"Some die-hard public transit supporters say Austin’s 9.5 mile, $1.38 billion urban rail proposal is misguided, too expensive, and follows a poorly traveled route.
"Why would a city our size put in something that is so pricey on a very weak route?" former Capital Metro board vice president Lyndon Henry says. "This is insane."
Henry has been fighting for urban rail in Austin since the 1970s. He's now serving as a technical advisor for the Texas Association for Public Transportation, which is advocating for an urban rail route along Lamar and Guadalupe.
"The main travel corridor is in the center of the city," Henry says. "That's where it needs to go."
You can hear our interview with Henry below. For a contrasting view, you may also want to listen to our interview last week with Kyle Keahey, who's leading Project Connect, the coalition of city and transportation groups behind the current proposal."