CapMetro unveils designs for new downtown rail station

Plans for new CapMetro downtown rail station
Plans for new CapMetro downtown rail station

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austinites are getting their first look at the designs for the new Capital Metro Downtown Rail Station.

Capital Metro has a grant for $50 million to not only expand the MetroRail line, but make the downtown stop a destination. The rail would be built on East 4th Street near Brush Square.

CapMetro says they feel the changes would enhance the historic Brush Square, and make the area more pedestrian, bike, and walking friendly. The city hopes with the expansion of the Convention Center coupled with the transit plaza, this area could one day be the Convention Center District.

Plans for new CapMetro downtown rail station
Plans for new CapMetro downtown rail station

Here is the drawing for the downtown location.

You can find out more about the design at Wednesday morning’s meeting at the Austin Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.

Local transportation agencies and CapMetro also want to build eight new park and ride sites in Travis and Williamson County, but to make that a reality, money is needed. The sites are on the outer edges of Austin, including four proposed in southwest Austin.

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