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A. Austinites work and commute to and from all corners of the city. Work centers are not centralized, nor should be a mass transit system that properly accommodates them. Centralized mass transit only works in cities where work centers are relatively centralized.

For a mass transit system to become useful enough for people to truly consider using in Austin and surrounding areas, it must be capable of connecting them from their small corner of the city or suburb to their destination in another corner or suburb quickly and efficiently. The current system and recent proposals clearly do not accomplish that, hence most of us continue to use our own transportation.

B. Before a workable mass transit system can even be proposed, analysis of the best means to connect the majority to their final destinations efficiently needs to be determined, summarized and clearly communicated. Easily said, but no small task here in Austin due to the plethora of non-centralized work centers. This is by far, where the real work needs to be done.

C. After sufficient analysis, a tenable set of plans will become apparent. These will need to be reviewed with feedback from all of us, as we are the potential users. (Until we all agree the plan is useful enough for each of us to actually use, it will need more work.) In this context, "sufficient analysis" means taking a honest look at commuter true needs and psychology and create a system that fully accommodates the realities.

D. When there is public consensus that a set of tenable proposals exists, then the system can be built, step by step, starting with the areas of highest need and usage first.

E. What is this system that can accomplish the seemingly impossible?

Conceptually, it is a combination of extremely well-planned N-S and E-W rail in the four corners of the city; combined with smaller, nimble commuter shuttles, buses and/or trains at each of the criss-crossing hubs, that distribute people to/from their final/initial destinations - the spokes of each wheel.

Implementation: The prior paragraph introduced the concept. Analysis will reveal the need for more than four major intersecting rail points. It will likely be ten to twelve, three of which will be distributed through central Austin, the remaining being at major distribution points at the corners of the city: 71/290 W, Hwy 360 center and at each end point, E. Ben White, S. Cedar Park, Specific Loop 1 segments, Parmer and others. Additionally each rail will need to have multiple trains running simultaneously, with a side tracks built to support segmented group stops per train, the concept being that some trains on the track only travel end-to-end, while others divert to localized stops along the track path and then rejoin the main track. Like any train system, the user will need to know which train letter or number goes to the desired end-point. Precise timing between trains is required and easily accommodated with today's technology. Frequently tested, fail-safe track safety measures are a requisite.

F. Much more could be written on the actual intersecting hub locations and the satellite commuter shuttle system - that is left to a proper study of forecasted needs. The goal here is to simply introduce the vision that a functional non-centralized system is required. With the correct vision, and good planning, the pieces can come together, bit by bit.

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Not like the one voters turned down in November. We need to do something that goes from south Austin to north Austin and then connect east and west Austin and all other parts of Austin. We also need to but Busses where there are not Busses here in Austin

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Pete Lopez about 1 month ago

When I come to Council the room is generally packed for the first 30 minutes by what appears to be Executives from departments. Is it really necessary for all highly priced executives to be there, can an Assistant City Manager over that department answer any questions that council might have? How much payroll and fuel is wasted on this? And then when they leave after the consent agenda is passed they make so much noise it disrupts the meeting.

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The Public Safety Commission is driven by political agendas and has no input from the citizens for the most part what I see they just have public safety staff answer questions that have little value. Waste of time for the staff to research and prepare briefings when they don't really care what is said.

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It was impossible to find a 20 square foot crap-free area at Zilker a month ago.

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Austin has many deferentially zoned neighborhoods that have no walkable option for small commercial establishments like bars, restaurants, and cafes. It would be great to see a loosening of the city's zoning (whether through loosening zoning criteria, making conditional use permits easier, or by changing the General Plan) to allow conversion of old homes to neighborhood restaurants, cafes, grocers, etc.

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Broader age designs for parks. Presently, designed for young people with children around plays scapes and athletics. Few areas for seniors or singles to just relax and enjoy reading, walking dogs, listening to music or enjoying internet (however, parks should also have free WiFi.

Most parks do not have benches or restrooms in quiet areas.

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J Ascher about 1 month ago

As a new city council, I propose that you consider the following items to improve life and conditions here. 1) Development All new or redevelopment must be able to operate within existing infrastructure capacity. If one or more projects in an area exceed the capacity, the developer must contribute at least 50% toward the cost of upgrades. This cost may not, under any circumstances, be mitigated elsewhere in the permitting or construction phase of the project. The city needs to address the needs of existing residents and businesses before attracting newcomers. Maintaining neighborhood integrity and character is vital too - long term residents should not be forced out because some moneybags come to town to "improve" an area.

2) Transportation Eliminate the bike lane program and remove any such lanes installed since 2014. Bike lanes reduce roadway capacity in an already strained roadway system and have been installed on unsuitable roads such as Annie/Woodland Ave and east Live Oak St. The construction of these features makes travel far more difficult for the vast majority of roadway uses and serves a miniscule portion of the commuting public. Furthermore, construction sites must not be able to obstruct pedestrian or vehicular rights of way at any time or for any reason. This includes eliminated parking spots and sidewalks. A construction site must be able to conduct its operations entirely within the projects boundaries.

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There are hundreds of homes in Austin that were built as single family dwellings as were their septic systems. Hundreds of these homes have been allowed to operate Short Term Rentals / Hotel like operations. These septic systems were built as single family dwellings. They can not withstand these types of operations and are not being monitored. Hundreds of renters come and go on a daily basis. This is sad as most of these homes are along Lake Austin and much of this waste is probably going under ground into our waterways. Austin is suppose to care about our waterways. How can this be ???? When they allow STRs with septic systems to continue their operation. This his needs to stop !!!!!!

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Enhancing public participation at City Council is a great idea. The total number of committees recommended is far too many and could end up working against minority, Black and Brown residents and neighborhoods versus resolving issues and problems in those communities. Council needs to look at historical disparities, inequities and the unintended or intended results of 86 year old 1928 Austin Plan. From a historical perspective, Austin is one of the most segregated and divided cities in the country where more than one Austin exist; yet, the division goes unnoticed by most City residents, visitors and workers. (Note: The postings go to City departments versus a City Council drop box.)

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