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[00:00:07]

FINE.

YES.

GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR OUR NINTH JOINT MEETING OF THE CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE.

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

YOU ARE WATCHING US ON OUR LIVE STREAM.

I'D LIKE TO CALL TO ORDER

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OUR CAP METRO BOARD MEETING.

THE TIME IS ONE OH FOUR MIRANDA.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE SAME? I WOULD.

THANK YOU.

UH, UH, CHAIRMAN, UH, THIS IS, UH, UH, AUGUST 7TH, UH, 2020 VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALL TO CONSIDER THESE ITEMS RELATED TO TRANSIT.

UH, WE HAVE A QUORUM OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH US THIS MORNING.

UH, SO WE ARE PREPARED TO CALL OUR MEETING TO ORDER AS WELL HERE AT ONE OH FOUR, WHICH JEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

UH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BEFORE WE GET STARTED A COUPLE OF THE USUAL LOGISTICAL ITEMS. I KNOW WE'VE ALL GOTTEN, UH, UH, GOOD AT ONLINE MEETINGS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, BUT ONCE AGAIN, LET ME JUST REMIND YOU AND TO EVERYBODY IN OUR MEETING ROOM TODAY, BEST PRACTICE, OF COURSE, KEEP YOUR MICROPHONE ON MUTE MR. SPEAKING, AND THEN REMEMBER TO MUTE YOURSELF AGAIN WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED.

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

UH, SO OUR FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY WILL BE PUBLIC COMMENT.

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

FOR THOSE OF YOU ON THE LINE, WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME OR CHEYENNE CALLS YOUR NAME, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK AND A REMINDER WE WILL NOT BE TAKING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT THAT TODAY'S MEETING WILL ONLY BE TAKING COMMENTS ON TOPICS THAT ARE POSTED ON OUR AGENDA.

CHEYENNE ARE WE'RE READY FOR OUR FIRST SPEAKER.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, ANTHONY WALKER, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

I ALSO THINK AUSTIN DOES ALLOW ME TO BE A PART OF THIS PROCESS.

I WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY JUST TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND PROJECT NICK A SPEAKER.

WE NEED TO START AND ADJUST THE VOLUME.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? AND WE DIDN'T HEAR YOU INTRODUCE THE NAME EITHER.

IF YOU CAN DO THAT FOR US.

YES, SIR.

MR. CHAIR, WE'RE ADJUSTING IN CITY HALL.

JUST ONE SECOND.

THANK YOU, MR. WALKER, YOUR TIME.

WE'LL RESTART.

JUST GIVE US ONE SECOND.

SURE.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S TRY THAT AGAIN IS WE CAN HEAR YOU CHEYENNE, IF YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE OUR SPEAKER, WE'LL TRY MR. WALKER.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

THANKS FOR THAT.

I'M GLAD TO LITERALLY START IT.

CAUSE I WOULD MAKE SURE THAT I GOT PAID.

THEY ALL HEAR WHAT I GOT TO SAY.

FIRST.

I WANT TO, UH, ACKNOWLEDGE THE CALCULATOR BOARD AND BEING A PART OF THIS PRACTICE.

I THANK THEM FOR THAT.

AND LIKE I WAS SAYING EARLIER, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT CONNECT, UH, IS GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY IS GOING TO LAY A FOUNDATION ON, BE ABLE TO MOVE PEOPLE'S AROUND ALSO FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

UH, BEN IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT MY CONCERN WAS JUST THE TIMING.

UH, WHAT HIRE SAID LAST TIME AND YOU KNOW, I'M A STAND STILL BE LIKE, YOU'LL GET ONE OPPORTUNITY WHERE IT SAYS THIS SOMETHING.

AND IF YOU BLOW IT, IT MIGHT NOT COME BACK AROUND FOR MANY YEARS OR DECADES, OR EVEN IF IT COME BACK AROUND AGAIN.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A $7 BILLION PROJECT, YOU CANNOT ROLL LITTLE DICES AND HOPING THAT IT'S GOING TO ROLL OUT YELLOW PAPER.

UH, I JUST THINK THAT THE GEAR THAT YOU'RE TAKING RIGHT NOW, I THINK IN 2022, THAT IS A SLAM DUNK.

THAT MORE LIKE A PASS.

THEN THE CHESTER Y'ALL ARE TAKING RIGHT NOW.

UH, I'M ON BOARD.

I COULD PULL IT OUT.

I WANT TO GO A LONG WAYS, BUT I DON'T WANT TO BLOW IT AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW THEY GOING TO BE ON A RESUME ON A PROJECT CONNECT IN 2020.

AND TO ME, THIS WILL BE MY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO STICKING WITH Y'ALL AS A FOOL, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME.

AND I'M GOING TO WASTE MY TIME.

WHEN LEADERS HAVE ALREADY DICTATED WHAT THE RESTROOM, THEY GOING TO MOVE.

AS FAR AS THEY NOT GOING PAUSE, EDIT, THEY GOING TO MOVE FORWARD OR PROJECT NET, PUT IT ON THE BALLOT.

THERE WERE THE PURPOSE OF HAVING PUBLIC TONGUE WITH A JOB, GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, YOU HEAR WHAT THEY SAY, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO RESPOND.

SO REALLY IT'S LIKE A GAME OF BE PLAYING.

WE JUST WAITED DRIFTING.

IT'S ALL.

WE DON'T GO THROUGH A PROCESS.

SO I'M GOING TO CLOSE WITH THIS NOTE AND I WILL TELL HER, REMEMBER WHAT I SAID IS LIKE I SAID,

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I HATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY.

I KNOW WHEN THE PROJECT INITIALLY STARTED, UH, IT WAS, IT WAS ALL GREAT.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WAS ON BOARD.

I THINK WE HAD TO DO A LOT OF FOOTWORK AND EDUCATING PEOPLE.

MY SISTER, UH, THOROUGHLY DO A LOT OF FOOTWORK BECAUSE WE ARE TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT ALL THESE DIFFERENT LINES GOING TO DO, SPREAD NORTH AND WEST.

WHAT YOU'RE DOING, YOU CAN CHOOSE A LOT OF PEOPLE.

SO WHEN PEOPLE GO INTO THE BALLOT BOX CONFUSED, THAT'S JUST LIKE A NO VOTE ON THIS LAST SMOKE.

AND REMEMBER I TOLD YOU THIS ON NOVEMBER THE FOURTH, THIS IS SAYING GOES, THEY SAID IT AIN'T NO FUN.

WHEN THE RABBIT GOT THE GUN, WHICH MEANS FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, PEOPLE WERE SEEING HOW THE UPPER HAND ON YOU RIGHT NOW.

ALSO WE KEPT THE VIRTUAL BOY HAVE THE UPPER HAND BECAUSE WHAT ELSE? WE GOT TO JUST GO ALONG WITH IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT IT TIGHT.

SO I'LL JUST TRY TO EDUCATE Y'ALL TO MY OPINION.

OH, WHAT Y'ALL DOING IS BAD TIMING.

IF YOU DON'T DO IT.

RIGHT.

SO ANYWAY, ENJOY YOUR DAY AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE PROJECT AND LET, THANK YOU, MR. WALKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SUSAN PENTEL.

OKAY.

WELCOME SUSAN.

MISS PENN, TELL YOU MIGHT BE ON ME.

PLEASE.

CONSIDER ADDING.

HELLO.

IT'S A REALLY BAD ECHO ON MY PHONE.

I KNOW I CAN HEAR YOU FINE.

IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

IF YOU CAN, IF YOU WANT TO TRY AGAIN, WE CAN HEAR IT ECHO WITH THAT.

PLEASE FIX THE ECHO.

YEAH, THERE IS AN ECHO.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S PAUSE FIRST.

CHEYENNE, ARE YOU GUYS ABLE TO HELP HER? YES.

MS. PENTEL.

WHY DON'T YOU GO BACK ON MUTE.

WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SPEAKER AND WE'LL COME RIGHT BACK TO YOU.

OKAY.

THANKS.

I HEARD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE SAY THEY HAD AN ECHO.

OH, IT WAS ON WE'RE WORKING.

WE'RE WORKING ON IT RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

NEXT TIME WE GET TO DO THIS.

HOPEFULLY I WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT IN PERSON.

OKAY.

MS. MONICA BREAKER, IF WE CAN HEAR YOU CLEARLY YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY? OKAY.

I'M HAVING THE SAME ISSUE WITH THE ECHO.

IT'S ONLY EVERYBODY'S CALLED WHEN MR. WALKER WAS SPEAKING.

HE WAS TERRIBLE.

I CAN HARDLY MAKE OUT WHAT HE WAS SAYING.

WE CAN HEAR YOU FINE.

SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO TRY TO GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO TRY TO GO AHEAD WITH INKLING TO MYSELF.

