While the current Project Connect plan is not perfect, I think it deserves a strongly supportive statement from neighborhood advocates. If you want to learn more about the Project Connect plan, please check out the FAN calendar for upcoming virtual meetings and Q&A sessions with Capital Metro and city officials.
I suggest approaching FAN’s support from a high level and not getting bogged down in too many details. I also suggest focusing on quality passenger experiences, ridership, and capacity to meet demand. Below is a possible draft.
FAN supports the Project Connect plan for a high-quality, high-capacity transit system, and calls for:
- Dedicated pathways for high-ridership corridors to improve travel times, frequency, and predictability for passengers.
- Rail on Austin’s proven, highest-ridership transit corridors, prioritizing Guadalupe-Lamar.
- Design characteristics that foster a quality passenger experience and high ridership, such as:
a. Smooth, quiet rides.
b. Station platforms with all-door, level boarding.
c. Simple and convenient fare structures and ticketing options (including on platforms).
d. Safety, comfort, and accessibility for passengers throughout their journeys, especially passengers connecting on foot, bicycles, scooters, or wheelchairs.
e. Maps, schedules, and real-time information readily accessible to passengers as they make their journeys.
- Capacity that meets future ridership demand and does not create “choke points” for transit.
- Current and future expansion plans that benefit all kinds of riders.
FAN’s vision calls for improved and more widely accessible transit. By prioritizing corridors and a quality passenger experience, the Project Connect plan helps us get closer to making this vision a reality.
Please share your comments and suggestions!
p.s. Thanks to @alyshalynn, @jcrossley, @dkesh, @steboknapp, @Mateo_Barnstone, @mdahmus, @chris78701, Susan Somers, @andrewwclements, @jacedeloney, @jlaycock and many others who have shaped the transit conversation over the years. Most of what I have proposed in this draft comes directly or indirectly from them, though I certainly am not claiming that they agree with all of it.