIT CORRIDORS.

SO IN TERMS OF HOW TO ADDRESS HOW TO ACCOMMODATE THEM, THAT COULD BE WORKING WITH YOUR, UM, YOUR, YOUR WORKING WITH THE DIFFERENT DEVELOPERS IN TERMS OF NEW HOUSING.

MAYBE IT'S GOING TO BE REMODELING USING SOME OF THE PROJECT CONNECT ONE MONIES TO REMODEL, OLDER HOUSING AS A WAY TO ACCOMMODATE THESE PEOPLE OR ALTERNATIVELY, TO USE THE MONIES FOR MUNICIPAL BUILT LOW PERCENTAGE AM WHY I'M THINKING 30%, BECAUSE I THINK MANY, MANY INDIVIDUALS IN OUR CITY ARE IN THAT CATEGORY.

AND I, I DON'T, I WANT THEM TO SHARE THIS RESOURCE ON MY MIND.

SO I THAT'S ONE POINT, AND PERHAPS YOU NEED TO UP A, SOME FROM A HUNDRED MILLION, PERHAPS IT NEEDS TO BE A BIGGER CHUNK IN ORDER TO GIVE THIS BROAD ACCESS THAT I'M ADVOCATING FOR.

UM, MY SECOND COMMENT IS VERY QUICK.

PROJECT CONNECT GOURD, OR THE VALUE OF IT IS DEPENDENT ON CONNECTOR.

AND I SURELY URGE YOU TO TRY TO MAKE THE CURRENT CAPITAL REMAP SYSTEM MORE EQUITABLE.

THANK YOU ALL.

STOP GIVING THE BELT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER, JOSEPH REYNOLDS.

WELCOME MR. REYNOLDS.

YEAH, COUNCIL AND MAYOR.

I'M JOE REYNOLDS.

I LIVE ON 49TH STREET.

YOU'RE BEING ASKED TODAY TO FISCALLY COMMIT TO A FAIRY TALE PROJECT, GO TO THE PROJECT CONNECT WEBSITE AND IT SHOWS AN IMAGINARY CITY WITH IMAGINARY TRANSIT, NOT LIKE AUSTIN AS THE SETTING FOR THE FAIRY TALE, THE FUNDS YOU'RE BEING ASKED TO COMMIT OR NOT IMAGINARY, BUT THE PROJECT IS BASED ON FAIRYTALE COST ESTIMATES NUMBERS FROM MY HANDBOOK, SHOWING SOME AVERAGE COST PER MILE, NO CONSIDERATION FOR HAVING TO CONDEMN RIGHT AWAY OR BUILD BRIDGES OR REPLACE UTILITIES.

THE DETAILS OF ROUTING ARE IMAGINARY.

THE MAP SHOWS ROUTES CROSSING LADY, BIRD LAKE, BUT HOW ON NEW BRIDGES UNDER AN UNDERWATER TUNNEL, THEY'RE DRAWN SEPARATE FROM THE EXISTING BRIDGES, LAMAR AND BURNET CARTER PROJECTS HAVE DONE SOME DESIGN ENGINEERING FOR THOSE THOROUGHFARES, BUT PROJECT CONNECTS CONFLICTS WITH THOSE DESIGNS.

AND THERE WAS NO COORDINATION PROJECT CONNECT, PROPOSES A DOWNTOWN TUNNEL SYSTEM, BUT WITH NO CONSIDERATION, FOR ANY REALITY.

IN SO MANY WORDS, THE JUSTIFICATION GIVEN IS WE WERE ABLE TO BUILD A WALNUT CREEK DRAINAGE TUNNEL SO WE CAN FILL THIS ONE, THE MASSIVE COST OVERRUN AND THE SCHEDULE FOR WALLER CREEK STORM WATER TUNNEL IS JUSTIFICATION.

WHY DIDN'T THEY USE THE MOPAC TUNNEL PROJECT COST AND SCHEDULE? THAT'S JUST AS CAUTIONARY SIMPLE THINGS LIKE THE ALLOWED GRADE FOR THE TUNNEL WERE NOT EVEN CONSIDERED A GRADE COMPLIANT WITH ADA COULD EASILY BE SKETCHED ON A MAP.

AND IT SHOWS THAT A TUNNEL ENDING AT TRINITY AND 13TH STREET WOULD LEAVE A GIANT DITCH, COMPLETELY BLOCKING 12TH STREET AND THUS THE EASTERN ACCESS TO THE CAPITAL, OR IT COULD END AT 12TH STREET AND THEN BLOCK 11TH STREET ON GUADALUPE.

THE SAME ISSUE WOULD BLOCK ACCESS TO THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION OR THE COURTHOUSE.

THERE'S LOTS OF CHOICES.

THE PROJECT DOESN'T SEEM TO ACCOUNT FOR EXISTING UTILITIES, LIKE THE MASSIVE DRAINAGE THAT SERVICES THE CAPPED ON DISCHARGES DOWN AROUND FOURTH STREET.

ALL THE DISRUPTION THAT THE FOURTH STREET LEG WILL HAVE ON THE UTILITIES FOR FROST BANK, A HOTEL, AND A NUMBER OF 20 PLUS THREE APARTMENT BLOCKS.

THE FOURTH STREET CHANNEL WILL ALSO HAVE TO COME.

WE'LL ALSO CONFLICT WITH A MASSIVE STORM WATER PICTURE UNDER DOWNTOWN.

YOU NEED TO GO BACK AND REMEMBER THAT THE HARRY RANSOM LIBRARY WAS BUILT.

THEY WANTED A BASEMENT AND THE CHURCHES ACROSS WATERLOO HAD BASEMENTS.

THEY DIDN'T CHECK WITH THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE NEWS THAT A SEGMENT OF THE BALCONY'S FAULT RUNS DOWN GUADALUPE AND THE EASTERN WEST SIDES OF THE STREET AND HAVE VERY DIFFERENT GEOLOGY.

FINALLY, PROJECT CONNECT USES FAIRYTALE POPULATION NUMBERS.

THE PUSH

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POLLING TOLD ME USED 4 MILLION, BUT YOUR WATER FORWARD TASKFORCES PROJECTING LIKELY SEVERE DROUGHT LAKE TRAVIS AND COLORADO RIVER BEING INADEQUATE FOR OUR EXISTING POPULATION.

THEY WERE LOOKING FOR AQUIFERS.

IF THEY CAN PUMP WATER INTO WHEN IT RAINS AND DRY OUT, WHEN IT DOESN'T AND CLOSING, I'LL ASK YOU TO REMEMBER THAT SOME FAIRY TALES ARE GRIM.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CAROLYN REYNOLDS.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THIS, THIS IS CAROLINE REYNOLDS.

I LIVE OVER ON 49TH STREET, NEAR SHOAL CREEK AND GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR CAP.

METRO SAYS THIS IS A DESIGN BILL PLAN, BUT IT ONLY HAS SKETCHY DETAILS REGARDING THE TOPOGRAPHY, THE GEOLOGY, THE EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL ISSUES LIKE SPRINGS AND SEEPING WATER.

THE MAPS INDICATE EITHER TUNNELS UNDER THE RIVER OR MORE BRIDGES OVER THE RIVER YET.

GIVEN THE VEHICLE'S SPECIFICATIONS, TUNNELS ARE UNLIKELY UNDER THE RIVER AND PROBABLY IMPOSSIBLE GIVEN AUSTIN STUFF OUT, GRUFFY AND GEOLOGY.

I SPENT MY ENGINEERING CAREER WRITING PROPOSALS AND PERFORMING PROJECTS ON TIME AND ON BUDGET SINCE 1978.

I'VE I'M WONDERING WHY KEPT METRO DISTRIBUTORS SUCH A SKETCHY CONFUSION, CONFUSING DESCRIPTION, AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE TUNNELS AND THE BATCAVE.

I FEEL LIKE KEPT METRO STAFF IS CONFUSED AND HASN'T LOOKED AT INFORMATION THAT'S READILY AVAILABLE FROM THE OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, THE MOPAC TUNNEL THROUGH THE INVISIBLE LIMESTONE, THE CHILLED WATER TUNNEL PROJECT AND THE WALLER TUNNEL PROJECT.

BOTH OF THE WATER TUNNEL PROJECTS WENT MORE THAN SIX TIMES OVER BUDGET AND TOOK NEARLY A DECADE, NOT A COUPLE OF YEARS TO COMPLETE.

AND YET NEITHER WAS AS LARGE AND COMPLEX AS WHAT CAP METRO IS PROPOSING HERE.

