Next Steps: The Project Connect partners will work with the Transit Working Group to implement the recommendations on operation and planning for high-capacity transit, provided by the peer analysis conducted by the APTA.
The Project Connect partners also anticipate hiring an urban rail program director to facilitate planning and outreach for the next phase of high-capacity transit.
Download presentations and map images showing the regional transit vision, as well as the APTA peer review: www.connectcentraltexas.org
About Project Connect: Project Connect is a partnership between Central Texas transportation agencies aimed at implementing the high-capacity transit component of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization 2035 Plan. The CAMPO plan was adopted by regional government representatives in 2010, after a nine-month public outreach process involving policy makers and community stakeholders. The initial Project Connect partnership includes the City of Austin, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Lone Star Rail District and CAMPO. To implement these projects, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has convened a group of regional stakeholders for a panel called the Transit Working Group.
About the Transit Working Group: As a committee of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the Transit Working Group will evaluate and provide input toward a regional high capacity transit plan for Central Texas and explore how its various components work as a system to fulfill the region’s transportation and future growth needs. The 15-member group is made of regional public and private sector leaders and is chaired by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Transit Working Group members include:
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Chair
John Langmore, Capital Metro Board Member
Martha Smiley, Austin Area Research Org.
Mayor Alan McGraw, City of Round Rock
Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County
Tom Stacy, Downtown Austin Alliance
Johnny Limon, Community Leader
Barry McBee, UT System
Bobby Jenkins, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Scott Flack, Real Estate Council of Austin
Andre Dukes, Texas Facilities Commission
Darrel Pierce, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Commissioner Will Conley, Hays County Commissioner
William Pina, Bastrop County
Jesus Garza, Seton Family of Hospitals Council Member
Bill Spelman, City of Austin
Sid Convington, Lone Star Rail Board
About the APTA Peer Review: Linda Watson, on behalf of the Project Connect partners, requested the peer review from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Leaders from five transit organizations in Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Dallas, Portland and Denver spent three days interviewing agency staff and community members, and reviewed materials to provide a set of best practices for moving forward.
Francine Pares, Capital Metro, (512) 389-7435, (949) 244-4574 cell
Karla Villalon, City of Austin, (512) 974-7246, (512) 922-3666 cell
Joseph Black, Lone Star Rail District, (512) 558-7368, (512) 749-2150 cell