3ten Austin City Limits Live
"...These increases happened, said Cap Metro spokesman John Julitz, because the Texas Sunset Commission had concluded that the agency was not maximizing the value of its real estate assets; after a market analysis, Cap Metro adjusted rents for all tenants. "Capital Metro incorporated gradual rent increases up to market rates over a five-year period," Julitz said, "in order to accommodate Ms..."
"...– the Project Connect team recognized potential benefits of investing in transit in any of the 10 possible sub-corridors. However, according to Capital Metro's communications specialist, John Julitz, in the final analysis the Highland sub-corridor was recommended largely because of its "potential growth" – including near the UT campus as well as the redevelopment of Austin Community College at Highland Mall..."
"...Capital Metro's Communications Specialist John Julitz said the meetings both informed and gathered public input: Attendees ranked various criteria and offered their preferences for the priority sub-corridor, with the public debate still divided between "Guadalupe/Lamar" and "Congress/Mueller." (Officials say the "core corridor" – the Capitol, Downtown Austin, and the UT-Austin campus – will be served regardless of which of the various sub-corridors is chosen, though there's considerable controversy over whether the populous West Campus area should be considered part of the core if it's not served by an eastern alignment.)..."
"...Some opponents have argued that the expense of rail will inevitably force a reduction in bus service. Cap Metro Communications Specialist John Julitz replied in an email, "There are no plans to reduce bus or any other transit service in order to fund the operation of this first urban rail line." And in the longer term, he said, both the Project Connect: North Corridor plan and the Capital Metro Service 2025 plan "call for increased bus service."..."
"...Mike Dahmus of AURA commented, "We've gotten to the point now where it's arguing about three equally ridiculous options, none of which are feasible or efficient or reasonable." Dahmus believes a better choice would be to retrofit either the Congress Avenue bridge or the South First Street bridge. Capital Metro/Project Connect spokesman John Julitz said using an existing bridge is currently not a preferred option because "the existing structures are already at capacity, and reducing lanes of traffic to accommodate any form of high-capacity transit would have a significantly detrimental impact on traffic flow in and out of Downtown."..."
"...The Project Connect team and the mayor have repeatedly stressed the importance of understanding the current proposal within the context of a long-term and much larger transit project. Describing the project as part of a public transit system, Capital Metro Communications Specialist John Julitz says the plan "will bring new riders to the entire system, and at the same time provide additional choices for people looking for options."..."
"...Capital Metro spokesman John Julitz said, "We understand that there are people who are disappointed and convinced that there are better options out there, but ... from the Central Corridor team's perspective, this is absolutely the very best option."..."
"...Donna Campbell will require San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit, not Capital Metro, to have an elected board. However, Cap Metro spokesman John Julitz noted, "These things can change over the course of a session."..."
"...We learned from Captial Metro communications rep John Julitz that they are giving Thomas until Sunday to complete the move of all personal items out of the 10,000+ square-foot historic structure. The items include "many valuable pieces of art, tools of her trade, and personal possessions still in her building," according to Pamela Booton, Pine Street Station consultant and spokesperson...."
"...While opponents of the urban rail plan have relentlessly voiced that opposition for months, official agencies such as Capital Metro and Project Connect "are in a strict 'education only, no advocacy' position," says Cap Metro's John Julitz – as is required by Texas state law regulating the use of public funds for political advertising (Texas Election Code § 255.003). Nevertheless, not everyone agrees on what constitutes "political advocacy."..."