THE EXCAVATION OF THE TUNNELS AND THE BATCAVE WILL DISRUPT TRINITY AND GUADELOUPE AND FOURTH STREET FOR UP TO 10 YEARS AND NOT, NOT DIGGING THE HOLE, BUT HAVING TRUCKS DRIVING AROUND DOWNTOWN 24, SEVEN FULL OF DIRT, HANDING SUCH A SKETCHY PICTURE TO ENGINEERING FIRMS TO SOLIDIFY AND FILL OUT IS AN INVITATION FOR THE ENGINEERING FIRMS TO ABDUL AND GEWGAWS AND SPEND YOUR TAX MONEY ON ADD ITEMS AND CHANGE ORDERS AND COST OVERRUNS.

AND I HAVE A FRIEND HERE IN TOWN.

WHO'S A RETIRED CITY ENGINEER, HIS ESTIMATE, SO THAT REALISTICALLY, THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE $15 BILLION WITH GOOD PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TY SPECIFICATIONS.

I'M WONDERING IS CAT METRO TRYING TO CONFUSE ME THE TAXPAYER.

SO SHAME ON CAP METRO WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC AND WE DON'T HAVE FUNDS TO DO THIS SORT OF THING.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS AN OPIATE JOSEPH, THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN MEMBERS.

I'M ZENOBIA JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN.

I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO PAGE 47 OF THE BACKUP MATERIALS AS IT RELEASED TO THE RESOLUTION LANGUAGE BETTER CONNECTS PEOPLE.

SO EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY CAN THRIVE.

I WANT TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION.

YOU ELIMINATED NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY.

WE CANNOT THRIVE NORTH OF US.

ONE 83.

IT TAKES THREE TO FOUR HOURS DURING THE PANDEMIC TO GET TO THE ARBORETUM, THE $100 MILLION THAT YOU HAVE ALLOCATED, OR YOU HAVE FOR THE CITY MANAGER TO CONSIDER FOR FYI 20, 20, 20, 21 COULD BE USED TO RESTORE THESE ROUTES IMMEDIATELY.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS LESS THAN A MILLION DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO ST.

DAVID'S NORTH.

AND SO YOU COULD USE $945, $45,000.

EXCUSE ME TO GET INDIVIDUALS THERE.

I WANT TO SPEAK TO, UM, MAYOR ADLER'S JULY 13TH, COMMENT ABOUT INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS RAY RANDY'S RACIST, REGIONAL REMAP.

ONE

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OF THE THINGS THAT'S PROBLEMATIC IS THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY SAYING ON PAGE 21, ABOUT THE ORANGE LINE EXTENSION NORTH, THAT YOU WANT TO IMPROVE OF A PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AND BRIDGES AND THINGS OF THAT SORT.

AND WHILE THAT SOUNDS NICE, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018, YOUR PLAN ACTUALLY START ITSELF OF NORTH LAMAR, AND IT HAS NO TIMELINE SPECIFICALLY ON PAGE 23, AS IT RELATES TO TEXT DOTS RIGHT AWAY, IT SAYS THE INITIAL INVESTMENT SYSTEM SEQUENCE PLAN WOULD BE REDUCED DOWN TO EIGHT TO NINE YEARS.

BUT ON MARCH 9TH, IT WAS 24 TO 30 YEARS.

I BELIEVE THE MARCH 9TH SLIDE BECAUSE IN 2012, THE VOTERS APPROVED A BOND FOR NORTH LAMAR CORRIDOR AND BURNET ROAD.

AND THERE WERE NO PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS PLACED ON NORTH LAMAR.

AND SO ON MAY 2ND, 2019, DAVID JOHN MCDONNELL WAS KILLED MID-BLOCK.

AND I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AT FAIRFIELD STATION THAT THERE STILL IS NOT A SAFE CROSSING THERE.

SO WE ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THAT ANYTHING IS COMING OUR WAY.

I'VE ASKED YOU TO TAKE THE PROPAGANDA OFF A KCI 88.7 FM, THE BLACK RADIO STATION THAT SAYS THAT THESE FREQUENT BUSES ARE COMING RESPECTFULLY.

FM NINE 69.

CRAIG WOODS IS WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE.

THAT'S THE ONLY LOCATION ALONG WITH CALLING ME PARK, WHERE THE BUSES RUN EVERY 60 MINUTES, YOU HAVE BURIED YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND YOU VOTED TO APPROVE THESE, THIS RESOLUTION.

THE DAY AFTER GEORGE FLOYD WAS BURIED, YOU JUST DIDN'T SKIP A BEAT.

AND SO I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS IT RELATES TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE NORTH OF US, ONE 83, WE WILL NOT BENEFIT AS IT RELATES TO THE BLUE LINE, RIVERSIDE DEVELOPMENT.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS, TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT DEFERRED A PROJECT BECAUSE THE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS CALLED INNOVATIVE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE 120% OF THE AREA, MEDIAN, FAMILY INCOME, AND 140%, THAT'S 80 AND $90,000.

MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST ASK YOU, LASTLY, JANUARY 28, 2019, WHEN YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT WERE JUST DISADVANTAGED BY CAP REMAP TO PLEASE JUST GO AND DO THE RIGHT THING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. ANTHONY WALKER.

YOU'RE A Y'ALL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THAT CONVERSATION.

FIRST ONE, IT DID RESONATE, UH, ELECTED COUNTY JUDGE, UH, NAPROXEN, DELLA, CARVER, WHOM IN MY OPINION IS AN ALPHA FEMALE, WHICH IS A LEADER.

MY LEADER AND I HAD ALREADY HAD TOLD HER TO PUT A NAME ON A BALLOT THAT SHE WAS GONNA WIN.

SO NEVER GET THE TOPIC.

WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT, BECAUSE IT'S STILL LIKE THE DAY I GET TO TALK TO THE CITY COUNCIL, THE, THE BOARD, THAT WAY EVERYBODY GETS THE PAIN.

SO RESTASIS OVER CLASS, THAT SESSION, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE WAS A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING.

SO I WANT TO TALK TO Y'ALL TODAY.

ABOUT TIME.

TIME IS REALLY WHAT DICTATES THE AGENDA.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS, YOU MIGHT BE DOING THE RIGHT THING AT THE WRONG TIME AND NOT GET THE RIGHT.

SO WHAT TIME IS LATIN AMERICA TIME, BUT FINANCIAL AND HARDSHIP TIME THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING I'M FOR PROJECT CONNECT.

BUT WHAT I'M ASKING Y'ALL TO PUT IT ON PAUSE, BUT TO BREAK THE 2022, WHEN I THINK YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF PASSING, I THINK MORE LIKELY THE REAL PATH FOR TWITTER RIGHT NOW, WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING, HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING HIS LEAP.

IF YOU GOING TO STAND ON THEIR BACK, THAT'S AN EMBARRASS UP.

I THINK IT'S ACTUALLY FOR SOME OF THE FIGURES OUT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT Y'ALL SHOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT GOING DOWN.

YOU'RE HOPING THEY PAY YOU OUT FOR SURE.

SO THE COMPANY IS JUST NOT THERE.

SO I KNOW SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MAKE.

YOU GOT TO DO THINGS THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO DO.

WHAT I'M TELLING YOU.

I WORKED, Y'ALL JUST, Y'ALL WALKED HERE.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO GO AGAINST THE GRAIN UNTIL YOU COME QUICK.

I'M CONFIDENT THAT THIS PROJECT WILL PROBABLY PAY IT.

BUT IN 2020, RIGHT NOW, WHERE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH, I PICKED OUT, I WENT TO THE CITY COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN 2014.

I STARTED GOING BACK AND LOOK AT THAT DATE.

I TOLD THEM AT THAT TIME, BUT NOT PUT ON THE REFERENDUM BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO PAY IT, BUT THEY DID IT ANYWAY.

AND I NEED A VOTE.

AT THAT TIME.

IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU WITH THE MOTHERS THAT THEY WORKED FOR, THE REAL MAN THAT WAS ABOUT PAYBACK AND REBATE, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT THEY GOT MAD BECAUSE OF THE NOT PRODUCING WHAT HE WAS DOING US TO DO.

SO WHAT I'M TELLING YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THAT.

AND I TOLD HIM THAT I'M WANT TELL YOU TODAY.

IF YOU PUT THAT ON THE BALLOT IN 20, 20, 20, 22, IT WILL PASS.

I'M COMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW.

IT'S A DIFFICULT TIME.

YOU HAVE TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS.

THIS WAS OTHER PEOPLE.

IT'S A BUSINESS DECISION THAT NOT A PERSON.

I GET TO PUT IT ON.

PAUL COMPLETE, GET UP, GET RID OF IT FOR TWO YEARS.

