Today, Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke shared the vision for Project Connect, a regional transit plan for the Central Texas community, at the Austin Chamber's Regional Mobility Summit. The presentation included the release of maps (see below) that lay out the agency’s plan for a potential regional transit system that would provide the community with real choices for getting around.
“Our quality of life is threatened by the biggest issue our region is facing: affordabilityand the cost and access to transportation is a huge part of that,” said Clarke.
Clarke stressed the importance of dedicated pathways that allow transit vehicles to operate free from other traffic. The vision also includes a system that is fully electric powered, plus new regional park-and-ride facilities that improve access to transit.
Senator Kirk Watson spoke after Clarke in support of the vision for the future saying, "We have a shared purpose. Central Texans deserve access to frequent, affordable, safe, trustworthy, environmentally conscious and regionally integrated mobility options. And we want them as soon as practicable." Senator Watson encouraged the crowd to voice their support for the plan and participate in its success.
The next step for Project Connect is transforming this vision into the community’s plan through extensive community engagement this fall. The first opportunity for the community to join the discussion is this Wednesday, October 3. The event will be a “deep dive” into the Project Connect vision. It will take place from 6 to 8 pm at Ruiz Branch Library.