Sep 1, 2022 - News

Nonprofits release MetroRail Red Line business directory

Cap Metro's Red Line trail shown stopped at the downtown station.

Cap Metro's Red Line rail in downtown Austin. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

Grab coffee downtown at Texas Coffee Traders, breakfast at Easy Tiger at The Linc and spend a couple hours at the Old Town Leander Farmer's Market.

The big picture: Three nonprofits — Austin Young Chamber, Movability and Transit Forward — want to show how easy it is to visit local businesses using the MetroRail.

Why it matters: Public transit advocates are aiming to get more Austinites on the city's buses and trains to improve traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.

What they're saying: "This directory increases the accessibility for Austinites to support the small business community," said Joana Ortiz, president and chief executive officer of the Austin Young Chamber. "It will become a model for future rail lines to sustain our vibrant and culturally diverse local businesses."

Of note: MetroRail riders can find information on rideshare options and bicycle and scooter rentals when they get to each station.

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