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Connections 2025 draft slightly redrafted
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff have made revisions to the draft version of the agency’s long-term service plan. The changes were presented to the agency’s board of directors during a Monday work session whose sole purpose was to discuss the final recommendations for Connections 2025. Perhaps most notably, the proposed No. 804 – an east-west MetroRapid line – would not cross the MoPac Expressway into West Austin. Under the original proposal, the No. 804 and the No. 18 would have replaced the No. 663 – also known as the Lake Austin University of Texas shuttle. Instead, staff are now proposing that the shuttle and the No. 18 continue to service graduate student housing on Lake Austin Boulevard with frequent weekday service. The No. 804 western limit would now stop just east of MoPac. Furthermore, staff also proposed augmenting the revised No. 5 route with a weekday connector in South Austin. The No. 105 would make runs between South Fifth Street and West Gate Boulevard to the No. 5’s new southern ending point in downtown Austin. Each of the revisions staff proposed were based on feedback that planners had received after the agency debuted the Connections 2025 draft in August. Outcry was also raised over the potential elimination of the No. 19. Service on 45th Street would be replaced with the No. 345, but that line would not extend west of Burnet Road. However, staff is proposing an extension to the Grove development at West 45th Street and Bull Creek Road should City Council approve that project. Each of the Connections 2025 proposals is still subject to feedback and ultimate board approval in December. Riders and residents can examine the plans and submit their opinions via email here.