"CAMPO's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) voted unanimously to recommend $498 million for future high capacity transit projects for Central Austin.
About an hour ago, the CAMPO TPB voted to adopt this recommendation! It now appears in the preferred scenario project list for urban transit projects in the new 2040 CAMPO Plan. At the TAC, members actually wanted it to be explicitly for "rail" but the chair and executive director urged that a more conservative path needed to be taken."
Who is CAMPO? The Central Texas Transportation planning agency.
Why is this significant? Because Austinites support CAMPO through our taxes, and much of that money is sent out of the city for other transportation projects in the larger Central Texas area. Does this means that maybe CAMPO has finally realized that Austinites are no longer willing (or even able) to be double-taxed--having tax money given to other areas, while Austinites foot our transportation projects with bonds?
FYI - this was received through email. The summary of last night's meeting is not posted yet and no media agency has yet covered this story. Confirmation will be posted as soon as we have it.