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Community Advisory Committee

The City of Austin, Capital Metro and Austin Transit Partnership has created an advisory committee to advise all 3 partners on topics related to equity and Project Connect, including efforts to curb displacement along the Project Connect system


Special Called Meeting of CAC

August 26, 2021, 4:30 pm
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To provide feedback during committee meetings please email feedback@projectconnect.com.


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Project Connect Community Advisory Committee members:

Community Appointments:

  • Susana Almanza
  • Awais Azhar 
  • Joao Paulo Connolly 
  • Jeremy Hendricks 
  • Gretchen Flatau 
  • Theodore Fong 
  • Renee Lopez 
  • Brianna Snitchler 
  • Ex Officio Member: Alex Karner

Existing Commission & Committee Appointments

  • COA Urban Transportation Commission – Susan Somers
  • COA Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities – Kathryn Broadwater
  • COA Community Development Commission – Alberto Mejia
  • CapMetro Access Advisory Committee – Otmar Foehner
  • CapMetro Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee – David Shapiro 

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are examples of the topics the committee may advise on:

  • What transit-supportive anti-displacement tools and strategies the city should deploy
  • Community involvement and communications during the Project Connect environmental process
  • Design features of the system, particularly those that are intended to serve people with disabilities or people who need to use the system in different ways (such as parents traveling with strollers)
  • Creation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to equity

The Nominating Committee will consist of the Chairs, or a Committee Member designee of the Chair, of the City Council Housing and Planning Committee, City Council Mobility Committee, City Council Audit and Finance Committee, Capital Metro Finance, Audit and Administration Committee, and Capital Metro Operations, Planning and Safety Committee.

  • 6 community members appointed by a nominating committee (see details below for how to apply); and,
  • 5 members appointed from within the following 5 existing advisory groups (1 member each):
    • City of Austin Urban Transportation Commission
    • City of Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
    • City of Austin Community Development Commission
    • Capital Metro’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee
    • Capital Metro’s Access Advisory Committee

Staff anticipates hosting a monthly meeting of the committee. Some meetings will be shorter (about an hour) and others longer (a few hours), depending on the topics on the agenda and the discussion among the committee. 

Each members’ term is 2 years. 

While not a required time commitment, staff is hopeful that members of the committee will also uplift the community understanding of Project Connect outside of formal committee meetings. This may mean sharing information with personal networks, attending community engagement meetings, etc. This is “extracurricular” and not a requirement to serve on the committee. 

The advisory committee is anticipated to meet monthly. Once the committee members are identified, staff will work with them to identify an appropriate meeting schedule.

The meeting location will be virtual during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Once in-person gatherings are safe, an in-person/physical location for future meetings will be identified.

Yes! The Project Connect program includes many projects over the course of a 13-year timeline. There will be plenty of opportunities for all members of the Austin community to participate.