I GUARANTEE YOU I'M COMFORTABLE THAT IN THE PAST, RIGHT

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NOW YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF OPPOSITION ON THIS THING, RIGHT? YEAH.

SO RIGHT NOW LET'S JUST DO IT AND JUST WAIT, LET'S GET IT THROUGH THE RIGHT WAY YOU GO DO IT RIGHT.

OR YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT AT ALL.

SO IN THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY PAID ON PAUL RIGHT NOW, SO WE CAN GET MORE SUPPORT, MORE FOOT WORK AND PEOPLE WOULD BE WORKING.

IT WOULD BE BACKED UP.

JAWS WOULD BE CREATED.

AND I THINK THE BEST OPPORTUNITY IS 2022 OFF OF HAVING MY CALL.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS HAYDEN WALKER.

HELLO? THIS IS HAYDEN BLACK WALKER.

I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO SAY QUICKLY THAT I SERVED AS A CITIZEN ON THE PEKIN AND THE BEFORE THAT, OVER THE LAST, I THINK FOUR YEARS.

SO I'VE WATCHED THIS PLAN, UM, EVOLVE OVER TIME.

I'VE SEEN GREAT QUESTIONS, ASKED AND RESEARCH DONE.

AND I ACTUALLY THINK THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN IS VERY GOOD.

UM, I SEE LOTS OF NATIONAL DATA ACTUALLY COMING OUT SHOWING THAT MANY OF OUR CENTRAL WORKERS RELY ON TRANSIT AS A LIFELINE TO GET TO THEIR JOBS.

AND, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO, TO, UM, IMPROVE TRANSIT IN AUSTIN SO WE CAN PROVIDE, UM, SERVICES FOR THOSE ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

UM, I THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO BUILD A FUTURE TRANSIT SYSTEM WE NEED.

UM, BACK WHEN I WAS COMMUTING DOWNTOWN, BEFORE I STARTED WORKING FROM HOME, I WAS WRITING THE 803 DAILY.

UH, AND I DEFINITELY SUPPORT, UH, MORE OF THAT KIND OF TRANSIT.

I'M A PROPONENT OF A SAFER MILWAUKEE, BOSTON WALKING AND ROLLING TRIPS, CONNECT PEOPLE TO TRANSIT, AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT OUR ADA COMPLIANT, SIDEWALKS, BICYCLE LANES, URBAN TRAILS, UM, AND THEY'RE CONNECTED NETWORKS THAT SUPPORT TRANSIT.

UM, I THINK IT'S EXCITING THAT THIS IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT THE ADA, AND IT SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GOOD TIME TO BE SUPPORTING, BUILDING MORE TRANSIT AS WELL AS SAFE STREETS FOR ALL.

AUSTINITES.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE BOTH FOR HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT AND I'M ALSO HIGH CAPACITY, HIGH QUALITY, NOT HIGH CAPACITY, SORRY, HIGH QUALITY CONNECTED, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS THAT WORK TOGETHER, UM, TO HELP US REACH THE GOAL.

SO THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS BASS GOGGIN.

HELLO EVERYONE.

YES.

MY NAME IS BAY.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP WITH TEXTBOOK FOR SHORT.

AND I LIVE ALSO ON SHOAL CREEK, BUT AT 39TH AND A HALF.

AND I'M HERE TO GIVE A FULL THROATED ENDORSEMENT FOR ALL OF TEXPERS MEMBERS, MYSELF AS A CITIZEN AND STUDENTS FOR TRANSIT, ALL SUPPORTIVE OF PROJECT CONNECT.

I JUST WANT TO BE REALLY CLEAR ABOUT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE BECAUSE MAKING A MISTAKE PROJECT CONNECT IS AN EFFORT TO MAKE OUR CITY BETTER.

THE PROBLEMS WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE IS THAT TRANSPORTATION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF GREENHOUSE GASES IN OUR CITY, IN OUR STATE AND IN OUR NATION.

AND THAT'S PRECISELY BECAUSE OUR CITY AND STATE IS CAR DEPENDENT.

EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE THEIR OWN CAR TO GET AROUND.

IF WE GAVE PEOPLE MORE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS, WE COULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT WE OURSELVES ARE CAUSING FURTHER MOBILE SOURCE EMISSIONS CONTRIBUTE TO DIRTY AIR IN OUR CITY, WHICH EXACERBATES PROBLEMS LIKE ASTHMA FOR KIDS IN SCHOOL AND LUNG CANCER AND OTHER RESPIRATORY ISSUES AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED HEALTHY AIR AND CLEAN AIR TO BE BREATHING THIRD IT'S CONGESTED RIGHT NOW.

THERE'S I DON'T THE DISRUPTION THAT PEOPLE ARE ARE SPEAKING TO IS, IS THERE'S NOTHING TO DISRUPT.

IT'S ALL PACKED IN ANYBODY WHO'S TRIED TO GET ACROSS THE RIVER.

UM, DOWNTOWN ON A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WILL TELL YOU THERE'S, THERE'S NOTHING TO, THERE'S NOTHING TO DISRUPT RIGHT NOW.

THERE'S THERE'S BARELY ANY MOVEMENT.

FINALLY, OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, AS HAYDEN MENTIONED, THEY NEED MORE OPTIONS TO GET AROUND TOWN.

THE AVERAGE COST OF CAR OWNERSHIP IN OUR CITY IS 12 AND A HALF THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ESSENTIAL WORKERS WITH MEDIAN INCOMES RANGING FROM 30 TO 50, WHICH MEANS THAT THE CAR OWNERSHIP COSTS ALONE RANGES FROM 40 TO 60% OF PEOPLE'S BUDGETS.

SO IT'S REALLY CLEAR.

IT'S CLEAN, IT'S GREEN AND IT HELPS MOVE OUR CENTRAL WORKERS AROUND TOWN.

LASTLY, THE COST ISN'T PROHIBITIVE, OTHER CITIES LIKE LOS ANGELES, JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, JUST INVESTED MORE THAN $150 BILLION IN THIS.

WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THIS RIGHT.

THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE A CHANCE TO INVEST IN US IN A GENERATIONAL TRANSFORMATION OF TRANSIT

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THAT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF OUR CITY AND GIVE PEOPLE OPTIONS TO GET AROUND TOWN, TO GO DOWNTOWN AND TO ENJOY OUR GREAT CITY.

THIS PROGRAM MUST PASS.

AND THE LAST THING I NEED TO SAY IS CAB METRO AND THE CITY BOTH HAVE DONE IN HISTORIC JOBS AT COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

IN ALL MY TIMES, ORGANIZING, I HAVE NEVER SEEN AS MANY PEOPLE, AS MANY EVENTS AS THEY HAVE PUT ON.

I KNOW THAT THEY'VE SPOKEN TO MORE THAN 50,000.

AUSTINITES ABOUT THIS, AND THAT IS A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING.

THE PLANNING FOR THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING YEARS IN THE MAKING, AND THEY'VE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB WORKING WITH BOTH THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND TRANSIT ADVOCATES LIKE MYSELF.

SO FOR MYSELF, FROM STUDENTS, FOR TRANSIT, FROM TEXT BERG, I URGE YOU ALL TO GO BIG ON THIS PROJECT.

I SUPPORT IT MOVING FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MR. SCOGGINS SPEAKER IS DAVID SULLIVAN, MR. SULLIVAN.

HI, UH, MY, MY NAME IS DAVE SULLIVAN.

I'VE SERVED ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, TASK FORCES, AND A FEW NONPROFIT BOARDS OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE PROJECT CONNECT AMBASSADOR NETWORK AND THE TRANSIT FOR ALLIANCE.

UH, THE TRANSIT FOR AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

I'M A VERY PRIVILEGED PERSON BORN IN THE RIGHT ZIP CODE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

MEANING I AM VERY LUCKY.

I'VE ALSO BEEN A MASS TRANSIT USER SINCE I WAS A SMALL CHILD, AS MY MOM DID NOT DRIVE AND SHE WOULD TAKE US DOWNTOWN AND BACK ON THE BUS.

I WROTE MASS TRANSIT IN COLLEGE IN BOSTON.

AND LATER WHEN I CAME TO GRAD SCHOOL IN AUSTIN USING SHUTTLE BUSES IN THE EARLY 1980S, AND THEN FROM 1994, UNTIL THE PRESENT COMMUTING FROM MY CENTRAL AUSTIN HOME TO MY WORKPLACE IN NORTH AUSTIN, MY WIFE AND I SHARE ONE CAR AND NOT HAVE SAVED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OVER THE PAST YEARS AS BASE GOGGINS MENTIONED EARLIER, THE COST OF OWNING A CAR CAN BE MORE THAN 10,000 A YEAR.

