The City of Austin, Capital Metro, Lone Star Rail and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning organization came together to create Project Connect, a high-capacity transit system vision for Central Texas. Project Connect incorporates multiple modes of transportation including express lanes, bus rapid transit (BRT), urban rail, regional rail and commuter rail, in addition to existing local bus service to create a system that will help get Central Texas moving again. There are many projects that are part of the Project Connect Vision, all of which have unique timelines and goals to benefit all areas of our region, but one of the most active projects right now is called the Central Corridor High Capacity Transit Study.
The Project Connect: Central Corridor Study will define the next high-capacity transit investment for our community as the next step toward implementing the Project Connect vision. We are working to serve current and future transportation needs with convenient, reliable and affordable transit service that connects our region. The Central Corridor Study priority area includes East Riverside, downtown Austin, the Capitol Complex, UT Campus and ACC Highland area (click here to see a map of the priority area).
As part of the study, the project team, with help from the community and the Central Corridor Advisory Group, has already identified the top two contenders for the type of transit (Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Urban Rail) as well as the level of service needed and general alignment through the priority area. We now need to select between BRT and Urban Rail, how the project would cross Lady Bird Lake, and how the project could cross the MetroRail Redline at Hancock Center?
We need you to help us answer these questions! Speak up now in the Project Connect: Central Corridor discussions about these alternatives, their trade-offs and what it could mean for a rapidly growing Austin. Let’s get moving!