Opposing sides make final push on Austin’s rail bond

Urban rail vision (Courtesy: Project Connect website)
Urban rail vision (Courtesy: Project Connect website)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin voters will have the chance next week to vote on Proposition One, a $1 billion transportation bond that includes an urban rail line.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty is part of the group Citizens Against Rail Taxes. He thinks their “Vote No on Prop One” campaign is resonating with voters.

“There’s nothing really fancy about what we’re going to do this last week. It’s going to be the same thing we’ve done the last month, six weeks,” said Daugherty. “We feel confident that we have gotten a good, coherent message out there.”

Supporters of Austin’s Prop One are taking a different approach.

“We’re doing everything we can to contact as many voters as possible before Tuesday,” said David Chincanchan with the ‘Let’s Go Austin‘ Political Action Committee. “We’ve been out every day. We’re firing on all cylinders.”

Supporters think the urban rail plan is the right first step in building a citywide system. Opponents think the bond is too costly and will not help enough people.

“If people actually think that they will ride this thing, I mean, that’s probably the best question that ought to be asked of people,” Daugherty said. “Will you use it?”

Chincanchan thinks it’s a worthy investment. “We all sort of have to make sacrifices for the better of others. But we do think even the people who won’t ride this will benefit from it because eventually down the road it will help with congestion.”

Election Day is Nov. 4.

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