Sep 25th 2014 | Posted in Education, News, Transportation, Vertical by Kirk Yoshida

Photo by Oran Viriyincy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo by Oran Viriyincy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

On November 4, voters in the Austin area will decide the fate of nearly $1.4 billion in bond funds for City of Austin and Austin Community College (ACC) District projects. Here’s a quick overview of the bond election propositions, proposed projects, and where to find more detailed information.

City of Austin

The city will have one, $1 billion bond proposition on the November ballot. However,  funding is divided in two parts: $600 million for rail transit and $400 million for roadway improvements.

Rail Transit

The $600 million for rail would help fund a proposed $1.38 billion line to be operated by Capital Metro. The line would begin at the ACC Highland Mall campus, run through downtown, and terminate at the Riverside Drive/Grove Street intersection near the ACC Riverside campus. The city is also applying for $600 million in Federal Transportation Administration matching funds and will not move forward with the project unless the funds are secured.

A detailed map of the 9.5 mile proposed line is available on the Project Connect website.

Roadway Improvements

The $400 million for roadway improvements focuses on projects of regional significance aimed at relieving congestion, enhancing mobility, and managing traffic. The corridors targeted for improvement include I-35, SH 71, US 183, RM 620, RM 1826, FM 2222, FM 734 (Parmer), Lamar Blvd., and Loop 360.

Austin Community College District

ACC’s November bond issue includes two propositions totalling $386 million. Proposition 1 addresses planning and construction for future growth. Proposition 2 focuses on the renovation and expansion of existing campuses.

Proposition 1

Proposition 1 asks voters to approve $224.8 million. Funds would be used for phase two of the Highland Mall campus, a new campus in Leander, and acquisition of property for a regional workforce training center in southeast Travis County.

Proposition 2

Proposition two seeks voter approval of $161.2 million for health, safety, technology, and sustainability renovations throughout the district as well as renovations to career training program facilities after those programs relocate to the Highland Mall campus. Other projects include an expansion of the Round Rock campus, construction of a regional first responders training center at the Hays campus, and a workforce training center at the Elgin campus.

Further reading: http://www.austincc.edu/newsroom/index.php/2014/06/17/board-calls-november-2014-bond-election-focuses-on-infrastructure-to-support-workforce/

Kirk Yoshida

Kirk Yoshida is Director of Information Services at Strategic Partnerships, Inc. He has more than a dozen years of experience researching public sector trends and opportunities with a specific emphasis on local government and public-private partnerships.