CapMetro, city of Austin discuss Prop A passage and Project Connect next steps

Nov. 4, 2020
The passage of Prop A is a pivotal step toward creating a more equitable and livable city.

Voter approved Proposition A, the transit funding measure that was on the ballot in Austin, Texas, allowing Capital Metro (CapMetro) to advance its Project Connect.

Following the historic passage of Proposition A, CapMetro hosted a virtual live event on its Facebook page to discuss Project Connect next steps.

“Austin voters decided it’s go-time for Project Connect, and we are grateful for their trust and vision for the future,” said CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke. “This YES vote for Project Connect is a huge step toward creating a more equitable and livable city, providing more and better ways for people to access jobs, education, health care and new opportunities."

An important next step is the launch of the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP) to guide the Project Connect investment with transparency and accountability throughout the project. More details will be available at the upcoming CapMetro board meeting on Nov. 23.

Beyond its expanded transit system, Project Connect will bring economic and environmental benefits that will transform Central Texas and support the growth it will continue to experience.

“I’m proud to live in a city that is looking to its future — one not satisfied with the status quo. Austin is pushing to be more sustainable, equitable and affordable in new and innovative ways,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “The community has spoken, and it demands transformative change to traffic, climate and to achieve fundamental fairness and justice for all. Thank you to the broad and deep coalition that worked so hard. Record numbers of voters, especially those young and new, showed up to make “change” the winner tonight.”

During a year of unprecedented challenges, CapMetro delivered more than eight million trips throughout the pandemic and recently opened the Downtown Station and a new electric bus charging yard — both ahead of schedule and under budget.

“I would like to take a moment to thank and honor the essential frontline workers, including our operators and support staff, for their heroic efforts to keep our city moving,” said CapMetro Board Chair Wade Cooper. “Your dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and your contribution to Austin and Central Texas is vital.”

Clarke added, “We now have an approved plan, a schedule and the dedicated funding to move us to the next phase, and we remain committed to transparency as we begin building our expanded transit network. Project Connect will shape the future for generations to come.”