January 23, 2021

Prop B, the other transportation bond, overshadowed by Project Connect



a person riding a bicycle on the side of a road: Proposition B could fund the creation of a pedestrian across Lady Bird Lake near Longhorn Dam to replace the 4-foot-wide sidewalks on Pleasant Valley Road. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE]


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Proposition B could fund the creation of a pedestrian across Lady Bird Lake near Longhorn Dam to replace the 4-foot-wide sidewalks on Pleasant Valley Road. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE]

When one thinks of transportation bonds, highways, streets and bridges are what usually comes to mind.

But Proposition B is not a typical transportation bond. The $460 million item, which voters can start deciding on when early voting begins Tuesday, is a transportation bond of a different color.

It’s a climate-change-focused, pedestrian- and bicyclist-centric proposal that puts a premium on commuter safety and environmentalism, as opposed to wider and faster streets to accommodate Austin’s dominant mode of transportation, the car.

It does include a pair of bridges — a $16 million three-spoke pedestrian bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake on the upper side of the Longhorn Dam at Pleasant Valley Road, along with proposed improvements to the Barton Springs

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Prop B, the other transportation bond, overshadowed by Project Connect – News – Austin American-Statesman

When one thinks of transportation bonds, highways, streets and bridges are what usually comes to mind.

But Proposition B is not a typical transportation bond. The $460 million item, which voters can start deciding on when early voting begins Tuesday, is a transportation bond of a different color.

It’s a climate-change-focused, pedestrian- and bicyclist-centric proposal that puts a premium on commuter safety and environmentalism, as opposed to wider and faster streets to accommodate Austin’s dominant mode of transportation, the car.

It does include a pair of bridges — a $16 million three-spoke pedestrian bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake on the upper side of the Longhorn Dam at Pleasant Valley Road, along with proposed improvements to the Barton Springs Road bridge over Barton Creek. But even the Barton Springs Road improvements are more focused on allowing pedestrian and bicyclists safer access to Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool.

“The way that

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Metro candidates agree transportation bond isn’t perfect but will support it

The two candidates vying to represent a large swath of Portland on the Metro Council say they support the regional government’s proposed payroll tax designed to raise billions for transportation projects and neither said they’d commit to imposing a sunset on the tax if elected.

Mary Nolan and Chris Smith, the candidates competing in a runoff to represent District 5, which covers portions of North, Northwest and Northeast Portland, agreed they aren’t over the moon regarding the $7 billion transportation package or the payroll tax on employers to fund it. Nolan, a former majority leader in the Legislature and city of Portland bureau director, called the package “imperfect” but said the good parts outweigh the bad.

Smith, a retired computer engineer and longtime advocate and representative on influential Portland transportation and planning committees, said the package isn’t what he would design but he believes it will be “ultimately positive” for

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