Southwest Austin Edition - January 2020

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BOND 2020 t ransit

A 2020 transit bond referendum could fund a new Capital Metro bus or light-rail system.

BUS SYSTEM

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$3.2B-$5.5B

$5.9B-$10.3B

Ridership prediction by 2040 247K-258K average weekday rides

277K-299K average weekday rides

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SOURCE: CAPITAL METROCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Capital Metro buses rendezvous at South Austin's Westgate Transit Center. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austinites likely to castmonumental vote in 2020 1.6-mile downtown subway tunnel. Austin and San Antonio are the only cities among the country’s 11 largest to lack a high-capacity transit system, according to analyses by Community Impact Newspaper . A high-capacity transit system is one that can move people throughout the city in greater numbers and frequency than a Fall election could be highlighted by multibillion-dollar transit proposition BY NICHOLAS CICALE, AMY DENNEY & CHRISTOPHER NEELY After a busy 2019 in which Austin’s homelessness challenges and the ongoing eort by the community to rewrite its land-development rules dominated headlines, 2020 is set to be highlighted by what many see as a piv- otal election cycle. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said residents on Nov. 3 will likely be casting a “generational vote,” as the commu- nity decides whether to support a mul- tibillion-dollar bond proposal to nance plans for more robust high-capacity transit. Plans released in January laid out the potential options that could land on the November ballot, which range from a $3.2 billion rapid bus system to a $10.3 billion urban rail system with a CONTINUED ON 34

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MENCHACA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Manchaca community moves into modernized education facility AISDopens newMenchaca Elementary School

Address: 12120 Manchaca Road, Austin Cost: $33.2 million Construction timeline: August 2018- January 2020

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the property next door. “On [Jan. 8] we opened the fth Menchaca School in this community since 1883,” Men- chaca Principal Eliza Loyola said at the school’s ribbon-cutting Jan. 10. “The last 137 years have gone from a one-room schoolhouse to this amaz- ing facility. This school is a direct reection of who we are as a community—connected, open and welcoming.” With four AISD schools scheduled to close CONTINUED ON 42

Menchaca Elementary School students o- cially moved into a new, modernized school cam- pus in South Austin when they returned from winter break Jan. 8. The $33.2 million project—which broke ground in August 2018—includes three newly constructed school buildings with a total enrollment capacity of 870 students, said Drew Johnson, Austin ISD’s director of bond planning and controls. The new school replaces the old campus and portables on

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Menchaca Elementary School is 1 of 18 schools modernized through Austin ISD’s 2017 bond. Features include:

Outdoor learning areas A community room

“Learning neighborhoods” Dierent seating options

Large windows for natural light Flexible learning spaces

SOURCE: AUSTIN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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