Q & A with Stephanie Gharakhanian

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


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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.

art_bus_communication_v2vTheoretically, vehicle-to-vehicle communication enables ART proximity at light-rail speeds, boosting the capacity ceiling for the mode.

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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.

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ART Audit Request at A&FC

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


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LDC Rewrite Success

Metrics for a worthwhile LDC rewrite.


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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

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Posted in Development, Economics, Fiscal

City Bond 2018

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


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Posted in Fiscal, Housing, Transportation

CodeNEXT Cake

A high-quality CodeNEXT result requires diligent measurement.


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Posted in Development

Housing Target

Austin’s new housing plan restricts housing supply and puts units in the wrong places. Its recommendations will accelerate the carving out of Austin’s current middle-class residents.


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Posted in Housing

Cars Count

The “Go Big” mobility bond will increase the single-occupant vehicle share of Austin work commutes.


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Posted in Transportation