UH, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY CURRENTLY WE'RE WE'RE IN A PANDEMIC AND THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN FOR ALL OF US AND THIS TYPE OF LONGTERM COMMITMENT.

I LIVE, UH, IN THE AUSTIN COLONIES AREA OFF OF FM NINE 69.

AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

CAPITAL.

METRO HAS SHOWN NO DESIRE TO PROVIDE, PROVIDE MY COMMUNITY.

ANY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

MY NEEDS ARE NOT MET AS A TAX PAYER.

WHY WOULD I COMMIT TO A LONGTERM INVESTMENT INCREASING MY PROPERTY TAXES FOR A PROJECT THAT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 20 YEARS FROM NOW WITH NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL PROVIDE MY COMMUNITY WITH TRANSPORTATION.

I'M SAYING NO TO PROJECT CONNECT BECAUSE CAPITAL METRO HAS MADE A LOT OF PROMISES IN THE PAST AND THEY HAVE RECEIVED FUNDS AND DID SOMETHING ELSE WITH THE MONEY.

SO TODAY I'M SAYING FOR THE CITY COUNCIL

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TO CONSIDER THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE, AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE ON THE AGENDA FOR US TO BE FAT DECIDING AT THIS TIME.

UH, SO I'M AGREEING WITH SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT SPOKE EARLIER.

UH, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO BE PRESENTING THIS.

UM, MAYBE WE SHOULD WAIT TWO YEARS FROM NOW AND BEING PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC FOR VOTING.

THANK YOU.

AND THAT'S MY COMMENT FOR TODAY.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM YOU'RE WELCOME, MS. PENTEL.

WE'LL TRY YOU ONE MORE TIME.

THE BOARD AND COUNCIL CAN HEAR YOU CLEARLY, IF YOU CAN SPEAK THROUGH THE ECHO.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING ONE OR TWO COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO THE ATP BOARD.

THAT'S A GOOD REASON.

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

ONE IS THAT THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO RIDE TRANSIT EVERY DAY HAVE A VERY GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THEY KNOW IT LIKE THE BACK OF THEIR HAND AND THEY CAN PROVIDE GOOD INPUT ON THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE AN ENGINEERING EXPERT WHO SAYS, LET'S PUT THE STATION HERE, YOU MIGHT HAVE A COMMUNITY EXPERT, A BOTTOM UP EXPERT, AS OPPOSED TO A TOP DOWN EXPERT WHO SAYS, YEAH, BUT IF WE MOVE IT HALF A MILE DOWN, THERE'S A STORE THAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO.

OR THERE'S A LIBRARY AROUND THE CORNER, OR THERE'S A VERY STEEP HILL NEAR WHERE YOU WERE GOING TO PUT IT IN.

IT'S HARD FOR PEOPLE TO TRANSFER.

SO THAT TYPE OF EXPERTISE WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL.

A REASON WHY IT'S A GOOD IDEA IS FOR EQUITY CONSIDERATIONS, BECAUSE IF YOU FOLLOW THE EPA STANDARDS AND THE FTA STANDARDS, MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY CAN STILL FEEL THAT IT'S NOT EQUITABLE.

AND THAT'S JUSTIFIABLE BECAUSE THOSE STANDARDS ARE REALLY MINIMAL AS OPPOSED TO OPTIMAL.

AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST IS YOU MAKE DECISIONS.

AND THEN THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS COME LATER AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DECISIONS BECAUSE THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT EQUITABLE.

AND SO IF YOU HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVOLVED DURING THE PROCESS AND ON THE BOARD DURING THE PROCESS, THEY CAN RAISE THOSE ISSUES AS THEY COME UP AND HOPEFULLY RESOLVED UP RATHER THAN WAITING TILL AFTER.

FINALLY, YOU'RE ASKING THE COMMUNITY TO HELP PAY FOR THIS SYSTEM.

SO I THINK THE COMMUNITY WOULD APPRECIATE ALSO HAVING A SAY IN HOW IT'S IMPLEMENTED AT A MINIMUM, YOU SHOULD INCLUDE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

THAT'S THE WAX WHO SITS ON THE ATP BOARD.

CURRENTLY, THERE ARE NO COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

YOU COULD HAVE ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE SEESAW AT CAPITAL METRO, ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE UTC, AND THEN MAYBE ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMISSION.

THEY CAN HELP TO, TO EVALUATE AND SELECT THE MEMBERS THAT REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY.

I AGREE AND APPRECIATE THAT.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THE ATP BOARD, BUT ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE HARD TO GET AHOLD OF.

THEY'RE VERY BUSY AND ALSO THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ONLY REPRESENT ONE DISTRICT.

SO IT WOULD BE REALLY GOOD TO HAVE COMMUNITY DIRECT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. PENTEL.

MR. BAKER IS MR. CHAIRMAN, MS. MAXINE, THE COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MEDICINE.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

OH, DID OR UNMUTE MYSELF? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OH, OKAY.

IT APPEARS AS THOUGH I'M MUTED.

SO I WANTED TO ASK, UM, MS. FANTAIL WAS THE ONE THAT I'M REFERRING TO RIGHT NOW, BUT DURING THE COURSE OF THIS PROCESS, IF WE HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE PRESENTING, CAN WE ASK THOSE NOW? OR SHOULD WE CONNECT TO MY OFFICE, CONNECT WITH YOU ALL LATER TO GET THAT PERSON'S CONTACT INFORMATION.

THERE WAS A QUESTION THAT I HAD FOR MS. PANTO, AND I MIGHT HAVE MORE FOR OTHER FOLKS WHO ARE SHARING THEIR, UM, SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS WITH US THIS AFTERNOON.

I'M GLAD FOR YOU TO INTERRUPT.

AND I SUSPECT OUR FOLKS, CHEYENNE AND OTHERS HAVE CONTACT INFORMATION AS WELL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I HEARD A MEMBER STRATTON.

YEAH.

YEAH.

MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MORE OF A TECHNICAL QUESTION ABOUT THE ISSUE RELATED TO THE ECHO.

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I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE A WAY OF SENDING A PRIVATE MESSAGE OFFLINE THROUGH, THROUGH THIS, UH, THIS TECHNOLOGY THAT I KNOW OF THIS WEB, THIS WEBEX MESSENGER, WHATEVER WE'RE USING HERE, IT'S NOT ZOOM, UH, THAT I KNOW OF TO CITY HALLS AB, BUT A QUESTION FOR THEM.

UM, I KNOW SOMETIMES WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL IS BOTH ON A, ON A TELEPHONE AND ALSO HA IS WATCHING ONLINE, THERE CAN BE THAT FEEDBACK LOOP.

IS IT POSSIBLE MAYBE THAT THE FOLKS ARE GETTING THE DOUBLE FEEDBACK LOOP COULD BE BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR AUDIO UP AS THEY'RE WATCHING IT ONLINE AS A CTM HERE.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S A VERY POSSIBLE, WE HAD AN ECHO IN THE ROOM AS WELL, BUT IF THEY TURNED DOWN THEIR COMPUTER AUDIO, NOT MUTING THEMSELVES, BUT TURNING THEIR COMPUTER AUDIO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ZERO, WHEN IT'S THEIR TURN TO TALK, WOULD THAT HELP ELIMINATE THE ECHO? CAUSE I'M CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROPERLY EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND GET THEIR PUBLIC COMMENTS OUT THE WAY THEY SHOULD BECAUSE OF A TECHNOLOGICAL IMPEDIMENT.

NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING NECESSARILY ON THEIR END, PER SE.

YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

IF ANYBODY IS LISTENING TO THIS, WHETHER YOUR TV AND TRY AND LISTEN THROUGH THAT, I WILL SAY YOU JUST HAD AN ECHO RIGHT THERE WHEN YOU WERE SPEAKING, BY THE WAY, I'M TRYING TO ENSURE THAT YOU CAN HEAR ME RIGHT NOW.

AM I BEING HEARD BY THE COUNCIL MEMBERS? CAN I HEAR IT? CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? OKAY.

THIS IS DOUGLAS CTM.

WE HAVE SOLVED THE ECHO WITHIN THE ROOM.

WHAT YOU HAVE SAID IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE.

UM, AND I'M GOING TO REITERATE WHAT JUST SAID, PLEASE, UH, MUTE ALL, ALL CALLS.

IF YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING, PLEASE, IF YOU'RE ON THE TEAMS, CALL, MUTE YOURSELF.

UM, WE SHOULD HAVE THE FEEDBACK AS YOU CAN ROOM SOLVED.

IF THERE'S A FEEDBACK ISSUE, IT'S ON THE END.

ON THE OTHER END.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

RIGHT? MAYOR YOU'RE MUTED.

I THINK THEY MAY HAVE MUTED ALL OF US.

NO, I THINK WE CAN HEAR YOU.

THE STAFF WAS VERY MUFFLED.

I DIDN'T HEAR WHAT THE STAFF SAID.

