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Blue Line

Blue Line Self-Guided Public Scoping Meeting

Project Connect Overview

There are 150 people moving to Central Texas every day—translating to 70 more cars on the road each day. Single-occupancy vehicles account for 75 percent of commuters on the road, and the greater Austin area’s population is estimated to double to four million by 2040. Project Connect will provide more transportation options to move people to their destinations. 

Project Connect is a bold transit plan designed for Austin that includes a new rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that makes everyone's trip faster, an expanded bus system and a transition to an all-electric fleet. 

In November of 2020, Austin voters approved a generational investment for our community. The YES vote for Project Connect is a huge step toward creating a more equitable and livable city, providing more and better ways for people to access jobs, education, health care and new opportunities.  

We now have an approved plan, a schedule and the dedicated funding to create a more connected and equitable community. As we enter the federal environmental review process for various projects, we need your input.  

image of the initial investment map.

Blue Line Overview

The proposed Blue Line Project is an 8.2-mile light rail transit (LRT) corridor that would operate from Republic Square in downtown Austin to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The transitway is proposed to operate in a tunnel through downtown under 4th and Trinity Streets. The transitway would cross Lady Bird Lake on a new dedicated transit bridge, and travel along East Riverside Drive and State Highway 71 to the airport. 

The need for the Blue Line Project is demonstrated by worsening highway congestion, a lack of mobility options and limited roadway capacity, inadequate transit access, increasing travel demand and travel times, decreasing mobility and additional travel costs. 

The Blue Line Project would provide improved high-capacity transit that operates faster and has better reliability, improved connectivity to affordable housing, employment, activity centers and the airport and links to other future transit corridors.

 

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Stay Connected

You can also share your comments regarding the Blue Line via phone, email, and mail. Stay up to date on all projects under the Project Connect program by visiting ProjectConnect.com.

Blue Line Hotline: 512-369-7774

Email: [email protected]

Mail: Blue Line Project Team
Capital Metro
607 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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Due to Winter Storm Uri the public scoping period has been extended a week. The public scoping period will now run from Jan. 25 to March 12, 2021.

Blue Line Project Goals and Objectives

Equity

Provide better transit options linking affordable housing and jobs.

Reliability

Connect employers and employees along the corridor with fast and reliable transit.

Support Airport Growth

Provide transit options for access to/from AUS as demand grows over time to serve the needs of air travelers, employees, and all others needing access.

Land Use and Policy

Connect activity centers and manage future growth with better transit service.

Interoperability and Operations

Ensure interoperability between the Blue Line Project and planned and future transportation corridors.

Build Alternative Details

LRT line from Republic Square to the airport showing the Republic Square and Downtown stations as being below ground level, MACC/Rainey to Metro Center stations at ground level, and the airport station above ground level. I-35 is located between the Travis Heights and Lakeshore stations, SH-71 is located between the Montopolis and Metro Center stations, and U.S. 183 is between the Metro Center and airport stations.   Through downtown, the transitway would operate in a tunnel. The Blue Line ill cross Lady Bird Lake on a new bridge. Street-level transitway between Lady Bird Lake and Metro Center. Elevated transitway over US 183 to connect to the airport.

Project Areas

Environmental Resources

Physical and Natural Environment - Air Quality, Soils and Geology, Water Quality, Threatened and Endangered Species, Energy, Hazardous Materials, Noise and Vibration, Temporary Construction Impacts  Human Environment - Environmental Justice (EJ), Safety and Security, Land Use and Zoning, Socioeconomics and Economic Development, Transportation, Utilities, Land Acquisitions and Displacements  Cultural Environment - Cultural, Historic, and Archeological, Parks and Recreational, Section 4(f) Evaluation, Visual and Aesthetic, Neighborhood and Community Resources