Community Advisory Committee
The City of Austin, CapMetro, and the Austin Transit Partnership created the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to advise all three partners on anti-displacement and equity matters related to Project Connect. The CAC includes 11 community members who apply and are selected to serve for a term of four years.
Thank you for your interest!
Thank you for your interest in joining the CAC! The application period closed on Friday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. Please check back for other ways to stay involved with Project Connect.
¡Gracias por su interés!
¡Gracias por su interés en unirse al CAC! El plazo de solicitud se cerró el viernes 17 de noviembre a las 23:59 horas. Vuelva a consultar este sitio web para mantenerse involucrado con Project Connect.
Who Should Apply?
Applications are now open for community members to serve on the Community Advisory Committee. Community members with personal, professional, or lived experience that has contributed to meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness, mobility justice, the advancement of criminal justice reform, housing and land-use policy, workforce/labor policy, and increasing economic or other opportunities for underserved transit users should apply.
Before Applying, Review Eligibility Requirements
- Be residents of either the City of Austin or CapMetro’s Service Area;
- Not be a person who is registered or required to register as a lobbyist under City Code Chapter 4-8 or who is employed by a person registered or required to register under City Code Chapter 4-8.
- Not be an employee of the City of Austin, CapMetro, or ATP;
- Not have a contract for real property, goods, or services with the City of Austin, CapMetro or ATP, or be employed by such a contractor; and,
- Shall abide by the ATP Ethics, Conflicts and Nondisclosure Policy (PDF), as amended.
Appointment Process and Timeline
- Application period will be open from Monday, October 16 through Friday, November 17.
- Completed applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee.
- The Nominating Committee may select to conduct interviews, if necessary, and then provide their recommendations for appointment to The City Council, CapMetro Board, and ATP Board at their respective December Council and Board Meetings.
- The first meeting of the new CAC term is anticipated to begin in January 2024.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Nominating Committee will consist of:
- Council Member Paige Ellis, Chair of the City’s Mobility Committee
- CapMetro Board Member Eric Stratton, Chair of the CapMetro Operations, Planning and Safety Committee
- ATP Board Member Juan Garza, Community Expert Director for Community Planning
- One member of the CAC to be identified by the CAC Chair
The following are examples of the topics the committee may advise on:
- Transit-supportive and displacement prevention strategies that should be used in the City
- Design principles that should be included in Austin Light Rail to serve people with disabilities and others who rely on transit
- Community questions and concerns about design and construction of the new transit system
- Community involvement plans
- In January 2024, all new advisory committee members will draw straws for two or four year terms to allow for staggered terms. After this initial selection, all terms will be four years
- There are monthly public meetings of the committee that last at most two hours
- At times, committee members are asked to serve on smaller workgroups throughout their term, depending on what is occurring in the project
- The meeting location is at ATP’s office located at 203 Colorado Street in downtown Austin with options to join meetings remotely
Yes, we can provide the application translated into languages other than English and Spanish (available above) upon request. To request a translation, contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 512-389-7590. Please allow up to five days for the translation.