Senioritis hasn’t set in on Austin bloggers, at least not this week. Lots of great posts and great analysis below:
- Julio Gonzalez Altamirano aka Keep Austin Wonky put in work this week on the ongoing Project Connect disaster. He started off sharing his email to City Council about Project Connect’s total lack of transparency on the methodology or source data for their ridership and cost estimates. Julio has been asking for this information for weeks, but Project Connect has stonewalled the entire time. Eventually, Cap Metro PR farted out a variation on “well, we’ve released everything we’ve released ¯_(ツ)_/¯“
- Next, Julio surgically dismantles the argument for “political trophies” made by Austin establishment advocates, who think anyone critical of the Project Connect process needs to get on board, else we may never get any transit improvements for 200 years.
- In a third post, Julio points out Project Connect’s “Peak Misinformation”. In their route proposal, Project Connect, for a reason they won’t share (see lack of transparency above), considers 25-36% of capacity to be the same as 0%. Why does this matter? Well, if voters see that much cheaper bus improvements can perform as well as rail, why would they give you $1.4B?
- Bill Oakley asks a very simple question: Who do you know who actually supports Project Connect’s urban rail plan?
- Since the answer to Mr. Oakley’s question is “No one not on the payroll,” Jace Deloney has a great post on how Austin can move forward and implement real, meaningful improvements to transit in Austin — after the urban rail vote is over.
Photo by me IG: LocalMustard. Morrow Street by railroad tracks.