AustinMonitor: Capital Metro could get permission to bypass voter approval of MetroRail extension

“State Rep. Celia Israel and state Sen. Kirk Watson have filed legislation at the Capitol that would make it much easier for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand its commuter rail service. On Friday, Israel filed House Bill 1726”

Confirmed by Caleb’s interview that this is intended to grease the skids for the Elgin Line, which will be an operating disaster a la the Red Line.

This also shows that the approach of playing nice to get a seat at the table for Project Connect 2.0 was a waste of time. Y’all are getting played. As I said when Javier came to talk to us, it’s clear what CM wants to do and it has nothing to do with whatever comes out of PC2.0.