Regional Approach

Downtown Austin is the economic engine of Central Texas and continues to grow and push out its boundaries. In addition, new activity centers (such as the Mueller development or the redeveloped Highland Mall) continue to emerge and swell the flow of traffic into and out of the area.

Project Connect looks at the loop formed by MoPac, SH 71 and US 183. (See map.) We refer to that as our focus area, or simply as Central Austin. But to create a system that can move people into, out of and around that area, we need to examine the entire region. With your help, Project Connect will identify and evaluate transit projects that connect activity centers within the focus area and throughout the region.

These are projects that have already been researched and proposed, by Capital Metro and other organizations. (They can be seen on the Project Inventory to the left.) To participate in the process, get in touch with the Project Connect team.

Project Timeline

Big Ideas, Bold Start

(June 2016 – March 2017) With community input, we'll review potential projects from previous planning efforts. We will also select the traffic corridors that are most suitable for implementation as high-capacity transit solutions. We then will prioritize the selected projects and corridors.

Real Solutions for Real Problems

(April 2017 – April 2018)  We will further study the selected projects and investment corridors, including alternative modes of transit, routes and technologies. An important part of this phase will be the identification of potential costs and benefits of alternatives, and we will conduct a detailed comparative analysis to help select projects.

Path to Implementation

(May – November 2018) This final phase will see us develop an implementation strategy and identify funding sources for the selected projects. During this phase, we will also begin the work required to apply for possible federal funding. At the conclusion of Phase 3, a number of community-supported projects will be recommended to be built.

Potential Enhancement Projects

Potential Investment Corridors

As part of Project Connect, Capital Metro, stakeholders and members of the public will review and analyze corridors that have been proposed by different organizations, both public and private, as being good candidates for high-capacity transit. These corridors are currently being identified by the project team and will be presented to the public for review beginning in early 2017 at public workshops. The community will also have an opportunity to suggest corridors not on Capital Metro’s list for consideration. Find out how to participate.

This process will consist of three phases. The first will evaluate a set of priority corridors based on their ability to support high-capacity transit. Phase 2 will further study options for these priority corridors and select preferred modes of transit, alignment of routes and location of stations. The third phase will identify specific projects, prepare funding plans and develop implementation strategies.

For the purposes of Project Connect, Capital Metro has identified 3 transit market types — Commuter, Connector and Circulator — to show differences in high-capacity transit needs for corridors with similar characteristics.

Evaluation Methods

March 28, 4-8 p.m.

Traffic Jam Open House
Taking It to the Streets

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