WELL, IF WE SAY $5,000 A YEAR FOR THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY, THAT'S OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WE'VE SAVED, BUT JUST BY BEING A ONE CAR FAMILY, I AM A RIDER BY CHOICE, BUT MANY LIKELY, MOST OF MY FELLOW BUS RIDING COMPANIONS HAVE MORE OF A NEED TO USE THIS LOWER COST FORM OF TRANSPORTATION.

I SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT, NOT FOR MY OWN SAKE, BUT FOR THE SAKE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FOLKS WHO NEED TO LOWER EXPENSES TO GET BY IN OUR INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE CENTRAL TEXAS REGION AND WHO COULD SAVE MONEY BY USING MASS TRANSIT, MAYBE NOT EVERY DAY, BUT WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT.

UM, ANOTHER POINT IS THAT THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT EXPANDING TRANSIT CAN MAKE AREAS AROUND NEW STATIONS, MORE VALUABLE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO HIGHER RENTS, THE PROPERTY TAXES AND DUSTED DISPLACEMENT TO SOME RESIDENTS.

PROJECT CONNECT PLAN INCLUDES RESOURCES TO SLOW DOWN DISPLACEMENT.

AND THE MAYOR I HEARD LAST WEEK SUGGESTS DOUBLING THE AMOUNT THAT IS RIGHT NOW ALLOCATED.

I BELIEVE THAT BY EXTENDING RAIL AND BUS SERVICE AROUND THE CITY AND PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEAR STATIONS, PROJECT CONNECT WILL HELP MAKE AUSTIN A MORE AFFORDABLE PLACE TO LIVE.

AND LASTLY, I'VE HEARD A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THIS BALLOT ITEM DURING THE PANDEMIC.

I BELIEVE WE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT AMERICA WAS IN A MUCH DEEPER HOLE AFTER THE TERRIBLE RESULTS OF THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC, BUT CAME BACK WITH THE ROARING TWENTIES.

WE CAN DO IT AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. SULLIVAN.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, SCOTT DUQUETTE, MR. DUKETTE.

HELLO.

THANK YOU.

THIS IS SCOTT.

I LIVE AT 11 FIVE OH ONE CENTURY PARIS IN AUSTIN.

UM, I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN.

WELL OVER 20 YEARS, I'VE BEEN HERE FOR THE PAST BOATS ON THE PHONE.

THIS MR. SKIDMORE, I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO SPEAK UP OR GET A LITTLE BIT CLOSER.

YOU'RE STARTING TO GET MUFFLED.

OKAY.

IS THAT BETTER? YES.

THANK YOU SAID SKIDMORE.

DUKETTE SORRY.

UM, I HAD BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND THROUGH THE OTHER VOTES ON THIS ISSUE, I'VE HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THEM.

I FELT MOSTLY THAT THE MONEY WOULD BE BETTER SPENT ON ADDRESSING ALL OF THE ROADWAY NEEDS THAT WE HAD AT THE TIME THAT RON FOUNDED AND STILL HAD MANY OF THEM FOR AND DIRECT CONNECTS AND MANAGE LANES.

I THINK IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF TEXT DON AND JEREMY AND CAMPO AND OTHERS, WE'VE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON SOME OF THOSE LEADS.

AND WE'VE DONE TO THE POINT WHERE IF WE WERE GOING TO SPEND OUR MONEY ON ROADS AT THIS POINT, THERE'S NOT REALLY MUCH MORE POST TO PUT A LOT OF THEM.

AND

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I THINK WE'RE READY FOR THIS PROPOSAL.

WE'RE READY FOR THIS PROJECT.

THERE'S ALWAYS PROJECTS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO COST TOO MUCH.

IF THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE RISKS, THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE HUGE DISRUPTION FOR CONSTRUCTION.

THERE'S ALWAYS LOTS OF REASONS NOT TO DO THINGS, BUT THERE'LL NEVER BE A BETTER TIME AND NEVER BE A CHEAPER TIME TO DO IT.

THEN RIGHT NOW, I HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HOW AUSTIN IS GOING TO DOUBLE IN 20 TO 25 YEARS, AND THIS IS GOING TO BE, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH THOSE PEOPLE.

WELL, THIS KIND OF PLAN IS ACTUALLY MORE FOR A HUNDRED YEARS.

WE'VE WORKED.

WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS SOMETHING FOR THE A HUNDRED YEAR VISION.

AND, UH, I, I THINK IT'S TIME AND I APPRECIATE THE, THE, AFTER YOU PUT THIS IN PLACE.

AND, UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. DUQUETTE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS DANIELLE.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR, COOPER MEMBERS WITH THE BOARD OF CAPITAL METRO MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS DANIELLE SKIDMORE.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE CIVIL ENGINEER, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF VISIBILITY, OUR CITY'S TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

TODAY.

I AM SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND I GUESS ON MY SON, PETER, TO EXPRESS OUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR PROJECT CONNECT, YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY WAS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE LAW, THE ADA AND I HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE AMAZING ADVOCATES FROM ADAPTS IN FRONT OF CITY HALL AND COMMEMORATION OF THAT MOMENTOUS STAY CAPITAL.

METRO HAS LONG BEEN A LEADER IN ACCESS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING THE FIRST FULLY ACCESSIBLE BUS FLEET IN THE NATION.

SO MANY YEARS AGO.

PETER AND I THANK YOU.

FREQUENT BOSTON, COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ARE KEYS TO ACCESSIBILITY AND MOBILITY FOR EVERY GREAT CITY.

THIS ACCESSIBILITY IS NOT JUST PHYSICAL, BUT ALSO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.

AS MUCH AS I LOVE OUR CITY, THE LACK OF MEANINGFUL TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR SO MANY OF US HAS HELD US BACK FOR FAR TOO LONG.

HERE IN 2020, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN THE TRANSFORMATION TO A TRULY MULTIMODAL CITY AND REGION THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN.

AND THE INITIAL INVESTMENT SCENARIO IS A PRACTICAL AND PRUDENT START TO THIS JOURNEY, LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW AT AGE 35.

AND I SEE CONGESTION BUILDING ADMIT AFTERNOON ON A MONDAY DURING A PANDEMIC IT'S WORTH NOTING THAT ROADWAY ONLY SOLUTIONS IN THE CITY WILL NEVER SOLVE CONGESTION MEANINGFULLY AND COLLECTIVE MOBILITY AND CONTRAST PROJECT CONNECT WILL BE A KEY PART OF IMPROVING EVERYONE'S STABILITY THROUGH CITY, NOT SIMPLY TRANSIT USERS BENEFIT FROM IMPROVE CONNECTIONS AND FACILITIES, AND FINALLY A MOTORIST WHO WILL BENEFIT AS WELL.

IF SAY FREE SPACE ON THE ROADWAY SYSTEM, WHICH EACH PERSON WAS FINALLY ABLE TO MAKE THAT MUCH SHIFT.

WE WILL LOOK BACK AT 2020 AND RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO BEGIN THIS INVESTMENT JUST AS DURING THE NEW DEAL, WITH THE RIGHT TIME TO INVEST IN THE MANSFIELD AND TOM MILLER DAM, WHICH MADE THE AUSTIN.

WE KNOW TODAY POSSIBLE PROJECT CONNECT.

WE'LL DEFINE AUSTIN IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND I CHERISH YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS PROJECT.

THANK YOU, MS. SKIDMORE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS GREG ANDERSON.

GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I DO WANT TO START OFF BY RECOGNIZING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH.

IT IS PRETTY AWESOME TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT, TO SPEAK POSITIVELY ABOUT, UM, QUICK CONFESSION.

THE LAST TIME I DID NOT VOTE WAS THE YEAR 2000.

I WAS A 19 OR 20 YEAR OLD LIVING IN SOUTH AUSTIN, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE THAT WE WERE ABOUT TO PASS THIS TERRIFIC RAIL LINE.

AND IT JUST BLEW MY MIND THAT WE DIDN'T.

AND HERE WE ARE, WE'RE BEHIND, BUT YOU GUYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW.

AUSTIN HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY CATCH UP AND MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME.

UM, THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US THE PREMIUM SERVICE THAT AUSTIN DESERVES AND WE CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD AND AMERICAN CITIES AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

THERE'S JUST GREAT SERVICE THAT'S PROVIDED, AND THIS IS GOING TO GET US THERE.

THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW YOUR RIDERSHIP TO JUST SKYROCKET TO THE TUNNEL.