I'M SORRY.

IT WAS I'M TAKING MY MASK OFF.

Y'ALL I'M SPEAKING WITHOUT A MASK NOW, DO I SOUND BETTER MAYOR? YES.

OKAY.

SO WHAT I WAS SAYING WAS IT'S VERY POSSIBLE.

I DON'T WANT TO HOLD UP THIS MEETING ANY LONGER.

THE FEEDBACK ISSUES IN THE ROOM HAVE BEEN SOLVED, BUT CHEYENNE SAID IT WAS TOTALLY POSSIBLE.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR MIKES MUTED.

IF YOU ARE NOT SPEAKING, IT'S HARD TO HEAR YOU.

IF YOU COULD GET SPEED A LITTLE MORE SLOWLY AND GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE MICROPHONE.

I THINK WE MIGHT BE HAVING TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH THIS MICROPHONE.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

DO I SOUND BETTER ON THIS MICROPHONE, SIR? CAN I, CAN I BE BETTER? OKAY.

YES.

WHAT I WAS SAYING WAS WHAT WAS JUST DESCRIBED SOUNDS CORRECT.

WE HAVE SOLVED THE REVERBERATION ISSUE IN THE ROOM.

ANYBODY CALLING IN WHO'S GOT THOSE ISSUES MAY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KEEP EVERYTHING DOWN.

SO WE REALLY CAN'T HEAR YOU REMEMBER KITCHEN.

YOU HAD SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO SAY, WHY DON'T WE TAKE THAT? OH, I, I JUST WAS, UM, GOING TO ECHO WHAT, UH, COUNSELING'S A BAD WORD.

YEAH, YOU'RE RIGHT.

I WAS JUST GOING TO A SECOND POINT.

COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, UH, HARPER, MADISON SAID I, AND I KNOW THAT.

SO I JUST ASKED THE STAFF TO SEND TO ALL OF US THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE SPEAKERS SO THAT WE CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM AFTERWARDS.

VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

IF I'VE GOT ONE QUICK QUESTION, THOUGH, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A TRANSCRIPT OF THE QUESTIONS BECAUSE THERE ARE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT WE PROBABLY COULDN'T HAVE FOLLOWED AS WELL.

AND IF WE DO WANT TO TALK TO, TO THE FOLKS THAT WOULD BE GOOD TO CAPTURE THE MAJOR POINTS THAT WERE MADE CHEYENNE, DID YOU HEAR THAT QUESTION? WELL, WE HAVE A TRANSCRIPT.

THIS IS A COUNCIL MEETING.

AND SO TYPICALLY THERE'S A TRANSCRIPT, HOWEVER, AND I SEE THE CLERKS NODDING AT ME.

UM, SO THERE WILL BE A TRANSCRIPT.

HOWEVER, IF ANY OF Y'ALL HAVE QUESTIONS FOR SPEAKERS THAT Y'ALL WANT OTHER BOARD OR COUNCIL MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF, YOU CAN EMAIL THOSE TO ME AND I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THEM.

[00:20:03]

NOW WE'VE GOT BACKGROUND NEWS WHERE IF A STAFF IS READY, WE'RE READY FOR OUR NEXT SPEAKER AND BENT.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO HAVE AUDIO TROUBLE.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS WAY STANSBURY.

THANK YOU.

HELLO? YES.

MY NAME IS RAY STANSBERRY.

I'M ACTUALLY FROM THE DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA.

I CAME BACK FROM SAN ANTONIO.

SO, UM, TO TRY TO MOVE MY HOME, MY I'VE BEEN HERE FOR, I SAID THE LAST, UH, ABOUT TWO WEEKS NOW.

UH, HE BROUGHT IN THE PROJECT.

I DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT, BUT, UH, WHAT I WAS HEARING FROM SOME OF THE SPEAKERS SEEMS LIKE IT'S GOING TO CONSIST OF, UH, BRINGING A NEW BUSINESS, NEW JOBS, THE ONES THAT COME TO AUSTIN.

AND AS I LIVED AT AUSTIN IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CITIES RIGHT NOW, NOT LOOKING AT , UH, 20, 20, I THINK HE SAID IT COULD BE UP TO 4 MILLION BY 2030.

SO, UH, WITH THAT SAID, I THINK THE TRANSIT, CAUSE I'VE BEEN RIDING THE BUS SYSTEM, I'M PUBLIC, UH, FUSSING, UH, ON THE PUBLIC BUS TRANSPORTATION.

AND I FEEL THAT, UM, THE CITY, NOT JUST THE CITY OF AUSTIN, BUT SOME OF THE SURROUNDING, UH, CITIES LIKE NOW GOT, UH, UM, EVEN SAN MARCOS.

I KNOW THE BUS SYSTEM, UH, THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION'S YOU HAVE, BUT I THINK AUSTIN WOULD REALLY, UH, BENEFIT IF THEY HAD LIKE A TRAIN SYSTEM, YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE DALLAS, JUST LIKE WASHINGTON.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, OUR NEW YORK HAS SUBWAY.

UM, IT JUST MAKES IT HARDER FOR ME TO GET CERTAIN AREAS JUST ON THE BUS SYSTEM.

I MEAN, I GOT UBER, UH, ANYBODY CAN CALL UP A NEW WAY OF LYFT AND SHARE, BUT, UH, WHEN A TRAIN OR, UH, YOU KNOW, WE ALLOW ONE IS TO EXPAND TO, TO BRANCH OUT, VENTURE OUT, UH, JUST TO FURTHER WEST.

UM, I KNOW THAT, UH, I TRIED TO GET ON THE BUS WITH NINE.

I BELIEVE IT WAS NINE 45, NINE 47.

AND IT WAS ALL CLOSED.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S JUST, UH, UH, THEY HAVE THEM OPEN AT A CERTAIN TIME JUST FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, BUT, UH, SOME UT, UM, GOING WEST AND I WASN'T ABLE TO GET TO THE LOCATION I WAS ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO BE THERE.

UM, I WANT TO SEE AUSTIN TO SEE, YOU KNOW, ADVANCE.

HE WANTED TO SEE CITIES ONCE CAN COME TO, UH, JUST LIKE SAN ANTONIO.

IT'S JUST LIKE, UH, SOME OF THE MAJOR CITIES, LIKE NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES.

UH, SO IF THE PROJECT GOING TO ALLOW ONES TO BENEFIT FROM THE PROJECT AND I'M ALL FOR IT, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S GONNA BRING JOBS, UH, THIS IS GOING TO HELP WITH, UH, UM, ALLOW ONES TO, UM, YOU KNOW, OPEN UP NEW BUSINESSES AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO EFFECTIVELY GET TO THEIR DESTINATION IN A MORE EFFICIENT TIME.

UM, THEN, UM, THEN I'M FOR IT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

LIKE I SAID, I DIDN'T GROW UP HERE.

I GREW UP IN THE DALLAS AREA.

I GREW UP IN THE FORT WORTH AREA.

SO DALLAS FORT WORTH METROPLEX IS WHAT I KNOW, BUT I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A CHANGE FROM DENSITY AND I HEARD AWESOME.

SO, UM, I WANT TO DO A LOT ON THE HOMELESS POPULATION TOO, SO IT'D BE ELIMINATED AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT I THINK I PLAYED A LOT OF CITIES WITH THE, WITH THE COVARIATE AND EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON.

THANK YOU, MR. STANSBURY.

OH, I HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

I DO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYBODY IS HAVING THIS ECHO ISSUE AND WE ARE WORKING ON IT.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECESS FOR A FEW MINUTES AND SEE IF WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTINUE? LET'S UH, TAKE FIVE MINUTES AND, UH, SEE IF YOU CAN, UH, PUT US IN A BETTER SPOT ON THE QUALITY OF THE AUDIO.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, 28 AFTER WE'LL, UH, UH, RECESS FOR FIVE MINUTES AND RECONVENE, UH, ABOUT 33 AFTER CAP METRO, THE CAP METRO BOARD MEETING IS RECONVENED AT ONE

[00:25:01]

43 MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING, OFFICER CONVENING, AND ONE 43, I GOT A CHECK SAYING THE STAFF THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD GET THIS DONE.

IF THEY HAD A FEW MORE MINUTES, IS THAT TRUE? OR SHOULD WE MOVE FORWARD? I'M HEARING TO GO TO THE PRESENTATION FROM THE CLERK, LET'S MOVE FORWARD.

SO FOR ALL LISTENING THAT WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK TO OUR SPEAKERS.

IN THE MEANTIME, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE UP OUR PRESENTATIONS.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK TO THE, UH, SPEAKER MAYOR.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE ANY OPENING REMARKS BEFORE WE GO INTO THE PRESENTATION? NO, I THINK WE SHOULD GO STRAIGHT INTO THE PRESENTATION VERY WELL.

