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eight common sense reasons to vote no to Proposition 1 Bonds

1. it’s very, very deceptive.

Here’s the language you’ll see on the ballot. One long, deceptive sentence that’s gobbledygook; legal duck speak that gives approval for what you’ll actually be getting as shown in the chart below. The chart lists expenditures they knew would never get a “Yes” from a majority of Austin’s voters if they gave us the opportunity to vote on them sepa- rately. (Politicos call it “bundling”.)

“The issuance of $90,000,000 in tax sup- ported general obligation bonds and notes for constructing and reconstructing roads and streets; constructing, improving and recon- structing sidewalks, bikeways, and other bi- cycle and pedestrian mobility infrastructure; improving traffic signal synchronization and control systems; acquiring and installing traf- fic signals; constructing, reconstructing, and improving drainage facilities related to these improvements; funding design and engineer- ing for roads, streets, drainage, traffic signal, sidewalks, bikeways, and other bicycle and pe- destrian mobility infrastructure; and acquir- ing land and interests in land and property necessary to do so; and the levy of tax suf- ficient to pay for the bonds and notes.”

2. ignores the real problems.

What about MoPac? Most who have the pleasure of daily rush hour(s) there know all about heavy traffic. Austin has 11 of the top 100 worst traffic spots in Texas, according to the Texas Dept. of Transportation, yet Prop. 1 spends just 3% of its budget on only one of them. 183? MoPac? Forget it. Think sidewalks.

4. under 25% for auto traffic.

Somehow, less than a quarter of the money is earmarked for increasing automobile capacity on our already congested roads. It’s nice to have amenities such as trails and prome- nades, but we desperately need relief for Austin’s traffic-jammed streets.

7. amenities trump traffic.

$14.4 million would be spent on boardwalks. Will these reduce traffic congestion? Of course not. And in the absence of rush hour pedestrian gridlocks, it makes little sense to spend such a large proportion of our limited funds on what can only be called a nice extra if we could afford it. Council also says it won’t increase taxes. Really? They probably just “forgot” to remove that phrase from the ballot language. (See the last two

lines of bond language in Reason 1.)

5. it adds little real capacity.

Though the bond’s proponents tout increased traffic capacity, the city counts pedestrians, bikes and, presumably, pogo sticks as cars. So while it may get easier to walk around, the drive home is still going to be a slow, frustrating process.

3. Creates more congestion.

Removing existing traffic lanes for sidewalks and bike lanes will conse- quently increase congestion on key streets. If you like 2nd Street, you’re going to love the proposed 3rd Street reconstruction (and reduction). For a preview, stroll down Brazos or Colorado Streets. Fewer lanes of traffic are better, right? Converting 7th and 8th to two-way streets is yet another “inspired improvement” (also being proposed for 9th, 10th, Brazos, Colorado, San Jacinto and Trinity in the next 5 years). enjoy!

8. it invites further disaster.

Approval will lay the groundwork for a much larger folly. 2012 ballot plans include a $1.5 bIllIon trolley (with $23 million in annual operating costs) which promises to replicate Cap Metro’s riderless rail fiasco on a far grander scale, rob basic and social services budgets and still do nothing for neighborhoods. how

stupid do they think we really are?

6. neighorhoods lose again.

Much of the money is being spent in and around downtown. No sur- prises here. The vast majority of the budget labeled as “regional”, for in- stance, will be spent in or adjoining downtown. They must believe the neighborhoods won’t notice or care.

The devil is in the details. The City of Austin’s Proposition 1 Bond budget breakdown is below. Read carefully. Is hiding the truth the same as not telling the truth? You decide.

