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Will Highland Mall ever have enough riders for urban rail to make sense?

Julio Gonzalez, over at Keep Austin Wonky:

The problem with the ER-HL light rail proposal is that its corridor can’t realistically develop in such a way that it achieves the ridership levels… more

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October 28, 2014
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A billion-dollar decision: Austin Prop 1 Q&A

Are the federal matching funds a sure thing?

No. Austin likely would make it through the federal New Starts grant process over the next few years and get substantial money, absent sharp cuts in federal transit spending. But New Starts’… more

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October 27, 2014
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Project Connect featured in Wastebook 2014

Each year, US Senator Tom Coburn publishes Washington’s worst spending of the year. On page 61, we read:

In addition to questions about how public funds have been used to shape public opinion, Project Connect… more

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October 27, 2014

Opinion: Austin Prop 1 the Wrong Rail Route


Austin Prop 1 is the wrong urban rail route, including this summary from Mike Dahmus, a local transit advocate who attended Project Connect meetings that led to Prop 1, quoted by the author, Mark Cathcart:

Please don’t fall for… more

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October 26, 2014

Urban Rail PAC bankrolled by Republican donors?

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Unfortunately, the Let’s Go Austin PAC has favored ideological attacks over a campaign on the merits of the plan. Therefore, we think it is now relevant to examine the funding sources behind the Let’s Go… more

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October 23, 2014

Fed bucks for Austin urban rail no slam dunk

Fed bucks for Austin urban rail no slam dunk

For the very largest projects, with total costs of $1 billion or more, the federal share has fallen even further, to an average of about 33 percent per project,” testified Peter Rogoff, who was then the head of the Federal… more

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October 21, 2014
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Why Start-ups Should Not Support Austin’s Proposition 1


Cory Brown, speaking Austin’s tech language at LocalMustard.com:

Tech companies often use the term “minimum viable product”. Releasing an MVP allows you to get feedback and guidance from a sample set of… more

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October 14, 2014
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Is the Project Connect Marketing Campaign going too far?

This is a part of a letter AURA recently wrote to the CapMetro Board:

As taxpayers and transit advocates, we are concerned about the expenditure of public money for this campaign-related advertising. While the… more

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July 15, 2014
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Where will the urban rail Park and Ride be located?

Dave Dobbs and Lyndon Henry, on AustinRailNow.com, recently wrote:

You have to put your transit station, with park & ride (P&R) access, near the outer end of the traffic jam. You don’t have to be a transportation savant… more

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July 14, 2014
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Why do pro-transit advocates oppose Austin’s urban rail plan?

Mike Dahmus, posted a letter to City Council he recently wrote:

Despite what you hear from Project Connect, this is not simply a matter of wanting rail on Guadalupe and Lamar first. Those of us involved in transit… more

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June 25, 2014