An over 30-mile trail and transit corridor project—the Red Line Trail—is being developed that will link downtown Austin to the city of Leander.

Along with Capital Metro rail lines, the project includes a walking and biking trail network. An open house for residents to provide feedback on a 1.7-mile segment of the trail connecting Braker Lane to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in North Austin will be held in the coming weeks.

Zooming out

Austin’s Capital Delivery Service Department and Transportation and Public Works Department’s Urban Trails Program is developing the Red Line Trail in four segments. Doing so will save money and simplify construction logistics alongside other ongoing projects in the area, according to a news release. Funding for the project comes from the 2016 and 2020 Austin mobility bonds. The trail will feature lighting, benches and landscaping with accessibility in mind, and most of the trail will be at least 15 feet wide.

Construction on the Braker Lane/Northern Walnut Creek Trail segment is slated to begin in 2025 and will eventually connect McKalla Station to Q2 Stadium.

Get involved

The project’s 60% Design Virtual Open House for the northern trail segment will include comprehensive details on the proposed trail alignment and other design features. The open house will run virtually 24/7 through Aug. 31 and is available in both English and Spanish.

Residents will also have the opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions and provide feedback in person at two tabling events:
  • Aug. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Balcones District Park
  • Aug. 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at CapMetro Kramer Station
Quote of note

“With all the development happening in North Austin, it’s important to provide travel options for all,” District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool said in a news release. "The Red Line Trail will provide a convenient walking and biking path to public transportation and nearby trails, businesses, and the Q2 Stadium. I look forward to seeing this trail transform the daily commute for residents and provide greater access to nature.”