The Project Connect team has been busy. Last month the regional transportation planning group unveiled a potential route for a proposed Central Corridor transit line that would connect Central Austin, Downtown, and the East Riverside Corridor. Voters will be asked to approve a bond proposal this fall to help fund that line, which will either take the form of a rapid bus or rail line.
Project Connect’s long-term vision also includes a North Corridor, and Project Connect’s North Corridor study team recently revealed its Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for that corridor. The vision for those northern communities, including Georgetown, Hutto, Pflugerville, and Manor, includes new bus lines and extensions of existing bus lines.
The proposed plan includes a bus line between Hutto and downtown Austin which would include Pflugerville; an extension of MetroRapid bus lines through Round Rock to Georgetown and to Pflugerville; new park-and-ride facilities in Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Hutto; a bus line between Georgetown and Austin; a bus line from Webberville to Central Austin via Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; and bus lines between Round Rock and the Leander MetroRail station and from Hutto to the Round Rock park-and-ride station.
The proposed system would cost $164 million, and the cost of annual operation would be about $31.3 million.
While it’s unclear at this point who would oversee the building of the transit system or where the money would come from, it is clear that congestion in that area is growing. According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman, six of the state’s 100 most congested roads are in the 30-mile corridor from downtown Austin to Georgetown.
The North Corridor team is now asking for feedback from the public to help shape the final LPA. The LPA is expected to be finalized in April.
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