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Basel, Switzerland and a number of other cities have a hospitality tax that is paid on any overnight stay at a hotel, motel, short term rental, etc. Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay. This increases ridership, promotes sustainable methods of getting around, keeps car off the roads (especially ones with people who don't know their way around), and it helps subsidize the public transit networks for those who live here full-time.

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I would like Travis County working with the City of Austin and txDOT to purchase / develop a road that connects Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

What I propose: - A new road extending from Southwest Parkway, directly east of Mission Oaks Blvd, joining up with Industrial Oaks Blvd at Hwy 290W service road that has an existing traffic light. - Put a street light in at Mission Oaks Blvd and Southwest Parkway. - Remove street light at Boston Lane and Southwest Parkway. - Make Boston Lane right turn only on to Southwest Parkway. - No left hand turn allowed from Southwest Parkway when heading west onto Boston Lane.

What this will achieve: - Relieves the existing congested traffic from Boston Lane in both directions. - Removes the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway. - Allows residence of Travis Country to actually be able to leave their neighborhood on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields. - Discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

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We would've passed comprehensive light rail in 2000 had it been a municipal vote rather than countywide, and that's probably not going to change -- why would the rest of Travis County pay for us to have light rail? Perhaps we can reorganize CapMetro to be municipal rather than countywide so that we can finally pass light rail as a city without the rest of the county voting it down.

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I understand transparency and the need to tell the average voter what their taxes are being spent on. What I don't understand is giving the media every bit of information available - when that could endanger our city personnel. Case in point: New ballistics vests for APD. Nuff said, no justification is necessary. But no, not enough! Anyone that brings a rifle to the party is not acting on impulse, and they believe they can use that greater accuracy and power to further whatever fanatical ideology is driving them. In short, they are thinking and planning. And we just told these people where not to aim. I pray this does not come back to haunt us.

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I urge the city of Austin to condemn the president's executive order to put a hold on immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries. Our economy depends on innovation, much of which is generated by foreign-born engineers and business people. I have worked in various high tech companies, with a high proportion of people from the targeted countries. I can say without a doubt that product developement would go much slower without their contributions.

Can we get no left turns on westbound 3rd from Trinity to Guadalupe? Traffic is blocked by the lead car trying to make a left and if lucky only 1 car gets through per green. The bike lane curb traps all traffic behind the lead car.

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Reprogram pedestrian walk signal, so that all pedestrians are walking at the same time. Not when vehicles are given the green light to turn, but cannot because vehicles have to yield to pedestrians. Then the green arrow changes and maybe one vehicle made a successful turn. This will greatly improve the traffic conditions downtown and campus area.

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Robert Rivera, Just a local resident of this beautiful city. about 1 month ago
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Dear Public Works :

To reduce traffic fatalities in the city of Austin I feel we need merge lane signs. Austin, Texas is the only city I have been to in America where I have not seen any merge lane signs or symbols on the road that indicate a lane is merging. I feel the lack of merge lane signs is a public safety issue and threat to motorist.

I have lived in Austin only a year and I have witnessed many horrible accidents on the road simple due to the fact no warning or indicator exist that a lane is going to merge. The lack of signs and transparency of a merging lane creates a tense atmosphere on the highways and streets of Austin especially when its raining and all of a sudden lanes merge at high speeds with no notice.

The city of Austins population is still growing and with this come more accidents. The lack of merge lane signs poses harm to the families and the people of Austin and I hope this issue in the future will be confronted so we can keep our streets safe.I do not mean to step on anyone's toes but I feel that if we do not tackle this issue that in the future we could be creating more of a work load for fire dept. EMS and police as the population grows in these next few years.

While there is money to be made in accidents for the city and state and federal government and the corporations running hospitals we should never compromise the safety of drivers for a mere buck. If there is a lack of road improvement I feel that our contributory negligence to these road hazards will one day stain the conscious of those that knew they could of worked more to protect our community. Respectively submitted.

Sincerely,

Robert Rivera

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