June 18, 2008

So, will CapMet be smart or dumb this time?

CapMet has a number of plans for Light Rail projects (like the starter line from Downtown to Mueller) but they have to be approved by voters prior to starting. So, one has to ask... WITH NOVEMBER COMING UP, WILL CAPMET BE SMART AND PUT THIS ON THE BALLOT?

I mean, it's not like there won't be a flood of progressives going to the polls in November. If ever there were a time to get voters to sign off on long range plans, this would be it. Everyone is feeling higher fuel prices and the voters that will show up in November will be ones who are very likely to vote for anything that will cut the Austin Metro's carbon footprint.


Posted by mcblogger at June 18, 2008 01:20 PM

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So, will CapMet be smart or dumb this time?

Like we don't know the answer to that question already..

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2008 05:17 PM

No shit... and that's the really sad thing for those us who would really like a real alternative.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2008 08:08 PM

This election is going to be under the auspices of the city (possibly the county); but it's being delayed/called off by CAMPO. The city doesn't have the guts to say "fuck it, we'll build it ourselves" to CAMPO even though the current plan is 90% of the way that direction already. (CAMPO's giving very little in the way of money they oversee; it's almost all city/county/private sector funds on the table).

Posted by: mdahmus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 23, 2008 12:59 PM

That's not what I've heard... this is the local rail for the line from DT to Mueller. Fuckabuncha CAMPO, this is dumbass 'political people' at CapMet who think it would be better to wait until next May when turnout is low. The phrase I heard used was 'We can control the electorate' which is retarded since in a low turnout election anti-rail people can be a disproportionate part of the electorate.

The bottom line is that there are some not so bright people at CapMet making a decision on this based on a stupid idea.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 24, 2008 08:47 AM

I was in a group of citizens 'advising' McCracken on this. The steering wheel was wrested away from Capital Metro because their plan would have relied on operation in shared lanes, which would actually be worse than nothing; and they don't have the money to build it anyways. I believe the thinking was that if the city's going to have to pay for it, we're damn well going to make sure it doesn't suck quite as hard as a totally shared-traffic streetcar circulator would.

Cap Metro is definitely NOT making the decision on the election. And, yes, some electioneering conversations have already occurred (even in the group I participated in); but the idea is that if the city/county are going to pay for the system, it opens up the possibility of a May election (whereas Capital Metro is actually legally required to only have elections in November of even numbered years thanks to our pal Mike Krusee).

That's actually how you can tell what you were told isn't true - CM could not hold an election in May.

Posted by: mdahmus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 24, 2008 09:25 AM

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