A Multimodal Community Advisory Committee (MCAC) was formed to act as an advisory group to both the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan and Capital Metro’s Project Connect to ensure the insights and the diverse perspectives of our community are incorporated by both planning teams and make certain both public involvement programs are robust, complementary and effective. It is important to note that the Committee will act as an advisory group to both processes. The MCAC will review plans, data and outcomes and provide guidance to the team as a group, but will not hold binding votes or adopt resolutions related to the projects.
When creating the MCAC, staff reached out to several individuals and stakeholder groups, and sought suggestions from the Austin City Council to supplement membership and work towards a diverse array of opinions and perspectives on the Committee. Staff encouraged prospective members to participate for the length of the process while recognizing each individual participant may substitute out for a different individual of their choosing due to time or scheduling constraints. The Committee structure is intentionally flexible to assure quality input from those interested in all or only specific aspects of the projects as they evolve.
The Committee will meet quarterly beginning on Jan. 17, 2017 and all meetings are open to the public.
Meetings and Meeting Materials
Next meeting:August 8, 2017, 5:30p.m. at One Texas Center Rm 325 (505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704).
"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.