Dear Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and Council Members:
The item authorizing the execution of a contract with the University of Texas
to evaluate the economic Project Connect sub-corridors is missing the contract
Please consider postponing this item until the public can see the contract
and what is being proposed.
The RCA contains language that refers to a tool that delivered the
now-infamous $31 billion ROI for the Mueller urban rail proposal. The details of
that model were never made public, and there are remaining concerns about the
integrity of the projections it generated. The data cannot be used in the FTA
prescribed Alternatives Analysis process, and the action may not be consistent
with the current Project Connect ILA under which the city is a party.
There is also a potential conflict of interest that must be addressed in the
contract in that the outcome of the process described in the RCA may financially benefit the University of Texas.
Thank you for your consideration,
Central Austin Community Development Corporation