I know we hear so much talk about transportation and the latest 'fix' that sometimes we just tune it out. But there's a huge problem with Project Connect.
A 600 million dollar problem.
The City decided they wanted to run a rail line to Mueller. Here's what they aren't telling Austinites. Because of infrastructure needs and right of way issues, a rail line to Mueller is prohibitively expensive. It will probably cost 600 million dollars.
To do this, they now have to justify the cost - and that means proving that Highland and ERG are the corridors we should be working on.
Let me repeat. The cost they are trying to justify is 600 million dollars.
600 million dollars to build a special rail line for a neighborhood of 7,000 people.
600 million dollars so one neighborhood doesn't have to drive 6-10 minutes to downtown.
Should we be spending 600 million dollars on one neighborhood, when North Lamar/Guadalupe, the spine of our city, is failing?
You can check out the data for yourself - just see the links at the bottom of our last update.
Links that show a huge discrepancy in the official data and the actual data.
Links that show that the needs along North Lamar/Guadalupe outweigh the needs of the Highland and ERG corridor:
Oh and oddly, even the state says North Lamar/Guadalupe is congested:
Please call in on Tuesday - lets stand up to Project Connect.
Lets tell them that if they want to spend 600 million dollars of tax payer money, than they should be spending it on the corridors where the greatest needs are.
On Tuesday, Project Connect is going to do something new - they are going to hold a 'Community Conversation'
November 26th from 7-9 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall. The conversation will feature a dial-out to 50,000 Austin residents, as well as in-person and online participation. A toll-free number, (888) 409-5380, will also be available for community members to call-in.
Real-time Spanish translation will also be available. Additionally, participants will be able to contribute via text message and social media. The presentation will be carried live on the City's television station Channel 6 and will also be streamed online.
The Televised Community Conversation is one of the last opportunities the public has to give input before the Central Corridor Advisory Group makes a recommendation about which of 10 sub-corridors should move forward into Phase 2 of the Central Corridor Study to select a mode of transportation and alignment/route.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Televised Community Conversation
Austin City Hall, Council Chambers
301 W. Second St.Austin, TX 78701
More information is available at: projectconnect.com
Reasonable accommodations and equal access to communications are provided upon request. Please call 512-369-6201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please call in on Tuesday!
Want to pass this on to friends and neighbors? Please give them the direct link:
(and yes, it would be nice to know how they chose the 50,000 residents they are going to dial-out to -
but strangely, Cap Metro isn't releasing that info)
~Editor -North Austin Community Newsletter