UM, UH, WE'RE GONNA

[1. Update on Project Connect.(Part 1 of 2)]

TALK ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT, PLANNING, UH, PROCESS RECAP, AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP REVIEW CITY OF AUSTIN CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS AND CAP METRO COMMUNITY COMMITMENT.

AND THEN FOURTH ITEM WILL BE THE INITIAL INVESTMENT SEQUENCE RECAP.

UH, JACKIE NIERENBERG WILL START US OFF.

CHECK HERE.

ARE YOU READY TO GO? I AM READY TO GO.

IF YOU CAN HEAR ME.

YES.

MA'AM YOU SOUND GREAT.

WONDERFUL, GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR ADLER, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CHAIRMAN COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS, PRESIDENT CLARK AND FELLOW COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS JACKIE NIERENBERG AND I'M THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER FOR CAPITAL METRO.

AND IT'S MY PLEASURE TO KICK OFF TODAY'S PRESENTATION BY WALKING US THROUGH THE EVOLUTION OF PROJECT CONNECT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

CAN SOMEONE ADVANCE THE SLIDE PLEASE? THANK YOU.

AND I THINK WE'VE GONE THROUGH THE AGENDA ALREADY.

CHAIRMAN COOPER DID THAT.

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

ONE MORE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO WE BEGAN OUR WORK ON PROJECT CONNECT WAY BACK IN 2016 AND, UM, WE'RE COLLABORATING WITH THE CITIES, AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN TEAM TO ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY ON RETHINKING THE WAY WE MOVE WITH THE HELP OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THE PROJECT CONNECT TEAM IDENTIFY THE CORRIDORS WHERE NEW TRANSIT OPTIONS MADE SENSE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND THAT EFFORT CULMINATED NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, IN THE UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT CONNECT VISION PLAN BY CAPITOL METRO'S BOARD IN DECEMBER OF 2018, THE RESULT OF A TWO YEAR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS IN COLLABORATION WITH CITY COUNCIL AND THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

THE RESULT OF THAT, UH, THOUGH, CAN WE GO BACK? I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO PAUSE THERE.

UM, THE RESULT OF THAT WAS BOARD GUIDANCE ON THE INITIAL TECHNICAL PLAN.

UM, WE WERE INSTRUCTED THAT THE VISION COULD BE BOULDER, UM, THAT THE INCLUSION OF THE PROJECT CONNECT CORRIDOR SHOULD BE IN THE ASN PLAN AND THAT WE SHOULD BE PLANNING FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT AND RIGHT AWAY.

AND THE BOARD ALSO AUTHORIZED STAFF TO PURSUE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING, THE NEPA OR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, AND TO CONTINUE OUR ENGAGEMENT WORK.

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THE NEXT IMPORTANT MILESTONE CAME IN APRIL OF 2019 WITH THE CITY COUNCIL'S UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN AND UPDATE OF THE CITY'S COMPREHENSIVE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN WITH A GOAL TO REACH A 50, 50 NON SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLE MODE SHARE BY 2039 AND A 16% MODE SHARE GOAL FOR TRANSIT, THEIR PLAN READS.

AND I QUOTE, WE SHOULD INVEST IN A COMPLETE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WITH HIGH CAPACITY VEHICLES AND DEDICATED TRANSIT PATHWAYS BECAUSE IT HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE THE MOST PEOPLE IN THE REGION.

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FAST FORWARD TO JUNE, 2020 THIS SUMMER, WHEN IN OUR SEVENTH JOINT WORK SESSION, BOTH THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM PLAN AT THIS POINT OVER 60,000 PEOPLE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS WHICH INCLUDED A SERIES OF VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN MAY AND THEN JULY AFTER ONE FINAL VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING THE COUNCIL AND BOARD CONVENED FOR THE EIGHTH TIME.

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WHOOPS, ONE BACK.

THANKS FOR THE EIGHTH TIME ON JULY 22ND, 2020, NOT TOO LONG AGO.

UM, AND THE RESULT OF THAT WAS

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A UNANIMOUS APPROVAL BY BOTH BODIES, UM, TO IMPROVE, TO APPROVE THE INVESTMENT DECISION FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT PLAN, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED STAFF TO INCLUDE THE PROJECT CONNECT INITIAL INVESTMENT PLAN IN THE CITY TAX RATE AND PREPARE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, CAPITAL METRO BOARD DIRECTED STAFF TO FUND PROJECT CONNECT PROJECTS IN THE AGENCY'S FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET AND RETURN WITH A DETAILED FINANCIAL PLAN.

AS I MENTIONED, OVER 60,000 PEOPLE HAD BEEN ENGAGED TO THIS POINT AND WE HAD HAD NEARLY 700 COMMUNITY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS THAT LEADS US TO TODAY'S NINTH AND MOST CRITICAL SESSION.

IT HAS BEEN A LONG AND FRUITFUL JOURNEY AND ONE THAT HAS BROUGHT OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CONTEMPLATE A HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE.

AND NOW IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE GREG CANALY WITH THE CITY OF BOSTON TO TALK ABOUT THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

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THANK YOU, JACKIE.

I APPRECIATE THE INTRODUCTION AND GOING THROUGH, UH, ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THIS COMMUNITY AND WITH THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD OVER THESE LAST YEARS.

AND I AGREE WE'RE AT A MOMENT TODAY, UM, FINALIZING ALL THAT WORK, UM, AND REALLY FORMALIZING THE PARTNERSHIP.

I THINK THAT HAS COME OUT OF ALL OF THAT WORK.

AND I WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME WALKING THROUGH THAT PARTNERSHIP AGAIN, UM, AND HIGHLIGHTING THE ACTION ITEM IN FRONT OF BOTH BODIES TODAY TO FORMALIZE THIS PARTNERSHIP, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, AGAIN, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, REALLY GOING BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, AS WE LOOKED AT FORMALIZING, THE RELATIONSHIP, UM, THAT HAS OCCURRED AND, UM, THE, ALL THE COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS, AND AGAIN, THE JOINT WORK SESSIONS HELPS THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO CAN FORMALIZE MOVING FORWARD VIA THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THOSE ON THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, UM, WILL BE A, AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY WITH THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE DAY TO DAY PROJECT CONNECT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EXECUTION AND DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE INVESTMENT THAT THE CITY COUNCIL AND CAPITAL METRO HAS HAVE APPROVED ON JULY 27TH, ALONG WITH THE FUNDING AND FINANCING OF ALL OF THAT FROM A STRUCTURE PERSPECTIVE, BOTH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO WILL BE, UM, COMBINING FUNDS INTO THIS NEW JOINT PARTNERSHIP AND THAT NEW JOINT PARTNERSHIP FOCUS ON GOVERNANCE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION KEELY AND VERY FOCUSLY ON THE FINANCING OF ALL ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT CONNECT, UM, PROGRAM, AND THEN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING TO MAKE SURE THAT INTEGRATES WITHIN OUR EXISTING TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE IN AUSTIN.

AND FINALLY, THE ASSETS THAT ARE BUILT WILL BE OPERATED BY OUR, UH, BY OUR TRANSIT AUTHORITY CAPITAL METRO THAT WE HAVE, I THINK, KEY TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES AS THIS, UM, GETS FORMED.

AND AGAIN, TODAY, THE, UH, AGREEMENT, THE ACTION ITEM THAT IN FRONT OF OUR FRONT OF BOTH BODIES ARE AN INNER LOCAL AGREEMENT AND THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND THE BYLAWS THAT WILL FORM THE CORPORATION.

AND THE PARTNERSHIP KEY TO THAT IS TRANSPARENCY, UH, WITH MAKING SURE THERE ARE QUARTERLY REPORTS BACK TO THE RESPECTIVE BODIES, CITY COUNCIL AND CAPITAL METRO, UM, ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE REPORTS, INCLUDING ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL REPORTS BACK TO BOTH BOARDS AND VIA JOINT MEETING.

WE BELIEVE, UM, CONTINUING THE GREAT WORK THAT THE CITY COUNCIL AT CAP METRO BOARDS HAVE DONE TOGETHER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS INVESTMENT IS CONTINUE TO ADHERE TO FROM A POLICY DIRECTION.

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR IS KEY TO THE CREATION OF THE TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

UM, AND AGAIN, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS IT IS GETTING BUILT OUT THERE AS CLOSE ALIGNMENT CITY AND CAP, METRO CONTINUE TO HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS PARTNERSHIP FIRST AND FOREMOST, APPROVING THE PROJECT SYSTEM PLAN THAT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED WITH THE INITIAL INVESTMENT AND ANY POLICIES SURROUNDING, UM, IMPLEMENTATION.

