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Community Advisory Committee

The City of Austin, CapMetro and the Austin Transit Partnership have created an advisory committee to advise all 3 partners on topics related to equity and Project Connect, including efforts to curb displacement along the Project Connect system.

Upcoming Meetings of CAC

    • Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 5:00PM | Agenda | ATP Office | 203 Colorado Street, Austin, TX, 78701 | Register to attend the meeting on Zoom

    April 18 Notice of Potential Quorum-Community Meeting

    April 15 Community Update Potential Quorum

    April 10 Workshop Potential Quorum

    Open House Potential Quorum

    Upcoming meetings:

        • Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 5:00PM | Agenda | ATP Office | 203 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701 | Register to attend the meeting on Zoom

        Community Advisory Committee Bylaws

        April 18 Notice of Potential Quorum-Community Meeting

        April 15 Community Update Potential Quorum

        April 10 Workshop Potential Quorum

        Open House Potential Quorum

        2023 Meeting Dates

        To provide feedback to the committee, please email

        Previous Meetings

        Agenda packetsMeeting Minutes/DocsMedia
        December 8, 2022-AgendaBackup Materials | Minutes Video
        November 10, 2022-AgendaBackup Materials | ATX Transit Report | MinutesVideo
        October 13, 2022-AgendaBackup Materials | MinutesVideo
        September 8, 2022MEETING CANCELLED 
        August 11, 2022-AgendaBackup MaterialsVideo
        July 14, 2022- AgendaBackup Materials | MinutesVideo
        June 9, 2022 - AgendaBackup Materials | MinutesVideo
        May 12, 2022 - CANCELLEDMeeting cancelled due to lack of quorum 
        March 23, 2022 - AgendaAnti-Displacement Presentation | DRAFT Anti-Displacement WG Reco | MinutesVideo
        March 10, 2022 - Meeting AgendaStaff Updates | Sustainability Vision Plan | Budget Outline | ETOD | MinutesVideo
        February 23, 2022 - Meeting AgendaBackup Materials | MinutesVideo
        January 26, 2022 - Meeting AgendaBackup Materials | MinutesVideo

        Project Connect Community Advisory Committee members:

        Community Appointments:

        Existing Commission & Committee Appointments

        • COA Urban Transportation Commission – Susan Somers | Email
        • COA Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities – Kathryn Broadwater | Email 
        • CapMetro Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee – Mike Gorse | Email
        • Community Development Commission - Noe Elias | Email
        • CapMetro Customer Advisory Committee - Ephraim Taylor | Email

        To provide feedback during committee meetings or, if you are interested in joining a Working Group Committee, please email

        Anti-Displacement PlanningCommunity EngagementProject Design and Equitable Transit Oriented DevelopmentEquitable and Sustainable PlanningGovernance
        A. Azhar (WG Chair)S. SomersK. BroadwaterS. SomersA. Azhar (WG Chair)
        G. Flatau
        G. FlatauA. Karner (ex officio)J. Hendricks
        J. Conolly R. Lopez
        J. Conolly

         S. Almanza
        T. Fong
          J. Conolly  
          A. Karner (ex officio)  


        Frequently Asked Questions

        The following are examples of the topics the committee may advise on:

        • What transit-supportive anti-displacement tools and strategies the city should deploy
        • Community involvement and communications during the Project Connect environmental process
        • Design features of the system, particularly those that are intended to serve people with disabilities or people who need to use the system in different ways (such as parents traveling with strollers)
        • Creation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to equity

        The Nominating Committee will consist of:

        • Chairs, or a Committee Member designee of the Chair
        • City Council Housing and Planning Committee
        • City Council Mobility Committee
        • City Council Audit and Finance Committee
        • CapMetro Finance, Audit and Administration Committee
        • CapMetro Operations, Planning and Safety Committee.
        • 6 community members appointed by a nominating committee (see details below for how to apply); and,
        • 5 members appointed from within the following 5 existing advisory groups (1 member each):
          • City of Austin Urban Transportation Commission
          • City of Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
          • City of Austin Community Development Commission
          • CapMetro’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee
          • CapMetro’s Access Advisory Committee

        Staff anticipates hosting a monthly meeting of the committee. Some meetings will be shorter (about an hour) and others longer (a few hours), depending on the topics on the agenda and the discussion among the committee. 

        Each members’ term is 2 years. 

        While not a required time commitment, staff is hopeful that members of the committee will also uplift the community understanding of Project Connect outside of formal committee meetings. This may mean sharing information with personal networks, attending community engagement meetings, etc. This is “extracurricular” and not a requirement to serve on the committee. 

        The advisory committee is anticipated to meet monthly. Once the committee members are identified, staff will work with them to identify an appropriate meeting schedule.

        The meeting location will be virtual during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Once in-person gatherings are safe, an in-person/physical location for future meetings will be identified.

        Yes! The Project Connect program includes many projects over the course of a 13-year timeline. There will be plenty of opportunities for all members of the Austin community to participate.