Lone Star Rail a Partner in Project Connect
Project Connect is a partnership between Central Texas transportation agencies aimed at implementing the high-capacity transit component of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization 2035 Plan. The CAMPO plan was adopted by regional government representatives in 2010, after a nine-month public outreach process involving policy makers and community stakeholders. The initial Project Connect partnership includes the City of Austin, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Lone Star Rail District and CAMPO. To implement these projects, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has convened a group of regional stakeholders for a panel called the Transit Working Group. For more information visit the Project Connect website: www.connectcentraltexas.com.
Lone Star Rail Approves Resolution of Support for Project Connect Vision
Lone Star Rail District approved a Resolution of Support for Project Connect. Click here to download it. The resolution endorses the Project Connect vision for a high-capacity transit system of regional rail, commuter rail, urban rail, transit on express lanes, and bus rapid transit. Lone Star Rail’s regional passenger rail project, LSTAR, is a critical piece of the system. The Rail District joins numerous jurisdictions, agencies and organizations demonstrating their support for Project Connect, including the City of Austin, Capital Metro, AARO, Congress for New Urbanism, UT Student Government, and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Lone Star Rail Conducts Freight Rail Alternatives Study
Lone Star Rail is currently conducting engineering, environmental, and economic studies for a new freight rail line from Taylor to Seguin, east of the proposed LSTAR passenger corridor. This project has to date included a rigorous alternatives analysis of hundreds of potential alignments of the new freight line, a select few of which will be advanced for further study and public comment. Lone Star Rail and Union Pacific Railroad have signed an agreement which is guiding their collaboration on this project.
Rail District and NCTCOG Collaborate on Rail Planning
Lone Star Rail District and North Central Texas Council of Governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in April 2011. NCTCOG, the council of governments and metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, is active in passenger and freight rail planning in north Texas and is working with the Rail District to cooperate on long-range rail planning efforts between the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, and San Antonio metropolitan areas. The MOU provides a formal mechanism to coordinate rail planning with TxDOT and other stakeholders and to collaborate on connectivity between the systems.
New CitySouth/TAMU Station Proposed for San Antonio
The Lone Star Rail District engineering and environmental studies will also look at extending the line past its current southern terminus at Port San Antonio to serve Texas A&M’s new San Antonio campus, about six miles away. Part of the new Verano neighborhood, TAMU-San Antonio will be one of 17 college and university campuses served by the LSTAR. The new southern terminus will also serve other developments within the City South area.