DANA Letter Regarding CodeNext Resolution
W. 6th Street bridge inducted into National Register of Historic Places
Few of the thousands who traverse each day the West 6th Street bridge over Shoal Creek realize how old it is, or its historical importance to Austin. At 127 years old, it predates the Capitol Building, and when it was hand built in 1887 using local limestone, it opened up west Austin for development and city expansion. The bridge may be one of Austin’s most significant yet unknown historic, architectural and engineering landmarks. For these reasons, it was recently inducted into the National Register of Historic Places, commemorated officially with a plaque dedication ceremony on January 30. To learn more about the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s effort to restore this Austin gem, visit: www.shoalcreekconservancy.org/bridges/
Influential: Feedback Needed on Gateway MetroRail Downtown Multimodal Station
2015 is an exciting time for Capital Metro and the Project Connect partners. We continue to work hard to identify and implement new transportation choices for Central Texas as part of the Project Connect system plan (http://www.projectconnect.com/). In addition to MetroRail and MetroRapid, which are already in operation, we are excited about progress on additional components of the Project Connect plan.
A major opportunity for this year is planning for a new, permanent downtown MetroRail station. As ridership on the Redline continues to grow, the existing Downtown MetroRail Station can no longer accommodate the number of commuters. Platforms are over-crowded, and rush hour trains are standing room only. Additionally, persistent demands for later trains and additional weekend service show the success of the Redline, but also its current constraints.
Last year, Capital Metro received grant funding from federal and state sources to tackle these issues. These funds will allow Capital Metro to buy additional MetroRail cars and ultimately offer more frequent rail service. In addition, the Project Connect System Plan includes additional MetroRail lines serving other parts of our region and terminating at Downtown Station. Anticipating more riders than ever, we need construct an expanded, permanent MetroRail station to welcome commuters downtown.
Dubbed the Project Connect – Gateway MetroRail Downtown Multimodal Station, this project will be a transformative landmark in downtown Austin, and we need your help in planning it.
We are eager to hear your feedback on project concepts and priorities. Join us downtown for a walking tour and workshop on January 31st, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll begin with tacos and coffee at the current Downtown station, and then take a brief walking tour of the area to highlight current challenges and opportunities. We will then meet at the nearby Marriott Hotel to discuss what we have seen, and though a series of interactive exercises, get your feedback on project priorities.
Please join us on the 31st! If you cannot make it, please register here for an online workshop the following week. Your ideas will help make the Project Connect Gateway station a great new place for transit riders, downtown dwellers, all other central Texans and visitors alike.
Workshop: January 31st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. Please provide notice at least two days in advance. Contact (512) 369-6201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request informational materials in another format.
DANA Board Nomination and Committee Interest Form
The DANA Board of Directors will be transitioning this coming January, at which time there is the potential to add additional Board Members to the existing Board.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved in what’s going on in downtown Austin, becoming a member of the DANA Board is a great way have a real impact on the future of downtown.
Feel free to speak with any DANA Board Member about your interest, or contact email@example.com.
Download the form here: 2015 DANA Interest Form for Prospective Members.
In order to be considered for a 2015 position, completed Applications are DUE by 5pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.