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Why Rail?
The city is pushing for a 2012 vote to build urban rail. The critics are asking, 'Who needs it?'
"...Club – and you may come away convinced that rail-based mass transit is about as desirable for a city..."

April 8, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Mayor Kills Nov. Rail Vote
No 2010 bond referendum for urban rail
"...Austin voters' opportunity to approve bond funding for urban rail in November. Council was to vote on this next..."

March 10, 2010 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Urban Rail: Which Way to Connect?
Project Connect recommends a rail corridor – and transit advocates board opposing trains
"...to advise city officials on the development of urban rail, approved Project Connect's sub-corridor recommendations of East Riverside and..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Feature by Mac McCann

Run Out on a Rail
Capital Metro fires its freight rail carrier, Longhorn Railway, and its litigious owner, Don Cheatham, and finds a temporary replacement.
"...died with a hammer in his hand, but Longhorn Railway general manager Don Cheatham appears poised to expire --..."

March 17, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Leffingwell Proposes Rail/Comp Bond Vote in 2012
Change to city attorney's office, single-member districts also
"...does this mean for future bond packages on urban rail and a comprehensive bond election? – got an answer..."

June 16, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Urban Rail Comment Period Ends Friday
Proposed line would run from Mueller to ABIA via Downtown
"...up the public input period on the proposed urban rail line, part of the environmental impact process required by..."

April 26, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Rail Reactions
Mayor Pro Tem chimes in on rail delay
"...Should we be surprised at the news of a rail delay?..."

March 10, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

More 'No Rail' Reactions
Council members respond
"...city council members to Mayor Lee Leffingwell's "No 2010 Rail Vote" announcement, more below...."

March 10, 2010 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Mayor: Rail Should Wait
Mayor Lee Leffingwell says urban rail needs more time
"...for operations, management, and financing of an Austin urban rail system remain sufficiently in doubt to make a November..."

June 1, 2012 News Post by Michael King

Urban Rail Meetings
City holding forums as part of FTA review
"...After Capital Metro's Red Line, does Austin want more rail? The city government wants your input in a series..."

March 25, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Cap Metro Testing Out Rail Cars
Service begins 2008
"...PRESS RELEASE from Cap Metro: Capital MetroRail is on the Move On Track Testing Begins Tonight..."

Dec. 18, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Commuter Rail: Stuck in the Station Again
The attempt to salvage commuter rail in the San Antonio-Dallas Corridor
"...On Nov. 7, Austin voters killed light rail. On Nov. 28, the Travis County Commissioners Court fired..."

Dec. 22, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Light Rail Debate
Former City Council Member Max Nofziger vs. Current City Council Member Daryl Slusher
"...Light Rail: Now --- or Houston Tomorrow In almost a decade..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Daryl Slusher

A Great Big Bundle of Rail and Roads
Council moves transportation bonds toward a November vote
"...million for road improvements and $600 million for urban rail. The $600 million would cover a little less than..."

Aug. 8, 2014 News Feature by Mac McCann

The Road to Rail
Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?
"...something about the horrible traffic on the highways? Light rail ain't it. Wanna do something about our ever-dirtier air?..."

July 21, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Riding the Rail
The challenge for Capital Metro: convincing voters that the new light rail isn't the old light rail that they rejected last year
"...and persistent opponents of Capital Metro's plans for a light-rail system -- such as the businesses along South Congress..."

Dec. 21, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Light Rail Debate
Max Nofziger argues that light rail is too costly and will destroy the Austin we love.
"...Rail Will Cost Too Much and Destroy Austin..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Max Nofziger

Rail Revival?
Proposed Austin-San Antonio rail line could take commuters all the way from Georgetown to downtown San Antonio on a Union Pacific freight corridor with 15 stops
"...plans to add spurs to its modest Leander-to-downtown commuter rail line, but an even bigger rail project looms on..."

Dec. 30, 2005 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

A Light-Rail Named Desire
Capital Metro Plows Ahead With Studies on Cedar Park Line
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Feb. 28, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
Diving into the plan
"...in 2000 (lost narrowly), 2004 (won handily; that's the MetroRail Red Line), and 2014 (lost handily). This plan combines..."

Sept. 25, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

LIGHT RAIL U.S.A.: A Quick Scorecard on Other Cities
"...Atlanta has light rail as part of the extensive MARTA system, given its..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature

Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Project Connect looks to help make connections
"...new MetroExpress and MetroRapid bus routes, a new commuter rail line to East Austin, enhancements to the current commuter..."

Sept. 25, 2020 News Feature by Jack Craver

Tired Of Nichols' Diatribes Against Rail
"...Editor, I am tired of Lee Nichols' diatribes against rail. His articles on the Red Line have been one-sided..."

April 12, 2011 Postmarks

Austin-SA Commuter Rail: Kyle looking on board
City of Kyle likely to be among first jurisdictions to support Austin-San Antonio commuter rail proposal
"...the first jurisdictions to support the Austin-San Antonio commuter rail proposal, if only because it's most familiar with the..."

Dec. 1, 2006 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Supports Commuter Rail Plan
"...Dear Editor, I support the commuter rail plan even though I voted against light rail in..."

Oct. 26, 2004 Postmarks

LIGHT RAIL 101: The Facts, Figures, & Terms You Need to Know
"...Light Rail: According to the experts at the American Public Transport..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature

Rail-ly Expensive
"...Projected Cost for First Three Light Rail Lines:..."

April 4, 1997 News Feature

Light Rail
"...The failed light rail referendum is one race on the ballot where "what..."

Nov. 24, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Big, Bold, and Costly: Austin’s Makes a Third Try at Rail Transit
The train is here
"...after the narrow defeat of Capital Metro's first light rail plan by fewer than 2,000 votes in the same..."

March 13, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

"Three Incontrovertible Facts" About Urban Rail Line
"...June 26th, the City Council passed Austin’s first urban rail line route. Public testimony was limited, but I would..."

July 21, 2014 Postmarks

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