Project Connect is the Whole Enchilada

This kind of long range planning is not our usual Let’s Go News topic, but we were recently privy to an interesting conversation in which a local reporter had not even heard of Project Connect. We see Project Connect everywhere, on YouTube ads, on billboards, web ads, in public presentations … but maybe you don’t know much about it either.

Screen shot 2014-06-04 at 10.07.31 AMSo here is the quick scoop. To continue growing and preserve our quality of life we need high capacity transit (think highway equivalent, but for people not cars) that will help more people get around with more convenience. We already have a pretty well developed grid of local bus routes. Project Connect combines that grid with the region’s vision of the “whole enchilada” for rail and express bus services. That includes neighboring cities whose residents commute in and out of Austin.

The Project Connect vision is to provide more high quality transit options connecting people with where they live, work and play. That vision includes building on already-existing services like Capital Metro’s MetroRail and MetroRapid, as well as new services well on their way like the Lone Star Rail from San Antonio to Georgetown. Project Connect also proposes new projects that connect Austin with our neighbors to the north (Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville) via transit. Finally, it is also a strategy for multi-jurisdictional cooperation to begin connecting areas to the north, south, east and west with Central Austin, the local MetroBus grid, the airport, Lone Star Rail, the proposed Green Line/Elgin to the east, and Red Line/Leander to the west.

2 Responses to Project Connect is the Whole Enchilada

  1. Ross says:

    Can you please clarify that this is the old map schemed before the release of the ‘Riverside/Highland Corridor’ plan by Project Connect and is not reflective of what voters will be voting on in November? Project Connect is using this map and distributed flyers (seemingly) to mislead voters into thinking they’ll be voting on a central corridor rail, when in fact the rail will only service the Riverside/Highland route, not the Guadalupe/Lamar route (a proven, densely-populated transit corridor) as indicated on this map.

  2. glenn says:

    We do not know what voters will vote on in November until City Council decides ballot language for a bond vote. We will provide an update after Council makes these decisions. Clearly this article is designed to provide basic information about the entire Project Connect network. We leave it to advocates to discuss the merits of initial projects.