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Orange Line

Orange 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.

Orange Line Overview

The proposed Orange Line Project is a 20-mile light rail transit (LRT) corridor that would travel along Lamar Boulevard and Congress Avenue from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride at Howard Lane south to Slaughter Lane. This route is currently served by Capital Metro’s MetroRapid 801. The Orange Line was identified as one of the dedicated-pathway high-capacity transit (HCT) corridors in the Project Connect System Plan and would serve as the spine of the regional HCT network- providing faster, more reliable transit connections. 

The need for the Orange Line Project is demonstrated by increasing congestion within the project corridor and parallel roadways, which is worsened by the inability to expand roadway capacity enough to meet demand. Failure to accommodate this increasing demand for efficient mobility is a threat to continued community and economic growth.  

The purpose of the Orange Line Project is to offer a reliable, safe, cost effective, time competitive, state-of-the-art HCT option that is congestion-proof.


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Stay Connected

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

Orange Line Hotline: 512-369-7703

Email: [email protected]

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

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