Leffingwell: 2012 'Not the Right Time' for Urban Rail

Jun 1, 2012

Citing timing and financial constraints, Mayor Lee Leffingwell is arguing funding for Urban Rail shouldn't be put to voters this November.

In a post on his website, Mayor Leffingwell writes "we do not yet have a sufficient level of certainty regarding a plan to fund and manage operations and maintenance of an urban rail system. We also do not yet have the degree of certainty that I would like to see as it relates to a prospective federal funding match for construction costs, which is a fundamental need."

He also notes that in addition to potential rail funding on the ballot this November, "we are also poised to ask [voters] to approve a host of other critically needed bond investments." 

"Taking these two considerations together – the remaining level of uncertainty regarding the rail proposal, and the potential cumulative financial strain on Austin taxpayers – it’s my strong feeling that 2012 is not the right time to bring urban rail to the ballot." 

You can read Leffingwell's entire statement on his blog