JUST THIS PLAN IS JUST TERRIFIC.

AND IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO REMEMBER THE TRUE COST OF HOUSING IT'S HOUSING PLUS TRANSPORTATION, PLUS UTILITIES, GIVING MORE PEOPLE THE ABILITY TO LIVE WITHOUT A CAR, WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE THEY WANT TO, TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE OR TO SAVE MONEY, OR BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST NOT ABLE TO DRIVE A CAR.

GLOBAL WARMING IS GOING TO BE WORSE THAN COVID SO MANY TIMES WORSE.

THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A VACCINE.

THAT'S GOING TO SHOW UP AND GET US OUT OF GLOBAL WARMING.

AND I THINK THAT'S THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND A GOOD CHANCE OF THE REASON A LOT OF YOU SERVE THE POSITIONS YOU'RE SERVING IN.

CAUSE YOU GUYS HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE REAL IMPACTS ON THE FUTURE.

AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE SINGLE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY YOU'RE EVER GOING TO HAVE WITH THE ONE MINOR EXCEPTION MAYBE OF LAND USE REFORM, BUT THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION IS HERE.

SO THOSE FUTURE CONVERSATIONS ARE GOING TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS.

THANK YOU

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FOR GIVING US ONE MORE AMAZING THING TO VOTE ON.

COME THIS NOVEMBER.

THANK YOU.

BYE BYE.

THANK YOU, MR. ANDERSON.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS JOSH LEVINE.

MR. LEVINE COOPER.

YOUR NEXT SPEAKER, ACTUALLY ON THE CALL.

WE'LL BE AT .

I'M SORRY.

SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME.

THE NEXT SPEAKER THAT'S ACTUALLY ON THE CALL IS OSHA BUDDHA POO POO APOLOGIZING.

WELCOME, WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

MY NAME IS OSHA.

UM, VERY, UM, UM, I HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, OR WHAT 23 YEARS, UH, STARTED MY CAREER AS WORKING IN CITY OF BOSTON AS A CONSULTANT AND SERVING ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN ADVISORY BOARD.

UM, I'VE SEEN A DRASTIC CHANGE IN THE TRAFFIC AND I AM SUPPORTING A PROJECT CONNECT BECAUSE I SEE THE FRUSTRATION OF THIS, UM, TRAFFIC.

AND WHENEVER I, I DO A LOT OF COMING TO, UM, AUSTIN DOWNTOWN.

UM, I SEE SO MUCH TIME LIKE HOURS AND HOURS OF TIME, AND THE TIME HAS COME OFF THE 23 YEARS AND OFTEN LAGS BEHIND OTHER METROPOLITAN AREAS OF SIMILAR SIZE.

AND I DO UNDERSTAND COVID-19 HAS A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON TAPPING METRO'S INCOME AND NOT ONLY CAPTURE METRO, BUT MOST CITIZENS ARE WITNESSING SIMILAR STRUGGLES WITH INCOME.

I FEEL LIKE A RIGHT SIZE APPROACH TO TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS AT THIS TIME IS BOTH PRUDENT AND EXPECTED AT THIS TIME OF UNCERTAINTY.

MY FACING AT THIS TIME IS CRITICAL DOWNSIZING.

THE SCOPE OF THIS INITIATIVE MAKE SOME SENSE BECAUSE I STILL READ THE CALLING ON PROJECT CONNECT WEBSITE THAT STATES IT WILL BE TIME TO ADDRESS OTHER CHALLENGES OUT CITY FACES SUCH AS TRANSIT AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

THE PROJECT CONNECT HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT STRIDES IN SOLIDIFYING THE COMMUNITY, AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE THAT GOODWILL AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT PEOPLE ARE IN FACT SOMEWHAT SCARED ABOUT THE FUTURE.

SO I WOULD SUGGEST TO FOCUSING ON BASTILLE TECHNOLOGY AND PART AND DRIVE MAYBE A GOOD IDEA AT THIS TIME, THE RAIN ROUTES HAVE BEEN EVALUATED IN LIGHT OF PHYSICAL RESOURCES AND STAYING POSITIVE.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT AS A, AS, UM, A PERSON LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR 23 YEARS, I WANT TO SUPPORT MY CITY, MY BEAUTIFUL CITY TO BE IN GOOD TIMES AS LESS, NOT SO GOOD TIMES.

AND BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR, BEING A VISIONARY, LOOKING AT THE 2040 VISION, AUSTIN HAS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH PROJECT CONNECT, LOOKING AT THE VERY FORTUNATE DURING THIS COVID-19 TIME, WE ARE HEARING A POSITIVE NEWS OF GOOD NEWS THAT TESLA HAS COMING IN AND WE'RE EXPECTING 15,000 JOBS.

AND THIS PROJECT CONNECT IS GOING TO GET US ANOTHER 9,500 SHOPS.

SO OVERALL THEY'RE EXPECTING 25 TO 30,000 JOBS.

WE THOUGHT HAVING AN INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE, I DON'T THINK THIS IS POSSIBLE AND WE WILL BE FACING MORE AND MORE CHALLENGES AND, UM, FRUSTRATION, CHALLENGES AND CLASHES.

AND RECENTLY I HAD A NEW NEIGHBOR MOVING TO MY NEXT DOOR.

I WAS EXPECTING THAT THEY'RE GOING TO CALL ME FOR A HOUSEWARMING, BUT I HAVE TO GO SEE THE 16 YEAR OLD SR FOR A HANDSOME BOY ON THEIR DEATH MEMORIAL, WHICH WAS SAD.

AND I FEEL LIKE THEY WANT TO SAVE THE LIGHTS OF A FUTURE GENERATION.

AND THIS IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS JOHN AND I'M LIKELY TO MISPRONOUNCE THIS STUFF.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

OKAY.

MY NAME IS JOHN .

I'M ALSO A STUDENT AT DAWSON.

I'M A PROPONENT OF PROJECT CONNECT, UM, BECAUSE AUSTIN IS OUR TRAFFIC'S NOTORIOUS.

THIS GOES TO HAVING, UM, MORE CONSISTENTLY BAD AND EMOTIONALLY DRAINING THE MOST MAJOR CITIES IN TEXAS.

UM, AND WITH THAT COMES TONS OF CARBON EMISSIONS AND TOXIC POLLUTANTS FROM THE THOUSANDS OF CARS DRIVING THE ROADS EVERY DAY, THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING BECOME INCREASINGLY APPARENT HIM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS WHERE THE COAST AND THE POP CLIMATE AND THE SITUATION WILL ONLY LOOSEN IF THE POPULATION ON COST INCREASES.

AND THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE CONTRIBUTING TO THE EMISSIONS,

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GIVEN A TERRIBLE STATE OF POLLUTION, ANY PROPOSITIONS TO MEDIA, OUR SYSTEM SHOULD REALLY BE WELCOMED BY, UM, OUR CITIZENS AND PROJECT CONNECT OFFERS THAT WE REALLY NEED TO START TAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE FUTURE MORE SERIOUSLY.

AND THAT MEANS INVESTING IN CONVENIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, THAT DOESN'T CONTAMINATE OUR DANGER, OUR CITIZENS, UM, LIGHT RAIL AND BUSES FOR PEOPLE TO COMMUTE, TO WORK AND SCHOOL WITHOUT CONTRIBUTING TO THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON OUR STREETS.

UM, IT ALSO REALLY WAS SAVING MONEY TO INVEST IN CAR MAINTENANCE AND VEHICLES AND, UH, FUEL, UH, CARBON EMISSIONS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES WOULD BE GREATLY REDUCED AND NEW MODE TRANSPORT.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE FROM SUSTAINABLE FORMS OF ENERGY RATHER THAN JUST GUZZLING FOSSIL FUELS.

UM, IF WE WANT AUSTIN TO CONTINUE BEING PRIVATES MOTIVATION, TRANSFORMING NUMBERS, TRANSPORTATION, AND REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT MUST BE AMONG OUR TOP PRIORITIES.

THANK YOU, MR. DAVID KING IS OUR NEXT SPEAKER.

MR. KING.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES.

THANK YOU.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BOARD AND COUNCIL MEMBERS DATA PRODUCED BY THE CITY'S INNOVATION OFFICE SHOWED THAT ALMOST 233,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN AUSTIN ARE AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT, THOUSANDS OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES, HUNDREDS OF SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES AND NUMEROUS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR LOCATED ON OR ADJACENT TO TRANSIT CORRIDOR IN PROJECT CONNECT ARE AT SERIOUS RISK OF INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS PUSHED IN EVEN CLOSER TO THE BRINK OF DISPLACEMENT AND HOMELESSNESS IN VOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IS IMMORAL AND RACIST.

