Austin's Urban Rail
As Austin invests locally while thinking regionally, it can solve part of the puzzle by adding new road capacity and creating attractive alternatives to driving alone, or – as it is in rush hour – sitting in a car alone and pulling forward every few minutes. The City of Austin, Capital Metro Transit Authority and Lone Star Rail District have partnered to better connect people, places and opportunities with Project Connect. Project Connect is a high-capacity transit system vision for Central Texas. The Project Connect system vision is multi-modal and includes Urban Rail, bus transit, express lanes and more to efficiently connect Central Texas communities to jobs, schools and each other.
This website is an archive of educational information specifically about Urban Rail. Urban Rail is an important part of a much larger, highly networked road and transit system developing throughout the Austin region. For the full scope of Project Connect, please visit www.projectconnect.com.
Urban Rail expands the successful MetroRail passenger rail and will connect people to where they live, work and play in the City of Austin, with electric-powered, fixed-rail cars.
It can take the stress out of getting to major employment and entertainment destinations, with service expected every 10 to 15 minutes during rush hour.
Because our population continues to grow at a rapid pace and the transportation network serving our business and cultural core cannot meet existing demand or future growth. Transportation impacts everyone, and if people can't move around our city, we all stand to lose what makes it great. In the same space as six Jeeps, an urban railcar would hold up to 165 people.
There would be an election, possibly in the next year.
The first phase of Urban Rail will be determined based on data and community input. The Project Connect Team has identified the North and Central Corridors as the highest priorities based on population and congestion. The Team is now conducting a process to involve the public in identifying the preferred sub-corridor, or in other words-where to start. Stay involved with the process here: Project Connect Upcoming Events.
Phase 1 will cost about $275 million locally, or less, with matching federal funds bringing the total to $550 million. It would cost about $16 million a year to operate and maintain.