Austin Approves ATP’s Pick for Project Connect

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Austin Project Connect Light Rail
Project Connect

AUSTIN – The city of Austin voted to approve Austin Transit Partnership’s pick for Project Connect.

Project Connect is Austin’s plan to increase its’ transit options with the addition of a new light rail service. Austin Transit Partnership, or ATP, is “an independent organization that will guide Project Connect with transparency and accountability every step of the way.”

On Thursday, June 2nd, Austin city council approved ATP’s pick for the light rail project. 

Greg Canally, executive director of ATP, said of the pick that the “option best reflects the needs and values of the Austin community and lays the best foundation for future expansions and extensions in all three directions . . . We heard support from community and advocacy groups for this option as it provides critical connections for people, and we are proud to listen to and take into account that feedback.”

Now that the city has voted approval, the pick will be reviewed by CapMetro’s board of directors on Friday, June 2nd. ATP will hold another meeting with CapMetro and Austin city council, and they will formally adopt the pick before the first phase of the project is set to begin on June 6th.

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