WILL PROJECT CONNECT, GENTRIFY THEIR COMMUNITIES AND FORCE THEM OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES, OR WILL IT HELP SUSTAIN, STRENGTHEN AND EMPOWER THEM TO PROPOSE $100 MILLION FOR TRANSIT RELATED DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE.

MITIGATING DISPLACEMENT DOES NOT PREVENT DISPLACEMENT.

MITIGATION IS DEFINED AS THE ACTION OF REDUCING THE SERIOUSNESS OR PAINFULNESS OF SOMETHING.

PREVENTION IS DEFINED AS STOPPING SOMETHING FROM HAPPENING.

WE NEED BOTH DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION FUNDING AND PROJECT CONNECT.

DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED TO HELP SUSTAIN LOW INCOME FAMILIES, SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

PLEASE INCLUDE AT LEAST $225 MILLION IN PROJECT CONNECT BOND PROPOSAL DESIGNATED SOLELY FOR DISPLACEMENT PREVISION PREVENTION, CASH ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS DIRECTLY TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND SMALL LITTLE LOCAL BUSINESSES LOCATED ON OR ADJACENT TO TRANSIT CORRIDORS IN PROJECT CONNECT.

PLEASE EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT THE USE OF ANY DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION FUND FOR MIXED USE MARKET RATE DEVELOPMENT.

AMPLE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS PRODUCE VERY FEW HOUSING UNITS THAT ARE AFFORDABLE TO FAMILIES EARNING AT OR BELOW 60% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, EVEN AS THEY FACILITATE INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES, PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL TRANSIT RELATED DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION PROGRAMS UTILIZE MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE EQUITABLE TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES OF COLOR IN AUSTIN.

THE MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME FOR BLACK AND LATINO FAMILIES IN AUSTIN IS ABOUT $45,000, WHICH IS LESS THAN HALF OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME FOR AUSTIN.

THEY FAMILY EARNING FIFTY THOUSAND FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY DOLLARS ANNUALLY COULD QUALIFY FOR AN INCOME RESTRICTED HOUSING PROGRAM BASED ON 60% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, BUT EVEN 60% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME IS STILL OVER $12,500 ABOVE THE MEDIAN INCOME FOR BLACK AND LATINO FAMILIES.

THAT MEANS THAT THE LOW INCOME BLACK AND LATINO FAMILIES ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DISADVANTAGED WHEN APPLYING FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS BASED ON MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME LEVELS ABOVE 50%, THEREFORE AT LEAST 90% OF THE BOND FUNDING FOR DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION AND DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO PROGRAMS THAT SERVE LOW INCOME FAMILIES ON AN APP OR BELOW 50% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY COMMENTS AND FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU, MR. KING.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SCOTT MORRIS MORRIS.

THANK YOU, CHAIR, MAYOR ADLER COUNCIL AND BOARD MEMBERS.

THIS IS SCOTT MORRIS WITH THE CENTRAL AUSTIN CDC AND THE AUSTIN COALITION FOR TRANSIT.

THIS IS AN EXCITING AND UNIQUELY CHALLENGING MOMENT IN OUR SISTER CITY'S HISTORY WITH A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM A POSITIVE OUTCOME AND A SECURE A FUTURE OF MOBILITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

AUSTIN HAS A STRONG PLAN, AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT, READY TO PROVIDE JOBS.

A PROJECT CREATED BY ITS WONDERFUL PEOPLE, DEFINED WITH THE STRONGEST OF PURPOSE

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AND INTENT INTELLIGENTLY ALIGNED WITH ITS VALUES.

THE PROJECT CONNECT SYSTEM WILL CONNECT PEOPLE TO EACH OTHER AND TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.

IT WILL RESTORE THE USABILITY OF THIS CITY FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO RIDE IT.

AND EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DON'T PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WILL HAVE A WAY TO MOVE ACROSS AUSTIN AGAIN, TO WORK, EAT, AND PLAY WITHOUT FIGHTING TRAFFIC.

THE AUSTIN COALITION FOR TRANSIT IS PLEASED TO OFFER ITS ENTHUSIASTIC ENDORSEMENT FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT INITIAL INVESTMENT SCENARIO PRESENTED ON JULY 22ND ACT SUPPORTS A TAX RATE ELECTION BALLOT MEASURE THIS NOVEMBER, AUTHORIZING THE BUILD OUT OF THE INITIAL INVESTMENT SCENARIO, SATISFYING THE TEXAS STATUTES ON RAIL ELECTIONS AND CREATING THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ACT SUPPORTS THE CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO PREVENT DISPLACEMENT IN TRANSIT ORIENTED DISTRICTS, ACT PLEDGES TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THIS BALLOT MEASURE AND TO SERVE AS A PUBLIC RESOURCE FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

IN THE YEARS AHEAD, WE RECOMMEND THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS INCLUDE DIRECTION ON PHASING TO ENSURE THAT AN INITIAL MINIMUM OPERABLE SEGMENT INCLUDE THE HIGHEST PERFORMING SPINE OF THE SYSTEM AND THAT THIS NOT BE DEFERRED FOR LIONS QUICKER OR EASIER TO BUILD.

LET'S ALSO MAINTAIN THE FOCUS NEEDED TO PASS A COMPLEX TRANSIT REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER AND AVOID COMBINING IT WITH OTHER PROJECTS.

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IS PROJECT DELIVERY AND NOT POLICYMAKING.

WE FEEL THERE SHOULD BE NO ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THE ATP BOARD.

WE NEED TO PROFESSIONALIZE AND DE POLITICIZE THAT BODY FINALLY LIGHT RAIL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS TO BE DECENTRALIZED.

A MULTISITE MULTI-USE APPROACH ENSURES EQUITY OFFERS THE RESILIENCE OF OPERATIONAL REDUNDANCY WHILE LOWERING DAILY OPERATIONAL COSTS AND REDUCES DEADHEAD MILEAGE TO AND FROM A SINGLE REMOTE STORAGE FACILITY.

A LIST OF ALTERNATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SITES ON THE ORANGE LINE HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE AGENCY AND TO YOUR OFFICES.

WE STAND WITH YOU AND THANK YOU FOR THE COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP OF FACING THIS OF GREATEST CHALLENGES WITH THE GREATEST PROJECT EVER CONCEIVED FOR OUR CITY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. MORRIS.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS DOWN TO BETH MCCORMICK IS MCCORMICK MCCORMICK.

ARE YOU THERE? DID WE LOSE MS. MCCORMICK? I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE LOST HER CHAIR COOPER.

YOU MIGHT MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PERSON I'M GOING TO MOVE ON.

AND THEN IF SHE COMES BACK, LET ME KNOW OUR NEXT PERHAPS FINAL SPEAKERS.

JANICE LINCOLN IS RANKIN.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, MA'AM GO AHEAD.

THANKS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

IT'S RANKING IF YOU'RE THERE.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TO ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD.

UM, THIS IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO ASK VOTERS TO APPROVE THIS TITANIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT.

RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN ARE COPING WITH LAYOFFS, REDUCED INCOME AND DIFFICULTY PAYING THEIR DEBTS.

NOW IT'S NOT THE TIME TO BE ASKING FOR APPROVAL OF MORE TAXES.

WE DON'T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF 2020 CENSUS FIGURES.

SO WE DON'T KNOW THE EVIDENCE OF THE POPULATION INCREASE AND SHIFTING OF MOVEMENT OF VARIOUS POPULATION SECTOR SALES TAX, AND HOTEL MOTEL TAXES ARE DOWN DUE TO THE NEGATIVE COVERED IMPACT ON BUSINESSES, CUSTOMERS AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM.

THE NEED FOR THIS PROJECT IS OVERSTATED.

IT IS BASED ON AN INFLATED POPULATION FIGURE OF 4 MILLION BEING THE EXPECTED POPULATION GROWTH OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN BY 2040.

HOWEVER, THE DEMOGRAPHERS OWN ANALYSIS PROJECTED THE 2040 POPULATION IN 2019 AS BEING 1,000,574, 742.

AND I COULD REFER YOU TO THE DTI 2040 POPULATION EMPLOYMENT FORECAST FOR THAT REFERENCE.

IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW THIS PROJECT COULD BE FUNDED.

IF THE ANTICIPATED FEDERAL GRANTS OF 4.5 BILLION DO NOT COME THROUGH, WOULD THE PROJECT BE CURTAILED OR WHAT AUSTIN TAXPAYERS WILL BE ASKED FOR MORE MONEY FUNDS ARE MORE NECESSARY NOW FOR AUSTIN STREET MAINTENANCE, WHICH HAS LONG BEEN IMPROVED WATER AND SEWER LINE INFRASTRUCTURE BADLY, MUCH MORE THAN WE NEED AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL.

