Project Connect moves closer to reality

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Austin (KXAN)- A vote by the Central Corridor Advisory Group on Friday approved the urban rail recommendation made by Project Connect in May.

The Central Corridor Advisory Group 13-1 vote came after a recap of the in-depth, data driven and transparent process that the Project Connect team has been working on for the past year that also featured extraordinary public input opportunities.

The Project Team’s recommendation features a 9.5-mile urban rail investment that includes 16 stations and 4 park and rides from East Riverside and Grove all the way up to ACC Highland.

The plan is estimated to take 10,000 cars off Austin roads daily.

“I am very pleased that the Central Corridor Advisory Group voted overwhelmingly to take a giant step forward toward a high-capacity transit system in Austin, Texas and the region as a whole,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell who chairs the advisory group. “The Project Connect transit vision is intended to provide real alternatives to the challenges that have made our city the 4th most congested in the country. If we want to continue our robust economy and great quality of life, we need to implement all of the aspects of this regional transportation vision.”

This recommendation will be forwarded to the Austin City Council and the Capital Metro Board of Directors for review during a joint meeting on June 17. The Austin City Council is expected to take action on the recommendation during the June 26 regularly scheduled Council meeting, and the Capital Metro Board of Directors is expected to vote on the recommendation on June 23.

The Austin City Council has until August to decide whether to put the issue before voters for approval in the form of a transportation bond proposal in November of this year.

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