The gloom settled in quickly at Threadgill’s near downtown after the early votes came in on Austin’s 2014 light rail bond proposition.
The three dozen or so people on hand, including then-Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, drinks in hand, soon broke into clutches of quiet conversation. What was billed as a victory party took on the aspect of a wake.
“It’s dead until somebody revives it,” Leffingwell told the American-Statesman that November night, when 57 percent of the voters said “no” to the rail bonds. “And that will be a long period of time.”
Capital Metro, with its release of a draft “Project Connect System Plan,” has revived it.
If things go as planned — far from certain given Austin’s history of preparing for rail elections — Austin voters could be asked as soon as 2020 to authorize the construction of light rail. For a third time.