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Urban Rail Public Meetings

City seeks input on proposed rail project

By Lee Nichols, Fri., April 1, 2011

Now that we have MetroRail to get us to Leander, Austin voters can decide on a rail system to jet us around town.
Now that we have MetroRail to get us to Leander, Austin voters can decide on a rail system to jet us around town.
Photo by John Anderson

Does Austin want more rail? That's what the city wants to know from residents in five upcoming public meetings. The first two are "public scoping" meetings, required under the National Environmental Policy Act. According to city Transportation Director Rob Spillar, a scoping meeting "represents the start of a process to work with the public to define the issues of importance to the community related to the constructed, social, or natural environment that should be considered prior to implementing a major project." Spillar says previous studies have brought up potential issues such as impacts on river wetlands, animal species, and residential affordability. The two initial scoping meetings will be followed by three open houses, listed at right.

Scoping Meetings

Monday, April 4, 2-5pm: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez

Wednesday, April 6, 5-8pm: Southwest Educational Devel­op­ment Laboratory, 4700 Mueller Blvd.

Urban Rail Open Houses

Thursday, April 7: AT&T Center, UT campus, 1900 University Ave. (11am-2pm);
Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina (5-8pm)

Saturday, April 9, 11am-2pm: Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove

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