CapMetro has revealed a plan that it hopes will ease the area’s mobility growing pains, the Austin Business Journal reports.
Monday, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority revealed their Project Connect plan, which aims to help alleviate the Austin Metro area’s increasing congestion. All forms of transportation are on the table, including light rail transit, commuter rail transit and rapid bus transit.
As written, the plan includes commuter routes to surrounding suburbs including Hutto, Georgetown, Elgin, Bastrop, Lockhart and Buda.
It also includes more major bus stations downtown at places such as 18th and Guadalupe and close to the Dell Seton Medical Center. There will also be 13 mobility hubs that are designed to be transit centers with more options for getting around including bike sharing. Most of CapMetro’s riders use the North Lamar Boulevard, South Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive corridors.
Other less likely proposals are continuing the Red Line commuter rail service downtown to Republic Square and tunneling under Guadalupe Street to avoid car traffic.
However, CapMetro’s priority will be short-term projects such as mobility hubs and upgrading Metro Rapid bus service.
The plan and a timeline proposal should be finalized in June.