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Capital Metro makes quick transfer from Orange Line to Blue Line workshops

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

In response to community input, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently de-emphasized the need for its two high-capacity transit lines under Project Connect to feature the same types of vehicles and infrastructure design. While generally seen as a plus if, say, the Orange Line vehicles can easily run on the Blue Line route, and vice versa, the priority for the moment appears to be choosing the most suitable alignments and modes for each individual route. For that reason, feedback on the Blue Line concept is all the more critical. With the Orange Line community workshops wrapping up this week, the public is now being asked to take a fresh look at the Blue Line corridor and help the agency refine the basic concept. As in the Orange Line workshops, this set of meetings will likely feature a similar set of alignment choices for individual route segments with loose evaluations of potential station locations. Workshops will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings next week with each meeting taking place in a different neighborhood along the route. Beginning near the northern terminus, the first meeting will be Tuesday, July 30, 5:30-7 p.m. at Austin Community College Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road. The subsequent meetings will be at Austin Energy Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road, and Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd., both from 5:30-7 p.m. Please RSVP by sending an email to feedback@projectconnect.com or calling (512) 369-6201.

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