The Multimodal Community Advisory Committee (MCAC) is an advisory group to both the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) and Capital Metro’s Project Connect. The MCAC reviews plans, data and outcomes and provides guidance to both project teams.
The MCAC was created to ensure that both initiatives consider the insights and diverse perspectives of our community.
When creating the MCAC, we reached out to individuals and groups within the community. We also worked with the Austin City Council to spread the word and make sure our committee members represented the varied opinions and perspectives of our city. The Committee structure is intentionally flexible to make it easier for community members to participate – whether they have feedback on both plans, or want to weigh in on specific aspects of them.
The MCAC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. The MCAC does not hold binding votes or adopt resolutions related to the projects.
"Chip Game" maps The MCAC members split up into four groups, and members of the public were one group. Each group/table was given a set amount of chips representing a variety of different transportation investments such as "new road connection" or "premium transit". The groups could use their existing, set amount of pieces to "invest" around Austin or they could trade in pieces to pay for the cost of a replacement piece of another type. This meant potentially giving up additional investment of some type in exchange for investment of another. These maps are the result of the MCAC members' response in groups. Refer to the presentation linked above for more detailed instructions about the exercise.
Table 1 Chip Game Map* (pdf) * Table 1 was members of the public in attedance at the meeting, not MCAC members. The Table 1 maps represent their feedback.