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Old Posted Jul 27, 2020, 5:23 PM
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Cirrus is known for his BRT Creep reference, but this would be more of a leap.

Pandemic Forces Austin And Capital Metro To Consider A Less Costly Start To Project Connect
JUL 22, 2020 By SAMUEL KING | KUT
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During a virtual community meeting, the city and Cap Metro unveiled a proposal that would fund $7 billion of the $10 billion plan with a timetable of 10 to 15 years.

The plan would still include the proposed Blue and Orange light rail lines and downtown transit tunnel, but the Gold Line would begin as a rapid bus line and be converted to a train line later. Only three new MetroRapid bus lines would be built at first, instead of the seven lines in earlier proposals.
They have also changed some of the routes.

Didn't know previously but they plan to raise property taxes for funding (as if property taxes in Texas were such a value)
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The $7 billion package would mean a potential tax rate increase of 8.5 cents, or $276 more a year on a property with a value of $325,000. It would mean $425 more a year for a home valued at $500,000.

The City Council will decide next month whether to place a tax rate election on the November ballot.
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CDOT awards 6 cities with grants to revitalize main streets
Aug 3, 2020 by: Dara Bitler/KDVR
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CDOT says the $4.1 million initiative is providing financial assistance to communities seeking to make creative modifications to state roadways or other public spaces as a way of promoting social distancing and economic activity.
Grants have been given to Alamosa, Aspen, Littleton, Frisco, Silt and Oak Creek.

Small potatoes, yes, but for small communities it's greatly appreciated.
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CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “The program has additional capacity, so we encourage localities to take a look at other cities’ solutions and explore how these funds could benefit their own community.”
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