DOWNTOWN.

THE PRIMARY COST OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE BORNE BY AUSTIN'S RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAXPAYERS WITH SOME SUPPLEMENTS FROM

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A 1 CENT SALES TAX THAT KEPT METRO IS AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, BE AWARE THAT THE CAP METRO HAS NO AUTHORITY TO LEVY A PROPERTY TAX AND THE PROPERTY TAX THAT THE CITY WOULD LET LEVIES AT 11 CENTS PER HUNDRED WILL BE ON TOP OF THE 3.5% TAX INCREASE FOR THE REGULAR CITY BUDGET.

IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT THE CAPITAL METRO SERVICE AREA MEMBERS HAVE COMMITTED TO HELP FUND THIS PROJECT, EVEN THOUGH IT IS PRESENTED AS A REGIONAL PROJECT PROJECT.

THE PROJECT ITSELF HAS ALREADY OUTMODED BECAUSE WE ARE DEALING WITH THE INCREASE OF NUMBER OF ELECTRIC POWERED VEHICLES.

WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK REMOTELY.

THE PLANE DOESN'T OFFER EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MANY OF THE USERS SUCH AS WOMEN AND PARENTS WHO OFTEN MAKE SEVERAL OTHER STOPS WHILE GOING TO AND FROM WORK.

IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO NEED TO GO TO OTHER DESTROYS DESTINATIONS.

OTHER THAN THE TRANSIT DROP-OFF STATION.

IN SHORT, THE PROJECT IS ALREADY OUTMODED.

WE COULD PURCHASE ADDITIONAL BUSES, ELECTRIC AND OTHERWISE WITHOUT NEEDING TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR THIS PROJECT, EVEN THOUGH THE TAX PAYERS IN AUSTIN WILL BE FUNDING AT LEAST 5.5 PROJECTS, THE SCOPE INCLUDES REGIONAL TRANSIT, WHICH NO CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN PROMISED FROM OTHER ENTITIES.

PLEASE VOTE.

NO THANK YOU, MR. RANKIN.

UH, THINK WE HAVE MS. MCCORMICK BACK ON MS. MCCORMACK, IF YOU'RE THERE.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

MA'AM WELCOME.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

I'M SORRY.

MY OTHER PHONE DIED.

WELL, GO AHEAD.

WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR.

OKAY.

MA'AM GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

I'M DONNA BETH KARMIC.

I'M A FORMER PRESIDENT OF ALLENDALE NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD AND A PAST MEMBER OF THE BOARD.

AND I'M ALSO ON A COMMISSION.

UH, MY MAJOR CONCERN IS THAT WE HIT MIGHT HAVE 30 MILLION, I MEAN A 30 YEAR SOMETHING ON THE BALLOT AND EVERYBODY IN THE MOBILITY CAPITAL METRO AND THE CITY NEEDS TO START THINKING OUT OF THE SAME SONGBOOK THINGS HAVE CHANGED GREATLY WITH THE VIRUS OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

UH, WE DON'T NEED HIGHER TAX RATE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ALSO STAYING AT HOME TO WORK.

THERE'S THE LESS TRAFFIC THERE'S GOING TO BE LESS OFFICE SPACE DOWNTOWN.

WE DO NOT KNOW HOW THE VIRUS, HOW LONG IT'S GONNA LAST, WHAT THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO BE LIKE.

WE NEED A REALLY DETAILED PLAN AND IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE ON THE NOVEMBER 3RD BALLOT.

UH, ALLENDALE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF ANYTHING THAT THE CITY WANTS TO DO AS AN EXPERIMENT, DO IT IN ALLENDALE FROM SHOW BOULEVARD TO VERNAC ROAD TWO 2222.

BUT MY MAIN PAIN IS SAYING OUT OF THE SAME SONGBOOK DO GET TOGETHER.

ALL OF YOU MOBILE.

I SEE PEOPLE GET TOGETHER AND CHECK OUT YOUR PLAN.

I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN SINCE 1955.

I'VE LIVED IN DALLAS AND WASHINGTON DC.

AND I LIKE TO DRIVE BECAUSE I HAUL I'M NOT GOING TO BE RIDING THE BUS.

I'M AN OLD LADY.

SO WE HAVE TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY, EVEN THOSE OF US THAT DRIVE THOSE THAT WANT TO WALK AND THOSE THAT WANT TO RIDE A BICYCLE, THERE MUST BE A WAY TO GET TOGETHER AND COMPROMISE.

SO THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE.

THANK YOU, GANG.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, MS. MCCORMIN, BUT YOU'RE ABLE TO CONNECT THAT.

I CAN CLOSE OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

WE'LL MOVE ON IN JUST A SECOND TO OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS TODAY, WHICH WILL INCLUDE AN UPDATE ON PROJECT CONNECT, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, THEN REVIEW THE THIRD PARTY, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF PROJECT CONNECT, INVESTMENT SCENARIOS, AND THEN A PRESENTATION ON THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

UH, AFTER THAT, UH, I THINK COUNCIL WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT A RESOLUTION AND THEN, UH, CAP METRO BOARD WILL AS WELL BEFORE WE GET TO OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS. UH, MAYOR, I'D LIKE TO ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS BEFORE WE MOVE AHEAD WITH OUR OTHER PRESENTATIONS WHERE YOU'RE MUTED COUNTRY, MY TECHNICAL PROWESS, HOW'S THAT WORK.

WE HAVE A LOT TO GET THROUGH.

SO I'LL BE, I'LL BE BRIEF.

UH, THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY TO BE TAKING A STEP FORWARD.

YOU KNOW, WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR, FOR THEIR, FOR THEIR HEALTH.

WE HAVE,

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UH, OTHERS OUT OF WORK, BUT WE ALSO HAVE AGENCIES OF PEOPLE STANDING IN OUR STREETS AND WE HAVE SO MANY INVOLVED IN, IN CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO HAVE.

SO WIDELY CORE.

THIS IS BOTH A SCARY TIME FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTIES AND A TIME THAT IS FILLED WITH HOPE AS WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF REAL TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE.

YOU KNOW, SOMEDAY WE'RE GOING TO EMERGE FROM THIS PRESENT HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THIS VIRUS.

AND WHEN WE DO, WE HAVE TO PROMISE OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY, UH, THAT WILL EMERGE AND MOVE FORWARD AS A BETTER, MORE FAIR, MORE JUST CITY.

UH, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD TO BE THE AUSTIN, UH, OF OUR ASPIRATIONS AND OUR DREAMS. I BELIEVE WE CAN DO THIS BY, BY FEARLESSLY REACHING FOR THE BIG IDEAS THAT WILL MAKE FOR GENERATIONAL CHANGE.

PROJECT CONNECT IS SUCH A BIG IDEA.

I THINK IT'S NOW MORE THAN EVER.

WE HAVE TO BEGIN STEPPING INTO OUR FUTURE.

I'M PROUD TO, UH, UH, HAVE BEEN SERVING, UH, OUR, IN THIS PROCESS, WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE BOARD OF CAP, METRO, THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS THAT WE'VE HAD TOGETHER, CULMINATING HERE TODAY, UH, WORKING TOGETHER, OUR WORKING TOGETHER IN WAYS THAT WE ALSO HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO, TO, TO ACHIEVE BEFORE.

SO I JUST URGE THAT TODAY.

WE TAKE THAT NEXT STEP TO REALIZING THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY.

I BELIEVE THAT NOW IS THE MOMENT, UH, NOT DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS IS SUCH A CHALLENGING TIME, BUT PRECISELY BECAUSE WE ARE IN SUCH CHALLENGING TIMES, I BELIEVE IT IS NOW MORE THAN EVER TO SET OUR CITY ON THE COURSE WE WANT TO ARRIVE ON.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

THANK YOU MAYOR VERY MUCH.

[Items 1 & 2: 1. Update on Project Connect Community Engagement, Investment Options, and Governance. 2. Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to include a determined amount in the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 property (ad valorem) tax rate for the purposes of creating a dedicated fund for a local government corporation, to be created by the City of Austin and Capital Metro, to invest in the Project Connect System Plan and transit supportive investments, and directing the City Manager to draft an interlocal agreement with Capital Metro for consideration by the City Council at a later date.]

AND NOW WITH OUR PRESENTATION, UH, MS. NIERENBERG, WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET US STARTED TODAY? CHECKING, ARE YOU WITH US? SHE'LL BE JOINING US IN ONE SECOND.

