The downtown Red Line station at the Austin Convention Center, where the line terminates, is up for a massive makeover as well. It's going to be turned into some kind of futuristic transit plaza, with huge metal arches and towering glass canopies. Planners are promising a "new landmark," with a cost of $30-35 million....
"Meanwhile, our highest ridership stop, in the entire Capital Metro system, at Republic Square [downtown]? We get a sidewalk," says Jace Deloney, chair of the Urban Transportation Commission, referring to the lack of improvements at the city's main bus transit center. That area has minimalist bus stops with coverings that don't always shade riders or protect them from rains.