Project Connect is CapMetro’s plan to ease the area’s mobility growing pains.
The Austin Business Journal reports that Monday, CapMetro announced their Project Connect plan. This new public transportation plan aims to help the Austin Metro area’s increasing congestion. All forms of transportation are on the table. These include light rail transit, commuter rail transit and rapid bus transit.
As written, Project Connect includes commuter routes to the surrounding suburbs. Plans are in place for Hutto, Georgetown, Elgin, Bastrop, Lockhart and Buda.
It also includes more major bus stations downtown. Locations mentioned include 18th and Guadalupe and the Dell Seton Medical Center. There will also be 13 mobility hubs that are designed to be transit centers. These transit centers will include 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 proposals are less likely to actually happen. These include extending the Red Line commuter rail service downtown to Republic Square. Another unlikely scenario is tunneling under Guadalupe Street to avoid car traffic.
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.