I GOT IT.

THERE WE GO.

HI EVERYBODY.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, CHAIRMAN COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS AND CEO CLARK, ALSO MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, MY NAME IS JACKIE NIERENBERG AND I'M THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER FOR CAPITAL METRO TODAY'S AGENDA.

IF WE CAN PULL IT UP ON THE SCREEN, THAT FIRST SLIDE WE'LL BE GOING THROUGH OUR, UH, ENGAGEMENT PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ANALYSIS THAT HAS JUST BEEN RECENTLY COMPLETED, AND WE WILL ALSO BE EXPLORING THE PROJECT CONNECT INVESTMENT SCENARIOS AND THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

AND THEN TALK ABOUT SOME ACTION ITEMS AND MOVE ON TO NEXT STEPS.

SO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR ENGAGEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE FROM THE BEGINNING OF OUR PLANNING PROCESS FOR PROJECT CONNECT, OUR GOAL WAS TO BRING OUR COMMUNITY ALONG IN THIS PROCESS, TOUCHING BASE AND ASKING FOR FEEDBACK.

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN OUR PROGRAMS IS AN EVOLUTION.

THAT'S WHY WE DECIDED TO HOST ANOTHER COMMUNITY MEETING THIS MONTH.

IN FACT, JUST LAST WEEK, UM, SO THAT WE COULD APPRISE THE COMMUNITY OF THE SCENARIOS WE'RE CONSIDERING AND GET SOME FEEDBACK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

AND IN FACT, WE HAD OVER 240 PEOPLE ATTEND THAT ZOOM EVENT.

AND IT HAS NOW BEEN VIEWED OVER 10,000 TIMES, WHICH IS FANTASTIC BECAUSE OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE OUR COMMUNITY AWARE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT PROJECT CONNECTS ALL ABOUT AND THE BENEFITS IT OFFERS.

WE'VE TOUCHED OVER 60,000 COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THIS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND WHILE THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE, WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

AND I WANT TO EMPHASIZE TO OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN.

THAT JUST BECAUSE WE ARE ARRIVING AT AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE, IN THE PROCESS, DOES IT MEAN THAT THE DIALOGUE IS OVER? IT IS CONTINUING AND WE ENCOURAGE OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO REACH OUT TO US, UH, VIA FEEDBACK@PROJECTCONNECT.COM OR FEEDBACK@CAPMETRO.ORG, OR BY CALLING THE GOAL LINE AND ASKING FOR ME OR ANYBODY ELSE ON THE PROJECT CONNECT TEAM.

AND WE'LL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND LOG YOUR FEEDBACK AND CONSIDER IT AS WELL.

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UM, THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, WE'VE ENGAGED THE COMMUNITY IN A LOT OF WAYS THROUGH, UH, PUBLIC MEETINGS.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD OUR VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS IN MAY.

THAT WENT REALLY WELL.

THEN WE HAD TO PIVOT FROM A IN PERSON MEETINGS THAT WERE PLANNED IN APRIL AND HAD TO BE CANCELED.

WE ALSO HAD A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE THAT WENT LIVE ON MAY 7TH AND WAS, UM, OPEN FOR COMMENT AND PARTICIPATION THROUGH MAY 31ST, WE DID A SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF OUR, OUR VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON, UH, WHAT HAVE YOU SEE ON IN THEIR LIVE TOWN HALL, FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT AND HAD OVER 20,000 VIEWS THROUGH THE PROCESS.

WE'VE ALSO ENGAGED OUR STAKEHOLDER GROUPS.

WE HAVE A TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT HAS, UM, MET MONTHLY FOR THE BETTER PART OF THREE TO THREE AND A HALF YEARS.

ALSO OUR PROJECT CONNECT AMBASSADOR NETWORK, WHICH HAS OVER 150 MEMBERS STRONG REPRESENTING, UH, PERSPECTIVES FROM ALL OVER THE COMMUNITY.

UM, FROM NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS TO CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS.

WE'VE ALSO HAD TO CO COORDINATE VERY CAREFULLY WITH OUR PARTNERS AT, UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS DOT, UH, CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL MOBILITY AUTHORITY, ALL OF THE AGENCIES, WHICH WE HAVE TO COORDINATE WITH CLOSELY TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS.

AND ONE OF THOSE PROGRAMS OF COURSE, WAS THE CORRIDOR, THE CITY'S CORRIDOR OR PROGRAM OFFICE.

UM, WE, THIS IS THE EIGHTH OF, UH, NINE CITY COUNCIL AND CAP METRO JOINT WORK SESSIONS OR MEETINGS.

UM, AND THE NEXT ONE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST THE SEVENTH.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I MENTIONED WE HAD A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE IN MAY THAT RAN FROM THE SEVENTH TO THE 31ST.

AND IN THAT WE ASKED OUR COMMUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON THEIR LEVEL OF AGREEMENT ON ALL OF THE COMPONENTS OF THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM PLAN.

UM, AND WE WENT THROUGH EACH OF THOSE AND WANTED TO POINT OUT SOME OF THE RESPONSES WE GOT BECAUSE THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH IN, IN LINE WITH WHAT WE WERE PLANNING TO DO WITH THIS SYSTEM PLAN.

90% OF THE RESPONDENTS AGREED WITH THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM PLAN, 90% A GRADE WITH THE ORANGE LINE PLAN, 90% WITH BLUE LINE AND GOLDMINE 87% WITH NEW METRO RAPID ROUTES, 84% WITH THE ENHANCEMENTS, THE RED LINE AND THE PROPOSAL FOR THE GREEN LINE, 88% A AGREEMENT WITH ADDING NEW METRICS, BREAST ROUTES AND PARKING RIDES, AND 92% AGREEMENT WITH OUR PLANS FOR A ZERO EMISSIONS FLEET.

SO RESULTS OF THAT WERE QUITE ENCOURAGING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS WE'VE HEARD FROM OUR COMMUNITY IS ABOUT THE RISK OF DISPLACEMENT.

AND INDEED WE'VE HEARD FROM THE SPEAKERS TODAY, UH, ABOUT THAT VERY CONCERNED, UM, A PROJECT LIKE PROJECT CONNECT THAT LARGE AND SCALE DOES RUN THE RISK OF HAVING SOME NEGATIVE IMPACTS.

AND WE WANT TO ASSURE OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE HEARD YOU LOUD AND CLEAR, AND WE RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO CONDUCT A FULL ASSESSMENT OF THOSE POTENTIAL IMPACTS, UM, DEVELOP PLANS AND ACTIONS TO MITIGATE THEM, AND TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION'S TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR ALL.

UM, WE ALSO HEARD A DIRECTION FROM THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN, WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL LAST YEAR, INSTRUCTING THE CITY TO CONSIDER, UH, TO UTILIZE TOOLS, EXCUSE ME, TO SUPPORT CURRENT NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES STOPPING OR LIMITING DISPLACEMENT.

AND THEN LAST MONTH IN CITY COUNCIL, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN PROPOSED A RESOLUTION DIRECTING STAFF TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON SERVICES, PROGRAMS OF RESOURCES ALREADY IN PLACE AT THE CITY, AND TO PROPOSE TOOLS TO PREVENT TRANSPORTATION, INVESTMENT RELATED DISPLACEMENT.

AND SO TO THAT, UM, WE WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND WITH THE FOLLOWING NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO EQUITY PROJECT CONNECT IN ITSELF IS A SYSTEM THAT IMPROVES EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY TRANSIT SERVICE.

AND A COUPLE OF SLIDES AHEAD.

I WILL SHOW YOU, UM, SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT WERE USED TO DETERMINE THAT FOR EACH OF OUR ROUTES, UM, THERE ARE CURRENT ANTI-DISPLACEMENT EFFORTS BEING TAKEN, INCLUDING LAND BANKING ON TRANSIT CORRIDORS FOR FUTURE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SUBSIDIZING NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AND STATION AREAS AND PLANNING AND SUPPORT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION AND OTHER DISPLACEMENT ANTI-DISPLACEMENT PROGRAMS. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

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SO CAPITAL METRO AND THE CITY, UH, RECOGNIZE THAT PROJECT CONNECT IS A PROGRAM THAT WILL MONUMENTALLY SHIFT HOW WE MOVE THROUGH OUR CITY AND OUR CURRENT TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES PREVENT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FROM ACCESSING JOBS, EDUCATION, HEALTHY FOOD, MEDICAL FACILITIES, ACTIVITIES, AND DESTINATION DESTINATIONS.

SO WE PROPOSED DIRECT