Students Weigh In on Streetcar

Don't let Austin be shown up by Dallas and Houston, say students who advocate rail

Will UT students organize as vocal Austin streetcar advocates? At a campus meeting recently, the UT student group Urban Devel­op­ment Society asked Capital Metro representative Matt Curtis about immediate plans to expand regional public transportation and rail transit options. The meeting generated a front-page story in The Daily Texan and an offer from UT student government leaders to help organize broader pro-transit advocacy on campus.

"With fuel costs soaring and environmental damage associated with autos mounting, we need to unite all UT students looking to get rail-transit options, sooner rather than later," said UDS officer Greg Anderson. "Our great city is a leader in so many ways; it is time for us to catch up in the one place where even Houston and Dallas have us beat." He expressed frustration that the Central Austin streetcar circulator once headed for a Novem­ber voter referendum appears stalled.

UT urban design professor Sinclair Black presented a ridership rationale to UDS for why the proposed streetcar route through the UT campus should run along Speedway (or possibly Guadalupe), not along San Jacinto as the administration insists. Also on hand to hear from students were Glenn Gadbois of the Alliance for Public Transportation and Jim Adams and Jana McCann of ROMA Austin (which will present its streetcar recommendations to City Council July 24).

UDS is organizing another meet-up for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6-7:30pm, at the Texas Union on the UT campus, to unite more UT students in advocacy for transit and sustainable urban development.

READ MORE
More Streetcar
Streetcar: The Work Plan
Streetcar: The Work Plan
The wheels are in motion for an urban rail system

Katherine Gregor, Aug. 15, 2008

Developing Stories
Developing Stories
Who'll Take a Streetcar? 32,000 Riders a Day.

Katherine Gregor, Aug. 1, 2008

More by Katherine Gregor
Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It
Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It
Checking in on the Climate Protection Program's progress – or lack thereof

Aug. 6, 2010

Climate Change Crosses County Lines
Climate Change Crosses County Lines
Study predicts how climate change will affect Texas' future water needs

July 30, 2010

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

streetcar, Capital Metro, University of Texas, Sinclair Black

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)