What does the future of Project Connect look like?

The Austin Transit Partnership unveiled five updated plans to replace the Blue and Orange Lines.

A rendering of the station intersecting Guadalupe Street at Republic Square.

A rendering of the station intersecting Guadalupe Street at Republic Square.

Rendering via Austin Transit Partnership

The Austin Transit Partnership unveiled five potential plans for the future of the city’s light rail transit on Tuesday.

The updated light rail plans are a portion of Project Connect — a multi-billion dollar overhaul of Austin’s public transit system approved by voters in 2020 — compressed due to rising real estate costs. Now, Austin is calling on the public for a review.

ATP is accepting public feedback until mid-May, when a staff recommendation will be made, so now is the time to make your voice heard. The Board of Directors plans to make a final decision in June.

Here’s a break-down of the new proposals:

On the left, the plans for the former Blue Line. On the right, updated plans based on the Blue Line.

The North Lamar Transit Center was not forgotten in new proposals.

Graphics via Austin Transit Partnership

29th Street to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Formerly known as the Blue Line, the proposal for this line will still take you from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Congress Avenue, but its northern stretch has been cut. This line ends at 29th Street instead of the originally proposed North Lamar Transit Center.

    On the left, a graphic of the former Orange Line, and the current line on the right.

    Though the southern portion is no more, ATP said each line has potential for expansion.

    Graphics via Austin Transit Partnership

    North Lamar to Pleasant Valley

    This line picks up the rest of the former Blue Line at the North Lamar Transit Center, and ends in a new location, Pleasant Valley Road. Most similar to the former Orange Line, this route has Lady Bird Lake crossing options at South 1st Street and Trinity Street.

    What this, and the rest of the new proposals, leave out is a route toward south Austin — the former Orange Line plan ended on Slaughter Lane.

    Three separate proposals in order of most to least distance covered.

    It’s important to note that both the Red and Green Lines will continue as scheduled.

    Graphics via Austin Transit Partnership

    Central Austin to Yellow Jacket Lane

    There are three options that end at Yellow Jacket Lane, including an on-street option starting at 38th Street, and a partially elevated line starting at 29th Street — each with service to Oltorf. The third and shortest option starts at UT without service to Oltorf.

    View the full proposal here.

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