Project Connect Named “Next Big Idea” by Austin Urban Land Institute

AUSTIN, TX (August 31, 2021) – Project Connect program was awarded the “Next Big Idea” by the Austin Urban Land Institute as part of their 2021 Impact Awards.

Several members of the CapMetro and the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP) teams were in attendance at the annual event to accept the award, including President and CEO Randy Clarke, Travis County Commissioner and CapMetro board member Jeff Travillion and Veronica Castro de Barrera, ATP board chair and community representative with expertise in architecture, engineering and construction.

The “Next Big Idea” award goes to an upcoming project, master planning effort, redevelopment program, policy or idea that will transform the industry and community. The award committee looked for innovative ideas that have the potential to positively impact Central Texans’ quality of life. The Project Connect program aims to create a more equitable and livable city that will provide more and better ways for people to access jobs, education, health care and new opportunities.

“We are honored that the Austin Urban Land Institute selected Project Connect to receive the Next Big Idea award,” said Castro de Barrera. “CapMetro, the City of Austin and ATP have been working hard to make the lives of Central Texans easier and more equitable with the Project Connect program. Receiving this award is a testament to that hard work and vision.”

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Jenna Maxfield, 512-592-2171

Tawaun Cole, 832-741-9526