UH, AND THEN AFTER THE CREATION OF THIS ILA AND THE ARTICLES AND BYLAWS FORMERLY, UM, CREATING THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND THEN EACH YEAR ALLOCATING THE FUNDING THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN COMMITTED, UH, VIA, UH, THE ELECTION AND ALSO THE COMMUNITY, UH, THE COMMUNITY RESOLUTION FROM KEVIN PROMETRIC NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE ELEMENT WE JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AGAIN, THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THE PAST, THAT IS ALSO PART OF THE INNER LOCAL AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU TODAY FOR YOUR JOINT ACTION IS THE BOARD COMPOSITION.

AS A RECAP, THE BOARD COMPOSITION IS A FIVE MEMBER BOARD.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL, A MEMBER OF THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD.

AND THEN WHAT WE BELIEVE IS REALLY A KEY ELEMENT IS HAVING COMMUNITY EXPERTS REPRESENTING THE COMMUNITY, UM, BUT BRINGING EXPERTISE, UH, IN THE AREAS OF FINANCE,

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ENGINEERING, AND CONSTRUCTION, AND REALLY A KEY ONE, WE BELIEVE IS THE IDEA OF COMMUNITY PLANNING, SUSTAINABILITY WITH A STRONG EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY ON THIS IMPORTANT AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

THERE'S A NOMINATING COMMITTEE PROCESS LAID OUT IN THE ILA THAT IS JOINT OF BOTH THE CAPITAL METRO AND CITY COUNCIL TO BE, TO PUT FORWARD A SLATE OF CANDIDATES SO THAT THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP CAN BE FORMED BY JANUARY ONE AND GET UP AND RUNNING AND LIFT ALL THE PROJECTS OFF THE MAP AND START MOVING THEM FORWARD INTO IMPLEMENTATION MODE.

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AND AT THAT, UH, THE, WHAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS INNER LOCAL AGREEMENT THAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY SPELLS OUT THE HIGH LEVEL ELEMENTS OF HOW THE PARTNERSHIP WOULD WORK ONCE THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IS FORMALLY APPROVED HERE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

UM, THERE'LL BE ANOTHER ROUND OF VERY CRITICAL WORK IN THE IDEA OF CREATING AND FORMING A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

AND THIS WOULD BE BETWEEN THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO.

AND IT WILL COVER A VARIETY RANGE OF TOPICS.

WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THOSE TODAY.

UM, THE GENERAL ONES ARE AROUND MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION KEYING ON HOW WE AUDIT KEYING ON SAFETY OVERSIGHT.

THAT WILL BE A KEY ELEMENT TO ALL THE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE OCCURRING ALONG THE DIFFERENT PROJECT ELEMENTS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND OUR, THE DB PROGRAM AND PROCUREMENT THAT AGAIN, IS OUTLINED IN THE CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS THAT THE CITY HAS, BUT WE'LL ALSO GET EXPANDED AND LOOKED AT IN THE JPA FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND THEN ULTIMATELY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION SOME OF THE DETAILS AROUND HOW, FOR EXAMPLE, UTILITIES AND FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS.

WHEN YOU'RE BEGINNING TO DO COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, THAT WOULD ALL GET LAID OUT IN A JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT THAT WOULD COME BACK TO ALL THE THREE ENTITIES FOR APPROVAL AND A KEY ELEMENT OF THIS AS WELL WOULD BE A, THAT WOULD, AGAIN, IF THAT IS IF PART OF THE DOCUMENTS IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY, BUT WOULD ALSO BE PART OF THE JOINT PELLET, UH, JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT, AGAIN, WOULD BE LOOKING AT MITIGATION PROGRAMS, SUSTAINABILITY AND KEY, AS WELL AS WORKFORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT AS PART OF THE DETAILED JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

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SO WITH THAT, WE WANT TO BRING YOU TO TODAY'S ACTIONS.

WE KNOW WE STILL HAVE SPEAKERS TO GO THROUGH, BUT HIGHLIGHT, UH, FOR YOU WHERE WE WILL BE.

SO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO AGAIN, RECAPPING, I THINK WHAT JACKIE SAID, THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE THE JOINT BODIES HAVE MADE ON JULY 27TH, ABOUT THE INVESTMENT PACKAGE AND THE DIRECTION TO COME BACK WITH THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, UM, THAT OCCURRED.

UH, ONE OF THOSE OCCURRED LAST WEEK WHEN THE CITY, UM, FORMALIZED THE TAX RATE THAT WILL BE ADOPTED, UM, NEXT WEEK.

AND THEN HERE WE ARE TODAY ON AUGUST 7TH, THE FOUR ITEMS IN FRONT OF THE BODIES TO OUR, AGAIN, APPROVING THE INNER LOCAL AND APPROVING THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND THE BYLAWS THAT WERE FORMALIZED, THE CREATION OF THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP.

AND THEN ALSO VERY TWO KEY ELEMENTS.

THE RESOLUTIONS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR A CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS, THE COMMITMENT TO THE VOTERS ABOUT HOW THE TAX REVENUE WOULD BE SPENT THE SAME SIMILAR, UH, RESOLUTION FROM THE, FROM CAP METRO AROUND THEIR FUNDING, COMMITMENT FOR THEIR ONGOING FUNDING AS A PARTICIPANT, UH, IN EQUAL PARTNER IN, IN FUNDING, THE, UH, OVERALL IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECT CONNECT.

AND THEN LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK AS THE CITY COUNCIL WOULD BE, UH, FINALIZING ITS BUDGET TAX RATE AND ORDERING THE ELECTION.

SO WITH THAT, UH, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO NET MARTIN, MARK, THE CFO WITH CAPITAL METRO WHO CAN TAKE US THROUGH THE REMAINING PART OF THIS PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU, GREG.

AND GOOD AFTERNOON, I'M RENEE , I'M THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF CAPITAL METRO, AND I'M VERY PLEASED TO BE WITH YOU TODAY AT THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION.

SO LIKE RICK WAS SAYING, THIS IS A SHARED COMMITMENT BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND CAPITAL METRO ON THE AGENDA TODAY IS FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS.

OH, CAN WE HAVE THE NEXT PAGE PLEASE? SO ON THE AGENDA TODAY FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS TO DEDICATE TO THE TAX RATE ELECTION REVENUE, TO AUSTIN TRANSIT OWNERSHIP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM, IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR A 300 MILLION FOR TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT STRATEGIES RELATED TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECT CONNECT.

AND TO ALSO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY ALONG THE CORRIDOR, THE CAPITAL METRO BOARD WILL BE APPROVING A FUNDING AND COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

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TO FUND ANNUAL ALLOCATIONS FOR OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SYSTEM.

CAPITAL METRO STARTED THE ACCUMULATION OF A CAPITAL EXPANSION FUND IN 2018.

AND THAT FUND WILL NOW BE FULLY DEDICATED TO PROJECT CONNECT CAPITAL.

METRO WILL ALSO SERVE AS THE FTA PROJECT SPONSOR AND WILL TRANSFER FUNDS RECEIVED FROM ANY GRANT AGREEMENTS RELATED TO PROJECT CONNECT TO THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS LIKE RANDY MENTIONED EARLIER.

IT'S VERY GOOD NEWS TO SEE THAT THE MTA FINALIZED AND $929 MILLION FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT FOR THE SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT IN MINNESOTA, THAT IS A $2 BILLION LIGHT RAIL PROJECT.

AND THIS REPRESENTS AN ALMOST 47% FEDERAL MATCH.

THIS FURTHER VALIDATES OUR 45% FEDERAL MATCH ASSUMPTION IN THE PROJECT CONNECT FINANCIAL MODEL, ALL CONTRACTS AWARDED BY THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP WILL ADDRESS A LIVING WAGE AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL FTA REQUIREMENTS.

NEXT PAGE, PLEASE HERE IS THE INITIAL INVESTMENT SEQUENCE PLAN THAT YOU APPROVED LAST WEEK AND WITH THE ACTIONS YOU ARE TAKING TODAY, YOU'RE ALSO COMMITTING TO FUND.

INITIALLY THE ORANGE LIGHT LIGHT RAIL LINE WILL BE BUILT IN THE SEGMENTS WHERE THE CITY CONTROLS THE RIGHT OF WAY.

THE BLUE LINE WILL BE BUILT AS A LIGHT RAIL LINE AS PER THE SYSTEM PLAN INCLUDED IS ALSO THE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL THAT WILL PROVIDE FAST AND SAFE WAY TO OPERATE IN THE CONGESTED DOWNTOWN DISTRICT.

THEN WE ALSO HAVE RED LINE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NEAR TERM TO IMPROVE CAPACITY ON THAT LINE.

