"...That's where 2016's Mobility Bond comes in. In case you forgot, voters that November approved a $720 million investment into the city's transportation infrastructure..."
"...It includes the five council members slated for their first re-election ballot (districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10), and the jurisdictional agreements confirming the election process. But the major aspect is of course Mayor Steve Adler's Baby, the "Go Big" Mobility Bond proposition tentatively (and unanimously) approved last week..."
"...Judging from public conversation, online buzz, and City Council discussions, any consensus on the proposed $720 million "Mobility Bond" remains a work in progress. Today's Council meeting (Aug..."
"...At a City Hall press conference today, Mayor Steve Adler and former council member Mike Martinez joined other advocates issuing statements of support for the $720 million bond proposal, which has not yet received final approval from City Council but is scheduled for a public hearing Aug. 11 and a vote either then or Aug..."
"...Although the final City Council approval of a November transportation bond proposition – or its slightly more upscale moniker, "mobility bond" – is still a couple of weeks off, the ball is certainly rolling downhill. Just before its July break (in the wee hours of July 1), Council tentatively approved (8-3) going forward on the bond, although the precise ballot language will return for final approval, and a few council members were withholding support until they see the punctuation...."
"...A few weeks ago, Mayor Steve Adler delivered a brief pitch on the mobility bond ballot proposition to a Downtown Democratic group. It was a fairly rushed and truncated version of what has become a serial stump speech, and the mayor had time for only a couple of questions before rushing off to another event..."
"...Proposition 1 (City of Austin): $720 Million Mobility Bond..."
"...• Mobility Bond: Council managed final passage of the $720 million November transportation bond proposition (aka the "Go Big Mobility Bond"), with much consternation over the ballot wording and less than unanimous dais support. Conservative council members (Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair) wanted more explicit restrictions on taxation in the ordinance; Adler countered that they were asking for "misleading" language that could not be accurate for every taxpayer and therefore would create legal liability for the city..."
"...Bonds to Remember The ordinance establishing the November Mobility Bond proposition (see "What Would $720 Million for Transportation Buy?" Aug. 5) follows quickly as Agenda Item 3, although Council may choose to hear public testimony today and postpone the actual vote to Aug..."
"...Mayor Steve Adler celebrates the victory of Prop 1, the mobility bond...."
"...TNCs aside, the most substantial mobility initiative everyone is waiting for has to do with the paired progress of Austin's Smart City Challenge entry, and the possibility of a city transportation bond package on the November ballot. A decision on the Smart City grant money – potentially $50 million to fund technological solutions to mobility issues – is due within a few weeks, and whether Austin wins, or loses to one of the six other finalists, City Council will be looking at the programs that make up that application, to either supplement or replace that money...."
"...The Bond Election Advisory Task Force is holding an additional four public listening sessions over the next 10 days. Formed by the City Council in 2016 to develop a potential bond package for November’s general election, the task force is expected to put forward its recommendation in March, according to a memo sent out on Jan..."
"...Before Election Day in 2016, when the $720 million Mobility Bond was still but a glint in Mayor Steve Adler's eye, questions were already mounting about how city staff would allocate and actually put to use such a significant amount of money. The cash is divided into three pots; the largest being $482 million for both revamping nine of the city's major thoroughfares and conducting preliminary engineering and design work on eight other stretches of road..."
"...Let's start with glad tidings already seen. Austin has shown its willingness to spend ginormous sums of public money on public goods – the $720 million 2016 mobility bond, the $1.05 billion 2017 AISD bond, and the $925 million bond package we approved with nary a care in November..."
"...With much of the tough action moving to budget prep, current City Council agendas are fairly light and adjournments relatively early. Nevertheless, last Thursday the dais did move forward on the Mobility Bond, worked through a brace of zoning cases, and somewhat grudgingly approved a Downtown rail plaza...."
"...Last Thursday’s City Council meeting featured the usual brace of postponements, but moved forward on a couple of Big Ideas: Mayor Steve Adler’s “Go Big” Mobility Bond and an attempt to lessen the burden on a beleaguered group: poor folks caught in the grim cycle of the Austin Municipal Court...."
"...It's a good thing he's got his bearings, because the upcoming year, which formally began with Monday's swearing-in of both new (Paige Ellis and Natasha Harper-Madison) and returning (Mayor Steve Adler, Ann Kitchen, Pio Renteria, Kathie Tovo) council members, isn't likely to prove any lighter a load. He'll earn the pay raise Council gave him at the end of last year as he reinvents CodeNEXT, spends the money voters approved in the 2018 and 2016 bonds, implements the long-gestating Austin Strategic Mobility Plan in conjunction with Capital Metro's Project Connect, and tackles the homelessness crisis facing every corner of the city..."
"...City Council adjourned just before 3am this morning, and an exhausted Mayor Steve Adler hosted a phone press conference today to provide a summary. The mayor had reason to celebrate: along with APD body cameras, TNC regs, and an expanded homestead exemption, his “Go Big!” mobility bond won initial approval...."
"...Capital investment 101: In Texas, when it comes to local government, no bonds will mean no infrastructure...."
"...The centerpieces of the proposed Nov. 8 transportation bond – dubbed the "mobility bond" or "Go Big" bond by Mayor Steve Adler – are the seven "smart corridor" projects highlighted here, which have (or will soon have) corridor plans prepared by the Austin Transportation Department..."