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Texas voters green light $7.1B plan to check Austin’s public transport

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Texas voters green light $7.1B plan to check Austin’s public transport

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Austin association have voted in favor of the city’s US$7.1 billion Project Connect plan that includes a new rail service, a new and broadcast bus service, an all-electric bus fleet, and park and ride facilities.

Voters passed Proposition A on Tuesday, accordant to use acreage tax acquirement to fund the project, while federal allotment will cover about 45 percent of the project’s basic costs.

The move is set to transform advancement in Texas’ state capital, after antecedent attempts to acquaint light-rail casework in 2000 and 2014 were alone by voters.

Spencer Cronk, Austin City Manager, said: “With the access of Proposition A, voters have given the green light to a once-in-a-generation befalling to accommodate our busline basement and accommodate people in our association with a safe, reliable way to get around.

“Project Connect?will be?better?for?our?residents’?health, the environment, our safety, and our bread-and-butter prosperity. Now, in partnership?with the community, we are ready to begin the hard work to?make?this?vision a reality.”

The new light-rail system will cover 27 miles and 31 stations, and will travel underground in the city’s city area. There will be four new BRT lines alien to the city’s alteration network, too – though one of these may eventually be adapted to a light-rail service.

Residents also passed Proposition B, a US$460 actor advance in ?other carriage projects including convalescent sidewalks, bikeways, urban trails, and safety projects within the Austin Strategic Advancement Plan.

Commenting on the vote, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said: “I’m proud to live in a city that is attractive to its future – one not annoyed with the status quo. Austin is blame to be more sustainable, candid and affordable in new and avant-garde ways.”

Portland rejects carriage plan

Elsewhere in the US, Portland voters rejected a US$4 billion carriage plan which would have seen an amplification of the MAX light rail train system in the city area, and an added US$1 billion appear bounded programs including the conception of safer routes to schools, free youth alteration passes and replacing diesel buses with low-carbon or electric ones.

Portland Metro was also accepted to advantage more than US$2 billion in federal or state funding, making the plan worth almost US$7 billion in total.

Lynn Peterson ,Metro Council President, said: “Though disappointed, we are still committed to the vision and to the association who helped analyze and build the vision.”

“We are not giving up on it, we need to move advanced as a region. Safe, reliable busline charcoal a bounded claiming that we must abode calm — doing annihilation is not an option.”


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Appear November 11, 2020 — 11:00 UTC

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