Capitol Metro Board of Directors approved a resolution directing the President/CEO or her designee to create and distribute a Request for Information (RFI) regarding possibilities for redevelopment of the North Lamar Transit Center, or other appropriate locations.
Capitol Metro Board of Directors approved a resolution directing the President/CEO or her designee to create and distribute a Request for Information (RFI) regarding possibilities for redevelopment of the North Lamar Transit Center, or other appropriate locations. Watch the meeting http://austintx.swagit.com/play/07302014-665/#11, and review the attached resolution.
The NLTC property has the highest market demand out of other similar park and rides, it it is stated in the video. Specifically, affordable housing developers are interested in the property and have approached Chris Riley, Vice-President of the Capitol Metro Board of Directors. The resolution/Request for Information (RFI) focuses on NLTC solely, based on marked demand rather than comparing all park and rides for feasibility of redevelopment. No numbers were given in regard to the parking capacity of other park and rides. How is the market demand determined?
In the video, CM Riley does seem to understand the issue of people crossing Lamar at this location, and the need to address that issue. How is redevelopment of the transit center going to help that issue? Take away the routes that people are crossing Lamar to go to the transit center for? How long will it take that public transit user to get where they are going, if moved? Will they be able to stay living where they currently are? Will they be able to move closer to their transit route, and will it still be as affordable? What are the stats on NLTC ridership, not just those parking, at North Lamar Transit Center in comparison to other transit centers?
The resolution passed states,"WHEREAS, the North Austin Civic Association Neighborhood Plan endorses mixed use infill development and supports higher density development along the corridors, including Lamar Boulevard where the North Lamar Transit Center is located;"
However, this is not indicated in the North Austin Civic Association's Future Land Use Map, and nowhere in the plan does it support removal of the North Lamar Transit Center. pg. 18 ftp://ftp.ci.austin.tx.us/npzd/Austingo/naca-np.pdf . A Planning Principle of NACA plan states, "If light rail is developed in the City of Austin, NACA will work with the City and Capital Metro to develop a plan for the area surrounding any light rail station that will serve the NACA area."
At the meeting, it was stated that parking at the North Lamar Transit Center is "at most 25% capacity," so I do understand that the need to study possible changes. However, the North Lamar Transit Center may be removed completely. I thought we wanted more public transit options, such as possibly extending Urban Rail to the North Lamar Transit Center? I have made those comments in the CodeNext process.
Please let me know your thoughts on this issue, and share with anyone that you think is interested.
Vice-President, North Austin Civic Association