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Austin Council Approves Rail Bond Proposal

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 06:38 PM CDT

The Austin City Council has approved a $1 billion transportation bond proposal for urban rail and road improvements.

The bond proposal is a package deal -- $600 million would go to rail, $400 million would go toward road improvements for highways like I-35 and Hwy 183.

But the rail line has been said to cost $1.4 billion by itself and council is hoping the feds will match that.

The idea right now is to shave off some of the cost to taxpayers by ending the rail line at the Hancock Center in Central Austin instead of going all the way to Highland Mall.

Project Connect says the 9.5 mile transit system would have 20,000 riders by 2030.

Anti-rail opponents believe this whole "rail or fail" slogan is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Council will discuss the November ballot language on August 7.

By Christie Post

Austin Council Approves Rail Bond Proposal


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