Project Connect: Blue Line Virtual Open House #2 | CapMetro Engage

Project Connect: Blue Line Virtual Open House #2

Project Connect

Central Texas is rapidly changing. Our population just hit 2 million and it’s projected to double by 2040. In that same time, road capacity is expected to increase by only 15 percent. We need a change.

Capital Metro is working with the community to develop a new, comprehensive transit vision to improve existing transit services and develop new, high-capacity public transportation projects that provide efficient travel options into, out of, and around Central Texas. We call this vision, Project Connect.

Project Connect is all about developing innovative solutions that move more people; a complete system of reliable and frequent transit with congestion-proof services that operate free from other traffic.

The Blue Line

The proposed Blue Line is an important part of Capital Metro’s vision for a complete system of reliable and frequent transit.


Map showing the Blue Line transit corridor

Why the Blue Line?

The Purpose of the Blue Line is to provide a high-capacity transitway along Trinity Street, over the Colorado River, and along East Riverside Drive that provides faster, more reliable travel to, from, and between North Austin, University of Texas, Downtown Austin, East Riverside, and Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

The Blue Line would address the following Needs (or problems) within the corridor.

  • Connect activity centers and manage future growth with better transit service
  • Provide better transit options linking affordable housing and jobs
  • Connect employers and employees along the corridor
  • Explosive growth in airport travel warrants improved transit to ABIA

The Virtual Open House

This is an interactive experience. You will have the opportunity to leave your feedback on the project, so we encourage you to view the background material and to provide your feedback on the topics of importance to you.

Download the Open House Exhibits 15MB PDF

We are currently analyzing our options to make important decisions about transitway location and station locations. Most importantly, we are focused on evaluating a dedicated pathway (transitway) that only transit vehicles can use to be free of congestion. Click on the cards below and let us know what you think.

Comments received by August 13, 2019 will be included in the official record of the Project Connect open house.