City of Austin begins design of urban trail on abandoned rail corridor

The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)
The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)

The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)

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The Bergstrom Spur project extends 6.5 miles. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)
The city of Austin's Urban Trails Program has begun design on an urban trail that would run through the Bergstrom Spur Corridor, according to a Dec. 1 press release.

The trail stretches about 6.5 miles from Vinson Drive in South Austin to East Riverside Drive and US 183 in southeast Austin, near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The project had been identified as an important link along the city's pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks in 2017 by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and in the 2019 Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.

“Planning projects like the Bergstrom Spur Corridor study help turn aspirations into reality,” said Ann Kitchen, City Council member and CAMPO Transportation Policy Board vice chair, in a press release. “Considering both the short- and long-term possibilities for this corridor makes this project stand out in its potential to provide needed transportation options in a rapidly growing city.”

The city along with the CAMPO won the the Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for a study published on the corridor in December 2020.


The project will happen in three segments, and the city is working on designs for all three concurrently. The cost is to be determined.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.