If you were hoping the City had data to support its proposed rail line to Mueller, there's good news and bad news. The good news is Project Connect has provided plenty of data to back up the Mueller plan. The bad news is citizens had to step forward and point out this data was wrong.
Huge problems cited with Project Connect’s urban rail study data:
Where are we really at on rail for Austin?
The City is going to attempt to fix our transportation issues by putting a rail line to Mueller and adding dedicated bus lanes to Guadalupe/Lamar. Independant data from citizens' groups shows this may not be the best solution. The Mueller rail line does not serve enough major employment centers or major population centers. Meanwhile, Guadalupe/Lamar are already at capacity, andso dedicated bus lanes may not help solve the issues with these corridors.
A better solution may be to put in rail on Guadalupe/Lamar instead. Not only would rail move more people on the same dedicated lanes, but it would also create a solid trunk line for Austin to then implement a future Phase 2 for two other corridors with major gridlock problems. Phase 2 would be putting a rail line in for North Lamar above 183, and another rail line for Riverside, connecting both corridors to the then established Guadalupe/Lamar rail line
The most important thing is this: It should be up to you, the taxpayer, to make the choice. Do you want rail? And if so, do you want it to run to Mueller or along Lamar/Guadalupe?
Check out this blog to see how light rail could look on Lamar/Guadalupe corridors:
Check out the different map configurations being discussed here:
Check out the data for the Lamar/Guadalupe rail line here:
If you think a Guadalupe/Lamar Rail line makes more sense than a Mueller Line, then you can sign this petion:
Remember the current Guadalupe/Lamar rail is a citizen-led proposal, so if you see the merit of this rail plan versus Mueller, then you need to sign the petition and you need to ask friends and neighbors to support the petition as well.