AND THE GREEN LINE WILL BE A NEW COMMUTER LINE GOING TO COLONY PARK, MAY TRY AND RAPID PHASE ONE INCLUDES THE FIRST THREE LINES EXPOSED CENTER AND THE PLEASANT VALLEY LINES, AS WELL AS THE SOUTH LAMAR EIGHT OH THREE EXTENSION GOLDLINE WILL INITIALLY START AS A METRO RAPID LINE AND OTHER COMPONENTS THAT ARE INCLUDED OUR NEW METRO EXPRESS COMMUTER MINDS WITH ADDITIONAL PARKING RIDES AND WITH METRO BUS, METRO ACCESS AND CUSTOMER TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS FUNDING IS ALSO BEING PROVIDED WITH 300 MILLION PHASED OVER TIME OR TRANSIT SUPPORTED IN BASEMENTS TO PREVENT DISPLACEMENTS ON THE PROJECT CONNECT IMPLEMENTATION.

AND THIS CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION AND I WILL HAND IT BACK TO THE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, ANNETTE.

THANK YOU ALSO, JACKIE AND GREG, AND LET ME JUST PAUSE FOR A MINUTE AND SAY, THANKS ONCE AGAIN, TO STAFF ON BOTH SIDES, CITY STAFF AND CAP, METRO STAFF, YOU'VE BEEN WORKING NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS.

SOME OF YOU ARE DEALING WITH FLOODS AT HOME AND ONE YEAR OLDS AND, UH, ALL OF US CALL IN AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS.

SO WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND HOPE THAT WITH OUR CONCLUSION OF OUR WORK TODAY, YOU'LL GET A FEW DAYS OFF.

SO THANK YOU, UM, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND BOARD MEMBERS.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, UM, FOR OUR PRESENTERS NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR THAT.

AND THEN JUST A HEADS UP FOR EVERYBODY.

WE'LL TRY TO GO BACK TO OUR SPEAKERS UNLESS A IT CONTROL TELLS US OTHERWISE.

AND THEN CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THE ILA FOLLOWED BY CAP METRO TAKEN UP, UH, THE ILA AND THEN CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THEIR CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS.

AND THEN, UH, FINALLY CAN'T, METRO WILL TAKE UP A, IT'S A CONTRACT WITH THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

SO NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME.

IF ANYBODY HAS QUESTIONS FOR JACKIE, GREG OR RONNETTE, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

I SEE YOU.

I HAVE A NUMBER OF COMMENTS, BUT I'LL MAKE THOSE LATER.

AND, UH, AS WE GET TO THE DOCUMENTS, THERE'S A, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO, TO RUN THROUGH SOME OF THE THINGS, EXPLAIN SOME OF THAT.

JUST REMEMBER KITCHEN.

I HATE TO INTERRUPT YOU.

I'M HEARING REPORTS THAT THE ATX END FEED IS DOWN.

OKAY.

CAN WE CONFIRM THAT WITH STAFF? YEAH.

I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT.

LET'S SEEING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN MY OWN INBOX ADD OR CHEYENNE THE FUEL, LET ME KNOW OUR STATUS.

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ATX 10 IS CHECKING IN WITH THE CLOSED CAPTIONING.

THAT IS THE STATUS I HAVEN'T MESSAGED.

THE ED IS CHECKING.

I'M NOT ABLE TO PULL IT UP ON MY OWN COMPUTER.

I'M GETTING THE SPINNING WHEEL OF DEATH, FOLLOWED BY SOMETHING WENT MORE.

I'M DOING NICK, SOMETHING WENT WRONG DURING NATIVE PLAYBACK.

SAME HERE.

THAT LOOKS LIKE THE TAKES.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

I WANT TO MEET IN PERSON AGAIN.

LET'S GET RID OF THIS VIRUS.

OH, WAIT.

IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS.

SO TWO EXTRA MINUTES.

ISN'T GONNA MATTER TOO, TOO MUCH.

I'M JUST WORRIED DELL.

YOU'RE JUST GOING TO START PULLING OUT H JOKES AGAIN.

I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE BUILDING A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND NOT A TRUMP SYSTEM.

ARE WE, IF, IF THIS, IF WE CAN'T GET THIS RESOLVED, ARE WE LOOKING AT A BACKSTOP LIKE TO RECESS AND RECONVENE AND MAYBE ALLOW THE SPEAKERS TO COME TO A PALMER AUDITORIUM LIKE WE'RE DOING FOR BUDGET NEXT WEEK.

SOMEBODY'S KIND OF THINKING IN TERMS OF HOW DO WE, HOW DO WE SAY, HOW DO WE SAVE THIS MEETING? YEAH, I'M GOING TO TALK TO ED AND FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON ON CITY HALL REAL QUICK.

IT'S TWO OH FIVE.

WAIT, DO YOU WANT TO JUST TAKE A 10 MINUTE BREAK AND LET PEOPLE COME BACK TO MAKE AN EXECUTIVE DECISION AS VICE CHAIR? YES, BUT LET'S SEE IF WADE'S GETTING A CALL HERE, BUT IF HE TAKES TOO LONG, I'M GOING TO, I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR YOU.

ARE WE GOING TO TAKE A RECESS? HANG ON A SECOND.

I DON'T KNOW IF WADE IS WITH US.

I JUST TALKED TO THE, I JUST TALKED TO ERIC.

THEY'RE HAVING PRETTY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES.

APPARENTLY I TAKE YOUR BATH, TAKE A QUICK RECESS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO LET'S DO THAT CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE AT TWO OH SIX.

UH WE'LL WE'LL WAIT, DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR US TO TAKE A RECESS HERE AND THEN COME BACK? STAFF WOULD LIKE TO, YES.

LET'S TAKE A 10 MINUTE RECESS JUST BY WAY OF UPDATE.

WHAT I'M HEARING IS WE'RE ABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER, BUT THERE MAY BE A PROBLEM WITH THE ATX FEED OUT TO THE ETFS.

SO LET'S, SHOULD WE COME BACK AT TWO 30? WAIT, UH THAT'S ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

OKAY.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

LET'S GO.

I'LL COME BACK TO QUESTION.

DOES THAT MEAN WE SHOULD LOG OUT AND COME BACK IN OR JUST SET THIS ASIDE? I'M JUST GOING TO TURN OFF MY CAMERA MYSELF, BUT YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU OKAY.

YEAH.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU.

ALL THE CAP METRO BOARD MEETING IS RECESSIVE TO DID THE MAYOR RECESS.

HAS ANYONE ON THAT? YES.

AT RECESS TILL TWO 30 CITY COUNCIL, ZERO SEVEN NOW.

OKAY.

SORRY.

I THOUGHT YOU GOT INTERRUPTED.

I'VE GOTTEN CONFIRMATION FROM MYRNA THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND START.

UH, UH, WE'LL CALL GAVEL IN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE AT TWO 55.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO PROCEED.

THIS IS BEING BROADCAST ON, UH, CABLE CHANNEL SIX.

UH, THE INTERNET IS DOWN RIGHT NOW, BUT IT WILL BE ADDED TO THE INTERNET AND THOSE CAPTIONING WILL BE ADDED TO THE INTERNET JUST AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN GET THOSE FUNCTIONALITIES EMPLOYED.

MR. JERRY, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UH, CAT METROS RECONVENED

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AT TWO 55 CHEYENNE, IF YOU'RE READY.

UM, WE'LL TAKE UP THE SPEC TO COMMENTARY FROM BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS ON THE PRESENTATION AND, UH, COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THE ILA.

SO IF YOU'RE READY WITH SPEAKERS,

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WE'LL GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, TARA.

I AM READY.

JUST A REMINDER TO SPEAKERS TO PLEASE STAY ON MUTE UNTIL YOUR NAME IS CALLED.

WE REALLY, WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND WORKING WITH US AND WE HOPE WE CAN GET BACK TOGETHER AND AN IN PERSON MEETING SOON.

THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ZENOBIA JOSEPH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CAPITAL METRO BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, ZENOBIA JOSEPH, UM, MAYOR, UH, AND MR. CHAIR.

I'M NOT SURE IF MR. EASTON THAT A CHANCE TO SEND YOU MY UPDATED DOCUMENTS.

I INADVERTENTLY SENT THE WRONG ONE YESTERDAY.

UM, IT'S TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AND I SENT IT TO THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION.

I WANTED TO SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO PAGE 53 OF YOUR DOCUMENT.

UM, AS IT RELATES TO THE RESOLUTION, IT TALKS ABOUT MAINTAINING THE EXISTING LOCAL BUS NETWORKS AND THAT IT SAYS SPECIFICALLY THAT IT WILL BE EQUITABLE CONNECTIONS TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THAT IT SHOULD BE MAINTAINED.

AND SO, UM, MR CHAIR, I KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION CIRCUIT OF 4702.1 B DATED OCTOBER 1ST, 2012, SECTION FOUR DASH 16 REQUIRES YOU TO REANALYZE AND IMPLEMENT THE LEAST DISCRIMINATORY ALTERNATIVE.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES FROM THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO PAGE 17, THAT'S WHERE YOU TALK ABOUT THE $300, $300 MILLION DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION.

