SOLUTION: Roads not rail!
A solidly engineered expansion of a well-designed road system benefits everyone: fire, police and EMS responders, service technicians such as your A/C or plumbing experts, buses and carpooling and rideshares, commuters, etc.
Only God may help you if you have an emergency at 5 p.m., because responders won't get there soon enough with Austin's traffic!
Rail seems like a noble pursuit, but it primarily benefits special interest developers, large construction companies, bond brokers, attorneys, and others who will profit immensely from it. The vast majority of Austinites will not benefit from expanded urban rail, especially residents of District 6.
It is painfully obvious by Austin's "downtown frown" that the city truly needs efficient, affordable transportation. We must allocate funds to the Austin areas that desperately need it, as indicated by real traffic engineering studies.
I agree with Travis County Taxpayer Union analyst, Roger Falk, and the Coalition On Sustainable Transportation (COST) Director, Jim Skaggs, and other transportation experts regarding Austin's mobility. Austin hassles with the worst traffic congestion in Texas, and rail will fail to alleviate that perpetual snarl!
Any effective mobility plan should ...
· Meaningfully address traffic congestion on our roadways
· Serve the most citizens
· Create solutions for all parts of town
· Capitalize on existing right of way and infrastructure
· Be cost-effective
· Have forward-vision that can embrace future technologies
If re-elected, I will continue to work with traffic engineers to bring specific proposals, like an east-west Austin freeway, and improve North-South Austin traffic flow for the notoriously congested US-183, Loop 360, and RR 620.
Our "Roads Not Rail" statement:
“The City Council, elected servants, and city government employees should diligently work with Texas Department of Transportation and various traffic engineering consultants to maximize return on investment for taxpayer-funded city wide road expansion, and should stop spending taxpayers' money on pro-rail political campaigns disguised as 'mobility studies.'"