Tag Archives: Lone Star Rail

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO kills Lone Star Rail, commits to finding alternative

The kill-shot came abruptly and mercifully for the Lone Star Rail District (also known as LSTAR) on Monday night.After months of procedural dickering, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board spent less than 10 minutes discussing the matter…

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO meeting spells terminal trouble ahead for Lone Star Rail

The long-suffering effort to install passenger rail service between Austin and San Antonio could effectively be put to rest on Monday evening.The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors will likely vote to remove the Lone Star Rail District…

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO vote signals the oncoming end for Lone Star Rail

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization gave the Lone Star Rail District (LSTAR) an all but fatal kick in the caboose on Monday night.Members of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board overwhelmingly voted to begin the process that will remove LSTAR…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lonesome whistle blows for Lone Star Rail

An ailing effort to run passenger rail from the Austin area to San Antonio might only have two months left to live.On Monday night, the head of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board suggested that he would…

Monday, June 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail pulls into CAMPO meeting tonight

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is once again putting the Lone Star Rail District, or LSTAR, under the microscope on Monday evening.CAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board is set to discuss recent moves that have been made to get the dream…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Lone Star Rail

Lone Star Rail district director Joe Black joins Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the future of the Lone Star Rail district and about whether, in fact, there is one. Sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Hays County uncouples from Lone Star Rail

After dodging a potential death blow on Monday night, the Lone Star Rail District took another hit on the chin on Tuesday.One day after the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization opted not to freeze its funding of LSTAR, the Hays…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail dodges “kill-shot” at CAMPO

The Lone Star Rail District survived what could have been a potentially fatal vote at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board meeting on Monday night.A marathon discussion over LSTAR’s fate began when CAMPO Board Chair Will Conley…

Friday, March 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Potential train wreck ahead for Lone Star Rail

It could be the end of the line for the Lone Star Rail District. On Monday, the moribund commuter rail project could see its funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization frozen by that agency’s Transportation Policy Board.According to…

Monday, February 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

LSTAR troubles present another snag for Project Connect

Project Connect, the ambitious vision of a multimodal transportation future in Central Texas, hit a major pothole last week with Union Pacific’s decision to walk away from negotiations with the Lone Star Rail District.In a letter to the district, also…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail hits major roadblock

A top official with the Lone Star Rail District, or LSTAR, said his agency will continue chugging along despite a serious setback that puts its fundamental mission in jeopardy.On Tuesday, Jerry Wilmoth, Union Pacific’s general manager of network infrastructure, sent…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Lone Star Rail not in city budget but still on track

Although there is no funding for the Lone Star Regional Rail Project in the proposed city budget, the Georgetown-to-San-Antonio passenger rail plan can still get up to speed in due time.Lone Star Rail District Rail Director Joe Black told the…

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Gene Davis

Lone Star Rail kicks off environmental study

A decade-old project to build a passenger rail line between the San Antonio and Austin areas picked up steam Wednesday with a public meeting of the Lone Star Rail Project.The meeting served as the kickoff to the project’s environmental impact…

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Zimmerman seeks to shake things up at City Hall

City Council Member-elect  Don Zimmerman will serve as a voice for residents of District 6 when the new 10-1 Council takes office today. In the coming year, Zimmerman said he plans to focus his efforts on relieving traffic congestion and…

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council OKs changes to Lone Star Rail agreement

Austin City Council members Thursday approved a set of amendments to an interlocal agreement with the Lone Star Rail District. The action clears the way for rail district officials to count the city — and funding derived from special taxing…

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

City may consider Lone Star funding commitment

Austin’s role in funding a proposed commuter rail line that would run through Austin and San Antonio is up in the air ahead of consideration at today’s City Council meeting, with staff and some Council members disagreeing on whether it…

Monday, December 1, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Lone Star Rail asks Austin for new commitments

Lone Star Rail District representatives have revealed new details about a proposed passenger rail corridor between Georgetown and South San Antonio — with several stops in Austin — and are asking the city to amend an interlocal agreement that City Council approved…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Jimmy Maas

Council endorses Lone Star Rail but hangs on to the money

Lone Star Rail will move forward with the backing of the Austin City Council, though not with any of the city’s money just yet.   In a 6-1 vote, the City Council authorized the city’s participation in the Lone Star…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council endorses Highland Mall-East Riverside Urban Rail route

Austin City Council members Thursday night endorsed a plan by transportation officials to pursue an urban rail line that extends south from the Highland Mall region, through the city center, and east out East Riverside Drive. The move begins a…

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Lone Star Rail presses City of Austin over tax increment funding

Officials with the Lone Star Rail District continue to push Austin City Council members to approve a tax increment financing deal between the two parties. If consummated, such an arrangement would use a portion of City of Austin property tax…

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