A $1.7 billion Project Connect Transit Plan in Austin, will receive support from Transit Forward, a nonprofit group. The Project Connect Transit Plan which was launched 27th October, includes a series of mass transit projects in Austin that will immensely change the area over the next 13 years by creating a new age of train lines and bus hubs.
Transit Forward supports Austin’s Project Connect Transit Plan
The implementation of Transit plan is will promoted by Transit Forward, as promised to the voters and the NGO organization is also working towards ensuring that the plan is sustainable, equitable, and accessible. The group will also enlighten the community throughout the development phase of the Project Connect Transit Plan, while also promoting transit-support policies. Transit Forward is still in the process of finalizing its board, but some seats have already been occupied.
Austin’s Project Connect Transit Plan will include a downtown subway tunnel and more train lines. The underground tunnel will stretch across 1.6 miles and run from Cesar Chavez Street to 11th Street, from Guadalupe Street to Trinity Street, and from Fourth street to the cul de sac near Lady Bird Lake.
In addition, the Project Connect Transit Plan, also includes the development of two light rail lines which are intended for connecting far-reaching points of the city. One of these light rail lines is The Blue line, which is designed to link the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) through downtown station northwards to Lamar Boulevard at Highway 183; and the second light rail line is the Orange line, which will run through Republic Square connecting Lamar Boulevard at Highway 183 South to Stassney Lane. The initial design, engineering, and procurement work for both light rail lines will take about three to four years. While the construction and commissioning of these lines will be rounded up in another four or five years.
The CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Fang Fang stressed the importance of actualizing this Transit Plan, and mentioned that it would ensure accessible and equitable transit options across the city. Fang also pointed out that a robust transit system is crucial for maintaining Austin’s fast-growing economy because this would help increase the level of connectivity for businesses in the area.