Project Connect DOA

RECEIVED Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Dear Editor,
    The Jan. 17 issue had a major article on the upcoming Project Connect transit plan ["Get On Board," News]. But nowhere in that article did I see the three most critical words for Austin voters: REMOVING CAR LANES!
    I can assure you that the entire outcome of a November election will turn on that issue. More so than the cost or any other factor in the debate. You can take it to the bank!
    I am asking you to please consider bringing up this issue as soon as possible in the Chronicle. Does anyone really expect Austin voters to approve rail lines along Guadalupe, North Lamar, and South Congress? Or dedicated bus-only lanes? Does anyone really believe that the heavy car traffic on those roads could become anything less than completely intolerable with rail or bus lines crammed onto those roads?
    At the very minimum, we should demand a detailed analysis of the traffic impact of reducing those car lanes. Failure to confront that issue fairly and honestly will doom the proposal before it is even formally adopted.
    Of course, the brand-new wrinkle of a special property tax increase is another huge concern. Who do you know that has a closet full of extra cash that they can afford to spend on top of our already crippling property taxes?
    This new transit plan is dead on arrival!
Bill Oakey
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