Author Archives: JGA

Q & A with Stephanie Gharakhanian

Keep Austin Wonky interviews Stephanie Gharakhanian, candidate for Place 8 on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees.

Posted in Q & A

ART review

Early electric Autonomous Bus Rapid Transit (ART) models have exhibited progress on self-driving. There are no demonstrations of urban ART “platooning” or dynamic, real-time route-changing. Theoretically, vehicle-to-vehicle communication enables ART proximity at light-rail speeds, boosting the capacity ceiling for the … Continue reading

Posted in Transit

Effective Transit Investment

Transit capital projects should prioritize winning mode share. Reducing the system’s per-rider subsidy should be the main prioritization metric. METRO’s Red Line in Houston, Texas.  A definitive example of an effective Sun Belt transit investment.

Posted in Transit

ART Audit Request at A&FC

Citizen Comment delivered to Austin City Council’s Audit & Finance Committee on September 26, 2018.

Posted in Transit

LDC Rewrite Success

Metrics for a worthwhile LDC rewrite.

Posted in Development

There’s no free kicks

City-owned land should maximize resident happiness. The City of Austin’s Hancock Golf Course, located in central Austin. Image courtesy of Brandon Tucker. 

Posted in Development, Economics, Fiscal

City Bond 2018

My proposal for the City of Austin’s 2018 infrastructure bond.

Posted in Fiscal, Housing, Transportation