Blue Line Virtual Open House (July-August 2021)
Thank you for visiting the Blue Line Virtual Open House. The public comment period for the virtual open house has ended and comments have been disabled on this website. You are welcome to browse the virtual open house, view the videos and download Project Connect documents.
Your feedback and questions are always welcome. To get in touch with the Blue Line project team, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message on our comment line at 512-369-7774.
Blue Line Project Overview
The proposed Blue Line Project is an 8.2-mile light rail transit (LRT) corridor that would operate from Republic Square in downtown Austin to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The transitway is proposed to operate in a subway through downtown under 4th and Trinity Streets. The transitway would cross Lady Bird Lake on a new dedicated transit bridge, and travel along East Riverside Drive and State Highway 71 to the airport.
We encourage you to view the Blue Line overview video to hear from the Blue Line project team as they share the latest details on the current proposed design.
There are 150 people moving to Central Texas every day—translating to 70 more cars on the road each day. Single-occupancy vehicles account for 75 percent of commuters on the road, and the greater Austin area’s population is estimated to double to four million by 2040. Project Connect will provide more transportation options to move people to their destinations.
Project Connect is a bold transit plan designed for Austin that includes a new rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that makes everyone's trip faster, an expanded bus system and a transition to an all-electric fleet.
In November of 2020, Austin voters approved a generational investment for our community. The YES vote for Project Connect is a huge step toward creating a more equitable and livable city, providing more and better ways for people to access jobs, education, health care and new opportunities.
We now have an approved plan, a schedule and the dedicated funding to create a more connected and equitable community. As we continue the federal environmental review process for various projects, we need your input.