Project Connect partners release options to aid mobility from Austin to Georgetown

The North Corridor team for the Project Connect regional transit plan is unveiling a set of three maps that outline proposed bus and rail service to improve mobility from downtown Austin to Georgetown.

Project Connect is a partnership among several Central Texas transportation agencies—including the city of Austin, Capital Metro and the Lone Star Rail District, a regional rail group—designed to provide a high-capacity transit system to give residents more options when traveling throughout the region.

Within the plan are five corridors that will provide more specific options based on each corridor's needs. The Project Connect partners determined that the highest priority corridor is the North Corridor, which stretches from downtown Austin to Georgetown and is bounded by MoPac and I-35 on the west and SH 130 on the east.

Residents are invited to attend open house meetings June 24–26 to provide their input and feedback about the proposed services in the North Corridor. The meetings are drop-in events where residents may speak with the North Corridor team and ask questions, Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica Macioge said. The team will also repeat a 15-minute presentation each hour.

"It people are interested in the long-term planning, we encourage them to get involved," Macioge said. " Now is the time."

The community engagement meetings will be:

June 24 from 5–8 p.m. at the Allen R. Baca Center Grand Meeting Room, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock

June 25 from 5–8 p.m. at Dobie Middle School cafeteria, 1200 E. Rundberg Lane, Austin

June 26 from 5–8 p.m. at the Pflugerville Justice Center Municipal Courtroom, 1611 Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville

Residents may also register for the June 28 webinar, which is to be presented online from noon–1 p.m.

North Corridor representatives are also available to speak to community groups, neighborhood associations and other organizations about the maps. Anyone interested in scheduling a speaker may call 512-369-6276.

To view the three maps and for other information, visit www.connectcentraltexas.org.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.