If Austin Had Rail ...

If Austin Had Rail ...

Here's how the city envisions an Austin light rail system – which voters will decide on in 2012 – with the rail running through and making stops in densely populated areas, crossing the river, and shuttling passengers to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Current assumptions are that the proposed system would be built in two phases, possibly divided somewhere Downtown, but it hasn't been decided which phase would come first.

The black dots are "conceptual" stops – no stops have been finalized.

Solid lines represent fairly solid estimations of where the line would run.

Dotted lines are still under consideration, including a spur to Hancock Center and the location where the rail should cross the river: at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge or possibly a new bridge to the east. And if the latter, how it will get through properties on the south bank of the Colorado River and connect to Riverside? (The Austin American-Statesman, which owns one of the properties, has expressed interest in allowing a crossing; the state of Texas, the other owner, is reportedly less enthusiastic.)

The rail would connect with Capital Metro's Red Line at the Martin Luther King Station and the Downtown Station. If other proposed mass-transit plans materialize, it could connect at Downtown with Cap Metro's Elgin Green Line, the Georgetown-to-San Antonio Lone Star Rail, and Cap Metro's Bus Rapid Transit.

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