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Project Connect System Plan Approved

Authored by City of Austin

The City of Austin and Capital Metro's Project Connect recommended transit system plan was unanimously approved by Austin City Council and the Capital Metro Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 10. The approval moves the two-year long community-driven process of imagining what a modern transit system for Austin looks like from a vision-based plan to an action-based plan.

The Locally Preferred Alternatives included in the recommended plan include:

  • Three light rail lines,
  • A Downtown Austin transit tunnel,
  • Expansion of the MetroRapid frequent bus system,
  • Additions and improvements to regional commuter bus and rail,
  • Local MetroBus service and accessibility improvements,
  • New technology enabling easy trip payment and interoperability of the transit system, and
  • Maintenance and support facility improvements.

Now that the recommended transit system plan is approved, discussions will shift from which projects are included in the plan to how to fund and get the projects done.

In July and August, there will be joint work sessions where Austin City Council and Capital Metro Board of Directors will meet to discuss the primary funding source to support the construction of the recommended system plan, which projects may be constructed first and how the construction and delivery of the projects will be overseen to provide transparency and accountability to the public. At the August meeting, Austin City Council may call for a tax rate election to be put on the November election ballot to fund the recommended system plan.

Read more about the recommended system plan, view the June 10 meeting and find future work session information at the Project Connect website.