Major Austin transit plan could cost up to $10B

April 10, 2018

While Austin officials are intent on beefing up the city’s transit systems via rapid bus and light rail, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning an $8 billion expansion of a 33-mile segment of Interstate 35 through the city. The project would entail doubling the number of toll lanes but would also include free lanes as part of a double-decker, three-tier design. TxDOT is currently conducting a $20 million environmental study that should be complete by 2019.

Though Capital Metro has seen approval for its plans to boost area transit, the agency’s proposals are not without their critics.

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