New rail lines part of ambitious Austin transit plan

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TRAINS: David Lassen

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s transit agency has unveiled a long-range plan that include up to three new rail lines, one of them connecting downtown to the city’s airport.

Capital Metro currently operates one rail line. The 32-mile, nine-station MetroRail route serves the city’s northern suburbs.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the full “Project Connect” program would require $6 billion to $8 billion and could take 30 years to complete. A portion of the plan leaked out last month (“Leaked plan shows Texas city considering new rail line,” Trains News Wire, Feb. 14.) The Capital Metro board voted at its Monday meeting to ask the city of Austin to contribute up to $15 million for engineering and environmental planning for the transit projects.

In all, the plan includes 11 corridors for rail or bus rapid transit.

The full American-Statesman report is available here.

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