Whether you are a native Austinite or a newcomer to this great city, it’s no secret that Austin is having a tough time keeping traffic under control. To remedy the surge in traffic congestion, the City of Austin is overhauling projects to be ready for voters in 2014, including Urban Rail and Metro Rail, that will dramatically change the direction of public transit in Austin.
This summer, Mayor Leffingwell confirmed to the members of the Transit Working Group (TWG) the city’s plan to expand the urban and commuter rails in time for 2014 elections. Over the last two years, the TWG has been working on the plans, also known as the Project Connect regional transportation plan, which is currently estimated at $4 billion.
Next steps are to review rail alignments and analyze ridership and cost statistics for different areas of the city. Project leaders are also implementing a major public involvement program, allowing the citizens and voters to have a say in the direction of transportation including ideas for planning new routes. The plans also include efforts to seek endorsements from other cities, partners and funders.
As for a current solution, MetroRail just unveiled its plans for the new MetroRapid lines. The 60-foot accordion style buses launch in early 2014, with two planned routes and seventy-seven stations. One route starts at Tech Ridge Park & Ride, travels down North Lamar Boulevard and South Congress, and ends at Southpark Meadows. The next route runs from The Domain down Burnet Road and South Congress to the Westgate Shopping Center. Passes and mobile ticketing through smartphones will be available for passengers. Click here to read more about the MetroRapid bus system.
Follow Realty Austin for more updates or click here if you would like to read more about Project Connect. Passes and mobile ticketing through smartphones will be available for passengers.