AUSTIN (KXAN) — Where you live probably played a big part in how you voted on Austin’s urban rail proposal.The Travis County Clerk’s Office compiled the data showing how precincts voted on Prop 1.
On Tuesday, Austin residents voted down Prop 1. The areas that would’ve been close to the proposed route mainly voted for the project. The areas in purple voted against the rail and the deepest shade of purple had the strongest opposition to the plan.
Mass transit planners are looking the statistics to help them mold a new urban rail plan.
“What I would do is put together a more complete bond proposal that addresses the region’s needs more holistically and bring that back to the voters and work hard to convince them it’s a good package,” said John Langmore, former CapMetro Board Member.
KXAN News asked the candidates running for mayor if they will continue to push for urban rail if they are elected.
Mayoral candidate and current city council member, Mike Martinez said, “As mayor I’ll advocate for a rail system that benefits all Austinites because world class transit is vital to the future growth of Austin.”
Steve Adler said he won’t commit to rail. “The voters have spoken on Proposition 1,” said Adler. “But we still have a traffic crisis that we will be expected to solve. We need leaders that can find solutions that work.”