The Project Connect System Plan would bring new transit options to Austin, including a new rail system that travels under downtown to improve on-time performance. The new rail services would also connect North and South Austin, provide a direct route to the airport, cross the river before extending down South Congress and serve East Austin and Colony Park. Expanded bus service - including more MetroRapid, MetroExpress and on-demand circulators - and 24 new Park & Rides would provide more connections into the larger transit system.
The full Project Connect System Plan includes all of these components. Learn more about what's included in the Initial Investment.
About “Initial Investment” & “System Plan”
A ballot measure for the Project Connect Initial Investment will be on the November 2020 ballot.
It was a collaborative process between the Capital Metro board and the Austin City Council that resulted in the Initial Investment portion of Project Connect being put before voters this year. Leading up to the November election, the governing bodies took the following actions:
- August 13: The Austin City Council voted to include Project Connect's Initial Investment on the November ballot. The vote approved an ordinance ordering an election to authorize and fund the Project Connect Initial Investment of $7.1 billion.
- August 7: The Initial Investment proposal was adopted by the Capital Metro board and approved by the Austin City Council. It includes a portion of the System Plan, which will advance through development and be considered for both local and federal funding. Not all of the System Plan's elements are included in the Initial Investment.
- June 10: The Project Connect System Plan was adopted by the Capital Metro board and approved by the Austin City Council.