Rank ID Project Type Description northwest northeast southwest southeast Central/CBD regional 1 5985 Transit
Rank ID
Project Type
Description
northwest
northeast
southwest
southeast
Central/CBD
regional
1
5985
Transit
Relocate utilities in preparation for great streets and
bus platforms for Rapid Bus on Lavaca/Guadalupe
$2,000,000
3
592
Highway
IH 35 Corridor
$1,000,000
4
1739
Ped / Sidewalk / Bicycle
Riverside Multi-modal improvements
$600,000
5
2096
Arterial
3rd St Reconstruction / Lance Armstrong Bikeway
$8,000,000
6
316
Ped / Sidewalk / Bicycle
Reconstruct Manchaca and add Bike Lanes
and sidewalks on Manchaca
$100,000
8
1801
Arterial
MLk Corridor
$450,000
11
5991
Mobility Trail
kramer Lane Multi-Use Trail
$700,000
12
2075
Mobility Trail
Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake
$14,400,000
13
5979
Ped / Sidewalk
Waller Creek Street and Trail Improvements and
Sabine St / 6th St Pedestrian Promenade
$2,700,000
15
2344
Arterial
Airport Blvd Corridor (Lamar to US 183)
$430,000
16
387
Highway
Mopac Corridor
$100,000
18
262
Bicycle
Guadalupe Bicycle Facilities: 45th St to 24th St
$650,000
19
308
Ped / Sidewalk
4th St @ IH 35 Crossing Improvements
$200,000
22
2079
Ped / Sidewalk
Johnston Terrace Safe Route to School
$100,000
25
1155
Intersection
US 183 between US 290 and US 71
Traffic Signal Improvements
$250,000
26
2330
Arterial
7th St and 8th St Conversion to Two-Way
$250,000
28
1125
Bicycle
Bike Crossing at Jollyville @ US 183
$465,000
29
5049
Arterial
Manor Rd Redesign
$725,000
30
1521
Intersection
Pleasant Valley 5th St to 7th St
Intersection Improvements
$465,000
33
496
Intersection
RM 620 Corridor Improvements at RM 2222
$400,000
34
2293
Arterial
Congress Ave Widening 1.1 mile gap at William Cannon
$300,000
35
323
Ped / Sidewalk
Brodie Ln Sidewalks
$500,000
41
5992
Bicycle
Dessau/Cameron Bike Lanes
$150,000
42
1837
Arterial
Rundberg Extension: Metric to Burnet
$1,400,000
43
2205
Arterial
Rundberg Extension: Cameron to Ferguson
$860,000
44
1642
Bicycle
Continuous Bike Lane on Barton Springs Rd
$750,000
45
421
Intersection
“Y” at Oak Hill Roadway Improvements
$4,000,000
2007
Highway
IH 35 / E 51st St Interchange
$2,300,000
ToTal
$2,965,000
$4,915,000
$4,900,000
$700,000
$15,015,000
$15,750,000
$44,245,000
Distributed Programs
25% Trail Street / 75% Arterial
Ped / Sidewalk
Intersection
Neighborhood Street
Ped / Sidewalk / Bicycle
Arterial
30% Arterial / 70% Neighborhood
Travis County Partnership Program
ADA Compliance Program
Signals / Management / Improvements
Traffic Calm / Matching / Quiet Zone
General PBT Program Fund
Corridor Preservation
Roadway Reconstruction
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$4,000,000
$2,000,000
$1,500,000
$1,500,000
$3,500,000
$1,500,000
$10,000,000
$728,994
$728,994
$728,994
$728,994
$728,994
$555,030
$4,200,000
$179,982
$439,946
$1,800,090
$100,000
$179,982
$2,700,000
$481,000
$481,000
$481,000
$2,431,000
$481,000
$4,355,000
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
$2,345,000
$2,800,000
$2,500,000
$8,455,000
$1,900,000
$1,500,000
$19,500,000
ToTal
$8,699,976
$12,864,940
$11,910,084
$17,914,994
$19,804,976
$18,805,030
$90,000,000
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Paid for by Sensible Transportation Solutions for Austin PAC, P.O.Box 43, Austin, TX 78767, 512-450-5108, Dominic Chavez, former President, Castlewood-Oak Valley Neighborhood Association, Treasurer

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