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T H E A U S T I N C H R O N I C L E
JULY 25, 2014
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2000, was twice what is proposed now. Higher
ridership indicates overall success of a rail line,
which means federal funding is more likely, with a
likelihood of more voter support of the next urban
rail line. Guadalupe and North Lamar is where
millions of dollars were spent, in 1999-2000, in
an already approved federal study determining
where rail should be.
Mayor Leffingwell has coined the phrase “rail
or fail.” A November referendum will likely fail,
because the mayor has unfortunately led a
special-interest-dominated effort that has not
considered neighborhood and rail advocate voic-
es, but instead a process where the data has
been manipulated to a point where the result is
anything but objective. Rail advocates like me
hope that following a likely November referendum
failure, we can immediately begin planning, and
achieving, rail on Guadalupe/North Lamar.
Andrew Clements
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