DALLAS — Amid growing pains in an economic downturn, Austin is considering a second convention hotel while laying the groundwork for a $100 million transportation bond issue.

At the same time, Mayor Lee Leffingwell is backing off plans to call for a vote in November on a light-rail project that faces political, managerial, and engineering challenges. Instead, he is calling for a November vote on $100 million of bonds for more traditional road projects.

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