Travis County

Agenda Item

Approve proclamation recognizing the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) for reaching the milestone of having provided one billion trips. (Commissioner Travillion)


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Meeting History

Feb 11, 2020 9:00 AM Video Commissioners Court Voting Session
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Members of the Court heard from:

Wade Cooper, Chair, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) Board of Directors

Eric Bustos, Government Relations Manager, Capital Metro

MOTION: Approve Item 5.

MOVER:Jeffrey W. Travillion Sr, Commissioner
SECONDER:Brigid Shea, Commissioner
AYES:Sarah Eckhardt, Jeffrey W. Travillion Sr, Brigid Shea, Gerald Daugherty, Margaret J. Gómez


Feb 11, 2020 9:00 AMVideo (Windows Media) MP4 VideoCommissioners CourtVoting Session

11:50 AMThank you some for sponsor -- so much for sponsoring this very important proclamation. I'm very proud that we can be a part of this endeavor with all of our local law enforcement agencies, as well as all of the advocates and nongovernmental organizations. As you can see behind us, we've got a lot of people this meant something to that wanted to be here today. I want to point out our sro program. When it comes to ending teen dating violence, the sros play a huge part in that role, providing mentoring, education, and a support service for the students that need them. Our sros do a fantastic job in the middle schools, high schools, and partner being all ing with allof the other law enforcemet organizations. We're proud to be a part of this.
11:51 AMThanks so much for being here. All those in favor of the resolution? That passes unanimously.

11:51 AMProclamation. We appreciate all you're doing every day to reduce teen dating violence and intimate partner violence generally.
Thank you.
Thank y'all.
Thank you.
Next, let's go to agenda item number 5, to approve proclamation recognizing the capital metropolitan transportation authority for reaching the milestone of having provided 1 billion trips. Commissioner Travillion, would you like to read the proclamation?
11:52 AMSure. might need a glass of water to get through this one. [ laughing ]
Okay. and the proclamation states, whereas, the capital metropolitan transportation authority (cap metro) was formed in 1985 to provide public transportation for the people of central texas and has a mission to connect people and communities to jobs and opportunities by providing quality transportation choices; and whereas, cap metro' s vision is to transform the daily lives of central texans by providing a robust, sustainable transportation network; and whereas, capital metro continues to invest in and grow with the community, having grown from 225 vehicles in 1985 to 425 vehicles now, and provided fewer than 8 million rides in our first full year to more than 31 million rides in 2019; and cap metro has reached a milestone at 1 billion rides since its formation 35 years ago; and whereas, in the past year alone cap metro has invested $3 million in bus shelter solar-powered lighting, installed 3,000 feet of sidewalk, and improved both the acquisition and distribution of real-time transit data; and whereas, cap metro has enabled central texans to avoid adding more than 445,000 tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by taking transit instead of driving alone in their cars; and whereas, capital metro implemented the largest change to its bus network in the agency' s history in June 2018, creating a system that is more frequent, more reliable, and better connected; and whereas, the agency' s commitment to regional partnerships has improved the customer experience, working with th city of austin, travis county and the texas department of transportation to open new transit centers at westgate and norwood areas; partnered with aisd to foster a new generation of transit riders through its kids ride free initiative; and cooperating with the central texas regional mobility authority on use of the mopac managed lanes for metro express services; and whereas, the 2,100 cap metro team members - who are the foundation of the agency - exemplify the sense of mission, dedication to continuous improvement and commitment to the customer, which has resulted in increased ridership in 18 of the past 19 months; and whereas, cap metro and its regional partners are building on the strong foundation the agency has laid for project connect, an integral part of the austin strategic mobility plan and a bold vision for how we move people today and plan for tomorrow. Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that we, the travis county commissioners court, do hereby recognize the capital metropolitan transportation authority for reaching the milestone of having provided a billion trips since its formation 35 years ago and urge all public officials and citizens of travis county to raise awareness and celebrate this achievement. February 11, 2020.
11:55 AMMove approval.
I prove approval.
We have a motion and a second. It's great to have both of you here today.
Thank you.
Thank you.
I'll just say briefly we're grateful for the opportunity to be here, and especially appreciate the chance to partner with the county on so many good projects, the community first project, transportation plan, looking for other opportunities to do that. We're excited about being your tenant and neighbor here short shortly.
11:56 AMYeah, you guys are moving in.
Looking forward to many other opportunities in the future.
Thank you, judge, commissioners, board member travillion, for recognizing the billion rides today. We're very excited about, you know, our ability to connect the community and the billion rides we've had in the last 35 years. We look forward to providing the next rides. We have pins as you see chair cooper wearing today that hopefully you'll like to don and help us celebrate the billion rides.
Now that I have recovered from reading the proclamation, you know, we have sat down and worked together with wa wayne as the chair to talk about equity, to talk about what it takes to include the entire community. That's reflected in the norwood project, for example. I think that is reflected in the additional riders that we have seen in manor because of the changes that have been made out there. I think that we have a number of groups -- round rock, pflugerville, several others -- who are developing transportation development projects with capmetro. So I think that, you know, we have changed the way that we engage the community. We have stopped inviting -- it's not that we've stopped inviting them to our headquarters, but we've started going out to the meetings that the community has and become a part of the community's conversations. And I think that is significant. And I think that is something that is clearly happening because of your leadership, wayne, and the leadership of our new executive director. And I think that is the way to grow the organization, with the community instead of guiding it around the community. So I appreciate all of the changes that have been made and I look forward to meeting the challenges that we're going to face over time.
11:58 AMIt's great to have you all here, also particularly the day after we heard the campo meeting where we were discussing the 2045 plan. Capmetro is such a very important part of the 2045 plan. In 2045 there will be twice as many people as there are here now -- twice as many. And the only way we will be able to move that kind of population from their homes to work and back again, from home to school and back again, is through transit. So capmetro, you are an integral partner to that. It is with deep sadness that I report that the 2045 plan is being crafted in a way that knocks out some of y'all's projects, including the green line, which scored under the 80 points necessary to get into the 2045 plan. Something's got to change at campo.
11:59 AMIt scored under?
We cannot move these people without you. So, thank you for your deep partnership, for having moved a billion people over these past years. There will certainly be a billion trips in the future. Thank you.
Thank you.
All those in favor? that passes unanimously. Let's go down and take a photograph. We'll start with our capmetro people because there's only two of them. And then we're going to go to aly'all. We're going to break for lunch until 1:00. We're going to shorten it up because we are interviewing between 3:00 and 5:00. After we take the photographs, media, we will recess until 1:00.
1:06 PMOkay, folks, if you can't see this, then I can't see you.
Welcome back to the February 11, 2020 voting session of the travis county commissioners court.

1:06 PMWe will be doing somber views some from 3:00 to five. So I am going to be moving at a clip as we did this morning. We got a lot done, thank you so much, commissioners court. Let's go to agenda item 16. 16 is to consider and take appropriate action on a request from the travis county sheriff's office to petition the texas commission on jail standards to decommission 192 jail beds.
1:07 PMGood afternoon, sheriff.
Good afternoon, Judge And commissioners.
Good afternoon.
Go ahead.