It’s a new way of moving.
Bringing two great urban regions together in the near future, Lone Star Rail District and its LSTAR rail service will create a convenient, cost-effective and intelligent alternative to congested highways and time-consuming commutes.
Regional passenger rail is on track. Visit us often here at LoneStarRail.com to stay informed about our progress and learn how the LSTAR will one day make your Texas travel easier.
The Austin-San Antonio passenger rail initiative has been ongoing for more than a decade. Here you’ll find our studies, plans and other resources.
We’re an accountable public agency that brings together communities all along the corridor to create a new transportation alternative.
The fast facts and latest news about how passenger rail will transform your travel options and shape the Austin-San Antonio corridor.
Notice to Interested Parties
The Lone Star Rail District (LSRD) proposes to develop a passenger rail line in the Austin-San Antonio Central Texas Corridor and a separate freight rail line. The District is currently conducting an environmental impact review of the project. Information on the proposed project can be found on the District’s website at http://www.lonestarrail.com. District staff’s current recommendation is to proceed with a public-private partnership (P3) to deliver the project, most likely under a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain-Finance (DBOMF) agreement. LSRD is willing to entertain discussions with interested parties, but discussions are preliminary and any statements made by LSRD are not commitments and are subject to change. Any information provided by the third parties and the notes of any discussions may be released to proposers as part of any possible future procurement process.
Lone Star Rail On Track To Support Governor’s Research Initiative
Governor Greg Abbott’s new University Research Initiative directs Texas economic development funds to help recruit elite researchers to Texas’ higher education campuses, helping to create what Abbott describes as a “research corridor” that energizes the state’s urban “Texas triangle.” The Lone Star Rail project, and its proposed LSTAR passenger service in the Austin and San Antonio metro areas, can help provide critical mobility to a key segment of Abbott’s envisioned corridor.
There are more than 20 colleges and universities in close proximity to the proposed LSTAR rail line along the Austin-San Antonio corridor. Improved mobility could enable an easy exchange of students and faculty among those campuses, while providing both students and faculty with a more productive use of their travel time. LSTAR passenger service is seen as potentially helping these colleges, universities, medical schools, and graduate schools in the Austin-San Antonio ‘education corridor’ generate new ideas, technologies, and innovations that nourish the region’s continued economic prosperity and encourage job creation.
LSTAR moves forward as potential solution to regional mobility woes
As part of ongoing engineering and environmental studies of the Lone Star Rail project, the Rail District, TxDOT and the Federal Highways Administration have agreed on “purpose and need” criteria by which different alternatives and alignments will be evaluated. These project objectives include improved mode choice, reducing vehicle miles traveled, helping protect regional air quality, providing affordable mobility to low- and moderate-income Texans, supporting future growth in the I-35 corridor, and constructing new freight rail infrastructure. View the complete Purpose and Need memo here.