Nothing crushes my spirit more than getting stuck on I-35 during rush traffic hour. My stress levels rise. My personal time is cut short. And there’s nothing I can do about it.
Well, actually, there is. The Lone Star Rail District has been making their rounds for support from the 18 different public entities that it would like to involve. This would represents a unique opportunity for Central Texas. With the Lone Star Rail, those of us who would prefer not to sit in traffic for hours, or drive a car in the first place, would have a viable alternative. In Austin, the proposal includes stations at Slaughter Lane, Downtown, 35th Street, the Domain, and Parmer Lane, with additional stations up and down the corridor from San Antonio to Georgetown.
Workers could even live near stations in places like San Marcos, Kyle, and Round Rock and get to Austin very quickly. Projections indicate a speedy 75-minute travel time between San Antonio and Austin. (Learn more at http://lonestarrail.com/).
Why not just build more roads? Read this.
Last Thursday, they held a work session with Travis County Commissioners Court. And guess what: Many of our old-as-the-hills commissioners are completely out of touch with the transportation demands of today’s Austin. As more folks move here from larger, more transit-rich cities like New York, San Francisco, or even Dallas, they expect better transportation options than what’s provided. And, as recent studies show, the younger generations also prefer walking, biking, transit, and grabbing a car2go.
Travis County Commissioners will be voting on a resolution in the coming weeks to explore opportunities further. We need to let them know that NOBODY has time to sit in traffic.
Here are three easy steps to wake them up to the new Austin:
1. Find your district on this map (or try this interactive map)
2. Email your commissioner:
- District 1: Ron Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 2: Bruce Todd: Bruce.email@example.com
- District 3: Gerald Daugherty: firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 4: Margaret Gómez: email@example.com
3. Copy and paste this email–or write your own and include why you think Austin needs REAL transportation options:
My name is ______ and I’m a resident of Precinct _____. Please support the Lone Star Rail project, as we need transportation alternatives in our area and throughout the region. Many of us would prefer to get around by other modes and we hope you will support a more sustainable and balanced approach to transportation by voting to support exploration of this project.
4. Hit send.
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