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A bright red traffic lane reads “Bus Only.”

Texas Legislation Would Add More Roadblocks for Transit Funding in Austin

A former Austin city councilmember, now at the Texas State Legislature, is trying to make it harder for Austin Transit Partnership to borrow money to fund Project Connect, the Austin region’s big, ambitious transit investment plan.

March 20, 2023 - KUT

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Revisions Looming, Austin’s Project Connect Reveals the Obstacles of Transit Planning in 2023

A once sprawling and singularly ambitious capital investment plan for the Capital Metro system will soon be reduced in size and scope. The episode is more evidence of an emerging era of transit planning austerity.

March 15, 2023 - TransitCenter

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin Preparing to Trim 'Project Connect' Long-Term Transit Plans

Increasing costs and an understanding about taxes are reducing the scope of the long-term transit plan in Austin, Texas.

October 18, 2022 - Axios Austin

Downtown Austin with Lady Bird Lake in the foreground. Multiple bridges are crossing the lake and small personal water-crafts dot the water.

Light Rail and Buses and More, Oh My!

A light rail bridge proposed for Lady Bird Lake, still pre-design, is causing controversies about whether adding buses to the bridge would be too dangerous for the other non-automotive modes.

December 13, 2021 - KUT

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Coming Soon to Austin: More Electric Buses, Two New High-Frequency Lines

Austin's transit agency is accelerating its move toward an all-electric fleet with the addition of 200 new electric buses.

October 6, 2021 - KUT

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Austin Hopes to Buck Tradition with Anti-Gentrification Measures in its New Transit Plan

Project Connect promises to prioritize equity and inclusion with $300 million dedicated to anti-displacement efforts.

December 17, 2020 - City Monitor

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Transit's Big Day at the Ballot Box

Even with the fiscal uncertainty of the pandemic, voters around the country overwhelmingly supported new funding for public transit projects.

December 10, 2020 - TransitCenter

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TxDOT Wants to Build the I-35 Capital Expressway to 20 Lanes

After releasing "public scoping" details for a massive widening project in Downtown Austin, a writer slams the Texas Department of Transportation for its car-centric approach to transportation planning.

November 17, 2020 - Austin Towers

Capital Metro Metrorail

State and Local Votes Reveal Widespread Support for Public Transit

There's a narrative to be built from the results of state and local elections on issues of public transit funding: voters continue to support more funding for public transit projects and programs.

November 5, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

Project Connect, Capital Metro

How COVID Impacts the Future of Light Rail in Austin

The budget for Austin’s massive transportation plan was cut by nearly a third in the wake of the pandemic, but a tax rate increase to help pay for it is still on the ballot for November.

September 30, 2020 - Katharine Jose

Project Connect, Capital Metro

Property Tax Could Fund $7 Billion Transit Plan in Austin, Displacement Mitigation Included

A $7 billion transit investment plan for Austin would include $300 million toward preventing displacement of communities in neighborhoods located near planned transit investments.

August 4, 2020 - KUT

Project Connect, Capital Metro

Transit Galore in Capital Metro's New Transit Plan for Austin

New light rail lines, dedicated busways, and expanded bus and commuter rail service are on the Project Connect menu.

March 11, 2020 - KUT

Capital Metro Metrorail

Details of Austin's Big 'Project Connect' Transit Plan Emerge

The public got its first taste of the ambitions of the Project Connect transit plan in the state capital of Texas.

January 16, 2020 - KXAN

Texas Transit

'Project Connect' Bus System Plan Underway in Austin

Austin is the latest city in the United States to undertake a massive overhaul of its bus system, designing for a high frequency grid.

November 18, 2019 - Austin On Your Feet

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