Public Debate on Transportation here in North Austin! – Thu July 19 7 PM
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North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods

July 13th 2012

Public Debate on Transportation here in North Austin! – Thu July 19 7 PM

What kind of transportation system makes the most sense for Austin? Should the emphasis be on light rail, rapid bus, or cars? If we do move ahead with light rail, what are the best routes?

Sustainable Neighborhoods of North Central Austin and the North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods will co-host a public debate on transportation alternatives on Thursday, July 19, at 7 PM. The speakers are Skip Cameron, who will argue for an expanded rapid bus system, and Andrew Clements, who supports prioritizing rail. Both have been outspoken thinkers in our community on transportation matters. Examples of their positions can be seen at the following link:

The debate and discussion will last about an hour, followed by an update and discussion of the bond package. The meeting is at the Village Christian Apartments meeting room, 7925 Rockwood. Directions –
August 2 Council Meeting — Last Big Push for Burnet/Lamar Funding

City Council at its meeting on Thursday, August 2, 4 PM, will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012 bond package. This is the last hurdle we face to getting funding, prior to the bond election itself.

The City Manager is recommending a $385 million package that holds tax rates steady. Such a package would provide $15 million for improvements along six miles of both N Lamar and Burnet Rd. Austin Neighborhoods Council is considering a resolution to increase funding for certain neighborhood-friendly projects, including the N Lamar/Burnet improvements.

Council has heard about the strong public support expressed for the Lamar/Burnet improvements But they haven’t seen it in person – yet. Please, if you have time and support these improvements, consider coming down to the meeting.

Also, we want to speak out on this, but we want to represent you! Please take our survey here:

(We are continuing to have problems with some email providers breaking our survey link, so if the link doesn’t work, please go to and click on the survey link in the right hand corner.)

NACN will publish the results of the survey by our July 19th meetting. The bond package with the most votes will be the one NACN will be asking City Council to vote for at the August 2nd meeting.
Our latest editorial on the bond package here:

Prefer visuals? A powerpoint presentation on the 2012 bond package is here. It is in an older version of Office, so it should be easy to open if you have Open Office:
Want to contact City Council directly?

Mayor Leffingwell, 512-974-2250, [email protected]
Chris Riley, 512-974-2260, [email protected]
Mike Martinez, 512-974-2264, [email protected]
Sheryl Cole, 512-974-2266, [email protected]
Bill Spellman, 512-974-2256, [email protected]
Kathie Tovo, [email protected]
Laura Morrison, [email protected]
Marc Ott, 512-974-2200, City Manager, [email protected]
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