Last night, City Council gave initial approval to Mayor Adler’s $720 Million “Smart Corridor” transportation bond. It now faces a final reading and vote at the Council’s August 18th meeting. On Medium, the Mayor had some interesting things to say about how the bond helps reduce car dependency.
Although well-intentioned, I’m not sure Mayor Adler’s plan will reduce car-dependency at all. If anything, it seems like it’ll increase the necessity of getting around by car since Light Rail was completely axed with the baffling excuse that we haven’t waited long enough for rail in Austin. I just don’t get it.
Personally, I think City Hall’s transportation plans are off-track. It’s already become a lot harder for folks to get around Austin without owning a car this year. I’m a MUCH bigger fan of Logan Green’s vision for American cities.
“My hope was to come up with a transportation solution that didn’t require everybody to own a car like L.A. does.” - Logan Green, Lyft’s co-founder and CEO
I know most folks must think ridesharing drivers like me just care about making money, but people are a lot more rational than we give each other credit for. I started driving with Lyft two years ago, and I continue to drive for them (along the other 250 miles of IH-35 in Texas where they’re still available), because I don’t want to have to own a car. I hate car maintenance, I hate car insurance, and I hate thinking about how much time my car sits without me in it. I believe in Logan’s vision for transportation, and I will continue to fight for innovative technology that Austin deserves. And some glorious day, I’ll sell my car and finally have the option to NOT buy another.
Read Logan’s story. This is why I Lyft: http://lat.ms/2aS9Cs6