Things are going crazy at my day jorb. So this might be all I get to post. This is a comment I just left on the Statesman article:
Almost nobody inside the city limits of Austin has a reason to use this thing on the weekends – because the stations with parking primarly serve those outside city limits, and the stations without parking aren’t pedestrian-friendly (and buses that might connect to them don’t run much on the weekends).
Combine this with the fact that we’d be giving up the $5-$10 the person from the non-Austin jurisdiction would otherwise pay to park their car downtown and this is a truly STUPID move for the city of Austin to even contemplate.
This is something the cities of Leander and Cedar Park and Round Rock and Pfluygerville should be subsidizing, not Austin.
Update from a few months later: