About Austin Light Rail

Austin Transit Partnership (ATP), City of Austin, and CapMetro adopted the Austin Light Rail Implementation Plan in June 2023. The Implementation Plan recommends the first phase of light rail to be implemented as on-street light rail from 38th St. on Guadalupe St. to Oltorf St. on Congress Ave., and to Yellow Jacket Ln. on East Riverside Dr., crossing Lady Bird Lake at Trinity St.

This phase will connect community to key destinations, jobs, and each other. It will also support future transit network expansion, so light rail will continue to serve Austinites as our city grows. With our Implementation Plan in place, ATP is now working to advance the project for federal grant funding including studies required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

ATP is providing our community with an opportunity to see the proposed project and potential design options that will undergo comprehensive studies of project benefits and impacts as part of the required environmental review and provide input on the issues and questions that we should consider in the analysis. 

What Is Light Rail?

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Why Austin Light Rail?

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Q1. Which open house(s) have you attended?

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Q2. Where is home for you? Please share your zip/postal code.

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Q3. Please tell us more about yourself. Check all that apply (and that you feel comfortable with disclosing.)

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Q4. Do you use public transportation to get around Austin?

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Q5. Please share your current status (check all that apply)

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Q6: Austin Light Rail is proposed as a 9.8-mile, on-street light rail system with 15 stations. Are there overall questions, opportunities, or concerns you have that should be considered in our ongoing study of the project?

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Q6: Austin Light Rail is proposed as a 9.8-mile on-street light rail system with 15 stations. Are there overall questions opportunities or concerns you have that should be considered in our ongoing study of the project? (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q7: North Section - The proposed project would serve The University of Texas at the UT Station on Guadalupe St. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this part of the project.

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Q7: North Section - The proposed project would serve The University of Texas at the UT Station on Guadalupe St. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this part of the project. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q8: North Section - ATP is evaluating locations for potential Park & Rides and end of line facilities near 38th St. and Guadalupe St. Please share your concerns around Park & Ride facilities.

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Q8: North Section - ATP is evaluating locations for potential Park & Rides and end of line facilities near 38th St. and Guadalupe St. Please share your concerns around Park & Ride facilities. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q9: Downtown Section - ATP is exploring adding a station at street level downtown near Wooldridge Square. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.

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Q9: Downtown Section - A station is planned at street level on Trinity St. between Cesar Chavez St and 2nd St., next to the Convention Center. ATP is evaluating a design option that would shift the Cesar Chavez Station to be off-street at the corner of Trinity St and 3rd St., and potentially integrate it into a private development in that location. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.

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Q11: South Section - A Travis Heights Station is planned at street level on East Riverside Dr. just east of Travis Heights Blvd. ATP is considering a design option that does not include Travis Heights Station. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.

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Q11: South Section - A Travis Heights Station is planned at street level on East Riverside Dr. just east of Travis Heights Blvd. ATP is considering a design option that does not include Travis Heights Station. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q12: South Section - Austin Light Rail will cross Lady Bird Lake on a new bridge connecting Trinity St. on the north side of the river to the Waterfront Station on the south side. ATP is evaluating options for the new bridge landing. One option is for the bridge to end before the Waterfront Station with the station and light rail intersection (referred to as a junction) that branches out to the north, south, and east at street level. The other option is to keep the bridge elevated longer and connect it to the surrounding hills, which would cause the Waterfront Station and light rail to also be elevated. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.  


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Q12: South Section - Austin Light Rail will cross Lady Bird Lake on a new bridge connecting Trinity St. on the north side of the river to the Waterfront Station on the south side. ATP is evaluating options for the new bridge landing. One option is for the bridge to end before the Waterfront Station with the station and light rail intersection (referred to as a junction) that branches out to the north south and east at street level. The other option is to keep the bridge elevated longer and connect it to the surrounding hills which would cause the Waterfront Station and light rail to also be elevated. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q13: South Section - ATP is evaluating the location for potential Park & Rides and end of line facilities near Oltorf St. and South Congress Ave. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around Park & Ride facilities.

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Q13: South Section - ATP is evaluating the location for potential Park & Rides and end of line facilities near Oltorf St. and South Congress Ave. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around Park & Ride facilities. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Q14. EAST Section - Along East Riverside Dr., east of I-35, ATP is planning for Austin LIght Rail to run in the center of the street, between the roadway lanes, with stations in the median and typical sidewalk and bicycle paths on the outside of the traffic lanes.

ATP is exploring a design option that brings the pedestrian and bicycle pathways next to the proposed Light Rail in the Center of East Riverside Dr. and those pathways will run the length of East Riverside Dr. from Lakeshore Station to the Yellow Jacket Station.

Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.

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Q14. EAST Section - Along East Riverside Dr. east of I-35 ATP is planning for Austin LIght Rail to run in the center of the street between the roadway lanes with stations in the median and typical sidewalk and bicycle paths on the outside of the traffic lanes. ATP is exploring a design option that brings the pedestrian and bicycle pathways next to the proposed Light Rail in the Center of East Riverside Dr. and those pathways will run the length of East Riverside Dr. from Lakeshore Station to the Yellow Jacket Station. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option. (Click image to enlarge)

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Q15: EAST Section - Two station locations are proposed along East Riverside Dr. at Faro Dr. and Montopolis Dr. ATP evaluating whether the Faro Dr. and Montopois Dr. Stations should be combined into one station at the Grove Blvd. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around this design option.

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Q16: EAST Section - ATP evaluation the location for potential Park & Rides and end of line facilities near YellowJacket Lane and Riverside Dr. Please share your thoughts on the opportunities and/or concerns around Park & Ride facilities.

Austin Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility

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Q17: East Section - ATP is studying the area along Airport Commerce Dr. near US 183 and SH 71 as the location for the Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF). An OMF is required to provide necessary functions for the operation and maintenance of the light rail system. Please share your thoughts on opportunities and/or concerns about the OMF.

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Q17: East Section - ATP is studying the area along Airport Commerce Dr. near US 183 and SH 71 as the location for the Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF). An OMF is required to provide necessary functions for the operation and maintenance of the light rail system. Please share your thoughts on opportunities and/or concerns about the OMF. (Click on image to enlarge)

Austin Light Rail NEPA Process

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THANK YOU FOR VISITING THE AUSTIN LIGHT RAIL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

 

 

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