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LEAD Series: Project Connect - The Future of Transit Presented by Texas McCombs MBA & MSTC

Thursday, July 16, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (CDT)


Central Texas is rapidly changing. Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin will continue to grow at an explosive pace and is projected to double in population by 2040.

Instead of wondering how we can fit more cars on our roads, we need to think about how we can move more people. We need affordable options that connect our communities to jobs, schools, health care and so much more. And, we need to ensure our plan can adapt to innovations that could make our system fully electric, always connected and, eventually, autonomous.

Capital Metro calls this bold vision Project Connect.

The Project Connect transit plan includes a new light rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that makes everyone’s trip faster whether you’re on the train or in your car, new MetroRapid routes and vehicles, a transition to a zero-emissions fleet and much more. Project Connect will connect the entire city and get us moving forward again.

At this LEAD Series, come hear Randy Clarke, President & CEO of Capital Metro, speak about the Project Connect Vision Plan, what the Future of Regional Mobility looks like, and what the next steps are to make this vision a reality.

Source: Project Connect (2019). Retrieved from https://capmetro.org/ProjectConnect/

Please submit any questions to events@austinyoungchamber.org.

About Your Speaker

Randy Clarke has been the President and CEO of Capital Metro since March 2018. For the previous two years, he served as vice president of operations and member services at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he spent seven years in various positions with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston, including deputy chief operating officer.

Clarke was a key member of the senior leadership team at the MBTA, which provides 1.2 million trips daily. He was featured in Mass Transit magazine's 2011 “Top 40 under 40” list, which highlights leaders in the transit industry nationwide.

He is a graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia and holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine.

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