Urban rail supporters call out ad opposing bond

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You have probably seen the television ad that uses jokes to try to convince people to vote against Austin’s urban rail proposition.

“It’s $150,000 per rider,” the ad states. “Tell you what, give me $150,000 and I’ll sit at home and watch SportsCenter and not take my car. Problem solved. I’m willing to do my part.”

Proposition One supporters say that claim and others in the ad are wrong and designed to confuse the public. They say the urban rail system would only cost $150,000 per rider if it was only open for one day, not for years and years.

They say the ad’s creators need to get specific about how they would solve Austin’s traffic woes.

“If they have an alternative solution they need to tell us what it is,” said John Langmore, the former vice chairman for the Capital Metro board of directors. “What are the roadways that they would build, how much is that going to cost and where are they going to get the money for that?

The voters will have the final say. Election Day is coming up Nov. 4.

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