Why Highland? Urban Rail Advocates Question Project Connect Process
“This was a very complicated process,” Mike Dahmus told the city’s Central Corridor Advisory Group earlier this month. “It did not have to be.”
A former member of Austin’s Transportation Commission, Dahmus has been a vocal critic of the Project Connect process. He says successful cities do one thing when it comes to creating a new transit line: run it from a dense residential area to a dense employment area.
“There is one corridor like that in Austin,” he said: the Guadalupe/Lamar region, currently served by Cap Metro’s No. 1 bus.
“That route is called Number One because it is the most heavily used route in the city,” Dahmus said. “And one of the most egregious errors by Project Connect – during a process which had bad data, bad analysis, and then bad conclusions – was an early map which showed the exact opposite.”