Central Corridor Advisory Group will make their final presentation on rail this Friday, May 2nd, at 1pm
The powerpoint from the last meeting showing the entire billion dollar plan (including two tunnels) that is being proposed is here:
all meeting info is available here:
Theres a lot of talk going on about urban rail in Austin- especially now the Mayor's advisary group has admitted it will cost 1 billion dollars to build Leffingwell's currnet wishlist for 9 miles of rail.
Want to catch up? Click 'read more' for a list:
"You have a math problem to solve Austin. Spend a billion dollars for nine miles of urban rail, or not?"
"Currently, one option is to build a new bridge over the lake to Trinity Street. A rail bridge would cost an estimated $175 million, with the bridge alone costing $75 million, and $100 million for the ground-level track from East Riverside to 15th Street; a BRT bridge would be 30% less. This is the least expensive of the three current options."
"A nine-mile stretch of urban rail was the topic of discussion inside Austin City Hall."
"Why is a new $75mn bridge proposed to cross Lady Bird Lake, when either the Congress or S. First St. bridge could be retrofitted for urban rail at half the cost or less ($23-36mn)?"
"By the end of June, Austin City Council members could make a decision on whether to move ahead with an urban rail system in Austin."
Right now, the city is determining the best way to design the rail line.
"For those of us interested in a quality plan, what are the available advocacy options?"
"Planners have used multiple formulas to try and predict ridership. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Austin Transportation Department told KLBJ there are no definitive numbers available yet to make such a prediction. Planners had been using hypothetical situations to come up with a 50,000 daily ridership figure for rail and 25,000 for bus, according to ATD."
"Project Connect has unveiled the price tags on the Highland subcorridor and they are jaw-dropping. What was originally conceived of–and sold to the public–as a cheap project will contain a tunnel priced at either $230M or $290M in order to avoid a rail-rail intersection between urban rail and the existing MetroRail."
"Keahey cautioned the CCAG about choosing a tunnel option and seeking funding from the FTA.
“One of the areas they kind of bristle about is when you talk about tunnels,” he said. “… Their experience has been that tunnel projects go over budget and take much longer to implement.”
And finally, there is this:
"Is the 32-mile Red Line costing five times more than expected?"