Nicole Cobler
May 23, 2023 - News

Austin light rail plan unveiled as state officials question financing

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Austin Transit Partnership officials released their preferred plan Tuesday for the city's light rail network, recommending an on-street, 9.8-mile route that would connect North and South Austin from West 38th to Oltorf streets and run southeast to near Ben White Boulevard.

Driving the news: The final recommendation comes after the local government corporation narrowed their plans to five light rail options in March. Officials said they made the decision after receiving more than 5,000 public comments and holding 90 community meetings.

Austin-area groups push for nonstop flights to DCA

Central Texas lawmakers and business leaders are pushing for more nonstop flights from Texas to Reagan National Airport. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Reagan National Airport has few nonstop flights to Texas and beyond due to federal limits. Now, Delta Air Lines is part of a new coalition lobbying to allow airlines to expand service to the Washington-area airport.

Why it matters: Austin-area lawmakers and business leaders are supporting the effort, which they say is key to connecting the two capitals.


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