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Zohaib "Zo" Qadri

  • Opposes I-35 expansion: YES
  • Supports study of alternatives: YES

“I-35 expansion isn’t the answer, but instead this moment can be a vehicle in and of itself in pushing our city to look at investing in multi-modal, pedestrian-friendly, and robust public transportation reforms.”

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“I unequivocally stand with advocates calling for “No Wider, No Higher” regarding opposition to the expansion of I-35. A scar through the community, I-35 first started as an unspoken line of segregation 70 years ago, the expansion plan merely fortifies this divide. 1950's planning won't solve congestion and, when looking at examples like the Katy Freeway which only increased the average commute by 19 minutes, that induced demand without reliable and frequent public transit only worsens congestion and traffic violence. With the prospect of ‘cap and stitch’ programs, we can reimagine our relationship to I-35, and invest in transit plans that help Austin meet our climate, safety, and equity goals instead of ones that send us backwards. I-35 expansion isn’t the answer, but instead this moment can be a vehicle in and of itself in pushing our city to look at investing in multi-modal, pedestrian-friendly, and robust public transportation reforms.”

- Statement submitted to Rethink35