Project Connect's 'Traffic Jam! A La Mode' to Engage Community in Transit Mode Talks

Event to launch 2nd phase of Capital Metro's regional high-capacity transit process

AUSTIN, Texas - Capital Metro and Project Connect will host national transit mode experts at the public event Traffic Jam! A La Mode, Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the King-Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson University, located in Austin at 900 Chicon St.

The event will provide a great opportunity for people to learn about different types of high-capacity transit service, along with information about successful high-capacity transit projects in Austin's peer cities. Presentations will be made by Bob Post, Portland, Ore.; Todd Plesko, Dallas; Greg Straight, Denver; Dan Meyers, Minneapolis; Bill Crawley, Cleveland; and Ginger Goodin, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Regional transportation leaders, including Capital Metro's President/CEO Linda Watson, City of Austin's Transportation Director Rob Spillar and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's Chair Will Conley along with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler, will address transportation issues specific to Central Texas. Carolyn Flowers, currently with AECOM and formerly of the Federal Transit Administration, will facilitate the discussions. Public participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Children's activities will be available and Amy's Ice Cream will be served. Workshop participants are encouraged to take transit to the event. Huston-Tillotson University is served by Routes 4, 22 and 320; participants can plan their trips at

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Event Agenda
  • 5:30 - 6:00    Sign-in and ice cream reception.
  • 6:00 - 6:10    Opening remarks: Wayne Knox (Huston-Tillotson, Chief of Staff), Linda Watson and Javier Arguello (Capital Metro).
  • 6:10 - 6:55    Mode presentations by national transit mode experts: Bob Post, Todd Plesko, Greg Straight, Dan Meyers, Bill Crawley and Ginger Goodin, with Carolyn Flowers moderating.
  • 6:55 - 7:10    Discussion with regional transportation leaders: Linda Watson, Rob Spillar, Will Conley and Mayor Adler.
  • 7:10 - 7:55    Public Q&A featuring national speakers and regional leaders, facilitated by Carolyn Flowers.
  • 7:55 - 8:00    Closing remarks and next steps: Linda Watson.

Capital Metro's Project Connect initiative is designed to create a system of high-capacity transit options that connect people, places and opportunities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable way. The agency is working with local agencies, stakeholders and the public to identify high-capacity transit solutions that will offer options for travel into, out of and around Central Austin. The Project Connect team is currently asking the public to identify and evaluate potential transit projects to help decide which projects to pursue for planning, funding and developing.

"In the spring, we surveyed people about where they wanted to see future high-capacity transit services,” said Capital Metro's President/CEO Linda Watson. “Now we're engaging the community in the mode conversation, talking about which types of transit would be the best fit for each location.”

Project Connect and its partners, including the City of Austin, Travis County, CAMPO, TxDOT and CTRMA, will shape transportation investment and policy in Central Texas for generations to come. To find out more about the Traffic Jam event, see

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