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Adler touts Mobility Challenge to businesses
Small Austin business owners are becoming more afraid of what it will mean to their livelihoods if Mayor Steve Adler's Go-Big mobility bond passes. Proposition One on the ballot is Adler's $720 million dollar smart corridor bond proposal.
Adler is calling on local businesses to step up to the Mobility Challenge to reduce congestion while hoping voters swing towards his Go-Big Mobility bond on Proposition One. Speaking to business leaders downtown, Adler says the future holds Austin and San Antonio growing together in size and population. "They point out two Achille's heels, one for San Antonio and one for Austin that could get in the way of that kind of progress. For San Antonio it was education. For Austin it is mobility." Adler says 70 percent of rush hour commuters now are in single occupancy vehicles.
Austin big business leaders are rallying behind Adler's Go-Big bond proposal. Smaller mom and pop stores are not feeling the love as they worry what effect the corridor plans with the bond would have on them. Adler says relax, the work he wants done will ultimately benefit them. "I can only say that studies and experience over a long period of time demonstrate that this kind of work ultimately helps businesses."
Proposition One is giving small business owners on the corridors pause because of what the plans aligned with the bonds would do. Adler dismisses such fears saying he's represented businesses in his private practice in the past. "In fact, businesses do better when traffic is moving better, when roads are less congested when roads are safer."