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Abbott Slams Guadalupe Corridor Plan
2017 has been a rather contentious year for the relationship between the City of Austin and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The governor has been highly critical of Austin's ordinances, policies, decision-making, and the overall state of the city council and has made no bones about his frustration over things like Mayor Steve Adler's protection of illegal immigrants.
The latest salvo comes via Twitter. Speaking on Austin's plan to reduce the lanes of traffic on Guadalupe in lieu of more bike paths, Abbott says, "Wonder why Austin roads are more congested? Because of policies like this that reduce car lanes."
He's not the only critic, however. Former Austin Public Safety Commission member Mike Levy calls it a terrible, elitist plan with no other intention than to force private citizens out of cars and into public transportation.
The City of Austin transportation department says it has explored numerous solutions that would include keeping the lanes of traffic open, and have been unable to find a single one.