New Transit Options for a Greater Austin

Project Connect is a plan designed to create a system of high-capacity transit options that will connect people, places and opportunities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable way. Transit that travels the entire trip, or a portion of trip, on a dedicated lane or guideway is considered high-capacity transit.

In the next two years, Project Connect will be identifying and evaluating potential transit projects. Capital Metro will work with local agencies, stakeholders and the public to identify high-capacity transit solutions that will help improve travel into, out of and around Central Austin. We need your help to develop three key elements:

  1. Enhanced Service — Recommend improvements to existing high-capacity transit services (MetroRail, MetroRapid and MetroExpress, for example) that can be implemented quickly with limited financial impact to offer real solutions to driving alone in increasing traffic congestion.
  2. New Service — Identify new high-capacity transit projects that, together, will create a connected system of routes to move people faster, more efficiently and more sustainably. These are larger, bolder initiatives that require capital and operational funding, and longer lead times for design and construction.
  3. Funding Strategies — Develop funding models that will be presented to help the community decide how to cover the cost associated with developing and maintaining this vital community infrastructure. Paying for construction and long term operations of transit projects is a complex challenge.

Why Project Connect?

The purpose of Project Connect is to enhance existing high-capacity transit services and to select new high-capacity transit investment corridors. To more easily and efficiently connect people, places and opportunities, we need to address:

  1. Explosive growth
  2. Limited ability to build more roads
  3. Issues of affordability
  4. Building a connected, comprehensive transit system

Find out more about the goals for Project Connect.

How Can You Participate?

Public input is key to the success of Project Connect. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for announcements about public involvement events and opportunities.

Javier Arguello at Capital Metro: | 512.389.7426
Joe Clemens at Capital Metro: | 512.369.6515