US: Plan Approved for Phase 1 of Austin Light Rail Project

The Austin Transit Partnership (ATP), Austin City Council and the CapMetro Board of Directors have approved the first phase of the Austin Light Rail project running from 38th Street to Oltorf to Yellow Jacket.

This route was initially one of five options revealed in March and was selected after planning data analysis, engineering evaluation and community dialogue.

The Austin Light Rail Implementation Plan
The Austin Light Rail Implementation Plan

The on-street, two-line light rail project will improve connectivity in the City of Austin, Texas.

It will involve constructing a new light rail route spanning 9.8 miles and serving 15 stations. By 2040, this service is expected to transport 28,500 daily riders.

Greg Canally, Executive Director of Austin Transit Partnership, said:

“We’re thrilled that we have been approved to move forward with this project, and continue with transforming the mobility landscape in Austin. ATP has been community-minded throughout this entire process, and we thank both City of Austin and CapMetro for approving the recommendation and in doing so, validating the feedback from our community. This is a big win for Austin, and now that we have been given the green light, we are jumping into the important work to make this vision a reality.”

Now the plan has been approved, ATP will continue to work on implementing Austin Light Rail, with the next step requiring an independent environmental impact study.

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