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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…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Metro board greenlights central corridor study

Project Connect is returning to Central Austin.The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors unanimously approved on Monday a contract with the engineering firm AECOM to guide a new study of transportation in the urban core dubbed the Central Corridor…

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Website hack shines light on Project Connect

Project Connect, the grand vision for high-capacity transit in Central Texas, has spent a good chunk of 2015 completely out of sight. However, a top Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority official assured the Austin Monitor on Thursday that it’s just temporarily lying fallow…

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Martinez to pitch bus rapid transit investments

City Council Member and Austin mayoral candidate Mike Martinez is looking to pitch multiple bus rapid transit lines as the next major transportation investment for the area.In an interview with the Monitor, Martinez nodded to the work done by Project…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Jenny Blair

AURA accuses Project Connect of funding political ads for urban rail

Project Connect’s ubiquitous summer media spots about its proposed urban rail project have drawn fire from the transit activist group AURA, which calls the ads unethical. The group says the ads are a political advertising campaign funded by taxpayer dollars.…

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 6

The Monitor’s Mike Kanin, Council Member Bill Spelman, AURA Co-Founder and Austin Urban Transportation Commissioner Jace Deloney, and CapMetro’s Javier Arguello talk Urban Rail.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members ponder high cost of Highland area renovations

There was widespread support at Tuesday’s work session for the renovations already underway at Highland Mall. But the hefty price tag that will most likely accompany that redevelopment had some City Council members concerned that the city could be overextending…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council to vote on mobility plan that includes road projects

A recommendation from City Manager Marc Ott means that City Council members will vote Thursday on what Mayor Lee Leffingwell calls “a strategic mobility plan” that ultimately could lead to a $1 billion November transportation bond election.   The numbers,…

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Jenny Blair

Central Corridor Group endorses Project Connect plan for urban rail

Urban rail in Austin rolled closer to reality Friday. By a 13-1 vote, the Central Corridor Advisory Group put its stamp of approval on Project Connect’s Locally Preferred Alternative, or LPA, for Austin’s future transportation project.   The Locally Preferred…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Chris Thomas

Project Connect seeks public input on transit options

On the heels of completing its first study into the Central Corridor, Project Connect has begun exploring and receiving input on viable transit options that it hopes will one day ease traffic congestion in the Austin area. Phase 2 of…

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Capital Metro endorses Highland-East Riverside rail alignment

The Capital Metro board officially backed the first phase planned by Project Connect Wednesday. The board voted 7-0 on the resolution with Frank Fernandez off the dais. The plan is the same one Project Connect finalized late last year that…

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Commissioners postpone resolution to support Project Connect

There was no resolution this week from Travis County Commissioners about supporting Project Connect, the high-capacity, cross-agency transit plan for the Austin metropolitan area.   The court mainly heard from supporters of Project Connect Tuesday.   “I have been in…

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…

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Spelman: plan for Lamar rail after Highland-Riverside is done

Project Connect’s Central Corridor Advisory Group voted Friday to endorse the Highland-East Riverside sub-corridor as the first route for Austin’s proposed Urban Rail line. The City Council is poised to vote on the matter this Thursday.   But the Highland…

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Jimmy Maas

Project Connect defends decision to bypass Lamar corridor for transit

Almost two weeks after Project Connect recommended the Highland and East Riverside areas to move forward to the next phase of transit expansion in Austin, it opened itself to feedback on the plan last Tuesday.   And what most people…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Andy Sevilla

Arguments begin over Highland-East Riverside route for Urban Rail

The latest urban rail suggestion for the city would link north central Austin, in the Highland Mall area, to the downtown and stretch the same transit service to the East Riverside corridor.   According to Project Connect representatives, that route…

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Michael Kanin

City Council gets review of progress on Urban Rail Program

Austin City Council members received a set of updated Urban Rail statistics Tuesday. The presentation offered a glimpse at the ongoing process as staff and Mayor Lee Leffingwell did their level best to drive home the point that a route…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Proposal explores Urban Rail funding options through TOD zones

An item proposed by Council Members Mike Martinez and Chris Riley that, in part, creates a restricted fund to draw development-based dollars from construction around rail stations drew some concern from Council Member Laura Morrison Tuesday. If approved, the Martinez…

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