I JUST WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR SPECIFICALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE MICRO UNITS THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED BY PRESIDIUM, THEY CALL IT INNOVATIVE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND THAT'S WHERE PEOPLE WILL MAKE 80 1090 $6,000.

THAT WAS BEFORE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT IN JULY TWICE.

AND SO I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WILL HELP MITIGATE THIS PROBLEM UNLESS YOUR COUNSEL IS WILLING TO REVOKE A RE REPEAL, RATHER THE VOTE THAT THEY TOOK ON RIVERSIDE TO MOVE THE STUDENTS AND THE LOW INCOME RESIDENTS FROM THERE.

I WANT YOU TO ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE ALREADY SOME WAYS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY HELP INDIVIDUALS, LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS.

THEY COULD REPEAL THAT PROVISION AS WELL.

RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE A CAPITAL.

METRO IS OFF THE HOOK BECAUSE A DEVELOPER CAN ACTUALLY GET A WAIVER FOR THE TRANSIT IN THE SMART HOUSING.

SO TRANSIT ORIENTED IS JUST A FOREST.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT ON KCI IS STILL PLAYING THE UNDERWRITING PROPAGANDA.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO REMOVE THAT.

AND SO IT IS DISINGENUOUS FOR THE MAYOR AND HIS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS TO MENTION GEORGE FLOYD, BECAUSE BLACK PEOPLE STILL WAIT 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS.

IT'S SIX AND SEVEN MINUTES TO UT AND 15 MINUTES SOUTHWEST.

AND SINCE IN CENTRAL AUSTIN, I WOULD ALSO ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT, UM, THERE'S A PICTURE IN THE DOCUMENT THAT I SENT YOU OF A MAN IN HIS WHEELCHAIR, IN THE ROAD ON FM NINE 69.

AND SO IF YOU CARE ABOUT EVERYBODY, NOT JUST BLACK PEOPLE, BUT LOW INCOME WHITE RIDERS, I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT PLEASE STOP PIMPING, POOR PEOPLE AND JUST DO THE RIGHT THING AS IT RELATES TO THE AREA THAT'S NORTH OF US, ONE 83.

I DO WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU'RE RELYING ON THE 2010 CENSUS DATA, POOR PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD $1 NOW, RIGHT? EIGHT OH ONE SODA, MR. COUCH, TO JUST GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION THAT SHOWS THE DATA BEFORE AND AFTER THE FAIR WENT DOWN BY $1.

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

YOUR MOOD IS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. JOSEPH'S DIANE.

THERE'S BIGGER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MIKE.

ANDREW.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

WELL, HELLO, GO AHEAD.

SPEAKER, MR. ANNABELLE AND EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

HELLO, AUSTIN.

IT'S MIKE.

ANDREY VERY NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL AGAIN, I SEE THAT YOU ALL HAVE, MAY HAVE NEEDED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR PROJECT

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CONNECT METRO PLAN AS A RESULT, MAINLY AS A RESULT OF THE COVEN WHILE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS HAVE NEEDED TO BE MADE.

I STILL APPRECIATE THAT YOU ALL ARE THINKING VERY STRONGLY ABOUT TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT.

WHEN I SPOKE BEFORE, I MENTIONED THAT I'M VERY ESPECIALLY VERY EXCITED FOR THE BLUE LINE BETWEEN REPUBLIC SQUARE AND ABI.

I'M EVEN MORE EXCITED, RIGHT? THAT OPENED TODAY.

MARK'S SIDE NOW THAN BEFORE.

IN ADDITION, I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT YOU ALL COLLABORATE WITH TECH TEXDOT IN MAKING SURE THAT THE CAPITOL XPRESS ON IHG 35 IN YOUR CITY INCLUDES XPRESS, EXITS AND ENTRANCES, MORE SPECIFICALLY AN EXPRESS AND PRINCE NORTHBOUND AND EXPRESS AND PRINCE SOUTHBOUND INTO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN FROM THE HIGHWAY, AS WELL AS AN EXPRESS EXIT NORTHBOUND AND AN EXPRESS EXIT SOUTHBOUND FROM THE STAIN.

IF THIS IS DONE, YOUR METRO EXPRESS WILL FUNCTION MUCH STRONGER, CAUSE IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO GET FROM THE EXPRESS LANES INTO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AND ALSO TO THE, INTO THE EXPRESS LANES FROM THE SAME HAVE THE OPTION OF DOING SO WITHOUT NEEDING TO DEAL WITH THE LOCAL LANES OF THE HIGHWAY, YOU GOT THE GOOD WORK.

AND ONCE AGAIN, I'M VERY READY TO SEE THE AUSTIN METRO BECOME STRONGER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. ANDREY CHINA, OUR NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JESSICA WOLF.

WELCOME MS. WOLF.

OKAY.

HI.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

HI.

THANK YOU.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON THERE.

CITY COUNCIL AND CAB BOARD METRO, UM, CAP METRO BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS JESSICA WOLF, DEPUTY POLICY DIRECTOR AT WORKER'S DEFENSE.

WE AT WORKER'S DEFENSE BELIEVE INCREASING PUBLIC TRANSIT IN OUR CITY AND MAKING IT MORE ACCESSIBLE, ESPECIALLY THE WORKING FAMILIES IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR AUSTIN TOWARDS BECOMING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE CITY.

THE TRANSCEND BOND PASSES PROJECT CONNECT WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, TRANSPORTATION WORKERS, AND MORE AT WORK.

THIS OFFENSE, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST PRIORITIES IS TO ENSURE THAT WORKERS HAVE ACCESS TO GOOD, SAFE JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE APPLAUD COUNCIL FOR INCLUDING THE BETTER BUILDER STANDARDS ALONG WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S HIRING GOAL, AS IT WILL RAISE WAGE AND SAFETY STANDARDS AND CREATE CONSTRUCTION CAREER PATHWAYS FOR THOUSANDS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN OUR CITY.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT IT'S CRITICAL FOR THE BOARD WHO WILL BE OVERSEEING PROJECT CONNECTS TO HAVE THEIR REPRESENTATION AND INCLUDE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH EXPERIENCE ADVOCATING AND REPRESENTING WORKING PEOPLE IN TRANSIT USERS ON THE BOARD, WE SUPPORT THE RECENT LANGUAGE INCLUDED THAT ALLOWS FOR ALTERNATE FORMS OF EXPERIENCE OF QUALIFICATIONS FROM THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED IN THE REVISED INNER LOCAL AGREEMENT.

WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE A VOICE ON THE BOARD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR CITY.

LOOK, IF YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, MS. WOLF.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SHANE JOHNSON.

WELCOME MR. JOHNSON.

HELLO? CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'LL CHANGE ON SOMETHING EVEN IN FRONT OF THEM.

I'M A NATIVE AUSTINITE, UH, RECENTLY MOVED TO DISTRICT FOUR SPECIFICALLY.

UH, SO THANKS FOR HEARING ME OUT.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, UH, YOU KNOW, APPRECIATE THE MOVEMENT THAT HAS OCCURRED SO FAR ON 15, UH, TO MAKE COMMITMENT TOWARDS EQUITY AND TRYING TO MITIGATE DISPLACEMENT CAUSED BY PROJECT CONNECT.

UM, BUT WE STILL NEED SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN YOUR REPRESENTATION AND OVERSIGHT IN THREE AREAS AND ONE COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION OVERSIGHT TO THE EQUITY PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION, AND THREE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUNDING AND ALLOCATION, UM, HAVE TO FULLY CENTER EQUITY AND IN ALL ASPECTS OF PROJECT CONNECT, UM, AND THESE AND DOING SO THROUGH THESE THREE STRATEGIES MUST BE DONE FIRST.

UM, OTHERWISE PROJECT CONNECT WILL BE IN VIOLATION OF STRATEGIC DIRECTION.

2023 IS EQUITY FRAMING.

UM,

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AND PROJECT CONNECTS WILL CONTINUE PART MANY HARMFUL ASPECTS OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN AUSTIN.

UM, SO I REALLY WANT TO, UH, BRING ATTENTION TO THE WORK REQUIRE THE PROFESSIONAL WORK REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERTISE FOR THE ACP BOARD.

YOU KNOW, OF COURSE WE NEED ENGINEERING AND FINANCE AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING EXPERTISE, BUT WE ALSO NEED AS THE EARLIEST SPEAKERS MENTIONED COMMUNITY EXPERTISE AND WITHOUT ADDING ADDITIONAL SEATS THAT HAVE, ARE SPECIFICALLY COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF EXPERTS IN WHAT THE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE, WOULD BE MOST IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT ABOUT THAT EXPERTISE.

UM, THIS PROJECT WILL DISPLACE PEOPLE.

UM, AND SO I THINK WE NEED AT LEAST THREE ADDITIONAL SEATS ON THE, UH, ATP BOARD SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT.

