Vote for Commuter Rail
I have a lot more to say about this, but for now, here is a message from New Ways to Connect
Early voting has started and I want to remind you the urban commuter rail proposal is the last item on the ballot. I hope you will vote FOR commuter rail because it is a common sense plan that not only addresses our transportation crisis, but also will help us manage Austin’s growth and land use patterns. The proposal is feasible and cost effective because it uses existing track and does not require new taxes.
There has been some discussion that Cap Metro’s funds should be used to reduce the need for tolls. This is a false and misleading assertion. Voters passed the sales tax for public transit over years ago and those revenues cannot be easily diverted. A vote against rail does not mean Cap Metro funds will go to road projects. Furthermore, the $60 million set aside for commuter rail would barely build 1.5 miles of road. Finally, a vote against rail could result in Austin losing millions in funds from the federal government that could help us with our transportation needs for both roads and transit projects.
Commuter rail has widespread support from community, neighborhood, environmental and business groups, as well as a diverse group of individuals. These groups have studied the proposal and understand it is an important first step in providing more transportation choices for Austin residents. Please join me and all of the people and groups listed below and vote FOR commuter rail. If you need information about early voting or have questions about the proposal, please call the commuter rail campaign office at 472-4435.
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