Another Step Forward for Project Connect: Request to Enter FTA Project Development Phase

Following last November’s vote moving the funding of Project Connect forward, we have been busy completing the necessary processes to establish and implement this bold new transit plan.

Adding to the significant milestones we have reached in less than a year since local approval of Project Connect, President and CEO of Capital Metro Randy Clarke signed letters requesting the Orange and Blue Line projects be accepted into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program. These request letters serve as a critical milestone kicking off Capital Metro’s formal funding for the two light rail projects.

We told our community and voters we would work closely with our federal partners to secure federal funding, and this is another important step in fulfilling that commitment. Less than one year ago we hosted the joint Capital Metro Board of Directors and Austin City Council meeting to approve the Locally Preferred Alternative. To be at this step less than one year later is an incredible, industry-leading achievement and a testament to the expertise and dedication from our staff teams, and your leadership.

– Randy Clarke, President and CEO of Capital Metro, in a letter to the Boards of Capital Metro & Austin Transit Partnership

While the FTA reviews the requests and accepts the projects into the next phase, CapMetro will continue to work through the required environmental impact documents and preliminary engineering design.

CapMetro is proud to serve the greater Austin community by taking each step of this process with care.

Head to our website to learn more about Capital Metro’s Project Connect.