UM, AND TO, TO AS, UH, UH, I HAVEN'T READ THE MOST RECENT PLAN, BUT THE PREVIOUS PLAN WHERE, UM, YOU KNOW, IT, IT WAS SLATED TO HAVE THE ANIMAL PLANNING PERSON ALSO BE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PERSON THAT, AND THAT QUITE FRANKLY, IS A FARCE.

YOU CAN'T, UM, SORT OF SHUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO THE SIDE AS A SECONDARY ROLE OF SUSTAINABLE PLANNING EXPERT.

UM, I REALLY WANT TO UPLIFT THAT, UH, IN ADDITION, THERE NEEDS TO BE A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE WITH LEGAL STANDING TO DIRECT, UH, AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE, UH, DECISIONS AND, UH, WORK DONE BY THE ECP BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MUST BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

AS I WAS SAYING A MOMENT AGO, PARTICULARLY FOLKS WHO WILL BE MOST IN PEOPLE, LIVING IN AREAS THAT WE MOST IMPACTED BY THE PROJECT AND POTENTIAL DISPLACEMENT WHO ARE LOW INCOME AND BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS.

AND THAT'S MY FULL TIME.

SO THANK YOU FOR HEARING NOW.

AND WHEN I LEAVE YOU ALL THAT, IT'S STILL UP TO THE VOTERS AND I DON'T THINK THE VOTERS WILL APPROVE A PROJECT THAT DOESN'T SEND YOUR EQUITY.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT, THE NEXT SPEAKER IS IT PIERCE BURNETTE? DR.

BURNETT, DR.

BURNETT, YOU MIGHT BE ON ME.

WE CAN COME BACK TO HER CHAIR AND MAYOR WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER.

NEXT SPEAKER IS DAVE DOB.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME MR. THANK YOU.

YES, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UH, THANK YOU, CHEYENNE.

UH, GREETINGS COUNCIL MEMBERS AND CAPITAL MEMBER BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M DAVE DOBBS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TECHS ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND SPEAK TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE AUSTIN FENCES PARTNERSHIP ATP TO FACILITATE AND FUND THE PROJECT, THE NEC VISION FOR BUILDING AND OPERATING A COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL RAIL BASED PUBLIC FENCES SYSTEM FOR THE CAPITAL OF TEXAS.

WELL, THERE ARE MULTIPLE REASONS FOR DOING THIS RANGING FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

IT IS THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF URBAN RAIL AND THE INCREASED TAX BASE THAT WE'LL BRING TO THE CITY THAT MAKES THE AUSTIN, THAT PARTNERSHIP THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

AND IT PIRU PAPER FOR THE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES THAT WE DID LAST YEAR ABOUT NEW UNITED STATES LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS BUILT AFTER 1981, WE FOUND THAT WHERE OUR STUDIES WERE AVAILABLE, THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT WAS POSITIVE.

IN OTHER WORDS, NEW DEVELOPMENT, NEW TAX BASE, AROUND LIGHT RAIL STATIONS, MORE THAN OFFSET.

THE COST OF BUILDING THE LIGHT RAIL LINE.

HERE ARE THREE EXAMPLES IN $2,018 THAT CAN BE EASILY FOUND ON THE WEB RIDERSHIP NUMBERS ARE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

AND THAT THING 96, THE DALLAS AREA, RAPID FENCE SYSTEM OR DARK BEGAN WITH A 20 MILE STARTER LINE THAT IS TODAY A 93 MILE SYSTEM WITH 64 STATIONS AND MORE THAN 92,000 RIDERS DAILY, ACCORDING TO A 2014 DARK STUDY, THEY CAPITAL COSTS FOR THIS WAS 7 BILLION, $34 MILLION, WHICH WAS PRODUCED $10.8 BILLION WORTH OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR A 150% RETURN ON INVESTMENT TWIN CITIES, METRO RAIL

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RAIL OPERATING IN 2004, AS IT IS NOW A 23 MILE SYSTEM CONNECTING DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS TO THE MALL OF AMERICA AND TO DOWNTOWN ST.

PAUL, IT HAS 75,300 DAILY RIDERS AND SEVEN STATIONS.

A 2018 METH COUNCIL STUDY PUT THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT AT 2 BILLION IN DOLLARS THAT IT CREATED $8.4 BILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PAY 400 RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR A HUNDRED PERCENT RETURN ON INVESTMENT VALLEY.

METRO RAIL AND PHOENIX OPENED IN 2008 WITH 19.6 MILES OF LIGHT RAIL TO TEMPE AND NOW HAS EXPANDED TO 28.2 MILES WITH 38 STATIONS AND 47,000 RIDERS DAILY.

THE CAPITAL COST FOR 2.9 BILLION, BUT SHIELDED 11 VISITS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ACCORDING TO THE DASH 379% RETURN ON INVESTMENT CONSUL NUMBERS AND CAPITAL NORTH METRO BOARD MEMBERS.

I COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK TO REACH THIS POINT.

I URGE YOU TO PUT THIS BEFORE THE BOATERS OF NOVEMBER 3RD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. THANK YOU.

I BELIEVE A DOCTOR CALL IT PIERCE BURNETT IS BACK ON THE LINE.

NOW YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR ADLER, COUNCIL MEMBERS, PERSON COOPER AND MEMBERS OF THE CAP METRO BOARD.

I'M COMING TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON, WEARING MANY HATS AS AN AUTHOR, RESONANT A PERSON OF COLOR AND EDUCATOR, A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND ACTIVIST, AND SOMEONE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE DEPENDING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN VARIOUS CHAPTERS OF MY LIFE.

AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE HATS ARE TIPS TO BEING A SUPPORTER OF PROJECT CONNECT.

I'M A STAUNCH BELIEVER THAT EDUCATION IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER THAT IT'S A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF OUR TIME AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESS.

OUR UNFORTUNATE BARRIERS.

AND WITH RESPECT TO AFFORDABILITY IS ONE OF THOSE BARRIERS.

MANY OF MY STUDENTS LIVE OFF CAMPUS WITH QUITE A BIT OF A COMMUTE BECAUSE OF THE DEPLETION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AROUND THE CAMPUS HERE.

AND HE, AND MANY OF THOSE DO HAVE TO WORK TO PAY FOR COLLEGE WHILE IN COLLEGE, WHETHER THEY LIVE ON CAMPUS OR NOT BEFORE COVID-19 WHEN I WOULD COME TO CAMPUS IN THE MORNING BETWEEN SEVEN 30 AND EIGHT, I WOULD SEE STUDENTS WHO LIVE ON CAMPUS AT THE BUS STOP ON CHECON.

I ONCE ASKED ONE OF THEM WHERE THEY WERE HEADED SO EARLY IN THE MORNING, SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WORK.

SHE TOLD ME SHE HAS TO TAKE THREE BUSES TO GET TO HER DESTINATION AND IT TAKES HER TWO HOURS.

SO WE SURVEYED THE CAMPUS AND FOUND THAT ACCESS TO ADEQUATE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS A BARRIER ON MANY LEVELS.

IN ADDITION TO THE STUDENTS, A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF MY STAFF, MY FACULTY AND STAFF LIVE OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN WAS A COMMUTE OF UP TO 90 MINUTES AND MANY WOULD PREFER PUBLIC TRANSIT IN ADDITION TO IMPROVE THAN EFFICIENT ACCESS, WHICH IS PROMISED BY PROJECT CAN NETAPP CONNECT.

I BELIEVE THERE IS ANOTHER ELEMENT OF THIS PROJECT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO AMPLIFY VARIOUS LARGE SCALE TRANSIT PROJECTS OF THIS NATURE ACROSS OUR NATION DID NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF DISPLACEMENT.

AND THE IMPACT WAS THAT THEY SADLY DESTROYED PROUD, VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOODS.

I BELIEVE AUSTIN MUST BE INTENTIONAL AND DOG TO HOLD OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO GUARD AGAINST THAT HAPPENING HERE.

DISPLACEMENT IS A PROBLEM.

THE ICONIC AMERICAN AUTHOR, MY ANGLE, WHO WROTE THAT WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE DO BETTER.

AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DEMONSTRATING THAT WE IN FACT DO NO BETTER HERE IN AUSTIN BY COMMITTING $300 MILLION TO ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FOR THIS WORK.

AND WE WILL DO BETTER THIS TIME.

IT IS OUR DUTY TO CREATE AN EQUITABLE, EFFICIENT, SAFE MODES OF TRANSIT FOR ALL CITIZENS, THE LAW TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS AS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

I AM A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR A TRANSIT SYSTEM WITH EQUITY AS A CORE PRINCIPLE.

I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR HARD WORK AS PUBLIC SERVANTS.

AND I RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS AND I'M HOPING THAT YOU WILL EMBRACE ON MY ANKLE AND GLUE TAUGHT US THAT WE'LL BE NO BETTER.

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