Texas: Capital Metro OKs contract to study high-capacity transit in Austin’s core

January 28, 2016

By Community Impact Newspaper

Planning for high-capacity transit, such as rapid bus and rail, in Austin’s core is back on the table after a Capital Metro board of directors vote Jan. 25.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

The board approved a 30-month, $3 million contract with engineering firm AECOM Technical Services, which has offices in Austin, to study existing and new high-capacity transit options and develop a multimodal system in the Central Corridor, bounded by Hwy. 290 to the south, MoPac to the west, RM 2222/Koenig Lane to the north and the MetroRail Red Line to the east.

“We are going to be looking at existing high-capacity transit investments, meaning MetroRapid, MetroRail, and will work with the community to look at what are we missing,” said Javier Arguello, Capital Metro’s director of long-range planning.

“There may be some quick champion programs that we’ll be moving faster than the second part of the scope of the award, which is basically looking at new high-capacity transit,” Arguello said.

Planning efforts are still a part of the overarching Project Connect regional transportation vision plan, which Arguello said most people do not realize is still active. The North Corridor plan was unveiled in April 2014, and Capital Metro is working with cities in north Travis County and Williamson County to gain support and funding for new services.

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