These were the most read Northwest Austin transportation stories of 2020

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An upcoming Capital Metro rail station at the former IBM campus in North Austin was confirmed in August. (Rendering courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

An upcoming Capital Metro rail station at the former IBM campus in North Austin was confirmed in August. (Rendering courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

This past year, Austin voters approved Captial Metro's largest mass-transit plans to date. The $7.1 billion Project Connect plan, which will bring commuter rail lines and bus routes to Northwest Austin, dominated headlines for months.

Other transportation projects, from trails to neighborhood streets, started and finished across Northwest Austin over the past 12 months.

Here are the top five Northwest Austin transportation stories from 2020.

1. Construction to begin in September on new $24 million Capital Metro rail station across from The Domain

Brandywine Realty Trust is in the midst of developing the site of the current IBM campus in North Austin, directly across from The Domain, into a mixed-use development with more than 2,000 housing units and more than 1 million additional square feet of office space. This fall, work will begin on a rail station on Capital Metro's Red Line to serve that future mixed-use community, proposed to be named Uptown ATX. Read the full story here.


2. First section of Northern Walnut Creek Trail now complete after decade-long stretch of work

After a decade of construction delays and fired contractors, city officials have closed the books on all major construction on the first section of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Northwest Austin. Read the full story here.

3. Four roads under construction Northwest Austin residents should know about

The city of Austin Transportation Department in a July 7 newsletter stated city construction crews are placing equipment throughout July to begin construction on Anderson Mill Road. Read the full story here.

4. Monumental $7.1 billion transit plan with North Austin rail stations in the hands of Austin voters

The city of Austin and Capital Metro will ask Austin voters Nov. 3 to fund a plan that would connect neighborhoods throughout Northwest Austin to downtown through public transportation. Read the full story here.

5. TIMELINE: Plans for a continuous Red Line Trail between Austin and Leander gain momentum

For more than 10 years, a proposal to build a bicycle and pedestrian trail adjacent to the MetroRail Red Line route sat mostly untouched. Read the full story here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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