Austin Voters Pass Commuter-Rail Referendum

The ballot measure, called Capital Metro, may lead to a multi-modal transportation system in Central Texas.
November 12, 2004, 2pm PST | David Gest
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The Capital Metro commuter-rail referendum "final 62% victory freed Austin's transit authority from seven years of political purgatory and opened the door (at least a crack) to an actual multi-modal transportation system in Central Texas...After 2000's defeat of a much more extensive light-rail proposal by less than 1% of the vote, Cap Metro proceeded with the utmost care in retooling a smaller-scale, minimum-cost system – using track owned by the agency to run commuter service..." Supporters are optimistic about the system, but acknowledge that it will take time to implement.

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Published on Friday, November 5, 2004 in The Austin Chronicle
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